It’s the greatest story ever told. Imagine trying to tell it with today’s media? We put everything from cable news to Instagram in a time machine and go back 2,000 years to Bethlehem. You’ll also learn some things you didn’t know...
Easter! Part 4 - It is Finished
Journalists from around the Roman world descend on Jerusalem to cover the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, but then some really weird things start happening. Plus, we take a closer look at Pontius Pilate, and the podcast ends with a question.
Podcast extra: Meet Mary (and Mary Magdalene) - actor Tanis Parenteau
Many actors in this podcast are not Christians--it certainly was not required! But Tanis Parenteau has a very compelling story behind her reason for not believing.
Easter! Part 3 - Smoke a lotta weed?
Time is running out. Jesus is arrested and goes on trial, while the women in his life defend him on talk TV. Then one disciple storms out of the "The Joe Roganus Experience," and Herod Antipas calls in.
Podcast extra: Lotsa Matzo
The actors in this amazing podcast always surprise me with their adlibs. Frankly, the adlibs are the best part. I asked Sheron Bellio to play "Abby," a daytime talk host similar to Oprah who interviews "The Women of Jesus" in Easter part 3 (which posts later this week). First, though, Abby surprises her studio audience with free matzo for Passover. While reading her lines, Sheron proceeds to go off script, and I can't stop laughing at the results. Here, I pull back the curtain on working as a comedic voiceover artist by revealing the raw audio of all of her takes.
Easter! Part 2 - Temple Tantrum
Jesus is profiled on a 1st Century version of Sports Center, while Jairus' daughter is an annoying preteen on Instagram talking about her own death. Then Mary Magdalene debates Caiaphas on cable TV, while Jesus finally grants one interview - to Nicodemus.
Meet "Jesus" - actor Jason Grasl
How does one find the right person to play Jesus? Finding actor Jason Grasl was an unusual journey, and his background surprised me. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2759625/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Top story Jesus, road to Bethlehem
All Excellent! Good facts, excellent commentators. Using excellent podcast theater. Good information, I don’t get most of the time even with Churches, I am able to picture an actual possible human reaction to an event of such magnitude. It’s very touching! Lady I love your work!
Brilliant, creative and *so* timely.
What “The Chosen” does for Christian storytelling in movie form, “TopStoryTonight: Jesus!” does for podcasts. It’s that good.
I have been afforded the rare opportunity of getting to know Ms Wells on a personal level.
There is nothing that comes out of Jane Wells that isn’t pure gold.
She has without doubt one of my favorite journalists. When she reads this review, I hope that she smiles and knows that she’s loved.