The Penumbra Podcast
By Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert
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Depending on who you ask, the Penumbra is either the grandest railway this side of Nowhere or a twice-monthly podcast series. Each episode takes the form of a 30-50 minute radio play. The Penumbra is all about stories you recognize told in ways you won’t expect. Your femme fatale might be an homme fatale; you might find that not every haunting needs a ghost. Your criminal underworld might advertise on billboards ten miles tall, and when push comes to shove your home might have a bit more heart than you’re comfortable with. It’s never just a heist, a Western, an adventure. It’s the parts we think are still fresh about those genres — along with what we find along the tracks. And what will we find, you ask? Well… see for yourself. The Penumbra is created and produced by Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert. Follow us on Twitter (@thepenumbrapod), Tumblr (@thepenumbrapodcast), or Facebook (The Penumbra Podcast).
||Clean2.12: Juno Steel and the Stolen City (Part 2)||Late at night in the Museum of Colonized History, just a few short days before the election that will decide the fate of Hyperion City, Juno Steel is watching the Mayor participate in a heist gone horribly, horribly wrong. And typically a heist not going||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.11: Juno Steel and the Stolen City (Part 1)||“Look for a woman with one ear outside the First Museum of Colonized History in Hyperion City.” That’s what the notice said to Yasmin Swift, both culprit and victim of Juno Steel’s last case. And ever since, Juno has been looking for that woman:||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.10: Second Citadel -- The Treacherous Heart||On the third morning of the Festival of the Three, Sir Marc knew nothing of Sir Damien’s duels with the Lord of the Swamp. Sir Marc’s problems lay closer to his heart – or brain, as the case may be. Because Sir Marc's condition requires medication,||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8/1/2017 Announcements: Merch store and Patreon and Podcasts, Oh My!||Your favorite queers Sophie and Kevin get together to update y’all on some exciting developments for The Penumbra Podcast, wile you with donation bonuses, make some special announcements, and learn a few lessons along the way. Rated PG-I6, for Pretty Go||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.09: Juno Steel and the Dragon's Den (Part 2)||Illusions run wild in Polaris Park, whether they be holograms or robotics or secrets and lies. But here's something that's not illusory: Juno and Rita are in danger. Security chief Yasmin Swift, who was supposedly leading the investigation on a killing, i||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.08: Juno Steel and the Dragon's Den (Part 1)||Someone is out to kill Ramses O'Flaherty -- and whoever they are, they should be here. A killer called this home, but it isn't any kind of home Juno's ever seen before. This is a place where the impossible happens, where an ancient heroine walks the stree||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.07: Second Citadel - Knight of the Crown, Lord of the Swamp (Part 2)||On the second night of the Festival of the Three, Sir Damien the knight will be dueling on Lord Arum the monster’s terms: in a forest of tricks and traps and cunning biological inventions. Sir Damien may have bested Lord Arum in a physical duel, but he||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.06: Second Citadel - Knight of the Crown, Lord of the Swamp (Part 1)||The Festival of the Three is the most important day of the year in the Second Citadel – or the most important three days, as the case may be. Battles and music and drink run free in Citadel’s square, and nearly every knight is in attendance… which l||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.05: Juno Steel and the Lesson Learned (Part 2)||Mick Mercury is a walking disaster, and appropriately enough, he’s picked a disaster of a case to drop in on. In his attempt to prevent a murder, Juno Steel’s added two potential victims: Mick Mercury… and himself. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Tra||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.04: Juno Steel and the Lesson Learned (Part 1)||Working for a man as connected as Ramses O’Flaherty means access to places nobody else gets to go… or wants to, as it turns out. Because on this case Ramses is sending Juno into the Fortezza, Hyperion City’s prison for criminal genius, to stop a mur||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.03: Second Citadel - The Caves of Discord||In an overgrown jungle where monsters roam free lies the Second Citadel, one of humanity’s last strongholds in a hostile, hungry world. The people of the Citadel live their lives on the edge of a knife – knowing that any day a beast might storm their||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.02: Juno Steel and the Kitty-Cat Caper (Part 2)||Juno Steel’s first day back on the job has started well: he’s