5 episodes

Hop a freight train with two hobos, a little girl, and her best friend who lives in a coffee can. Hobo Code is an epic journey spanning from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression, all the way to the Great Recession of 2008. Starring Becky Poole, Corey Rieger, and Jake Robertson, with Susan Ruttan and Bill Pullman.

Hobo Code Hammer Canyon Productions

    • Fiction
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Hop a freight train with two hobos, a little girl, and her best friend who lives in a coffee can. Hobo Code is an epic journey spanning from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression, all the way to the Great Recession of 2008. Starring Becky Poole, Corey Rieger, and Jake Robertson, with Susan Ruttan and Bill Pullman.

    Part One - Buts

    Part One - Buts

    In 1934, Elizabeth “Buts” Wyland is a young girl living in Alabama with her abusive aunt and uncle. Her only companion is Missus Bestfriend, who lives in a coffee can. Everything changes when she enlists the help of two hobos: a self-ordained wandering monk and a kid-hating gadabout to escape to find her parents in California. Meanwhile, in 2008, an elderly “Buts” is preparing to leave the home her husband built and move into assisted living.
    Created and Directed by Paul Pakler and Shane Portman. Executive Produced by Paul Pakler, Shane Portman, and David Switzer. Produced and assistant directed by Ruth Gamble. Produced by Genevieve LeDoux. 
    Our cast includes: Susan Ruttan, Becky Poole, Jake Robertson, Corey Rieger, Dana Weddle, Deneen Melody, and Dave Droxler. 
    Music by Maesa Pullman and engineered by Jason Hiller at Electrosound Records.
    Edited by Sam Rhodes. Audio engineering by Kevin Cleland and Erik Nyquist. Audio post-production by One Thousand Birds (OTB). Original sound design and mixing by Jackie! Zhou, Torin Geller and Kal Pipal. OTB executive produced by Guin Frehling. Developmental producers: by Joey Scarillo and Genevieve Gearity. Recorded at LA Digital Recording and QED Studios Astoria.
     
     

    • 35 min
    Part Two - Gadabout Jack

    Part Two - Gadabout Jack

    In 1934, Buts and Brother Isaac grow closer, driving a wedge between Isaac and his traveling partner Gadabout Jack. When Missus Bestfriend’s magical powers are revealed, the three come to a crossroads. Meanwhile in 1957, an older, beaten-down Gadabout Jack is invited to sing at a recording studio eager to capitalize on the recent folk revival. 
    Created and Directed by Paul Pakler and Shane Portman. Executive Produced by Paul Pakler, Shane Portman, and David Switzer. Produced and assistant directed by Ruth Gamble. Produced by Genevieve LeDoux. 
    Our cast includes: Becky Poole, Jake Robertson, Corey Rieger, Bill Pullman, Dave Droxler, Corey Pepper, Dave Colan, Tom Amandes, Shane Portman, and Kyle More.
    Music by Maesa Pullman and engineered by Jason Hiller at Electrosound Records. 
    Edited by Sam Rhodes. Audio engineering by Kevin Cleland and Erik Nyquist. Audio post-production by One Thousand Birds (OTB). Original sound design and mixing by Jackie! Zhou, Torin Geller and Kal Pipal. OTB executive produced by Guin Frehling. Developmental producers: by Joey Scarillo and Genevieve Gearity. Recorded at LA Digital Recording and QED Studios Astoria.
     
     

    • 45 min
    Part Three - Brother Isaac

    Part Three - Brother Isaac

    In 1929, Nick Fanning, a Wall Street stockbroker on the rise, longs for affection from his aristocratic parents but would gladly settle for acceptance. He gets neither from them but finds the potential for both in a chance meeting with a young bohemian playwright named GW Harwood.
    Created and Directed by Paul Pakler and Shane Portman. Executive Produced by Paul Pakler, Shane Portman, and David Switzer. Produced and assistant directed by Ruth Gamble. Produced by Genevieve LeDoux. 
    Our cast includes: Corey Rieger, Will Von Vogt, Tom Amandes, Dana Weddle, Corey Pepper, Paul Pakler, Becky Poole, Deneen Melody, and Susan Ruttan.
    Music by Maesa Pullman and engineered by Jason Hiller at Electrosound Records. 
    Edited by Sam Rhodes. Audio engineering by Kevin Cleland and Erik Nyquist. Audio post-production by One Thousand Birds (OTB). Original sound design and mixing by Jackie! Zhou, Torin Geller and Kal Pipal. OTB executive produced by Guin Frehling. Developmental producers: by Joey Scarillo and Genevieve Gearity. Recorded at LA Digital Recording and QED Studios Astoria.
     

