Every month, there are a large number of new audio drama and fiction podcasts released. These monthly lists collate everything I can find that has released an Ep1 in its RSS feed (or youtube page, depending) for the relevant month. Feel free to shout in the comments if you've got more information or corrections and I'll update with anything I'm missing.
And tell me which ones I should be listening to. What have you enjoyed this month?
(This post has been simplified, due to page load time. There's also a page with all the first episodes embedded in it, but beware, it might take ages to load.)
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6/1: Battle Buddies (RPG - Fantasy)
Battle Buddies is an actual play D&D podcast in an original setting that focuses on collaborative storytelling, exciting adventures and meaningful friendships!
6/1: Burst (Dramatised - Comedy)
Starting your own business is tricky at the best of times, but when you're the owner of a bubble tea shop on a space station - with a communist as your financial advisor and an alien as a head chef, not to mention the universe's biggest ethically-questionable coffee-shop conglomerate has it in for you- it's a real adventure.
6/1: Dreambound (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Jesse Pinero plays video games for a living. But as cool of a job as that may sound, it barely makes ends meet. So when a state of the art, virtual-reality game that is way beyond his price range emerges onto the scene, he turns to... questionable means to pay for it. Unfortunately for Jesse, those questionable means demand that if he wants the game he must play it not as a man, but as an adorable, little girl! And to make matters worse, once he gets in the game, he can't get back out! From that point on, it's all downhill for the poor girl-who's-not-actually-a-girl. Bloodthirsty player-killers, obnoxious role-players, eerily clever A.I.s - whatever this crazy virtual world can throw at him it does so in full force. Friends quickly become enemies, enemies quickly become friends, conspiracies and plots are everywhere, and absolutely nothing seems to go quite right.
6/1: Floors Apart (Dramatised - Slice of life)
A brand new radio-drama series inspired by current events.
6/1: Mondrea Memories (Dramatised - Steampunk)
An immersive audio odyssey into dreamless domain. Decode and reclaim lost memory from chaotic sound. For fans of sci-fi, fantasy, mind-bending thrillers, tales of power and ancient wonder. The epic tale of the DreamersEcho Universe begins here.
6/1: The Last Station (Dramatised - Post-apocalypse)
On the last radio station on earth after the apocalypse, a radio host makes her voice heard. In her broadcast, she discovers that she may not actually be the only one left after all.
6/1: What is Love? (Dramatised - Romance)
While most high school students are infatuated with the idea of love... 16 year old Natania Jones; on the other hand; wants nothing to do with it. ...but when the most popular boy in school asks Natania for a favor... Will this chance meeting, finally convince her to change her mind about love?
6/3: Into the Dungeon: Starfinder (RPG - Science fiction)
Small stories told on a galactic stage! Veteran Dungeon Master, Creed Brandley navigates four life long friends through the perils of space. We utilize improvisation and dice rolls to tell a story, live every week.
6/3: The Empty Cage (Fiction - Slice of life)
A look into the life of a gran, and a bird, in the world of Coronavirus.
6/4: As the World Falls Down (Fiction - Science fiction)
A Tale from the future...Dystopian NYC. As a story unfolds, so do incredible creatures, secrets, magic and a message… humanity must hear before it is too late.
6/5: How to Survive in LA (Dramatised - Thriller)
LA, 1994 : When a drug ring crumbles, two aspiring actresses find themselves connected to the criminals and cops involved; a car king is dead, and a worn out PI searches for answers.
6/5: The Night's End Podcast (Fiction - Horror)
The Night's End Podcast is a short story podcast. With a focus on genres such as Horror, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, and the absurd, it hopes to leave you wishing for the night's end before each story is through.
