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Classic radio meets contemporary cable drama in this fictional serial podcast about a failed Oklahoma utopian society and its eclectic residents. Betrayal, murder and hedonism abound in PleasureTown. Join the story at

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Update On Season 4

02:05 | Nov 3rd, 2017

A message from the PT team on when to expect season 4.

EP 312 - With Fists Raised

0:00 | Dec 8th, 2016

Well...shoot. Thanks for listening to our yarnin’, travelers. This last one has been a long meandering road, full of unexpected twists and turns and yet here we are standin’ at the end of it. It’s a wonderful thing, listeners, finishing a story. Almo...Show More

EP 311 - Hear the Sparrow

0:00 | Nov 16th, 2016

Frantic and alone, Remy is driven to the wilderness by a betrayal and her voices.

EP 310 - Burden of Truth

0:00 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Unable to combat Daniel’s demons by herself, Bethany gets a little help from a demon of her own. Meanwhile, Enid Wallace presents Amelia with a once-in-a-lifetime offer.

EP 309 - The Most Joy

0:00 | Oct 19th, 2016

Eli, Eve, and Flo reflect on their pasts and futures, hopes and reservations, faiths and follies. Meanwhile, Ms. Wallace joins Mr. Goose at one of PleasureTown’s more secretive venues to celebrate her railroad.

EP 308 - Rebuilding This Place

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2016

With the town in desperate need of financial help, the Clerk holds a State of the Town address to lay out the pros and cons of the new railroad. Meanwhile, as Bethany aids the lost spirits of PleasureTown, Daniel continues to ensnare them.

Ep 307 - The Good In Ourselves

0:00 | Sep 21st, 2016

This week on PleasureTown, Remy is challenged when one of the more troubled members of her support group rejects help. Meanwhile, Amelia blows the dust off her gloves and goes a few rounds with her old friend, Ma Barker.

EP 306 - Gnarled Remains

0:00 | Aug 24th, 2016

This week on PleasureTown, Skippy, the town clerk, takes stock of what is left of in the wake of the Great Fire, all the while trying to manage the out-of-touch founders. Meanwhile, Elijah, leader of the newly displaced residents, strikes a deal with...Show More

EP 305 - Smoke and Embers

0:00 | Aug 10th, 2016

Amelia and Remy bond over making their totems for the Feast of the Wretched. Meanwhile, the medium Daniel encounters a spirit who tries to console his lovesick heart.

Ep 304 - Heart Still Beating

0:00 | Jul 27th, 2016

Tip of the hat to you listeners, and thanks again for joining us! Now, pop in those headphones and prepare to embark on another voyage into PleasureTown! This week, we follow Remy as her struggle with the voices that plague her brings life in Pleasur...Show More

Ep 303 - Certain Dignity

0:00 | Jul 13th, 2016

An opportunity to stimulate the floundering economy of PleasureTown presents itself in the form of Enid Wallace, a wealthy railroad baroness who wishes to build her tracks through the town. How will the townspeople react to her proposal?

Ep 302 - Sinners At Every Turn

0:00 | Jun 29th, 2016

Meet Bethany and Daniel, two amorous teens from Louisiana who are gifted with the ability to speak to the dead. Meanwhile, Claude and Cyrus struggle to find the finances for repairs as the town shows increasing signs of wear.

Ep 301 - A Thin Connection

0:00 | Jun 15th, 2016

In the season premiere, Amelia relives her childhood and her father’s abusive self-interest to tell how she came to be the proprietor of the town’s Inn. Also, Remy, daughter to a family of wealthy English aristocrats, is sent away to live in the Stat...Show More

Ep Mini12 - The Human Form

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2016

A nudist who is known for her pink parasol describes an encounter with a pair of Irish siblings. One loves her, and one wishes to possess her.

Ep Mini11 - It Takes A Village

0:00 | Mar 26th, 2016

PleasureTown may be a playground for the liberated, but for one young man, being born into a world so focused on pleasure made life nearly unbearable. This is his story.

Ep Mini10 - How It Works

0:00 | Mar 15th, 2016

In this minisode, we meet a nameless PleasureTown resident as he recounts a chance meeting with a tormented Claude, who is haunted by memories of his father...and what he did. This minisode was written by PleasureTown Super Friend Richard Izzo.

Ep Mini9 - Bad Water

0:00 | Feb 29th, 2016

Fear and hate go hand in hand. This is a lesson Hong, a Chinese immigrant, must learn as he traverses the Wild West to build a new home in Oklahoma. Will Hong be able to conquer the perils of his adopted land or will he succumb to the hatred of its p...Show More

Ep Mini8 - Rule of Symmetry

0:00 | Jan 30th, 2016

This week on PleasureTown, we join Clara, a young mathematician and PleasureTown native, as she decides to leave her family and community behind. Although Clara sets out to forge her own identity, it begins to dawn on her that life might have an all-...Show More

Telegram For You!

