Not all Urban Legends are Just Stories

Have you ever wondered about the stories and myths we hear all around us? The ones told to us as children or the ones that are spoken only in whispers. “If you see your doppelganger it’s a bad omen” , did you ever wonder about where the phrase “skeletons in the closet”  comes from? Well Just a Story : An Urban Legend Podcast can tell you all that and more.

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All artwork for the episodes are created by Samantha Lebas

Just a Story podcast is “a weekly podcast taking a look at the stories that we tell over and over again. What our myths and misdeeds, fears and fables say about us as humans.” This is how the podcast opens to listeners each episode. To expand on this description, Just a Story is a podcast that delves deeply into the origins of what makes up today’s urban legends, fables, myths and human misdeeds, tracing how it got to the versions we hear today. The amount and quality of their research is impressive and has garnered thousands of true fans all around the world, they have such a following that they are even managing a second income through selling merchandise (created by Samantha) on their website.

Just a Story was published in 2015 by a husband and wife duo, Samantha and Jacob LeBas,  who had a passion for the oddities and mysteries of the world:

The Just A Story Team lives in Austin, Texas with their two young children, where they spend their free time researching historical oddities and societal curiosities. Jacob practices medicine, and gives the show a thin veneer of scientific and psychological credibility. Sam, who studied folklore and linguistics, now draws stuff and edits comics. They began podcasting in 2015. They currently produce Just A Story: The Urban Legend Podcast and Audio Dime Museum.

-Jacob and Samantha LeBas

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The way they have set up their audience interaction is clever and unique. They ask users to call into the Urban Legend Hotline with urban legends and myths that they have encountered in life; They use this hotline as both a method of audience interaction and inspiration for new content.

Thanks to the affordances of the internet, most homebrew podcasts are able to go head to head with major radio broadcasters. Sometimes even beating them in the rankings.

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Podcast Industry Ranking for September 2017 form Podtrac

The barrier for entry has lowered considerably, even allowing creators to pursue their passions as a hobby until it becomes something more; They can make it for their friends and family or they can make it for the world. This boom in the variety of podcasts gives listeners a greater selection and draws in more and more people to podcasts everyday. The podcast boom.

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When they initially started their podcast, they started small and only released short episodes made on mediocre equipment. They had no backing from any major investors and since Jacob works full time as a doctor and Sam is a home maker, most investors would see them as not being qualified enough in the soundworks industry to bet on. Despite it’s humble beginnings, the podcast has come a long way and is fast climbing the ranks of of one of the most popular podcasts of it’s kind. But thanks to the affordances of today’s technology, they are one of hundreds of ameteur podcasts that are building a brand and an audience.

Check out their patreon video below!

 

 

 

 

 

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