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The Penumbra Podcast

Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert

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Depending on who you ask, the Penumbra is either the grandest railway this side of Nowhere or a twice-monthly podcast series. Each episode takes the form of a 30-50 minute radio play. The Penumbra is all about stories you recognize told in ways yo...Show More

53:56 | Nov 14th, 2017

If you had asked Erin Marshall D’Arc, the Free Dome was supposed to be for everyone. Anyone who wanted a home away from the War, she said, could have it. If you had asked Marshall Erin D’Arc, the Free Dome was only for the best of the best. Only tho...Show More

44:40 | Oct 24th, 2017

This case was supposed to be simple. Go into the Old Subway system, figure out what Mayor Pereyra is trying to get, stop them from getting it, then go home to a parade and a new world order. But now three days have passed, and the election looms, and...Show More
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36:02 | Oct 10th, 2017

The story goes that two hundred years ago, when the War was at its most brutal, Erin Marshall D’Arc made the most important discovery in Martian history… and never shared it with anyone. An election always makes itself about the present, and so Juno...Show More

40:46 | Mar 16th, 2016

Juno Steel has had a lot of clients in his time, high-profile and low. But when he’s called in to investigate the murder of Croesus Kanagawa, head of the Kanagawa crime-family-slash-entertainment-network, it’s not the client that interests him. It’s ...Show More

43:18 | Jan 29th


43:23 | Jan 15th

Welcome home, Juno Steel. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.)

45:22 | Nov 6th, 2018

Give up control. That's what the thing that looks like Mick says to do. And in a year like the one Juno Steel has had, with the past, present, and city of the future all out to get him... why not? In a world where control can be torn from you so eas...Show More

43:07 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Ramses O'Flaherty has been a busy man in recent days. A brand new way of life doesn't build itself, after all -- and before you can ever build it, you'll have to tear down the old life getting in everyone's way. As Juno and Rita come up from the sew...Show More

37:41 | Sep 11th, 2018

Down in the sewers, home seems like a distant memory. It's even more distant for Detective Steel now, because even aboveground home doesn't feel like home anymore. Hyperion City has changed. Even its sewers have changed, and the things that crawl in ...Show More

55:01 | Jun 26th, 2018

He tunes the radio, sorts through static for answers. Only questions, clean and clear: can one child really ruin the lives of his entire family? A ghost-sound, like a voice; then, gone. Why did he have to stay with her? Who was that at the door, al...Show More

25:23 | Jun 5th, 2018

"You did it in one day. One choice. When you let him in, when you let the hero rob us blind without taking a thing." That's how Sarah Steel justified the murder of Benzaiten Steel, twenty-one years ago. But the day she was referring to was even olde...Show More

30:52 | May 22nd, 2018

Today we journey within. Within the sands of Mars, to the clinic of Hanataba; within the Theia Spectrum and its labyrinthine connections; within the mind; within the past itself. Try to throw away the past if you like, Juno Steel, but it lies within...Show More

44:57 | Apr 10th, 2018

People bury a great deal beneath these Martian sands: bodies and secrets and even entire cities. But some things refuse to stay buried long – like the past. Those we thought lost, hoped lost, but never gone for good. Buddy Aurinko is learning that l...Show More

36:47 | Mar 27th, 2018

I do suggest you reconsider this particular destination, Traveler. Most places on Mars are dangerous, but the desert holds threats no human can survive. Radiation beats down from above, subterranean predators rumble below, and before you lies nothing...Show More

45:02 | Sep 12th, 2017

Late at night in the Museum of Colonized History, just a few short days before the election that will decide the fate of Hyperion City, Juno Steel is watching the Mayor participate in a heist gone horribly, horribly wrong. And typically a heist not g...Show More

39:55 | Aug 29th, 2017

“Look for a woman with one ear outside the First Museum of Colonized History in Hyperion City.” That’s what the notice said to Yasmin Swift, both culprit and victim of Juno Steel’s last case. And ever since, Juno has been looking for that woman: for...Show More

40:14 | Jul 18th, 2017

Illusions run wild in Polaris Park, whether they be holograms or robotics or secrets and lies. But here's something that's not illusory: Juno and Rita are in danger. Security chief Yasmin Swift, who was supposedly leading the investigation on a killi...Show More

