You might already be one of the 26 percent of Americans who are already regular podcast listeners. Or maybe you have no idea what a podcast is and you’re afraid to ask.
So what’s the big deal about podcasts, and why do they matter to writers and mystery writers especially?
When you think about podcasts, think about radio shows you can download to your phone or computer and listen to whenever you want. Podcast formats can include anything from a tightly written 20-minute news program or an hour-long program where two friends shoot the breeze on a different topic each week. Podcasts can be journalistic (think: NPR) or serial fiction, like the programs from the golden age of radio.
And during the last week of July, three of the top ten most popular podcasts downloaded from Podcast streamer Stitcher were in the true crime field.
For writers, podcasts offer opportunities for inspiration, research, promotion, and a new market for the written word. During the August meeting, writer and podcast junkie Diana Staresinic-Deane (who listens to enough podcasts to make up for everyone who doesn’t), will share some of her favorite podcasts as well as discuss opportunities for writers who might be interested in trying the format.
Already a podcast listener? Be ready to share what you listen to and why. Want to try out a few podcasts? Here are a few that will get mentioned Saturday:
Criminal “Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” Journalistic storytelling that stays with you long after the podcast is over. (listen on most podcast apps or online)
My Favorite Murder A weekly true crime comedy podcast that regularly ranks at the top of itunes and Stitcher downloads and includes live shows that travel all over the world. The Washington Post did a great article on this podcast last year. (listen on most podcast apps–note that this one has a lot of adult language)
Trace Evidence A well-researched podcast focused on unsolved crimes and missing people. Transcripts and sources are listed on the website. (listen online on via most podcast apps)
Up and Vanished It was meant to be a chronicle of the making of a documentary on the unsolved disappearance of Tara Grimstead; it ended up leading to the arrest of her alleged murderer. (listen on online or via most podcast apps)
American Hauntings Where there are ghosts, there are stories of crimes. Troy Taylor is an author and historian who started podcasting to share his knowledge with a bigger audience. (listen online or via most podcast apps)
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Michelle McNamara didn’t live to see her work on the Golden State Killer published, but Harper Collins created a “making of” podcast featuring her husband and collaborators to give a behind-the-scenes account of who McNamara was and how the book came to be. (listen online or via most podcast apps)
Deadly Manners A fun serial fiction murder mystery program with a complete cast. Think: old-timey radio meets the movie Clue. (listen via most podcast apps; scripts available online)
This program is free and open to the public!
Join us Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at the Corinth Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8100 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas, 66208.