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Our Fair City

HartLife

Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audio drama, produced by HartLife NFP in Chicago, IL. Learn more at www.ourfaircity.com

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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!

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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 Andrew Danner.  Music by Stephen Poon. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thank You

Jul 18th4:32

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.

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Episode 8.19 - The End

Jul 4th23:12

Listen and Remember. ================== 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.

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What were they building? ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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.

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8.17 - For Albuquerque

Jun 6th16:44

Today I take a little trip- al's Bar, I think. ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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.

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8.16- Time After Time

May 23rd18:11

If only we could rewind the clock and prevent this horror. ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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.

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How can this be? ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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.

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The Directors!  The Directors will save us, I'm sure of it. ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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.

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Episode 8.13- Compañeros

Apr 11th12:43

Can it be? Would they really...I'm disappointed that they would sink so low. ================== To see the video this episode's art is based on, click here!   If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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..

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Episode 8.12- No Policy

Mar 28th18:24

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? ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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.

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We return to those absurd Hendersonians and their disgusting rebellion.  Perhaps there is some clue as to what happened to our beloved Company here? ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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.

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Episode 8.10 - Memory Loss

Feb 28th21:20

I regret having to play this tape for you, Policies.  Bear witness to my lowest moment. ================== If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support. 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 8.9- Chamberlain

Jan 3rd21:29

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

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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.

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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? ================== Are you a Patron of HartLife NFP?   By giving monthly, you can help support Our Fair City and get access to more content like scripts from Andrew Snidge’s “Adventures in Science,” character playlists, and more!  Visit us at Patreon.com/hartlifenfp to learn 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 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.

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Episode 8.7 - The Empty Seat

Nov 22nd, 201717:53

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. ================== Are you a Patron of HartLife NFP?   By giving monthly, you can help support Our Fair City and get access to more content like scripts from Andrew Snidge's "Adventures in Science," character playlists, and more!  Visit us at Patreon.com/hartlifenfp to learn 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 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.

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I have it!  We'll consult the Actuaries- surely they know what happened to the Tower. ================== Are you a Patron of HartLife NFP?   By giving monthly, you can help support Our Fair City and get access to more content like scripts from Andrew Snidge's "Adventures in Science," character playlists, and more!  Visit us at Patreon.com/hartlifenfp to learn more.   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.

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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.

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Episode 8.5- Pushing into Revolution

Oct 11th, 201719:38

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! ================== 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.

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Episode 8.4- The Meeting

Sep 27th, 201713:23

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.

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Episode 8.3- The Retreat

Sep 13th, 201715:30

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.

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Episode 8.2- Rise

Aug 29th, 201715:17

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 1— Julia Schifini Refugee 2— Jim McDoniel Refugee 3— Amanda 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.

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Episode 8.1- The Narrator's Name

Aug 12th, 201720:48

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.

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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.

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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

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Ryan Schile's Favorite Sound Moments

Jul 12th, 201711:51

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

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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.

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2017 Listener Questions Session 2

May 24th, 201745:38

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!

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2017 Listener Questions Session 1

May 10th, 201756:35

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!

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Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 3

Apr 25th, 20178:08

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 shack—Jeffrey 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.

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Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 2

Apr 14th, 20177:21

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

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Episoce 7.19- Turn

Mar 28th, 201711:53

Loyal Policies- please stand by.  I will be with you in a moment. ///    ///    /// HartLife NFP will return with the Final Season of Our Fair City on August 12, 2017 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 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.

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Episode 7.18- Director Rourke

Mar 15th, 201714:58

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. 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 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.

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Episode 7.17: Exploration

Mar 1st, 201710:59

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! 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 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.

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Episode 7.16: The Old Man

Feb 15th, 201710:46

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. 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 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 Policy— Alexander Danner Awe-struck Policy— Laura 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.

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Episode 7.15- Blood for Blood

Feb 1st, 201720:48

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. 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.  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.

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Episode 7.14- Hostile Negotiations

Jan 18th, 201711:51

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.

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Episode 7.13- The Labor of Lies

Jan 4th, 201714:51

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. 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 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.

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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.

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Episode 7.12- Down the Drain

Dec 21st, 201617:41

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. 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 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.

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Episode 7.11 - What's Left Behind

Dec 7th, 201612:55

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.

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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

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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.

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Halloween Special- Beyond the Door

Oct 27th, 201620:51

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.

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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

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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!

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Episode 7.9- The StormHawk Revisited

Sep 13th, 201611:30

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!

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Episode 7.8- The Executor

Aug 30th, 201614:30

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!

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Episode 7.7 - Orders are Orders

Aug 17th, 201612:19

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!

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Episode 7.6 - Family Road Trip

Aug 3rd, 201616:11

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!

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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!

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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!

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Episode 7.3- Monsters and memories

Jun 22nd, 201618:29

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!

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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!

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Episode 7.1- The Cube

May 20th, 201615:38

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 Prisoner— Rose 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Episode 6.20- Uninsurable Risk

Dec 23rd, 201523:49

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Episode 6.17- The Smell of Anger

Nov 11th, 201516:05

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!

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Halloween Special 3/3 - Henry Lee

Oct 28th, 20154:08

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.

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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.

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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!

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Our Fair City Live: Human Resources

Oct 14th, 201559:48

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!

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Episode 6.16- The Buddy System

Sep 30th, 201515:31

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Episode 6.12- Last Shift

Aug 5th, 201518:40

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!

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Episode 6.11- Raise Your Glass

Jul 22nd, 201515:48

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!

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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.

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Mid-Season Break: Boggy's Big Day

Jun 24th, 201516:37

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Episode 6.8- The Rediscovey of Hope

Apr 29th, 201513:26

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!

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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!

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Episode 6.6- The Tower Below

Apr 1st, 20158:05

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!

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Episode 6.5- The Furlough

Mar 18th, 201513:41

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!

