The Vocal Fries

The Vocal Fries

Hello, all! This is my very first review on this blog, and there is no better first podcast to review than The Vocal Fries, a current favorite of mine.

At its core, The Vocal Fries is an informational linguistic podcast that seeks to broaden the world’s knowledge of how much linguistic discrimination affects our daily lives. If it sounds at all boring, I am here to tell you that it is one of the most relateable and timely topics that everyone should learn more about. Each episode ends with a simple call-to-action, one that I think we can all truly get on board with: “Don’t be an asshole!”

Carrie and Megan are both trained linguistics with a long history of work in the academic field. However, their back and forth banter is not one of unintelligible academia, but rather of two friends sharing a topic they are passionate about. Being from two different countries and backgrounds, one American and one Canadian, their input is both varied and inclusive of global issues. Each and every episode is very easy to follow and understand, and the topics they cover are utterly fascinating. I will say that this is my first time delving into the fascinating world of linguistics and I have already found myself subscribing to more podcasts on the topic simply because of Carrie and Megan’s work. Language is such a unifying force throughout the world, and linguistic discrimination is unfortunately just as widespread (and I had NO idea!!).

In their first episode, they tackle what is called “vocal fry”, a term used in linguistics to describe a particular speaking pattern that is very common but often more recognizable in women. Because of the association with women, it has become a taboo in industries that require voice usage, such as radio hosts, news anchors, and actors, that honestly has no grounding in fact. A person is not of lesser intelligence simple because of the way they speak, despite what you hear and see in the media.

Starting with this topic, Carrie and Megan systematically proceed to dismantle everything I thought I had known about language and the way we speak and interact with other humans. From swearing to southern accents, grammar nazis to French-speaking Canadians, even a very well done and respectful episode on the usage of the singular they/them as a pronoun identity, these women make you completely rethink how you interpret the way others speak. Each episode includes a guest, sometimes other academics but often not, who have specialization in a particular type of linguistic discrimination. Carrie and Megan lead the guest through very thoughtful and interesting questions and ensure that everything is easily understood and explained while also joking about and throwing in some of their own personal anecdotes.

Some particularly fascinating episodes that I would suggest starting with (although they are all great):

Episode 1 – Uppity Women

Episode 4 – Grammar Not-zi

Episode 9 – ChicaNO? ChicanYES!

Episode 18 – Don’t be an Accenthole

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of language and how it can positively and negatively affect the world around us, I would absolutely start listening to The Vocal Fries. It is so important, especially in the current political climate of anger and hate, to understand how our words and judgments can affect others. We can work to dispel hurtful judgments that can have real-world implications for so many people every day, and in doing so can contribute positivity and politeness.

That does it for The Vocal Fries, as always check them out on iTunes and follow their twitter for future updates: @VocalFriesPod

Remember: Don’t be an asshole!

– Sarah

Fiercely Altered Perspective Podcast

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I just spent four minutes choking on Cool Ranch Doritos so that’s where I am tonight. What’s up.

Tonight I’m talking about the only podcast I officially endorse (with my absolute zero endorsement power), Fiercely Altered Perspective. I’m all about my Iconic Internet Parents™.

Fiercely Altered Perspective (also known as “The Fap Pod”) is a podcast that discusses all of the darker things about life, from true crime to mythology to aliens. This, of course, is my favorite kind of pod; the kind that is a conglomerate of all of my favorite screwed up curiosities. As of tonight, there are 17 total episodes (not including Patreon exclusives) that are all incredibly amazing.

First, let’s talk about our hosts. If you’re a fan of Color Me Dead, you’ll recognize a familiar voice. Ember previously was a co-host of this podcast, and while I deeply miss hearing her there, I am so glad that she and her husband Quinn created this pod. These two have such an amazing dynamic, feeding off of each other to create an atmosphere that is both dark and humorous, informative and entertaining.

I am always intrigued by pods who manage to bring humor to dark topics in a way that isn’t exploitative and disrespectful. Quinn and Ember do that. They are fairly verbal with their disclaimers that they do use humor to cope with the things they talk about, but they manage to find humor without being distasteful in regards to the cases and I appreciate that.