6/7: CrossBread (Dramatised - Musical)
Twin brother and sister Josh and Joan Burns formed CrossBread, the hugely successful Christian Rap duo from Boronia in Melbourne's outer suburbs back in 2015. The band briefly lit up GodTube in Australia and became Christian hip-hop superstars, with hits such as "It's Just Jesus" and "A Christian on a Mission (ain't a Christian to be dissin’)". Over six episodes, their former social media manager, Ken Lim, will dig into the archives to trace their origins working in a donut shop, why it all fell apart so quickly, and their biggest regrets - like why a brother and sister would name their band "CrossBread". The Bible might be the greatest story ever told. But this could easily be the second or third best.
6/7: Vic Hosman: A Fiction Podcast (Fiction - Anthology)
Hi there! And welcome to Vic Hosman: A Fiction Podcast. Here, I'll be telling some of my original stories; whether they be short stories, flash fiction, or a series.
6/8: Moist Lily (Fiction - Erotica)
Introducing delightfully titillating adult adventures that seek to pay homage and celebrate the literary titans of erotic fiction. Reading alone certainly has its place, but some activities are rather more pleasant when shared...
6/8: RomComPods (Dramatised - Romance)
Introducing RomComPods, a hilarious and heartfelt new fiction podcast bringing you a new romantic storyline each season. In Season One we meet Claire, a 28-year old Chicagoan who seemingly has her life totally and completely together... until she catches her fiance cheating on her the week of their wedding! Heartbroken (and broke), Claire decides to go on her non-refundable honeymoon - a romantic couple's tour of Italy - alone. Through her fellow tour guests and a *very special* tour guide, Claire begins to mend her broken heart, and learns that upending your life and opening yourself up to a wild and unexpected new chapter isn't such a bad thing!
6/8: Snyder's Return (RPG - Anthology)
UK based Tabletop Roleplaying Game Podcast featuring D&D 5e Actual Play (where a misfit band of "Heroes" take on adventures across the D&D Multiverse), Interviews and DM/Player Guides.
6/8: The Mercy River Incident (Fiction - Science fiction)
When astrophysicist Naomi Carver gets a new job in Mercy River Wyoming she makes a startling discovery in the town's abandoned Uranium mine. What she found sends shock waves rippling through her small town, and will change her life forever.
6/9: Clockwork Bird (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Piece together the mystery of the disappearance of Robin Jaeger, a man with four metal limbs, in this sci-fi horror audio drama. Shelly Croft organises recordings taken from the computer of Dr Sophie Bennett, one of the lead scientists on the synthetic limbs project, and uncovers more than just scientific breakthroughs.
6/9: Sea of Stars (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Sea of Stars is an original psychological sci-fi drama about one man confronting his past while trying to make a future on the galactic frontier.
6/10: Sylvia (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
A woman with no memory meets a homeless teenager full of hope and fire and a man lost in life - and an unlikely friendship is born. But are her strange dreams and fleeting thoughts a sign of something more sinister?
6/11: Grounds (Dramatised - Slice of life)
GROUNDS is the story of 5 Black Professors at a 4 year PWI. A fictitious college and town in the rural south, which is the home of a predominately white 4 year college with students totaling 1700 with 15% of those self-identifying as students of color. 7% of those are Black. The story follows the lives of five Black professors. The only full time, tenure track Black lecturers who work at Morris & Wilkins University. It highlights the trials, obstacles, and joys of maintaining a Black existence within a white academic structure.
6/11: Ian's Gone Postal (Dramatised - Comedy)
Having gained a fairly useless philosophy degree, Ian takes a job delivering the mail in a disaster of an ex-mining town. Vital life lessons are learned by our sort of hero as he struggles to fit in with the oddball locals and desperately tries to figure out where it all went wrong.
6/11: PlacePrints (Fiction - Anthology)
Hidden voices and haunted landscapes are conjured up in ten unique stories from the imagination of visionary writer David Rudkin. Join a stellar cast including Juliet Stevenson, Toby Jones, Josie Lawrence, Michael Pennington and Stephen Rea, among many others on an enlightening journey across the British Isles with this dramatic audio cycle that will transform your sense of the landscape around you.
