Out on the Wire
If you've ever tried to do something creative and found yourself paralysed or intimidated by an acutely painful awareness of how not-good-enough your work is, we have news - you've encountered The Gap and it's totally normal. If you haven't heard of The Gap, you need Ira Glass to tell you about it, because that is some real talk. After that, you're going to want to do something, and to that end we recommend Out on the Wire, a new podcast from cartoonist Jessica Abel.
The podcast is a tie-in, of sorts, with Abel's book, which explores the methods and makers behind some of the best narrative radio shows on the air today. The podcast is an extension of that work, featuring interviews with expert storytellers, and that's interesting in itself. But Abel has taken it one step further, establishing an online community where listeners can decide on a story they want to tell, in any medium, then go about finding a way to tell it. The podcast actively engages with the forum, critiquing and encouraging the work of its listeners, all of whom are attempting to follow one golden rule: to become good at the thing, do the thing; do it again; keep doing it.
The nine-part series (plus additional workshop episodes) concluded Jan 2016.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Eureka (7 Sep 2015) / Episode 6: Proof of Concept (23 Nov 2015)