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Episode 6.4- Brains Surgery

Mar 4th, 201512:10

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.

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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.

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Episode 6.2- Safety in Numbers

Feb 3rd, 201515:54

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.

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Episode 6.1- Friends Upstairs

Jan 18th, 201513:13

We return to our retelling of the Great History of the HartLife corporation as the Ant Menace spills into the depths of the Tunnels through the new entrance carved by the mighty Geoship, the Hope of HartLife.  As the Chitinous Menace rampages through the assembled Policies, will Cassie Wilkins, Charlie Wynn, and Alison Dalton make peace for long enough to escape- or will their inability to synthesize and maximize their resources effectively spell certain doom?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues. The Narrator— Ansel Burch Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan Charles Wynn— Jared Latore Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe Flint— Clayton Faits Roman— Jeffrey Gardner Streetsafe Officer—Ryan Schile Assembled Policies— Eric McClelland, Tron Howard, Dave Romm, Staci Corcoran, Jamie Martin, Kale Ganann, David Gutsche, Jacob David Maurer, Richard Fish, Mitch Thompson, Jackie Casteel, Michael Gutsche, Mary Thompson, Ryan Rydberg, Rune Berg, Sophia Bull, Sonya Guggemos, Lisa Martin Ashley Jenkins Written by Mark Soloff. 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.  Some crowd sounds recorded live at CONvergence 2014.

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Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to share this extended edition of the Season Six Trailer! This preview contains spoilers for Season Five. Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan Flint— Clayton Faits Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff Project Manager Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt — Kat Evans The Voice of HartLife — Jeffrey Gardner Old Man— Clayton Faits Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin The Narrator— Ansel Burch Trailer arranged by David Rheinstrom.  Written by Clayton Faits, Jim McDoniel, David Rheinstrom, Mark Soloff and Stephanie Spence.  Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode artwork by Dann Tincher. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

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This winter, HartLife is excited to share a new Exclusion Day Special- an Our Fair City retelling of the classic “Christmas Carol.”   This episode is a new experiment in recording for us, and will sound very different from previous episodes.  Recorded “live,” without significant editing or retakes, we hope to capture the fun of sitting around a living room, telling stories into a microphone. Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman Larry Joiner, Guest Narrator—Ryan Lucas Clay—Clint Worthington Sandy—Abby Doud Andrew Snidge—Frank Sjodin Flint—Clayton Faits Roman—Jeffrey Gardner Dr. Moro—Mark Soloff Lindsey the Time Traveler—Kat Evans Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan Lily Wilkins— Kat Evans Mrs. Wilkins— Lauren Faits Loamy— Kat Evans Ash— Ryan Lucas Ferrous— Lauren Faits George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Ebeneezer Scrooge— Ryan Lucas

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Season Five Blooper Reel pt 2

Nov 19th, 20146:23

We’re excited to share part 2 of the Season Five blooper reel- listen to part 1 here! Do you make Blooper Reels?— Whitney Kraus Jones A Need for Brandy—Nina O’Keefe Playing the Home Game—Mark Soloff Okay, Improvise!—Tyler Samples Clear Skies Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim—David Rheinstrom You’re Going to Die—Jared Latore Standing on Mark—Tara Schile Tough Words—Frank Sjodin Creepiest Poem—Ele Matelan Did I yell for Science again?— Ryan Schile Rude Mole Songs— Sebastian H. Orr The Cutest Mole— Abby Doud Hugging Revolutionary— Clayton Faits Speak to the Gods— Kat Evans Trying Valiantly— Jeffrey Gardner Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Music by Latché Swing.  We’re very, very sorry.

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Record/Record

Nov 1st, 201415:19

This Halloween, HartLife is proud to present "Record/Record" by Mark Harrison- a finalist from the 2013 Deathscribe International Festival of Horror Audiodrama.  This piece was originally produced live at the 2013 festival, which was produced by WildClaw Theatre.    Alan Jenson— Jared Latore Written by Mark Harrison. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Music by Stephen Poon. Photograph by Michael Sander. Produced by David Rheinstrom, with Ryan Schile. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  With special thanks to Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, Ele Matelan, Allie Kunkler, Sarah D Espinoza, Brian Amidei, Aly Renee Amidei, Scott T. Barsotti, and everyone at WildClaw Theatre and the Deathscribe Festival.

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This July, four of us - head writer Clayton Faits, director Jeffrey Gardner, composer Stephen Poon, and producer David Rheinstrom - took to the streets of Chicago to compete in KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race; we had 24 hours to produce a 4-minute documentary, and the prompt we were given was "You Should Know..." We didn't win.  But!  We liked what we made, and so we're sharing it with you. The piece was primarily edited by Clayton and David, directed by Jeffrey, and the music composed and performed by Stephen.  It was awesome.  We'd do it again.

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Recorded on-site at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival, Our Fair City is pleased to present our very first full recording of a live episode.  Uncover the dark secrets of Hartlife as Detective Jack Winters gets to the bottom of a double murder in the algae fields. Detective Jack Winters— Jared Latore Edwin Burke— Sebastian H. Orr Detective Haley Burnham— Kat Evans Chris— Sebastian H. Orr Harlan— Kat Evans Bernice Prendergast— Kat Evans Curtis— Sebastian H. Orr Brian Orlan— Sebastian H. Orr An Intern—Kat Evans   Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Live Foley design and performance by Ele Matelan.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer Music and electronic environment by DJ Catnip, with Betsey Palmer.  Assistant Direction by Brian Foster. Lyrics by David Rheinstrom, with Clayton Faits.  Stage management by Cat Cefalu.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.  Recorded live at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival.

