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Greater Boston

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Rank #10 in Comedy Fiction category

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Greater Boston is an ongoing audio drama by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, set in an alternate Boston.

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Greater Boston is an ongoing audio drama by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, set in an alternate Boston.

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Fun, weird, and addictive

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I just started listening and I have to say, I am totally hooked. The surrealistic alternative Boston of this podcast and its inhabitants are weird, wild, and endearing. A lot of fun to listen to!

At first it was weird..

By Rainingpooh - Nov 25 2018
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It only got weirder. But what’s wrong with that? Love this show.

iTunes Ratings

219 Ratings
Average Ratings
194
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Fun, weird, and addictive

By katiathemick - Sep 23 2019
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I just started listening and I have to say, I am totally hooked. The surrealistic alternative Boston of this podcast and its inhabitants are weird, wild, and endearing. A lot of fun to listen to!

At first it was weird..

By Rainingpooh - Nov 25 2018
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It only got weirder. But what’s wrong with that? Love this show.
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Greater Boston

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Greater Boston is an ongoing audio drama by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, set in an alternate Boston.

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: Episode 1: Family Riddles

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This week in Greater Boston, we meet three siblings: baby brother Dimitri hunts the Sasquatch in "Part-Time Cryptozoologists;" middle child Nica rubs shoulders with celebrities in "The Famous Bobbin Winder;" and eldest brother Leon dies on a roller coaster in "Disaster Planning."

Content warnings at end of show notes. 

Production

Written and Produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason.

Recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Cast

  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stamatis (he/him)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him) and the Singer pitch man
  • Jeff Van Dreason as BB Bosco (he/him) and Someday Cafe MC

Interview clips gathered from greater Boston residents.

Music

  • Charlie on the MTA (intro/outro) is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Tosa Waltz (Part-Time Crypto Zoologists) composed by Michael Cassidy and performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Additional music (Big Book of Riddles) by David Fernandez.

Contact

Find us online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

E-mail us at info@GreaterBostonShow.com.

Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston.

Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterBostonShow

Greater Boston is written in part at The Writers' Room of Boston, a non-profit workspace for Boston-area writers. Find out more at www.WritersRoomofBoston.org.

Content warnings

  • Strong language
  • Death (Non-violent) (ambiguous suicide)
  • Severe Anxiety

Mar 15 2016

30mins

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Rank #2: Episode 25: But Perhaps There is a Key

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon. 

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Content warnings at end of show notes.

CAST In order of appearance, this episode featured:
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stamatis (he/him)
  • Kristen DiMercurio as Fake Nica (she/her)
  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • and James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him)
Also featuring:
  • Kenny Garcia as Greene (he/him)
  • Rick Zieff as Lawyer (he/him)
  • Greg Shea as Darby (he/him)
  • Ben Flaumenhaft as Uriah Connolly (he/him)
Interviews with real Greater Boston Residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA recorded by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Drive the Cold Winter Away performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Perterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Inexplicable Riddles theme by Dave Fernandez
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
  • Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch performed by Dirk Tiede
  Additional music and sounds used from public domain and creative commons sources.   Episode transcripts are posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com   If you’re enjoying Greater Boston, please consider donation to our Patreon campaign, where you can receive early access to new episodes, exclusive annotated transcripts, and Patron-only bonus audio!

CONTENT WARNINGS

  • Strong Language
  • Emotional instability
  • Severe, sudden grieving
  • Imprisonment 
  • Belief in scientology

Sep 04 2018

38mins

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Rank #3: Episode 2: Working on the Railroad

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This week in Greater Boston, we meet three travelers on The Red Line: A pregnant woman has cabin fever in "Charlotte on the MBTA;" A fiery eccentric proposes a radical plan in "The Mayor of The Red Line;" and Louisa tackles her oddest photography assignment ever in "Red Line Wedding."

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Content warnings at end of show notes.

Production

Written and Produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason.

Recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

Cast

  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • James Capobianco as The Mayor of the Red Line (he/him)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)

Also featuring Laura Cunningham, Alexander Danner, Ben Flaumenhaft, Marck Harmon, Jim Johanson, Mike Linden, Sam Musher, Julia Propp, and Jeff Vandreason as Red Line Advertisements.

Interview clips gathered from greater Boston residents.

