Have you heard the new podcast Audio Dime Museum yet? If not, drop everything and go listen. It's so good. It's an experimental storytelling podcast from the Just A Story team, who also created The Urban Legend Podcast.
The show's concept is really cool -- it's part guided museum tour and part serialized audio drama. From its iTunes description, here's how it works: "Each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart."
It's five episodes in, and so far each one has been fantastic. After hearing the short prologue a few days ago, I was totally hooked. Listeners are introduced to The Curator and she describes the museum's hand-picked collection of treasures. She says, "Some people get scared, and some people just don't want to believe. But then, some people are like you. Some people are brought here to our devilish little mystery. We keep lots of little mysteries. Everything here has a story, every little thing. Nothing is brought in by accident or happenstance. No, we search for these things."
The first full episode -- Strong Stuff -- is incredible. The Curator describes a mysterious pair of drumsticks from the American Civil War, transporting listeners right into the Battle of Bull Run. She tells the story of Sullivan Ballou, the Union Army officer who's known for the eloquent letter he wrote to his wife before he was killed by a blast from a cannon in battle. And in the last few minutes, she tells the heartbreaking story of a brave young drummer boy. I had goosebumps the whole last half.
The second episode couldn't be more different from the first. The Curator examines an early 20th century murder case through a pair of old eyeglasses. In the third episode, she brings us to a isolated (and haunted) plantation in the Deep South, and in the fourth, she takes us on a 17th century voyage on the Atlantic ocean with a ship full of hungry men.
The episodes are such a great mix of mystery, history, and fantastic storytelling from the Curator. Her voice is definitely what drew me in to the show, and it's absolutely what would drive me out the doors of the museum in a heartbeat if I were to ever step inside. It's hauntingly beautiful -- almost hypnotizing -- and I've never heard anything like it before.
If you haven't heard Audio Dime Museum yet, I'd highly recommend checking it out asap. So far it's fantastic, and I'm really excited to hear what's next from it.