New year, new podcasts!

Oh, hello friends. It has been ages since we last updated this blog, but let us tell you about some new shows…

Back in the spooky, spooky month of October, we launched A Part Of Our Scare-itage. This podcast features Adam (of It’s Just A Show) and Sarah going over classic (and not-so-classic) Canadian horror movies. While they might point out the flaws in these movies, both Sarah and Adam fundamentally approach these films with love. Recommended if you’re a fan of horror films, weird Canadiana, or friends being delighted by the world.

More recently we’ve gone all bookish. First up is Dear Reader, in which Michael (from This Is Your Mixtape) and Emily check in once a month to talk about what they’ve read. It’s a cozy and familiar show, although it’s not afraid to talk about difficult subjects, including times in their lives when they haven’t been up to reading. But mostly it’s like having tea and conversation with some old friends—and picking up some interesting book recommendations from some wide-ranging readers.

We’ve also launched The Spouter-Inn; or, A Conversation with Great Books. Chris (of The Scene Of The Scene) hangs out with his friend Suzanne, who is a literary professor, and together they look at canonical “great books”—although they want to think hard about what “great” even means here. Perhaps you have some fond memories of reading “the classics” back in school, but tackling the Iliad or the Divine Comedy now seems more like work than fun? Then The Spouter-inn is the place for you.

Those are our new shows! We think they’re all pretty sweet. And we have some other exciting projects in the works for 2019—stay tuned, and check in with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

The Scene Of The Scene.

We’ve launched another new little podcast here at Megaphonic—THE SCENE OF THE SCENE. The idea is pretty simple: You know how the best part of seeing a show is chatting with your friends about it afterwards? Talking about what you liked and didn’t like, and all the things it made you think about? It’s great. I guess not everyone does this, but I always leave a movie theater or a concert hall bursting to talk about what just happened. The Scene Of The Scene tries to capture a bit of that conversation—what was so exciting or interesting that we want to talk about it right now?

Megaphonic entered April thinking about April Fools, and then we spent the month talking about lost art and lost artists, the depiction of queer lives and being a single womanwriting romance novels, the history of migrant workers and of military projects in the far north, our childhood dreams of space, and our relationships with our adult siblings. We also got on a kick about what to do in front of an audiencewhat it means to have an audience, what some people do to gain an audience, and the terrible things that can happen if you’re “always on”. But then again, there are productive ways to lose control.

But now it’s May, when we’ll be talking about social awkwardness and grand divas, among many, many other things. And we have a few more surprises lined up...

Megaphonic Launch party. [Saturday, March 24.]

Hey, remember when we launched a podcast network a little while ago? Let’s have a party to celebrate it!

We're particularly excited because we'll also be celebrating a new Megaphonic podcast, THE OPPOSITE OF LONELY! Each episode, host Nadia Halim will sit down with a couple of interesting people and discuss how people create community and social connection these days. Topics include: the relationships that don’t usually get discussed in relationship podcasts—with friends, siblings, even coworkers; what gives us a sense of togetherness; and what puts the quality in “quality time.” Being unlonely these days is a work in progress. It can be challenging and confusing, and most of us are still figuring out how to do it. Let's talk about it. Come hang out with us!

The Opposite of Lonely joins Megaphonic's other podcasts:

THIS IS YOUR MIXTAPE. Michael Collins asks a guest to talk about five songs from five different periods of their life.
AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE. People tell their most incredible stories to Adam Clarke.
YOU’RE NOT FUNNY. An ongoing discussion about comedy between ex-standup Adam Clarke and comedy-curious Chris Piuma.
IT’S JUST A SHOW. A deep-dive analysis of cult tv show Mystery Science Theater 3000, where Beth Martin and Adam Clarke provide cultural and social commentary on the movies and references the show tackled.

And hey, it's It’s Just A Show’s first anniversary! So much to celebrate! Come join us.

Saturday, March 24, 2018. 7pm.
The Bastille (16 Walmer Rd., Toronto)

Or see our Facebook group for details.

Happy Halloween!

Today, we're excited to announce the launch of Megaphonic FM!

Adam, Beth, and Chris have been working on a podcast for a little while now, and it was going pretty well. We felt the urge to create more, to try out more things, to get our friends involved in the fun. We were also burning with a few ideas about what make podcasts great and what's special about podcasts that are hard to replicate in other media (including radio).

Our first shows each take a different approach to podcasting: It’s Just A Show reviews the cult tv show Mystery Science Theater 3000, and mixes research, opinion, and conversation into a tightly edited package. You’re Not Funny is a conversation about comedy that pushes at least one of its hosts well out of his comfort zone. This Is Your Mixtape offers extended interviews with diverse people about five songs they loved at various points in their life, from childhood to now, to explore the various ways music connects with our biographies. Finally, And Thereby Hangs A Tale gets people to share their most remarkable stories with a host who is hungry to hear them.

We’ll be bringing in more people in the future—we already have a few more shows at the planning stages. But for now, please check out all our fancy little shows—we hope you’ll find something you enjoy. Thanks for listening.