Our Fair City (general)

Loyal Policies: we're back with another group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a single podcast, so we'll be answering your queries over the next few weeks---if you submitted a question and didn't hear it answered here, sit tight--we will most likely answer it in the next session.  Please note that this episode contains spoilers for Seasons One through Eight of Our Fair City.

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Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Managing Director— Eleanor Hyde
  • Composer— Stephen Poon
  • Cassandra Wilkins/Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Sandy/Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Herbert West/Sound Designer— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Moro/Jack/Archie/Writer— Mark Soloff
  • Writer/Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: 2018ListenerQuestionsEp2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm CST

Loyal Policies: we're back with another group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a single podcast, so we'll be answering your queries over the next few weeks---if you submitted a question and didn't hear it answered here, sit tight--we will most likely answer it in the next session.  Please note that this episode contains spoilers for Seasons One through Eight of Our Fair City.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Managing Director— Eleanor Hyde
  • Composer— Stephen Poon
  • Cassandra Wilkins/Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Sandy/Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Herbert West/Sound Designer— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Moro/Jack/Archie/Writer— Mark Soloff
  • Writer/Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: 2018_Listener_Questions_ep_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CST

We're back with the fourth and final episode of Tales From Albuquerque!

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting together a miniseries that told the story of Doctor Herbert West's time in the distant city of Albuquerque.  We would give this corner of the world of Our Fair City to a group of the best writers and designers the Audio Drama community has to offer, and see what bizarre tales they would create. Thanks to your support through Patreon, it is now a reality!

This miniseries, told Rashomon style around a campfire by some of your favorite (or most reviled) characters. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to all our listeners and especially our supporters on Patreon for making it possible.

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West—Ryan Schile
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Elbows—Abby Doud
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Nose— Mark Soloff
  • Toes— Kat Evans
  • The Bartender—Abby Doud
  • Andrew Snidge—Frank Sjodin

Written by Sarah Shachat, with Jim McDoniel.  Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Alexander Danner.  Music by Stephen Poon. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: TalesFromAlbuquerqueEpisode4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm CST

We're back with the third episode of Tales From Albuquerque!

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting together a miniseries that told the story of Doctor Herbert West's time in the distant city of Albuquerque.  We would give this corner of the world of Our Fair City to a group of the best writers and designers the Audio Drama community has to offer, and see what bizarre tales they would create. Thanks to your support through Patreon, it is now a reality!

This miniseries, told Rashomon style around a campfire by some of your favorite (or most reviled) characters. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to all our listeners and especially our supporters on Patreon for making it possible.

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West—Ryan Schile
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • The Bartender—Abby Doud
  • Dr. Seth Brundle—Clayton Faits

Written by Eli Barraza, with Jim McDoniel.  Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Eli McIlveen.  Music by Stephen Poon. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: TalesFromAlbuquerqueEpisode3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm CST

We're back with the second episode of Tales From Albuquerque!

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting together a miniseries that told the story of Doctor Herbert West's time in the distant city of Albuquerque.  We would give this corner of the world of Our Fair City to a group of the best writers and designers the Audio Drama community has to offer, and see what bizarre tales they would create. Thanks to your support through Patreon, it is now a reality!

This miniseries, told Rashomon style around a campfire by some of your favorite (or most reviled) characters. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to all our listeners and especially our supporters on Patreon for making it possible.

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West—Ryan Schile
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Arenna— Kat Evans
  • Meraya—Abby Doud

Written by Gwynn Fulcher, with Jim McDoniel and Jeffrey Gardner. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Anna Rodriguez.  Music by Stephen Poon. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: TalesFromAlbuquerqueEpisode2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am CST

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting together a miniseries that told the story of Doctor Herbert West’s time in the distant city of Albuquerque.  We would give this corner of the world of Our Fair City to a group of the best writers and designers the Audio Drama community has to offer, and see what bizarre tales they would create. Thanks to your support through Patreon, it is now a reality!

This miniseries, told Rashomon style around a campfire by some of your favorite (or most reviled) characters. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to all our listeners and especially our supporters on Patreon for making it possible.

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Jason of Albuquerque—Ryan Schile
  • Eleanor— Tara Schile
  • Dr. Herbert West— Clayton Faits
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Snudge— Frank Sjodin
  • The Bartender—Abby Doud

Written by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with Jim McDoniel and Jeffrey Gardner. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Jordan Fehr. Music by Stephen Poon. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Tales_From_Albuquerque_Episode_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm CST

Here we are with our final blooper reel for Our Fair City- we very much hope you've enjoyed these!

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP, Our Fair City, and our upcoming production Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.    You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Blasphlegmy—Frank Sjodin
  • Oh booooooy—Abby Doud
  • Grown up Jade—Rose Sengenberger
  • Midwestern Time Traveler—Kat Evans
  • Restorical—Ansel Burch
  • Acts too hard—David Rheinstrom
  • Baby?—Ginneh Thomas
  • Cuuuuuuube!  Cuuuuuuuube?!—Beth Eyre
  • Electro-chemical reaction—Ryan Schile
  • Tacooooos!—Saren Nofs Snyder
  • This is an Archibald FunnyPants Episode—Mark Soloff
  • WHAT'S MY MOTIVATION—Whitney Jones
  • I'm sorry (I'm not sorry) I'm a little sorry—Clayton Faits
  • Have a great life—Taryn Maxximillian Dafoe
  • Can See Russia—Whitney Jones
  • I do something called Time Travel—David Fink

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing. A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Backblaze, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Our_Fair_City_Season_Eight_Blooper_reel_pt_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am CST

Don't worry- we aren't going anywhere yet~

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP, Our Fair City, and our upcoming production Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.    You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • You heard me f*ck...no you didn't—Ansel Burch
  • What a band of tools—Frank Sjodin
  • Cuuuuuuuube...cube—Hank Hewitt
  • Over-informative Nose—David Rheinstrom
  • Nuclear WHOOPS—Tyler Samples
  • Beg-God d*mn it!—Abby Doud
  • Where is Betty?—Clint Worthington
  • Space Train!—Jared Latore
  • Don't want to blow too soon—Mark Soloff
  • Alternate Narrator—Ele Matelan
  • Very Confused—Kat Evans
  • The Best DM—Tyler Samples
  • Halfway between Texas and Wizard People—Clayton Faits
  • We're Heroes?—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Can See Russia—Whitney Jones
  • I do something called Time Travel—David Fink

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Jenna Braunstein Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  Thank you to Josh Zagoren.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Overcast, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Our_Fair_City_s8_blooper_reel_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm CST

HartLife NFP is thrilled to bring you the very first trailer for our new flagship show- Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, coming in February 2019. 

A transcript for this trailer is available here.

Content warnings for this trailer can be found here.

Find out more by following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/unwellpodcast, on tumblr at http://unwellpodcast.tumblr.com, or on our website at www.unwellpodcast.com.

This trailer features Shariba Rivers as Lily Harper, Clint Worthington as Charlie, Krista D'Agostino as Melody, and Sebastian Orr as Jamie, with additional contributions by Ryan Schile. Michael Turrentine and Kathleen Hoil.

This trailer was written by Jeffrey Gardner and Jim McDoniel, with music and recording engineering by DJ Catnip, and sound design by Jeffrey Gardner.

Direct download: Unwell_Season_One_Teaser_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am CST

Loyal Policies-we cannot thank you enough for your support, love and time over the eight seasons of Our Fair City.  We'd like to try anyway.

This special message was produced by Ryan Schile, recorded by all of us and is dedicated to you.

It's been...the best weird.

 

Direct download: Thank_You_Our_Fair_City_Listners.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am CST

Listen and Remember.

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The show may be over, but the HartLife NFP isn’t going anywhere!  We’ll be releasing content on the Our Fair City podcast feed for the next few months (including listener questions episodes, blooper reels, and the Tales from Albuquerque miniseries), and launching our brand new show Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery in February of 2019.
 
To that end- we hope you will continue to support the HartLife NFP patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  This funding is crucial to the company as we prepare to launch our new show- which we’ll be able to tell you much more about soon!

