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Podcast Fans Can Hear From Creators In Person During Multi-Day Festival

The teams behind the "30 for 30" podcast, "Imaginary Advice" and other podcasts will speak at the events.

Ross Sutherland, the creator of the "Imaginary Advice" podcast, will give a live performance as part of The Fest.
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DOWNTOWN — Podcast lovers can meet the people behind the microphones during an upcoming festival.

Called simply The Fest, the festival will feature events where podcast creators give live performances and speak with fans in early October.

Here’s the lineup:

• 8 p.m. Oct. 1: Scottish author Ross Sutherland will give a live edition of “Imaginary Advice,” a storytelling podcast, with a surprise guest. The event takes place at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.
• 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3: “Bilingual Stories Live!” will offer a bilingual performance at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave.
• 8 p.m. Oct. 5: Nora McInerny, the host of “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” will perform the podcast live with guests at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. The event is presented with WBEZ’s Podcast Passport.
• 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 7: A selection of short audio documentaries will be played. Gwen Macsai, of “Re:sound,” and Sharon Mashihi, of “The Heart,” will host two sessions of the event. Audience members will have a chance to meet some of the producers behind the audio documentaries that are played.
• 6 p.m. Oct. 7: Sports fans can hear from the the makers of the “30 for 30” podcast during this event at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. The event will also feature the premiere of a new “30 for 30” episode.
• 7 p.m. Oct. 9: The Intercept’s Jeremy Schahill, an investigative reporter, will host a live taping of his podcast, “Intercepted,” at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. Guests will include local writers Eve Ewing and Jamie Kalven.
• 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11: This event will feature a “soundwalk” around Woodlawn with Norman Long, a Chicago native and artist. After the walk, Long will lead a discussion about his work. The event is part of the Public Newsroom.

The Fest’s events take place over the same period as the Third Coast Conference, which focuses on podcasts and telling stories with audio.

Tickets to the individual Fest events are available online.