StoryWonk Archives: a podcast review

StoryWonk was the podcasting site that used to be co-run by husband-and-wife team Alastair Stephens and Lani Diane Rich. If you are already a fan of their numerous podcasts, you are aware that Stephens and Rich announced their divorce in January 2017. They tried to keep StoryWonk going for a time, but it just wasn’t the same. Each has since spun off their own media companies. Alastair has Point North and Lani has Chipperish. Both are quality sites and I encourage you to check them out.

So, if StoryWonk is no longer an on-going concern, why am I bothering to write a post about it?

Simply put, because the StoryWonk website still exists, and so does its backlog of terrific shows. You can still donate money to its Patreon account to help pay for its upkeep and maintenance, if you choose to do so. Discovering the work of Alastair and Lani revitalized my own creative spark in many ways, so I will always be indebted to both of them. And, to be completely honest, I’m still listening to several StoryWonk podcasts.

The above link will take you to a page that shows “current” shows and “archive” show. Don’t be expecting anything new, however. At this point, they are all archived. I’m sure that all of the individual podcasts are great, with high production values, but I can only give first-hand opinions to the ones I have listened to, or am still listening to.

Here’s my list:

There and Back Again – a solo Alastair production that launched an ambitious plan to cover both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings novels, and the Peter Jackson movies afterward. This is an on-going podcast at Point North, Alastair’s new company, but it started here. I’m still listening to this one.

We Can Do This All Day – this was the Alastair-Lani co-hosted podcast about the Marvel MCU. It was following the real timeline of the movies and the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD television series. Unfortunately, I’ve listened to all of this one, from Iron Man, the movie that kicked off the MCU, to Iron Man 3, and all the MCU movies in-between, which includes The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers. It also includes the first season of AoS up to episode 12. Here the podcast suddenly stops. I hope that one or both of the hosts continues the podcast at some point. There’s still a lot of MCU material to podcast about.

Dustedthis was the podcast that first drew me in. It’s about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in broadcast order. I’m still listening to this podcast and I love it. It, too, didn’t reach the end of either series. I know that Lani has continued talking about the Buffy shows on her new site, and I will switch to those once I finish the StoryWonk episodes.

We Used To Be Friends because this podcast existed, and Alastair and Lani had talked about the show on other podcasts, I began watching Veronica Mars. I’ve listened to all of these, but they don’t quite make it to the end of the series. I, however, did make it through the series and the movie, and I enjoyed listening to these.

The Journeyman Writer – another Alastair solo podcast. I’m still working my way through these and enjoying hearing him talk about the art and craft of writing.

Story and Star Wars – this was originally a seminar series, and I’ve listened to all of them except the one on Rogue One (I believe it exists) since I haven’t watched that movie yet (it’s on the list). If you are a Star Wars fan and enjoying hearing serious talk about the movies, then you will enjoy this one also.

This only scratches the surface of what the StoryWonk archive has to offer. If your jam is Harry Potter or The Outlander television/book series, there are podcasts on these as well. And plenty of others.

It was sad to see StoryWonk end as an on-going project, but its archives still have a lot of offer you if you’re looking for more podcasts that cater to your particular interests.

3 thoughts on “StoryWonk Archives: a podcast review

    1. It seems Alastair Stephens has ended all of his involvement in podcasts at the moment after Lani levelled some very serious charges at him. He may not have been the standup guy he seemed to be.


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