 

Thank you all so much for listening.

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth— Tara Schile
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • The Bastard Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Shale—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Mole Choir—Ben Aldred, Lauren Faits, Clayton Faits, Kat Evans, Abby Doud, Jeffrey Gardner, Angelica D’Souza, Ansel Burch, Stephen Poon

Written by Clayton Faits, with Jim McDoniel and Jeffrey Gardner. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Mole Hymn score by Stephen Poon and Betsey Palmer. Mole Hymn production and recording by DJ Catnip, with additional instrumentation by Stephen Poon and DJ Catnip.  Mole Hymn Music Direction by Betsey Palmer.   Episode art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S8_Episode_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05am CST

What were they building?

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Theodora Throeau-Roosevelt—Kat Evans
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Denisha/The Voice of BetseyCo.—Taryn Maxximillian Dafoe
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art Lindsey McDonald Dorsey.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S8_Episode_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am CST

Today I take a little trip- al's Bar, I think.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ryan Schile, and featuring Clayton Faits, Tara Schile, Frank Sjodin, and Ryan Schile.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S8_Episode_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am CST

If only we could rewind the clock and prevent this horror.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Coal— David Fink
  • Jade— Rose Sengenberger
  • The Bastard Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Lindsey— Kat Evans
  • Lindsey— Kat Evans
  • Lindsey— Kat Evans
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Loamy— Kat Evans

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Marcus Warren.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S8_Episode_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am CST

How can this be?

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Tower Watch Goon— Clayton Faits
  • StormHawk— Gabriel Howard
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Tower Watch Guard— Clayton Faits

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by DJ Catnip.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S8_Episode_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am CST

The Directors!  The Directors will save us, I'm sure of it.

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  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin
  • Director Williams— Matt Young
  • Director Sofia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Kwon— Josh Mattingly
  • Director Palmer— Beth Eyre
  • Director Bettendorf— Hank Hewitt
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Voice of the HartLife Insurance Company— Kristen DiMercurio
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Mischa Stanton. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Iri Alexander. Special thanks to Josh Zagoren. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S8_Episode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am CST

Can it be? Would they really...I'm disappointed that they would sink so low.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Hopper— Stephaine Murphy
  • Tower Watch Officer Gloria Moreno— Eli Barraza
  • Tower Watch Officer Augustus Hasher— Felix Trench
  • Edward Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits
  • Eunice Kincaid— Kat Evans

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Mischa Stanton. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Samuel Kolhass and Makena Levine. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits..

Direct download: OFC_8.13_0410_GM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm CST

Perhaps we must look farther afield for information on what happened to the tower.  I saw a primitive greenhouse as I entered, ruined by neglect and time.  What might we learn there?

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You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Emerson— Dean Yeager

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Stephanie Spence. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Simplecast.

Direct download: S8_Episode_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

We return to those absurd Hendersonians and their disgusting rebellion.  Perhaps there is some clue as to what happened to our beloved Company here?

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You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Limey— Lauren Faits
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Tower Watch Croney— Jared Latore

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by DJ Catnip. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Clayton Faits. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, the Second City Training Center.

Direct download: S8_Episode_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm CST

I regret having to play this tape for you, Policies.  Bear witness to my lowest moment.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Elizabeth— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Lauren Faits. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, the Second City Training Center.

Direct download: S8_Episode_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am CST

Here we are, Loyal Policies- the final installment of the Season Eight Midseason break.  Today, we have a touching MolePerson Hymn for you: "We Feed the Worms that Feed our Pups."

You can find complete lyrics for the Hymn here on our tumblr, if you'd like to sing along.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Mole Choir— Ben Aldred, Lauren Faits, Clayton Faits, Kat Evans, Abby Doud, Jeffrey Gardner, Angelica D'Souza, Ansel Burch, Stephen Poon

Lyrics by Clayton Faits.  Score by Stephen Poon and Betsey Palmer.  Recorded and Produced by DJ Catnip. Additional instrumentation by Stephen Poon, with DJ Catnip.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer  Photo by Ahmad Kanbar.   A huge thank you to our episode sponsor the Backblaze Online Backup, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: We_Feed_the_worms_that_feed_our_pups.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am CST

We're back with Part 2 of the Season Eight Blooper Reel, here in the Midseason break!

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Blooper reel here we come!—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Keep us in the Director—Matt Young
  • Thank you kool-aid man!—Mark Soloff
  • PodDad!—David Rheinstrom
  • Probably can't get us Algae Bars—Tyler Samples
  • Should have been slating—Ansel Burch
  • Best Laugh—Symphony Sanders
  • Eats People—Jonah Winston
  • Mark Twain + Fraggles—Clayton Faits
  • Just realized Spookies was a Spirits Parody—Eric L. Silver
  • Swearing at Clay—Abby Doud
  • Too sexy—Frank Sjodin
  • HAH!—Sebastian H. Orr
  • Really bad at gargling—Julia Schifini
  • The Raven (rapping)—Amanda McLoughlin

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor the Second City Training Center, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Season_Eight_Blooper_Reel_pt_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm CST

Welcome to the mid-season break!  Up first- our first blooper reel from the first half of Season Eight.  Regular episodes of Our Fair City will return on February 28, 2018.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Is this the end of Archie?—Mark Soloff
  • As evil as I'll get—Hank Hewit
  • Roughly Hamlet—Jim McDoniel
  • My wife the Aunt—Clayton Faits
  • Absolutely Not—David Rheinstrom
  • Boop!—Jared Latore
  • I apeat!—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Real Brooklyn, Real Quick—Julia Schifini
  • This is what it's like to hang out with us!—Amanda McLoughlin
  • Scariest Yes—Cecil Baldwin
  • Great Akewsitcs—Ginneh Thomas
  • Gimme Some Pie!—Kat Evans
  • No Swears—Stephanie Murphy
  • I don't just mean he's bad at his job!—Ansel Burch
  • So many words!—Abby Doud
  • I'm a HERO—Marsha Harman
  • Good Milkshakes—Saren Nofs Snyder

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Simplecast, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Season_Eight_Blooper_Reel_pt_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am CST

A tape just marked “Chamberlain,” with several unpleasant words scratched out.  Hmmm.

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We’ll be going on our mid-season break over the month of January, but we’ll still have bi-weekly releases- coming up next, blooper reels from the first half of Season Eight.

 

We’d also like to give a shout out to one of our Manager level Patreon backers- James Battle.  James- in recognition of your contributions to the HartLife Corporation, please be advised that all nutriment dolled out to you over the next fiscal will be Blueberry, which the actuaries have determined will be your favorite.  Enjoy, Loyal Policy- you’ve earned it.

If you want to join James and get your favorite flavor of nutriment, along with Our Fair City Ringtones, special bonus content, and more, become a backer for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Elizabeth— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Executor Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Special Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Overcast.

Direct download: S8_Episode_09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am CST

Loyal Policies- welcome to the Our Fair City 2017 Exclusion Day Special! This year we've got a special treat- the first episode of "Spookies Podcast" from the Andrew Snidge Podcast network.  This crossover with Spirits podcast was recorded live at Podcon 2017 in Seattle, and was a whole lot of fun.  You can listen to spirits podcast wherever you find your podcasts, or on the web at spiritspodcast.com.

If you want more from the Andrew Snidge Podcast Network, become a patron of HartLife at patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  A pledge of just one dollar a month will give you access to scripts for Andrew Snidge's "Adventures in science," Our Fair City character playlists, and a whole lot more!

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Opal— Julia Schifini
  • Amber—Amanda McLoughlin
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Environments Designed by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Simplecast.

Direct download: Spookies_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am CST

I regret, dear listeners, that we must descend into that den of iniquity- the post-flood Tunnels. Perhaps some wisdom can be gained here, despite the direly un-Corporate nature of the locale?

