Maybe it has something to do with our current nightly obsession with Stranger Things (this just in: Season 2 announced today!), but this week’s Podcast of the Week is The Black Tapes: a sci-fi/ horror podcast masquerading as a public radio journalism series. The Season 2 finale was just released, but the audio above is the show’s very first episode, because you definitely need to start there. (It won’t take long until you’re hooked.)
The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.The Black Tapes
About the Show
The premise of The Black Tapes is that reporter Alex Reagan and her producer Nic Silver were initially charged with filing a series of audio stories about people with odd jobs. But, before long, they find themselves delving into a collection of frightening, unsolved cases involving the paranormal. It has a very Serial-like vibe to it: they chase leads, debate story angles, even ponder their own journalistic ethics. From our own experience as public radio producers, it’s all pretty spot-on.
Except, of course, it’s not real.
Do a little Googling and you’ll see that the whole thing is pretty enigmatic – just the kind of stuff the Internet eats up. The show’s executive producers at Pacific Northwest Stories insist that the stories featured in The Black Tapes (and its sister show, Tanis) are true. And even checking out their websites will send you down a rabbit hole of trying to decipher what’s real and what isn’t.
Suffice it to say we won’t blame anyone for being fooled at first. The show is committed, to say the least, to sounding like a serialized public radio project. But believe us, you’re in for much more than that.
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