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Saturday, January 19
 

8:00am

Registration
The world is full of untold stories that need to be brought to light. These are stories that will delight and amaze and deepen our understanding of the universe and of humanity. BUT HOW DO WE FIND THEM! In a world where nothing is new, these panelists never fail to find the stories, but how?

Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00am - 6:00pm
Atrium Lobby

9:30am

Opening Show
Join the PodCon founders as they bring some of their favorite podcasters to the stage to welcome you all to PodCon 2!

Participants to be announced.

Featured Guests
avatar for Demi Adejuyigbe

Demi Adejuyigbe

Punch Up the Jam; Gilmore Guys
Demi, aka Bubblegum Pockets, once accepted a jacket from the dry cleaners that wasn’t his and had pockets full of literal bubblegum. He once said Miel’s hair feels like spaghetti, which was rude but true. He often eats candy in lieu of an actual meal. He non-ironically loves the... Read More →
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
avatar for Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.
avatar for Hannah Gelb

Hannah Gelb

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This: Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This:Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Hrishikesh Hirway

Hrishikesh Hirway

Song Exploder; The West Wing Weekly
Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician and the creator of the Song Exploder podcast. The New York Times wrote, "In the world of beautifully produced podcasts, Song Exploder is the beacon," and Quartz called it "possibly the most perfect podcast." He makes music under the name The One AM... Read More →
avatar for Sydnee McElroy

Sydnee McElroy

Sawbones; Still Buffering
avatar for Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →
avatar for Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Oh

Ashley Oh

The Polygon Show
Ashley Oh is Social Media Manager at Polygon, where she oversees community, content and growth on all things social. When she isn’t managing off-platform needs, she co-hosts The Polygon Show, an all-female podcast about gaming and its peripheral culture. She also contributes reviews... Read More →
avatar for Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

The Polygon Show, Rocket
Simone de Rochefort is a co-host of The Polygon Show, an irreverent podcast about video games and gaming culture. She is also a video producer for Polygon, and enjoys making goofy faces and loud noises on and off camera. She is both a host and an editor, and relishes the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Kristin Russo is the co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of Esquire's... Read More →
avatar for Symphony Sanders

Symphony Sanders

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Symphony Sanders is a Chicago-based actor, aerialist, and vlogger. She voices Tamika Flynn on the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, is a cohost on Good Morning Nightvale, and has been featured on My Fair City and Chuck Tingle’s Pounded in the Butt by my Podcast. When not recording... Read More →
avatar for Rileigh Smirl

Rileigh Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Chelsea Stark

Chelsea Stark

The Polygon Show
Chelsea Stark is Polygon's News Editor, where she sets the tone for the day-to-day news coverage and helps Polygon bring analysis to current conversations in the space. Chelsea was previously at Mashable, where she grew the games section from just herself to a full-fledged team. They... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Zelda

Bianca Zelda

The Broadswords
Bianca Zelda is a member of the Broadswords, an all women actual play 5e DnD podcast where she plays Mépris. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats and two dogs. Bianca is new to the podcasting universe, but has dived in feet first into the welcoming and enthusiastic... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Mainstage (4A)

11:30am

Justin McElroy Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Justin McElroy and have the opportunity to ask him questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 614

11:30am

Paul Bae Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Paul Bae and have the opportunity to ask him questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 613

11:30am

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor Debut a New Podcast
Featured Guests
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
avatar for Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6B

11:30am

Oh No Ross & Carrie
Featured Guests
avatar for Ross Blocher

Ross Blocher

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Ross was born into a family of evangelical Christians and spent a good amount of time in churches of various denominations, singing in choirs, serving as an acolyte, and memorizing lots of scripture. Meanwhile, he busied himself reading books about ghosts, vampires, aliens and chupacabras... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Poppy

Carrie Poppy

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Carrie wasn’t raised in a religious home, but became engrossed in religion at the age of 13, when she accepted Jesus into her heart (although he no longer works there). She once exorcised a demon, used to own a chakra chart, and has spent countless dollars on “detoxifying” foot... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6A

11:30am

Podcast Scramble Session 1
The return of our famous Podcast Scrambles, where two legends of the podcasting world are paired up randomly to create a brand new one-time podcast, just for this convention.

SCRAMBLE 1
Hank Green of "Dear Hank and John" with Teylor Smirl of "Still Buffering" come together for a podcast called "Your Favorite Drink" where Teylor dives in to the deeper stories of our beverages of choice.

SCRAMBLE 2
Improv comic Arnie Neikamp with comedy writer and fan-of-words Helen Zaltzman bring you "It's Your Funeral: Helen and Arnie Plan For Their Eventual Deaths". 

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Teylor Smirl

Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist
In 2007, with no relevant experience, Helen Zaltzman started podcasting from her living room in suburban London. 12 years later, her podcasts The Allusionist and Answer Me This have won multiple awards and spawned book adaptations, theatre shows and a TED talk. She runs the sprawling... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 606-609

11:30am

Hannahlyze This Meet and Greet
Meet Hannah Hart and Hannah Gelb! Participants for this signing have been pre-selected based on a lottery system run before the event. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Hannah Gelb

Hannah Gelb

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This: Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This:Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

11:30am

Radiotopia Meetup
Love Radiotopia podcasts? Here's a place to connect with other Radiotopia fans, talk about your favorites, and meet some folk who work behind the scenes.

Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4C

11:30am

We Just Want to Make You Laugh
Is it OK, these days, to just bring people a little joy? Hopefully, so! These panelists have got comedy chops and want to make you laugh. But they also want to talk about how their work, though very funny, can also be very hard. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Demi Adejuyigbe

Demi Adejuyigbe

Punch Up the Jam; Gilmore Guys
Demi, aka Bubblegum Pockets, once accepted a jacket from the dry cleaners that wasn’t his and had pockets full of literal bubblegum. He once said Miel’s hair feels like spaghetti, which was rude but true. He often eats candy in lieu of an actual meal. He non-ironically loves the... Read More →
avatar for Miel Bredouw

Miel Bredouw

Punch Up the Jam
Miel, aka Honey & Dandruff, was born in 1754. She's a lifelong vegan, meaning she only eats foods shaped like Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. Her favorite thing is when people say she looks like Linda McCartney, which she totally does, and if you see her in person you should go out of... Read More →
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →
avatar for Adal Rifai

Adal Rifai

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Adal Rifai is a performer at iO Chicago. Adal performs with the house team Revolver, the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and teaches improv at University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct lecturer. Past iO credits include Swim Buddies, Our Feature Presentation: The Improvised... Read More →
avatar for Matt Young

Matt Young

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, director, and writer based in Chicago. In addition to performing as Usidore on the Hello from the Magic Tavern podcast, Matt is also a proud member of the world-renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company. He is a founding member of Whirled... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6C

11:30am

Watch Me Cut
How does the raw audio of one of your favorite podcasts turn into the final form? Well, stop asking and just sit here while Griffin McElroy edits. Witness the terrifying truth! The edit MATTERS! 

Featured Guests
avatar for Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.


Saturday January 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Mainstage (4A)

1:00pm

Helen Zaltzman Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Helen Zaltzman and have the opportunity to ask her questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist
In 2007, with no relevant experience, Helen Zaltzman started podcasting from her living room in suburban London. 12 years later, her podcasts The Allusionist and Answer Me This have won multiple awards and spawned book adaptations, theatre shows and a TED talk. She runs the sprawling... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 613

1:00pm

Punch Up the Jam
Live episode of Punch Up the Jam with special guest, Griffin McElroy!

Every week, comedians/best friends Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe attempt to fix a popular song despite absolutely no qualifications. PUNCH UP THE JAM is a show cataloguing their descent into madness as they review, rewrite, and remix all the hits you love to hate, or just love (until they ruin it for you.)

Featured Guests
avatar for Demi Adejuyigbe

Demi Adejuyigbe

Punch Up the Jam; Gilmore Guys
Demi, aka Bubblegum Pockets, once accepted a jacket from the dry cleaners that wasn’t his and had pockets full of literal bubblegum. He once said Miel’s hair feels like spaghetti, which was rude but true. He often eats candy in lieu of an actual meal. He non-ironically loves the... Read More →
avatar for Miel Bredouw

Miel Bredouw

Punch Up the Jam
Miel, aka Honey & Dandruff, was born in 1754. She's a lifelong vegan, meaning she only eats foods shaped like Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. Her favorite thing is when people say she looks like Linda McCartney, which she totally does, and if you see her in person you should go out of... Read More →
avatar for Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6B

1:00pm

SciShow Tangents
Live episode of SciSchow Tangents!

SciShow Tangents: Introducing the lightly competitive knowledge showcase from the geniuses behind the YouTube series SciShow. Every Tuesday, join Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schulz as they try to one-up and amaze each other with weird and funny scientific research... while not getting distracted. There will be tangents about video games, music, weird smells, surprisingly deep insights about life, and of course, poop, but it always comes back to the science.


Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ceri Riley

Ceri Riley

SciShow Tangents
Ceri Riley is a co-host of the SciShow Tangents podcast and a script editor and writer for Complexly, where she mostly works on the YouTube channel Crash Course. She graduated from MIT with degrees in biology and media studies, which hopefully gives her some nerd cred, but she spent... Read More →
avatar for Elah Feder

Elah Feder

Elah Feder co-hosts and produces Undiscovered, a podcast about the backstories of science from Science Friday and WNYC Studios. Her work has also appeared on CBC Radio shows like Spark, The Current, and The Sunday Edition, and publications like The Guardian, The LA Times, and Xtra... Read More →
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Sam Schultz

Cartoonist/animator Sam Schultz spent his youth playing Nintendo and reading Krazy Kat comics instead of learning math and science and stuff, but that’s worked out pretty well for him so far. He’s a host, producer and editor on SciShow Tangents and works on a bunch of other Complexly... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

1:00pm

Paul Bae Meet and Greet
Meet Paul Bae! This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

1:00pm

Still Buffering Meet and Greet
Meet Sydney McElroy, Teylor Smirl and Rileigh Smirl at this signing! Participants have been pre-selected based on a lottery system run before the event.