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You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Archie— Mark Soloff
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Veronika— Ginneh Thomas
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Limey— Lauren Faits
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Jade— Rose Sengenberger
  • Coal— David Fink
  • Chert— Lauren Faits
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Bastard Silty— Sebastian H. Orr

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Betsey Palmer. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38am CST

The Department of Memory has vast historical resources.  Perhaps we can find an answer to our current predicament by digging through the life of one particularly recalcitrant Policy.

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You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Emily Harrison / Emily Caligari / Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Deputy Director Harrison / Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin
  • Vice President Williams / Director Williams— Matt Young
  • Director Sophia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Deputy Director Torres— Whitney Kraus Jones

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jeffrey Gardner, with photos by Kyle Broad, Nathan Dumlao and Nathaniel Chang. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55am CST

I have it!  We'll consult the Actuaries- surely they know what happened to the Tower.

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We're also excited to share that Gwynn Valentine of WBEZ's Pleasuretown will be writing the episode of our upcoming Herbert West Minisieries!  Thank you so much to all of our Loyal Policies who support us on Patreon for making that miniseries possible!

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • The TWO— Lisa Burton
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • The THREE— Abby Doud

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Danielle Tanimura. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35am CST

We’re happy to share our 2017 Halloween Special, with special guest sound design by Eli McIlveen!  Go check out his show Alba Salix, Royal Physician– we think you’ll really enjoy it.

You can support HartLife NFP’s work by going to Patreon.com/hartlifenfp and pledging to support the show monthly.  You’ll get access to monthly playlists, special scripts, and more. We’re also excited to share the names of more of the writers for the Patron-funded Herbert West Miniseries- the second story will be a tale of Albuquerque from Jeff Van Dreason and Alexander Danner, creators of Greater Boston!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Bookseller— Clayton Faits

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Eli McIlveen. Episode art by Daniele Levis Pelusi. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: The_Lesane_Manuscript.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm CST

I detest these Liminals.  The collaborations between Rogue Scientists and Rebel Policies will never bear the sweet fruit of Truth that the works of the HartLife Corporation do!

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HartLife NFP is at a pivotal point in its life. With Season Eight, we are bringing Our Fair City to a close, and ramping up work on our next show. We've got a Dr. West miniseries in the works. We've never been busier.

That work is possible in large part to the support we get from listeners and fans on Patreon. Some of them give $1 a month. Some of them have donated a year’s worth of algae bars. And to thank those amazing folks we like to share special insider treats.

If you haven’t already become a Patreon supporter we’ve got an extra push. When we reach $650, we will release three scripts from Andrew Snidge’s audio drama “Adventures in Science!” (as transcribed by Jim McDoniel) on our Patreon feed for all our backers!

Even better: these will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-commercial License. Want to record your own Adventures in Science?  Make a comic?  Use it in some other medium?  Go ahead---Andrew would be proud of you!

But first you have to be a Patron. So head over to Patreon.com/hartlifenfp to help us make this happen. And then you get to read Adventures in Science.

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am CST

How dare they profane that holiest of holiest, that sacred ritual of productivity…the Meeting?  Does their perfidy know no bounds?

We’re getting very close to our next goal on Patreon– when we reach $650, we will release scripts for “Adventures in Science,” Andrew Snidge’s audio drama from episode 2  to all of our patrons!  You can learn more and become a patron at patreon.com/hartlifenfp!

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Executor Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ali Castro. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am CST

Perhaps we should check in on the Vice Presidents- those dear Middle Managers of the HartLife Corporation.  Surely they have some clue as to what happened to everyone here.

We're excited to share a few details for our upcoming Doctor Herbert West miniseries, funded by out generous Patreon backers.  This series will be written by four guest writers from other amazing podcasts, and will be released first on our Patreon feed, then here on the podcast.  We're thrilled to tease the first piece- a dynamic tale of Albuquerque from Sarah Shachat of Wolf 359.
We're also excited to announce a new Patreon goal- when we reach $650, we will release scripts for "Adventures in Science," Andrew Snidge's audio drama from episode 2  to all of our patrons!  You can learn more and become a patron at patreon.com/hartlifenfp!

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Bernice "Bernie" James— Symphony Sanders
  • Edward Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Vice President Lloyd Carter— Clayton Faits
  • Terence Bolish— Mark Rosenthal
  • Eunice Kincaid— Kat Evans

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Damian Duffy. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28am CST

Maybe there is something we can learn from the Histories.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Refugee 1Julia Schifini
  • Refugee 2— Jim McDoniel
  • Refugee 3Amanda McLoughlin
  • Refugee 4— Lisa Burton

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43pm CST

It has been so long.  There must be something left.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Dan Streeting. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: S8_Episode_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm CST

Hello Friends  This is Doctor Herbert West (but please- call me Herbert). We have taken control of the Department of Memory, and are here to bring you a quick refresher on the events of the last several years at the HartLife Corporation.  Ah- nostalgia!  Wafting like the sweet scent of Giant Badger musk in the morning. 

Can you smell it, fellow scientists?

Click here for content advisories.

  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile

Written by Clayton Faits, Jim McDoniel, David Rheinstrom, Stephanie Spence, Mark Soloff, Jeffrey Gardner, and Betsey Palmer. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Stephanie Spence Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: Herbert_West_Presents-_The_Science_we_have_done_so_far.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm CST

Loyal Policies: today we bring you a short vignette from Composer Stephen Poon on the making of the Our Fair City theme song, featuring several as to now unreleased pieces of music!

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Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Composer— Stephen Poon

Produced by Ryan Schile. Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography

Direct download: The_Making_of_the_Our_Fair_City_Theme_with_Stephen_Poon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm CST

Loyal Policies: today we bring you a short vignette from Lead Sound Designer Ryan Schile on his favorite sound moments in Our Fair City!  We hope you enjoy this look behind the scenes as we continue to prepare for Season Eight's launch.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Lead Sound Designer— Ryan Schile

Produced by Ryan Schile. Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography

Direct download: Ryans_favorite_sound_moments.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm CST

Loyal Policies: today we bring you a recording from our panel at the Oak Lawn Public Library: "Bringing Your Sci-fi Story to Life."  If you'd like us to join you at a convention, library, or other special event, contact our Director of Live Engagements Betsey Palmer at betseypalmer@ourfaircity.com.

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Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Panel Moderator— Lauren Faits
  • Composer— Stephen Poon
  • Foley Artist/Cassandra Wilkins/Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Writer/Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Photo by Lauren Faits.

Direct download: 2017_OLPL_Fanfest.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38am CST

Loyal Policies: we return with another episode of listener questions!  Please note that this episode contains spoilers for Seasons One through Seven of Our Fair City.

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Special thanks to Smilodonmeow, JoeGee, S.P. Moran, Alex Generous, Soaplady, Vraik, Snail Army, Jervistetch7, Prepare to die obviously, Prunella-modularis, Antigonefunns, Mrtappan, dblplsgoodful, IndigoBryan, and everyone else who sent a question in!

Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Managing Director— Eleanor Hyde
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassandra Wilkins/Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Writer/Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Recording Engineer— DJ Catnip
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: 2017_Listen_Questions_Episodes_session_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am CST

Loyal Policies: we're back with another group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a single podcast, so we'll be answering your queries over the next few weeks---if you submitted a question and didn't hear it answered here, sit tight--we will most likely answer it in the next session.  Please note that this episode contains spoilers for Seasons One through Seven of Our Fair City.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Special thanks to Smilodonmeow, JoeGee, S.P. Moran, Alex Generous, Soaplady, Vraik, Snail Army, Jervistetch7, Prepare to die obviously, Prunella-modularis, Antigonefunns, Mrtappan, dblplsgoodful, IndigoBryan, and everyone else who sent a question in!

Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Managing Director— Eleanor Hyde
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassandra Wilkins/Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Writer/Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Recording Engineer— DJ Catnip
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: 2017_Listen_Questions_Episodes_session_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40am CST

More of our Season Seven Blooper Reel, with a perhaps unhealthy fixation on shacks and trains.

