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The Orbiting Human Circus

Rank #135 in History category

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Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season one of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.

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Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season one of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.

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So very confused

By 24688642krissy - Jan 30 2019
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I tried listening through several episodes since some shows can take a bit of time to find the groove but I’m throwing in the towel. What’s the plot? The ramblings of the janitor may be interesting to some but I just couldn’t.

Loved it.

By atinytie - Oct 29 2018
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I’m patiently waiting for a second season.

iTunes Ratings

822 Ratings
Average Ratings
647
96
40
16
23

So very confused

By 24688642krissy - Jan 30 2019
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I tried listening through several episodes since some shows can take a bit of time to find the groove but I’m throwing in the towel. What’s the plot? The ramblings of the janitor may be interesting to some but I just couldn’t.

Loved it.

By atinytie - Oct 29 2018
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I’m patiently waiting for a second season.

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The Orbiting Human Circus

Rank #135 in History category

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Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season one of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.

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Rank #1: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony: An Orbiting Human Circus Holiday Special

Nov 20 2018
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Welcome to what has become a wintertime tradition here in Orbiting Human Circus-land! The 2nd Imaginary Symphony was originally recorded from 1999–2001 in Athens, Georgia, and New York City by a group of best friends. It was first broadcast on WNYC in 2002, so it feels special to share it now through WNYC, as well as to share it again with the Night Vale Presents family, many of whom are already familiar with it. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season from all of us here at The Orbiting Human Circus! Narrated by Brian Dewan. The Orbiting Human Circus is a co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.  

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Rank #2: Episode 8 – Season Finale Director’s Cut (Special Edition)

May 21 2018
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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Today, Julian reveals the real ending of the season for the very first time with a new director’s cut of the Season Finale. The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. If you liked the songs the Janitor sang on the show, you can get them on a new EP by the Music Tapes called “The Orbiting Human Circus,” out now on Merge Records. Get it at mergerecords.com. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

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Rank #3: Episode 7 (Special Edition)

May 20 2018
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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus www.orbitinghumancircus.com  

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Rank #4: Episode 6 (Special Edition)

May 19 2018
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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor! Starring Larry “Ratso” Sloman as The Santa Claus, John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus;www.orbitinghumancircus.com  

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Rank #5: Episode 5 (Special Edition)

May 18 2018
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This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, with Cecil Baldwin, Ben Chase, and JJ Gonson as Third Grade Teacher Whistling the Sabre Dance. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

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Rank #6: Episode 4 – The Janitor's Nights (Special Edition)

May 17 2018
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This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wanders Paris by night. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, and Brian Dewan as the Spokesperson of the Perpetual Broadcasting Corporation. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits: www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus www.orbitinghumancircus.com

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Rank #7: Episode 3 (Special Edition)

May 16 2018
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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Will the famed storytelling cricket (Tim Robbins) return? Plus, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis perform Shakespeare as you’ve never heard it and the janitor pushes host John Cameron to the very brink. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia, with Tim Robbins as the Cricket, Charlie Day as Macbeth, Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Lady Macbeth, and the Alicia Svigals Klezmer Ensemble featuring the late Evan Harlan (Julian's uncle) on accordion and North the Singing Saw. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com

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Rank #8: Episode 2 – The Cricket (Special Edition)

May 15 2018
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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear Mandy Patinkin perform an extraordinary musicological demonstration and a cricket (Tim Robbins) spin the spellbinding tale of Ladislas Koskovsky. Plus, learn the remarkable history of Julian the janitor’s famous great-grandfather. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

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Rank #9: Episode 1 (Special Edition)

May 14 2018
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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Welcome to the world of The Orbiting Human Circus: discover the surreally impossible radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower, meet the lonely janitor who longs to become part of it, and settle in for the chilling tale of Goolsby and Rue. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

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Rank #10: A Special Presentation from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents

May 10 2018
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A special new edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents, with brand new episode-by-episode behind-the-scenes commentary and a director’s cut of the season finale. Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season One of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Listen and subscribe to the Orbiting Human Circus now wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus http://www.orbitinghumancircus.com

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Rank #11: A Special Message (while Season Two is under construction)