Featured Guests
avatar for Sydnee McElroy

Sydnee McElroy

Sawbones; Still Buffering
avatar for Rileigh Smirl

Rileigh Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Teylor Smirl

Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

1:00pm

Cosplay Meetup
Calling all fans of cosplay! Whether you're an experienced cosplayer or just want to experience the fun, we invite you to hang out in your best costume, take pictures, and meet other fans who know that a podcast is just the beginning.

Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4C

1:00pm

The Story Among The Story
In both fiction and non-fiction podcasts, you don't just tell the story inside of each individual episode, you're also telling a longer, over-arching story. How do you make that compelling and consistent, even if your plan is for the story to never end? 

Featured Guests
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Zelda

Bianca Zelda

The Broadswords
Bianca Zelda is a member of the Broadswords, an all women actual play 5e DnD podcast where she plays Mépris. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats and two dogs. Bianca is new to the podcasting universe, but has dived in feet first into the welcoming and enthusiastic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton is a virtuoso of audio fiction. They are the sound designer of over a dozen immersive storytelling podcasts, including LeVar Burton Reads and The Bright Sessions, as well as co-founder & executive producer of The Whisperforge, a collective whose shows have a combined... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Kaner

Sophie Kaner

Sophie Kaner is the co-creator (along with partner Kevin Vibert), director, and sound designer for sci-fi/noir/fantasy/horror podcast The Penumbra. The Penumbra has been featured in The Guardian, Vox, HuffPost, and WePresent, as well as winning multiple Audio Verse awards for acting... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6C

1:00pm

When the Audience is Part of the Content
We are lucky to work in a medium and at a time when people can have direct and immediate connections with the content they love. Frankly, that might be the most interesting thing about creating in this era. So how do creators invite people in, what do they want to see from their community, and is it ever too much? How do we all use this resource to the fullest, and are we ever worried we're taking advantage of you.


Featured Guests
avatar for Kristin Flemons

Kristin Flemons

The Broadswords
Kristin is 1/4 of the Broadswords, an all-women D&D 5e actual-play podcast. When not loudly proclaiming her love for all things RPGs and podcasting, she has been spotted in academic circles doing anthropological sorts of things. Her main hobby is collecting new hobbies, which currently... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This:Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Oh

Ashley Oh

The Polygon Show
Ashley Oh is Social Media Manager at Polygon, where she oversees community, content and growth on all things social. When she isn’t managing off-platform needs, she co-hosts The Polygon Show, an all-female podcast about gaming and its peripheral culture. She also contributes reviews... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Conowitch

Celeste Conowitch

Celeste Conowitch is a California based RPGwriter who is the Producer & Dungeon Master for the Venture Maidens Podcast, an actual play 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Podcast. She holds theater degree from San Francisco State, and a life long love of table top games.You can find her... Read More →
avatar for Dane Terry

Dane Terry

Dane Terry is a multi-media storymaker. He has made theater and music and music-theater for all sorts of rooms. He has been up to this for quite some time. He intends to stay up to it. Dane met Ellie Heyman in 2015 and they straight away began collaborating on the story that would... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 606-609

1:00pm

Sci-Fi Sound Effects Design: Best Practices for Otherworldly Audio
How do you create fantastical sound effects from scratch? This workshop will explore a theoretical and practical framework for creating modern, immersive sound effects for audio drama: from sourcing high quality field recordings, to editing, workflow and effects processing. The central thesis of the workshop will be the importance of source material, and how sound design — much like cooking, relies on high-quality ingredients and an understanding of how they interact one another. 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Powell

Dan Powell

Dan Powell is a sound designer specializing in podcasting and radio. He is known for his work on the fiction podcast Archive 81, which he co-produces with Marc Sollinger. He also works as a staff engineer at American Public Media, supporting the audio needs of public radio shows... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 611-612

2:30pm

Myke Hurley Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Myke Hurley and have the opportunity to ask him questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Myke Hurley

Myke Hurley

Relay FM
Myke Hurley co-founded Relay FM in 2014, and has been podcasting since 2010. He is the host of many podcasts at Relay FM – including Cortex, Upgrade, Playing for Fun, and Ungeniused. He manages advertising sales for the network, along with a lot of the day-to-day tasks of running... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 614

2:30pm

Ross and Carrie Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Attendees are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Ross Blocher

Ross Blocher

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Ross was born into a family of evangelical Christians and spent a good amount of time in churches of various denominations, singing in choirs, serving as an acolyte, and memorizing lots of scripture. Meanwhile, he busied himself reading books about ghosts, vampires, aliens and chupacabras... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Poppy

Carrie Poppy

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Carrie wasn’t raised in a religious home, but became engrossed in religion at the age of 13, when she accepted Jesus into her heart (although he no longer works there). She once exorcised a demon, used to own a chakra chart, and has spent countless dollars on “detoxifying” foot... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 613

2:30pm

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
A live episode of Buffering the Vampire Slayer!

Buffering the Vampire Slayer is a weekly podcast in which your hosts Jenny Owen Youngs (professional musician and recreational Whedonverse aficionado) and Kristin Russo (professional writer and former goth teen) discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one episode at a time. Every installment of the podcast also includes a new original song recapping each glorious Buffy episode! *wolf howl*

Featured Guests
avatar for Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Kristin Russo is the co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of Esquire's... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Owen Youngs

Jenny Owen Youngs

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Jenny Owen Youngs is the co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside LGBT activist & author Kristin Russo. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 6B

2:30pm

Hello From the Magic Tavern
A live episode of Hello From the Magic Tavern.

Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He's still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters and adventurers. It's a major discovery!

Featured Guests
avatar for Demi Adejuyigbe

Demi Adejuyigbe

Punch Up the Jam; Gilmore Guys
Demi, aka Bubblegum Pockets, once accepted a jacket from the dry cleaners that wasn’t his and had pockets full of literal bubblegum. He once said Miel’s hair feels like spaghetti, which was rude but true. He often eats candy in lieu of an actual meal. He non-ironically loves the... Read More →
avatar for Miel Bredouw

Miel Bredouw

Punch Up the Jam
Miel, aka Honey & Dandruff, was born in 1754. She's a lifelong vegan, meaning she only eats foods shaped like Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. Her favorite thing is when people say she looks like Linda McCartney, which she totally does, and if you see her in person you should go out of... Read More →
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Adal Rifai

Adal Rifai

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Adal Rifai is a performer at iO Chicago. Adal performs with the house team Revolver, the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and teaches improv at University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct lecturer. Past iO credits include Swim Buddies, Our Feature Presentation: The Improvised... Read More →
avatar for Matt Young

Matt Young

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, director, and writer based in Chicago. In addition to performing as Usidore on the Hello from the Magic Tavern podcast, Matt is also a proud member of the world-renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company. He is a founding member of Whirled... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mainstage (4A)

2:30pm

Podcast Scramble Session 2
The return of our famous Podcast Scrambles, where two legends of the podcasting world are paired up randomly to create a brand new one-time podcast, just for this convention.The first scramble will feature Hannah Hart and Hannah Gelb of "Hannalyze This" and Kathy Tu of "Nancy."

The second will feature Tobin Low of "Nancy" and Simone de Rochefort of "The Polygon Show."

Featured Guests
avatar for Hannah Gelb

Hannah Gelb

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This: Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This:Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Tobin Low

Tobin Low

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

The Polygon Show, Rocket
Simone de Rochefort is a co-host of The Polygon Show, an irreverent podcast about video games and gaming culture. She is also a video producer for Polygon, and enjoys making goofy faces and loud noises on and off camera. She is both a host and an editor, and relishes the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Tu

Kathy Tu

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 6C

2:30pm

Hank Green Meet and Greet
Meet Hank Green! Participants for this signing were determined by a lottery run before the event. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

2:30pm

Nerdfighter Meetup
What's the only thing better than a Nerdfighter? Lots and lots of Nerdfighters. Come out and meet  the wonderful folk who make up this community... and don't forget to be awesome!

Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4C

2:30pm

Fan Panel
Travis McElroy gives a little bit of structure (because we all know he's great at that) to a discussion among leading community members. Fan art, content warnings, headcanons, community management and more. We all know that none of this works without a two-way relationship, so let's get into it!

Featured Guests
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Kilgore

Alexander Kilgore

Alexander Kilgore is a transgender man living out and proud in Utah, has been active in fandom spaces for years, and created/moderated panels at several conventions, including the legendary Salt Lake Comic Con. He utilizes all forms of visual art, is a certified chef in the State... Read More →
avatar for Merilee Nixon

Merilee Nixon

Merilee Nixon is a choreographer, performer, and nanny from North Carolina. She is also regularly involved in online fan communities. For over 13 years she’s been involved in more fandoms than even she can keep track of. She is particularly passionate about the intersection between... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 606-609

2:30pm

Fiction Podcasting Q&A
This is, my friends, an extremely broad topic. But here we are. Our moderator is going to kickstart the juices with questions about craft, perception, and audience. And then we're just going to turn it over to you.