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Season Five Blooper Reel- Pt 1

Aug 15th, 20146:07

Lots of great cuts from this season—watch for pt 2 later in the year! Welcome aboard!— Jared Latore Love for Fish—Ryan Schile Working Leg—Tyler Samples For the record, he writes this schlock—Mark Soloff Agent to the stars—Clayton Faits The Best Doctor—Marsha Harman Tastes Microphones—Ele Matelan Knock knock, MolePeople!—David Rheinstrom Singing Fool—Jeffrey Gardner Tasteless Pants— Ansel Burch Improv is about Specifics— Jim McDoniel Very patient with our attempts at Music— Stephen Poon So many syllables— Frank Sjodin Nintendo Old Man— Whitney Kraus Jones Quaking in Our Boots— Ben Aldred Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Music by Latché Swing.  We’re very, very sorry.

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Just because Season 5 is over doesn't mean you won't be getting tasty Our Fair City content all summer long!  Producer David Rheinstrom drops the deets.   That marvelous photo of Clayton comes courtesy of Sebastian Orr Photography.

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The Tunnels thrum, the city roars, and the Policies of HartLife are beside themselves- the long promised Launch Day has arrived.  With the dastardly plans of Project Manager Charles Wynn revealed to a few and the Hendersonians closing in on the festivities on Level Omega, what will happen when the Hope of HartLife is finally set to its purpose?  Find out, as the Fifth seasonal retelling of the history of Our Fair City comes to a close.

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Episode 5.9 - A Single Twisted Spoke

Jun 25th, 201426:00

As Launch Day for the Hope of HartLife draws closer, the intrepid Andrew Snidge digs deeper into the mystery that is the Big Dig project.  What does Project Manager Charles Wynn have in store for Cassie and the rest of our meddlesome heroes?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City continues.

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Episode 5.8 - Loamy's Choice

Jun 11th, 201425:00

The warrens of Old Tunnel are vast, labyrinthine, and dangerous.  One must take the utmost caution when traversing their mold-ridden expanses–unless, of course, you are the MolePerson designated Loamy.  Then, barbeque sauce and a nursery song will have to do.   Our Fair City would like to dedicate this episode to the families, caretakers, and researchers who are working with patients of Alzheimer’s’ disease.  Learn more at alz.org or alzheimers.org.uk.

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Tonight, we return to that lair of unnatural, unsupervised, and decidedly un-corporate science: the Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House, as we join the Doctors and Andrew Snidge as they welcome Cassie in for that most dangerous of gatherings: a home-cooked meal with the family.

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Episode 5.6 - Declawed

May 14th, 201420:54

What dreams might rest inside the sleeping brain of a MolePerson?  While you, loyal Policy, have surely never wasted valuable corporate time on such frivolous thoughts–rest assured, the company has an answer.  Journey with us into…the mind of the MOLE.

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Episode 5.5 - Artistic Differences

May 1st, 201426:17

Tensions begin to boil as a group of insurgents, know only as “The Hendersonians,” prepare for a stunning display of corporate disloyalty and defiance.  What horrors will they unleash on the good Policies of HartLife?  What harm will they do to the mighty infrastructure of the Corporation?  And most importantly–how will HartLife restore order and safety?  Find out…as the story of Our Fair City continues.

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We bring our mid-season break to a close with a new experiment from HartLife NFP- our first audio documentary.  Join associate producer David Rheinstrom, sound designer Ryan Schile, and audio engineer DJ Catnip as they venture into a Chicago junkyard...to destroy a few cars.  For sound. You can also view a few more images from our trip on our website! Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Audio captured by Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, and DJ Catnip.  Recorded on location at Cash for Junk Autos in Chicago, IL. Music: The Good Lawdz and Latché Swing, licensed under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licenses.

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We hope you enjoy these things as much as we enjoy making them. Insidious Forces of….— Ansel Burch Needs to be healthy for the rest of his life—Mark Soloff The Risen Dead—Ryan Schile Photobombing the Risen Dead—Tara Schile Can you make weird noises?—Jeffrey Gardner Woooooo…—Sebastian H. Orr Excessive Flatulence—Frank Sjodin No matter how old he gets—Tyler Samples Protective of his words—Clayton Faits Looking great today—David Rheinstrom Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Music by Latché Swing.  We’re very, very sorry.

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Attn: Loyal Policies:  Per the mandate of the Directors, we will be beginning our mid-season break slightly ahead of schedule.  Never fear: while you wait for further True Historical Accounts of HartLife, we will be providing you with several entertaining bits of ephemera from our archives.  First up: Our Fair City’s Associate Producer David Rheinstrom has prepared this delightful preview of an upcoming piece of documentary work on capturing foley and sound effects.   Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Audio captured by Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, and DJ Catnip.  Recorded on location at Cash for Junk Autos in Chicago, IL.

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Podcast fix!

Mar 18th, 20140:00

We have changed our podcast provider, and if you have not been receiving our Fifth Season episodes, the company can provide you with a very easy fix. We apologize for the inconvenience, and suggest taking the following steps to ensure you continue to receive the Our Fair City podcast: First, if you are using iTunes, simply unsubscribe in your library, then head to the iTunes Store. In the iTunes store, find Our Fair City, and resubscribe to the Our Fair City podcast. Second, if you are subscribed through other services like Downcast or DoubleTwist, update your program with the following feed URL: http://ourfaircity.libsyn.com/rss. Thank you for your loyalty to the corporation; as always, we will see you in the tunnels. Thank you for resubscribing!

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Descend with the young Cassie Wilkins into the very bowels of the city, to the newly carved out Sector Omega.  Thrill at being deeper than any policy has ever gone before- and marvel at the magnificent and mammoth Geoship that will take Policy Wilkins even deeper.  Yes, loyal listeners- it is truly a new day of exploration for Our Fair City. Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner The Narrator— Ansel Burch

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Episode 5.3 - Rise and Shine

Feb 19th, 201418:30

Policies, do not listen to the Outsider or Dissenter, who may tell you that your commute to work in the morning is unpleasant!  With HartLife, all elements of the work-day experience have been finely crafted to encourage employee satisfaction, synergistic excellence, and above all, maximum productivity.  Truly: who could not appreciate the gentle, warming lightrise as the daytime illumination slowly comes online?  The clean, cool feel of the recirculated air, pumping gently through your tunnels?  The first whiff of Algae-based coffee beverages, distributed at a compact, efficient kiosk in your PeopleMover station?  But wait- who is that behind the kiosk desk?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City continues.

