105 episodes

At the Penumbra, you might follow Juno Steel, a brooding, sharp-witted private eye on Mars, as he tangles with an elusive homme fatale, tracks dangerous artifacts of an ancient alien civilization, and faces his three greatest fears: heights, blood, and relationships.

Or you might enter the world of the Second Citadel, where the merciless Sir Caroline must corral a team of emotionally distraught all-male knights to defend their city against mind-manipulating monsters...even the ones they’ve fallen in love with.

These audio dramas and more await you in the Penumbra, dear traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Start with "1.01: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask" or "1.09: Second Citadel - The Head of the Janus Beast.")

The Penumbra is created and produced by Sophie Takagi Kaner and Kevin Vibert. Follow us on Twitter (@thepenumbrapod), Tumblr (@thepenumbrapodcast), or Facebook (The Penumbra Podcast).

You can find all of our transcripts here. If you would like to view trigger warnings or SFX attributions, you can scroll to the end of the appropriate episode transcript: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_

The Penumbra Podcas‪t‬ Sophie Takagi Kaner and Kevin Vibert

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 278 Ratings

At the Penumbra, you might follow Juno Steel, a brooding, sharp-witted private eye on Mars, as he tangles with an elusive homme fatale, tracks dangerous artifacts of an ancient alien civilization, and faces his three greatest fears: heights, blood, and relationships.

Or you might enter the world of the Second Citadel, where the merciless Sir Caroline must corral a team of emotionally distraught all-male knights to defend their city against mind-manipulating monsters...even the ones they’ve fallen in love with.

These audio dramas and more await you in the Penumbra, dear traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Start with "1.01: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask" or "1.09: Second Citadel - The Head of the Janus Beast.")

The Penumbra is created and produced by Sophie Takagi Kaner and Kevin Vibert. Follow us on Twitter (@thepenumbrapod), Tumblr (@thepenumbrapodcast), or Facebook (The Penumbra Podcast).

You can find all of our transcripts here. If you would like to view trigger warnings or SFX attributions, you can scroll to the end of the appropriate episode transcript: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_

    3.24: Second Citadel--Judgment of the Empire (Part 2)

    3.24: Second Citadel--Judgment of the Empire (Part 2)

    The hour of judgment is upon the Second Citadel, and its self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner sharpens his blade in wait. It may not be true that might makes right -- but if the mightiest are wrong, who can stop them from saying otherwise?

    Some people will do anything to protect their home. The trouble arises when others who live there disagree on what they must be protected from.

    Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.)
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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.
    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Sophie Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Milo Mars -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Home recording guidance from Mertz of The Bridge Sound & Stage
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    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Misogyny
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Violence and threats of violence
    - Racism and xenophobia
    - Ableism
    - References to alcoholism, sexual assault, and abuse of power
    - Death and grievous bodily harm
    - Violence against children
    - Violence against animals

    • 38 min
    ANNOUNCEMENT: Our 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY + Patreon Bonus Spectacular

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Our 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY + Patreon Bonus Spectacular

    Five years of the Penumbra Podcast is coming up on March 18th, 2021! Sophie and Kevin talk exciting announcements for the anniversary and our lead-up to the Season 3 finale, including a TON of potential bonuses for our Patreon supporters. The fun begins TOMORROW (2/18) on Patreon: www.patreon.com/thepenumbrapodcast.

    • 9 min
    3.23: Second Citadel--Judgment of the Empire (Part 1)

    3.23: Second Citadel--Judgment of the Empire (Part 1)

    Sunset. The precise moment the Kite promised his assault on the Second Citadel would come. Two women now return to a land that does not want them to save it from itself... but why?

    We can't choose our families and we can't choose our homes. But we can choose how much of ourselves we give to them.

    Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.)
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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.
    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Sophie Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Milo Mars -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Home recording guidance from Mertz of The Bridge Sound & Stage
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    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Violence and threats of violence

    • 20 min
    3.22: Juno Steel and What Lies Beyond (Part 2)

    3.22: Juno Steel and What Lies Beyond (Part 2)

    SUSPECT NAME: Juno Steel
    OCCUPATION: Former police detective and private investigator
    INCIDENT DETAILS: Found in possession of Class X radical (see form DM10-894-91)
    SUGGESTED COURSE OF ACTION:


    ERROR. PLEASE ENTER SUGGESTED COURSE OF ACTION:


    DIRECTOR. PLEASE ENTER SUGGESTED COURSE OF ACTION.

    (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.)

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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.
    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Sophie Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Sharon Oh -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Home recording guidance from Mertz of The Bridge Sound & Stage
    --------
    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Guns
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Violence and threats of violence
    -Mention of torture and fatal illness

    • 47 min
    Holiday Special: The Miracle of Eight

    Holiday Special: The Miracle of Eight

    In the days following the fall of the First Citadel, humanity's last survivors looked to their Saints for guidance through drought, exhaustion, and famine. And many, many years later, four humans and a lizard-bug-man-thing found themselves with a daunting task of their own: to make it through a family dinner without driving each other completely insane.

    Which had it harder? It's a toss-up, honestly.

    Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.)

    • 38 min
    3.21: Juno Steel and What Lies Beyond (Part 1)

    3.21: Juno Steel and What Lies Beyond (Part 1)

    Juno Steel has been feeling a little out-of-body, lately. Kind of like... well, it's been so busy he hasn't even had time to listen to his own thoughts. But the day of a wedding demands reflection: on where we came from, and where we are going.

    And at the end of a good thing, is there any question scarier than "where are we going?"

    Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.)
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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.
    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Sophie Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Sharon Oh -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Home recording guidance from Mertz of The Bridge Sound & Stage
    --------
    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
    Lights by Donnie Drost (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/donniedrost/33582 Ft: Fireproof Babies
    Plucked Contemporary Boom by Kara Square (c) copyright 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/mindmapthat/43975 Ft: Doxent Zsigmond
    Nanyang Journey (Instrumental) by Ivan Chew (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/ramblinglibrarian/33455
    “Spaceship rumble bg.wav” by Hoerspielwerkstatt_HEF https://freesound.org/people/Hoerspielwerkstatt_HEF/sounds/270598/
    “Mechanical.flac” by Halleck https://freesound.org/people/Halleck/sounds/19336/
    “Droooone.wav” by digifishmusic https://freesound.org/people/digifishmusic/sounds/66960/
    “Weird_scifi_computer_sound3.wav” by JarAxe https://freesound.org/people/JarAxe/sounds/85193/
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Death/dying
    -Guns
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Violence

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
278 Ratings

278 Ratings

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SEASON 3 POPPED TF OFF

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