Featured Guests
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Danner

Alexander Danner

Alexander Danner is co-creator of the slipstream audio drama Greater Boston, and sound designer for the psychedelic noir audio drama What's the Frequency? As both guest writer and sound designer, he has contributed to special episodes of StarTripper!!, arsParadoxica, and Our Fair... Read More →
avatar for Kaitlin Statz

Kaitlin Statz

Kaitlin Statz is the writer and creator of The White Vault and a member of the Fool & Scholar Production duo. With a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Oxford, she adores the research of fiction writing. Her interest in history and... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Rhea Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer and podcaster who loves to help other creators find confidence and success. She is a contributor to Forbes and creator of the Girl In Space and Write Now podcasts. She currently lives in the Midwest with one husband, two rescue cats, and... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 6A

2:30pm

Podcasting 101: Everything But The Content
Want to dial your podcast up to 11? Whether you’re just starting or already at it, we’ll give you the know-how for optimal production, post, and distribution at any price or skill level — and how to power-up with video/streaming. By the end, we’ll improve everything except your topic. That’s on you.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Ratner

Ben Ratner

Ben Ratner is an Emmy-winning multimedia content creator with nearly ten years working in podcasting, media production and live streaming. Ben is the video producer for StarTalk Radio. He formerly worked with Al Roker’s live streaming company Roker Media, Compound Media (Opie... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 611-612

4:00pm

Broadswords Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Tracy Gibbons and Victoria Rogers and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Tracy Gibbons

Tracy Gibbons

The Broadswords
Tracy is new to the podcasting world, playing the character Keilah on The Broadswords, an inclusive all-woman actual play Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition podcast. She hails from Toronto, Ontario, where she lives with her boyfriend, dog, and two cats. When she's not podcasting, Tracy... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Rogers

Victoria Rogers

The Broadswords
Victoria is the Dungeon Master and producer of The Broadswords, an all-women Dungeons and Dragons podcast.  She was the coordinator for the Wizards of the Coast Podcasts of Foes event and has a few other new projects on the go.  With a theatre and classical voice background, Victoria... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 614

4:00pm

Roman Mars Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Roman Mars

Roman Mars

99% Invisible; Radiotopia
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 200 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 613

4:00pm

Still Buffering
A live episode of Still Buffering!

Join real-life sisters Sydnee McElroy (Sawbones), Teylor Smirl and Rileigh Smirl as they help bridge the gap between the teenagers of yesterday and today. "How do you party?" "What do I do with all this hair?" Still Buffering has the answer.

Featured Guests
avatar for Sydnee McElroy

Sydnee McElroy

Sawbones; Still Buffering
avatar for Rileigh Smirl

Rileigh Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Teylor Smirl

Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6B

4:00pm

The Allusionist / The Anthropocene Reviewed
Live episodes of both The Allusionist and The Anthropocene Reviewed.

The Allusionist: Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman.

The Anthropocene Reviewed: The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.



Featured Guests
avatar for John Green

John Green

Dear Hank and John; The Anthropocene Reviewed
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His newest book, Turtles All the Way Down, was published in October 2017. Green’s... Read More →
avatar for Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist
In 2007, with no relevant experience, Helen Zaltzman started podcasting from her living room in suburban London. 12 years later, her podcasts The Allusionist and Answer Me This have won multiple awards and spawned book adaptations, theatre shows and a TED talk. She runs the sprawling... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mainstage (4A)

4:00pm

Hello From the Magic Tavern Meet and Greet
Meet Adal Rifai, Arnie Niekamp and Matt Young from Hello from the Magic Tavern! Participants for this signing were determined by a lottery run before the event. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Adal Rifai

Adal Rifai

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Adal Rifai is a performer at iO Chicago. Adal performs with the house team Revolver, the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and teaches improv at University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct lecturer. Past iO credits include Swim Buddies, Our Feature Presentation: The Improvised... Read More →
avatar for Matt Young

Matt Young

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, director, and writer based in Chicago. In addition to performing as Usidore on the Hello from the Magic Tavern podcast, Matt is also a proud member of the world-renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company. He is a founding member of Whirled... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

4:00pm

Lady Pod Squad
This one is for the (female-identifying podcast enthusiast) ladies! Whether you are a seasoned veteran, toying with the idea of starting your own podcast, a dedicated fan, or anything in between, this is a great place to network, make friends, swap stories and support other women.

Thank you to Hannah Ostic for submitting this meet-up!

Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4C

4:00pm

Buffering The Vampire Slayer Q&A
Come talk with Jenny and Kristin about Buffy, Angel, and also songwriting and drama and working way too hard on your podcast. Also culture and 2019 and loving things. Bring your questions!!

Featured Guests
avatar for Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Kristin Russo is the co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of Esquire's... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Owen Youngs

Jenny Owen Youngs

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Jenny Owen Youngs is the co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside LGBT activist & author Kristin Russo. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6A

4:00pm

Finding the Universal in the Diverse
No one wants to create content only for people exactly like themselves. How do we help people search for stories outside of their narrative, while also working to create content for under-served audiences. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Hana Baba

Hana Baba

The Stoop
Hana Baba is the award winning host of Crosscurrents, the daily newsmagazine at KALW Public Radio in San Francisco, and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. Her work has also appeared on PRI's The World, BBC, NPR programs, Snap Judgment, Ozy, Patheos... Read More →
avatar for Allegra Frank

Allegra Frank

The Polygon Show, The History of Fun
Allegra Frank is Deputy News Editor at Polygon, where she frequently reports on Nintendo, internet culture and entertainment. She co-hosts The Polygon Show and Polygon’s The History of Fun on The Vox Media Podcast Network.
avatar for Tobin Low

Tobin Low

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron

Conversations With People Who Hate Me; Welcome to Night Vale
Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social justice activism and entertainment. He voices Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and created Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 606-609

4:00pm

Podcast Turnoffs
OK, OK, we get it...we're great. Everyone does everything right and we're all geniuses. But, just on a personal level, what do we freaking hate about podcasts? What's the thing we hear and think, "Well, maybe this one isn't for me." Come prepared...we'll be asking the audience as well.  

Featured Guests
avatar for Demi Adejuyigbe

Demi Adejuyigbe

Punch Up the Jam; Gilmore Guys
Demi, aka Bubblegum Pockets, once accepted a jacket from the dry cleaners that wasn’t his and had pockets full of literal bubblegum. He once said Miel’s hair feels like spaghetti, which was rude but true. He often eats candy in lieu of an actual meal. He non-ironically loves the... Read More →
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →
avatar for Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →
avatar for Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

The Polygon Show, Rocket
Simone de Rochefort is a co-host of The Polygon Show, an irreverent podcast about video games and gaming culture. She is also a video producer for Polygon, and enjoys making goofy faces and loud noises on and off camera. She is both a host and an editor, and relishes the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Zelda

Bianca Zelda

The Broadswords
Bianca Zelda is a member of the Broadswords, an all women actual play 5e DnD podcast where she plays Mépris. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats and two dogs. Bianca is new to the podcasting universe, but has dived in feet first into the welcoming and enthusiastic... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6C

4:00pm

More Pre-Pro, Less Problems: How to set your show up for success before launch
Wait! Before you press the big publish button—are you really ready to go? There are so many details to get right before you release the first episode of your podcast. Get the skinny on how to set your show up for success with pre-launch market research; stirring up buzz with social media; making your podcast accessible for all listeners; and taking care of business as you set up your team. Whether you’re planning to launch a new show, or want to make sure your existing podcasts are ready to grow to new heights, you’ll walk away with resources and checklists to make your life easier and your show better.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda McLoughlin is a podcaster, business builder, and queer martini aunt. She runs Multitude, an independent podcast collective and consultancy based in New York City. Multitude produces original shows, publishes free resources for podcasters, and helps clients of all sizes create, market, and grow great shows. Her career is dedicated to helping other creators make a living by making great stuff online... Read More →
avatar for Elena Fernández-Collins

Elena Fernández-Collins

Elena Fernández-Collins is a podcast critic and reporter and a forensic sociolinguist living in Portland, OR. She curates a biweekly newsletter about audio fiction, Audio Dramatic, where she reviews episodes and provides essays and news for the community. She also covers the audio... Read More →
avatar for Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

Eric Hamilton Schneider is the editor of Spirits and co-hosts their monthly Your Urban Legends miniseries.He’s also the co-host of Waystation, a fan-cast about the Canadian supernatural show Lost Girl, edits the Internet Creator Guild’s podcast, Creator Chat and is a founding... Read More →
avatar for Eric Silver

Eric Silver

Join the Party
Eric Silver is a writer, audio producer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. He's the Dungeon Master and co-host of Join the Party, a collaborative audio drama based on the rules of Dungeons & Dragons; the co-host of HORSE, a basketball podcast about everything except for wins and... Read More →
avatar for Julia Schifini

Julia Schifini

Julia Schifini is a writer, historian, voice actor, and lover of all fancy foods. She is the co-host and producer of Spirits, a boozy dive into myths and legends. She loves world-building, professional wrestling, fancy cheese, and all things creepy and cool. You can hear her on... Read More →
avatar for Mike Schubert

Mike Schubert

Mike Schubert is the creator, host, and editor of Potterless, a podcast that documents him starting the Harry Potter series at 24. He’s also the co-host of HORSE, which covers the fun and silly sides of basketball, not the numbers. When not podcasting, Mike can be found performing... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 611-612

5:30pm

Hank Green Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 613

5:30pm

Lauren Shippen Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 614

5:30pm

My Brother, My Brother, and Me
A live episode of My Brother, My Brother and Me.

Free advice from three of the world's most qualified, most related experts: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. For one-half to three-quarters of an hour every Monday, we tell people how to live their lives, because we're obviously doing such a great job of it so far.