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The day begins unexpectedly for Doctor Emily Caligari, as she desperately attempts to avoid that high crime against Productivity - Tardiness. Will she arrive at her meeting on time?  Will our friends, the newly underemployed riggers, find suitable occupations?  Will Sandy and Clay settle down into co-habitating bliss? Will Elizabeth Rourke pass her Identity Variance exam?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

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Episode 5.1 - The Right Stuff

Jan 20th, 201414:18

We rejoin the policies of HartLife as they bask in the warm glow of the power surplus created by the fusion reactor and Neal Henderson’s sacrifice.  HartLife is not idle, however- what will the company do with this new bounty?  What new joys will they bring their loyal policies?  What pleasures will our dear friends experience during this time of plenty?  Find out, as the Fifth Season of the HartLife Historical Records begins….

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Season Five Launch Party!

Jan 9th, 20140:55

That's right, folks! It's a PARTY. And you're invited! 1/18/14 at DFBRL8R, in Chicago - Doors @ 8, suggested donation $20 Music: "Another Boring Lunchtime (Edit)" by Psychadelik Pedestrian

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Season Five Trailer

Dec 15th, 20131:48

Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to offer you this first peek at the Fifth Season of Our Fair City! We strongly recommend listening to this piece of the Historical Record with headphones. This preview contains spoilers for Season Four. Neal Henderson— Sebastian H Orr Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff Project Manager Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore Cassie Wilkins — Ele Matelan The Dealer — Jeffrey Gardner Old Man— Clayton Faits

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Episode 4.19 - Neal Henderson

Oct 23rd, 201315:56

The city waits with bated breath as Neal Henderson, the Sharp Chuter, descends to the Putrescible Waste Fields to provide the power necessary to jump start the Doctors’ Fusion Reactor. Can the actions of one man, no matter how mighty, make a difference in the monolithic tower of the HartLife corporation? Loyal Policies: we strongly recommend listening to this piece of the Historical Record with headphones.

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Episode 4.18 - Operation

Oct 16th, 201310:17

As the power supplies of the city continue to dwindle, the Doctors Caligari, West and Moro work with Vice President Davenport to convince the newly returned Neal Henderson to jump start their fusion reactor. Will the Sharp Chuter be willing to help the city that cast him out? Will Loamy survive the tender ministrations of Doctor West? Will the reactor start in time to save the policies…and the Company? Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

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Episode 4.17 - Opposite Reactions

Oct 9th, 201310:28

Vice President Davenport and The Switcher attempt their plan to jump-start Dr. West and Dr. Caligari’s reactor, but are stymied by none other than Special Agent George Chamberlain. On the run from a psychotic madman with a badge and a gun, what hope do they, or indeed any Policies of HartLife, have of surviving this crisis?

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Episode 4.16 - Off The Record

Oct 2nd, 201310:03

We return to the Data Extraction suites of the department of Human Resources, as Erin Davenport (model employee) administers compulsory physical coaching and inquiry-based communication to the Switcher (dangerous free-thinker). What will happen when her father, Vice President Edward Davenport, arrives on the scene? Is there any hope for the Switcher? Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

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Episode 4.15 - Lessons in Humility

Sep 25th, 20138:28

In the loading bay for the Dead Disposal Drivers, our MolePeople friends Clay and Sandy are recruited to assist Simon in the loading of the unusually high number of retired policies. However, when Vice President Davenport appears to move his power production plan forward, how will he react to these off-the-clock shenanigans? Will the M.O.L.E.s be punished for participating in human work, and what will happen to the oft-delinquent Simon? Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

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Dr. Caligari, now working with Vice President Davenport on the Power Crisis, stalks the twisting warrens of Old Tunnel in search of that most dangerous of prey: Dr. Herbert West.

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Episode 4.13 - Green Tidings

Sep 11th, 201314:41

We return to the newly discovered verdant “Eden,” outside the walls of the company, where Neal Henderson, Alison, and the rest of the crew of the downed rig Stormhawk work to survive without HartLife under the tutelage of Dora, amateur naturalist and window-washer.

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As the HartLife NFP crew recovers from DragonCon 2013 and prepares for the upcoming Our Fair City: the Live Episode! performance at the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival, we share another tidbit from our live recording at CONvergence– an advertisement for HartLife Gives Back. Regularly scheduled broadcasts of the Historical Records will return next week. Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff HartLife Representative — Clayton Faits Live Foley— David Rheinstrom Written by Clayton Faits, with Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Recorded live by Fred Greenhalgh and Matt Boudreau. Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 4.12 - The Switcher

Aug 29th, 20139:52

Putting Dr. Caligari’s plan into action, Vice President Davenport visits the Power Management station. Will the Switcher deliver the power he needs to save the city, or will he choose callous self-interest over the good of the Company?

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As power reserves continue to dwindle and food stores run low, we visit the hardworking policies of the Human Resources department. Productivity is threatened as the riots escalate outside and their Vice President gets a visit from someone from the air ducts.

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Rounding out our Season Four Mid-Season Break, we have our Season Three Blooper Reel! Enjoy, all. Radio HartLife— Ansel Burch Squashed with fear—Lisa Burton Vomited Lime Jello—Sebastian H. Orr Secrets of Clowning—Frank Sjodin Textbook case—Tara Schile Stop apologizing—Ryan Schile Pizza coupons—Clayton Faits Making Art—Mark Soloff Being dead is a big bummer—Lise “Kat” Evans Has a condition—David Rheinstrom Edited by David Rheinstrom. Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. We’re very, very sorry.