Apr 26 2018
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Mysterious and special things are about to happen. In the meantime, listen to An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony now, before it disappears for a while, or download a copy here: https://bit.ly/2I3YwAg More soon at orbitinghumancircus.com

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Rank #12: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 5

Jul 05 2017
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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday from May through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast.  Go to HelloFresh.com and use the code OHC30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available only through July 6: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster, Performed by Brian Dewan, and  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman, With Augustus Plumb as Himself, 2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes, PBC Music by Thomas Hughes, Sound Effects and Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum, Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris, Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

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Rank #13: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 4

Jun 21 2017
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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Send us your questions to podcast@orbitinghumancircus.com — we’ll answer some on our bonus Episode 5. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc.    Thank you to our sponsor Merge Records, the North Carolina label that has been putting out independent music since 1989. Check out The Janitor's songs from the first season of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) — available digitally now — and check back for more information on a very special limited-edition 10-inch coming soon! For 20% off your purchase at mergerecords.com, enter code OHC at checkout. For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available only through July 6: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster, Performed by Brian Dewan, Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman, With Augustus Plumb as Himself, 2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes, PBC Music by Thomas Hughes, Sound Effects and Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum, Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris, Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

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Rank #14: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 3

Jun 07 2017
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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc.    For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available only through July 6: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan,  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,  With  Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Sound Effects and Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

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Rank #15: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 2

May 24 2017
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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc.    Taking place at the Javits Center in New York City on June 3 & 4, 2017, BookCon is where storytelling and pop culture collide. Guests include Kevin Hart, Veronica Roth, Krysten Ritter, Bill Nye, Marc Maron, Mayim Bialik and many, many more! For more information and tickets, go to TheBookCon.com. For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available for a limited time: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. The Orbiting Human Circus is on tour now! Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orkestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus in May and June 2017. For upcoming North American tour dates: www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows.   Written, directed, and audio produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan,  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,  With Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

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Rank #16: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 1

May 10 2017
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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, premiering on May 10, 2017 with new episodes every other Wednesday through July 7, 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orkestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus in May and June 2017. For upcoming North American tour dates, visit www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc. Written, directed, and audio produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan,  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman, With  Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Sound Effects/Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, Fun Machine by Jeremy Barnes, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

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Rank #17: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Trailer

May 03 2017
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An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony. Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who disappeared, one who ran away, and the secret of how clouds are born. The 2nd Imaginary Symphony premieres on May 10, 2017, with four new episodes — followed by a bonus fifth episode — to be released every other Wednesday. Part of the Night Vale Presents network, www.nightvalepresents.com. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast player via orbitinghumancircus.libsyn.com. The Orbiting Human Circus is on tour in May and June 2017! Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orchestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus. For dates, www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan, and Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,  with  Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Sound Effects/Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro,  Fun Machine by Jeremy Barnes, and Logo by Julian Koster.

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Rank #18: A Scene: At the Eiffel Tower (and an announcement)

Apr 19 2017
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The Janitor and the Narrator have a discussion. For May and June 2017 U.S. tour dates, go to www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows.  The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes. Full credits: www.orbitinghumancircus.com Part of the Night Vale Presents network: www.nightvalepresents.com

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Rank #19: Season One, Bonus Episode (your questions)

Feb 08 2017
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Julian reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets and stories of the Orbiting Human Circus (and answers your questions!) in this special bonus episode. If you liked the songs the Janitor sang on the show, you can get them on a new EP by the Music Tapes called The Orbiting Human Circus, out on Merge Records on February 10, 2017 (and available for pre-order on February 8). For more information, go to mergerecords.com or orbitinghumancircus.com. We will be back with Season Two! In the meantime, keep checking orbitinghumancircus.com for news about 2017 tour dates and a different Orbiting Human Circus podcast to come this spring! Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans for supporting our show. Check out Rocket Mortgage’s transparent, totally online home loan process today at QuickenLoans.com/OHC. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes. Full credits: www.orbitinghumancircus.com Part of the Night Vale Presents network: www.nightvalepresents.com

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Rank #20: Season One, Episode 8

Jan 25 2017
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The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Drew Callander, and Susannah Flood, with Cecil Baldwin and Shannon Conley. 2017 tour dates—and other exciting announcements—coming soon at www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows. Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans and Blue Apron for supporting our show. Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free—with free shipping—by going to BlueApron.com/OHC, and check out Rocket Mortgage's transparent, totally online home loan process today at QuickenLoans.com/OHC. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes. Full credits: www.orbitinghumancircus.com Part of the Night Vale Presents network: www.nightvalepresents.com

