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Now Playing Podcast Q&A: 'Twin Peaking,' Podbean, and More
Jason Latham, January 27, 2017

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The launch of Now Playing Podcast's Podbean support page has given listeners something many have been demanding for years: access to the show's celebrated bonus episodes, which had previously been available exclusively during Now Playing's bi-annual donation drives.

With those episodes now available via Podbean purchase and subscription options, listeners have been able to catch up on classic series' including Jaws, Alien, and Planet of the Apes.

Yet, the question remains, does this mean Now Playing's donation drives are going away?

Host Arnie Carvalho answered that question and more in a Q&A with the Venganza Media Gazette.

Venganza Gazette: How does the new Podbean option affect the donation drives?

Arnie C: We're going to have a Silver Donation Series for a new retrospective: Pirates of the Caribbean. That's a five-episode series, one that listeners have been demanding for some time. The Silver level series will be $10, available the "classic" method through PayPal for those who want the shows in iTunes. With Podbean, the new Pirates series will be available for $2.99 per episode.

PodBean's technology allows us to offer these old shows. Until now we've have had to process all donations by hand and could not balance offering so much. If we continue past our 10th anniversary depends on listener feedback.

Venganza Gazette: What are the major differences between Podbean and the "classic" donation?

Arnie C: The advantage to going Podbean is instant access. In the past, donors received those shows via email, now they don't need to wait, and they can choose which episodes they want if they don't want the entire series.

The advantage of going "classic" is a slightly lower donation for the entire bundle. Those donors will also be grandfathered in for any future sequels, much like current donors with Alien, Jaws, etc.

Venganza Gazette: And there's a new Alien on the way...

Arnie C: And a new Planet of the Apes film. Both retrospectives will be available on Podbean — Alien is there now - but, again, those series' will be available through the "classic" donation method. That will be our Gold level series, for the traditional donation of $25 or more.

The Platinum level series will be all three: Pirates, Alien, and Planet of the Apes. In total, that's going to be 20 reviews for a donation of $40 or more.

And of course, anyone who previously donated through Kickstarter, our 5th Anniversary DVD, or the original Apes and Alien series will get these new episodes e-mailed to them with no additional donation needed.

Venganza Gazette: What's the plan for your Twin Peaks retrospective, Now Peaking?

Arnie C: That will be a donation series of about 40 episodes, that we know of, running daily from February 28 (the day Laura Palmer was found) until the end of March. Then, when the Showtime series starts in May, we'll release new episodes weekly.

Now Peaking is not part of the traditional donation drive, it will be offered only on Podbean, with individual episodes available for $0.99 each, or a season pass that will be $29.99.

The Now Playing Podcast Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective Series begins May 5. The entire show schedule can be seen on the Now Playing Podcast website.

 
 
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