Have you listened to The Bright Sessions yet? It's not exactly new -- it's been around since November -- but it's definitely new to me. I hadn't heard of it until I read this great interview from Sara Weber with Lauren Shippen, the show's creator, writer, producer, and one of its lead actresses.
I started listening on Tuesday afternoon, flew through its first season yesterday, and am completely caught up through the eleventh episode as of this morning. It's so good. It's a science fiction podcast about a therapist -- Dr. Bright -- whose patients all have unique, superhuman powers.
She sees four different patients on a regular basis: Samantha (a time traveler who's spent time in both the World War I trenches and the glamour of New York City's roaring twenties), Caleb (a teenage empath who's having trouble managing his emotions in high school), Chloe (a twenty-year-old mind-reader who's convinced she's hearing the voices of angels), and Damien (her highest risk patient with mind control powers).
Dr. Bright records her sessions for research purposes and gives progress assessments after each meeting. She always seems thrilled to say she may be able to downgrade a patient from one category to a less severe one, but her real intentions are unclear. There's definitely an underlying mystery there, and I can't wait to get to the bottom of it.
What I'm loving about this podcast (besides the incredible acting and top-notch sound quality) is what an unexpected take on the superhero genre it is. These characters aren't out saving or ruining the world -- they're just in therapy, trying to cope with their strange abilities. For now, at least.
If you haven't listened to this great podcast yet, I'd highly, highly recommend checking it out. It's a new favorite of mine, and I can't wait to hear where the story goes in season two.