Interviews with Nigel Deacon and Roger Bickerton.
Also, an interesting development - the BBC is now interacting with itunes, and their Play of the Week is the #1 itunes podcast. Which is wonderful. I like how people can leave comments and ratings for it, but notice in the specific entry how:
- It's still on Apple's home turf, and the BBC is not in control of the context within which the podcast entry exists. That is to say, the web stuff surrounding the description and comments, etc. itunes is neither easy to use nor egalitarian in terms of accessibility. Try running the program on an old PC, and watch your RAM wither away.
- The entry lacks fundamental context indicators - such as cast list, director, and some indication of the type of story being told. This information should be available on the entry itself, because it helps people to classify and understand what the thing in fact is. And therefore, makes it more memorable and accessible for future interactions with the play, such as discussions among friends. The entry should also have a non-literal but specific graphic accompanying the play.
- The social interaction you see with the comments and ratings do not contribute to building an overall community or knowledge about the medium, because these ratings and comments, while useful in deciding whether or not to download this podcast, do not place their opinions in relation to other radio drama. Just other podcasts.
- The audience for audio drama content is vast indeed. Check out the number one for the US - it's This American Life, a nonfiction series. And yet, it is also probably the best source of narrative on US radio today, along with #5, The Moth. Listeners in the States are clearly hungry for narrative content, and I suspect they wouldn't mind if it was fiction instead of non-fiction.