A few weeks ago I was pretty bored and so I decided it was time to listen to a new podcast. For the most part, I have almost exclusively listened to Night Vale Presents podcasts so far, so I felt it was time to branch out. I looked up several of the current most popular fictional podcasts and became interested in one called The Black Tapes. I tend to shy away from horror, but our former author Fiyero has been introducing me to more horror as of late; I found myself hooked on the show and listened to the entire first season in one night.
I adore Welcome to Night Vale and love Alice Isn’t Dead, and… well, I was really disinterested in the first episode of Within the Wires, and never listened past that. However, the moment I heard the name of Night Vale Presents‘s latest podcast, The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air, I was intrigued. So one day on my way to work I downloaded the podcast and proceeded to give it a listen. While itis as wondrous, strange, and enchanting as many of the Night Vale Presents podcasts are, I felt like it was really lacking comparatively. The biggest issue was sadly something that Night Vale Presents has otherwise really been knownfor—diversity.
Spoilers for The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air after the jump.
Recently I have been embracing my queerness more and more. I’ve always been open and proud about my pansexuality, but circumstances have made it so that I couldn’t be as out and as proud as I wanted tobe. For example, even now I can’t talk about or even mention my sexuality at my job, or I could be fired—the hazards of working for a Catholic church. I was nervous about going to my local Pridefest because if someone saw me I could have lost my job just for attending. This is an obstacle that is sadly still in my life, but other obstacles have since fallen away. Before this, I hadn’t come out to my father; however, I have now, with thankfully very few obstacles. I have also been engaging more with the queer community: something I was previously afraid to even attempt because of how prevalent I heard the bi and pan-phobia was in the community. But so far, to my delight, I haven’t personally encountered any such issues. Now I can be somewhat more open in my life, and the recent Pulse shooting prompted me to be even more open in defiance of all the hate. Together, this all has led me to want to engage more in the queer community and queer culture.
Of course, being a nerd, I naturally wanted to look into queer stories in sci-fi and fantasy. Sadly, as you can guess, there are very few.
As technology has progressed, much of it has fortunately become less expensive and easier to obtain. Now, anyone with a smartphone can take a picture, film a short video, and chat with friends across the world. Similarly, recording gear has also become cheaper and more accessible. The good thing about this: it’s way easier to make your own podcast now. The bad thing about this: there are now… so many podcasts. So many. How can I, a discerning podcast listener with a limited amount of time, even begin to figure out where the good podcasts are?
Me @ my friends: Hey, you got any of that good stuff?
Today’s web crush, Podcasts Collected, is a website that’s trying to solve that exact problem.
Black History Month keeps on moving, and it’s been one heck of a celebration. I’ve been celebrating by looking at great cosplay, learning more about creators, and of course, listening to new podcasts. This week’s Web Crush is going to be one I’ve just become a fan of, the Fan Bros Show!
Gosh it’s fun being a nerd; keeping up with shows, collecting, cosplaying, the works. There’s something for everyone, really, and it’s a growing community. Recently, it’s becoming more well-known that nerds come in all shapes and sizes, races, genders, and sexualities. As a Black man, it’s been a great time for us. With people like John Boyega, Idris Elba, and Donald Glover being put into (or considered for) movie roles more frequently, our place in nerd-dom is being solidified more everyday! However, the hurdle for Black women seems to be a little harder to clear. This could be said of all women, but intersectionality makes it especially difficult for Black women. In a sense, Black women and girls are seen as sort of an anomaly in geeky/nerdy spaces. Luckily, there is a growing push for supporting these fans with this week’s Web Crush: Black Girl Nerds.
Oh, hello, my fellow NPR babies. Carpooling to school to the dulcet tones of Morning Edition and falling asleep to the BBC World Service. Lazy weekend afternoons to the sound of Prairie Home Companion and the Sunday night oddness of This American Life. Seems like those days would last forever.