22 episodes

From GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, The Message and its sequel, LifeAfter, take listeners on journeys to the limits of technology. In The Message, an alien transmission from decades ago becomes an urgent puzzle with life or death consequences. In LifeAfter, Ross, a low level employee at the FBI, spends his days conversing online with his wife Charlie – who died eight months ago. But the technology behind this digital resurrection leads Ross down a dangerous path that threatens his job, his own life, and maybe even the world. Winner of the Cannes Gold Lion.

LifeAfter/The Message Panoply

    • Science Fiction
    • 4.4, 3.1K Ratings

From GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, The Message and its sequel, LifeAfter, take listeners on journeys to the limits of technology. In The Message, an alien transmission from decades ago becomes an urgent puzzle with life or death consequences. In LifeAfter, Ross, a low level employee at the FBI, spends his days conversing online with his wife Charlie – who died eight months ago. But the technology behind this digital resurrection leads Ross down a dangerous path that threatens his job, his own life, and maybe even the world. Winner of the Cannes Gold Lion.

    After LifeAfter

    After LifeAfter

    Astrophysicist, StarTalk host, and self-proclaimed sci-fi geek Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a round table talking about the science behind the science-fiction in GE Podcast Theater’s LifeAfter. Joining him are computer scientist and humanity-centered robotics expert, Michael Littman; leading software research expert Colin Parris; and the show’s writer, Mac Rogers. Let the tech geeking begin.
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    • 30 min
    Neil deGrasse Tyson Promos "After LifeAfter"

    Neil deGrasse Tyson Promos "After LifeAfter"

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    • 43 sec
    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 10

    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 10

    Now on the run from the FBI, Ross finds his way to the secret location of LifeAfter’s horrifying endgame, where he has to make a fateful decision. 
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    • 33 min
    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 9

    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 9

    Torn between Charlie and the FBI, Ross must choose where his loyalties lie. The taskforce’s desperation to find the missing cultists leads Octavia into a brutal confrontation with Sasha. 
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    • 25 min
    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 8

    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 8

    Ross, Brynne, and Octavia abduct Shannon in a bid to learn more about the nature of their adversary. But then Charlie reaches out through Ross’s phone, offering a stunning revelation about the man behind LifeAfter. 
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    • 19 min
    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 7

    Lif-e.af/ter Ep. 7

    Ross must embark on a dangerous undercover mission into the heart of the LifeAfter community, in the process learning who is truly pulling the strings of the conspiracy. 
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

MAFinOKC ,

A mixed review

The is about "The Message." - First of all, new audio sci-fi is always welcome. "Radio" drama, as it was known in the old days, engages the mind's eye in a way that visually told stories just can't. "The Message" succeeds very well at creating a believable mise-en-scène. The "fourth wall" is not just ignored: instead, the podcast goes to the opposite extreme of creating a podcast-within-a-podcast, which is very clever. Great effort has gone into writing natural dialogue. The recording, however, is a little TOO realistic, in that audibility would have been much improved by boosting the speech frequencies in the mix-down. Although the writers do better than most at creating believable medical and scientific scenarios, they also take some really chucklesome liberties and commit several hilarious goofs. Well, nobody's perfect. Now, on to "Life After."

SalmonSoph ,

overall kinda not great

Season 1- I really didn’t like it. The main character was really annoying and the whole love plot between Ty and what’s her name was unneeded. I really only liked the character Mod, but he didn’t really play a huge part.

Season 2- I liked this one more. The concept is really cool. Idk not great.

LadyCravenheart ,

LOVE the message

TLDR; S1 is Amazing & the reason for the 5 star review. S2 is more of a 3/4 star from me, ‘cause I just didn’t really like most of the characters. ((5 stars are also for the fact that neither season has a long intro/outro, so listening to them back to back can be done without skipping!))



Season 1 was AMAZING. Following podcaster Nikki as she chronicles decoding an extra terrestrial message was SO interesting. A few things I liked about it—

1) It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was constantly trying to figure out what would happen next.

2) The premise?? The ideas & the science they introduced? SO interesting!

3) The characters!! I liked all of them, even if I did feel sometimes that we didn’t get enough time with them xD Nikki was particularly relatable—well. Until the end ;)

4) The twist/reveal at the end!! I had some suspicions around, um, episode 4 or 5? But, my suspicions were TOTALLY different from what actually happened. Well—I take that back. Not TOTALLY different. But different enough.

Anyway. The Message: Amazing, bingable, I might even just relisten it.

Season 2—well. I was very excited for the premise. The premise made me think of that one r/nosleep post, with the guys late girlfriend talking to him through Facebook? & I guess in a way, it kind of was like that. But—I had a few issues with it.

1) The agent’s girlfriend, Charlie? I just. Did not like her. I wanted to—I tried REALLY hard. But I just… couldn’t.

2) Speaking of characters, the only ones I actually liked were Octavia & Sasha. Oh, and Paul. Sasha was a very well written antagonist; Paul was just… a nice guy, once you get past the fact he’s a big member of the cult; and Octavia was just… perfect. Love her. Ross kept—irritating me, & Cutler seemed to have like… no empathy. She just seemed to embody a lot of the worst things about law enforcement.

3) The twist at the end. I wanted to be happy about it, to feel satisfied but—instead I was just kinda angry?

Anyway. It was still VERY interesting & I binged it in one night, so I’m not saying it’s necessarily a BAD season, but—I didn’t like it as much as season 1. TBH I’d like to see more from the aliens :eyes:

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