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Showcase, from PRX’s Radiotopia, features original podcast series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world.

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    • 4.2, 612 Ratings

Showcase, from PRX’s Radiotopia, features original podcast series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world.

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    • 5 min
    Introducing Passenger List — Traffic

    Introducing Passenger List — Traffic

    A missing plane. A cabin full of suspects. A search for the truth. Passenger List is a new fictional mystery thriller from Radiotopia. Hear episode two and subscribe to the show at passengerlist.org.

    • 34 min
    Ways of Hearing Extra – The Making-of

    Ways of Hearing Extra – The Making-of

    Occasionally between Showcase series, we’ll bring you surprise bonus episodes, like the one you’re about to hear. It’s a recording of a live conversation inspired by Ways of Hearing, the very first series we ever featured here on Showcase.

    Since the series aired, writer, host, co-producer (and excellent musician) Damon Krukowski has taken the podcast to the page, with Ways of Hearing the book, published by MIT Press in May 2019.

    The conversation was recorded live before a studio audience on April 9 at the PRX Podcast Garage in Allston, Massachusetts and was mixed by Ian Coss. It was led by Damon, with Radiotopia Executive Producer Julie Shapiro, Ian Coss, who co-produced and sound designed the podcast, Matt Browne, who edited the book, and James Goggin, who designed the book.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Spacebridge #4 – The Fifth Dimension

    Spacebridge #4 – The Fifth Dimension

    In the final episode of Spacebridge, big TV-satellite “spacebridges” become popular in the USSR, but remain a logistical nightmare—and for American producers, especially—a labor of love that few can afford. Meanwhile, a new breed of citizen diplomat enters the scene, determined to do an end-run around the USSR’s ancient telephone system. They find ways to connect people via a new-fangled contraption, the modem. The consequences of those connections linger today.

    Spacebridge is a production of Showcase from PRX’s Radiotopia with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Our Russian content partner is the history site Arzamas.Academy.

    Find out more and listen to the previous series, Ways of Hearing, The Polybius Conspiracy, Secrets, Errthang, The Great God of Depression and The Stoop at radiotopia.fm/showcase.

    • 45 min
    Spacebridge #3 – A Live Studio Audience

    Spacebridge #3 – A Live Studio Audience

    The Soviet Union faces a series of funerals for elderly heads of state; meanwhile the nation falls in love with a “citizen diplomat” from America, a young girl. Popular daytime TV host Phil Donahue agrees to co-host a spacebridge with Vladimir Pozner, a multi-lingual Soviet known for expounding his government’s views on US TV. Soviet and American audiences argue about everything from geopolitics to sex in the resulting “citizen summits,” which rivet participants but also put many careers on the line.

    Spacebridge is a production of Showcase from PRX’s Radiotopia with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Our Russian content partner is the history site Arzamas.Academy.

    Find out more at radiotopia.fm/showcase.

    • 44 min
    Spacebridge #2 – Foreign Policy According to Freud

    Spacebridge #2 – Foreign Policy According to Freud

    The first two-way satellite links between the US and USSR are strange, disorganized, and sometimes a little magical. Battling language and technological barriers, Soviet and American musicians, computing pioneers, scientists, and even kids find a way to stage a series of exchanges across the skies — at first awkward, but growing more meaningful as Cold War paranoia ratchets ever higher.

    Spacebridge is a production of Showcase from PRX’s Radiotopia with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Our Russian content partner is the history site Arzamas.Academy.

    Find out more and listen to the previous series, The Stoop, Ways of Hearing, The Polybius Conspiracy, Secrets, Errthang, and The Great God of Depression at radiotopia.fm/showcase.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
612 Ratings

612 Ratings

8ecky8oo ,

Great God of Depression

During my first depressive episode I discovered William Styron’s “Darkness Visible “. It was a priceless resource in fighting my way back to sanity.

I stumbled upon this podcast, drawn in by the subject of mental illness. I was very excited to learn more about Styron’s life and journey with depression.

The respective mental health struggles of Styron and his doctor and their subsequent interaction is well crafted and intriguing. The positive impact they had on each other is ultimately emotionally uplifting; a welcome outcome for a topic that is often difficult to explore.

Ihatethisnicknamecrap$€¥¢£₩ ,

Don't bother

I didn't bother to read the description until I'd started the episode, and I wish I'd done it earlier.

The first episode had zero charisma and was about as compelling as mayonnaise sandwich. I couldn't figure out why it was so bad so I finally read the description. It's just lame fan fiction written by a mayo sandwich, produced by an even blander mayo sandwich, and starring mayo sandwiches that are somehow even blander than the other mayo sandwiches. It's not even bad enough to get upset about. It's just lame, worthless, and wasted ten minutes of my life that could have spent on extreme adventures like watching a Hot Pocket rotate on the carousel of a microwave while it cooks.

pgirolamo ,

Ways of Hearing Episode 4

I don’t understand how the host can say the music doesn’t have a tangible cost. If a studio charges a per hour rate for recoding/engineering and producer likewise charges a lofty per-hour/per-song rate, in fact, doesn't that song have a “cost-per-minute” associated with it? Why would an artist feel that their material is free?

Artists that have recorded in my studio signed contracts and certainly paid me for my time. I would expect they’d want to recoup that cost on sales and concerts.

The average cost to make a decent record today is between $8000 and $20000. Sorry, engineers and producers have to eat too.

Personally I don’t see the difference between an artist materializing a song no different than Elon materializing Tesla. He doesn’t give Tesla’s away for free.

Yet another NPR leftists view on business. If it’s art, it must be free. Sadly Vanilla Ice thought the same, and he was wrong.

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