What's in the box? Podcasts about containers big and small
This week, a repeat of one of our favourite episodes from April 2018.
I love improvised comedy podcasts for their off-the-wall brands of humour. They offer refreshing escapes to worlds where things don't have to make sense. Illusionoid takes off-the-wall one step further by fusing improv with science fiction. You may remember this Canadian podcast from our live show. Each episode begins with an old-timey radio prologue, followed by a transmission from the lone survivor of a future apocalypse. Once a premise is established, ridiculousness ensues. As a sci-fi nerd and improv fan, Illusionoid is a treat. I'm excited to take a deeper dive into their nine seasons' worth of episodes.
I first listened to this episode on a long Sunday walk, which I don't recommend — unless you're comfortable laughing in public! Hopefully my neighbours knew it wasn't directed at them or their dogs.
- Elena Hudgins Lyle, Associate Producer, Podcast Playlist
Podcasts featured this week:
- The Memory Palace - Host Nate DiMeo tells the story of Henry Brown, who mailed himself in a box to escape slavery. Click here to listen the full episode.
- Modern Love - Actor Pamela Adlon reads Cindy Chupack's essay about a romantic surprise gone wrong. Cindy's husband Ian opens a big surprise box to reveal... an indoor snow machine. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Gravy - For decades, Ronnie Johnson woke up in the late afternoon and fixed a lunch to bring with him 2,000 feet underground, as he worked all night in a coal mine. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Sidedoor - Heiress, divorcée … mother of forensic science? Frances Glessner Lee was not your average 19th-century woman. Her most celebrated contribution: 19 intricate dioramas depicting violent murder scenes. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Illusionoid - Illusionoid is an improvised science fiction podcast. This story follows a group of coworkers who hire magician for their work retreat. And they just sold their souls to see inside his magic box. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- 99% Invisible - In 1960, the first birth control pill hit the market. It came in bland bottles. How did the pill get its now iconic package? Click here to listen to the full episode.
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