Another thing that I greatly appreciate about Quinn and Ember is that they are willing to show their anger, pain, and vulnerability (as evident in Episode 17: Precious Doe). They have so much empathy and emotion, they’re so deeply invested, and that is so refreshing. Some podcasts that cover similar cases just give you the information and call it a day, and while that can be just fine, I want to feel a connection to the hosts; I want to know that they’re experiencing the same/similar emotions I am while hearing this information. Ember and Quinn don’t leave you questioning how they feel about it; they’re open and honest about their thoughts, even with their vulnerability, even when it’s uncomfortable. That’s so admirable to me, feeling like I can connect with these people in this way.

And I could go on and on all day about them, but there are a few more things I want to cover.

The content of the episodes is so thoroughly researched (if there’s a book about it, I’m sure Ember owns it). When you listen to this podcast, you know that you’re getting accurate information, researched extensively and outlined in a cohesive manner. Multi-part episodes ensure that topics are being covered wholly and that details aren’t being glossed over due to time restraints. The attention to detail, the amount of work they put into each episode, I swear it is astounding. I love them.

The last thing I want to talk about is their social media presence, because theirs is strong. Between Twitter and the Facebook group they have gained such a strong presence & a great rapport with their listeners. I always try to keep tabs on how interactive podcasters are with their listeners, and this pod passes the test. There is also a Facebook pagean Instagram, and Quinn has his own Twitter as well.

They use their social media presence for so many wonderful things, including raising awareness and advocacy, connecting with other podcasts, learning more about their listeners, and sending me bad dad jokes (thanks, Quinn).

The Fap Pod has 30 reviews on iTunes, which gives them a perfect 5-stars. They’re also available on Stitcher, murder.ly, player.fm, just to name a few. There is also a merch store, where you can find that really awesome black t-shirt with the lime green comic sans (my idea, and I bought it, and I love it, don’t judge). There’s also a Patreon (linked above) where you can throw some money behind them monthly and get some pretty cool stuff.

Take some time out of your day to listen to this pod, because it truly is more than just a podcast – Quinn and Ember have created a community, and it’s a very kind and uplifting place, even in the face of the dark things they discuss. Chat with Ember and Quinn, share your thoughts (perspectives) on some of the things they talk about. They’re a lot of fun to talk to.

Finally, I just want to say a quick thank you to Ember and Quinn for kind of being my backbone recently, always popping up when I’m feeling incredibly down, and always being kind and patient with me when I’m being…too much, for lack of better description. Ember, thanks for talking with me through all the dumb life stuff. Quinn, thanks for your kindness and amazingly terrible hilarious jokes.

Thank you both for being so dedicated to your pod, to each other, and to your listeners. We’re incredibly thankful for you.

And since this is just shy of 900 words, I’m just gonna go ahead and let you know I also just choked on Nacho Cheese Doritos as well. Nice. 

Empty Review – Zimbellina

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Empty is a sci fi audio drama which starts off with a few audio diaries of various staff of astronauts. They are working on colonising a totally new galaxy. The universe is too crowded so they’re opening up the options to outside the galaxy. Our ship is coming after some colonising ships have already been sent so this ship is not the first. 

We go through a few different peoples diaries about readying the ship for landing outside the galaxy. It’s a slow intro into the main meat of the story. It builds up slowly, teasing different aspects of the show to come. Each audio diary is only about 2 minutes long, and there are 6 of these. The last being the log of a robot which is an interesting look at what goes on in a robot’s brain. This is a good way to give the listener a piece of what the meat of the audio drama is about. It’s interesting, I guess it’s like previews or teasers but done in an new and fresh way. 

After these the show starts with a two parter, with the astronauts coming out of cryosleep. They all have no memories of themselves and slowly discover things about themselves and each other. The narrative jumps from person to person as they learn more about themselves. 

