Escape Pod has had a long history of choosing bad stories with stupid endings, but it’s really accelerated over the past few years. After the original host went crazy (because reading a story into a mic once a week is apparently super stressful) and left things really started going downhill. From the irritating Mur Lafferty, who uses the most ridiculously pretentious sign-off (“Be mighty”) since Dan Rather’s “Courage,” to the vapid musings of Alasdair Whatshisface on the stories, to the series of nasal dweebs that read story feedback (and whom I always envision as fedora wearers), there’s not much to recommend the podcast. Not even the Voice of God himself, Norm Sherman, could save it. At this point, maybe one in twenty of the stories is worth listening to. Your time would be way better spent with other fiction podcasts—particularly Sherman’s “Drabblecast."