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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 • 2.2K 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_

    3.17: Juno Steel and the Heart of It All (Part 1)

    3.17: Juno Steel and the Heart of It All (Part 1)

    It's showtime -- and what a show lies ahead of us. Tonight we steal a legend, darlings, and no one in this galaxy is more prepared for the task than we. Why, nothing could stop any one of us, I should think, which does raise an interesting question: if none of us can be stopped, what happens if one of us attempts to do the stopping?

    Welcome to the Penumbra, darlings. I do hope you enjoy your stay.

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


    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
    The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628 Ft: Apoxode
    “Compactor1.ogg” by PhreaKsAccount https://freesound.org/people/PhreaKsAccount/sounds/46486/
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    Trigger warnings:
    -Alcoholism
    -Addiction reference
    -Body horror
    -Chronic illness
    -Depictions of violence
    -Sudden loud noises

    • 38 min
    ANNOUNCEMENTS: Our first Second Citadel remote live show! New episode coming soon! Big news from Kevin!

    ANNOUNCEMENTS: Our first Second Citadel remote live show! New episode coming soon! Big news from Kevin!

    Our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepenumbrapodcast

    By pledging or increasing your current Patreon pledge, you can gain access to the special rewards Kevin will be adding, and if we hit $7000/episode by or before September 29th, Kevin will be writing a short story featuring characters that ALL Patrons can vote on! Even if you can only pledge one dollar, it makes a huge difference to us.

    Tickets for The Penumbra Podcast LIVE! (Online!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-penumbra-podcast-live-online-lady-of-the-lake-tickets-119931013891

    Tickets go on sale on September 17th at 1 PM Eastern! Remember, tickets are LIMITED, so get yours while you can. The show itself will be performed on September 25th at 8 PM Eastern. We hope to be able to record the show so those in different time zones can see it as well, but we can't yet guarantee it because of, well, Technology.

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

    Facebook: The Penumbra Podcast
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    • 6 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

imhackel ,

Incredible

I started listening to this podcast I think 4 days ago and I just finished season 2. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a story but have never been able to get which is si-fi or fantasy with queer characters and this podcast does it better then I think I ever could have hoped. I’m someone whose usually very good at knowing what will happen next in a story, but this podcast has repeatedly surprised me. It make me feel so great as a queer person, as a nonbinary person to have it be shown as something mundane instead of a tragedy or a struggle. Thank you.

youcancallmeMx. ,

beyond good

this is the podcast that got me into podcasts and is my new hyperfixation. i haven't been able to find another story like the ones this show tells. everything is done so well and the story is so so good. you get to see the journey that all of these characters go through, and that's so important to me. showing all sides of a person really lets you get to know them and relate to them. it's also so diverse and accepting of everyone and it just gives you this feeling of safety and i just. cannot emphasize enough how AMAZING this show is. i would recommend this to everyone and @ the creators: thank you so so much, you've done so much for us and we appreciate every bit of it. we love you so much.

Eliot Bones ,

had me at ‘the hard-boiled detective is soft for the intergalactic gentleman thief’

I’m a simple entity with simple tastes: I like cheesy speculative fiction, on-the-nose social commentary, character-driven storytelling, and familiar narrative causality that should be predictable except it’s not because it’s queer.
And I can’t always get these things together in the same package, which is what makes this show such a treat, and season 2 just got me through two weeks stuck indoors from the wildfire smoke.
I’m so grateful for the stories and their themes as well as the representation euphoria; I almost hope I never get used to this feeling of knowing something was made specifically with people like me in mind. (seriously is this how straight people feel all the time??)

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