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Below is a list of radio shows and audio dramas dealing with topics in the post-apocalyptic genre (including zombies). This list specifically excludes common, non-dramatized, audio books.
Items which are in the public domain or available via a Creative Commons license are consolidated on Archive.org.
|The War of the Worlds||CBS Radio||The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds.|
|A Canticle for Leibowitz||Wisconsin Public Radio||This 1959 HUGO award-winning novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr., was dramatized by WHA Radio (flagship station of Wisconsin Public Radio) and National Public Radio in 1981. Available on Archive.org.|
|118 Migration||LoopIT! Productions||A tale of zombies and madness. Podcast serial.|
|Planet of the Apes||Broken Sea Audio||Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and original screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, this new audio series features additional scenes, original sound design and exceptional voice talent that bring the Planet Of The Apes to life in a whole new way.|
|Logan's Run||Broken Sea Audio||Sometime in the 23rd century…the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in a seemingly perfect world, mankind lives only for pleasure. There’s just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of Carousel.|
|Mad Max: Tomorrow's Road||Broken Sea Audio||In a world without hope, where gas is gold and you live or die on the redline. The man they called Mad Max has become the legend of The Road Warrior… …Pray he is still out there.|
|World War Z||Random House||The book is read by author Max Brooks, but includes many other actors taking on the roles of the many individual characters who are interviewed in the novel.|
|The Scarlet Plague||Escape radio anthology||Brian, the Denizen of Alternate Dimensions, presents a tale penned from the works of Jack London. We revisit the post apocalyptic future once again for an examination into the human condition. What happens when society collapses? Beware of “The Scarlet Plague”. Episode 209. Originally broadcast on April 8th, 1954.|
|Earth Abides||Escape radio anthology||Earth Abides, a 1949 science fiction novel by Berkeley English professor George R. Stewart, won the inaugural International Fantasy Award in 1951. Earth Abides was adapted for the CBS radio program Escape as a two-part drama starring John Dehner on November 5th and 12th, 1950. A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he’d either dreaded or hoped for.|
|The Time Machine||BBC Radio||Produced by BBC, Robert Glenister stars in Philip Osment’s dramatisation of HG Wells’ classic story of a time-traveller’s journey to the future, where mankind has diverged into two species – the Eloi and the Morlocks.|
|Galaxy News Radio: The Adventures Of Daring Dashwood!||Fallout 3||The Adventures Of Herbert “Daring” Dashwood. This is the “radio drama” found within Fallout 3.|
|Nebulous||BBC Radio||BBC. It’s 2099. The calendar has been restructured to include months Octember and Janril, and there’s a new season, hamble – which is generally just drizzly. ‘Cattle-clasm’ has wiped out the majority of the UK’s livestock, and ‘the Withering’ has meant the loss of a great deal of human knowledge.|
|The World as We Know it||BBC Radio||Comedy about four housemates who seem to be the last people left on Earth.|
|Steve, the First||CBC Radio Network||A four-part dark comedy set in a post-apocalyptic future, broadcast on CBC Radio One in 2005. The basic premise is that a slacker wakes up to find he managed to sleep through the apocalypse, and now has the ability to telepathically communicate with his dog, and can cure people infected by a strange disease that causes them to melt.|
|Steve, the Second||CBC Radio Network||The successor series to Steve, The First, this bleak comedy was set 25 years after the original story. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it details the story of the son of the original Steve as he is sent for by his mother to save the city of Orontonto (a thinly-disguised Toronto) as it is besieged by the Dark Alliance.|
|The Peoria Plague||WUHN Radio||A fine radio drama from the early 70s – a living dead tale done “War of the Worlds” style. So if you’re a fan of Old Time Radio & Romero movies, this is definitely worth a listen.|