Music

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Dream Music by Jeff Van Dreason.
  • Drum tracks by Jim Johanson.
  • Wedding music by Dave Fernandez.
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe is performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson, and Dirk Tiede.

Some music and sound effects used from public domain and creative commons sources.

Contact

Find us online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

E-mail us at info@GreaterBostonShow.com.

Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston.

Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterBostonShow

Greater Boston is written in part at The Writers' Room of Boston, a non-profit workspace for Boston-area writers. Find out more at www.WritersRoomofBoston.org.

Content warnings:

  • Strong language
  • Prenatal depression
  • Discussion of death
  • Ostentatious displays of wealth

Mar 29 2016

32mins

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Rank #4: Episode 35: I Am Who I Am, We Are Who We Are

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

Content warnings at end of show notes.

Thank you to our Patreon supporter Rasmus! You to can support us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston

CAST

This episode featured:

  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer Coolidge (she/her)
  • Julia Morizawa as Omi Ogawa (she/her)
  • Mario de Rosa Jr as Isaiah Powell (he/him)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Julia Schifini as 23 Skidoo (she/her)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa (she/her)
  • Jake Del Rio as Fox Fossil (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him) and Paul Chelmsworth (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Jim Johanson as Rusty (he/him)
  • Jordan Higgs as Ethan Bespin (he/him)
  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stamatis (he/him)

With Tanja Milojevic, Jack Pevyhouse, (and Alex Welch) as MBTA commuters

MUSIC

  • Charlie on the MTA by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Childgrove by Dirk Tiede

Gigantic Greater Boston thank you to Great Lakes USA for allowing us to use their song The Best Band at O'Brien's. If you like what you heard click here to check out their Bandcamp page for more songs.

Transcripts available at GreaterBostonShow.com

Content Warnings

  • Strong Language
  • Kidnapping
  • Medical Experimentation
  • Rescue Attempt Tension
  • Alcohol Consumed
  • Loud punk rock
  • Threatening Robots
  • References to Alcoholism
  • Chainsaws
  • Gobbling Turkeys as Boxing Noises

Mar 12 2019

35mins

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Rank #5: Episode 26: Reputable Citizens

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon. 

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.   Content warnings at end of show notes.   Have you visited the Greater Boston Etsy shop? We've got shirts, mugs, posters, and probably some other stuff that we hadn't thought of yet at the time we recorded this! 

CAST

This episode featured: 

  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Julia Schifini as 23 Skidoo (she/her)
  • Jake Del Rio as Fox Fossil (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him) 
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • Tanja Milojevich as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Chad Ellis as Vincenzo (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)

Additional Voices 

  • Vilte Baliutaviciute 
  • Ryan Estrada 
  • Kenny Garcia 
  • JV Hampton-VanSant 
  • James Hartley 
  • Colin Kelly 
  • Mike McQuilkin 
  • Ebi Poweigha 
  • Eric SiIver 

MUSIC

  • Charlie on the MTA by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede 
  • Train Jam by Adrienne Howard and Emily Peterson 
  • Isolated by Kevin McCleod 
  • Drums by Jim Johanson 

Transcripts are available at GreaterBostonShow.com.    Content Notes:

  • Strong language
  • Racism
  • No, Emily, God, just shut up already
  • Stigmatizing of mental health issues

Sep 18 2018

35mins

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Rank #6: Episode 27: Doors, Knocks, Keys, Locks

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

Thank you to our sponsor, Porter Square Books! Use the code Greater18 to get 20% off Her Body & Other Parties and any other great books at portersquarebooks.com.

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Content warnings at end of show notes.

CAST

In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Mario DaRosa Jr as Isaiah Powell (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • and Jake Del Rio as Fox Fossil (he/him)

Also featuring:

  • Kenny Garcia as Red Line Desk Jockey With:
  • Bridge Geene
  • Amanda McSweeney-Geehan
  • Michelle Nickolaisen
  • Paul Miscavage
  • And Jack Pevyhouse as: Red Line Protestors

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.

MUSIC

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Reels performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Childgrove performed by Adrienne Howard and Dirk Tiede.

Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.

Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

Special thanks to our Greater Bostonian level Patron Bridge, who appeared in this episode, and edits the fantastic audio drama Tides, which recently wrapped up their first season. Check it out!