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Rank #1: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony: An Orbiting Human Circus Holiday Special

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Welcome to what has become a wintertime tradition here in Orbiting Human Circus-land! The 2nd Imaginary Symphony was originally recorded from 1999–2001 in Athens, Georgia, and New York City by a group of best friends. It was first broadcast on WNYC in 2002, so it feels special to share it now through WNYC, as well as to share it again with the Night Vale Presents family, many of whom are already familiar with it. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season from all of us here at The Orbiting Human Circus! Narrated by Brian Dewan. The Orbiting Human Circus is a co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.  

Nov 20 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 8 – Season Finale Director’s Cut (Special Edition)

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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Today, Julian reveals the real ending of the season for the very first time with a new director’s cut of the Season Finale. The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. If you liked the songs the Janitor sang on the show, you can get them on a new EP by the Music Tapes called “The Orbiting Human Circus,” out now on Merge Records. Get it at mergerecords.com. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

May 21 2018
32 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 7 (Special Edition)

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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus www.orbitinghumancircus.com  

May 20 2018
28 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 6 (Special Edition)

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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor! Starring Larry “Ratso” Sloman as The Santa Claus, John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus;www.orbitinghumancircus.com  

May 19 2018
31 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 5 (Special Edition)

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This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, with Cecil Baldwin, Ben Chase, and JJ Gonson as Third Grade Teacher Whistling the Sabre Dance. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

May 18 2018
29 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 4 – The Janitor's Nights (Special Edition)

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This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wanders Paris by night. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, and Brian Dewan as the Spokesperson of the Perpetual Broadcasting Corporation. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits: www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus www.orbitinghumancircus.com

May 17 2018
28 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 3 (Special Edition)

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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Will the famed storytelling cricket (Tim Robbins) return? Plus, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis perform Shakespeare as you’ve never heard it and the janitor pushes host John Cameron to the very brink. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia, with Tim Robbins as the Cricket, Charlie Day as Macbeth, Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Lady Macbeth, and the Alicia Svigals Klezmer Ensemble featuring the late Evan Harlan (Julian's uncle) on accordion and North the Singing Saw. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com

May 16 2018
30 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 2 – The Cricket (Special Edition)

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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear Mandy Patinkin perform an extraordinary musicological demonstration and a cricket (Tim Robbins) spin the spellbinding tale of Ladislas Koskovsky. Plus, learn the remarkable history of Julian the janitor’s famous great-grandfather. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

May 15 2018
39 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 1 (Special Edition)

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This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Welcome to the world of The Orbiting Human Circus: discover the surreally impossible radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower, meet the lonely janitor who longs to become part of it, and settle in for the chilling tale of Goolsby and Rue. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com  

May 14 2018
36 mins
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Rank #10: A Special Presentation from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents

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A special new edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents, with brand new episode-by-episode behind-the-scenes commentary and a director’s cut of the season finale. Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season One of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Listen and subscribe to the Orbiting Human Circus now wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus http://www.orbitinghumancircus.com

May 10 2018
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Rank #11: A Special Message (while Season Two is under construction)

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Mysterious and special things are about to happen. In the meantime, listen to An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony now, before it disappears for a while, or download a copy here: https://bit.ly/2I3YwAg More soon at orbitinghumancircus.com

Apr 26 2018
1 min
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Rank #12: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 5

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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday from May through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast.  Go to HelloFresh.com and use the code OHC30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available only through July 6: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster, Performed by Brian Dewan, and  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman, With Augustus Plumb as Himself, 2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes, PBC Music by Thomas Hughes, Sound Effects and Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum, Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris, Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

Jul 05 2017
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #13: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 4

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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Send us your questions to podcast@orbitinghumancircus.com — we’ll answer some on our bonus Episode 5. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc.    Thank you to our sponsor Merge Records, the North Carolina label that has been putting out independent music since 1989. Check out The Janitor's songs from the first season of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) — available digitally now — and check back for more information on a very special limited-edition 10-inch coming soon! For 20% off your purchase at mergerecords.com, enter code OHC at checkout. For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available only through July 6: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster, Performed by Brian Dewan, Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman, With Augustus Plumb as Himself, 2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes, PBC Music by Thomas Hughes, Sound Effects and Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum, Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris, Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