Featured Guests
avatar for Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.
avatar for Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Mainstage (4A)

5:30pm

Spirits Live Show
Spirits is a boozy dive into mythology, folklore, and urban legends. Each week we pour a drink and dive into a new story from around the world. Join us to learn about local Seattle folklore, spooky stories, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda McLoughlin is a podcaster, business builder, and queer martini aunt. She runs Multitude, an independent podcast collective and consultancy based in New York City. Multitude produces original shows, publishes free resources for podcasters, and helps clients of all sizes create, market, and grow great shows. Her career is dedicated to helping other creators make a living by making great stuff online... Read More →
avatar for Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

Eric Hamilton Schneider is the editor of Spirits and co-hosts their monthly Your Urban Legends miniseries.He’s also the co-host of Waystation, a fan-cast about the Canadian supernatural show Lost Girl, edits the Internet Creator Guild’s podcast, Creator Chat and is a founding... Read More →
avatar for Julia Schifini

Julia Schifini

Julia Schifini is a writer, historian, voice actor, and lover of all fancy foods. She is the co-host and producer of Spirits, a boozy dive into myths and legends. She loves world-building, professional wrestling, fancy cheese, and all things creepy and cool. You can hear her on... Read More →
avatar for Lisette Alvarez

Lisette Alvarez

Lisette is a podcaster, storyteller, globetrotter, digital strategist, and witch. They are the writer, producer, and main character of the fantasy audio drama Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services and play the main character in the audio drama Magic King Dom. A third culture... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 611-612

5:30pm

Oh No Ross and Carrie Meet and Greet
Meet and Ross and Carrie from Oh No Ross and Carrie. Participants for this signing were selected with a lottery run before the event. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Ross Blocher

Ross Blocher

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Ross was born into a family of evangelical Christians and spent a good amount of time in churches of various denominations, singing in choirs, serving as an acolyte, and memorizing lots of scripture. Meanwhile, he busied himself reading books about ghosts, vampires, aliens and chupacabras... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Poppy

Carrie Poppy

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Carrie wasn’t raised in a religious home, but became engrossed in religion at the age of 13, when she accepted Jesus into her heart (although he no longer works there). She once exorcised a demon, used to own a chakra chart, and has spent countless dollars on “detoxifying” foot... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

5:30pm

Punch Up the Jam Meet and Greet
Meet Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe from Punch Up the Jam. This signing is first come, first served! 

Featured Guests
avatar for Demi Adejuyigbe

Demi Adejuyigbe

Punch Up the Jam; Gilmore Guys
Demi, aka Bubblegum Pockets, once accepted a jacket from the dry cleaners that wasn’t his and had pockets full of literal bubblegum. He once said Miel’s hair feels like spaghetti, which was rude but true. He often eats candy in lieu of an actual meal. He non-ironically loves the... Read More →
avatar for Miel Bredouw

Miel Bredouw

Punch Up the Jam
Miel, aka Honey & Dandruff, was born in 1754. She's a lifelong vegan, meaning she only eats foods shaped like Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. Her favorite thing is when people say she looks like Linda McCartney, which she totally does, and if you see her in person you should go out of... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

5:30pm

Welcome to Night Vale / Night Vale Presents Meetup
Today you will meet a beautiful stranger. Actually hundreds of beautiful strangers. Everyone is beautiful and you know almost none of them. Come and meet some of them at this fan meetup!

Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4C

5:30pm

My Favorite Podcast
Featured Guests
avatar for John Green

John Green

Dear Hank and John; The Anthropocene Reviewed
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His newest book, Turtles All the Way Down, was published in October 2017. Green’s... Read More →
avatar for Hrishikesh Hirway

Hrishikesh Hirway

Song Exploder; The West Wing Weekly
Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician and the creator of the Song Exploder podcast. The New York Times wrote, "In the world of beautifully produced podcasts, Song Exploder is the beacon," and Quartz called it "possibly the most perfect podcast." He makes music under the name The One AM... Read More →
avatar for Tobin Low

Tobin Low

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Roman Mars

Roman Mars

99% Invisible; Radiotopia
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 200 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He... Read More →
avatar for Symphony Sanders

Symphony Sanders

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Symphony Sanders is a Chicago-based actor, aerialist, and vlogger. She voices Tamika Flynn on the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, is a cohost on Good Morning Nightvale, and has been featured on My Fair City and Chuck Tingle’s Pounded in the Butt by my Podcast. When not recording... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6C

5:30pm

Origin Stories, Part 1
In this peculiarly-formatted session, five creators each give a short talk about where their podcast idea came from and/or how it went from an idea to a reality. Then they'll be joined by Jeffrey Cranor for a moderated Q&A 

Featured Guests
avatar for Hana Baba

Hana Baba

The Stoop
Hana Baba is the award winning host of Crosscurrents, the daily newsmagazine at KALW Public Radio in San Francisco, and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. Her work has also appeared on PRI's The World, BBC, NPR programs, Snap Judgment, Ozy, Patheos... Read More →
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, emcee, tour manager and producer based in the Hudson River Valley. She plays the role of “Deb” and “Proverb Lady” on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, She is the Emcee and Tour Manager of the Welcome to Night Vale live show and has... Read More →
avatar for Leila Day

Leila Day

The Stoop
Leila Day is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. She's currently a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, and a former reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, Women of the Hour... Read More →
avatar for Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron

Conversations With People Who Hate Me; Welcome to Night Vale
Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social justice activism and entertainment. He voices Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and created Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Rhea Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer and podcaster who loves to help other creators find confidence and success. She is a contributor to Forbes and creator of the Girl In Space and Write Now podcasts. She currently lives in the Midwest with one husband, two rescue cats, and... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 606-609

5:30pm

Talk Like You Mean It
Voice Acting for Fiction Podcasts. Voice actors from the audio drama community are teaming up to talk about... Talking! But for art! They'll cover topics like: translating stage/film techniques into audio, how to voice multiple characters (believably), and how to sound like you're not reading off a script. They'll reveal acting tips for the non-actor and even advice for content creators to get the best performances out of their casts.

Featured Guests
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Cummings

David Cummings

The No Sleep Podcast
David Cummings is the host and showrunner for The NoSleep Podcast, an award-winning horror anthology podcast he launched in 2011. As a voice actor with a passion for audio drama and storytelling, he has been heard on many popular podcasts including The Black Tapes, Deadly Manners... Read More →
avatar for Ian McQuown

Ian McQuown

Ian McQuown is a Los Angeles actor and producer who first appeared in the online videos of sketch group, Extremely Decent,  taking familiar ideas and turning them upside down: Facebook Update In Real Life, First Honest Cable Company, Gollum VS. Sméagol Rap Battle. He has also been... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Cobb

Jordan Cobb

Jordan Cobb is a New York based actress, writer, and an avid storyteller. A fan of radio plays and books on tape from the time she could walk and talk, Jordan made her first forays into the world of podcasting by creating and performing in the high seas adventure audio drama Here... Read More →
avatar for Julia Morizawa

Julia Morizawa

In the world of fiction and scripted podcasting, Julia is best known as the voice of Dr. Bright in “The Bright Sessions” for which she was awarded Audio Verse Awards in 2016 and 2017. She can be heard in a number of other audio dramas including “The Big Loop,” “Wolf 359... Read More →
avatar for Kristen DiMercurio

Kristen DiMercurio

Kristen DiMercurio is a full time voice actress in NYC who has played characters in over a dozen fiction podcasts. She is most well known as the voice of Dr. Sally Grissom in ars PARADOXICA, but can also be heard in Archive81, The Big Loop, Greater Boston, What's the Frequency... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6A
 
Sunday, January 20
 

9:00am

Registration
Check in to PodCon 2 and pick up your wristband for the event!  If you arrive after 2pm, you can still check in at the PodCon Info Desk, also located in the Atrium Lobby.

Sunday January 20, 2019 9:00am - 2:00pm
Atrium Lobby

10:00am

Hello from the Magic Tavern Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Adal Rifai

Adal Rifai

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Adal Rifai is a performer at iO Chicago. Adal performs with the house team Revolver, the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and teaches improv at University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct lecturer. Past iO credits include Swim Buddies, Our Feature Presentation: The Improvised... Read More →
avatar for Matt Young

Matt Young

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, director, and writer based in Chicago. In addition to performing as Usidore on the Hello from the Magic Tavern podcast, Matt is also a proud member of the world-renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company. He is a founding member of Whirled... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 614

10:00am

Nancy Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Tobin Low

Tobin Low

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Tu

Kathy Tu

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 613

10:00am

Good Morning Night Vale
A live episode of Good Morning Night Vale with special guests Cecil Baldwin and Dylan Marron. They will be discussing the first ever live episode of Welcome to Night Vale: Condos.

The official Welcome to Night Vale recap show and your guide to the friendly desert community that has caught the ears of listeners around the globe. Hosted by cast members Meg Bashwiner, Symphony Sanders, and Hal Lublin, and featuring special guests and fan theories. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, emcee, tour manager and producer based in the Hudson River Valley. She plays the role of “Deb” and “Proverb Lady” on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, She is the Emcee and Tour Manager of the Welcome to Night Vale live show and has... Read More →
avatar for Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron

Conversations With People Who Hate Me; Welcome to Night Vale
Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social justice activism and entertainment. He voices Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and created Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color... Read More →
avatar for Symphony Sanders

Symphony Sanders

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Symphony Sanders is a Chicago-based actor, aerialist, and vlogger. She voices Tamika Flynn on the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, is a cohost on Good Morning Nightvale, and has been featured on My Fair City and Chuck Tingle’s Pounded in the Butt by my Podcast. When not recording... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Mainstage (4A)

10:00am

Podcast Scramble Session 3
The return of our famous Podcast Scrambles, where two legends of the podcasting world are paired up randomly to create a brand new one-time podcast, just for this convention.

SCRAMBLE 1
Two legends of the fiction podcasting world, Lauren Shippen and Paul Bae.