38:11 | Jul 4th, 2017

Someone is out to kill Ramses O'Flaherty -- and whoever they are, they should be here. A killer called this home, but it isn't any kind of home Juno's ever seen before. This is a place where the impossible happens, where an ancient heroine walks the ...Show More

38:05 | May 23rd, 2017

Mick Mercury is a walking disaster, and appropriately enough, he’s picked a disaster of a case to drop in on. In his attempt to prevent a murder, Juno Steel’s added two potential victims: Mick Mercury… and himself. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Trav...Show More

45:49 | May 9th, 2017

Working for a man as connected as Ramses O’Flaherty means access to places nobody else gets to go… or wants to, as it turns out. Because on this case Ramses is sending Juno into the Fortezza, Hyperion City’s prison for criminal genius, to stop a murd...Show More

41:21 | Apr 11th, 2017

Juno Steel’s first day back on the job has started well: he’s outnumbered, cornered, and almost certainly going to be killed any second now. Just life as usual in the PI business. This case may be typical, but the solution will prove anything but. T...Show More

35:03 | Mar 28th, 2017

Detective Steel is in a slump, and Maia King might have just the case to bring him out of it. One problem: half the case is going to be figuring out what the case even is, because if Ms. King is to be believed, the culprit would have to be… well, som...Show More

46:05 | Nov 8th, 2016

In all likelihood, this is the end. The only question is: the end of how much? The end of Juno Steel… that’s pretty likely. Alone in a Martian tomb, Peter Nureyev gone, and Miasma’s experiments drawing to a close. Juno will outlive his usefulness an...Show More

30:14 | Oct 25th, 2016

Who is Peter Nureyev? The question has dogged Juno Steel, Private Eye for six months now, ever since he first met that master of disguises. It doesn’t help that he changes identities like most people change clothes: Rex Glass, Duke Rose, Miasma’s an...Show More

25:31 | Oct 25th, 2016

Who is Peter Nureyev? The question has dogged Juno Steel, Private Eye for six months now, ever since he first met that master of disguises. It doesn’t help that he changes identities like most people change clothes: Rex Glass, Duke Rose, Miasma’s an...Show More

42:25 | Oct 4th, 2016

Somewhere in this desert lies the greatest weapon Mars has ever seen. It’s on board the Utgard Express, a mobile lockbox that shatters the speed of sound at its slowest setting, a train that no one has ever entered… until today. The plan is set. Jun...Show More

41:04 | Sep 20th, 2016

He arrived in the night: Peter Nureyev, the burglar who got away, the thief Juno Steel couldn’t catch. Until he returned, things had been so simple: solving crimes, chasing a killer with her eye on Ancient Martian artifacts, and not letting personal...Show More

33:57 | Aug 16th, 2016

Detective Juno Steel didn’t want to end up at a party tonight – in fact, he never wants to end up at a party – but he’s not exactly in a position to turn down the invitation. Juno's client, Valles Vicky, is here, too, and her former lover Ingrid Lak...Show More

43:36 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Valles Vicky’s Vixen Valley is your one-stop shop if you’re interested in fine dining, good conversation, beautiful people, and contraband from across the galaxy. Juno Steel needs the last on that list: he’s after a killer with an eye for Ancient Mar...Show More

41:52 | Jun 21st, 2016

It’s been a day of unpleasant surprises for Detective Juno Steel. He didn't expect to spend his day off down in the sewers, that’s for sure. He didn’t expect to go back to the town he’d grown up in and run away from, either. He didn’t expect to hear ...Show More

44:02 | Jun 7th, 2016

They thought they’d gotten away with it. They were just kids when it happened. Juno Steel, Sasha Wire, and Mick Mercury – they were just kids when they did it. It was supposed to be a game, the kind kids play when there are no adults around to talk ...Show More

43:30 | May 10th, 2016

The Prince of Mars, the mascot of Saffron Pharmaceuticals, is the worst witness a detective could hope for. The Prince has an imagination like a runaway train: when he tells the story, drizzles come out hurricanes and a fender-bender comes out three ...Show More