    • 40 min
    Part Four - Missus Bestfriend

    Part Four - Missus Bestfriend

    In 1934, Buts and Jack bond while searching for Missus Bestfriend while Isaac continues the mission to find Buts’ family. Meanwhile, in 2008, after a medical scare puts her into the hospital, the elder Buts is reunited with a long-lost friend. 
    Created and Directed by Paul Pakler and Shane Portman. Executive Produced by Paul Pakler, Shane Portman, and David Switzer. Produced and assistant directed by Ruth Gamble. Produced by Genevieve LeDoux. 
    Our cast includes: Becky Poole, Jake Robertson, Corey Rieger, Susan Ruttan, Ruth Gamble, Dana Weddle, Biz Ellis, Tom Amandes, Sam Rhodes, Corey Pepper, Deneen Melody, Averie Surckla, Nia Surckla, Dave Colan, Kyle More, Tobin Droxler, Shane Portman, Paul Pakler, Bill Pullman, and Dave Droxler.
    Music by Maesa Pullman and engineered by Jason Hiller at Electrosound Records. 
    Edited by Sam Rhodes. Audio engineering by Kevin Cleland and Erik Nyquist. Audio post-production by One Thousand Birds (OTB). Original sound design and mixing by Jackie! Zhou, Torin Geller and Kal Pipal. OTB executive produced by Guin Frehling. Developmental producers: by Joey Scarillo and Genevieve Gearity. Recorded at LA Digital Recording and QED Studios Astoria.

    • 57 min
    Hobo Code

    Hobo Code

    Hop a freight train with two hobos, a little girl, and her best friend who lives in a coffee can. Featuring Bill Pullman and Susan Ruttan.
     

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Fanbase Press ,

A powerful story that will leave you speechless

Thank you to the cast, crew, and creative team behind HOBO CODE for a beautiful story that left me in tears. I recognize that a creative project as vast as an audio drama is no east feat, and I fully appreciate and am grateful for all of the time, dedication, hard work, and heart that was poured into this endeavor. You should all be incredibly proud of this project, and, on behalf of listeners everywhere, thank you for sharing your time and talents with us.

Stephanie Figer ,

Folksy grit meets magical realism

What a beautiful journey this was. The writing is grounded, relatable and ethereal all at once. The honesty and specificity from the performances and high production quality plant the listener firmly in medias res. The music deserves a spot on the cast list as a character all its own. Hobo Code wails into the wind that resilience is a journey, not a destination--a process, not an outcome. Cannot recommend highly enough.

ElevenElevenMars ,

Hobo Hug

From the very first episode, “Hobo Code” proves to be an auditory masterpiece. The podcast brilliantly marries exceptional writing with equally impressive performances, creating a captivating narrative that hooks listeners instantly.

What sets this podcast apart is its extraordinary sound design and soundtrack. The attention to detail in the audio landscape not only enhances the storytelling but also immerses the listener in a richly crafted world. The soundtrack is particularly noteworthy, resonating with a unique vibe that complements the show’s tone perfectly.

At its core, “Hobo Code” is a tale of misfits finding kinship. It’s a heartwarming flashback to simpler times, yet it manages to stay relevant and engaging in today’s complex world. The characters are beautifully fleshed out, each with their own quirks and stories, making them relatable and endearing.

Overall, “Hobo Code” is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates great storytelling, impeccable voice acting, and a journey back to simplicity through the eyes of the most intriguing characters. It’s a reminder of the power of finding your tribe and the beauty of simpler times, all wrapped up in an outstanding auditory experience.

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