outnumbered, cornered, and almost certainly going to be killed any second now. Just life as usual in the PI business. This case may be typical, but the solution will prove anything but. T||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.01: Juno Steel and the Kitty-Cat Caper (Part 1)||Detective Steel is in a slump, and Maia King might have just the case to bring him out of it. One problem: half the case is going to be figuring out what the case even is, because if Ms. King is to be believed, the culprit would have to be… well, someth||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCANON: The Full Penumbra Tour, Presented by the Concierge||Enough Travelers asked for a full tour of the Penumbra Hotel that not even the Concierge can say no. We hope you're ready for a long haul: it's a very big hotel, and strange things lurk inside it. But be careful what you wish for, Traveler. Some stones,||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: The Thief Among Us||When Blair Rockridge, Olympus Mons trillionaire, receives a letter from a thief threatening to steal her priceless collection, she immediately calls in the best private detective money can buy. Granted, he is a little eccentric--but he's the best there is||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Merry Christmas, Mary Anne||A late-night crime on Christmas Eve gets Mary Anne and Chance Sequoyah a whole lot of trouble... and a visitor that neither of them could have expected.||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: The Rita Minute 2--The Rita Detective Agency||A thrilling adventure in the life of Rita, Private Eye.||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 1 Q&A: Fan questions answered!||In the wake of Season 1, Noah Simes (voice of Peter Nureyev) interviews co-creators Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert, using questions submitted on via Twitter, Tumblr, and email by YOU, the fans! How do we cast the show? What stories are we inspired by? What||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.18: Juno Steel and the Final Resting Place||In all likelihood, this is the end. The only question is: the end of how much? The end of Juno Steel… that’s pretty likely. Alone in a Martian tomb, Peter Nureyev gone, and Miasma’s experiments drawing to a close. Juno will outlive his usefulness a||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.17: Peter Nureyev and the Angel of Brahma (Part 2)||Who is Peter Nureyev? The question has dogged Juno Steel, Private Eye for six months now, ever since he first met that master of disguises. It doesn’t help that he changes identities like most people change clothes: Rex Glass, Duke Rose, Miasma’s ano||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.16: Peter Nureyev and the Angel of Brahma (Part 1)||Who is Peter Nureyev? The question has dogged Juno Steel, Private Eye for six months now, ever since he first met that master of disguises. It doesn’t help that he changes identities like most people change clothes: Rex Glass, Duke Rose, Miasma’s ano||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: The Revenge of the Janus Beast||In the Second Citadel's Hall of Trophies lie remnants of hundreds of monsters... and some of them are livelier than others. The head of the Janus Beast, for example: it's been here for weeks, and it's growing bored. Very bored. Can the Janus Beast's head||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.15: Juno Steel and the Train From Nowhere (Part 2)||Somewhere in this desert lies the greatest weapon Mars has ever seen. It’s on board the Utgard Express, a mobile lockbox that shatters the speed of sound at its slowest setting, a train that no one has ever entered… until today. The plan is set. Juno||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.14: Juno Steel and the Train From Nowhere (Part 1)||He arrived in the night: Peter Nureyev, the burglar who got away, the thief Juno Steel couldn’t catch. Until he returned, things had been so simple: solving crimes, chasing a killer with her eye on Ancient Martian artifacts, and not letting personal bu||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: The Rita Minute||What does Rita do when Juno Steel, Private Eye, is out of the office? Why, everything she's not supposed to, naturally.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1.13: Home||WARNING: "Home" is a horror story. If themes of domestic/child abuse are disturbing to you, please consider listening to one of our Juno Steel stories or a different stand-alone episode. Lily doesn’t want to move. This house is the only home she’s ev||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.12: Juno Steel and the Midnight Fox (Part 2)||Detective Juno Steel didn’t want to end up at a party tonight – in fact, he never wants to end up at a party – but he’s not exactly in a position to turn down the invitation. Juno's client, Valles Vicky, is here, too, and her former lover Ingrid||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.11: Juno Steel and the Midnight Fox (Part 1)||Valles Vicky’s Vixen Valley is your one-stop shop if you’re interested in fine dining, good