28:43 | Apr 26th, 2016

After an explosive murder case gone wrong, Detective Juno Steel is in the market for some slower work. His next client promises something quiet: a routine find-the-cheating-husband job. Well… it should be routine. But if your missing man heads one of...Show More

50:17 | Mar 17th, 2016

In the hunt for a crime boss's murderer, Detective Juno Steel and Agent Rex Glass have ended up somewhere very peculiar: a game show. Well, it should be peculiar. But in the house of the Kanagawas, Hyperion City's premier crime-family-slash-entertai...Show More

12:17 | Jul 22nd

Announcing Sophie Kaner's brand-new podcast, Edges, a nonfiction interview show where Sophie asks nine real people to tell her stories about love that changed their lives. You can subscribe to the show at More

04:30 | Jun 19th

Sophie and Kevin have some exciting news to share with you all!

1:33:34 | May 23rd

This is the audio of our first live Q&A, streamed on Youtube in May of 2019! Join Kevin, Sophie, Noah, and a bunch of fans as we answer questions and repeatedly realize that, like... holy cow, this season was long. It was really long, y'all! What wer...Show More

36:13 | Mar 19th

And so they fell straight down to Hell, And battled ‘til the end. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.)

22:27 | Mar 12th

The Cliffside yawned behind them, yet No mercy did they lend. For even where no life would dare, they battled at World’s End. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.)

22:20 | Feb 26th

Old Silver-Eyes stopped dead and spoke: “But this cannot be true; For I know nothing of my past Save this, our endless duel.” (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.)

22:19 | Feb 19th

When, “Clash!” the iron thundered, lo, “Have at thee!” the reply; and ‘neath the leaves, the forest’s eaves, she heard their battle-cry. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.)

24:46 | Feb 12th

Two giants bearing broken swords Stood by a river’s bend Whose water fell straight down to Hell: They battled at World’s End. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your journey. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of...Show More

43:12 | Dec 31st, 2018

A blow of the hunting-horn. A battlecry. Boots that crash through snow and ice, the crackling of open flame, the bellow of an ancient, timeless beast of the frozen tundra. They call him Old Cinder, the Frozen King of Flame. And this is just another ...Show More
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23:09 | Dec 25th, 2018

Sophie scares the heck out of Kevin and then tells him about a new podcast from Parcast called Mind's Eye! Eep! You can go subscribe to the first four episodes of Mind's Eye now on any podcatcher, or you can go to to start listen...Show More
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05:12 | Dec 21st, 2018

Kevin takes a second to sit down and rap with you about Imagined Life, a new show from Wondery that puts you in the shoes of someone wildly famous and successful. Are the shoes comfortable? Do they have good arch support? And whose shoes are you wear...Show More

34:01 | Nov 20th, 2018

Two paths wind beneath Judge Helicoid's monstrous courtroom: two paths containing different players in this game, different tricks and traps and treacheries. All they share is this: A destination. Fort Terminus, the prison at the end of the world. ...Show More

01:35 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Our final voting contest for US listeners opens on Election Day, November 6! All three of our contests will remain open until the end of the day on November 8, and you are encouraged to submit entries to all of them.
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11:49 | Oct 24th, 2018

(This episode is sponsored promotional material.) Sophie snuggles up under the covers with you to chat about Halloween plans and spooky podcasts, like Blackwood, a Blair Witch-style podcast about three teenagers who investigate stories of the Blackw...Show More

49:55 | Oct 9th, 2018

Legends say that far north of the Second Citadel, close to the Northern edge of the world itself, lives the Spiral Sage. They say he is a powerful being, a sacred warrior for human good who controls time and the wilderness itself. They say he is a gr...Show More

30:11 | Sep 25th, 2018

Far, far to the north of the Second Citadel lies the Terminus, a sacred or magical ocean (depending on who you ask), a place of power where world-changing things happen... and where monsters bicker for order and entertainment. Sir Caroline and Rilla...Show More