CONTENT WARNINGS

  • Strong language
  • Depictions of institutionalized racism
  • Racist protesting
  • Racism
  • Scenes set in prison environments.
  • Possible depictions of PTSD

Oct 02 2018

38mins

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Rank #7: Episode 13: Mayor Linzer-Coolidge and the Lottery

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.

You can follow Greater Boston on Twitter @InGreaterBoston. And you can help keep the show running by supporting our Patreon campaign, or by sharing the show with your friends.

Episode transcripts posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

CAST

In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Summer Unsinn as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • James Capobianco as the Mayor of the Red Line (he/him)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • James Johanson as Rusty the MBTA Driver (he/him)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Lousia Alvarez (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.

MUSIC

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Train Jam performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Dream music by Jeff Van Dreason
  • Drum tracks by Jim Johanson

Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.

  CONTENT WARNINGS
  • Strong Language

Jan 24 2017

33mins

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Rank #8: Episode 24: Quitters

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.Content warnings at bottom of show notes.   CAST In order of appearance, this episode featured:
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer Coolidge (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • Beth Eyre as Autumn West (she/her)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stmatis (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Paul Montgomery Chelmsworth (he/him)
Also featuring Julian Danner as Ada West, Julia Schifini as Red Line officer, Sarah Golding as the TV News Anchor and Eli Barraza as the TV news interviewer.   Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Train Jam, Farwell to Nigg and Childgrove performed by Adrienne Howard Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede. Tam Lin Set by Dirk Tiede
  • Dream music by Jeff Van Dreason
  • Drums by Jim Johanson.
  • Golden Riddles, Echoes and Points (Act II) by Lloyd Rodgers.
  • Isolated by Kevin McLeod
  Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Special recording thanks this season to Andy Goddard and Mischa Stanton. Huge thank you to all our season two guest stars.   You can catch Beth Eyre in Wooden Overcoats, Hector Versus the Future and the Beef and Dairy Network. Julia Schifini is the co-host of the brilliantly funny and spookily-informative Spirits podcast.   Sarah Golding is the co-host of the Audio Drama Production Podcast and appears in several wonderful audio dramas   And Eli Barraza is the creator, writer and main voice actor of the fantastic new audio drama, The Far Meridian. Do check those out.   CONTACT Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com. You can also find our shop there! Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston Follow us on Tumblr at greaterblogston.tumblr.com E-mail us at info@greaterbostonshow.com   DEDICATION This season is dedicated to our Gal Friday, Melissa Panio-Petersen. Thank you for everything you do for us.   CONTENT WARNINGS
  • Strong Language
  • Kidnapping/imprisonment
  • Divorce
  • Discussions of racism
  • General despair

Jun 27 2017

58mins

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Rank #9: Episode 14: The Watcher Over Third-Sight

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.   You can follow Greater Boston on Twitter @InGreaterBoston. And you can help keep the show running by supporting our Patreon campaign, or by sharing the show with your friends.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.   Content warnings at end of show notes.   CAST   This episode featured:
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • Richard Penner as Tinker in Taunton (he/him)
  • Iri Alexander as Vax Victim in San Bernadino
  • Alexander Danner as the Narrator (he/him)
  • Arun Sanuti as Tyrell Fredericks (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Extinction Event Poletti (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him) and the Street Prosletyzer
Tanja Miloyevich, Sam Musher, Jim Johanson, Ben Flaumenhaft, and Rick Coste as ThirdSight Employees   Interviews conducted with real Greater Boston residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA is recorded by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Mechanical by Dave Fernandez
  • Lifelist by Dave Lewis
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
    CONTENT WARNINGS
  • Manipulative behavior
  • References to alcoholism
  • Strong language

Feb 07 2017

37mins

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Rank #10: Episode 22: Chuck Octagon's News 7 Wedding Special, Live from Red Line, with Special Guest Andy Wood

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Note: This episode has some particularly intense moments. Content warnings at end of show notes.

