Our Fair City

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 CDT

Maybe there is something we can learn from the Histories.

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.

  • 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 CDT

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

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.

  • 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 CDT

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 CDT

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!

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.

  • 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 CDT

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 CDT

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.

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.

  • 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 CDT

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.

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_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am CDT

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 CDT

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

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.

  • 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 CDT