conversation, beautiful people, and contraband from across the galaxy. Juno Steel needs the last on that list: he’s after a killer with an eye for Ancient Ma||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.10: Second Citadel - The Head of the Janus Beast (Part 2)||You can’t blame them for thinking the Janus Beast was dead. Most of the time when you cut a creature’s head off, it doesn’t get back up again… and it definitely doesn’t start whispering in the night about secret treasures. But this one did, and||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.09: Second Citadel - The Head of the Janus Beast (Part 1)||Sir Marc and Sir Talfryn of Second Citadel aren’t technically knights. They do all the knightly things, sure – killing monsters, saving the innocent, bickering about breakfast meats – the only problem is that the other knights don’t agree that the||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.08: Juno Steel and the Day That Wouldn't Die (Part 2)||It’s been a day of unpleasant surprises for Detective Juno Steel. He didn't expect to spend his day off down in the sewers, that’s for sure. He didn’t expect to go back to the town he’d grown up in and run away from, either. He didn’t expect to||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.07: Juno Steel and the Day That Wouldn't Die (Part 1)||They thought they’d gotten away with it. They were just kids when it happened. Juno Steel, Sasha Wire, and Mick Mercury – they were just kids when they did it. It was supposed to be a game, the kind kids play when there are no adults around to talk t||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.06: The Coyote of the Painted Plains||They warned her about the bandits, but Mary Anne didn’t listen. She was engaged, she said; her fiancée was moving to Crossroads, and even if Crossroads was crawling with bandits, she didn’t have much of a choice. Sheriff Beau Richmond asked her to m||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.05: Juno Steel and the Prince of Mars (Part 2)||The Prince of Mars, the mascot of Saffron Pharmaceuticals, is the worst witness a detective could hope for. The Prince has an imagination like a runaway train: when he tells the story, drizzles come out hurricanes and a fender-bender comes out three weeks||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.04: Juno Steel and the Prince of Mars (Part 1)||After an explosive murder case gone wrong, Detective Juno Steel is in the market for some slower work. His next client promises something quiet: a routine find-the-cheating-husband job. Well… it should be routine. But if your missing man heads one of th||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1.03: Shaken||WARNING: Shaken is a horror story with a focus on dark, unsettling situations and some descriptions and sound design that listeners may find disturbing. (Trigger warnings: self-harm, body horror.) If you find this type of content difficult to bear, you ma||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit(Original) 1.02: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask (Part 2)||Detective Juno Steel is looking for a killer, and he’s in the right place. Locked in the basement of a Triad restaurant, Juno and Special Agent Rex Glass have dozens of killers to choose from – thugs and waiters and middle-managers, all taking turns p||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean(Original) 1.01: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask (Part 1)||Juno Steel has had a lot of clients in his time, high-profile and low. But when he’s called in to investigate the murder of Croesus Kanagawa, head of the Kanagawa crime-family-slash-entertainment-network, it’s not the client that interests him. It’s||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUPDATED 1.02: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask UPDATE (Part 2)||In the hunt for a crime boss's murderer, Detective Juno Steel and Agent Rex Glass have ended up somewhere very peculiar: a game show. Well, it should be peculiar. But in the house of the Kanagawas, Hyperion City's premier crime-family-slash-entertainment||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUPDATED 1.01: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask (Part 1)||Juno Steel has had a lot of clients in his time, high-profile and low. But when he’s called in to investigate the murder of Croesus Kanagawa, head of the Kanagawa crime-family-slash-entertainment-network, it’s not the client that interests him. It’s||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0: Teaser||Welcome to the Penumbra. Doors open on March 18th, 2016.||3/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A well produced effort with a lot of moving parts which I look forward to seeing where they lead.
This podcast is gonna be amazing! The first episode was super well done - the story is fun, the acting is great, and I know it’s only going to go up from here!
Can't Wait for More!
Captivating, creative story with incredible voice actors and sound editing. As you delve into this world, you're left on the edge of your seat, dying to know what happens next!