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Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Talkin' into the Mic—Stephanie Murphy
  • Like Rastlin Majere—Mark Soloff
  • Won't fuck up the flow of the sentence—Ansel Burch
  • YOU MEAN TO TELL ME—Tyler Samples
  • Shack Facts— Clayton Faits
  • Good morning Caaaatnip—Kat Evans
  • Final Fantasy Train Song—Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Stable Solutions—Nina O'Keefe
  • Amazing Laugh—Tara Schile
  • Come on down to Valentine's Shack—Jonah Winston
  • I don't got a shackJeffrey Gardner
  • You get what you deserve if you don't pay attention—Marsha Harman
  • Dealing with extra snot—Frank Sjodin
  • Gonna say what the script actually says—Ryan Schile

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Jenna Braunstein Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Cards Against Humanity, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Season_7_Blooper_Reel_pt_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18am CST

We are pleased to begin our between-season break with the second part of our Season Seven Blooper reel!

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Content warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Not music—Marsha Harman
  • I took those words out—Ansel Burch
  • Wherever he wants to be—Clayton Faits
  • Needs an ass-map—Mark Soloff
  • AAAAAAAAAAAAAgony!—Tara Schile
  • Has been working on Christopher Cross covers—Tyler Samples
  • Giving bad notes—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Train to Georgia—Kamron Palmer
  • Hears trains—Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Feels very silly—Laura Bramblette
  • Cumulus Jane is takin' it downKat Evans
  • Didn't warn Catnip about yelling—Ryan Schile
  • Titanic burps and farts—Frank Sjodin
  • Goodbye Catnip!—David Rheinstrom

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor JackBox Games, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Season_Seven_Blooper_Reel_pt_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm CST

Loyal Policies- please stand by.  I will be with you in a moment.

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HartLife NFP will return with the Final Season of Our Fair City on August 12, 2017

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman

Written by Clayton Faits, with Jim McDoniel and Jeffrey Gardner. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Jackbox.

Direct download: Episode_19-_The_Turn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm CST

What happiness for the MolePeople, to have direction from a human being again!  Surely Nathan Rourke has learned humility and loyalty to the Corporate Institution during his wanders.  I fervently hope he is ready to return to the fold–and bring with him the increasingly disloyal MolePeople.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • Schist— Lauren Shippen
  • Limey— Lauren Faits
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • MolePeople— Zoe Von Embler, Iri Alexander,  Karim Kronfli,  Alexander Danner, Ryan Schile, Tara Schile, Jim McDoniel,

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Lauren Faits. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.   Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: Episode_18-_Director_Nathan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am CST

What of Alison Dalton, Simon Von Hagens, and Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt?  Join us as we step back into the recent past and discover their fate. 

Remember, Policy- there is no future without the Company.  There is no life outside.  Policies who seek to find meaning outside of HartLife are surely lost.  Hear their downfall here, Loyal Policy.  Relish it.

Hear more of Mischa Stanton’s work  with Ars Paradoxica and The Bright Sessions!

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Mischa Stanton. Music by Stephen Poon.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Photo by Jana Illnerová. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Sound Design for Season Six elements by Ryan Schile.  Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: OFCInterstitialFINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11am CST

Loyal Policies, do not listen to the Hendersonians.  They lie, and lie, and lie--these Policies have been corrupted by Outsider notions of Freedom, Independence, and Self-determination.  Glean only the truths the Company desires from these True Records, Policies, and no others.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Angry PolicyAlexander Danner
  • Awe-struck PolicyLaura Bramblette
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by . Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: Episode_16-_The_Old_Man.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am CST

Episode 7.15- Blood for Blood

Those who would deface the tower, inside and out, must be punished.  The poisonous words of the Hendersonians are just as dangerous- if not more so - as the grapple-cannons of the StormHawks and the mandibles of their Ant allies.  Resist the urge to feel any sympathy for these traitors and Outsiders, Loyal Policy- and HartLife will reward you.

Stay tuned after the episode for a special word from Creative Director Clayton Faits about HartLife NFP and the current American political climate.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.  A special note- this episode has several fairly intense moments, so if you have concerns we strongly recommend reading the content advisories before listening.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Office Worker 1— Matt Fletcher
  • Office Worker 2— Ele Matelan
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Janine— Kat Evans
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Clayton Faits and Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Greg Browe. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: Episode_15-_Blood_for_Blood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am CST

We apologize that you must hear more of the Outsiders, Loyal Policy.  The events contained within this True Retelling of the History of the HartLife corporation may be shocking- that any could even think to threaten the sanctity and safety of our Glorious Tower is horrific.  Hold your company-mandated loved ones close, my dear Policies, and don't make a sound- the Outsiders will be defeated.  They must be.  They must.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Vice President Herman— Zach Valenti
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by . Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Episode_14-_Hostile_Negotiations.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am CST

Dearest Policies, we know you hesitate to return to the warrens of the MolePeople. Truly, I find them as disturbing as you do. Believe me, though- if you are to preserve the glory of the HartLife Corporation, you must understand all of its True History.  Listen closely, Loyal Policies, and learn from the sins of Loamy the MolePerson and her disciples of No.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Limey— Lauren Faits
  • Schist— Lauren Shippen
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • Chert— Lauren Faits
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Nathan— Clayton Faits
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ali Cantarella. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Episode_13-_Labor_of_Lies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am CST

2016 Exclusion Day Special- Die HartLife

This Exclusion Day, archivists in the HartLife Tower have unearthed this Ancient Exclusion Day Story from before the Troubles.  Let it instruct you, Loyal Policy, on the proper ways you should behave in this most festive of seasons.

In the grand tradition of Exclusion Day specials, this episode was recorded "live," with practical foley and in one take at our recent holiday celebration down at HartLife studios.  We've left in the laughter and merriment (and line flubs) to give you a feel of what it's like to be in the studio.  So, with no further ado, please enjoy the 2016 Our Fair City Exclusion Day Special: Die HartLife.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Don McPain— Jared Latore
  • Holy Gialli— Ele Matelan
  • Glans Hummer— Clayton Faits
  • Kris Schnitzel— Lauren Faits
  • Klaus Strudel— Clint Worthington
  • Kennedy Kane— Jim McDoniel
  • Noel Noelle the First— Clint Worthington
  • Miss Eltoe— Abby Doud
  • The Treasurer in Chief— Kim Fukawa
  • Harry Connickuh— Marsha Harman
  • Harold Angels— Ansel Burch
  • Mary-Ann Bright— Marsha Harman
  • Rudolph Rainier— Jim McDoniel
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jared Latore. Casting by Jeffrey Gardner. Practical Foley by Jeffrey Gardner. Music by Betsey Palmer.  Episode art by  Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Die_HartLife.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am CST

Episode 7.12- Down the Drain

Remember, Loyal Policy- in the service of the Company, all work is noble.  HartLife has invested in you, and so you must invest your thoughts, labor, and even your life back into the corporate good. Without the Company, you are nothing.  Serve the Directors.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Chesley— Ele Matelan
  • Kameryn— Matt Fletcher
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Archie— Mark Soloff
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Clayton Faits and Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Robin Billadeau and Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Episode_12-_Down_the_Drain.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am CST

Welcome back, Loyal Policy, to Our Fair City.  Today, we take you to the terrifying Outside, to monitor the progress of that fiendish group of Outsiders, the crew of the downed Lightning Rig StormHawk.  With their new chitinous allies and the captive Doctors West and Moro, Elizabeth and Andrew in tow, they make their way towards the Tower---but for what purpose?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

Want to know more about what the StormHawks have been up to between seasons?  Read Tyne Lowe's comic StormHawks: Out in the Cold here!

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Episode_11-_Whats_Left_Behind.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am CST

Loyal Policies,
 
We're very sorry to share that we will be delaying the release of Episode 11 of Our Fair City slightly.  Our Fair City Season Seven will resume in two weeks on December 7th- until then, we've got something very exciting to share with you.  For those who were not able to attend our Season Seven Launch party, we've created a video tour of the Montgomery Moro Museum, accompanied, of course, by Ol' Silty's audio tour.
 