|The Day of the Triffids||BBC Radio||This full-cast drama is based on the classic post-war ‘science fantasy’ novel which made John Wyndham famous, and whose appeal endures to this day.|
|On the Beach||BBC Radio||Dramatisation by Mike Walker of Nevil Shute’s account of the aftermath of a nuclear war. A cloud of deadly radioactivity is moving slowly towards Australia, where life still exists.|
|The Death of Grass||BBC Radio||Dramatisation of the science fiction novel by John Christopher, narrated by David Mitchell. It is 1956 and a virus has wiped out the crops of South East Asia, causing a famine. John Custance and his family visit his brother David’s farm in Westmorland, convinced that the same thing could not happen there.|
|Brave New World||BBC Radio||from 1991|
|The Handmaid's Tale||BBC Radio||A full-cast dramatization based on one of the 20th century’s most outstanding novels about the future. When religious extremists take over the US government, they create the Republic of Gilead where women are prohibited from owning property and all money is transferred to male relations.|
|Zombie Cheerleaders||Grind House Audio Productions||An over caffinated Cop arrests a blood and gore covered High School Bus Driver weilding an ax… And parts of bodies line the rain soaked highways, cemetaries, and surrounding areas… He has all the evidence he needs… Open and Shut case- or so the cop thinks.. But he didn’t count on a military Semi Truck transporting highly toxic secret bio weapons… Nor did he give much creedence to the Bus Driver’s claim that ZOMBIE CHEERLEADERS were out to get him…|
|Zombie Cheerleaders 2: Pom-poms of Death||Grind House Audio Productions||Part 2 of the Zombie Cheerleaders series.|
|Escape from New York||Broken Sea Audio||
Enroute to a World Summit, and carrying plans for a NEW a top-secret weapon, the President’s plane is Hi-Jacked and AIR-FORCE 1 crashes inside the walls of Manhattan Island – Maximum Security Penitentiary. Only one man can bring him back… The newest prisoner arriving with a Life-Term, Notorious Outlaw and former Special Forces War Hero, SNAKE PLISSKEN….
|Nineteen Eighty-Four||NBC Radio||In a totalitarian state, Winston Smith matches wits with Big Brother. Hour-long dramatization by Milton Wayne of George Orwell's novel, broadcast as episode 55 of the N.B.C. University Theater program on August 27, 1949 at 9 p.m.|
|Age of Zombies||Necropolis Studio Productions||A plague has ravaged the Earth and changed the world as we know it. Millions upon millions have been transformed into flesh-eating zombies that roam the Earth with an unquenchable thirst for the living. Those fortunate enough not to have been infected are in a fight for their lives. Spread out across the globe… small groups struggle each day to see the next. One such group of survivors are trying to reach out to anyone who’s still alive… They live in… the Age of the Zombies.|
|The Last Man on Earth||Movies for the Blind podcast||Vincent Price stars as the only survivor of a worldwide plague, spending his days trying to protect himself against victims who have risen from the grave. 1964. Original audio from the movie, with the addition of audio descriptions for the sight-impaired.|
|This is Not a Test||Movies for the Blind podcast||A patrolman gets orders to put up a roadblock on a lonely highway, which detains various people in the middle of the night. Messages from the police radio soon make clear the catastrophic reason.|
|Things to Come||Movies for the Blind podcast||In the near future, Everytown is hit by a war which drags on for decades, resulting in a mysterious illness and a quasi-medieval society. Adapted by H.G. Wells from his book.|
|We're Alive||Modern Myth Productions||In a world turned upside down, every day is a struggle, as those who have taken refuge in “the tower” find out that their safe haven is under constant threat. In this place, however, the strengths of those who stand together, might just be enough to live long enough to see things start to change.|
|HG World||3015 North Studios||3015 North Studios brings you the audio horror serial "HG WORLD" telling the story of a small town riding out a global zombie uprising from inside the walls of a massive House and Garden warehouse in the rurals of north-central Pennsylvania.
This is a full-cast audio drama presented by the HG WORLD COMPANY PLAYERS.
