6 episodes

On February 14th, 2020, Earthlings receive a warning that pop radio is polluting the galaxy, and if it isn’t shut down, Earth will be blown to smithereens. Beth Kane and her buddy Ryan are music snobs who want to live. Even though they think the aliens kinda have a point, they become activists and organize an anti-pop protest to save the Earth. Their campaign ends in failure. The government is concerned the alien signal might be a hoax so they decide to let the radio waves keep on flowing, just in case. Ryan decides to focus on crossing items off his bucket list while Kane comes up with a desperate plan to save her own skin. When the aliens’ final deadline comes Kane steals a spaceship to survive the big blast. Fortunately for Kane, the ship includes Bobby, a needy juvenile AI programmed to help people. Together, they embark on a voyage through the galaxy to seek out fellow survivors and start a new life.

No One Receiving was written and directed by Maggie MacDonald, produced and engineered by Brainchild Podcasts (Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche), with music by Stew Crookes and art by Eric Kostiuk Williams. Starring John Southworth, Maggie MacDonald, Patti Schmidt, Keith Cole, Mary Messhausen, Brian Taylor, Owen Pallett, Mike Barry, Amy Fung, Mark Askwith, Laura Barrett, Vish Khanna, Bob Wiseman, Mike Haliechuk, Evan Davies, Christine Korte, Alex Cheesman, Jon Marshall, and Shaun Brodie. Based on the play “No One Receiving” by Maggie MacDonald.

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On February 14th, 2020, Earthlings receive a warning that pop radio is polluting the galaxy, and if it isn’t shut down, Earth will be blown to smithereens. Beth Kane and her buddy Ryan are music snobs who want to live. Even though they think the aliens kinda have a point, they become activists and organize an anti-pop protest to save the Earth. Their campaign ends in failure. The government is concerned the alien signal might be a hoax so they decide to let the radio waves keep on flowing, just in case. Ryan decides to focus on crossing items off his bucket list while Kane comes up with a desperate plan to save her own skin. When the aliens’ final deadline comes Kane steals a spaceship to survive the big blast. Fortunately for Kane, the ship includes Bobby, a needy juvenile AI programmed to help people. Together, they embark on a voyage through the galaxy to seek out fellow survivors and start a new life.

No One Receiving was written and directed by Maggie MacDonald, produced and engineered by Brainchild Podcasts (Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche), with music by Stew Crookes and art by Eric Kostiuk Williams. Starring John Southworth, Maggie MacDonald, Patti Schmidt, Keith Cole, Mary Messhausen, Brian Taylor, Owen Pallett, Mike Barry, Amy Fung, Mark Askwith, Laura Barrett, Vish Khanna, Bob Wiseman, Mike Haliechuk, Evan Davies, Christine Korte, Alex Cheesman, Jon Marshall, and Shaun Brodie. Based on the play “No One Receiving” by Maggie MacDonald.

    Episode 1: Intelligent life

    Episode 1: Intelligent life

    Beth Kane and her Buddy Ryan are hanging out at a record store when an alien signal interrupts daily life. Earth’s pop radio is terrible, and the aliens demand the Earthlings shut it down, or the blue planet will be blown to smithereens. The government decides the alien signal might be a hoax and taking any action would be too risky for the economy. Kane steals a spaceship named Epimetheus staffed by a juvenile AI named Bobby and together they escape in the nick of time.
    No One Receiving is written and directed by Maggie MacDonald. No One Receiving is a Brainchild Podcast, produced by Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche. Original music composed by Stew Crookes.
    https://noonereceiving.com/
    http://brainchild.io/

    • 17 min
    Episode 2: The Golden Record

    Episode 2: The Golden Record

    Kane loses all hope of finding fellow Earthlings. Homesick, she breaks down and confesses to liking the Spice Girls. Celine Dion? Unimpeachable. Bobby urges her to put on a brave face and create a podcast, in case someone, somewhere, is listening. No one responds. Running low on oxygen, and desperate for something to listen to, Kane risks her life in an attempt to retrieve the Golden Record of Earth Sounds blasted into space by NASA in the 1970s.
    No One Receiving is written and directed by Maggie MacDonald. No One Receiving is a Brainchild Podcast, produced by Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche. Original music composed by Stew Crookes.
    https://noonereceiving.com/
    http://brainchild.io/

    • 13 min
    Episode 3: Justified True Beliebers

    Episode 3: Justified True Beliebers

    Kane wakes up screaming in a strange, and I mean strange, ship, the Baby Baby Baby. Two human survivors with terrible taste in music have rescued her, but Kane doesn’t approve of their plans for her. She decides to take drastic measures.
    This episode’s story concept is by Hank Thundercat Hellion.
    No One Receiving is written and directed by Maggie MacDonald. No One Receiving is a Brainchild Podcast, produced by Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche. Original music composed by Stew Crookes.
    https://noonereceiving.com/
    http://brainchild.io/

    • 15 min
    Episode 4: Welcome to the Trash Planet

    Episode 4: Welcome to the Trash Planet

    Kane is taken to planet Epsilon Geise, where the aliens who blew up Earth came from. A new dictator, Pony Golden, rules the planet now. Pony’s quest for trashy entertainment gives Bobby the chance to be almost human, and pits Kane against Bobby.
    No One Receiving is written and directed by Maggie MacDonald. No One Receiving is a Brainchild Podcast, produced by Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche. Original music composed by Stew Crookes.
    https://noonereceiving.com/
    http://brainchild.io/

    • 17 min
    Episode 5: The Show Must Not Go On

    Episode 5: The Show Must Not Go On

    Alien dictator Pony Golden hosts a concert of Earth pop to celebrate his rule. Kane tries to sabotage the show, but it is hard to rebel against an alien who also happens to be a huge fan. Just when Kane wonders what the point of it all is, she meets an old friend from Earth who helps her to remember why she keeps going.
    No One Receiving is written and directed by Maggie MacDonald. No One Receiving is a Brainchild Podcast, produced by Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche. Original music composed by Stew Crookes.
    https://noonereceiving.com/
    http://brainchild.io/

    • 12 min
    Episode 0: This is Your Last and Final Warning

    Episode 0: This is Your Last and Final Warning

    There is intelligent life on other planets; unfortunately, the aliens also have intelligent taste in music. On February 14th, 2020, Earthlings receive a warning that pop radio is polluting the galaxy, and our only hope for survival is to shut down pop radio forever. Can the human race get it together to prevent mass extinction? Should we?
    No One Receiving is written and directed by Maggie MacDonald. No One Receiving is a Brainchild Podcast, produced by Max Cotter and Aleda DeRoche. Original music composed by Stew Crookes.
    https://noonereceiving.com/
    http://brainchild.io/

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

PrivateGlamour ,

A must listen for anyone troubled by bad pop music and climate change

Macdonald's campy humour and endearing characters make this podcast eminently entertaining!!
In the imaginative world of her dystopian near-reality, Macdonald taps into a collective anxiety about the future, combining this with a delightful dose of the intergalactic sublime!!

mamaLeah555 ,

A funny show about climate change and giving up

If you are feeling stressed about the environment this is the show for you. This podcast deals with the end of the world and feeling hopeless but is also hilarious.

Jane the gardener ,

Great satire

This podcast is a postmodern, chilling satire of current events. Reminds me of Larry David in the willingness to explore and push boundaries, and the style of humor is like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. There’s nothing else quite like this.

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