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Originally a New York event for the past three years, On Air Fest introduces the inaugural On Air L.A. Annex, a two-day celebration of podcasting as a growing and influential medium with podcast hosts and producers, as well as musicians, DJs and other artists in the audio industry, taking part in discussions and live tapings. Thursday’s “Art of the Podcast: Dispatches from the Vanguard of Audio Storytelling” features Nate DiMeo, Lea Thau, James Kim, Ben Adair and Amy Nicholson. While Friday’s “Music and Storytelling: Artists at the Crossroads” includes Kaitlin Prest, Hrishikesh Hirway, Justin Richmond, Arshia Haq and Anne Litt, with an additional performance by Josh Kun and musicians San Cha and Cesar Castro. Each evening is preceded by a cocktail reception.

KCRW’s Annenberg Performance Studio, 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica; Thu.-Fri., Nov. 7-8, 7-10 p.m.; $35. events.kcrw.com/events/on-airfest