Jun 21 2017
23 mins
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Rank #14: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 3

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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc.    For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available only through July 6: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan,  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,  With  Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Sound Effects and Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

Jun 07 2017
21 mins
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Rank #15: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 2

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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, with 4 new episodes and a special bonus episode, every other Wednesday through July 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc.    Taking place at the Javits Center in New York City on June 3 & 4, 2017, BookCon is where storytelling and pop culture collide. Guests include Kevin Hart, Veronica Roth, Krysten Ritter, Bill Nye, Marc Maron, Mayim Bialik and many, many more! For more information and tickets, go to TheBookCon.com. For OHC t-shirts and posters — including two new 2nd Imaginary Symphony t-shirt designs, available for a limited time: https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus. The Orbiting Human Circus is on tour now! Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orkestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus in May and June 2017. For upcoming North American tour dates: www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows.   Written, directed, and audio produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan,  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,  With Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

May 24 2017
20 mins
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Rank #16: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 1

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Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, premiering on May 10, 2017 with new episodes every other Wednesday through July 7, 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network. Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orkestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus in May and June 2017. For upcoming North American tour dates, visit www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/ohc. Written, directed, and audio produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan,  Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman, With  Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Sound Effects/Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro, Fun Machine by Jeremy Barnes, and  Logo by Julian Koster. For more information, see www.orbitinghumancircus.com or search for Orbiting Human Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more about Night Vale Presents, go to www.nightvalepresents.com.

May 10 2017
24 mins
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Rank #17: An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Trailer

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An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony. Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who disappeared, one who ran away, and the secret of how clouds are born. The 2nd Imaginary Symphony premieres on May 10, 2017, with four new episodes — followed by a bonus fifth episode — to be released every other Wednesday. Part of the Night Vale Presents network, www.nightvalepresents.com. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast player via orbitinghumancircus.libsyn.com. The Orbiting Human Circus is on tour in May and June 2017! Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orchestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus. For dates, www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows. Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster,  Performed by Brian Dewan, and Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,  with  Augustus Plumb as Himself,  2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes,  PBC Music by Thomas Hughes,  Sound Effects/Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum,  Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris,  Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro,  Fun Machine by Jeremy Barnes, and Logo by Julian Koster.

May 03 2017
2 mins
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Rank #18: A Scene: At the Eiffel Tower (and an announcement)

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The Janitor and the Narrator have a discussion. For May and June 2017 U.S. tour dates, go to www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows.  The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes. Full credits: www.orbitinghumancircus.com Part of the Night Vale Presents network: www.nightvalepresents.com

Apr 19 2017
1 min
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Rank #19: Season One, Bonus Episode (your questions)

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Julian reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets and stories of the Orbiting Human Circus (and answers your questions!) in this special bonus episode. If you liked the songs the Janitor sang on the show, you can get them on a new EP by the Music Tapes called The Orbiting Human Circus, out on Merge Records on February 10, 2017 (and available for pre-order on February 8). For more information, go to mergerecords.com or orbitinghumancircus.com. We will be back with Season Two! In the meantime, keep checking orbitinghumancircus.com for news about 2017 tour dates and a different Orbiting Human Circus podcast to come this spring! Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans for supporting our show. Check out Rocket Mortgage’s transparent, totally online home loan process today at QuickenLoans.com/OHC. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes. Full credits: www.orbitinghumancircus.com Part of the Night Vale Presents network: www.nightvalepresents.com

Feb 08 2017
30 mins
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Rank #20: Season One, Episode 8

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The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Drew Callander, and Susannah Flood, with Cecil Baldwin and Shannon Conley. 2017 tour dates—and other exciting announcements—coming soon at www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows. Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans and Blue Apron for supporting our show. Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free—with free shipping—by going to BlueApron.com/OHC, and check out Rocket Mortgage's transparent, totally online home loan process today at QuickenLoans.com/OHC. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes. Full credits: www.orbitinghumancircus.com Part of the Night Vale Presents network: www.nightvalepresents.com

Jan 25 2017
30 mins
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