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The Polygon Show is coming to Nashville! Join us for PodX May 31 - June 2

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The Polygon Show is coming to Nashville! From Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, we’ll be at PodX, a three-day event dedicated to all things podcasting. (The creators of the podcast convention have previously done BroadwayCon, LeakyCon, and Con Of Thrones.) If you’re in the Tennessee area, join us for a live Polygon Show in addition to a number of panels, talks, and discussions featuring our hosts and one of the producers (hi there).

And it’s not just us: Welcome to Night Vale, Mission to Zyxx, and The Hamilcast are also a part of PodX — see the full list of participants here. Tickets for PodX are available at podx.com/tps. And as always, we’re happy for local food and drink recommendations :)

What: PodX brings together your favorite networks, podcasters, and podcasts, from true crime and politics to pop culture and storytelling, all in one incredible weekend. Explore the world of podcasts, experience panel discussions and live shows, learn from experts, and expand your knowledge of the evolving art of podcasting, all at PodX.

When: Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Where: Nashville Music City Center (201 5th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203)

Tickets: podx.com/tps (Note: tickets cover the full convention!)

Full Schedule: podx.com/schedule

Polygon’s PodX schedule

All the panels, discussions, and live events featuring Polygon Show talent!

Friday, May 31

I Wrangle Podcasters, AMA: The producers speak

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM | Music City Center Nashville , The MIDI MainStage (207)

Moderator Rae Votta (You Can’t Make this Up) | Ross Miller (The Polygon Show) | Mariel Salcedo (Always Open) | Maureen McMurray (NHPR) | Steven Ray Morris (See Jurassic Right) | Taylor Quimby (Bear Brook) | Jenn Northington (Book Riot)

In addition to being the calm voices of reason on your favorite shows, producers are usually holding the keys to the kingdom. Our panel will discuss how they got started, their day-to-day, and the favorite bits of their producing duties.

Fishbowl: Podcast Edition

4:40 PM - 5:40 PM | Music City Center Nashville , The MIDI MainStage (207)

John Noe (PotterCast) | Jeremy Bent (Mission to Zyxx) | Allie Kokesh (Mission to Zyxx) | Winston Noel (Mission to Zyxx) | Mariel Salcedo (Always Open) | Ashley Oh (The Polygon Show) | Simone de Rochefort (The Polygon Show) | Stephen Winter (Adventures in New America) | Symphony Sanders (Good Morning Night Vale, Welcome to Night Vale) | Lee LeBreton (Within the Wires)

Eight podcasters. Four teams. One bowl filled with random podcast topics. This is going to get silly.


Saturday, June 1

Women in Podcasting: Behind the Mic and Leading the Way

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Music City Center Nashville , The MIDI MainStage (207)

Ashley Flowers (Crime Junkie) | Rabia Chaudry (Undisclosed) | Chelsea Stark (The Polygon Show) | Barbara Dunkelman (Always Open) | Amber Hunt (Accused) | Amanda Nelson (Book Riot)

Welcome to 2019 - women are KILLING it in the podcasting sphere, but, as always, there’s room for growth. Our panel of fierce lady podcasters and producers will chat about what it’s like in the field and where we can still get better.

The Polygon Show: Live!

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM | Music City Center Nashville, The AIFF Room (208)

This one ... kind of goes without saying.

Playing for a Better World: How Games Make Us Better Creators (presented by Multitude)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Music City Center Nashville , The AIFF Room (208)

Moderator Amanda McLoughlin (Multitude) | Eric Silver (Multitude) | Chelsea Stark (The Polygon Show) | Ryan Copple (Voyage to the Stars) | Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions) | Simone de Rochefort (The Polygon Show)

Games are easier than ever to pick up and play. But they’re more than hitting the high score or publicly destroying your friends. They’re creative exercises, engines for change, and sneaky ways to learn a hell of a lot about yourself. Hear how these creators play video games and tabletop RPGs to jumpstart their creative minds and figure out how to make 2019 a better place to be.


Sunday, June 2

The PodX Factor

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Music City Center Nashville , The MIDI MainStage (207)

Moderator Janet Varney (The JV Club) | Carrie Poppy (Oh No Ross and Carrie) | Drew Ackerman (Sleep with Me) | Jeffrey Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale, Within the Wires) | Rebecca Lavoie (Crime Writers On) | Allegra Frank (The Polygon Show) | Moujan Zolfaghari (Mission to Zyxx)

Let’s see just who we’ll crown the best podcaster in this VERY SERIOUS competition where the rules are made up and the winner gets mild bragging rights only.

A Friend Called Podcast: How podcasting and mental health intersect

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Music City Center Nashville , The AIFF Room (208)

Moderator Steven Pappas (Is This Adulting) | Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions) | Sarah Rhea Werner (Girl In Space) | Ashley Oh (The Polygon Show) | Steven Ray Morris (See Jurassic Right) | Lara Bricker (Crime Writers On)

Podcasting bits, or maybe large chunks, of your life can be a lot to take in, especially if chemicals in your brain are making it hard to come to terms with that fact. Our guests will talk about their own experiences with podcasting, mental health, and how the two avenues can be complimentary instead of at odds with one another.

Podcasters of Color: The importance of diversity in content and creation

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM | Music City Center Nashville , The MIDI MainStage (207)

Moderator Brittany Hardin (Currency Shift, LLC) | Allegra Frank (The Polygon Show) | Ashley Oh (The Polygon Show) | Mariel Salcedo (Always Open) | Moujan Zolfaghari (Mission to Zyxx) | Stephen Winter (Adventures in New America)

With podcasting being an audio medium, do inclusion and diversity mean the same thing as they do on our TV screens? Yes, of course they do, don’t be ridiculous. Learn from our panel of veteran podcasters and creators of color as they dive into the best ways to reach out to diverse communities and maintain inclusivity in a purely aural setting.

How to: Engage with your audience consistently

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM | Music City Center Nashville , The WAV Room (209)

Moderator Megan Frantz (Patreon) | Ashley Flowers (Crime Junkie) | Allegra Frank (The Polygon Show) | Amber Hunt (Accused) | Jeffrey Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale, Within the Wires)

It may seem like a given in today’s digitally connected world, but developing a vibrant social media following is key to growing your podcast’s audience. Hear from experts about the dos and don’ts of posting as a podcaster.