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PleasureTown

The fictional history of this mysterious Oklahoma town.

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Ep 102 - White Stone Path

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 resident. Meanwhile, Matilda Barker tells her tale of love, pain and the strange brew concocted when you mix the two. After years of silence, her husband Henry gets an opportunity to recount his side of the story.

20 Jul 2014

Rank #1

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Ep 103 - A Smile That Stretches

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 City ventured out West to immerse himself among the eccentrics of the budding community. While he is no stranger to experimental townships -- such as the likes of Oneida and the Harmony Society -- he recognizes in PleasureTown a unique charm. We also meet the town’s resident doctor and hear of his peculiar origins as well as the surprising secret he harbors within.

4 Aug 2014

Rank #2

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Ep 212 - Last Breath

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

27 Oct 2015

Rank #3

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Ep 104 - If Thy Right Hand Offend Thee

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 order while the other holds firm on the town’s ethos of unfettered freedoms. We also meet Deuteronomy, an outsider who has been called to town for a special purpose. Unbeknownst to the residents, his arrival could very well mark the beginning of the end of their beloved community.

20 Aug 2014

Rank #4

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Ep 201 - And You Run

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 Oklahoma utopia. Next, we hear from Rudd, a charismatic jokester whose lost his thrill for the stage. Finally, we end the only way we know how... with a train heist. Just jumping on the PleasureTown bandwagon? Give a listen to Season One, and join the story at www.pleasuretownshow.com.

6 May 2015

Rank #5

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Ep 301 - A Thin Connection

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 States after showing signs of mental illness.

27mins

15 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Ep 302 - Sinners At Every Turn

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.

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29 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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Ep 105 - Two Souls

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, the Mormon-turned-mystic smokes an herbal mix and wanders into the woods... only to find himself face-to-face with the Devil himself. Will he give up his soul for the one thing he misses most?

3 Sep 2014

Rank #8

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Ep 202 - Good Luck Charm

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 took his life...and saved another.

20 May 2015

Rank #9

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Ep 112 - The Road Appearing

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 the clutches of the treacherous Sheriff.

17 Dec 2014

Rank #10

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EP 211 - By Blood or Bond

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.

6 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Ep 203 - Years of Mayhem

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 he has been bracing himself for? And later, we meet Warren Featherbone, a treasure hunter whose predisposition towards the arcane may be more hindrance than help. Will his dangerous profession catch up with him? Find out this week on PleasureTown.

2 Jun 2015

Rank #12

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Ep 210 - Of Such Metal

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 abuzz...as are the spirits who watch over them.

22 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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Ep 204 - Always Spot the Thorns

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 them to the stage. Finally, we are introduced to Evelyn, whose sister meets a smooth-talking man who threatens to tear them apart. Join us, won't you?

16 Jun 2015

Rank #14

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Ep 303 - Certain Dignity

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?

24mins

13 Jul 2016

Rank #15

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Ep 206 - History of Solitude

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 figure. What will old Cy make of this strange encounter?

14 Jul 2015

Rank #16

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Ep 304 - Heart Still Beating

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 PleasureTown to a fever pitch. Now, Remy must confront her inner demons with the help of a familiar face, or else succumb to the darkness within

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27 Jul 2016

Rank #17

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Ep 209 - Hunt Of The Hunter

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 the angry mob?

9 Sep 2015

Rank #18

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Ep 205 - Thinly Veiled Disguise

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 his arrival in PleasureTown.

30 Jun 2015

Rank #19

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Ep 208 - The Flames Rising

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 of Warren Featherbone, continues on his singular mission to recover the Cintamani Stone, which he believes will relieve him of the real Featherbone’s treachery.

25 Aug 2015

Rank #20