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For our third week of the Season Four mid-season break we have “I Will Compy,” recorded live at CONvergence 2013 as part of Our Fair City: The Live Episode! Lead Vocals—Betsey Palmer Guitar—Stephen Poon Harmony Vocals— David Rheinstrom, Abby Doud, Sebastian H. Orr, Clayton Faits, Stephen Poon, Jeffrey Gardner Archibald FunnyPants—Mark Soloff A parody based on “I’ll Fly Away” by Alfred E. Brumley. Lyrics by David Rheinstrom. Arrangement by Betsey Palmer and Stephen Poon. Recording by Fred Greenhalgh and Matt Boudreau.

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Recorded live at CONvergence 2013, the HartLife players perform “Agent of the Company,” a heartwarming ballad about the Agents of M.U.R.D.E.R. who protect us each and every day. A parody based on “Angel From Montgomery” by John Prine. Lyrics by David Rheinstrom. Arrangement by Betsey Palmer and Stephen Poon. Recording by Fred Greenhalgh and Matt Boudreau. Photo by Sebastian H. Orr.

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Winning second place in the 75th Anniversary War of the Worlds contest, this tale of Our Fair City pays homage to H.G. Wells’ incredible “War of the Worlds.”

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Episode 4.10 - Encounter

Jul 17th, 201314:09

In which the survivors of the lightning rig crash scrounge as if their lives depend on it, run like there’s no tomorrow, and encounter that most rare and mysterious of denizens of that Outside: Vegetation.

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Episode 4.9 - The Actuaries

Jul 10th, 201312:47

Desperately in search of solutions to the growing power crisis, Vice President Davenport ascends the tower to the vaulted halls of…The Actuaries. Treading where no sane Policy should tread, he risks everything for the good of the Company. Think on his sacrifices, Loyal Policies, and consider: what have I given up for my Company today?

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As the Stormhawk’s survivors explore the underground caverns that are the ruins of Old Hartford, new questions arise: will the wolves find them in this deep cave? Can Humanity survive without the Company? Just what is “Campbell’s,” and could it possibly be as tasty as good old HartLife Algae?

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Episode 4.7 - Of Moles and Men

Jun 26th, 201316:02

The Stormhawk’s survivors are dropping quickly–will Neal Henderson’s dubious-at-best leadership skills be enough to get them home? Who will save them, if the mighty Sharp-Chuter cannot? And just what lies beneath the ice as they continue their journey…Outside.

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Episode 4.6 - Power Management

Jun 19th, 201311:28

As energy dwindles and tempers rise back at HartLife, will Vice President Davenport have the “Managerial Excellence” to prevent the collapse of order?

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With Andrew Snidge failing fast in the inhospitable wastes, is there any hope for our plucky heroes? What hope is there, with Elizabeth Rourke de-bodied and temperatures falling fast?

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Episode 4.4 - Brothers in Strife

Jun 5th, 201311:39

Episode #3 of Season Four of Our Fair City!

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Episode 4.3 - In Short Supply

May 29th, 201311:49

Tensions run high as the survivors of the crashed lightning rig Stormhawk discover their much-needed supplies are going missing. Who is the thief? How will they survive with depleted survival gear? Will Loamy ever wake up? Neal Henderson—Sebastian H. Orr Alison—Nina O’Keefe Jack— Mark Soloff Greyson— David Rheinstrom Clear Skies Tim—Tyler Samples Loamy— Lise “Kat” Evans Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 4.2 - The Long Road Home

May 22nd, 201311:55

Life on the unforgiving tundras of New England is hard, frigid, and for Benny Lemieux, disappointingly non-conjugal. Join him, Cumulus Jane and the other survivors of the crashed Stormhawk as they fight for survival and wonder at the daring of Neal Henderson and his party as they travel back…to HartLife. Benny Lemieux—Kamron Palmer Cumulus Jane—Lise “Kat” Evans Neal Henderson—Sebastian H. Orr Alison—Nina O’Keefe Jack— Mark Soloff Greyson— David Rheinstrom Clear Skies Tim—Tyler Samples Loamy— Lise “Kat” Evans Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dan Streeting. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 4.1 - Davenport Rises

May 15th, 20138:45

We return to the safe, confining tunnels of HartLife, where Vice President Davenport of the Human Resources department is about to have the worst day of his fairly misanthropic life. Vice President Davenport —Ben Aldred Jenny— Marsha Harman Josh— David Rheinstrom The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jess Cwik. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.19 - Lost Power

Jan 30th, 201315:21

Witness the ripples of the Stormhawk’s fall as they begin to spread through the corporate strata in this coda to Season Three of Our Fair City. Vice President Davenport —Ben Aldred Erin Davenport— Abby Doud Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman StreetSafe Sergeant— Mark Soloff StreetSafe Skeptic— Wyatt Kent StreetSafe Animist— Lizzie Lovelady Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile Dr. Montgomery Percival Moro— Mark Soloff Old Man Ulrich— Ryan Schile Lightning Rigger— Lizzie Lovelady Lightning Rigger — Wyatt Kent Lightning Rigger Chorus — Betsey Palmer, Clayton Faits, David Rheinstrom, Wyatt Kent, Lizzie Lovelady, Marsha Harman, Mark Soloff, Ryan Schile Sandy — Abby Doud Clay — Tyler Samples Written by Clayton Faits, Mark Soloff, David Rheinstrom, Stephanie Spence, and Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jimmy Hasse. Created by Clayton Faits. This Episode is sponsored by The Cleansed, online at: www.thecleansed.com.