|Death Lands||GraphicAudio||Ruled by a perverse and malevolent Nature, roamed by lawless remnants of humanity, the Deathlands is what's left of the continental U.S. after a nuclear apocalypse unleashed hell on earth. Here, only a few can survive and still retain hope for the future, and of these, none are more determined than the exiled son of a coastal baron and his closely knit band of warrior survivalists.|
|Doomsday Warrior||GraphicAudio||Ted Rockson and his small band of soldiers fight to rid the land of a Soviet occupational force bent on world domination. But Rockson not only has the enemy to contend with, for out of the ashes of the nuclear devastation of World War III, the Earth has become one large death zone. Mutated animals, destructive storms, and barbaric humans now roam the land. Death seems to be everywhere. Hope seems fleeting. But Rockson will not give up. A loose confederation of secret American Free Cities dots the countryside and awaits its time to rise and challenge the Soviet armies. They shall be led by the Doomsday Warrior.|
|Survivalist||GraphicAudio||Here then is the story of the ultimate war, the final nuclear holocaust and the unrelenting quest of John Thomas Rourke as he begins his search across war-ravaged America, following every haunting clue, however fragmentary, to locate his missing family. There are Soviet occupation troops, lawless murderous brigands, and vast uncharted nuclear deserts to block his way. John Thomas Rourke has no option but to go on—he is The Survivalist.|
|Vampire Earth||GraphicAudio||Vampire Earth is a series of novels by E.E. Knight. They follow the life of David Valentine, from his youth as a young soldier fighting against the evil which has stolen humanity's future. Valentine grows to manhood defending the embattled freeholds, the remaining islands of sanity from the madness of the grotesque Kurian Order.|
|Tales From the Afternow||RantMedia||Join Independent Librarian Dynamic Sean Kennedy VI as he takes you into a dark future where mega-corporations rule, listener licenses are easily violated, and even time itself is copyrighted.|
|Jaypokalyptica||Jules Ismail||The year is 2013 and the world has ended. The President of the United States sends Jules Ismail on a dangerous mission back through time to save the planet!|
|FEDITUS||James Durham||FETIDUS (The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural) is an organization that protects the right of supernatural creatures. Set in post-apocalyptic Washington, DC, a jaded lobbyist takes up the blackmail case of a mysterious woman, which leads him on a twisted adventure. The production is a narrated science fiction/horror audiobook that features a cast of several voices.|
|Autumn||Darker Projects||Original zombie audio drama podcast. Darker Projects in association with Infected Books presents David Moody's vision of apocalyptic horror.|
|Alive Inside||Darker Projects||Original zombie audio drama podcast. The human race? Forget about them. Laid waste by the Great Catastrophe, the remnants of humanity fight for survival is a world scarred by a plague that causes the dead to walk again. Now, the zombie hordes add to their infernal ranks with every fresh victim. Can a bold venture across the wastelands of the former United States of America hold the key to our salvation? Or does the future belong to the zombies?|
|They||Darker Projects||Night Terrors Episode 7 - Our story takes place in the dank depths of a nuclear fallout shelter after a global apocalypse. Utterly cut off from the outside world, the huddled survivors have only themselves to rely on in the clinging darkness and their fear of the unknown.|
|Knock||Seeing Ear Theater||“The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door…” The tale “Knock” opens with those two sentences, then spins a narrative that details a handful of surviving humans imprisoned in a zoo-like environment. They are under study by Zan, an alien race preparing to colonize the Earth.|
|The Time Machine||Seeing Ear Theater||A scientist invents a wondrous time machine made of ivory, crystal, brass – and a handheld computer — in our updated drama based on the H.G. Wells masterpiece. Our intrepid inventor uses the device to travel 90,000 years into the future, where he discovers the childlike Eloi, who live in ignorant bliss on the surface while the hideous, subterranean Morlocks dwell below.|
|The Wheel||Seeing Ear Theater||In this post-apocalyptic fable, Owen and Topsie cross the near-endless Desert of Glass, staying one step ahead of the radio-active glowwinds, in search of their origins, their childhood home–and a tape machine that will let them hear the one artifact their late father left behind, a voice recording of who they are and how they came to be…|
|The Bigger One||Seeing Ear Theater||The Big One–an 8.1 Richter scale earthquake–has struck Southern California. The Pacific Ocean has broken through new openings in the San Andreas Fault. A tidal wave has buried low-lying Mexicali and is continuing to rush inland… as Pamela Merkle, a news reporter, and Doug Aron, her driver, push 100MPH, dodging traffic in an attempt to stay on top of the "story" AND outrun the massive wall of water behind them…|
|Age of the Zombies||Necropolis Studio Productions||A plague has ravaged the Earth and changed the world as we know it. Millions upon millions have been transformed into flesh-eating zombies that roam the Earth with an unquenchable thirst for the living. One group of survivors are trying to reach out to anyone who's still alive… They live in… the Age of the Zombies.|
|You've Got Dead On You||Dead On You Studios||This weekly podcast follows the adventures of Craig and Jay, two friends who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse without a clue in how to survive. Join them as they battle through scores of the undead to a future that is far from certain.|
|Adam and the Darkest Day||
In Chicago, three survivors of a nuclear war cope with their new situation. An original play for radio by Wyllis Cooper, broadcast 7 November 1948 on the Quiet, Please anthology series.