SCRAMBLE 2
Drew Ackerman of Sleep With Me joins David Cummings of The NoSleep Podcast for a nocturnal nightmare of a podcast scramble called "NoSleep With Me". It combines a frightening NoSleep story written especially for PodCon with Drew's sleep-inducing monologues. Will you be lulled into a deep sleep or kept sleepless by the terrifying tale? Come find out...if you dare.

Featured Guests
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Cummings

David Cummings

The No Sleep Podcast
David Cummings is the host and showrunner for The NoSleep Podcast, an award-winning horror anthology podcast he launched in 2011. As a voice actor with a passion for audio drama and storytelling, he has been heard on many popular podcasts including The Black Tapes, Deadly Manners... Read More →
avatar for Drew Ackerman

Drew Ackerman

Drew Ackerman is the creator and host of Sleep With Me, the one-of-a-kind bedtime story podcast featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss, and Dr. Oz. Born out of Drew's childhood insomnia, Sleep With Me was inspired by late-night comedy radio, which was... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

10:00am

The Broadswords
A live episode of The Broadswords with special guest Celeste Conowitch of Venture Maidens.

Yllairies, Mépris, and Keilah each have their own reasons for travelling to the harsh, spirit laden land of Rashemen, but none of them are prepared for what the land has in store. . . Join four women playing Dungeons and Dragons. Sometimes they swear.

Featured Guests
avatar for Kristin Flemons

Kristin Flemons

The Broadswords
Kristin is 1/4 of the Broadswords, an all-women D&D 5e actual-play podcast. When not loudly proclaiming her love for all things RPGs and podcasting, she has been spotted in academic circles doing anthropological sorts of things. Her main hobby is collecting new hobbies, which currently... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Gibbons

Tracy Gibbons

The Broadswords
Tracy is new to the podcasting world, playing the character Keilah on The Broadswords, an inclusive all-woman actual play Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition podcast. She hails from Toronto, Ontario, where she lives with her boyfriend, dog, and two cats. When she's not podcasting, Tracy... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Rogers

Victoria Rogers

The Broadswords
Victoria is the Dungeon Master and producer of The Broadswords, an all-women Dungeons and Dragons podcast.  She was the coordinator for the Wizards of the Coast Podcasts of Foes event and has a few other new projects on the go.  With a theatre and classical voice background, Victoria... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Zelda

Bianca Zelda

The Broadswords
Bianca Zelda is a member of the Broadswords, an all women actual play 5e DnD podcast where she plays Mépris. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats and two dogs. Bianca is new to the podcasting universe, but has dived in feet first into the welcoming and enthusiastic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Conowitch

Celeste Conowitch

Celeste Conowitch is a California based RPGwriter who is the Producer & Dungeon Master for the Venture Maidens Podcast, an actual play 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Podcast. She holds theater degree from San Francisco State, and a life long love of table top games.You can find her... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6B

10:00am

Griffin, Justin and Travis McElroy Meet and Greet
Meet Griffin, Justin and Travis McElroy! Participants for this signing were chosen by a lottery run before the event. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.
avatar for Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Expo Hall (4B)

10:00am

Fanartists Meetup
Calling all podcast fanartists! Grab your sketchbooks and pencils and join us for a drawing meet-up. Let’s compare headcanons of our favorite characters, maybe do a few quick art trades, collab on something new, and just generally gush over each other’s art. All backgrounds and skill levels are welcome!

Thank you to Kat Tabakian for submitting this meetup idea!

Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4C

10:00am

The Weirdest Place an Idea Came From
Creators of award-winning informational podcasts relate some of the weirdest places episode ideas have come from. And then, after they're done with that, they'll take questions about some of your favorites.

Featured Guests
avatar for Leila Day

Leila Day

The Stoop
Leila Day is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. She's currently a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, and a former reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, Women of the Hour... Read More →
avatar for Hrishikesh Hirway

Hrishikesh Hirway

Song Exploder; The West Wing Weekly
Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician and the creator of the Song Exploder podcast. The New York Times wrote, "In the world of beautifully produced podcasts, Song Exploder is the beacon," and Quartz called it "possibly the most perfect podcast." He makes music under the name The One AM... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke

Lore
Aaron Mahnke is the creator of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore TV on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House). Aaron is also the Executive Producer and creator... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Poppy

Carrie Poppy

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Carrie wasn’t raised in a religious home, but became engrossed in religion at the age of 13, when she accepted Jesus into her heart (although he no longer works there). She once exorcised a demon, used to own a chakra chart, and has spent countless dollars on “detoxifying” foot... Read More →
avatar for Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist
In 2007, with no relevant experience, Helen Zaltzman started podcasting from her living room in suburban London. 12 years later, her podcasts The Allusionist and Answer Me This have won multiple awards and spawned book adaptations, theatre shows and a TED talk. She runs the sprawling... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 606-609

10:00am

You Would Not Believe My Family
Sometimes creating with your family is the best possible idea. Sometimes it's not! What is it like creating with your family? How do you mine stories from the familiar? How do you maintain a relationship when part of it becomes public? How do you keep it fun, and keep it healthy?  

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Green

Katherine Green

Delete This
Co-host of Delete This. Super cool lady.
avatar for Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Kristin Russo is the co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of Esquire's... Read More →
avatar for Rileigh Smirl

Rileigh Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Teylor Smirl

Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6C

10:00am

DIY Sponsorships: Pitching Sponsors, Setting Prices and Making Money for Indie Podcasts
You don’t need an agent or 30,000 downloads to get sponsors for your podcast. Learn how to write a great pitch, set prices for your show, find potential sponsors, and incorporate ads into your episodes—the right way. Whether you’re an industry vet or an enthusiastic newcomer, a solo podcaster or part of a team, you’ll walk away with valuable information and a plan for your own sponsor outreach.

Participants to be announced.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda McLoughlin is a podcaster, business builder, and queer martini aunt. She runs Multitude, an independent podcast collective and consultancy based in New York City. Multitude produces original shows, publishes free resources for podcasters, and helps clients of all sizes create, market, and grow great shows. Her career is dedicated to helping other creators make a living by making great stuff online... Read More →
avatar for Krystina Rubino

Krystina Rubino

Krystina Rubino has been obsessed with all forms of media for as long as she can remember. She has spent her career helping companies of all sizes develop digital and offline media campaigns, and loves to ask “What’s next?” when helping grow a business.Krystina now leads the... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Shaw

Lindsay Shaw

Lindsay Piper Shaw is an advertising strategist for podcast and other offline media channels. She has worked with brands like McDonald’s, Lyft, quip, and more, and now works at Right Side Up, partnering with innovative brands on in-house marketing initiatives.In her free time, she... Read More →
avatar for Mike Schubert

Mike Schubert

Mike Schubert is the creator, host, and editor of Potterless, a podcast that documents him starting the Harry Potter series at 24. He’s also the co-host of HORSE, which covers the fun and silly sides of basketball, not the numbers. When not podcasting, Mike can be found performing... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 611-612

11:30am

Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
avatar for Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 614

11:30am

Still Buffering Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Sydnee McElroy, Taylor Smirl and Rileigh Smirl and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Sydnee McElroy

Sydnee McElroy

Sawbones; Still Buffering
avatar for Rileigh Smirl

Rileigh Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Teylor Smirl

Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 613

11:30am

Dreamboy
Live show of Dreamboy!

Note: This podcast contains mature themes and may not be suitable for children.

Dreamboy: Set over a few flickering nights in Cleveland, Ohio, this is a story of creatures, human and otherwise, caught in the eternal pornography of the cosmos, told in the blockbuster cinematic style of Spielberg classics.

Speakers
avatar for Dane Terry

Dane Terry

Dane Terry is a multi-media storymaker. He has made theater and music and music-theater for all sorts of rooms. He has been up to this for quite some time. He intends to stay up to it. Dane met Ellie Heyman in 2015 and they straight away began collaborating on the story that would... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Mainstage (4A)

11:30am

The Stoop
A live episode of The Stoop!

The Stoop podcast digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations and provide professionally-reported stories about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. Come hang out on The Stoop as we dialog about the diaspora.

Featured Guests
avatar for Hana Baba

Hana Baba

The Stoop
Hana Baba is the award winning host of Crosscurrents, the daily newsmagazine at KALW Public Radio in San Francisco, and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. Her work has also appeared on PRI's The World, BBC, NPR programs, Snap Judgment, Ozy, Patheos... Read More →
avatar for Leila Day

Leila Day

The Stoop
Leila Day is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. She's currently a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, and a former reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, Women of the Hour... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6B

11:30am

Nancy Meet and Greet
Meet Kathy Tu and Tobin Low of Nancy. This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Tobin Low

Tobin Low

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Tu

Kathy Tu

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

11:30am

Bibliophiles Meetup
Do you spend most of your online life looking up and talking about books? Join other bibliophiles to swap tips on how to find the best bookish podcasts, and trade recommendations. If you want, bring a book to swap with another participant.

Thank you to Kathy Trithardt for submitting this meetup idea!

Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4C

11:30am

Anxious, Depressed, Phobic...and also Hilarious
Mental illness is, of course, not necessary for the creative process or the fueling of ambition, which seems to be a common myth. But, likewise, living through mental illness doesn't mean you can't create great and hilarious stuff. And, it turns out, humor and creation can be an important part of maintaining mental health.

