RDFnewlogoGeorge Orwell’s 1984 is so popular even Amazon ran out of copies. There’s a new TV series based on The Handmaid’s Tale. Oprah is starring in a movie version of A Wrinkle in Time.

Dystopian fiction is HOT, and this is the podcast where we figure out why by exploring parallels between current events and dystopian fiction. Join us as we talk about authoritarianism, free speech, environmental decay and what it means to commit acts of resistance. Also: Power, privilege, freedom and – perhaps most importantly of all – hope.


dsc-0023-200x300TOBY BALL was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Syracuse, NY, and attended Trinity College (CT). He works at the both the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office and the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Durham, NH with his wife and two children. He is the author of the widely acclaimed City Trilogy, set in in an unnamed city in a dystopian America. His books include The VaultsScorch Cityand Invisible Streets. He is also a panelist on the Crime Writers On… podcast.


Heckman_hedshotMEG HECKMAN
 is a journalist and journalism professor whose work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, Editor & Publisher, USA Today and more. She contributed chapters to A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics and, along with Mike Pride, wrote We Went to War: New Hampshire Remembers. She loves telling great stories about pretty much anything, but her favorite topics are gender, politics and technology. Meg is brand new to podcasting, so please excuse the panic in her voice.

Radio Free Dystopia is a production of Partners in Crime Media