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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space. The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. His son Griffin, 7, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works.

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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space. The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. His son Griffin, 7, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works.

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#The best

By Oldtimerr - Jun 01 2019
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What is happening back in the future?

AWSOM!

By I WANT ONE NOW!!!!! - Jun 01 2019
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I LOVE FINN CASPIAN! BUT BEBOP IS THE BEST!

iTunes Ratings

1836 Ratings
Average Ratings
1485
161
70
44
76

#The best

By Oldtimerr - Jun 01 2019
Read more
What is happening back in the future?

AWSOM!

By I WANT ONE NOW!!!!! - Jun 01 2019
Read more
I LOVE FINN CASPIAN! BUT BEBOP IS THE BEST!
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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

Updated about 1 month ago

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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space. The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. His son Griffin, 7, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S4E1: The Room Behind the Room (Behind the Room)

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The Admirable Admiral Bunce, the nemesis of the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station has taken over the ship! And now all of the kid astronauts are held captive by him on the captain’s bridge. But a revolution is afoot, and a couple of old friends are here to help!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. This episode also uses music from Visager and Eric Skiff, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Mar 28 2018
22 mins
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Rank #2: Elias and the Double Eclipse

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Today we have a bonus episode, inspired by Monday's big solar eclipse! Elias sneaks off to a planet to witness a double eclipse, but gets a little more than he bargained for. Thanks to our friends at kid podcasts Ear Snacks and Brains On! for letting us play their solar eclipse songs in our episode. To hear their episodes:

Ear Snacks: Eclipse (Part 1)

Brains On! Everything you need to know about the eclipse

Also, if you're interested in learning about twin suns, there's this interesting article.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," and used via Creative Commons. We also played a song by Podington Bear, also via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Aug 17 2017
21 mins
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Rank #3: S5E1: Uh Oh, It's Magic!

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We’re back for season 5! Everyone returns to the Marlowe, but there's a danger aboard, and it isn't Bunce!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. This episode also uses music from Visager, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Oct 03 2018
23 mins
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Rank #4: S6E0: A Prologue

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This week, to kick off season six, we take a look back at the surprising history of the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. How was it built? Who built it? And what was its first mission like?

Check out our Patreon and consider supporting the show! Thanks!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. Other music is by Visager, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Mar 20 2019
19 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 2: Everybody Run!!!

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When last we saw Finn and the members of Explorers Troop 301, they were off limits in the Robot Factory, and someone was coming in the door to catch them. On today's show, we reveal who caught them redhanded, hear a dire warning for Finn, and then head to his birthday party where he'll finally get his robot. That is, unless something happens. But what could possibly happen?!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by a Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. Check them out! 

Here's our chat with Mo Willems.

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

And please do send us ideas, art, anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Aug 16 2016
25 mins
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Rank #6: Season 6 Preview and News

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Season 6 of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian starts on March 20! In the meantime, we have a little news. Check out our Patreon and reap the benefits!

Mar 06 2019
5 mins
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Rank #7: S6E1: Battery Pack

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Finn finds himself in a familiar place, but can’t seem to connect with the people there.

Check out our Patreon and consider supporting the show! Thanks!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. Other music is by Visager, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Mar 27 2019
21 mins
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Rank #8: S3E13: Later, Haters

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It's the finale of our third season! And the trouble only begins when Finn and Paige figure out the Puzzlemaster's final riddle. And then it turns out that trouble is only the beginning trouble that is followed by some much more serious tertiary trouble! So much trouble!

As always, I'm feeling a little emotional at the end of another season, and I want to say thanks to you parents who download the show, play it for your kids, ask them questions, read the books mentioned, encourage their interest in art, sound, literature, everything. Hearing from you and your hilarious, creative and imaginative kids is the best part of my week, every week. Thanks for everything.

We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out. 

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. 

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Dec 28 2017
27 mins
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Rank #9: S4E20: See You Laser, Alligator

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In the season four finale, Finn has given up and Bunce is ruler of the Marlowe. But thanks to a little ingenuity and an old friend, they’re able to make one last stand. But will it be enough?