6/12: Elegant Sea Urchin (Fiction - Fantasy)
An eldritch audio drama about a world removed from our own. Faebl Nox casts about her life and close relations, close calls with horrors and the fractured magenta dimensions, and general events and creatures around the Tangerine Speck.
6/12: Mystery at Morton Hall (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
This Golden Age Crime play follows a country house weekend filled with scandals, mysteries and lies. As John Foss unintentionally becomes the thirteenth guest at Lord Addington's manor - Morton Hall - secrets quickly begin to unravel. Death strikes for more than one of the guests, but who is responsible? Will the age old superstition regarding the unlucky number 13 live up to its expectation? And in a Golden Age crime drama, is anyone truly innocent?
6/12: The Fountain Road Files (Dramatised - Horror)
Introducing The Fountain Road Files, a new horror-fiction podcast from Unexplained creator Richard MacLean Smith. In March 2020, 27-year-old Ben Williams began recording an audio diary of the growing coronavirus pandemic. In May, he was found dead in mysterious circumstances after a series of strange goings-on in his London flat where he was spending lockdown alone, or so he thought...
6/12: The Godfrey Audio Guide (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
The world-famous audio guide for the Annabelle H. Godfrey Historic Estate and Museum. Please do not touch the art. This is for your own safety.
6/12: The Quest (Dramatised - Children)
The quest' is a story about adventure. After receiving a mysterious call during lockdown, a librarian and her housemates set out on a quest to discover the meaning of adventure. Ever wanted to go to the moon, become a spy or an inventor? Then join the screen-free fun. Using everyday props, this imaginative audio play offers you a chance to join in with activities to become part of the story.
6/12: Wordtastic (Dramatised - Children)
Due to an evil plot that has wiped out written language and is causing spoken language to fade from memory, special agent spy kids must race against time to collect and archive known vocabulary before it is lost forever! Wordtastic is a comedy vocabulary development podcast primarily intended for children aged 8-14. The show provides multiple exposures to content-rich vocabulary terms in the context of a fun story of spies and espionage that features kids as the heroes and main characters. Goal of the Show: To impart a love of language and in particular vocabulary to children aged 8-14 through engaging them in an interesting, entertaining, and language-rich story.
6/13: Un:Voiced (Dramatised - Anthology)
As a podcast, we are keen to showcase the talents and stories of emerging creatives, directors, actors, writers and musicians; and find those artists that otherwise would not have had a chance for their work to be heard by the greatest number.
6/14: Your City, Or Something Like It (Fiction - Anthology)
Your City (Or Something Like It) is an anthology of fiction about New York City. Each episode takes place in a specific location in the city. For the full experience, if you can, we recommend that you go to each location and listen to the episode there, for a site-specific listening.
6/15: Fortune and Strife (RPG - Fantasy)
An L5R Actual Play podcast for the community, from the community. Join us every week as our samurai travel the Empire trying to find their way through mystery, myth, and family. Starring: Jeanne as Doji Gen, Tyler as Akodo Riichi, Tif as Kuni Yui, Paul as Shosuro Bisho, and Robert Fulkerson/Bayushi Shinichi as your story teller.
6/15: Play to the Whistle (Dramatised - Comedy)
Set in a post-COVID Caribbean world of football, we follow the trials and tribulations of Tom as he takes on the Manager job at Republican Rabbits. Does the outspoken Bristolian have what it takes to succeed on the pitch, and more crucially does he have what it takes to keep his job whilst he's off it!
6/16: Dos: After You (Fiction - Urban fantasy)
Mystery, horror fiction podcast available in English & Spanish. Deck's life changed the moment he met Sil. Para Deck su vida se resume en antes y despues de conocer a Sil.
6/16: Remainder (Dramatised - Post-apocalypse)
Remainder is a dynamic audio drama thriller set in a world rebuilding after annihilation. Dr. Daniel MacNaughten and his team must find and retrieve a mysterious weapon from before the Day of Ash, while the prisoner Cora Ducarmont desperately searches for a way to escape the Unbroken Horde. Their paths are about to collide in a way that may determine the balance of power once and for all...
