Public Domain Universe
By The PDU
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The audio adventures of classic characters facing modern life and sometimes evil forces. Season 1 of this podcast universe features Tom Sawyer, Candide, Cinderella, and more with each arc adapted by different writers.
||Clean119 Ghostco (A Christmas Haunt)||There's trouble brewing at the afterparty of a successful Ghostco haunt. A Christmas episode set in the world of a certain Charles Dickens novel.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean118 Cinderella Chapter 5||Chapter 5: The Cellar and The Adventure (Cinderella Season 1 finale). Charles and Fairy Godmother take drastic steps when Cinderella doesn't show up on the final night of the ball.||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean117 Candide (or Optimism) Chapter 4||Chapter 4: Life's a Perfect Gift of the Magi (Candide season finale). It's Christmas Eve and Candide is not in the best of all possible relationships. With just $1.87, can he find a way to make things right?||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean116 Sawyer Chapter 4||Chapter 4: Restitution. Tom settles things.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Got Cut: Cinderella||Kristy Olson chats with PDU writer K.B. Hoyle about adapting Cinderella, the differences between the Grimm and Perrault versions, and the desperate cutting off of toes and heels. Check out more of K.B. Hoyle's work, including The Breeder Cycle and ...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean114 Cinderella Chapter 4||Cinderella Chapter 4: The Mystery Princess and the Glass Slipper. It's back to reality for Cinderella.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean113 Candide (or Optimism) Chapter 3||Chapter 3: The Candy, or the Tiger? Candide's journey to find QJr leads him to Renewed Covenant, a zoo-based cult in the Ozark Mountains. It's a great place for those who adhere to Father Toby's apocalyptic views, but zoo-based judgment awaits those...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoyalty||This week Ben musically adapts a different kind of public document: James B. Comey's Statement for the Record.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean112 Sawyer Chapter 3||Chapter 3: Asylum. In this episode of Asylum, Dr. Jack takes a break from his usual psych ward stories to investigate the murder of five year-old William Frankenstein, a strange true crime tale involving a nanny, a locket, a dead cat, and possibly...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean111 Cinderella Chapter 3||Chapter 3: The Misunderstanding and the Meeting. Fairy Godmother just wants to enjoy a cup of tea, but she keeps having to deal with the fallout of the royal ball, as well as a visit from an old friend...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPDUniversity: Mark Twain||In this PDUniversity, R.S. Naifeh gives us a look at Mark Twain's America through the lens of his two most popular characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Got Cut: Sawyer||Kristy Olson chats with PDU writer Ben Fort about adapting Sawyer, sad poetry, Sunday school heroics, and why the Becky engagement needed a modern update.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Club! Patreon! Ghostco!||Hey! We've got a book club for our Patreon supporters and are hoarding a secret episode. www.patreon.com/publicdomainuniverse||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean108 Candide (or Optimism) Chapter 2||Chapter 2: Poe, Poe, Pitiful Candide. After receiving devastating news, Candide tries to stay positive as he and Pangloss get recruited to sell questionable nutritional shakes and help build the house of the intimidating Montressor.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean107 Cinderella Chapter 2||Cinderella Chapter 2: The Prince and the Ball. Charles seems to be distracted tonight, which is unfortunate because he only has three nights to pick a bride at his royal ball.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean106 Sawyer Chapter 2||Chapter 2: A Pirate Bold to Be. When Tom's grave secret comes between him and the women of his life, he recruits Huck to leave the world of the respectable.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPDUniversity: Candide||Candide week continues with the first episode of PDUniversity, in which author and scholar R.S. Naifeh shares about the writer Voltaire, and some of the events and ideas that shaped Candide. Follow him on Twitter @RS_Naifeh||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Got Cut: Candide (Part 1)||In this first episode of What Got Cut, Kristy Olson chats with PDU writer Peter Luby about adapting Candide and his regrets of not including a buttock amputation.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean103 Candide (or Optimism) Chapter 1||Chapter 1: The Most Dangerous of All Possible Game. Candide lives in the best of all possible worlds, where everything happens according to a splendid, orderly providence. So says his wise and worldly teacher, Pangloss. And what other explanation can...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean102 Cinderella Chapter 1||Cinderella Chapter 1: The Girl and the Fairy Godmother. There are many things Cinderella doesn’t know about her life, not the least of which being her real name and that she had a fairy godmother. But when her fairy godmother suddenly appears and...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 101 Sawyer Chapter 1||Sawyer Chapter 1: The Guinness World Record. Poor Tom. He want to be respectable, but his Aunt Polly doesn’t trust him, Becky Thatcher questions his love, and his best friend Huck is tempting him with a midnight visit to a graveyard.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPDU Season 1 Preview||Coming April 4. Will Tom Sawyer’s dark secret derail his attempt at respectability? Will horrible events dim Candide’s relentless optimism? And what on earth is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother plotting? All this and more in Season 1 of The PDU!||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great adaptations & great audio quality!
These are wonderful adaptations of classic tales, good quality recording with great talent. Thanks for the podcast!
An underappreciated fun ride
This show is so underappreciated! I love the voice actors and the writing and the way certain plotlines are hinting at a huge overarching plotline. I love the music! There's silly songs and some very creepy songs. I am a huge fan of re-using and re-purposing classic literature and fairy tales and PDU does this in a super admirable, fun way. I love them!