0:00 | Jan 22nd, 2016

We've missed you. Stop. We'll be back soon. Stop. Follow us on Twitter. Stop. @PleasureTownOK Stop. And Nerdette is back! Stop. Joy abounds! Stop.

Ep 212 - Last Breath

0:00 | Oct 27th, 2015

In the season finale, Bulger and Rudd discover the Cintamani Stone, sending them on a collision course with Alvin Pilfer and Warren Featherbone III.

EP 211 - By Blood or Bond

0:00 | Oct 6th, 2015

Veiled by the magic of the Cintamani Stone, Adrianne enters Bulger’s store to make contact with her estranged brother. Later, the stone’s elusiveness manages to push Alvin Pilfer to the brink of insanity.

Ep 210 - Of Such Metal

0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2015

It's Oklahoma's 10th anniversary, and President Roosevelt is visiting as part of his campaign to drum up favor for the War. The citizens of PleasureTown are are the spirits who watch over them.

Ep 209 - Hunt Of The Hunter

0:00 | Sep 9th, 2015

In The Hunt of the Hunter, a sinister figure walks in Rudd’s footsteps. Will this be the comedian’s last laugh? Meanwhile, the shantytowners stage a revolt, bringing their dismay to Claude’s doorstep. Can the city clerk save his friend and mollify th...Show More

Ep 208 - The Flames Rising

0:00 | Aug 25th, 2015

It’s the Feast of the Wretched! A stranger on her way to town encounters Jeb, who has become a man on the run. Through a tale of family and fire, he warns her against what she might find in PleasureTown. Meanwhile, Alvin, masquerading under the guise...Show More

Ep 207 - Needed Quiet

0:00 | Aug 10th, 2015

In this week’s episode, we visit with Goldie as she examines the reflection of her violent past with former lover Alvin. Waist deep in an ocean of regret and sorrow, Goldie laments failed resolutions, paths not taken and decisions that would inevitab...Show More

Ep 206 - History of Solitude

0:00 | Jul 14th, 2015

In this week’s episode of PleasureTown, we join the Bartender as he ruminates on the retribution that fate has dealt him for his years spent as a hitman. Also, a withdrawn Cyrus is confronted about his reclusive ways by a mysterious yet familiar figu...Show More

Ep 205 - Thinly Veiled Disguise

0:00 | Jun 30th, 2015

In this week’s thrilling episode of PleasureTown, Mudd plans on spending his earnings from a recent heist but instead encounters an individual possibly more devious than himself. We then walk with Jebediah as he recalls the bloody night that led to h...Show More

Ep 204 - Always Spot the Thorns

0:00 | Jun 16th, 2015

In the garden of life, some people are petals...and others are thorns. This time, Shiner returns to share details of her legendary romance and her legendary death. Next, we listen as Mudd and Rudd as they strike up an unusual friendship, which leads ...Show More

Ep 203 - Years of Mayhem

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2015

More often than not, it is those that we least expect that are our undoing. In this week’s episode, we rejoin the town’s stoic Bartender as he is confronted by the widow of the man he murdered. Will she be the one to give the Bartender the conclusion...Show More

Ep 202 - Good Luck Charm

0:00 | May 20th, 2015

In the second episode of Season 2 of PleasureTown, we become reacquainted with Jebediah, a blind man whose father exploits his preternatural ability to taste what others are feeling. Also, Claude digs up a memory of a long-held keepsake that nearly t...Show More

Ep 201 - And You Run

0:00 | May 6th, 2015

Claude and Cyrus are back with another season of strange and twisted tales from PleasureTown's past. In the Season Two premier, we begin by flashing back -- way back -- to hear a story of loss and bloodshed from a man whose people predate the Oklahom...Show More

Ep Mini7 - This Same Flower

0:00 | Apr 22nd, 2015

In PleasureTown's seventh and final "minisode," we meet a young New York City couple with big dreams of small town living. But money is tight and trouble abounds. Will the couple make it to the fabled utopia, or will they get lost along the way? Writ...Show More

Ep Mini6 - The Shadows

0:00 | Apr 7th, 2015

In the thrilling conclusion to the Fantasy Fair & Freak Show trilogy, tough-talking Frank and the mysterious Mirella come to Pete’s aid while Mr. Blythe attempts to confront Buster about their altercation. Will the unlikely trio be able to rescue Sal...Show More

Ep Mini5 - Legitimate Medicine

0:00 | Mar 25th, 2015

In PleasureTown’s fifth minisode, we are introduced to smooth-talking huckster Nicholas Morrison, a new arrival who makes his living as a slinger of suspicious solutions. Soon after his arrival, Nicholas enlists the help of aging Darlin and drunken M...Show More

Ep Mini4 - Nothing But Hungry

0:00 | Mar 11th, 2015

In PleasureTown's fourth "minisode," we continue the story of Crandle Philing’s Fantasy Fair and Freak Show. Suspicions rise among the carnival workers as more strange happenings occur among the children. Will Buster, Sal and Pete escape, or will the...Show More