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Episode 3.18 - Storm, Fall

Jan 16th, 201319:12

You can’t outrun the storm. Elizabeth Rourke —Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr The Captain— Lisa Burton Allison— Sarah Moore Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits Lucky Strike— John Nestler Loamy— Lisa Burton Cumulus Jane — Lise “Kat” Evans Meatsey — Kamron Palmer The Riggers — David Rheinstrom, Ryan Schile, Tara Schile Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dann Tincher. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.17 - Going Bananas

Jan 9th, 201314:42

Paths converge as Elizabeth, Nathan and Neal all arrive at the command pod of the Ghost Rig! What could fate hold in store for these intrepid searchers? Elizabeth Rourke —Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Neal Henderson— Sarah J Moore Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred Allison— Sarah Moore Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits Cumulus Jane — Lise “Kat” Evans Bad-Jokes Rigger — Kamron Palmer Too-Hungry Rigger — David Rheinstrom A few other Riggers — David Rheinstrom, Ryan Schile Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons. Created by Clayton Faits. This Episode is sponsored by The Cleansed, online at: www.thecleansed.com.

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Episode 3.16 - The Ghost Rig

Jan 5th, 201313:54

Elizabeth Rourke and Andrew Snidge, after reaching the tethering building for the Ghost Rig, contend with the restless dead, an unhelpful Traveler, and the world’s most obstinate lock as they struggle to reach the Rig and (hopefully) Elizabeth’s son Nathan. Elizabeth Rourke —Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Simon— Mark Soloff Lindsey — Lise “Kat” Evans Jerry — David Rheinstrom Moose — Jeffrey Gardner Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.15 - A Lady, Bespoken

Dec 19th, 20128:56

Neal Henderson, with the blessings of Lucky Strike, heads to the Ghost Rig by means of the most dubious conveyance known to the Policies of HartLife. Neal Henderson —Sebastian H. Orr Cumulus Jane —Lise “Kat” Evans Meatsey — Kamron Palmer Written by Mark Soloff. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jeffrey Gardner. Created by Clayton Faits. This Episode is sponsored by The Cleansed, online at: www.thecleansed.com.

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Nathan Rourke travels the somewhat safer, much more official route down the corridors and up the elevators which lead to the Stormhawk, as he completes his next “assignment.” Nathan Rourke —Clayton Faits Loamy —Lisa Burton Lucky Strike — John Nestler Written by Clayton Faits and Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Steph Charaska. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.13 - Fancy Talk

Dec 6th, 201211:09

Neal Henderson finally makes his way to the true “boss” of the Stormhawk: Lucky Strike. What secrets will be revealed? Where will his path take him next? Will this ferocious storm finally wash off some of the “Sharp Chuter of Putrescible Waste Field 4′s” famous odor? These questions, and more, will be revealed… Neal Henderson —Sebastian H. Orr Cumulus Jane —Lise “Kat” Evans Lucky Strike — John Nestler Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.12 - The Captain's Pod

Nov 28th, 20128:58

We enter the Captain’s Pod of the Stormhawk, the very seat of power for this harvester of energy, as Neal Henderson continues his search for Allison. Neal Henderson —Sebastian H. Orr The Captain —Lisa Burton First Mate Henley — David Rheinstrom Navigation Control — Ben Aldred Written by Mark Soloff. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.11 Unseen/Undead

Nov 21st, 20129:08

Our vivacious and voracious heroes Andrew and Elizabeth head to Simon’s loading dock in the hopes of persuading him to take them to the Lightning Rigs, following Andrew’s discovery of Nathan Rourke’s trajectory. Elizabeth Rourke —Tara Schile Simon —Mark Soloff Andrew Snidge — Frank Sjodin The Voice of HartLife — Jeffrey Gardner Written by Mark Soloff. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Steph Charaska. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.10 - In The Cage

Nov 14th, 201216:57

We return to our regularly scheduled broadcasts of the HartLife Historical Record with a death-defying ascent to the very top of the lightning rig “Stormhawk,” as Neal Henderson continues his search for his lost love. Neal Henderson —Sebastian H. Orr Jack —Mark Soloff Benny Lemieux — Kamron Palmer Written by David Rheinstrom. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dan Streeting. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Go behind the scenes with the Vice Presidents as they present, in all of its somewhat dubious glory, the Seasons One/Two blooper reel. Be warned, there is a fair amount of foul language (y’know, if you’re bothered by that sort of thing). A huge thank you to all of the amazing performers, technicians, writers, and others who have come together to create Our Fair City- here’s to many hours of laughs, hijinks, and dubious noises made into microphones. Always singing —Tara Schile The Voice of…reason? — Clayton Faits Not sure about how plants work — Ryan Schile Not actually British — Leslie Nesbit Has the wrong script — Jeffrey Gardner Talking to himself — Jim McDoniel Zombies all over — Terri LaMont Fightin’ Noises— Mark Soloff Upset by doorbells — Nathan Sowell There’s a problem with this — Ansel Burch Has seen all kinds of things — Tyler Samples Acts so hard his ears pop — Frank Sjodin Swears like a sailor — Martine Moore Understands indecipherable notes— Michael Tomczak Edited (butchered) by Jeffrey Gardner. Photographic Proof by Travis Sauder. Approved of by no-one at all.

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Our Fair City wishes you a very spoo-oo-ooky Halloween! Enjoy our telling of an Edgar Allen Poe short story. ‘Ενδονσιν δ’ ορεων κορνφαι τε και φαράγγες Πρώονές τε και χάραδραι. -ALCMAN “The mountain pinnacles slumber; valleys, crags and caves are silent. ” Read by —Clayton Faits Written by Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by David Rheinstrom. Music by Evan Kuhn. Photo from the US Geological Survey.

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For our first week of the Mid-Season Break, we present the complete version of the song “I Don’t Want to Feel Guilty,” from “Fealty/Frailty.” Vocals —Natalie Clyne Keys —Stephen Poon Arranged and Composed by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jess Cwik.