The unfolding of the story is intriguing and keeps you invested in the characters and story line. The audio is perfect and the voice actors are great. You get totally invested in the story quickly and there are mysteries to be solved from the very beginning. The sound effects are excellent as well, very realistic. I think the robot is my favourite character. He calls the others ‘meat’ and tries to kill people yet can’t because of his directives so asks one of the crew members “Will you kill yourself for me?” Bwhahaha. Love it. 

Something has obviously happened to the ship as robots have been destroyed, files are missing and there was some kind of fire. This leads to a discovery that the universe they’re heading into is empty. It was meant to have been colonised before they got there. 

I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in this world. The world building is excellent and gives just enough information to leave you wanting more. Can’t get enough of this audio drama. So far they’ve released probably half of the first season I assume so there’s lots more to be discovered! But enough already to get a good binge going. 

5/5 lonely stars 

The 1000 Followers Contest!

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Hello, pals! It’s time we talk about this nifty little contest/giveaway that we are hosting since we have crossed the 1000 follower threshold!

First, on behalf of all of us, we are so humbled and grateful that you have chosen us to be your champions, to promote you and praise you and stand beside you! It is so nice to feel at home in this community. 99.9% of you have been so amazing, interactive, and encouraging! We have gained friendships and experiences that have changed our lives. We thank you for that.

As a way of giving back, we are hosting a giveaway. This isn’t open to just podcasters, but to all of our readers & followers. The kinks for all the prizes haven’t been completely worked out yet, but what I know for a fact you will receive:

For podcasters: You will at least win a blog review that is at least 1000 words, a $50 gift-card, a shout-out tweet from us that will be promoted so that your name is really getting out there, as well as a Facebook post that is promoted (at no cost to you! Wow!!! Great deal!!!!)

If you aren’t a podcaster: You will at least win a $50 gift card and an item of merch of your choice from any podcast you choose.

And honestly, the rules are pretty simple. Incredibly simple, in fact.

THE RULES!!!!

  1. Follow all of our Twitter accounts. (promotethepodsdaniquinnjamesflipflops214zimbellinawarbabyyydumbravioli)
  2. Like our Facebook page
  3. Join our Facebook group
  4. Follow our Instagram
  5. DM me on my personal (dumbravioli) screenshots of proof that you’ve followed/liked/joined. If you unfollow, unlike, or leave the group, you will be disqualified.
  6. Be interactive with us! On our personals, on our main account, and through Facebook and Instagram. I keep track of the ones who are most interactive.
  7. Email us (promotethepodcasts@gmail.com) or DM me your favorite blog review that we’ve written and why. (If you are a podcaster we have reviewed, it cannot be your own review).
  8. If you do all of this, you will be added into a randomizer. When the contest ends, we will pick a winner that way.

The contest starts as soon as this is posted, and will end on June 10th at 10:00pm CST.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on twitter, or via email.

Good luck, pals!!!

 

The Blood Crow Stories Review – Zimbellina

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The Blood Crow Stories

SS Utopia

Max, a college student doing a history thesis on Dr Wiseman and the SS Utopia, a cruise ship which could become a submarine. So he’s doing a podcast which combines his notes and the recordings from the ship. He says something is happening on the tapes which shows something intriguing and maybe even dangerous which is perplexing and troubling him. Which is why he makes the podcast. 

The ship hired Dr Harold Wiseman to do a study on the inhabitants of the ship to see if they got any signs of going ‘stir crazy’ or getting cabin fever. He asks a range of people to record their interactions and thoughts on tapes which Max plays for the listener and talks about in his thesis. The SS Utopia project was shut down after the ship sank but the recordings were luckily in a safe so they were kept usable. 

6 recorders were handed out on the first week of the study. Each person is tasked with recording their thoughts and to report about their life on the ship and Dr Wiseman wants to see how the psyche is affected by living on the ship. The first is handed to Tommy, who is married to Mary and rich. Penny is the next to be given a recorder, she’s on the ship without her husband because he wanted to stay on land in case he was wanted for the war. Number 3 goes to a stowaway, one of the builders of the ship. Then Fiona the artist comes in and Leo who farms on the ship, which provides the fresh food for the ship. Lastly is Nora who wants to share the life of a poor/middle class perspective. 