|Quiet, Please||Quiet Please||The last man alive describes what's left of his world -- and how it got that way. An original play for radio (with the same title as the series) by Wyllis Cooper, broadcast 29 March 1948 and 25 June 1949 on the Quiet, Please anthology series.|
|Brave New World||The CBS Radio Workshop||Dramatization of Aldous Huxley's novel, adapted by William Froug and narrated by Huxley himself, broadcast in two parts 27 January and 3 February 1956 on the CBS Radio Workshop anthology series.|
|A Pail of Air||X Minus One||In a future where the Earth has moved away from the Sun and lost its atmosphere, a lone family of survivors struggle to survive in the ruins of a dead city. Story by Fritz Leiber.|
|The Defenders||X Minus One||Mankind has retreated underground to escape the horrors of a surface decimated by World War Three, leaving the machines to continue the fighting. Story by Philip Dick.|
|Dwellers in Silence||X Minus One||The first explorers from a colonized Mars to return to Earth generations after the Atomic War discover the last survivors, a family with some very odd peculiarities about them. Story by Ray Bradbury; part of the Martian Chronicles series.|
|Hello, Tomorrow||Dimension X||To escape a world devastated by nuclear radiation, Mankind has retreated underground, but the Final War still rages on. A woman betrays her 'country' by falling in love with an Asiatic POW from the other side, a capital crime punishable by exile to the ruined surface.|
|The Moon is Green||X Minus One||For years following a nuclear holocaust, a husband bullies his wife to never open the windows of their shelter, for fear of the terrible mutants who live outside. But the temptation proves a little too much for her. Story by Fritz Leiber.|
|There will Come Soft Rains||Dimension X||An automated house faithfully continues its daily routines after its occupants - and the rest of humanity - have long gone. Story by Ray Bradbury. The BBC produced 4 versions of this story. Another version appeared on X Minus One.|
|At Midnight on the 31st of March||Author's Playhouse||A year in the life of a small town which finds itself struggling to survive when the rest of civilization mysteriously vanishes overnight. Based on Josephine Young Case's blank verse novel. Broadcast, appropriately enough, 31 March 1943 on NBC's Author's Playhouse anthology series.|
|Frequency 2156||Frequency 2156||
Frequency 2156 is an internet radio where everyone can send content (community based). Frequency 2156 follows a post-apocalyptic story from the year 2156 which all content must follow. You can listen to the radio, which plays all the accepted messages or you can browse a Message World Map for single messages from various locations. You can also send a request for a radio message to your friends all around the world. And of course, you can send your own radio message as well.
|Earthsearch 1||Earthsearch 1||Earthsearch: A Ten-Part Adventure Serial in Time and Space science fiction radio series written by James Follett. The crew of the Starship Challenger - a ten mile long survey ship - have been searching the universe for an Earth-type planet to colonise. Telson, Sharna, Darv and Astra – the third generation crew – are the only survivors of “The Great Meteoroid Strike”.|
|Earthsearch 2||Earthsearch 2||The story of Earthsearch 2 continues the adventures of the crew of the starship Challenger (Telson, Sharna, Darv and Astra) begun in the previous serial, Earthsearch, which told the story of their quest for their lost ancestral homeplanet of Earth (which had moved to orbit a new and unknown star when its citizens realised their original sun was going to go nova).|
|Earthsearch: Mindwarp||Earthsearch: Mindwarp||Earthsearch: Mindwarp is a 3 part radio series based on the Mindwarp novel by James Follett. While it has only a loose connection to the Earthsearch series, it sets the stage for it, and contains many familiar plot elements and character traits.|
|The Cleansed||FinalRune Productions||A post-apocalyptic adventure for the 21st century, positing various societies who survive a global collapse due to a lack of oil. Original pilot aired on WKIT (Stephen King's Rock & Roll Station) in Bangor, Maine in 2010, and new episodes air weekly from March - October, 2012.|
|Radiation World||Saster&Saster Productions||Three thousand years since nuclear devastation has razed society to nothing, humans have moved underground to eke out a meager survival while outside the wild has taken over, mutating beyond anything anyone can remember or imagine. When a group of mysterious visitors arrive on a ship, our heroes must make a quest across the wild, encountering an abundance of adventures along the way.|