Ep Mini3 - My Life Wandering

0:00 | Feb 25th, 2015

In PleasureTown's third "minisode," we flash forward to the present, where we meet young Mason Bowen, a student at Enid State University. As part of his college thesis, he interviews Mr. Johnstone, an elderly man who visited the fabled PleasureTown a...Show More

Ep Mini2 - All Sorts of Trouble

0:00 | Feb 10th, 2015

In PleasureTown's second "minisode," a local shopkeeper with an axe to grind has a run-in with a band of youthful hoodlums. But there's opportunity to set the children on the straight and narrow when a traveling carnival rolls into town and offers to...Show More

Ep Mini1 - By My Own Hands

0:00 | Jan 28th, 2015

In PleasureTown's first "minisode," we meet Esther, the town seamstress, who spins a yarn about her lost heritage and life under the watchful eye of the menacing Miz Janine. This is part of our "Write an Episode" contest, which follows the completion...Show More

Ep 112 - The Road Appearing

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2014

In the season finale, an apocalyptic premonition could alter the course of Claude and Cyrus' lives forever. Meanwhile, the battle between the virtuous and the fallen comes to a head as Angie must save her beloved -- and PleasureTown itself -- from th...Show More

Ep 111 - The Other Side of Life

0:00 | Nov 29th, 2014

Two of PleasureTown's long-time residents reach the end of the road. Ma Barker visits the grave of her deceased husband, Henry, and reflects on a life of hard knocks. Meanwhile, Shaman Jon's spiritual awakening reaches a new level of transcendence as...Show More

Ep 110 - Double Lives

0:00 | Nov 12th, 2014

A mystery unfolds in PleasureTown as one of the pillars of this hedonistic society is found dead due to strange circumstances. Meanwhile, residents cope with the aftermath of a large and destructive fire. All is relayed by a new reporter, who brings ...Show More

Ep 109 - Pushing Upstream

0:00 | Oct 29th, 2014

Tensions come to a head between the PleasureTown founders, as Claude and Cyrus duke it out in a battle of words for control of the town. Meanwhile, the children of PleasureTown embark on an adventure and make a wish that could change the course of th...Show More

Ep 108 - Of Vigilance & Worry

0:00 | Oct 15th, 2014

A sudden revelation threatens the future of PleasureTown's star-crossed lovers, the Doctor and the Reporter. We hear from the Reporter's side of the story and discover just how their magnetic attraction first came to fruition all those years ago. Mea...Show More

Ep 107 - Flashes of Fire

0:00 | Oct 1st, 2014

As PleasureTown grew, it began to attract a different breed of wanderer. No longer were those drawn to the settlement society's rough and grizzled outlaws and misfits. Dreamers, poets and artists had begun to flock to PleasureTown to carve out their ...Show More

Ep 106 - The Feast Of The Wretched

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2014

In this episode, we learn the birth story behind PleasureTown's original holiday, The Feast of the Wretched. Meanwhile, Mattie Barker has left town, putting aside her frying pan to take up a pair of boxing gloves. Also, Shaman John begins a new ritua...Show More

Ep 105 - Two Souls

0:00 | Sep 3rd, 2014

In this episode, we meet PleasureTown's barber, who tells the story of how he and his blind brother fled to the settlement after a particularly hairy run-in with a local bigot. We also revisit Shaman John and hear his tale of loss and woe. To cope, t...Show More

Ep 104 - If Thy Right Hand Offend Thee

0:00 | Aug 20th, 2014

As the population of PleasureTown continued to swell, the settlement began to see an uptick in violence, lawlessness and murder. In this episode, town founders Cyrus and Claude engage in a heated battle of words, with one advocating for rule and orde...Show More

Ep 103 - A Smile That Stretches

0:00 | Aug 4th, 2014

As PleasureTown transformed into a budding settlement, the community began to see a flood of diverse immigrants. With all the activity, it didn’t take long for the media to catch wind of the diamond in the red dirt, and so a reporter from New York Ci...Show More

Ep 102 - White Stone Path

0:00 | Jul 20th, 2014

As word spread of the strange, hedonistic town, more and more lost souls gravitated toward a place they believed could be their home. In this episode, we follow Shaman John, once a man of faith turned mystic, through his first day as a Pleasure Town ...Show More

Ep 101 - Buried & Forgotten

0:00 | Jul 8th, 2014

In this episode, Claude and Cyrus invite listeners to join them in retracing the steps that lead them to PleasureTown. Despite their contrasting personalities, both Claude and Cyrus share histories rooted in hardship. As the son of a Mississippi slav...Show More

PleasureTown: The Legend Has Begun

0:00 | Jun 13th, 2014

Unfamiliar with PleasureTown? If you ask some, PleasureTown was paradise on Earth, a place where anyone could be and do whatever they wanted without fear of judgment or retribution from their fellow man or woman. If you ask others, it was a powderkeg...Show More