Every two weeks, Josh Mauthe (an English teacher with over a decade of film and book reviews under his belt) and Dietrich Stogner (a former journalist and author with experience in newspapers, magazines, and fiction) will assemble a playlist of amazing stories, all inspired by the stuff you already love! Want to find your next obsession? Let us build you a Playlist!
Episode 11: Discovering Storytellers of Color
Emerging from the dark apocalyptic reality in which we've all somehow found ourselves, Josh and Dietrich return to regular podcasting. This week, the pair explores extraordinary storytelling by various People of Color, highlighting some of the best creators in the business today. Josh raves about the brilliance of James Baldwin and Spike Lee, Dietrich looks at the best science-fiction and fantasy author working today, and they discuss board game designers, musicians, comedians, and more that you should be exploring. In addition, Josh catches up to one of the biggest achievements in video game storytelling, and Dietrich raves about a book that mashes Agatha Christie together with Groundhog Day. You can send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The First Quarantine Playlist Special
Well, hello there. It's been a while. Between tornadoes, pandemics, and the world kind of melting down, The Playlist has been on a bit of a hiatus, but Josh and Dietrich took a moment to record a special episode talking about the challenge of finding media to keep us going through the most difficult year that either of us can remember. Dietrich discusses the way stress can actually leave us feeling unwilling to explore new stories, and the comfort of revisiting reliable authors like Stephen King. Josh talks about a favorite author releasing his newest novel chapter by chapter to help distract us during these times, and finding routine in this new normal. In addition, they talk about the joy of What We Do In The Shadows, the depressingly relevant world of The Wire, a quiet game about island living that's providing a much-needed solace, and more. We hope you all are staying safe and taking care of each other, and we will begin to get back to a normal schedule as soon as possible.
Episode 8: A Harry Potter Playlist
This week, Josh and Dietrich work to assemble a playlist for both fans of Harry Potter, and for those looking for an alternative to Harry Potter. They talk about the friendship and joyful sense of adventure that permeate these stories, and how Stranger Things taps into that same sense of wonder. Josh raves about the pain of growing up in the adventure game Oxenfree, while Dietrich looks at the growing sense of menace and serialized storytelling of the best of the Star Trek franchise. Josh discusses the beauty and imagination of the Studio Ghibli films, and they both acknowledge the trilogy of books that are the natural successor to Harry Potter. In addition, they discuss the masterful graphic novel Locke and Key, and Dietrich talks about the novels of T. Kingfisher. You can send questions or comments to email@example.com.
Episode 7: A Nightmare Before Christmas Playlist
This week, Josh and Dietrich build a playlist around the demented holiday classic A Nightmare Before Christmas. Despite being a bit of a grouch about Christmas, Josh has always enjoyed the skewed gothic comedy of this tale of Halloween trying to steal the holidays, and recommends the Terry Pratchett classic Hogfather along side the anarchic glee of Gremlins. Dietrich talks about the ability of children to "embrace the weird", and looks to A Series of Unfortunate Events as a natural companion with the dark humor, style, and joyful mayhem. Josh wraps the discussion up with a brilliant masterpiece of a novel from Clive Barker, and finally, they both rave about the short-lived comedy Pushing Daisies. Next week, the pair will tackle the task of recommending the next great story for those who either love Harry Potter, or find the author problematic and want a different path to take. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 6: A Dungeons & Dragons Playlist
This week, Josh and Dietrich construct a playlist based on the legendary tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. One of the more challenging playlists they've tackled, the pair look into the core of what's made this form of collaborative storytelling so popular. The challenge of assembling a team of diverse characters to tackle an objective inspired Josh to recommend the brilliant heist film The Killing by Stanley Kubrick. The joy of friends finding joy in a shared experience is reflected in the short-lived by wonderful television series Freaks and Geeks. For those who deeply love D&D, The Adventure Zone podcast and Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike are can't miss experiences, and the explosive action and plotting of Scott Lynch's short stories read like one-shot campaigns brought to brilliant life. If you have questions and/or comments, you can email us at email@example.com.
Episode 5: The Best Storytelling of the Decade
This week, Josh and Dietrich respond to a listener's email to review the best storytelling across genres from 2010 to today. In film, the pair discuss the heartbreaking film The Florida Project, and the unparalleled mayhem of Mad Max: Fury Road. A novel about a grieving president and another about a detective in hell join the list, alongside two television shows that tackle grief and philosophy in completely different, but equally brilliant ways. They touch on their favorite games of the last ten years, and wrap up with an iconic album and a family that's grown a podcasting empire. You can send your suggestions for the best storytelling of the decade, as well as any other questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.