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Episode 3.9 - A Break for Coffee

Oct 17th, 201211:16

In which many parties converge on an elevator, new plans are made, new directions are plotted, and Andrew Snidge gets a little messy. Neal Henderson —Sebastian H. Orr Loamy —Lisa Burton Simon —Mark Soloff Nathan Rourke — Clayton Faits Andrew Snidge — Frank Sjodin Sandy — Abby Doud The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jess Cwik. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.8 - Family Matters

Oct 11th, 20128:36

In which Nathan Rourke has a little heart-to-heart with Vice President Davenport, and a little foot-in-mouth with Erin. Nathan Rourke — Clayton Faits Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred Erin Davenport — Abby Doud The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jeffrey Gardner. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Old Tunnel. A dank, dark, dangerous path leading to the most dangerous of all institutions: a history museum. Fortunately, in this episode, nothing bad happens. Nathan Rourke — Clayton Faits Clay— Tyler Samples Ol’ Silty — Sebastian H. Orr Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons. Created by Clayton Faits.

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We return to Al’s Bar on C-deck, where Neal searches for Allison, Loamy gets tough, and the Lightning Riggers are almost helpful. Neal Henderson — Sebastian H. Orr Loamy— Lisa Burton Benny Lemieux— Kamron Palmer Bartender— Abby Doud Lightning Rigger— Ryan Schile Al’s Patrons— Hanna Van Slambrouck, Kyla Blythe, Michael Petrella, Andrea Guzzetta, Stephen Poon, Ryan Schile, The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner Written by David Rheinstrom. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Clayton Faits and Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons. Created by Clayton Faits. N.B.: The voices of “Al’s Patrons were recorded “in the field” at Chicago ComiCon 2012, by awesome people who stopped by our booth! Thanks for lending your voices to our show!

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Nathan begins his work for VP Davenport, makes too much noise early in the morning, and makes a new “life-long” friend. Nathan Rourke — Tara Schile Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred Tommy Del Ray— Ryan Schile Erin Davenport— Abby Doud Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dan Streeting. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.4 - Self-Help for Dummies

Sep 12th, 201211:45

We return to the domicile of a certain flesh-eating walking corpse and her hapless collaborator, both of whom would prefer not to be characterized as such, thank-you-very-much. Elizabeth Rourke — Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Clayton Faits. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.3 - Butterclaws

Sep 5th, 201210:36

In which Neal commits less-than-grand theft auto, Candice is dubiously helpful, and Loamy loses her cool. Neal Henderson — Sebastian H. Orr Loamy— Lisa Burton Candice the aged Relations Technician— Ryan Schile Written by Mark Soloff. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Clayton Faits. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Tyne Lowe. Created by Clayton Faits.

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Episode 3.2 - Fealty/Frailty

Aug 29th, 201211:16

In which we discover the whereabouts of Nathan Rourke, meet more of the Davenport family, and learn a bit more about the “Human Resources” department. Erin Davenport — Abby Doud Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Slightly-Less Suspicious Looking Detainee — Ryan Schile Written by Mark Soloff. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dann Tincher. Created by Clayton Faits.

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In which Neal Henderson meets several new friends, makes unconventional wardrobe choices, and returns to the loving embrace of HartLife. Neal Henderson — Sebastian H. Orr Theadora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Lise “Kat” Evans Allison— Sarah Jane Moore Betsey the Shovel— Abby Doud Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits Loamy— Lisa Burton Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Created by Clayton Faits. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

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Episode 2.19 - The Woken Apocalypse

Aug 15th, 201218:19

Season Two comes to its thrilling conclusion as things seem in danger of falling apart, the centre is unlikely to hold, and mere anarchy is most definitely loosed on HartLife. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Dr. Emily Caligari— Martine Moore Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons, with special thanks to Ben and Amelia Aldred.

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Episode 2.18 - Peril!

Aug 14th, 201212:07

Everyone’s favorite Moles pay a visit to an extremely dubious Emergency Vet, are subjected to alarming medical procedures, fall under the tender attentions of the Woken, and have a touching bout of Peril-induced Honesty. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay — Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Loamy— Lisa Burton Lindsey— Annie Calhoun Gallus Bray— Ryan Schile Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Artwork by Dan Streeting.

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We return to the shattered remnants of Herbert West’s lab, where Andrew asserts himself and Herbert takes drastic steps. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Tyne Lowe.

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Episode 2.16 - Tunnel Collapse

Aug 12th, 20127:42

We catch up with our dear mole-friends as they struggle to free themselves, gain a deeper understanding of their emotions, and make it through the most awkward first date question of their short, anthropomorphized lives. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay — Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Loamy— Lisa Burton Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Artwork by Sebastian H. Orr.

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We draw to the epic conclusion of “Death at the Science Faire,” in which things go rather poorly for several Scientists, countless Policies, and two very special M.O.L.E.s. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke — Tara Schile Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Professor Talia Erlenmeyer— Eleanor Katz Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Registrar Petri— Ryan Schile Percival Lowell, Eager Participant— Nathan Sowell Frannie Gall, Begrudging Participant— Terri LaMont Simon, Mortuary Tractor Driver— Mark Soloff Beaumont, Lucky Survivor— Ryan Schile Written by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jeffrey Gardner.

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Oh no! With Mrs. Rourke temporarily down for the count, the Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle of the Science Faire have full run of Herbert West’s lab! What help will Andrew Snidge’s good intentions in the face of their poisons, explosives, and rodent-based illnesses? Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Caligari — Martine Moore Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Professor Talia Erlenmeyer— Eleanor Katz Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

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Who else might Dr. Caligari send to do her dirty work but the pugnacious, avaricious, and occasionally nefarious Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle of the Science Faire, accompanied by a gang of their thuggish “participants?” What trouble will these purveyors of the rat flu bring down upon the heads of Dr. West, Elizabeth Rourke, and dear Andrew Snidge? Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Caligari — Martine Moore Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Professor Talia Erlenmeyer— Eleanor Katz Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Mrs. Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Steph Charaska.

