92 episodes

Life's not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He's stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station's sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn't have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people's minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359. New episodes are released every two weeks.

Wolf 359 Kinda Evil Genius Productions

    • 4.9, 2.4K Ratings

Life's not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He's stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station's sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn't have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people's minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359. New episodes are released every two weeks.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Wolfardamoon ,

Space-tastic

I loved the entire series! The action, the characters, and Doug’s terrible jokes! (Lol)
I hope there’s more podcasts just like this. Also Doug remember to always be strong and Punny!

rcallahan1991 ,

Devastated that I just discovered this now

Not to be basic, but despite being an avid podcast listener this is legitimately the first podcast I have ever reviewed. I generally listen to nonfiction shows, however, this podcast has shown me the beauty of fictional ones as well. I was skeptical at first because, as many reviews mention, the first season is a bit slow to get going, but I can’t stress enough how grateful I am that I stuck with it. Character development is outstanding; they are relatable and deal with situations and philosophical dilemmas in ways that showcase their shared humanity. Wolf 359 made me laugh, and cry, and teeter on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire 3 days it took me to binge the whole series. The various plot elements and natural/funny/intriguing characters combine to create a podcast that is engaging, thought provoking and satisfying for any listener - even those not especially fond of the sci-fi genre. I’m rambling at this point, so to avoid extolling Wolf 359 ad nauseam, I will conclude by saying this podcast was so remarkably well written, developed, and produced that it has galvanized a paradigm shift for an inveterate nonfiction podcast enthusiast. Wolf 359 explores existential questions and themes or morality and identity amongst the backdrop of near-future, deep-space exploration, and does so in ways that warm the heart, challenge our assumptions, and leave you laughing and crying all the while wanting more. I am DEVASTATED there aren’t more seasons or even spin-offs to explore, but I can’t recommend Wolf 359 highly enough - I’d give it 11/5 stars if I could. Bravo.

Omaewamu ,

Stick with it, it gets better.

When I first heard about this show from a friend, I was not impressed. But hey, I loved sci fi, so I decided to give it a chance. And I loved it. I’ll admit, the first episodes aren’t perfect, but if you just hold on it’ll strap you into an emotional roller coaster ride full of love, laughs, and lies told through an awesome hard sf story. 10/10, would obsessively binge again.

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