The podcast from the list I decided to listen to was Night Vale, A Story About You. What makes this literary is the fact that it is telling a story, and it involves the listener in the story. It is something that is easy to get lost in, which is usually what people are looking for when they read (I, for one, like to use reading for fun, and for a way to escape the real world). I think that is something that a story-telling podcast can do, too. It can pull you into its world, and if it’s good enough, it won’t let go.
This is not the first time I have listened to a podcast. I am subscribed to a daily Aries podcast (I’m not super into astrology, but I do think it’s interesting). I have also listened to a lot of mythological podcasts. I think these are also interesting, because they tell a story that has been passed down for generations. I’ve also listened to true crime podcasts (such as My Favorite Murder) and sometimes just gossip ones, talking about movies or show or reality shows. I think these ones are interesting (but very different from story ones) because they are true. When it comes to podcasts, it is all about personal tastes: some people prefer true podcasts, others prefer a story. And there are some that really like both.
Podcasts use sound and time artistically because those are the only things they can rely on. In traditional media (such as film, television, etc.) you are able to rely on visualization; however, in a podcast, you must time your sentence breaks in such a time that it will give the listener time to visualize what you are saying for themselves. If you can do this, then you are bringing the story to life for anyone listening. The pauses someone who is performing a podcast uses can make or break the podcast. If you do not give the listener enough time to be able to imagine what is going on in the world of the podcast, then the whole thing begins to fall apart.