Our Fair City

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
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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
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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!

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  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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