6/16: The Rise in Fall (Dramatised - Slice of life)
A new corporate audio drama, following Dom, an arrogant, slimey, manager obssessed with power and money and the employees around him.
6/17: Fables Around the Table (RPG - Anthology)
Fables Around the Table is an actual-play tabletop roleplaying game anthology podcast. Each season, we feature a new RPG system with new characters and players. The first season, Curse, is hosted by chronicler Fiona L.F. Kelly and uses The Curse of the House of Rookwood game system.
6/19: Night at Bea's (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
A Presentation Academy Senior Independent Project Production: This recording is a radio drama version of the original script, adapted to this format for accessibility during COVID-19. Synopsis: A teenager is stuck in a diner with an unlovable teacher and some odd diner patrons during a storm. While waiting for phone service, this unlikely group must learn to cope with the mystery that brought them to Bea's Diner.
6/19: Whirlwind for Hire (Dramatised - Musical)
In a world of immortals and mortals, death can get a tad more complicated. This new podcast musical follows a whirlwind spirit working as an assassin for the queen of the gods and the two nymphs trying to hunt them down.
6/20: Claudia, A Viral Love Story (Dramatised - Slice of life)
A NEW SERIAL AUDIO PLAY BY PROFILE THEATRE Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel's "Covid Bake-Off" writing prompt, and written by an astounding group of 9 playwrights and screenwriters. CLAUDIA, A VIRAL LOVE STORY will take you around the world in 5 Podcast episodes.
6/20: Superidols! RPG (RPG - Superhero)
SuperIdols! RPG is a narrative play tabletop roleplaying podcast about aspiring teen idols with superpowers. Join GM ErynCerise and a rotating cast of players for improvised stories with elements of high school comedy, magical girl anime, showbiz drama, and superhero action!
6/21: 24 Hours in Isolation (Dramatised - Anthology)
Before Covid19, before "self isolation" and "social distancing", there was already an epidemic of loneliness in British society. It is most acute in North East England, where 53% of adults feel lonely. That's half of us reading this right now. How many of us have told someone else what it feels like, what it is looks like, what it sounds like? It's time we did. Two dozen of the most exciting musicians, poets, producers, theatre writers and comedians from the North East have come together to create an unprecedented 24hour audio experience. A new story will arrive on this page every hour, on the hour, from midnight on 21st June 2020.
6/21: Mackaroy Uncovered (Dramatised - Children)
In the quiet Australian country town of Mackaroy, something really strange is happening. The School's principal has disappeared, the whole town's internet keeps crashing every night, and people are being watched. Someone, or something, is keeping tabs on everyone who lives there, and best friends Tang and Mitch are on the case. The 14-year-olds have an online show investigating conspiracies, but what they don't realise is that someone really doesn't want them to find out the truth. This will be their toughest investigation yet, and they'll soon learn that what's at stake is much more than uploading their next show. Join them over eight episodes as they try to uncover the secret of what's really going on in Mackaroy.
6/22: East Harling Theatre Company Productions (Dramatised - Historical)
Harling Theatre company has virtually created their next production, a radio play, which has been kindly given out licence free by the writers, Pat Blosse and Dennis Diamond. It is set in 1851, with Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte as the narrators.
6/24: Fudged Roll (RPG - Fantasy)
Four strangers in a fantasy world awake in a strange cave with no recollection of how they got there. After rushed introductions (and a murder) they visit the nearby village of New Haven seeking answers.
6/24: Sunward Sky (Fiction - Science fiction)
Alyssa is down on her luck, and needs to do something to turn herself around. She's been led to the less-than-glamorous vocation of maintenance on dangerous satellite upkeep space missions, a job that will eventually cost her health and her life. She's got a secret that she hopes will help herself and countless other people, but first she must navigate the trials and tribulations of spacecraft life. The Sunward Sky is the ship she boards on her first assignment, but during an unscheduled delay before takeoff she sees something unusual in the terminal...
