33 episodes

In the city of New Candler, magic is scarce by design. A tech mogul wants to keep it that way. And a magic user wants freedom. Welcome to New Candler, cultural epicenter of the United States. | VALENCE is a serial fiction podcast meant for adult audiences. See our website for transcripts and content warnings for each episode.

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    • 4.0 • 90 Ratings

In the city of New Candler, magic is scarce by design. A tech mogul wants to keep it that way. And a magic user wants freedom. Welcome to New Candler, cultural epicenter of the United States. | VALENCE is a serial fiction podcast meant for adult audiences. See our website for transcripts and content warnings for each episode.

    Presenting "Windfall"

    Presenting "Windfall"

    Hug House presents Windfall, a sci-fi audio drama by Rogue Dialogue Productions. We couldn't recommend Windfall more, and we'd love for you to help them reach their crowdfunding goal for their second season. Listen in to the first episode of the podcast, "Bottom Feeder," here on our feed, and then go subscribe!


    Listen to Windfall: https://roguedialogue.com/listen
    Support the Season 2 IndieGogo: windfallpodcast.com/donate
    Wil's review of Windfall: https://wilwilliams.reviews/2019/12/27/windfall-soars-with-its-first-season/

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    • 26 min
    Harmony

    Harmony

    Season 2 Finale, Episode 12: "Harmony"
    So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Noel leads the TEAm into the heart of Halo. Everyone learns more than they wish they must.

    VALENCE is a serialized fiction podcast meant for adult listeners. You can find more information, including our full cast list and transcripts, at VALENCEpod.com. You can support us on Patreon and get access to inspo images, bonus audio, and more.

    VALENCE is brought to you by Folxlore. You can find information on this queer horror podcast at https://www.tincanaudio.co.uk/folxlore.

    Content warnings:

    Depictions of gaslighting from 13:20 - 17:10

    Credits:

    Our theme was made by Travis Reaves,
    With production by Raul Vega.
    Additional music provided by Loyalty Freak Music and Kai Engel.
    VALENCE was created by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is edited and sound designed by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is directed by Katie Youmans and Anne Baird.
    VALENCE is produced by Anne Baird.
    This episode was written by Wil Williams and Katie Youmans.

    Performances by, in order of appearance:
    -Caleb Del Rio as Flynn Velasco,
    -Jordan Cobb as Sarah Harris,
    -Josh Rubino as Liam and Liam's Inner Voices,
    -Ishani Kanetkar as Mahira Varma,
    -Katie Chin as Grace Chen,
    -John Westover as Nico Salvai,
    -Alex Welch as Noel Alden,
    -and the incomparable Naomi McMillan as Morgan Reilley.

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    • 29 min
    Egress

    Egress

    Season 2, Episode 11: "Egress"
    It's almost time. As boundaries get pushed and hit, Liam has to do his least favorite thing: make a choice.

    VALENCE is a serialized fiction podcast meant for adult listeners. You can find more information, including our full cast list and transcripts, at VALENCEpod.com. You can support us on Patreon and get access to inspo images, bonus audio, and more.

    VALENCE is brought to you by Desperado, a podcast by Aeaea. You can find information on Desperado on their website: https://www.aeaea.co/desperado

    Content warnings:

    Discussions of suicidal ideation and familial trauma from 19:20 through the end of the episode.

    Credits:

    Our theme was made by Travis Reaves,
    With production by Raul Vega.
    Additional music provided by Loyalty Freak Music and Kai Engel.
    VALENCE was created by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is edited and sound designed by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is directed by Katie Youmans and Anne Baird.
    VALENCE is produced by Anne Baird.
    This episode was written by Wil Williams.

    Performances by, in order of appearance:


    Jordan Cobb as Sarah Harris,
    Caleb Del Rio as Flynn Velasco,
    Josh Rubino as Liam Alden and Liam's Inner Voice,
    John Westover as Nico Salvai,
    Maddison Dabbs-Petty as Elisha Dawes,
    Katie Chin as Grace Chen,
    Ishani Kanetkar as Mahira Varma,
    and Alex Welch as Noel Alden.

    Support VALENCE by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/valence

    • 28 min
    Kindling

    Kindling

    Season 2, Episode 10: "Kindling"
    Nobody's ever had a stressful family dinner before, right? With Nico back but Noel still on shaky ground, Liam isn't sure which way to go. Mahira listens, but she's got bigger things on her mind.

    VALENCE is a serialized fiction podcast meant for adult listeners. You can find more information, including our full cast list and transcripts, at VALENCEpod.com. You can support us on Patreon and get access to inspo images, bonus audio, and more.

    VALENCE is brought to you by Changing Hands Bookstore. You can use our link at bit.ly/hhchanginghands to support this podcast and indie bookstores. This episode, we recommend "Ella Chanted" by Gail Carson Levine.

    Content warnings:

    Depictions of a panic attack from 24:45 - 26:20

    Credits:

    Our theme was made by Travis Reaves,
    With production by Raul Vega.
    Additional music provided by Loyalty Freak Music and Kai Engel.
    VALENCE was created by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is edited and sound designed by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is directed by Katie Youmans and Anne Baird.
    VALENCE is produced by Anne Baird.
    This episode was written by Katie Youmans.

