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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, 2.1K 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_

    3.16: Second Citadel--The Strong Arm of Justice (Part 2)

    3.16: Second Citadel--The Strong Arm of Justice (Part 2)

    Love is, of course, the most heroic emotion -- but only if you're a hero while you're feeling it. If you're evil it's just... icky? Has anyone checked if evil people can feel love? Regardless: love and justice are exactly what's in store for the Vigilant He tonight, as he attempts to save Milltown from its masked captor once and for all!

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

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    Trigger Warnings:

    - Violence and threats of violence

    - Threats of violence against children

    - References to death and dying

    - Xenophobia

    - Misgendering that could be construed as transphobic

    - Ableism

    - Hostages/captives

    - Sudden loud noises

    • 38 min
    3.15: Second Citadel--The Strong Arm of Justice (Part 1)

    3.15: Second Citadel--The Strong Arm of Justice (Part 1)

    Milltown. The darkest night, when villains walk freely to spread their evil in the cover of shadow. In this cursed land, at this cursed time, is there no one who will take a stand for Truth, Justice, and the Citadel way?

    Put on your masks. Tonight, justice hides his face.

    Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Travelers. 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.)

    • 34 min
    3.14: Juno Steel and the Mega-Ultrabots of Cyberjustice (Part 2)

    3.14: Juno Steel and the Mega-Ultrabots of Cyberjustice (Part 2)

    LAST TIME ON "RITA AND THE MEGA-ULTRABOTS OF CYBERJUSTICE": when the nefarious agents of DARK MATTERS assault a facility for housing INNOCENT CRIMINAL ROBOTS, it's up to BEAUTIFUL HEROINE RITA and TWO OTHER PEOPLE I GUESS to save the day! Will our plucky heroine save the day? Will her compatriots forgive her for doing that thing she definitely wasn't supposed to do? Find out... on "RITA AND THE MEGA-ULTRABOTS OF CYBERJUSTICE!"

    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.)

    • 42 min
    BLACK LIVES MATTER.

    BLACK LIVES MATTER.

    Hi, Travelers. We are postponing this week’s episode for a few reasons, but one of them is that we’d like to take a moment to focus on this historical moment and to say that Black Lives Matter.

    The Black community’s fight for human rights is not by any means a new one, but we do find ourselves in a time when many more non-Black people are waking up to it. We think it’s important to ask ourselves who we want to be at this crucial moment in history, and to behave in a way that we can be proud of.

    With that in mind, neither of us are Black, so we can only speak for non-Black people and what we feel we ought to be doing under the circumstances. Those things are:

    1) Protesting
    2) Supporting the protests
    3) Donating to Black-led organizations that are fighting racism, police brutality, and the prison industrial complex
    4) Helping to educate and spread information
    5) Emailing/calling elected officials
    6) Talking to our own friends and family members who are not yet ready to be a part of the movement.

    We will be putting links in the show notes where you can get information and find out more about how to support the BLM movement, but because we have already seen a lot of resources on #1-5, we wanted to talk a bit more about #6.

    For Sophie, what that looks like is helping to educate family members who are already intellectually and emotionally in support of BLM, but are not yet sure how to participate. They sent their family members the Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack document (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1bUJrgX8vspyy7YttiEC2vD0DawrpPYiZs94V0ov7qZQ/htmlview), and they proposed that we each pick a few articles or videos to read/watch and then discuss as a family. That way, they are making it something they can do together, and acting as a resource but not a lecturer.

    For Kevin, what that looks like is talking to loved ones who are coming from a very conservative starting point. He has learned that debating people is not actually a functional tactic, as much as he might like it to be, so he has created a document (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UVPSv_Fa5mHQIkkPCy38PJgQle4qtcyOJ-lsASh7SMk/edit) with some tips on how to get initially resistant friends or family members to align themselves with BLM without trying to debate them.

    If you are not Black, we hope that you are doing everything in your power to be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement in whatever way you can. If you are Black, we want you to know that we stand with you.

    Be safe, and make us proud. We’ll see you soon.

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    Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1bUJrgX8vspyy7YttiEC2vD0DawrpPYiZs94V0ov7qZQ/htmlview

    Kevin's Guide to Teaching Friends and Family About Systemic Racism:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UVPSv_Fa5mHQIkkPCy38PJgQle4qtcyOJ-lsASh7SMk/edit

    Ways to support Black LGBTQ+ people, plus protesting tips:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mo2E-M9Bw57ndJrRVegxVhwhI11SWFNPQdQEFVyn02Q/preview?pru=AAABcr3J4ZU*Bzhj2lOJM1cjVmRlw-MSrA

    Master List of Black Revolutionary Readings:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aYPe21Rve3YPpozxZJE4C3WfWCvkvo_pyXkdzOARxho/edit

    The Three Persuasive Appeals: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oUfOh_CgHQ

    • 2 min
    3.13: Juno Steel and the Mega-Ultrabots of Cyberjustice (Part 1)

    3.13: Juno Steel and the Mega-Ultrabots of Cyberjustice (Part 1)

    WANTED: Six members of newly-established Aurinko Crime Family. Though we are unclear on their capabilities, suspects should be treated as if they are ARMED and DANGEROUS.

    Current location unknown. Those with information leading to the capture of the suspects should immediately contact [REDACTED]

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

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

    • 32 min
    3.12: Second Citadel--The Devil in the Sunlight (Part 2)

    3.12: Second Citadel--The Devil in the Sunlight (Part 2)

    A whisper from the darkness:

    "One good turn deserves another, and so I'll give you two;
    Allow me this one favor and I'll do its twin for you."

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

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

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

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Swiggity swooty, it’s comin for that booty

This podcast has me reeling on so many fronts. On one hand: the action! The adventure! The Sci-fi noir world of Juno vs. the high fantasy Second Citadel! Packed with high stakes and dangerous scrapes that keep you on the edge of your seat! On the other hand: the characters! It’s packed with LGBT+ rep of all shapes and sizes! The love stories of all different colors and flavors! The internal struggles and character arcs that pan out so beautifully! And this is all balanced perfectly with the amazing storytelling. There’s nothing not to love about this masterpiece.

clicking pens irk me ,

AMAZING

I have never listened to a podcast more incredible. The plot is amazing, and you will follow Juno steel in Hyperion city, or dive into the great world of the Second Citadel. You will fall in love with all the characters, and there is so much positive LGBTQ representation throughout the entire show. The creators are amazing, and promote so many good causes on their podcast and YouTube channel. 100/10 stars!!!

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BEST. SHOW. EVER.

One of my favorite shows on ANY medium. Literally has it all. Do yourself a favor and LISTEN!

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