To solve our season-ending puzzle, email us with subject line: Finale Puzzle.

Complete offer details are available at: https://www.kindsnacks.com/kidsoffer

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. This episode also uses music from Visager, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Jul 18 2018
25 mins
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Rank #10: S3E1: Birthday Surprise

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We're back for another season! In this week's episode, we introduce the central mystery of the season, and wonder what's up with Abigail's new robot!

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," and used via Creative Commons. We also played a song by Eric Skiff from his album, Resistor Anthems, also via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Oct 04 2017
26 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 3: Foggy

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After narrowly avoiding a very serious conflict with our introduction robot, we return to the action aboard the Marlowe. Finn and Abigail have to face off against three monster invaders. Will they be able to do it? 

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. Check them out! 

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Many thanks to Ty Poe and Mateo and Brogan and everyone else who has sent in art, jokes and ideas. Keep them coming!

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Aug 24 2016
24 mins
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Rank #12: Introducing Young Ben Franklin

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We're on vacation this week, but check out our new show coming out July 4th! Young Ben Franklin is historical fiction about 14-year-old Ben Franklin, and it’s for kids 8 and up. Subscribe in your favorite podcast or check it out on BestRobotEver.com.

Jun 20 2018
17 mins
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Rank #13: S3E12: The Puzzlemaster

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If Finn and Paige want to save their friends and family from the mysterious, mind-controlling alien, they're going to have to solve a complicated riddle. Meanwhile, a sentient darkness seems to be moving in over Vale and Elias. There's very little time left in this, our penultimate episode!

We need your help solving this week's riddle! Please help us out and e-mail your answers to earth@finncaspian.com.

We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out. 

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. 

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Dec 22 2017
24 mins
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Rank #14: S4E2: You Call That a Spaceship?!

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The explorers of Troop 301 are stuck on the Puzzlemaster’s planet, and have to find a way off. While the adults waste time in meetings, the kids find a back channel that could help them escape. But when they’re presented with their only option, they hesitate. Mostly because of the fire.

Take our poll about what the kids should do next!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. This episode also uses music from Visager and Eric Skiff, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Apr 04 2018
20 mins
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Rank #15: BeeBop Tales: Episode 1

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In this episode, BeeBop takes the controls to tell us his origin story, and about life on the world where he lived on before traveling to Earth. Listeners who have sent their art in to our robot will want to hear this one.

We always love art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

The intro/outro music is called Moondots and Polkabeams by Podington Bear, and was used via Creative Commons license.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Nov 23 2016
10 mins
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Rank #16: S5E11: Elf on the Self

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The explorers land on a strange planet, and are welcomed by a miniature army.

Take our poll to decide the fate of the explorers!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Dec 12 2018
27 mins
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Rank #17: S5E2: Rainbow Paige

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On this week’s episode, Paige and Finn start looking through the galactic maps, trying to find Proto, but Paige may have a shortcut.

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Oct 10 2018
18 mins
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Rank #18: S4E3: A Hero is Born

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Finn and his friends find a way to deal with the dragonship, at least at first. The ship proves difficult to handle, but not as hard to handle as a gas giant!

Here’s Avery’s podcast!

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. This episode also uses music from Visager, used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Apr 11 2018
21 mins
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Rank #19: S5E9: Pirates on Trial

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The kids get roped into playing some pirate games with serious consequences.

Also, contain your excitement, but we're starting up a monthly newsletter! It'll contain book recommendations, podcast recommendations, puzzles, jokes, news and more! Sign up here.We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Nov 28 2018
25 mins
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Rank #20: S2E1: The Rivalry

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NOTE: If you're new to the show, hi! And thanks! And stop! Start back with Episode 1 of Season 1. To everyone who's been waiting for Season 2 to start, thanks so much, and here we are! In this episode, the explorers start off on a different kind of adventure, which may seem like fun at first, but some unexpected visitors might change all of that.

You can find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

We always love sounds, art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com. And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Feb 07 2017
26 mins
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