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A commentary by our Jim Nolan about Welcome to Night Vale podcast creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, who will be discussing and signing books with moderator Justin McElroy at Joseph Beth Booksellers on September 7 at 7pm. 


Welcome to Night Vale is very popular podcast, produced by Joseph Fink and co-written by Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, done in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale. The wildly-popular program has spawned many web sites and online communities, as well as a novel, published in 2015.

Now, the creators and cast of Night Vale are bringing a live production entitled Ghost Stories to the Taft Theatre on Sunday, April 10th.

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Cliff Ravenscraft is celebrating an anniversary this year. Ten years ago he answered a calling he felt by turning himself into the Podcast Answer Man. Since then, he’'s created 30 programs and recorded more than 3,000 episodes, covering topics from religion to social media to The Hunger Games and more. But his passion isn'’t so much about podcasting itself as what he can do with it to improve the lives of others.

NPR listeners will no doubt recognize the name Andrea Seabrook. She was the congressional correspondent for many years, until her frustration with what she calls “broken Washington” finally led her to leave the network and begin her own project. That project is called DecodeDC and it’s a podcast and blog where she tries to dig through the jargon and double-speak to determine what’s really going on in and around Capitol Hill. Mark Perzel talks with Andrea Seabrook about her decision to leave NPR and to begin anew in the online world of podcasts and blogs.