You can find that on our facebook at facebook.com/ourfaircityradio, on tumblr at theboardofdirectorslovesyou.tumblr.com, or on our website at www.ourfaircity.com.

Thank you so much for your support and your patience, and as always-
 
We'll see you in the tunnels,
 
Jeffrey Gardner
Executive Produer
HartLife NFP
Direct download: 11-23-2016Message.wav
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CST

Mid-Season Break- Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 1

We hope you enjoy the first part of the Season Seven Blooper Reel, as we continue our mid-season break!

  • Getting a good start— Ansel Burch
  • Acting without scripts—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Scrappy—David Rheinstrom
  • Gargling—Mark Soloff
  • Hears the Train—Frank Sjodin
  • Doesn't want to go all the way back—Ryan Schile
  • Traaaaaaaaitor!—Marsha Harman
  • Monkeys!—Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Excuse me dearie—Ele Matelan
  • Has no idea what is going on—Jared Latore
  • Hasn't had pornography since 1983— Clayton Faits
  • Can make two pancakes at one time— David Stecco
  • Every now and then goes GHAGH— Hank Hewitt
  • Will fill in the words between— Rose Sengenberger
  • Guest Meowing— Colonel Oliver Mustard
  • Is sick of Cheryl on these Walkie-talkies— Tara Schile
  • Unnecessary Profanity— Sebastian H. Orr

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  Special thanks to Josh Zagoren.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Field Notes, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Direct download: Season_Seven_Blooper_Reel_pt_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am CST

Halloween Special- Beyond the Door

This Halloween, HartLife is proud to present "Beyond the Door" by Gabriel Urbina.  If you'd like to hear more of Gabriel's work, we heartily recommend checking out the excellent Wolf 359 at www.wolf359.fm.  This episode stands alone, outside of the world of HartLife and Our Fair City.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, please consider making a pledge to our Patreon campaign at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. There you can get great rewards like shout outs on the air, Our Fair City ringtones, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!
 
Content advisories for this episode can be found here.
  • Ellen M.— Marsha Harman
  • Tennyson— Clayton Faits
  • Goodwin— Mark Soloff

Written by Gabriel Urbina. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by DJ Catnip. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards against Humanity.

Direct download: OFC_Halloween_16_Beyond_the_Door_Final_Trimmed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm CST

Mid-Season Break- Songs from Al's Bar

Welcome, Loyal Polices, to the Mid-Season Break! While the MolePeople are busy editing the second half of the season, we've got some fun stuff to share with you.  Today we've got two songs used in the background of the show, either in Al's bar or on the radio, adapted and recorded by the cast, crew, and friends of Our Fair City.  First, we have "Haul Away Mole," a MolePerson Dirt Shanty (adapted from the traditional tune "Haul Away Joe"), followed by "Rolling Down to Tunnel Three," a Lightning Rigger working song (adapted from Stan Rogers' classic "Rolling down to Old Maui").

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, please consider making a pledge to our Patreon campaign at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. There you can get great rewards like shout outs on the air, Our Fair City ringtones, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

  • Lead Vocals— Betsey Palmer, David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner, Mark Soloff, Clayton Faits
  • Backing Vocals— Lauren Faits, John Sumner Majer, Robin Billadeau, Tara Schile, Ryan Schile, Ira Ochs, Betsey Palmer, David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner, Mark Soloff, Clayton Faits
  • Guitar— Clayton Faits
  • Cello— Ira Ochs
  • Percussion— John Sumner Majer, Jeffrey Gardner, Mark Soloff, Lauren Faits
  • Bass— Lauren Faits
  • Mandolin— Jeffrey Gardner

Rolling Down To Old Maui originally by Stan Rogers.  Photo by Tara Schile.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording by Ryan Schile.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Busy Beaver

Direct download: Songs_from_Als_Bar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17pm CST

Episode 7.10- A Series of Inspired Follies

Each level of the Tower is different.  Amenities and environments are tailored to the needs of the Policies who dwell there.  Of course the Managerial class requires a greater degree of comfort than tunnel dwelling Policies.  How else would our society function?  The intricate, careful work of the Vice Presidents, Managers, and other leaders requires a clear head and gentle life.

You would not disturb this careful balance by demanding more than is your due, would you Loyal Policy?  Of course not.

 

We'll be going on our mid-season break after this episode, but never fear- there will be non-episode releases every other week during the hiatus, including blooper reels, a Halloween Special written by Wolf 359's Gabriel Urbina, and more.  Regular episodes of Our Fair City will resume on November 23, 2016.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  We'd like to give a special shout out to Grace Parker, on behalf of Thea (one of our Manager level Patreon backers), for her amazing fan art and creations.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Waiter— Zev Valancy
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Josh— David Rheinstrom
  • Jenny— Marsha Harman
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon, with additional music from Bensound. Episode art by Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Inventables!

Direct download: Episode_10-_A_Series_of_Inspired_Follies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am CST

Shun the Outsider, Loyal Policy.  Their un-businesslike conduct and unguided thoughts will only lead you astray.  Even if these Outsiders were once Loyal Policies of the HartLife Corporation- nothing can live outside of our Company's warm embrace.   The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  A special thank you to Vrai Kaiser, one of our Manager level backers-read their excellent essays and analysis here!  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Punted Rigger— DJ Catnip
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Episode_09-_The_Stormhawk_Revisited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm CST

Episode 7.8- The Executor

Everything and Everyone in HartLife has a proper place.  When Policies are forced outside of their proper location, all order breaks down.

Aren't we lucky to have an upstanding and loyal Policy like Executor Teju Valentine to ensure our safety and security?  He will surely do whatever is necessary to make sure we are cared for.

Whatever is necessary.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  A special thank you to Charlie Hagadorn, one of our Manager level backers.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Seedy Borrower— Dan Granata
  • Old Lady— Ele Matelan
  • Tower Watch Officer— Sean Kelley
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Antimonious Strang— Dave Stecco

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ryan Schile. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Videoball!

Direct download: Episode_08-_The_Executor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CST

Episode 7.7 - Orders are Orders

Loyal Policies- we all have our place in HartLife.  The Directors guide us, fulfilling their immortal will as our Founders and Protectors.  StreetSafe observes us at all times, making sure we are true in action to what resides in all of our hearts.  The Actuaries prognosticate, prophesying the continued success of the Company as its will resounds through the ages.

It is a M.O.L.E.'s job to serve, to follow orders, and to obey.  Nothing else.  Listen with horror as one M.O.L.E. violates this sacred dictum, with terrifying results.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Peat— Jared Latore

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Episode_07-_Orders_are_Orders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am CST

Episode 7.6 - Family Road Trip

Loyal Policies- there is no chance for a fulfilling life outside of HartLife.  Whatever you may hear in these recordings today- know that all Outsiders, whatever security or peace they may appear to have created for themselves, will die cold, lonely deaths in the frozen wastes outside our walls.  The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.  The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.  The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.

