In October, a friend of mine started a podcast that is incredibly interesting and different than what I usually listen to when it comes to podcasts. It also one of those things that you, as a listener, need to talk about after listening to it, so here I am.
I should state that I have known the person that narrates and created this thing for more than half of my life, and think everything they do is unbelievable awesome.
Anyway, let’s discuss The Disappearance Podcast.
What does this meme:
and made up Knight have in common?
I don’t know, and that is why I am writing this.
The premise of the story is fairly straightforward: the narrator, John Herman, received a box in the mail from a former classmate that went missing about 20 years previous. The box comes to him after the classmate’s father died, the box was found in a closet in the father’s house with a note taped to it, with the narrator’s name on it so it was sent to him. Also written on the note was a quote from an Edgar Allan Poe story; inside the box are 6 rather odd records. The records don’t have music on them.
That’s pretty much all I’m going to talk about when it comes to the plot of this thing because I don’t want to give too much away. It’s a mystery podcast, and I’m bad a summarizing mysteries without giving the whole thing away.
The episodes post bi-weekly for 6 episodes then takes a 4-week hiatus between seasons. Just enough time to fruitlessly research random information that is hopefully relevant.
The story plays with timelines, like the Berenstain vs. Bernstein Bears timelines, worlds where everything is the same, but everything is different.
The first season, six episodes in length, delves into the symbolism of the information on the records. It discusses the Edgar Allan Poe quote at length, which if you read my post about Alexander Hamilton, you know that I spent the two weeks between episodes researching everything about Edgar Allan Poe.
I did learn that when Poe was 15, he was part of the youth honor guard that welcomed the Marquis de Lafayette back to the United States in 1824 and that during his tour of the then 24 states, the Marquis de Lafayette stayed at a place near my current house. So that made the hours and hours of research I did worth it. There is a lot of information to dig through in these six episodes, enough to keep the amateur researcher in me occupied and story present in my mind between episodes.
The second season, currently 5 episodes in with the sixth coming in two weeks on the 20th, deals with small towns and doppelgangers. Doppelgangers freak me out because I also listen to Lore, which has a whole episode about how seeing your own doppelganger means you are going to die. This particular story line does not do my anxiety any favors.
As a person from a small town, although one significantly larger than the one portrayed in the show, but still small town New Hampshire, the politics and small town characters that are depicted are emphasized by knowing those kinds of people and seeing them in every town hall meeting I’ve been to since I was 10.
Why was I going to town hall meetings at age 10? The town wanted to take away high school. #trufax
One of my favorite pieces of this story is the voices, I know most of them. For me, it’s cool to hear people I know, people I consider my friends because we are friends on facebook and that is my basis of friendship, be a part of this really interesting and engaging project. It’s a fun added bonus for me. I like ingesting the interesting things my friends do. This project is one of the coolest pieces of media I’ve gotten to ingest.
I do love myself a good mystery. I love Sherlock Holmes and things based on Sherlock Holmes. I like not being able to figure it out, as frustrating as it can be. I like having to work to find the answer. Right now it looks like I’m not going to get many answers, but I want them. It has it refreshing my podcast stream twice an hour every other Monday waiting for it to post. It has me pressuring people in my office to listen to it and then watching them listen to so I can ask them questions about what they think the moment the episode is over like a crazy person.
Besides this one, I only listen to one other podcast that is an ongoing story, that being Welcome to Night Vale. All the other ones are either news podcasts or things along the same vein as Lore where it’s a different story every week. The Disappearance Podcast tells this story about this missing–declared dead– teenage boy and draws the listener deeper and deeper into the mystery each episode.
I am engrossed with this story. I love it. I have guilted three people in my office to listen to it because I needed to talk to people about it, but they don’t seem to get that I can’t live with two sentences of dialogue about a thing and then the conversation is over. Why don’t these people understand that I need to talk this out so I can figure out the mystery?! How am I supposed to get work done if I have to Wikipedia Samuel Johnson and read everything ever written about the death Edgar Allan Poe?
The answer is I can’t, and it’s a problem because I have 2.5 jobs.
So please listen to this podcast and talk about it with me, so I don’t lose it when it goes on its 4-week hiatus after it’s next episode. You can find it at the links below, and I’m sure other places where you can listen to podcasts.
Until next time Internet,