Making History With Erik Archilla: Behind the Scenes of the Hit Podcast “1865”

When buddies Erik Archilla and Steven Walters decided John Wilkes Booth would be the focus of their college project, they had no idea it would eventually lead to a hit podcast that now has over 6 million downloads. 

A People’s Choice podcast award nominee in the category of Storyteller Drama, “1865 is a historical fiction podcast that follows Edwin Stanton in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The audio drama has been praised for its gripping writing, as well as the professional quality of the acting and sound. 

In a world that boasts over 4 million podcasts, with the overwhelming majority of them failing, what is the secret to the success of “1865”? This is just one of the many questions Candy and Ashley pose to co-creator Erik Archilla. 

Join us for this lively interview where Erik Archilla not only shares interesting behind-the-scenes stories from “1865,” but also insights about the art of podcasting itself.

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Show Notes for Episode 76!

Photos courtesy of Erik Archilla

1865 – Season One Trailer (Courtesy of Erik Archilla)
1865 – Season Two Trailer (Courtesy of Erik Archilla)


Interview with Erik Archilla

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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