Strangest of All: A podcast of true fiction, and false facts

Strangest of All: A podcast of true fiction, and false facts

Over the Christmas holiday, I decided to try my hand at the podcasting game. Thanks to a microphone delivered by Santa and the ease with which all the little tools can be acquired these days, I sat down for a day and got something that sounds like … an amateur who sat down for a day. Still, I enjoyed the process and it gave me a chance to talk about something that has obsessed me for more than half a century: the books of former radio host Frank Edwards.

I won’t got into it at length because that’s a big part of what the podcast covers, but Edwards was something of a unique character, a more recent version of Charles Fort crossed with a bit of Ambrose Bierce and a dash of Walter Cronkite. For decades Edwards was a straight newsman, first on local radio programs and then on Mutual Broadcasting System. But he got into something that was … let’s just say strange. I stumbled across the books he made by compiling his radio broadcasts in the back row of a little public library in my hometown when I was about 10. I read them all. I bought them all. I read them apart. Then I bought them again. Something about Edwards’ style—strange tales told with a journalist’s directness—just floored me. It still does. If you’ve got 15 minutes, give: “Strangest of All: The disappearance of Oliver Larch” a listen.

I realize that many of you are, like me, fans of much more polished podcasts on subjects like history (hardcore, of course) or junkies for true crime. And I know this little “production” doesn’t stand up very well next to the polished products available in an exploding podcast market.

But think of this as a first draft. If there’s any interest, I’ve already worked up a second episode. And started a third. I’m going to let you guys decide whether those episodes ever see “air” time.


From Daily Kos at Read More. This article is republished from DailyKos under an open content license. Read the original article at DailyKos.

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