Every episode is a self-contained story, but all of them revolve around technological and societal themes that are close to the HN ethos. In fact, episode 3 was directly inspired by an HN story found at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15651510 and some of the comments from that thread have been incorporated into the story almost verbatim.
I thought the community might find it interesting how it inspired a dramatic work of art like this one, so I decided to share it here. You can find the first three episodes at www.programaudioseries.com - check it out during your next workout or commute (or code build ;)). If you are on the fence whether it's worth your time, check out the show bible which should help you decide: http://programaudioseries.com/program/TheProgramShowBible.pd...
If you do listen to any of the episodes, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts! I'd especially appreciate the following feedback:
1. Is this something you'd be interested in listening to?
2. Any suggestions how to gain initial traction and reach broader audiences
And then if you do move forward, we will already be subscribed so your listener base will continue to grow.
I'd be happy to listen to this on my drive home this evening, but downloading mp3s and getting them moved over to my phone and into my podcast player app is too much effort. Sorry, but that's the reality!
You've clearly spent time and energy to produce something worthwhile, but don't miss out on a small thing to make it easy for us to experience your content.
Let me know what you think if you listen to it! :)
Is there any reason not to launch in all of the standard podcast spots (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.)? If you were there, I would have downloaded immediately.
I understand that this is just a proof of concept but see no real downside to capitalizing on the distribution. I think you're underestimating the friction/laziness of consumers here.
I'm not sure, but my favorite thing in podcast form was Serial.
> 2. Any suggestions how to gain initial traction and reach broader audiences
For starters, I'd like to listen in my podcast app (PocketCasts). You have to be there to have a chance to appear in "Trending" etc.
Not the most intuitive UI, but it works.
But it is investigative podcast, very different genre to yours.
Great production quality, I was surprised. We both enjoyed it and sat to the end before going to do other stuff, will definitely be checking out the other two.
I'm interested to see how this develops.
Very much. I voraciously consume Radio 4, radio plays and audiobooks, and a few podcasts.
Tried episode 2 at lunch - ooh it's a bit long. Might have worked better as a 2 parter? We're very impressed with your level of quality for a new project. :)
Random thought and perhaps not relevant or of interest as it's a bit of a tangent.
Have you thought of looking into submission requirements for BBC Radio4 Afternoon Drama? No idea what the rules are, but I know they feature new playwrights and experimental content fairly often. They also often make series of 5 linked daily plays exploring some SF theme or alternate reality. The Beeb are surprisingly easy to have email or social conversations with for an org their size.
Episode 1 honestly wouldn't have seemed out of place had I heard it in that slot. Audience is around 1m I believe. :)
Actually, I was considering submitting The Program to the BBC, but had no idea this specific programme existed - I'll now look into it! Thanks! :)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tnwj R3 Drama Page
Two old multipart series I happen to remember, just to give an idea of past scope:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nv05z Listening to the Dead - 5 part series.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07mxgxl Tracks - 9 part SciFi conspiracy thriller.
1) Because listening to something in my browser is a pain.
2) Manually importing to my podcatcher is a pain.
3) I'm gonna forget about this by 5, and if more episodes come out, I'd like to know without having to rely on that announcement hitting HN front page during work hours when I'd see it.
It doesn't trigger the usual RSS subscription offer on Firefox either. Are you sure it's formatted correctly?
Let me know what you think of The Program! ;)