Night Vale Presents, the creative team behind the wildly popular fiction podcasts Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead, Within The Wires, and The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), announce today plans to launch two new non-fiction podcasts. The network is continuing to work with well-known artists who have not worked in podcasting before while identifying ways to tell new and creative stories in the non-fiction space.
The first podcast, Conversations with People Who Hate Me, features IFP Gotham Award & Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer, and video creator Dylan Marron who has spent the last few years making social justice videos and receiving hateful messages online about them. In each episode, Marron engages in a dialogue with the people who sent him these hateful messages—learning about them, their views, and why they felt the need to tell Marron that he’s “the most pathetic person on the internet.”
Marron, who has a large social media following, has produced, written and hosted entertaining, socially-minded, digital interview shows focusing on racism, homophobia, transphobia, and police brutality. Some examples include Unboxing, Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Shutting Down Bullshit, and Every Single Word (Tumblr’s “Most Viral Blog” of 2015; Shorty Award Nominee), a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color.
The first season will consist of 10 episodes and run weekly starting July 31. It will be available for free on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, and wherever listeners can access podcasts.
The second podcast series, I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats, is hosted by The Mountain Goats lead singer, writer, and novelist, John Darnielle, and co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink. The first season will follow The Mountain Goats’ iconic album, All Hail West Texas, with each episode focused on one song from the album and featuring a conversation about songwriting, storytelling, and current events. Each episode will also premiere a cover version of a Mountain Goats song, by artists such as Andrew Bird, Sylvan Esso, and Amanda Palmer.
I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats is scheduled to be released this fall in partnership with Merge Records. Last month, The Mountain Goats released their sixteenth studio album, Goths, to critical acclaim. In a review of the album, Pitchfork noted, “At this point in his career, Darnielle is in his own private league of songwriting.”
Of the two new shows, Fink says “Night Vale Presents was founded on the idea of finding exceptionally talented artists and helping them enter this form we love, podcasting. We're excited to continue this focus as we expand Night Vale Presents for the first time into the world of non-fiction.”