‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Is the Best Podcast You’re Not Listening To

by Mark Wilson

Night Vale is a sleepy desert town like many small American towns. It has a library, finicky parents at PTA meetings, a high school football team, a forbidden, unknowable dog park, black hooded figures, an apocryphal city council with supernatural powers, and the occasional roving unspeakable terror. They also really don’t like the nearby town of Desert Bluffs.

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast styled as a local community radio program consisting of news, traffic, and weather (though the “weather” is a musical selection from a great band you’ve never heard of, which changes each episode). The show is equal parts weird and humorous. Many others have likened it to Twin Peaks, if the town of Twin Peaks had a community radio station.