Max feels these recordings which are like diaries for public consumption much like social media now. He wants to share this strange mystery he hears as he keeps going through the tapes. The mystery leads him down a dangerous path. 

The sound production is excellent, with the tapes sounding thoroughly authentic to the period of time it was meant to be recorded in. The story moves at a good pace and is very interesting and intriguing. It’s fun to follow the ships passengers as well as the other mystery of the recordings. 

Blackchapel

The second season is a totally different story, a western story told through the eyes of a men and women who are out in the west and they go on a journey to various towns trying to solve a true crime mystery. They’re in the middle of this story and I highly recommend is although I did like season 1 a bit more. But it’s still an interesting story which brings in new, intriguing characters and shows that the producers and writers of this audio drama know what they’re doing even across genres. 

This audio drama is definitely recommended to anyone who likes twisty stories with interesting plot lines and strange happenings. It’s one of my favourites. 

5/5 sunken stars 

Myopia: Defend Your Childhood

HI! Ren here with another review.

Today I want to review “Myopia: Defend Your Childhood” a fun podcast that literally makes you defend your childhood. They take movies that are at least ten years old (and the occasional cartoon) and review them and ask “Do they stand the test of time?” I, for one, loved a lot of movies as a kid or younger adult and now I wonder if I was stupid or just that easily entertained.

I listened to a few of the podcasts as I always do to get a feel for the podcast and the hosts. I wanted to listen to “The Princess Bride”, but I have yet to watch it (don’t judge me! It is on my summer bucket list). They have an excellent assortment of movies to choose from and I think anyone can find something that they want to listen to them defend and discuss.

My Choices (which wasn’t easy and I know I will be listening to the entire episode list)

First up: “Weird Science” The 1985 John Hughes movie where two high school boys somehow build a supermodel looking girlfriend that once made they have no clue what to actually do with her. I was happy to hear that they generally agreed with me that this is John Hughes worst movie, ever. Thank you! They do this in a much more hilarious and entertaining way.

Second up: “Iron Man” I was someone who was at the theater opening day. I should probably say that I have a tiny obsession with RDJ (Robert Downey Jr who was also in Weird Science…I told you tiny obsession. I have even seen “Less Than Zero” and his episodes of Ally McBeal). I was so happy that they agreed with me again that this movies did stand the test of time. They mostly agreed and even reminded me of parts I had forgotten!

Last, but not least: “Speed”- I laughed so hard during this episode that I pulled a stitch (worth it!). There was much debate over this movie and I will say I agreed with several points and others I gave my phone a dirty look. Keanu Reeves is amazing and I don’t care what movie he is in.

I love that this podcast has different people doing certain movies which keeps it interesting and you can’t assume to know what someone will say. The hosts all seem to get along and are friends so it has the feel of hanging out with a new group of friends. The host of all episodes, so the podcast does have an actual host is Nicolas and he is sometimes a defendant and other times he is leading the charge that the movie didn’t stand the test of time.

In conclusion, this is a podcast that specializes in nostalgia. You may learn that a movie isn’t as good as you once thought. You might equally find that your favorite movie is in fact a classic that has stood the test of time. Who doesn’t like a bit of nostalgia? Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Murder Road Trip

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For today’s review, I’m snacking on Vanilla Coke and Sour Patch Kids as I tell you about a fun podcast called Murder Road Trip. The premise of this podcast is a simple one: the host takes a guest (who is often the host of a podcast of their own, so we get the bonus of hearing about their work, too) on a roadtrip to a destination related to the true crime case being discussed on the episode. There were quite a few crimes covered that I had never heard of, which is something I genuinely appreciate finding in a true crime podcast (specifically because of just *how much* I consume true crime podcasts, books, etc.). Some episodes have audio issues, but these issues are minimal and always addressed and corrected by the next episode.

 

I really like the concept of the show; framing it as a roadtrip and taking the guest with you somewhere is a fun take on the conversation with a guest host that is really common in so many forms of media. Episodes I recommend: Carl Panzram, Mark Barton, HH Holmes, and John Robinson.