Featured Guests
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, emcee, tour manager and producer based in the Hudson River Valley. She plays the role of “Deb” and “Proverb Lady” on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, She is the Emcee and Tour Manager of the Welcome to Night Vale live show and has... Read More →
avatar for Allegra Frank

Allegra Frank

The Polygon Show, The History of Fun
Allegra Frank is Deputy News Editor at Polygon, where she frequently reports on Nintendo, internet culture and entertainment. She co-hosts The Polygon Show and Polygon’s The History of Fun on The Vox Media Podcast Network.
avatar for Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This:Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
avatar for Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steven Pappas

Steven Pappas

Steven Pappas is a comedian and co-creator of "Is This Adulting?", the mental health comedy podcast you never knew you needed. His mission in entertaining is to normalize the conversation surrounding mental illness and try to bring you laughs along the way. Still want to know more... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6C

11:30am

The Great Podcast Subject Swap
Listeners and creators come together to name shows they wish someone would make but they're lacking in skills/time/knowledge/motivation to create. Show up and get a free idea! And please, come with ideas because we'll be asking you for them immediately.

Featured Guests
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Gibbons

Tracy Gibbons

The Broadswords
Tracy is new to the podcasting world, playing the character Keilah on The Broadswords, an inclusive all-woman actual play Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition podcast. She hails from Toronto, Ontario, where she lives with her boyfriend, dog, and two cats. When she's not podcasting, Tracy... Read More →
avatar for Myke Hurley

Myke Hurley

Relay FM
Myke Hurley co-founded Relay FM in 2014, and has been podcasting since 2010. He is the host of many podcasts at Relay FM – including Cortex, Upgrade, Playing for Fun, and Ungeniused. He manages advertising sales for the network, along with a lot of the day-to-day tasks of running... Read More →
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Chelsea Stark

The Polygon Show
Chelsea Stark is Polygon's News Editor, where she sets the tone for the day-to-day news coverage and helps Polygon bring analysis to current conversations in the space. Chelsea was previously at Mashable, where she grew the games section from just herself to a full-fledged team. They... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Owen Youngs

Jenny Owen Youngs

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Jenny Owen Youngs is the co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside LGBT activist & author Kristin Russo. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6A

11:30am

Transgender Representation in Audio Drama
The age of the internet has allowed for unprecedented access to stories created by and about transgender folx, and podcasts (both fiction and non-fiction) have embraced the opportunity to push the boundaries of gender diverse representation. Join this panel of transgender and non-binary podcast creators, writers, hosts, and actors as they discuss their experiences expanding gender inclusivity in the medium.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Price

Jamie Price

Jamie Price is a voice actor and musician from Edmonton, Canada. They voice Brian Jeeter in The Strange Case of Starship Iris, Gans in What's the Frequency, and they have also appeared in Greater Boston, Misadventure By Death, and I'm Not Noah. In addition to voice acting, they perform... Read More →
avatar for Lisette Alvarez

Lisette Alvarez

Lisette is a podcaster, storyteller, globetrotter, digital strategist, and witch. They are the writer, producer, and main character of the fantasy audio drama Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services and play the main character in the audio drama Magic King Dom. A third culture... Read More →
avatar for Lucille Valentine

Lucille Valentine

Lucille Valentine is a desert rat masquerading as a voice actress, poet, visual artist, and LGBTQ+ community advocate whose works often include themes of poverty, queer and trans experience, and whatever her current existential crisis is. You can hear her in the podcasts The Six Disappearances... Read More →
avatar for Micah Rollins

Micah Rollins

Micah Rollins is an independent scholar working in the intersection of media studies and LGBTQ studies. His work focuses on the creation, dissemination, and reception of fiction narratives within the queer community. Find him on twitter @detectivejoan, where he sadly doesn’t tweet... Read More →
avatar for Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton is a virtuoso of audio fiction. They are the sound designer of over a dozen immersive storytelling podcasts, including LeVar Burton Reads and The Bright Sessions, as well as co-founder & executive producer of The Whisperforge, a collective whose shows have a combined... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Kaner

Sophie Kaner

Sophie Kaner is the co-creator (along with partner Kevin Vibert), director, and sound designer for sci-fi/noir/fantasy/horror podcast The Penumbra. The Penumbra has been featured in The Guardian, Vox, HuffPost, and WePresent, as well as winning multiple Audio Verse awards for acting... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 606-609

11:30am

The First 60 Seconds: Grabbing Your Audience and Not Letting Go
Workshop participants will share with the group the first 60 seconds of their most-recent podcast episode, and together we'll offer thoughtful, constructive feedback about what grabbed us, or didn't totally grab during that time. We'll discuss elements like intro music, hooks and opening words, and how those can help you grab the attention of your listeners - and make them not want to let go.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Tatem

Chris Tatem

After seeing the U.S. Presidential race unfold as it did in 2016, Chris was determined to improve the way we disagree. He wanted to create a forum in which people of divergent opinions could actually listen to and learn from one another, while still advancing their own opinions. His... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 611-612

1:00pm

Aaron Mahnke Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Aaron Mahnke and have the opportunity to ask him questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke

Lore
Aaron Mahnke is the creator of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore TV on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House). Aaron is also the Executive Producer and creator... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 613

1:00pm

Travis McElroy Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 614

1:00pm

Delete This
A live episode of Delete This!

Hank is famous on the internet. Katherine does a wonderful job dealing with that. They are married and raising a child together. They want to talk seriously and also not-so-seriously about what's going on with them and in the news. But they also want to take a hard look at how the way they engage with social media impacts their lives, and how the way we all engage with social media impacts the world.

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Green

Katherine Green

Delete This
Co-host of Delete This. Super cool lady.


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6B

1:00pm

Welcome to Night Vale Meet and Greet
Meet Cecil Baldwin, Jon Bernstein, Meg Bashwiner, and Symphony Sanders of Welcome to Night Vale! This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Jon Bernstein (Disparition)

Jon Bernstein (Disparition)

Welcome to Night Vale; Alice Isn't Dead
Composer, musician, and producer based in Queens, NYC. Disparition, Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead.
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, emcee, tour manager and producer based in the Hudson River Valley. She plays the role of “Deb” and “Proverb Lady” on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, She is the Emcee and Tour Manager of the Welcome to Night Vale live show and has... Read More →
avatar for Symphony Sanders

Symphony Sanders

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Symphony Sanders is a Chicago-based actor, aerialist, and vlogger. She voices Tamika Flynn on the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, is a cohost on Good Morning Nightvale, and has been featured on My Fair City and Chuck Tingle’s Pounded in the Butt by my Podcast. When not recording... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

1:00pm

Fiction Podcast Meetup
Fiction podcasts are on the rise and their loyal fanbases are rapidly growing. Connect with other fans of fiction podcasts (and if you're a creator, come tell us about your podcast)!



Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4C

1:00pm

Complicated Ideas, Simple Podcasts
All of the most interesting stories are complex, whether that's science, history, or language. So how do you find the line between oversimplification and drowning your audience in details. How do you back your facts up, make it relevant to your listener, and preserve your sanity? These leading podcasters discuss struggles, successes, and strategies.
 

Featured Guests
avatar for Sydnee McElroy

Sydnee McElroy

Sawbones; Still Buffering
avatar for Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist
In 2007, with no relevant experience, Helen Zaltzman started podcasting from her living room in suburban London. 12 years later, her podcasts The Allusionist and Answer Me This have won multiple awards and spawned book adaptations, theatre shows and a TED talk. She runs the sprawling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ceri Riley

Ceri Riley

SciShow Tangents
Ceri Riley is a co-host of the SciShow Tangents podcast and a script editor and writer for Complexly, where she mostly works on the YouTube channel Crash Course. She graduated from MIT with degrees in biology and media studies, which hopefully gives her some nerd cred, but she spent... Read More →
avatar for Elah Feder

Elah Feder

Elah Feder co-hosts and produces Undiscovered, a podcast about the backstories of science from Science Friday and WNYC Studios. Her work has also appeared on CBC Radio shows like Spark, The Current, and The Sunday Edition, and publications like The Guardian, The LA Times, and Xtra... Read More →
avatar for Hallie Casey

Hallie Casey

Hallie Casey is an audio producer, extension manager, and freelance grant writer based in New Mexico. She produces and hosts One to Grow On, a show that digs into questions about agriculture and tries to understand how food production impact us and our world. She is passionate about science communication and agricultural literacy, both of which she has been involved in for over a decade. She also enjoys gardening, swing danci... Read More →
avatar for Julie Kinn

Julie Kinn

Dr. Julie Kinn is a military psychologist, podcaster, and comedian. She produces and hosts health podcasts for the Department of Defense including A Better Night's Sleep and the Military Meditation Coach. Julie also hosts The Station Wagon Podcast, a comedy show about the history... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

1:00pm

Finding The Story
The world is full of untold stories that need to be brought to light. These are stories that will delight and amaze and deepen our understanding of the universe and of humanity. BUT HOW DO WE FIND THEM! In a world where nothing is new, these panelists never fail to find the stories, but how?

Featured Guests
avatar for Ross Blocher

Ross Blocher

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Ross was born into a family of evangelical Christians and spent a good amount of time in churches of various denominations, singing in choirs, serving as an acolyte, and memorizing lots of scripture. Meanwhile, he busied himself reading books about ghosts, vampires, aliens and chupacabras... Read More →
avatar for John Green

John Green

Dear Hank and John; The Anthropocene Reviewed
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His newest book, Turtles All the Way Down, was published in October 2017. Green’s... Read More →
avatar for Roman Mars

Roman Mars

99% Invisible; Radiotopia
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 200 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Tu

Kathy Tu

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6C

1:00pm

The Make Believe Me: Fictional Characters and Branding in Digital Spaces
So, your penguin barbarian character suddenly has a twitter following, your imaginary friends are making new friends, and fan art is beginning to define your mental image of your own characters? What does managing the social media accounts of people we created tell us about our own social media use, and how do we give new dimension to characters with the tools the 21st century offers.