36:44 | Aug 28th, 2018

Where is everybody? That's the question that dogs Juno Steel now. He has bigger things to handle, he knows. Loose ends to tie up, old betrayals to pay back, and a mysterious mayor to reckon with. But even while city-sized mysteries weigh him down, t...Show More

41:49 | Jul 31st, 2018

Well, the boy-knights have definitely learned one thing about Nymphs: Nymphs LOVE Sport. And at first, the boys loved Sport too... until it became clear that this was less throw-the-ball-around-with-your-friends-and-rivals and more blood sport. Twis...Show More

45:51 | Jul 10th, 2018

What's more knightly than rescuing a Damsel? Doing it better than all the other knights, of course... especially if those other knights are really, really annoying. Sir Marc and Sir Damien do not like each other at all. Each is extremely important t...Show More
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10:24 | Jun 26th, 2018

(This episode is sponsored promotional material.) Kevin sits down on a chair backwards to get real with y'all about robotic sharks. What do they eat? How was that one from the movie made? He doesn't know; that's why you should listen to Inside Jaws!

55:19 | May 8th, 2018

Subject: the Keep of Titan's Blooms. Symptoms: spreading petrification; irritability; musical inclinations. Suggested treatment: cooperation with its master, Lord Arum, a creature who would scoff at the idea of tracking symptoms in the first place, a...Show More
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13:39 | Apr 30th, 2018

(NOTE: This is sponsored content.) Sophie and Kevin get together to talk about Sophie's past jobs, office strife, and a new advice podcast by Wondery called "Safe for Work" all about office wisdom and tips to help you find happiness in the workplac...Show More

51:59 | Apr 24th, 2018

Deep in the Swamp of Titan's Blooms stands a towering plant with no equal in the Second Citadel. It is in parts tree, fern, beanstalk, and a single gigantic flower -- and it is the Keep from which Lord Arum watches over his Swamp. No human has ever ...Show More
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15:38 | Jan 23rd, 2018

This week, the Penumbra is sponsored by Wondery's new podcast, "Launch!" Ever wonder what goes into creating a published novel, from the writing and editing process all the way through publication? This podcast follows John August, screenwriter for m...Show More

20:05 | Dec 24th, 2017

It's December 24th, and you know what that means: it's Mista Steel's birthday, and it's up to Rita to make it the best birthday ever in a star-studded special that includes both of Juno's friends and some people who are lukewarm about him. Can Rita p...Show More

1:24:56 | Dec 6th, 2017

Sophie and Kevin are assembled by special guest star and elected guru of our Tumblr fandom to answer questions about how these stories are written, their perspective on diverse perspectives within the show, whether Sophie is a visionary, whether you'...Show More

05:23 | Nov 25th, 2017

Sophie and Kevin gather around the festive nondenominational tree to unwrap some exciting announcements. Includes info on the start of the next half-season, merch updates, a midseason Q&A, a special surprise, what Sophie and Kevin are thankful for, ...Show More
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11:01 | Oct 10th, 2017

This week, the Penumbra is sponsored by Wondery's "Inside the Exorcist!" This is a story of faith and fury, causes and curses, a story of unbridled ego and the brute force of filmmaking. This is Inside The Exorcist, a deep dive into the story behind ...Show More

59:16 | Sep 26th, 2017

Special threats deserve special measures, and Queen Mira of the Second Citadel is a master of special measures. Enter Sir Caroline: a free radical knight, one of the Queen’s most capable and least trustworthy, and most likely the only hope the Second...Show More

35:24 | Aug 15th, 2017

On the third morning of the Festival of the Three, Sir Marc knew nothing of Sir Damien’s duels with the Lord of the Swamp. Sir Marc’s problems lay closer to his heart – or brain, as the case may be. Because Sir Marc's condition requires medication, ...Show More

14:43 | Aug 1st, 2017

Your favorite queers Sophie and Kevin get together to update y’all on some exciting developments for The Penumbra Podcast, wile you with donation bonuses, make some special announcements, and learn a few lessons along the way. Rated PG-I6, for Pretty...Show More

28:30 | Jun 20th, 2017

On the second night of the Festival of the Three, Sir Damien the knight will be dueling on Lord Arum the monster’s terms: in a forest of tricks and traps and cunning biological inventions. Sir Damien may have bested Lord Arum in a physical duel, but ...Show More

