Monday, March 14, 2016

New podcast about female trucker is latest iTunes hit

Truckers spend most of their time on the road in the cab of a truck, which means plenty of time to listen to a variety of entertainment: radio, audiobooks, podcasts, etc. A new podcast is available, and I think you might dig it.

First of all, you should tune in to Land Line Now on Sirius XM Channel 146 from 7-8 p.m. and 11 p.m.–12 a.m. EST for the latest trucking news. Don’t forget to visit the website to listen to special segments from the show online.

OK, now that we got that covered, there are still many hours left to entertain yourself. Recently, I came across a new podcast called “Alice Isn’t Dead.” It was featured on the iTunes homepage. Turns out, it was produced by the creator of “Welcome to Night Vale,” one of the most popular podcasts in the world.

Also, it’s about a trucker. A female trucker. A female trucker looking for her wife who was once presumed dead, hence the title “Alice Isn’t Dead.”

What’s cool about this podcast is it borrows from the old school radio drama days of storytelling. The unnamed narrator is the trucker who tells us of her journeys searching for Alice. Storytelling is complete with ominous music in the background and sound effects for a full audio experience.

I don’t want to give away too much of the first episode, but I will say we get a glimpse of some of the uneasiness of a female alone on the road and run-ins with suspicious people.

Don’t expect too many details specific to the trucker life. I spoke with Joseph Finks, the creator of “Alice Isn’t Dead” and “Welcome to Night Vale,” and he told me he did not do much research on the life of a trucker. In fact, he admitted to being terrible at researching.

However, Finks has been travelling with his podcast for a few years now. He is drawing from his own experience of life on the road.

“I’ve spent a lot of the last couple years in a van driving around the country, and I started taking notes about what I saw as I drove,” Finks said.

Finks points out what often happens to motorists traveling long distances.

“There’s an interesting thing that happens when you drive through all these places that you’ve never been before,” Finks explained. “You don’t get any context for what you’re seeing, so you just have to figure out the story of what you’re seeing based on the few clues you have as you drive by.”

And it’s that experience that drives the stories of “Alice Isn’t Dead.”

Don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself on the website, iTunes or any number of free podcast apps available for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. As of press time, “Alice Isn’t Dead” is featured on iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section.