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If you like podcasts, you have to listen to Miranda July’s audio art masterpiece from 1998

Take your ears on a strange and thrilling trip.


Nayomi Reghay


Published Jun 16, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:49 pm CDT

Long before the podcast explosion, writer, artist, and filmmaker Miranda July was putting together fascinating albums of audio art.

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July, well known her experimental and collaborative art like Learning to Love You More and the Somebody App, retweeted a link to a particularly memorable track, “WSNO” on Monday.

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The track features a fictional radio call-in show, The Secret Believers Walkie-Talkathon, where callers reveal secrets on the air. It sounds an awful lot like the premise of a This American Life episode, and it well could be. Except July cuts the track with distorted music, amplified noise, and a twisted sense of humor.

The entire album, The Benet-Simon Test, can be found on Spotify, along with July’s 10 Million Hours a Mile.

Or, if you’d rather listen to July’s podcast-like audio dreamscapes on YouTube, you can check out another captivating track below: “Medical Wonder.”

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The track is a psychologically thrilling piece, retracing the testimony of a participant in a mysterious medical experiment. But, unlike Serial, this mystery has a satisfying conclusion.

Photo via Steve Rhodes/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2015, 6:13 pm CDT