26:57 | Jun 6th, 2017

The Festival of the Three is the most important day of the year in the Second Citadel – or the most important three days, as the case may be. Battles and music and drink run free in Citadel’s square, and nearly every knight is in attendance… which le...Show More

29:56 | Apr 25th, 2017

In an overgrown jungle where monsters roam free lies the Second Citadel, one of humanity’s last strongholds in a hostile, hungry world. The people of the Citadel live their lives on the edge of a knife – knowing that any day a beast might storm their...Show More

06:47 | Mar 21st, 2017

Enough Travelers asked for a full tour of the Penumbra Hotel that not even the Concierge can say no. We hope you're ready for a long haul: it's a very big hotel, and strange things lurk inside it. But be careful what you wish for, Traveler. Some sto...Show More

10:20 | Feb 21st, 2017

When Blair Rockridge, Olympus Mons trillionaire, receives a letter from a thief threatening to steal her priceless collection, she immediately calls in the best private detective money can buy. Granted, he is a little eccentric--but he's the best the...Show More

09:09 | Dec 24th, 2016

A late-night crime on Christmas Eve gets Mary Anne and Chance Sequoyah a whole lot of trouble... and a visitor that neither of them could have expected.

09:25 | Nov 29th, 2016

A thrilling adventure in the life of Rita, Private Eye.

51:17 | Nov 15th, 2016

In the wake of Season 1, Noah Simes (voice of Peter Nureyev) interviews co-creators Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert, using questions submitted on via Twitter, Tumblr, and email by YOU, the fans! How do we cast the show? What stories are we inspired by?...Show More

08:34 | Oct 11th, 2016

In the Second Citadel's Hall of Trophies lie remnants of hundreds of monsters... and some of them are livelier than others. The head of the Janus Beast, for example: it's been here for weeks, and it's growing bored. Very bored. Can the Janus Beast's ...Show More

09:58 | Sep 6th, 2016

What does Rita do when Juno Steel, Private Eye, is out of the office? Why, everything she's not supposed to, naturally.

33:08 | Aug 30th, 2016

WARNING: "Home" is a horror story. If themes of domestic/child abuse are disturbing to you, please consider listening to one of our Juno Steel stories or a different stand-alone episode. Lily doesn’t want to move. This house is the only home she’s e...Show More

13:51 | Jul 19th, 2016

You can’t blame them for thinking the Janus Beast was dead. Most of the time when you cut a creature’s head off, it doesn’t get back up again… and it definitely doesn’t start whispering in the night about secret treasures. But this one did, and it w...Show More

30:24 | Jul 5th, 2016

Sir Marc and Sir Talfryn of Second Citadel aren’t technically knights. They do all the knightly things, sure – killing monsters, saving the innocent, bickering about breakfast meats – the only problem is that the other knights don’t agree that they’r...Show More

43:56 | May 24th, 2016

They warned her about the bandits, but Mary Anne didn’t listen. She was engaged, she said; her fiancée was moving to Crossroads, and even if Crossroads was crawling with bandits, she didn’t have much of a choice. Sheriff Beau Richmond asked her to m...Show More

33:58 | Apr 12th, 2016

WARNING: Shaken is a horror story with a focus on dark, unsettling situations and some descriptions and sound design that listeners may find disturbing. (Trigger warnings: self-harm, body horror.) If you find this type of content difficult to bear, y...Show More

40:16 | Mar 29th, 2016

Detective Juno Steel is looking for a killer, and he’s in the right place. Locked in the basement of a Triad restaurant, Juno and Special Agent Rex Glass have dozens of killers to choose from – thugs and waiters and middle-managers, all taking turns ...Show More

33:53 | Mar 18th, 2016

Juno Steel has had a lot of clients in his time, high-profile and low. But when he’s called in to investigate the murder of Croesus Kanagawa, head of the Kanagawa crime-family-slash-entertainment-network, it’s not the client that interests him. It’s ...Show More

01:45 | Mar 5th, 2016

Welcome to the Penumbra. Doors open on March 18th, 2016.