Additional panelists to be announced! 

Featured Guests
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
avatar for Adal Rifai

Adal Rifai

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Adal Rifai is a performer at iO Chicago. Adal performs with the house team Revolver, the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and teaches improv at University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct lecturer. Past iO credits include Swim Buddies, Our Feature Presentation: The Improvised... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jarod Anderson

Jarod Anderson

Jarod K. Anderson lives in a white house between a forest and a graveyard. He writes and narrates The CryptoNaturalist podcast, a scripted, bi-weekly audio drama about unusual nature (@CryptoNature on Twitter / cryptonaturalist.com). You can find more of Jarod's writing in plac... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Rhea Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer and podcaster who loves to help other creators find confidence and success. She is a contributor to Forbes and creator of the Girl In Space and Write Now podcasts. She currently lives in the Midwest with one husband, two rescue cats, and... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 606-609

1:00pm

Non-Fiction Storytelling: The Marvel Method
How do you craft narrative from real life? What prep can you do to make sure you’re asking the right questions of the right people? What role does editing play in final story construction? Learn how the House of Ideas takes real life stories and turns them into unforgettable non-fiction podcasts.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Grugle

Brandon Grugle

Brandon Grugle is an audio producer and sound designer. His current podcast include Marvel’s Voices, Women of Marvel, This Week in Marvel, and Marvel’s Pull List, among many past projects. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonGrugle.


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 611-612

2:30pm

Buffering the Vampire Slayer Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo and have the opportunity to ask her questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Kristin Russo is the co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of Esquire's... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Owen Youngs

Jenny Owen Youngs

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Jenny Owen Youngs is the co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside LGBT activist & author Kristin Russo. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 613

2:30pm

Leila Day Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with Leila Day and have the opportunity to ask her questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected! 

Featured Guests
avatar for Leila Day

Leila Day

The Stoop
Leila Day is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. She's currently a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, and a former reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, Women of the Hour... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 614

2:30pm

Dear Hank and John
A live episode of Dear Hank and John!

Hosts John and Hank Green (authors and YouTubers) offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions. They bring their personal passions to each episode by sharing the week’s news from Mars (the planet) and AFC Wimbledon (the third-tier English football club).

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →
avatar for John Green

John Green

Dear Hank and John; The Anthropocene Reviewed
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His newest book, Turtles All the Way Down, was published in October 2017. Green’s... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mainstage (4A)

2:30pm

Podcast Scramble Session 4
The return of our famous Podcast Scrambles, where two legends of the podcasting world are paired up randomly to create a brand new one-time podcast, just for this convention. The first will featured Roman Mars and Joseph Fink discussing their love of Doomtree music. The second will feature Carrie Poppy and Dylan Marron /probably/ talking about people who have hurt their feelings.

Featured Guests
avatar for Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.
avatar for Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron

Conversations With People Who Hate Me; Welcome to Night Vale
Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social justice activism and entertainment. He voices Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and created Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color... Read More →
avatar for Roman Mars

Roman Mars

99% Invisible; Radiotopia
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 200 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Poppy

Carrie Poppy

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Carrie wasn’t raised in a religious home, but became engrossed in religion at the age of 13, when she accepted Jesus into her heart (although he no longer works there). She once exorcised a demon, used to own a chakra chart, and has spent countless dollars on “detoxifying” foot... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 6B

2:30pm

Aaron Mahnke Meet and Greet
Meet Aaron Mahnke! Participants for this signing were determined by a lottery run before the event. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke

Lore
Aaron Mahnke is the creator of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore TV on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House). Aaron is also the Executive Producer and creator... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

2:30pm

Myke Hurley Meet and Greet
Meet Myke Hurley! This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Myke Hurley

Myke Hurley

Relay FM
Myke Hurley co-founded Relay FM in 2014, and has been podcasting since 2010. He is the host of many podcasts at Relay FM – including Cortex, Upgrade, Playing for Fun, and Ungeniused. He manages advertising sales for the network, along with a lot of the day-to-day tasks of running... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

2:30pm

The Bright Sessions Meet and Greet
Meet Lauren Shippen, Julia Morizawa,  Briggon Snow and Ian McQuown of The Bright Sessions. This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Briggon Snow

Briggon Snow

Briggon is the voice of Caleb on the popular science-fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions and a Co-Founder of Atypical Artists.With a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers and guest spots on CBS’ Seal Team, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and fiction podcasts such as Paul... Read More →
avatar for Ian McQuown

Ian McQuown

Ian McQuown is a Los Angeles actor and producer who first appeared in the online videos of sketch group, Extremely Decent,  taking familiar ideas and turning them upside down: Facebook Update In Real Life, First Honest Cable Company, Gollum VS. Sméagol Rap Battle. He has also been... Read More →
avatar for Julia Morizawa

Julia Morizawa

In the world of fiction and scripted podcasting, Julia is best known as the voice of Dr. Bright in “The Bright Sessions” for which she was awarded Audio Verse Awards in 2016 and 2017. She can be heard in a number of other audio dramas including “The Big Loop,” “Wolf 359... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Expo Hall (4B)

2:30pm

McElroy Fan Meetup
Hail and well met! Fans of the McElroys or McElroy products are invited to hang out and have a little Maximum Fun.

Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4C

2:30pm

Finding Our Voices: Queer Content
Queer podcasters across genres talk how to find representation in this world of often very same-same content, and also how to be that representation.

Featured Guests
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

The Polygon Show, Rocket
Simone de Rochefort is a co-host of The Polygon Show, an irreverent podcast about video games and gaming culture. She is also a video producer for Polygon, and enjoys making goofy faces and loud noises on and off camera. She is both a host and an editor, and relishes the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Teylor Smirl

Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering
avatar for Kathy Tu

Kathy Tu

Nancy
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios about the queer experience today. In the show, Kathy and Tobin share stories about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Pfeffer

Leigh Pfeffer

Leigh Pfeffer (they/them) is co-host and producer of History is Gay (along with Gretchen Ellis), a podcast that examines the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Kaner

Sophie Kaner

Sophie Kaner is the co-creator (along with partner Kevin Vibert), director, and sound designer for sci-fi/noir/fantasy/horror podcast The Penumbra. The Penumbra has been featured in The Guardian, Vox, HuffPost, and WePresent, as well as winning multiple Audio Verse awards for acting... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 606-609

2:30pm

Managing Your Party - Collaborative Storytelling in Podcasts
It's probably harder than it sounds...trying to get everyone on the same page to build a universe together in real time. But the rewards are remarkable, even if there are frustrations along the way. Let's talk to some pioneers about how their stories got started, and how they've kept them on the rails. 

Featured Guests
avatar for Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.
avatar for Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Rogers

Victoria Rogers

The Broadswords
Victoria is the Dungeon Master and producer of The Broadswords, an all-women Dungeons and Dragons podcast.  She was the coordinator for the Wizards of the Coast Podcasts of Foes event and has a few other new projects on the go.  With a theatre and classical voice background, Victoria... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Conowitch

Celeste Conowitch

Celeste Conowitch is a California based RPGwriter who is the Producer & Dungeon Master for the Venture Maidens Podcast, an actual play 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Podcast. She holds theater degree from San Francisco State, and a life long love of table top games.You can find her... Read More →
avatar for Eric Silver

Eric Silver

Join the Party
Eric Silver is a writer, audio producer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. He's the Dungeon Master and co-host of Join the Party, a collaborative audio drama based on the rules of Dungeons & Dragons; the co-host of HORSE, a basketball podcast about everything except for wins and... Read More →
avatar for Ray Goldberg

Ray Goldberg

Ray Goldberg (she/her or they/them) is a content producer for the gaming podcast Tabletop Potluck and a staff writer for the award-winning historical fiction podcast PleasureTown. She's read live lit essays at The Skewer, You're Being Ridiculous, and Lit Crawl Chicago. Her work takes... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 6A

2:30pm

Aural Intimacy: Writing for the Solo Voice
How do you build a world of characters with only one speaker? What are the pitfalls of first person storytelling? What can a single voice do that dialogue-based shows cannot? Lots. In this workshop, we'll cover 1) narrator/listener intimacy; 2) building characters who never speak; 3) putting yourself into your characters.

Featured Guests
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 611-612

4:00pm

Dylan Marron Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron

Conversations With People Who Hate Me; Welcome to Night Vale
Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social justice activism and entertainment. He voices Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and created Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 613

4:00pm

Symphony & Cecil Creator Chat
12 attendees will sit around a table with a Featured Guest and have the opportunity to ask them questions about anything podcast-y they like. It's a low-key, laid back opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight, perspective, and tips from Featured Guests. Participants are pre-selected.

Featured Guests
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Symphony Sanders

Symphony Sanders

Welcome to Night Vale; Good Morning Night Vale
Symphony Sanders is a Chicago-based actor, aerialist, and vlogger. She voices Tamika Flynn on the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, is a cohost on Good Morning Nightvale, and has been featured on My Fair City and Chuck Tingle’s Pounded in the Butt by my Podcast. When not recording... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 614

4:00pm

Hannahlyze This
A live episode of Hannahlyze This.

Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend, Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no b******t manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every week the two Hannahs test out a new self-help fad and provide the listeners with candid feedback about their experience. Despite their differing opinions and stances, the two are best friend at the core. Also they have great vocabularies and love to giggle. Hannah Gelb is single BTW. Just in case anybody wants to hit her up sometime.

Featured Guests
avatar for Hannah Gelb

Hannah Gelb

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This: Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →
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Hannah Hart

Hannahlyze This
About Hannahlyze This:Hannah Hart (wildly successful, super fly, very amazing) and her best friend Hannah Gelb (her middle name is Ruth) discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullshit manner in this self-help podcast that just can’t help itself.  Every... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6B

4:00pm

Sawbones
A live episode of Sawbones!

Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

Featured Guests
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Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →
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Sydnee McElroy

Sawbones; Still Buffering


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mainstage (4A)

4:00pm

Leila Day Meet and Greet
Meet Leila Day! This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
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Leila Day

The Stoop
Leila Day is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast: Stories from across the Black diaspora. She's currently a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, and a former reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, Women of the Hour... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

4:00pm

Roman Mars Meet and Greet
Meet Roman Mars! Participants for this signing were determined via lottery run before the event. 

Featured Guests
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Roman Mars

99% Invisible; Radiotopia
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 200 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

4:00pm

The Broadswords Meet and Greet
Meet Bianca Zelda, Kristin Flemons, Tracy Gibbons, and Victoria Rogers of The Broadswords. This signing is first come, first served. 

Featured Guests
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Kristin Flemons

The Broadswords
Kristin is 1/4 of the Broadswords, an all-women D&D 5e actual-play podcast. When not loudly proclaiming her love for all things RPGs and podcasting, she has been spotted in academic circles doing anthropological sorts of things. Her main hobby is collecting new hobbies, which currently... Read More →
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Tracy Gibbons

The Broadswords
Tracy is new to the podcasting world, playing the character Keilah on The Broadswords, an inclusive all-woman actual play Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition podcast. She hails from Toronto, Ontario, where she lives with her boyfriend, dog, and two cats. When she's not podcasting, Tracy... Read More →
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Victoria Rogers

The Broadswords
Victoria is the Dungeon Master and producer of The Broadswords, an all-women Dungeons and Dragons podcast.  She was the coordinator for the Wizards of the Coast Podcasts of Foes event and has a few other new projects on the go.  With a theatre and classical voice background, Victoria... Read More →
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Bianca Zelda

The Broadswords
Bianca Zelda is a member of the Broadswords, an all women actual play 5e DnD podcast where she plays Mépris. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats and two dogs. Bianca is new to the podcasting universe, but has dived in feet first into the welcoming and enthusiastic... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Expo Hall (4B)

4:00pm

Origin Stories, Part 2
In this peculiarly-formatted session, five creators each give a short talk about where their podcast idea came from and/or how it went from an idea to a reality. Then they'll be joined by Myke Hurley for a moderated Q&A

Featured Guests
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Ross Blocher

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Ross was born into a family of evangelical Christians and spent a good amount of time in churches of various denominations, singing in choirs, serving as an acolyte, and memorizing lots of scripture. Meanwhile, he busied himself reading books about ghosts, vampires, aliens and chupacabras... Read More →
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Myke Hurley

Relay FM
Myke Hurley co-founded Relay FM in 2014, and has been podcasting since 2010. He is the host of many podcasts at Relay FM – including Cortex, Upgrade, Playing for Fun, and Ungeniused. He manages advertising sales for the network, along with a lot of the day-to-day tasks of running... Read More →
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Aaron Mahnke

Lore
Aaron Mahnke is the creator of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore TV on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House). Aaron is also the Executive Producer and creator... Read More →
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Griffin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Wonderful!
Whoops! We don't have a bio for Griffin. Here's a link to the "about" section of his website, though.
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Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Kristin Russo is the co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of Esquire's... Read More →
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Jenny Owen Youngs

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Jenny Owen Youngs is the co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside LGBT activist & author Kristin Russo. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Van Dreason

Jeff Van Dreason is the co-creator of the slipstream audio fiction podcast Greater Boston, which he co-writes and designs with Alexander Danner. He's a college writing professor and administrator, in addition to being an award winning playwright and published fiction writer.


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6A

4:00pm

Podcast Assignment Open-Mic (Joseph & Jeffrey Podcast Follow-Up)
Featured Guests
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Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
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Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 606-609

4:00pm

The Bright Sessions Q&A
Featured Guests
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Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →

Speakers
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Briggon Snow

Briggon is the voice of Caleb on the popular science-fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions and a Co-Founder of Atypical Artists.With a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers and guest spots on CBS’ Seal Team, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and fiction podcasts such as Paul... Read More →
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Ian McQuown

Ian McQuown is a Los Angeles actor and producer who first appeared in the online videos of sketch group, Extremely Decent,  taking familiar ideas and turning them upside down: Facebook Update In Real Life, First Honest Cable Company, Gollum VS. Sméagol Rap Battle. He has also been... Read More →
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Julia Morizawa

In the world of fiction and scripted podcasting, Julia is best known as the voice of Dr. Bright in “The Bright Sessions” for which she was awarded Audio Verse Awards in 2016 and 2017. She can be heard in a number of other audio dramas including “The Big Loop,” “Wolf 359... Read More →
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Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton is a virtuoso of audio fiction. They are the sound designer of over a dozen immersive storytelling podcasts, including LeVar Burton Reads and The Bright Sessions, as well as co-founder & executive producer of The Whisperforge, a collective whose shows have a combined... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6C

4:00pm

Making RPG Podcasts Accessible
In the US one in four adults has a disability. This means that there are a lot of disabled people in the RPG podcast community, however physical, social, and game play barriers often prevent the full inclusion of disabled participants and audience members. This workshop is about identifying common barriers and addressing them. We will discuss areas to be aware of, accessibility tools, strategies for handling pitfalls, and ways to improve representation of disabled people.


Speakers
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Fay Onyx

Fay Onyx is the producer and host of Writing Alchemy, a podcast that centers intersectional characters, including a fairy tale series that combines humor and magic with serious topics, and a tabletop role-playing series about the adventures of disabled and mentally divergent heroes. Hir intersecting experiences as a queer, disabled... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 611-612

5:30pm

Closing Show
It's time to say goodbye to PodCon 2! Join us once again on the main stage for a fun-filled closing ceremony featuring games, special appearances, closing remarks from the founders and much more!

Featured Guests
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

The Big Loop; The Black Tapes
Paul Bae gets bored a lot. When he got bored of being an evangelical youth pastor, he became a public high school English teacher. When that grew stale, he became a stand-up comedian. When that began drawing yawns (from him and his crowds), he turned to podcasting with his friend... Read More →
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Miel Bredouw

Punch Up the Jam
Miel, aka Honey & Dandruff, was born in 1754. She's a lifelong vegan, meaning she only eats foods shaped like Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. Her favorite thing is when people say she looks like Linda McCartney, which she totally does, and if you see her in person you should go out of... Read More →
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Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale & Within the Wires.
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Joseph Fink

Welcome to Night Vale; Night Vale Presents
Joseph Fink created three podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, and I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. He also writes books.
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Allegra Frank

The Polygon Show, The History of Fun
Allegra Frank is Deputy News Editor at Polygon, where she frequently reports on Nintendo, internet culture and entertainment. She co-hosts The Polygon Show and Polygon’s The History of Fun on The Vox Media Podcast Network.
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Hank Green

Dear Hank and John; Delete This
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times... Read More →
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Dylan Marron

Conversations With People Who Hate Me; Welcome to Night Vale
Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social justice activism and entertainment. He voices Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and created Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color... Read More →
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Justin McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones
Justin McElroy is the co-creator and co-host of a bevy of podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me (recently adapted into a TV show by NBC Universal), The Adventure Zone, Sawbones, Quality Control, Till Death Do Us Blart and The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2. He's... Read More →
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Travis McElroy

My Brother, My Brother, And Me; The Adventure Zone; Shmanners; and more
Travis is a professional podcaster who hosts numerous shows including MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, Trends Like These, and Til Death Do Us Blart. He is also one of the titular brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV Show. He, along with his brothers and dad, is in... Read More →
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Arnie Niekamp

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Arnie Niekamp is a video game director and podcast host. He designed and directed Drawful and Trivia Murder Party for Jackbox Games and is currently working on a new You Don’t Know Jack for the fall. He was a founding member of the improv group, Whirled News Tonight. He’s done... Read More →
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Carrie Poppy

Oh No Ross and Carrie
Carrie wasn’t raised in a religious home, but became engrossed in religion at the age of 13, when she accepted Jesus into her heart (although he no longer works there). She once exorcised a demon, used to own a chakra chart, and has spent countless dollars on “detoxifying” foot... Read More →
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Adal Rifai

Hello from the Magic Tavern
Adal Rifai is a performer at iO Chicago. Adal performs with the house team Revolver, the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and teaches improv at University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct lecturer. Past iO credits include Swim Buddies, Our Feature Presentation: The Improvised... Read More →
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Victoria Rogers

The Broadswords
Victoria is the Dungeon Master and producer of The Broadswords, an all-women Dungeons and Dragons podcast.  She was the coordinator for the Wizards of the Coast Podcasts of Foes event and has a few other new projects on the go.  With a theatre and classical voice background, Victoria... Read More →
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Lauren Shippen

The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →
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Teylor Smirl

Still Buffering
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Jenny Owen Youngs

Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Jenny Owen Youngs is the co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, a Buffy rewatch podcast featuring an original recap song for every episode, alongside LGBT activist & author Kristin Russo. Buffering the Vampire Slayer was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts and selected as one of... Read More →
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Helen Zaltzman

The Allusionist
In 2007, with no relevant experience, Helen Zaltzman started podcasting from her living room in suburban London. 12 years later, her podcasts The Allusionist and Answer Me This have won multiple awards and spawned book adaptations, theatre shows and a TED talk. She runs the sprawling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton is a virtuoso of audio fiction. They are the sound designer of over a dozen immersive storytelling podcasts, including LeVar Burton Reads and The Bright Sessions, as well as co-founder & executive producer of The Whisperforge, a collective whose shows have a combined... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Mainstage (4A)