    Other music:


    Quiet Music for Tiny Robots: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Quiet_Music_for_Tiny_Robots

    Performances by, in order of appearance:


    Josh Rubino as Liam and Liam's Inner Voices,
    Alex Welch as Noel Alden,
    Miracle Fonmanu as Zoe Kafoa,
    John Westover as Nico Salvai,
    Caleb Del Rio as Flynn Velasco,
    Jordan Cobb as Sarah Harris,
    Sable the cat as Soap,
    and Ishani Kanetkar as Mahira Varma.

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    • 29 min
    Tonic

    Tonic

    Season 2, Episode 9: "Tonic"
    Liam catches himself going through the motions. It's easy to let time skip when you're not tuned in.

    VALENCE is a serialized fiction podcast meant for adult listeners. You can find more information, including our full cast list and transcripts, at VALENCEpod.com. You can support us on Patreon and get access to inspo images, bonus audio, and more.

    This season of VALENCE is sponsored by our favorite VPN provider: ProtonVPN. VALENCE is full of precautionary tales about data privacy and keeping your personal information safe from data-collecting companies, and If you haven’t figured that out by now, you sure will soon. And there’s no easier way to protect your information and your magic than by using ProtonVPN. You can get started today with a free account, and help support this show and others, by signing up at https://hughouse.productions/protonvpn.

    Content warnings:

    Vague unreality throughout

    Credits:

    Our theme was made by Travis Reaves,
    With production by Raul Vega.
    Additional music provided by Loyalty Freak Music and Kai Engel.
    VALENCE was created by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is edited and sound designed by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is directed by Katie Youmans and Anne Baird.
    VALENCE is produced by Anne Baird.
    This episode was written by Wil Williams.

    Performances by, in order of appearance:
    -Josh Rubino as Liam and Liam's Inner Voices,
    -Tina Huang as Michelle Bernadino,
    -Emily VanDerWerff as Hope Alexander,
    -Anne Baird as the MavenMatch ad,
    -Caleb Del Rio as Flynn Velasco,
    -Jordan Cobb as Sarah Harris,
    -Alex Welch as Noel Alden,
    -Mike Schubert as Todd from Accounting
    -Ishani Kanetkar as Mahira Varma,
    -Katie Chin as Grace Chen,
    -Miracle Fonmanu as Zoe Kafoa, and
    -the return of John Westover as Nico Salvai.

    Support VALENCE by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/valence

    • 30 min
    Perennial

    Perennial

    Season 2, Episode 8: "Perennial"
    Tough times make for strange dreams. Liam and Mahira train, but Liam has trouble processing himself anymore.

    VALENCE is a serialized fiction podcast meant for adult listeners. You can find more information, including our full cast list and transcripts, at VALENCEpod.com. You can support us on Patreon and get access to inspo images, bonus audio, and more.

    VALENCE is brought to you by Changing Hands Bookstore. You can use our link at bit.ly/hhchanginghands to support this podcast and indie bookstores. This episode, we recommend their care packages.

    Content warnings:

    Fetishization
    PTSD flashbacks
    Familial trauma, unreality

    Credits:

    Our theme was made by Travis Reaves,
    With production by Raul Vega.
    Additional music provided by Loyalty Freak Music and Kai Engel.
    VALENCE was created by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is edited and sound designed by Wil Williams.
    VALENCE is directed by Katie Youmans and Anne Baird.
    VALENCE is produced by Anne Baird.
    This episode was written by Katie Youmans and Wil Williams.

    Performances by, in order of appearance:


    Josh Rubino as Liam and Liam's Inner Voices,
    Reese Patterson as Novak,
    Izzy O'Connell as Cass,
    Ishani Kanetkar as Mahira Varma,
    Brynna Youmans as the Young Girl,
    David S. Dear as Richard Alden,
    Sarah Rachel Evins as N-414,
    Alex Welch as Noel Alden,
    Giancarlo Herrera as Luis Acebo,
    John Westover as Nico Salvai,
    Miracle Fonmanu as Zoe Kafoa, and
    Nadine Amami as Erica Alden.

    Support VALENCE by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/valence

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

JasmineBaggins ,

Smart work

What this podcast gets right it gets so, so right. The depiction of mental health struggles is particularly incredible, and the device of having a character’s negative self talk muted in the background during stressful situations is both brilliantly true and a perfect use of the medium. A definite recommend and looking forward to the next season.

A. R. OLIVIERI ,

Transformational

I love every character (even when I shouldn't), I feel every emotion (usually all in the same episode), & I'm pretty sure VALENCE does that by design... & there's something to be said for media that makes you reflect on yourself & how to be a better person. Please don't let this show pass you by, because once you start, you'll catch up in no time !!!

Painted.mask ,

Definitely in my top 5

An accurate depiction of mental illness that isn’t a default indicator of villainy? Well developed characters of various races, sexualities, and gender identities? Just the representation is enough to guarantee three stars. There is an amazing concept which became a brilliant plot, that earned this five stars. I’d give six if I could for the world building, if I could

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