Listen, and remember.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Mr. J— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Harlan— Catherine Dvorak
  • Steele— Kim Fukawa
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Greg Browe. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Episode_06-_Family_Road_Trip.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am CST

Episode 7.5- A Morning without Muffins and Matcha

Loyal Policies- the True Histories have focused mostly on the lives of the Tunnel Dwellers, or those who have dealings with them.  Today, we introduce you to one of the residents of the Tower Above- Veronika Hasher, Deputy Interior Designer.  Marvel at her deft understanding of fashion, aesthetics, and flow as she navigates the foreign and often frightening culture of the Refugee Camp for the Tunnel dwellers.  Will she return to her natural position higher in the Tower, or is she doomed to live for the rest of her life with her social inferiors?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • The Freelancer— Dan Granata
  • TowerWatch Officer— Sean Kelley
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Antimonious Strang— Dave Stecco

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: Episode_05-_A_Morning_without_Muffins_and_Matcha.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am CST

Episode 7.4- Dread Secrets and Fearful Engines

Do you love the Directors, Loyal Policy?  Of course you do.  Bask in their presence.  Rest assured that they have steered the course of humanity long before your policy recruitment, and will continue long after your policy expires.  Your loyalty will be rewarded.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin
  • Director Sophia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Williams— Matt Young
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Episode_04-_Dread_Secrets_and_Fearful_Engines.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am CST

Episode 7.3- Monsters and memories

Loyal Policies- the truth can be a hard algae-pill to swallow.  No matter how you may feel about the villainous, disloyal Policies confined to the Cube, do not be swayed.  Their re-education is just.  Their treatments are mandated.  Their care is rationally considered and metered  to restore them to peak functionality and efficiency.  They have forgotten their place within HartLife.  Do not forget your

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Director Charles Gari— Johnard Washington
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • MolePerson— Nate Whelden
  • Elizabeth Snidge— Tara Schile
  • Seth— Hank Hewitt
  • Andrew Snidge- Frank Sjodin
  • Guard— Rose Sengenberger
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ali Cantarella.  Special thanks to Josh Zagoren. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Episode_03-_Monsters_and_Memories.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CST

Episode 7.2- A MolePup Misadventure

Join us as we dive below the Tower, back into the water-soaked warrens of the Tunnels.  While the waters have partially receded, great damage has been done to the property of HartLife.  Who will repair the domiciles and thoroughfares of the City? None other than...the MolePeople.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Loamy- Kat Evans
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Schist— Lauren Shippen
  • Talc— Jim McDoniel

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Dan Streeting.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Field Notes!

Direct download: Episode_02-_A_Molepup_Misadventure.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am CST

Episode 7.1- The Cube

Loyal Policies: we return now to the Tower, now crowded with the refugees of the Flood, allowed into the sacred halls of the Upper Management by the actions of the Traitor, Cassandra Wilkins.  How will HartLife prevail against this grievous misappropriation of  company resources and real estate?  Meanwhile, we travel for the first time to the depths of the Cube, HartLife's treatment and rehabilittaion center for it's very worst criminals and dissidents.

Welcome back..to Our Fair City.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Archibald FunnyPants- Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Executor Teju Valentine— Jonah D. Winston
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Benedict— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor— Johnard Washington
  • Guard— Nate Whelden
  • PrisonerRose Sengenberger
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • West's Guard— Rose Sengenberger
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Robin Billadeu.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Episode_01-_The_Cube.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm CST

Season Break- The Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House Audio Tour

As we approach the launch of Season Seven of Our Fair City, we are excited to share with you the Official audio tour of the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House, lead by everyone's favorite caretaker, Ol' Silty.  We hope you enjoy this peek into the world of Old Tunnel and our favorite scientists.

If you are joining us for the Season Seven launch party on Saturday, May 21 2016 in Chicago, bring this recording and a pair of headphones.  You will have the chance to take the tour live through the terrifyingly interactive museum we've constructed for your education and enjoyment!  Reserve your tickets for the launch party here.

There are no content warnings for this episode.

  • Ol' Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Rocky II— Makena Levine
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile

Written by Makena Levine with David Rheinstrom.  Directed by Betsey Palmer.  Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Pause Music by Steve Combs, under a Creative Commons attribution license.   Created by Clayton Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Inventables!

Direct download: Museum_Audio_Tour-_Final_Draft.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm CST

As we continue our run up to Season Seven, we’re pleased to share a recording of the Our Fair City team speaking at the 2016 Columbia Geek Culture Gala.  We share some tips on starting a podcast, stories about the creation of Our Fair City, and a short live foley demonstration!  Thanks so much to CG2 for hosting us, and to everyone who came out to hear us speak!

Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Community Manager— Lauren Faits
  • Composer— Stephen Poon
  • Actor/Foley Artist— Ele Matelan
  • Writer/Actor— Jim McDoniel
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Lauren Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Podcast Movement!

Direct download: CG2_Podcasting_101_Panel_2016_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am CST

Loyal Policies: this week, we’re excited to bring you something very different from our usual fare: a very special crossover episode produced by Improvised Star Trek.  This episode was originally broadcast in May of 2014, and is  completely improvised from an title provided by a listener.  A huge thank you to Improvised Star Trek for allowing us to rebroadcast!  You can find Improvised Star Trek on Facebook here, or on twitter at @improvstartrek.

Given that the audio contained within was not captured by StreetSafe-approved surveillance devices, the canonical nature of this broadcast cannot be verified.

Content advisories for this episode can be found here.

  • Lt. Commander Crick Watson— Sean Kelley
  • Commander Corbomite Hayes— Chris Rathjen
  • Ensign Ch’arles Lorem— Nick Wagner
  • Captain Julius Valentine Baxter— Matt Young
  • Borg— Nick Wagner
  • Ensign Lackey— Griffen Eckstein
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Ensign Greg— Matt Young
  • Lt. Commander Fritz Fassbinder — Griffen Eckstein
  • Urg— Matt Young
  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Octavius— Matt Young
     

Recorded and Engineered by Improvised Star Trek.  Episode art by Dann Tincher.   A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Podcast Movement!

Direct download: Improvised_Star_Trek_Ep_mixdownHD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am CST

Our Fair City Live: The Archibald FunnyPants Variety Hour

Recorded live at the 2015 CONvergence Convention, we are pleased to finally share with you, in its entirety, the Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour.  We've toured this show in a variety of forms (and with a variety of casts) for roughly three years- we hope you enjoy it!

Click here for content warnings for this episode.

  • Archibald FunnyPants— Marsha Harman
  • Mr. J— Clayton Faits
  • The Archibald FunnyPants Players— David Rheinstrom, Catherine Dvorak
  • Live Foley— Ele Matelan
  • Vocalists— Jeffrey Gardner, Betsey Palmer
  • Guitar— Betsey Palmer
  • Violin— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits, with Mark Soloff.  Lyrics by David Rheinstrom.  Directed by Jeffrey Gardner.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer.  Tour Management by Jennifer Olson.  Show poster by Dan Streeting. Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: Archibald_FunnyPants_Live_at_CVG_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CST

Season Break- Season Six Blooper Reel pt. 2

We continue our between-season break with the second part of the Season Six Blooper Reel.  We have no excuses for this.

  • Enjoy Page Fiiiiiiiive!— Whitney Jones
  • Has just the thing—Marsha Harman
  • I deserve cue cards!—Mark Soloff
  • You're leaving...from the scene.—Clayton Faits
  • F*cking Moro—Abby Doud
  • Barely Pubescent—David Rheinstrom
  • Digdigdigdig—Lauren Faits
  • David Bowie plays Wynn—Jared Latore
  • Needs time to die—Ryan Schile
  • Feed Duo to the Baby—Tara Schile
  • Tower Tower Tower...Tower!— Ansel Burch
  • Has a gray...— Clint Worthington
  • We are Legion— Frank Sjodin

Compiled and produced by David Rheinstrom and Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Cards Against Humanity, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.  We're very, very sorry.

Direct download: Season_Six_Blooper_Reel_pt_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am CST

Season Break- 2016 Listener Questions Session II

We’re back with more questions from Policies Like You!  We really enjoyed answering these—stay tuned next time for answers to questions posed to Herbert West, George Chamberlain, Elizabeth, Meatwall, and others.

Special thanks to all of the loyal policies who sent a question in!  Feel free to ask any new questions on our twitter, facebook, tumblr, or by email at contact@ourfaircity.com!

  • Community Manager— Lauren Faits
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Director of Live Engagements— Betsey Palmer
  • Recording Engineer— DJ Catnip
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Creative Director— Clayton Faits

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Field Notes!

Direct download: Interview_Episode_2_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am CST

Season Break- 2016 Listener Questions Session I

Loyal Policies: as we work diligently on Season Seven of Our Fair City, we thought we’d take a moment to answer questions about our show from Policies Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a single podcast, so we’ll be answering your queries over the next few weeks—if you submitted a question and didn’t hear it answered here, sit tight–we will most likely answer it in the next session.

Special thanks to Smilodonmeow, Soap-lady, Jdimpson, Ashleythedragon, Belanekra, Snail_army, G2 the Irish Pianist, Krund the Barbarian, and everyone else who sent a question in!