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We return to the domicile of Dr. West, where Mrs. Rourke and Andrew desperately try to sort out just what happened at Al’s Bar…and who might be to blame. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin On The Radio— Lead Vocals: David Rheinstrom and Betsey Palmer. Guitar: Clayton Faits. Cello: Ira Ochs. Mandolin: Jeff Gardner. Bass: Lauren Rapciak. Percussion: Mark Soloff, Tara Schile, John Sumner Majer, Ryan Simmons. Backing Vocals: Tara Schile, Mark Soloff, Ryan Schile, Jeffrey Gardner, Clayton Faits, Ryan Simmons, John Sumner Majer, Lauren Rapciak, Ira Ochs Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

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Loamy takes Clay down the winding, wending paths of Old Tunnel, braves murk, mire, and Mold, to visit the wisest Mole this side of the muck. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay— Tyler Samples Loamy— Lisa Burton Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr Dr. Moro— Mark Soloff The Mold— Ryan Schile Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dann Tincher.

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This Exclusion Day, our Narrator brings us back to the first days after the Troubles to reveal how HartLife saved the lives of the last survivors of Hartford, CT. Narrator — Ansel Burch Linda Joiner— Abby Doud Paul Faits— Sebastian H. Orr The Woman— Stephanie Murphy The Child— Abby Doud Papa Hart— Mark Soloff The Outsider Chief— Also Mark Soloff Outsider Chorus— Ansel Burch, Abby Doud, Jeffrey Gardner, Stephanie Murphy, Sebastian Orr, David Rhienstrom, Mark Soloff Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by David Rhienstrom, Illustration by Ryan Simmons. With an enormous thank you to Paul Faits, one of our Vice-Presidential donors in our Kickstarter campaign!

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Episode 2.9 - The Gang's All Faire

Jul 18th, 20128:37

Dr. Caligari crashes a meeting of the Science Faire, looking for new recruits for the upcoming struggle with Dr. Herbert West. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Caligari— Martine Moore Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Gallus Bray, Observant Participant— Ryan Schile Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Daniel Glassberg.

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Episode 2.8 - A Night on the Town

Jul 11th, 20128:13

We return to Al’s Bar, our favorite watering hole on the Concourse level, wherein Andrew Snidge gets possessive and Mrs. Rourke bites off more than she can chew. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke — Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Creep— Rick Uskert Bartender— Abby Doud McDreamy— Mark Soloff McAngry— Antonio Brunetti McNotHelping— Nathan Sowell Everyone Else in the Bar— Ryan Schile Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dann Tincher.

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Episode 2.7 - Matters of the Hart

Jul 11th, 201211:27

Sandy volunteers to help Loamy on a “special assignment,” Loamy sets her plan in motion, and Simon demonstrates that just because you’re a delusional loner on the fringes of society, doesn’t mean you can’t have a basic appreciation for tact and conversational graces. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay — Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Loamy— Lisa Burton Simon— Mark Soloff Environmental Protection Doors— Jeffrey Gardner Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

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Episode 2.6 - She's Alive!

Jun 27th, 201212:08

In which Andrew Snidge is marginally sneaky, Dr. Herbert West is accidentally terrifying, and the identity of Jane Doe #753 is revealed! Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Jane Doe #753— Surprise Guest Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

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We venture back to the lab, where Dr. Herbert West reveals his brilliance in a brief soliloquy to the assembled (and disassembled) multitudes in his workspace.

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Episode 2.4 - A Warm Welcome

Jun 13th, 201215:14

Dr. Herbert West ventures out to answer a mysterious invitation, Dr. Caligari brags about her resource allotment, and Andrew Snidge very nearly gets everyone killed…again.

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Episode 2.3 - Mole Fight!

Jun 5th, 201214:04

Our intrepid Mole-Heroes Clay and Sandy confront the ugly face of Speciesism, unearth a hole to China (whatever that is), and “hang out” with our newest Moleperson Loamy. This week's podcast is sponsored by DFBRL8R Performance Art Gallery, which is proud to present RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL, a performance art festival that is currently running through June 10th, featuring performances from artists from around the world. Learn more at Rapidpulsechicago.com, or go see it in person at 1136 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago.

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Episode 2.2 - Chance Meetings

May 29th, 20128:26

Tonight’s episode takes us to one of Dr. Caligari’s derelict laboratories where we meet some new friends, gain an appreciation for bipedal life , and everyone gets a cookie. This week's podcast is sponsored by DFBRL8R Performance Art Gallery, which is proud to present RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL, a performance art festival that runs from June 1st to June 10th, featuring performances from artists from around the world. Learn more at Rapidpulsechicago.com, or go see it in person at 1136 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago.

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Episode 2.1 - In From The Cold

May 15th, 201212:22

We return to the icy tundra outside, as Dr. Herbert West gets his first look at the looming edifice of the Tower, and his first taste of the unique and…savory culture of Our Fair City.

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Season One

Mar 28th, 201258:07

Welcome, Loyal Polices...to Our Fair City. The following audio record comprises Season One of the glorious True Histories of the HartLife Corporation in its entirety. We hope you enjoy this remastered and reissued version. To read more about this new edition of Season One, click here. To hear the original recordings of Season One, start here. The Narrator— Ansel Burch Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits Jack— Mark Soloff Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr Old Lady— Lauren Faits Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Clay— Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Peat— Jared Latore MolePerson Overseer— Jeffrey Gardner Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred Special Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman The Professor— Ginneh Jolan The Dean— Jim McDoniel The TA— Mark Soloff Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner Written by Clayton Faits, with Ansel Burch, Jim McDoniel, Frank Sjodin. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Robin Simmons.  Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

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