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.   Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston or on Tumblr at GreaterBlogston   CAST   In order of appearance, this episode featured:
  • Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer Coolidge (she/her)
  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • Marck Harmon as Special Guest Andy Wood (he/him)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer Coolidge (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Beth Eyre as Autumn West (she/her)
  • Mike Melia as Phil West (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • Mario DeRosa as Isaiah Powell (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  Also featuring Iri Alexander, Laura Bramblette, Rick Coste, Sean Howard, and Eli McIlveen as panicked party-goers.   Interviews with real Greater Boston Residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA (both versions) and Cotton Eye Joe recorded by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson, and Dirk Tiede.
  • Kentucky Mule by Tate Peterson
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
  Additional music and sounds used from public domain and creative commons sources.   Transcripts are posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com   CONTENT WARNINGS
  • Surgical imagery
  • Racial profiling
  • Crowds in peril
  • Sounds of panic/distress
  • Sudden loud noises suggestive of violence
  • Public disaster/destruction
  • Scald injury
  • Strong language
  • New Coke

May 30 2017

34mins

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Rank #11: Episode 3: Professional Prognostication

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This week in Greater Boston, Gemma receives an anniversary gift from ThirdSight Media and immediately begins plotting its destruction in "The Crystal Ball;" Leon applies for a job from beyond the grave in "Will and Determination;" and Michael is not quite as down on his luck as he thinks in "Guy Without Truck."

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Content Warnings at end of show notes.

Production

Written and Produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason.

Recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

Cast

  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Arun Sannuti as Tyrell Fredericks (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as Guy Who Needs Truck (he/him)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)

Also featuring Laura Cunningham, Ben Flaumenhaft, Jim Johanson, Mike Linden, Sam Musher, and Jeff Vandreason as Letters to Persephone.

Interview clips gathered from greater Boston residents.

Music

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Shove that Pig's Foot a Little Farther in the Fire performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson, and Dirk Tiede.

Some music and sound effects used from public domain and creative commons sources.

Contact

Find us online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

E-mail us at info@GreaterBostonShow.com.

Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston.

Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterBostonShow

Greater Boston is written in part at The Writers' Room of Boston, a non-profit workspace for Boston-area writers. Find out more at www.WritersRoomofBoston.org.

Content Warnings

  • Strong language
  • Adult themes
  • Depictions of binge drinking/alcoholism
  • Brief scatological humor.

Note: Ingesting glass powder will cause severe internal harm! For real, don't do that!

Apr 12 2016

32mins

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Rank #12: Episode 23: On the Advice of Mary Wollstonecraft

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.Content warnings at end of show notes.   ANNOUNCEMENT Good news! We now have official Greater Boston merchandise! You can get Greater Boston posters illustrated by the voice of Leon Stamatis himself, Braden Lamb! Coffee mugs featuring Braden’s poster art or Mallory’s immortal line: “The willow lark fucks a scone by moonlight,” or postcards featuring fan art of the Stamatis siblings, illustrated by Grace Parker! All of that is available through our shop at GreaterBostonShow.com.   CAST In order of appearance, this episode featured:
  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • and Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory (she/her)
 Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Drive the Cold Winter Away performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch performed by Dirk Tiede.
  Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.   Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.   Content Warnings
  • Strong language
  • Discussion of systemic racism
  • Emotional distress

Jun 13 2017

36mins

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Rank #13: Episode 21: Liars & Legerdemain

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.   CAST In order of appearance, this episode featured:
  • Richard Wentworth as the ThirdSight Media Spokesman
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • Michael Melia as Phil (he/him)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
Also featuring Mikchael McQuilkin, Mike Linden, Marck Harmon, and Ben Flaumenhaft as ThirdSight Commercial voices.   Interviews with real Greater Boston Residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA recorded by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Tam Lin Set with Tam Lin (comp. Davey Arthur) / Catharsis (Amy Cann) / The Fatal Rum Punch (Liz Donaldson) performed by Dirk Tiede
  • Childgrove by Adrienne Howard and Dirk Tiede
  • Shove that Pig’s Foot a Little Farther in the Fire by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson, and Dirk Tiede
  • He Who Destroys Everything by ArtOfEscapism
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
  Additional music and sounds used from public domain and creative commons sources.   Be sure to check out the hilarious inter dimensional comedy, Hadron Gospel Hour by our guests Rich Wentworth and Mike McQuilkin!   Episode transcripts are posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com

CONTENT WARNINGS

  • Strong Language

  • Manipulative behavior

May 16 2017

32mins

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Rank #14: Episode 20: Criminals