  • Community Manager— Lauren Faits
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Director of Live Engagements— Betsey Palmer
  • Recording Engineer— DJ Catnip
  • Executive Producer— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Creative Director— Clayton Faits

Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Interview_Session_1_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am CST

Episode 6.20- Uninsurable Risk

Loyal Policies: listen and remember, as we recount the true events that nearly destroyed the sanctity and security of our Tower.  Savor these words, as we bring the sixth seasonal retelling of the Historical Records of the HartLife corporation to a close.

Season Seven of Our Fair City will begin in the Spring of 2016.  Stay tuned until then for blooper reels, behined the scenes recordings, and more.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Director Sophia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Williams— Jonathan Tazewell
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Capsule Force!

Direct download: S6_Episode_20-_Uninsurable_Risk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm CST

2015 Exclusion Day Special- Tidings of Comfort and (Mandatory) Joy

Every year, the Loyal Policies of HartLife celebrate Exclusion Day: the day the glorious founders of the Company sealed the tower away from the cold, Wolves, and dangers of the Outside, protecting their Policies from here to eternity.  By Excluding the outside world, Loyal Policies would never be exposed to dangers like Free Thought, New Ideas, or Innovation.

This musical episode was recorded live at iO Chicago with Improvised Star Trek on December 18, 2015.

We'd like to make a special note here: this Holiday season, the themes of exclusion, refugees, and societal control through xenophobia are everywhere in the news.  We'd like to take the opportunity to raise awareness for several great organizations that are working to provide opportunities and help for refugees in American and around the world.

Here in Chicago, we'd recommend supporting RefugeeOne, which you can learn more about at refugeeone.org--they're a great organization dedicated to creating opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.   Globally, Doctors without Borders is a fantastic organization, helping  people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.  You can find their organization online at doctorswithoutborders.org.    Finally, we recommend supporting the TransLatin@ Coalition, whose mission is to advocate for the specific needs of Trans Latin@ immigrants who reside in the US and plan advocacy strategies that would improve their quality of life.  Support them and learn more at http://www.translatinacoalition.org.

  • The Narrator— Abby Doud
  • Exclusion Day, Exclusion Day!— Marsha Harman
  • Loamy the One-Armed FeMole— Stephen Poon
  • You're a Weird One, Mr. Snidge— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Baby it's Mold Outside— Betsey Palmer and Marsha Harman
  • Guitar— Stephen Poon

Written by Clayton Faits, Makena Levine, and David Rheinstrom. Directed by Betsey Palmer.  Episode art by Sebastian Orr Photography.  Produced by Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip and Clayton Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Exclusion_Day_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am CST

Episode 6.19- The Coming of the Waters

The Waters are Coming.  As the denizens of the tunnels grapple with the impending destruction of their underground home, we are left to wonder: who will survive?  Who will escape?  How will the glorious HartLife company continue without the support of its tunnel-dwellers?

Fear not, Loyal Policies.  HartLife always survies.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Alison— Nina O'Keefe
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Steph Charaska.  Produced by David Rheinstrom and Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Field Notes!

Direct download: S6_Episode_19-_The_Coming_of_the_Waters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am CST

Episode 6.18- The Rise and Fall of Charles Wynn

Charles Wynn: Project Manager, loyal policy, and hero of small children everywhere.  Many stories have been told about his life, his works, his efforts on behalf of the company.  Perhaps some of you rarefied listeners in the Tower may even have known him personally.  For the first time ever, we are pleased to bring you an accurate recounting of his time Outside during the Ant Wars.

Loyal Policies, no matter what you hear, be it from the Hendersonian Occupiers, Outsider Invaders, or even from the mouth of Charles Wynn himself, remeber: the Outside is Cold, and full of Wolves.  You cannot survive without HartLife.  You can not.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dan Streeting.  Produced by David Rheinstrom and Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards against Humanity!

Direct download: S6_Episode_18-_The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Charles_Wynn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38am CST

Episode 6.17- The Smell of Anger

The Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House remains a hotbed of unapproved science, illegal cohabitation, and fraternization with MolePeople as the survivors of the Ant Invasion hole up and try to survive.  Will noble, productive Project Manager Charles Wynn teach them the errors of their ways, or will they continue their slide into infamy?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Queen of the Ants— Lauren Faits

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by David Rheinstrom and Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Know Your Company!

Direct download: S6_Episode_17-_The_Smell_of_Anger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am CST

Finally: a recording of the traditional murder ballad Henry Lee, popularized by Dick Justice (and more recently) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Henry Lee

  • Vocals— Betsey Palmer
  • Vocals— Stephen Poon
  • Backing Vocals— DJ Catnip
  • Guitar— Stephen Poon
  • Violin— Jeffrey Gardner

Traditional Murder Ballad.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.

Direct download: Henry_Lee_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am CST

Halloween Special 2/3- The Spirit of Chicago

A Halloween ode to Chicago's favorite liquor, which you should absolutely try if you have never had the pleasure.  

The Spirit of Chicago

  • The Spirit of Chicago— Stephanie Murphy
  • Music and Effects— DJ Catnip

Written by Ele Matelan. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner.  Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.

Direct download: Spirit_of_Chicago-_Halloween_OFC__final_mp3-_10_28_15_7.49_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am CST

This Halloween, HartLife NFP is happy to share a trio of ghoulish short audio pieces: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,’ Ele Matelan’s “The Spirit of Chicago,’ and the murder ballad “Henry Lee.”

Part 1 of 3: The Conqueror Worm

  • The Conqueror Worm— Jonah Winston
  • Cello— Ira Ochs

Written by Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Music recorded by Ira Ochs.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, MakeSpace!

Direct download: Conqueror_Worm_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am CST

We are excited to share a live recording of our 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival show, "Human Resources."  Thanks to the Fringe Festival for being amazing hosts to our work- learn more about the festival at chicagofringe.org

  • The Voice of Human Resources— Jared Latore
  • Kim— Abby Doud
  • Izzy— Stephanie Murphy
  • The Voice of the Test— Clint Worthington
  • Alex— Clint Worthington
  • Various— Jared Latore, Clint Worthington

Written by Kat Evans and Ele Matelan. Directed by Jennifer Olson. Live Foley Devised and Performed by Ele Matelan. Music and Electronic Environment by DJ Catnip.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer. Episode image from the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival by Jenna Braunstein. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: Human_Resources_Fringe_2015_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am CST

Episode 6.16- The Buddy System

Using the extracted scent glad of the old Ant Queen, our “Buddy Group” goes in search of the new Queen.  But the tunnels are long, and more insidious threats than the Ants lurk deep in the warrens…and within the Buddy Group itself.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Jones
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Queen of the Ants— Lauren Faits

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Ali Cantarella.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Know Your Company!

Direct download: S6_Episode_16-_The_Buddy_System.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CST

Episode 6.15- In the Hall of the Ant Queen

Our intrepid explorers, sadly marooned from the loving comfort of bounteous HartLife, continue their quest through the tunnels to find the Queen of the Ant People.  What horrors will the encounter?  What struggles must they overcome?  What paperwork should they fill out on their return to the Company?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City….continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Jones
  • Limey— Lauren Faits

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Jacob Halton.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Direct download: S6_Episode_15-_In_The_Hall_of_The_Ant_Queen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm CST

Episode 6.14- The Snidge with Two Brains

The Hunt for Snidge’s Body continues as Cassie, Dr. Caligari, and the MolePeople traverse trap-laden tunnels and perilous pathways to restore  Andrew’s brain to its rightful place.  Will rogue science, determination, and love win out?  Will all return to a comfortable stasis?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Dr Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by David Tanimura.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Direct download: S6_Episode_14-_The_Snidge_With_Two_Brains.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am CST

Episode 6.13- Much Ado About Andrew Snidge

oin us as we return to the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House- that lair of unapproved science and liminal thought.  Will Cassie finally be reunited with her Andrew?  Will Wynn manage his “projects” effectively?  Will Dr. Caligari ever be left alone to finish her experiments in peace?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Dr Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Robin Simmons.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Capsule Force!

