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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 Harley Takagi Kaner and Kevin Vibert

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 2.6K 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_

    4.02: Juno Steel and the Embrace of Ice (Part 2)

    4.02: Juno Steel and the Embrace of Ice (Part 2)

    Seventeen years apart, two hot pursuits get hotter.

    Welcome to the Penumbra, 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.)
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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.
    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Harley Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Ellison Estephan -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Recorded by Mertz at The Bridge Sound & Stage
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    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Isolation
    -Dark and claustrophobic spaces
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Violence; implied torture and death
    -Discussion and use of firearms
    -Discussion and use of alcohol and cigarettes
    -Deception / lying

    • 17 min
    4.01: Juno Steel and the Embrace of Ice (Part 1)

    4.01: Juno Steel and the Embrace of Ice (Part 1)

    On the recently-frozen moon Io, Juno meets an old friend and reflects on the worst mistake of his life. It's just as a member of his family once said: "We may look backward only to ensure we have not walked this path before."

    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.)

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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.

    The Wanderer is a predominantly single-narrator queer fairy tale audio drama about being separated from the ones you love to keep them safe, to bring them home. It will delight fantasy fans and audio fiction fans alike, especially those who enjoy books like Silver in the Woods and podcasts like Old Gods of Appalachia and The Far Meridian. Each episode also features an original folk song and score. Visit callofthewander.com or find The Wanderer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @callofthewander.

    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Harley Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Ellison Estephan -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Recorded by Mertz at The Bridge Sound & Stage
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    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
    travelLight by airtone (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/56883
    Xena's Kiss / Medea's Kiss by mwic (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/mwic/58883
    “Scanner.Scanning process(7lrs,mltprcssng).wav” by newlocknew https://freesound.org/people/newlocknew/sounds/571123/
    “Spaceship Engine - noise + heavy beep.wav” by Nexotron https://freesound.org/people/Nexotron/sounds/371283/
    “UI_Microprocess start glitch(3lrs,mltprcssng).wav by newlocknew https://freesound.org/people/newlocknew/sounds/563403/
    “UI Futuristic Up Down Scroll” by EminYILDIRIM https://freesound.org/people/EminYILDIRIM/sounds/554428/
    “Interesting tech 2.wav” by spoonsandlessspoons https://freesound.org/people/spoonsandlessspoons/sounds/378215/
    “BodyDrag2.aif” by bennychico11 https://freesound.org/people/bennychico11/sounds/44407/
    “Car over frozen snow ice 002 141228_0475 MS.wav” by klankbeeld https://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/259707/
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Isolation
    -Dark and claustrophobic spaces
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Violence; implied torture and death
    -Discussion and use of firearms
    -Discussion and use of alcohol and cigarettes
    -Deception / lying
    -Reference to persecution and public humiliation
    -Derogatory language regarding mental health

    • 59 min
    Season 4 premiere: Juno Steel drops TODAY on Patreon!

    Season 4 premiere: Juno Steel drops TODAY on Patreon!

    Harley and Kevin say hello after the hiatus, and remind everyone that the first Juno Steel episode of Season 4 drops TODAY (9/26/21) for $4 Patreon supporters. Plus, if you pledge at any level you will have access to all of the rewards from last season's Bonus Spectacular (with more rewards coming soon!). For everyone else, we'll see you on 9/28/21 for the public release of the episode.

    • 16 min
    ANNOUNCEMENT: Digital live performance(s) of Juno Steel and the Promised Land!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Digital live performance(s) of Juno Steel and the Promised Land!

    Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-penumbra-podcasthyperion-city-productions-31122391343

    Tickets will go live on May 25th, 2021, at 1 PM Eastern! Remember, tickets are LIMITED, so get yours while you can.

    This is a TWO-PART SHOW, so the performances of Part A will only cover the first half of the plot, while Part B will be the second half. Part A will be performed on June 12th at 7 PM Eastern and June 13th at 1 PM Eastern, so you can choose whichever time works best for you! Part B will be performed only on June 27th at 1 PM Eastern.

    Note: Because of the ticketing setup, you WILL need to purchase tickets separately for Part A and Part B. The base price per show is $10, but we know that people's financial situations vary, so we will also be offering the option to purchase a cheaper ticket, or, if you're feeling generous, to purchase a more expensive ticket to offset the cost of someone else's.

    Stay up to date with us by following our social media:

    Facebook: The Penumbra Podcast
    Twitter: @thepenumbrapod
    Tumblr: @thepenumbrapodcast
    Instagram: @thepenumbrapodcast

    thepenumbrapodcast.com

    • 1 min
    Season 3 Q&A

    Season 3 Q&A

    This is the audio of our Season 3 Q&A, streamed live on YouTube for Patreon supporters in April of 2021. Noah Simes (Peter Nureyev) hosts, and questions come directly from the live audience. Featuring a special guest appearance by Sophie's dog, Pint Slice!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    3.25: Juno Steel and What Lies Beyond (Part 3)

    3.25: Juno Steel and What Lies Beyond (Part 3)

    In which the world gets a little bigger, a little meaner.

    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.)

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    You can find all of our transcripts here:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_
    Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.
    On staff at the Penumbra:
    Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach
    Alice Chuang -- Head of Design
    Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team
    Sophie Takagi Kaner -- Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer
    Sharon Oh -- Promotional artist
    Noah Simes -- Production manager
    Grahame Turner -- Script editing team
    Kevin Vibert -- Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer
    Ryan Vibert -- Composer and performer of original music
    Home recording guidance from Mertz of The Bridge Sound & Stage
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    Attribution:
    Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
    "Kind of Girl" by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba: http://ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35657
    Isolation Swing by Admiral Bob (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/61465 Ft: SmoJos
    “Chemistry table crash.wav” by CastIronCarousel https://freesound.org/people/CastIronCarousel/sounds/216748/
    “Lasercutting_steel_plate_6mm.wav” by markpSFX https://freesound.org/people/markpSFX/sounds/262155/
    “Sizzle (loop).wav” by Everheat https://freesound.org/people/EverHeat/sounds/208748/
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Sudden loud noises
    -Threats of violence and death
    -Attempted murder
    -Forced restraint/hostage situation
    -Deception, lies
    -Situations that may resemble cruelty to animals

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

soulinthelantern ,

best podcast i’ve listened to!

i only started listening to podcasts (finished wolf 359, working on finishing stellar firma, might start the magnus archives) around a couple of months ago, and I heard a lot about the penumbra, so I decided to start listening. i’m fully caught up, and it’s AMAZING. this show breaks my heart. im in love with every single character. anyways, HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY! Can’t wait for more of season 4.

01isabel ,

I can’t recommend this enough

The writers and voice actors who made Juno steel made me believe love is real, broke my heart into a million pieces, and then carefully sewed it back together into something beautiful.

I see so much of myself in Juno Steel. He’s an immensely relatable character for your average mentally ill queer teenager, and if you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself learning things about yourself right along with Juno. His journey took me from nihilistic to hopeful to determined to live in the world and be happy.

Growth, people!!!!

Jumoke O. ,

FROM BEGINNING TO END....I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

oh my fckng god please listen to this i’ll never shut up about it this is for everyone in existence’s sake good goddddddd

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