6/25: Doc Danger and the Danger Squad (Dramatised - Musical)
DOC DANGER AND THE DANGER SQUAD is an original musical production of Milwaukee Opera Theatre, with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jason Powell.
6/25: Me and AU (Dramatised - Romance)
When Kate "ACunningPlan" Cunningham sparks up an online friendship with a fellow fanfiction writer it seems like the perfect distraction from a summer stuck in her hometown of Kamloops, B.C., not to mention the coming terrors of her final year of university and the Real Adult Future beyond. (Seriously, please don't mention them.) After all, Hella--Enchanted is funny, smart and writes canon-divergent werewolf fic like no one else. She's everything a fandom could ask for. But... what if she's everything Kate could ask for, too?
6/25: Sentinels: Point of No Return (Dramatised - Science fiction)
SENTINELS tells the vast and twisted tale of the last years of the human race from the viewpoint of an unlikely group of comrades, the crew of the ECC Phoenix.
6/25: The Harrowing (Dramatised - Thriller)
A once-in-a-century storm hits the remote Scottish island of Toll Mor. As the isolated community take shelter, a barbaric crime sets off a chain of events which heralds the rise of an ancient evil and threatens to change the course of history. Starring Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt as Police Sergeant Jackie O'Hara, this 8-part supernatural thriller is created by acclaimed writer and director Mark Healy and produced by Storyglass.
6/26: Hypnopolis (Dramatised - Science fiction)
The story of HYPNOPOLIS takes you on a thrilling adventure in the year 2063. In this brave new world, all court judgements are based on an artificial intelligence called "The System". And instead of receiving a prison sentence, the convicts are put into a deep sleep. The crime rate has dropped to almost zero, injustice seems to be a thing of the past. But when journalist Hope Reiser is woken from a thirty-year sleep penalty she has served for the murder of her husband, she is convinced of her innocence and believes that the real murderer might still be out there and watching her. And as she tries to find her way in this alien future, she starts fighting to clear her past! // HYPNOPOLIS is the first ever fiction podcast series from BMW.
6/27: The Last Tapestry (RPG - Alt History)
Fate is dead. They're the replacements. The shining city of Astoria Heights is imperiled by a powerful and unknowable force. The city's saviors take the form of an angelic mobster, a fire-dancing mermaid musician, and a bookworm Eladrin who can't control her seasons. How many passes will they have to take in order to save the city? Only time can tell. A 1920s-themed actual play D&D podcast.
6/28: Phantomwise (Dramatised - Adaptation)
On a warm summer day in Oxford, a young girl fell down a rabbit hole; contrarywise, another girl sprouted from the ground like a daisy. Suddenly, life for Millicent & Mary Ann is abnormally normal - & there's only one thing either knows for certain: Alice is responsible. A bite-sized miniseries about Alice and Wonderland, but starring neither of them, by A.R. OLIVIERI and PJ Scott-Blankenship.
6/29: RuneLore Podcast (RPG - Fantasy)
Welcome to RuneLore, an actual play podcast of Paizo's Curse of the Crimson Throne adventure path converted to Pathfinder’s 2nd edition. Join five friends as they embark on a terrifying journey into a world of imagination.
6/29: The Umbral Theater (RPG - Fantasy)
Join us at the Umbral Theater as we explore various worlds and explore a variety of gaming systems. Whether we're taking down monsters at a surfing competition or battling legions of demons we're bringing you along for adventure!
6/29: Twisted Tales in Lockdown! (Dramatised - Anthology)
Enjoy original plays & classic drama recorded as part of our Twisted Tales in Lockdown! project.
6/30: Speak As One (Dramatised - Anthology)
Speak as One is a community-wide writing project, challenging writers to create a short piece of drama for voices.
6/30: Voidless (Dramatised - Science fiction)
After an anomaly seperates Rebel Captain Elyss Glasse from her team, she finds herself in an unknown place with an incomplete mission and a damaged scout ship. Desperate to find her way home, but unable to stop herself reflecting, the Void may not be as desolate as it first appears.