Direct download: S6_Episode_13-_Much_Ado_About_Andrew.mp3
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Episode 6.12- Last Shift

Loyal Policies, you know the tale of the Switcher well.  You have heard the highlight reels, and memorized his stories–now, hear his unedited, true words.  Glory in his loyalty to the company!  Shudder at the malignancy of the Ant menace! Most importantly, stay loyal, just as he does, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • The Switcher— Jared Latore
  • Roberta Darley— Lauren Faits
  • Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Damian Duffy.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, WingFest!

Direct download: S6_Episode_12-_Last_Shift.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am CST

Episode 6.11- Raise Your Glass

Welcome back to Season Six of Our Fair City.  We rejoin the Hendersonians, celebrating their likely temporary victory over the Ant People in Waste Field Three–but what un-corporate evildoers still lurk within the merry band of misfits?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Eric Meister.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Emporium!

Direct download: S6_Episode_11-_Raise_Your_Glass.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm CST

Mid-Season Break: Season One Blooper Reel

Rounding out our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy a blooper reel from our Season One recording sessions!

  • Misses David— Tara Schile
  • Doesn’t miss David—Jim McDoniel
  • Kind of a bully—Abby Doud
  • Oh, MolePeople—Tyler Samples
  • Not as dumb as he smells—Sebastian H. Orr
  • Smurfs are water soluble—Clayton Faits
  • Has all the best people introducing him—Jared Latore
  • Creative uses of Puff Pastry—Ansel Burch
  • High-minded jokes—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Breaking DJ Catnip’s eardrums—Ryan Schile
  • SIGH— Ginneh Jolan
  • Meanest Old Woman— Lauren Faits

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by The Good Lawdz.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Cards Against Humanity, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.  We’re very, very sorry.

Direct download: Bloopers_Season_1_Redux_w-Pre-Roll.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm CST

Mid-Season Break: Boggy's Big Day

As we continue our Mid-Season Break, HartLife brings you the tail of a precocious young MolePerson named Boggy.  This segment is a studio recording of an excerpt of one of our live shows, The Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour.  Follow HartLife NFP on facebook and twitter to find out when you can see one of our live shows in person!

  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Boggy— Kat Evans
  • Igny— Jared Latore
  • Shale— Clayton Faits
  • Detective Gulliver Nash— Jared Latore
  • Commander Anderson— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Jeffrey Gardner, with Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode image from the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival.  Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Jackbox! Games!

Direct download: Boggys_Big_DayFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am CST

Mid-Season Break: Season Six Blooper Reel pt 1

As we begin our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy the first part of our seasonal blooper reel!

No MolePeople were harmed in the making of this season.

  • Something Something Something...Our Fair City Continues— Ansel Burch
  • How Do I Sound, DJ Catnip?—Abby Doud
  • Fight Noises!—Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Ants are God—Mark Soloff
  • Very Patient—DJ Catnip
  • Word of the Day—Clayton Faits
  • Wants Ryan to Giggle—Tara Schile
  • Upset by the Word of the Day—David Rheinstrom
  • Bear Traps for Five Year Olds—Kat Evans
  • Playing Simon in this Episode— Ryan Schile
  • Henry Higgins— Marsha Harman
  • Andy Griffith Theme Whitney Kraus Jones
  • The Trouble with Babysitting is...— Frank Sjodin
  • Paging Doctor Caligari— Ele Matelan

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by MGB Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Inventables, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.  We're very, very sorry.

Direct download: Mid-Season_Break_01_-_Season_6_Bloopers_Part_I.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am CST

Episode 6.10- The Battle of Waste Field Three

As we come to the conclusion of the first half of the Sixth season of the True Historical Retellings of Our Fair City, we invite all Loyal Policies to join us.  Join us in shunning the Outsider.  Join us in shaming the Dissident.  Join us in exposing the disloyal Hendersonians working amongst us, striving through craft and word and violence against the great work of HartLife.  Even as they work to rend our Mighty Tower apart, listen: and remember.  Their words are hollow, their victories are meaningless, their actions fruitless when compared to the great history of Our Fair City.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Direct download: S6_Episode_10-_The_Battle_of_Wastefield_Three.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am CST

Episode 6.9- The Closing of the Gullet

Loyal Policies, enjoy this True Retelling of the Battle of Waste Field Three, and see for yourselves through the propaganda and lies spread by malicious elements within the company.  Truly, none of these Policies, disloyal as they were, could have survived without the mercy and beneficence of the company.  Do not believe their lies.  Do not believe your ears.  Believe only in the power of HartLife…all the life you’ll ever need.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Damian Duffy.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: S6_Episode_09-_The_Closing_of_the_Gullet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am CST

Episode 6.8- The Rediscovey of Hope

In tonight’s seasonal retelling of the True History of the HartLife Corporation, we rejoin Simon Von Hagens (Dead Disposal Driver) and Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt (Window Washer and Amateur Naturalist) as they spelunk deeper into the caves and warrens below the city in search of the Queen of the AntPeople.  Will they discover their new adversary, or will the come upon something much, much more dangerous to their corporate welfare?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Photo shoot designed, produced, and directed by Ryan Schile, photography by Sebastian Orr, makeup by Tara Schile. Featuring (R to L) Tara Schile, Ryan Schile, Mark Soloff, Kat Evans.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: S6_Episode_08-_The_Rediscovery_of_Hope.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CST

Episode 6.7- Lost and (Sometimes) Found

We return to our erstwhile heroes, Charles Wynn, Alison Dalton, and Cassandra Wilkins as they flee the ant menace through HartLife's ventilation system.  Will they find safety, succor, and Cassie's family...or only more horror?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Operator— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Dan Streeting. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: S6_Episode_07-_Lost_and_Sometimes_Found.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am CST

Episode 6.6- The Tower Below

Loyal Policies- you hgw$hr*78534 if you see an outsififerw733923(( please be su32jh43ui requests your compliance.  Remember: we are all jinwfg8wghwe&&&& 9 with the &&2n426hndw and *****************************.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits
  • Waste Management Technician— Ele Matelan
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Eric Meister. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Shawnimals!

Direct download: S6_Episode_06-_The_Tower_Below.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09am CST

Episode 6.5- The Furlough

Loyal Policies- you know not to venture Outdoors.  As you well know, it is cold, and there are wolves.  Do not take any lessons in survival from this retelling of the True History of the HartLife corporation: it will not save you.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Simon von Hagens—  Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thorreau-Roosevelt— Antonio Brunetti
  • Emerson— Dean Yeager
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards against Humanity!

Direct download: S6_Episode_05-_The_Furlough_v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm CST

Episode 6.4- Brains Surgery

We return to young Andrew Snidge, hapless yet helpful hero and recent recipient of firearm-based coaching strategies administered by Special Agent George Chamberlain.  Will the good Doctors Caligari and Moro be able to save his life, or is this curtains for Snidge?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Benedict—  Mark Soloff
  • Balthazar— Antonio Brunetti
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Clayton Faits. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S6_Episode_04-_Brains_Surgery.mp3
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Episode 6.3 - You Can't Go Home Again

Fleeing the Ant Menace, Alison Dalton, Charlie Wynn, and Cassie Wilkins fight their way towards an unlikely bastion of safety: the data extraction cells.  Within, will they find certain refuge or only more horror?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn—  Jared Latore
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by David Tanimura. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S6_Episode_03-_You_Cant_Go_Home_Again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am CST

Episode 6.2- Safety in Numbers

The Ant invasion of the Tunnels continues, as we join the embattled forces of the Hendersonians in their quest for a safe refuge!  But who are these newly rescued recruits?  Will Sully, Dale, and Stephen become steadfast allies for the hapless revolutionaries, or a brewing danger in their midst?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Dale— Ben Aldred
  • Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson—David Rheinstrom
  • Old Man—Clayton Faits
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Ali Cantarella. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S6_Episode_02-_Safety_in_Numbers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm CST