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.Content Warnings at end of show notes.   CAST In order of appearance, this episode featured:
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him)
  • Beth Eyre as Autumn West (she/her)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Jim Johanson as Rusty the MBTA driver (he/him), the cheese robot and Jonas (he/him)
  • Arun Sanuti as Tyrell Fredericks (he/him)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
Also featuring MJ Cogburn, Hari Rai Khalsa, Maxximillian Dafoe, Tanja Milojevic, Ben Flaumenhaft, Rick Coste, Iri Alexander, Shane Harris, Zoe Embler and Sarah Golding as Third Sight Employees.   Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.   MUSIC
  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Isolation by Kevin MacLeod
  • Unseen Green by David Lewis
  • Childgrove by Dirk Tiede
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.    Check out the shows from several of our special guests, including Radiation World, Mollyville, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, the Audio Drama Production Podcast, Rick Coste Productions and Darker Projects productions.   Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston   Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.   CONTENT NOTES
  • Strong language
  • Criminal behavior
  • Discussion of true crime, including murder

May 02 2017

35mins

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Rank #15: Episode 12: Outbound

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This week, in Greater Boston: Dimitri explores an ancient city in “To Atlantis;” Gemma explores a brand new city in “To Braintree;” and Nica goes back to where it all began in “To Wonderland.” All of that in the season finale of Greater Boston: Outbound.

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Content warnings at end of show notes.

Production

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

Cast

In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stamatis (he/him)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alverez (she/her)
  • Braden Lamb Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • and Mike Linden as the mysterious stranger (he/him)

Also featuring Jim Johanson as Nick, Marc Harmon, Sam Musher and Jeff Van Dreason as Nick’s customers.

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.

Music

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • To Atlantis is performed by David Fernandez
  • Golden Riddles, Echoes and Points (Act III) by Lloyd Rodgers
  • Funeral Chorale by Emily Peterson
  • Drum tracks by Jim Johanson

Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.

Contact

Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

Follow us on Twitter at InGreaterBoston.

Greater Boston is written in part at The Writers' Room of Boston, a non-profit workspace for Boston-area writers. Find out more at WritersRoomofBoston.org.

Dedication

This episode is dedicated to the memories of Amanda Phillips, Allison Warmuth and our teacher Betsy Carpenter.

Content Notes

  • Strong Language
  • Apocalyptic imagery 

Aug 16 2016

44mins

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Rank #16: Episode 34: The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.   Content warnings at end of show notes.   You can follow Greater Boston on Twitter @InGreaterBoston or on Tumblr at GreaterBlogston.tumblr.com. Follow us there for news, updates, and behind the scenes chat about the show!   Thank you to Patreon supporters Bridge and Rasmus! You to can support us on Patreon at GreaterBoston.Patreon.com!   CAST   This Episode featured
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti (he/him)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Mario Da Rosa Jr. as Isaiah Powell (he/him)
  • Julia Morizawa as Omi Ogawa (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Tanja Milojevich as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stamatis (he/him)
  • Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory (she/her)
  • Kristin DiMercurio as Fake Nica (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer Coolidge (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
and additional voice by Vilte Baliutaviciute   MUSIC Charlie on the MTA and Tosa Waltz by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede Shove that Pig’s Foot a Little Farther in the Fire by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson, and Dirk Tiede Scottish Surf by Dirk Tiede Tam Lin set — comp. Davey Arthur, Amy Cann, and Liz Donaldson, and performed by Dirk Tiede Cheese Robot Theme (I can’t remember the actual title?) by Broke Yeti   Transcripts available at GreaterBostonShow.comContent Warnings
  • Strong Language
  • Ominous Cheese Robots
  • Impending homelessness
  • Depictions of panic/distress
  • More Ominous Cheese Robots
  • Institutional racism
  • Starvation
  • Alcoholic rationalizations
  • Appearance of death
  • Uh oh, Cheese Robots!

Feb 26 2019

40mins

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Rank #17: Episode 31: Election Day - Part 1

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.

Ready for more Greater Boston? Go ahead and listen to Episode 31: Election Day - Part 2. Ready for your ears right now. The thrilling conclusion of our midseason-finale.

In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Professor Paul Montgomery Chelmsworth (he/him)
  • James Johanson as Rusty (he/him)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Jordan Higgs as Ethan Bespin (he/him)
  • James Johnston as Dimitri Stamatis (he/him)
  • Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory (she/her)
  • Kristen DiMercurio as Fake Nica (she/her)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)

Also featuring:

  • Richard Penner as Tinker / Thomas (he/him)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Wanda (she/her)
  • Jack Pevyhouse (Check out Forest Guide, coming soon)
  • Lucille Valentine (Find her @severelytrans on twitter)
  • and Graham Rowat: as political participants. (Check out Theatre of Tomorrow). 
  • And Kenny Garcia as Spencer Greene (he/him)

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.MUSIC:

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Drums by Jim Johanson.
  • Broke Yeti by Ryan Estrada.

