August 30th – National Beach Day with Elena Fernández Collins

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Today’s guest is Elena Fernández Collins, host of the Radio Drama Revival! podcast.

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Transcript

Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey Paul, it’s Ely. Today is August 30th, National Beach Day and I am somewhere warm, sunny, and relaxing. Hey, send me a podcast that matches the mood, you know? But do it soon – my holodeck rental time is almost up. Simulation complete.

Very nice, Ely. If you can’t get to an actual beach, why not use a little technology to take you there?

So you’ve inspired me. I am not in my trusty old closet recording this episode. First time ever. Not sure this is good or bad for all you listeners but I’m recording this on a sandy beach on a lake in Maine. The room tone of wind, waves, and birds is all natural, good, bad, or otherwise. I’ll include a photo of today’s recording studio in the show notes.

For my first recommendation, you are actually getting two. I wanted to put Ely in the mood so I found a Field Recordings episode where Martin Zaltz Austwick gives us an 8 and a half minute recording from Brighton Beach. No talking – just Martin walking around the UK beach.

The second related episode is from the Don’t Know Beach About History: Short Histories of Long Beach. It tells the story from 1948 when a tightrope-walking clown named Ozzie Osborne (yes, you heard that right), who wanted to break the questionable flagpole sitting record. He settled in 200 feet up and sat on a flagpole for more days than you could fathom. The funny thing? Nobody really cared.

To celebrate National Beach Day, my recommendation is not to try breaking any flagpole sitting records. Do anything else and share it using the National Beach Day hashtag. 

Today’s guest is Elena Fernández Collins. Ely is the new host of the Radio Drama Revival podcast. This podcast is one of the I nternet’s longest running anthology audio drama shows, with the goal of showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio fiction. Ely is also a voice actor on the fiction podcast, Valence.

For our third recommendation, Ely recommends the We Love the Beach, We Hate the Beach episode from Still Processing. This episode is 3 years old and they talk about, of all things, the then-new Baywatch film with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. They talk about their own love or hate of the beach and what it means in American culture. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I’m going to state the obvious for those of you who have been hanging around here for a while. It’s super rare that I talk about audio fiction podcasts. Instead, I point everyone to Ely’s Audio Dramatic newsletter like I’m doing right now. If that’s your thing, follow the link in the show notes. 

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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