Thanks: Special thanks to Chelsea Spear for letting us record her busking version of her beautiful song Hot Paintings for this episode. Check out Chelsea’s YouTube Channel or find her on Twitter @TravelsWithBrindle Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com. Special thanks to our Patrons Bridge and Rasmus. Bridge edits the incredible audio dramas Tides and Arden. Check them out! If you’re interested in supporting Greater Boston, visit our Patreon.

CONTENT WARNINGS

  • Strong language
  • Political Manipulation and Deception
  • Racism (institutional and otherwise)
  • Threat of violence concerning New England Patriots
  • Possibility of being caught in escalator

Nov 27 2018

39mins

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Rank #18: Episode 16: Extinction Event at the Olive Garden

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.   You can support the show through our Patreon campaign or by leaving us a rating and review on iTunes.   You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.Content warnings at end of show notes.     CAST   This episode featured:  
  • Tanja Milojevic as Wanda (she/her)
  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory (she/her)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis (she/her)
  • James Capobianco as Extinction Event Poletti (he/him)
  • David Rheinstrom as the Red Line Wedding Pitch Man
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer Coolidge (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Mike Linden as Oliver West (he/him)
  • With Marck Harmon, Tanja Milojevich, Lydia Anderson, Jim Johanson, and Rick Coste as additional wedding voices.
Interviews conducted with real greater Boston residents.   MUSIC
  • Both versions of Charlie on the MTA recorded by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Golden Slippers by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson, and Dirk Tiede
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
  • Tarantalla performed by the US Air Force Band
  • Robot Beat by Broke Yeti
Content Warnings
  • Strong Language
  • Drug use
  • References to public urination/defecation/masturbation

Mar 07 2017

29mins

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Rank #19: Episode 19: Profiles with Chuck Octagon, Election Special

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Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon. 

You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston.

Content warnings after show notes.

PRODUCTION

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In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as The Mayor of the Red Line (he/him)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Lydia Andersona as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Mario Da Rosa Jr. as Isaiah Powell (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)

Also featuring Julian Danner as Young Monty and Ben Flaumenhaft as the Red Line official.

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.

MUSIC

  • Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
  • Haul Away Joe and Train Jam performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede
  • Dream music by Jeff Van Dreason
  • Drums by Jim Johanson
  • Robot beat by Broke Yeti

Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.

CONTACT

Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com, and you can follows us on Twitter @InGreaterBoston.

Follow us on Twitter @InGreaterBoson

Content Warnings

  • Strong Language
  • Abandonment
  • Phobic panic response
  • Discussion of historic racial violence against children

Apr 18 2017

36mins

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Rank #20: Halloween Special: Spirits of Greater Boston

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Content notes at end of show notes.

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.   The Spirits Podcast is by Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini   Spirits of Greater Boston was arranged by Alexander Danner & Jeff Van Dreason, and improvised by Amanda McLoughlin, Julia Schifini, and James Oliva.

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with recording and technical assistance from Marck Harmon.    You can support Greater Boston on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/GreaterBoston. 

CAST

This episode featured:
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
and our very special guests:
  • Julia Schifini and Amanda McLoughlin as Julia Schifini and Amanda McLoughlin
We are so thoroughly delighted to have Amanda and Julia join us for this Spirits Podcast / Greater Boston crossover! If you’re not listening to the Spirits Podcast, then you are making a mistake. Every episode features Amanda and Julia discussing real myths and urban legends from around the world, accompanied by drinks. These are two smart, incredibly funny, and usually slightly inebriated ladies. Their show 100% fun, with a side of cultural education. You really have to go check it out.   And if you want more creepy goodness this Halloween, please check out What’s the Frequency?, a psychedelic noir audio drama, written by James Oliva and produced by me: Alexander Danner! Find it on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.   The Spirits Podcast Theme is by Kevin McLeod.   Charlie on the MTA is recorded by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.   Content notes:
  • Strong language
  • Alcohol
  • Reference to alcoholism
  • Reference to death

Oct 31 2017

35mins

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