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Start with episode 01. Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. Visit www.thebrightsessions.com for more information and additional content. Created by Lauren Shippen

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Hi everyone, this is Lauren Shippen, the creator and writer of The Bright Sessions and also the voice of Sam, as you can probably tell. As you know, we’re on our mid-season hiatus and will be back with Episode 49 in one month. But I wanted to drop in here to talk about the broader future of the show.   Back in the summer of 2015, I sent a Facebook message to a couple of friends and asked if they’d be willing to lend their voices to a little project I was working on. Nearly 3 years and over 18 hours of content later, The Bright Sessions has taken on a life of its own, far exceeding any of our expectations for what started as a passion project made in my bedroom. We’ve really, really loved making this show but, as with all things, it must eventually come to an end.    When we come back in March, we'll be releasing eight more episodes, concluding the season, and the series, with Episode 56. The arc of the story we’ve been telling since Episode 1 is coming to its natural close and I want these 56 episodes to stand on their own as a complete series that people can discover and listen to for years to come.    All that said, I’m not done with these characters yet. They have so much more to do and say and I know my actors aren’t done with them either. So, even though the original run of The Bright Sessions is coming a close, this feed isn’t going quiet after June 13th.   Thanks to our incredible Patreon supporters, we’ll be doing nine bonus therapy episodes that explore Dr. Bright’s other patients. These will start in July, with one being released every single month for nine months. For our patrons, there will be a bonus to the bonus - a special 10th therapy session that you definitely don’t want to miss. To become a patron, go to patreon.com/thebrightsessions.   Making The Bright Sessions has only ever been possible because of our strange and unusual family on Patreon and we’ll need that support more than ever moving forward. Not only do we need to fund the production of these ten bonus episodes, but we also have two mini series spin-offs coming in 2019 and 2020 that are going to be bigger and more ambitious than anything we’ve ever done before. These series will be limited run, but they will take place post-Season 4 and involve many familiar faces as well as a whole slew of new characters. The first spin-off will be out in March of 2019 - I can’t tell you too much about it because the summary alone spoils the end of Season 4, but I think you guys will like it. The second spin-off will come out fall of 2020 and will involve a fan favorite character - and a favorite character of mine - Caleb, in an entirely new phase of his life. These series will expand the story and the universe of The Bright Sessions for listeners who have been with us since the start, but also stand on their own for people just dropping in to our atypical world.   You also may have heard some news about Bright Sessions books - the rumors are true! I’m writing three YA novels that focus on different characters. The first is about Caleb and Adam, the second about Damien, and the third about our newest character, Rose.  The first will be out in the summer of 2019.    So…yeah. Even though we’re closing a chapter, we have a lot ahead of us. So stay tuned and stay subscribed to this feed - all future shows and any important announcements will be right here. Also make sure to follow us on twitter @brightpodcast for more frequent updates.    Before I get back to editing our 50th episode - which we just recorded this past weekend and which is going to be really freakin’ cool, I can’t wait for you guys to hear it - I just want to take a moment to say thank you. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am - how grateful we all are - for the emails, the fanart, the theorizing, the all-caps tweets, the meet-ups, and the personal stories and the love you’ve shared with us these past two and half years. This story means a lot to us and I can’t tell you how much joy we get from the fact that it means a lot to you as well. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.    So: keep listening and, as always, stay strange.
Our friends over at Multitude have released their first scripted fiction podcast, NEXT STOP! Here is the first episode of this wonderful audio sitcom. For more, be sure to subscribe to NEXT STOP on your podcatcher of choice and go to nextstopshow.com.
From the creator of The Bright Sessions, comes an all-new Luminary Original Podcast called The College Tapes. Listen to the adventure in real time starting September 30th, only on Luminary.
Subscribe now by searching "In Strange Woods" in your podcast app. Today, we're bringing you a show that we think you'll love! In Strange Woods is a new musical audio drama from Atypical Artists. It was Executive Produced by by Jeff Luppino-Esposito, Brett Ryback, Matt Sav, Lauren Shippen, and Briggon Snow. Coming December 14th. For more information, please visit instrangewoods.com
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 1 - Session 1 with Samantha Barnes, a young woman with a Level 10, Class D ability.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 2 - Session 9 with a 16 year old empath.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 3 - Session 1 with Chloe Turner, the daughter of the first atypical I ever met.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 4 - Session 2 with the time traveler.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 5 - Session 10 with a teenage empath. His continued exposure to a fellow student may help him learn to control his ability.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 6 - Session 2 with a twenty-year old mind reader.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 7 - Session 4 with a time traveler who has yet to gain control of her ability. I have only observed her ability in action once, but I hope to change that.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 8 - Session 13 with this Level 7 empath.
The Bright Sessions | Season 1, Episode 9 - Session 5 with a telepath.
The Bright Sessions | Season 2, Episode 1 - Session 30 (session 29? 31?) with my highest risk patient.
The Bright Sessions | Season 2, Episode 2 - Session 15.
The Bright Sessions | Season 2, Episode 3 - Session 6 (5? Check records) with Patient #12 - unscheduled but very welcome.
The Bright Sessions | Season 2, Episode 4 - Session 6 with Patient #13 - we took an unscheduled month off but I think we can get back on track quickly.
The Bright Sessions | Season 2, Episode 5 - Voice messages left on Dr. Bright's answering machine on a Friday. (Mini episode)
The Bright Sessions | Season 2, Episode 6 - Session 9 with patient twelve - she called me last night and left a strange, excited message. I gather something out of the ordinary has happened on one of her trips.
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Sarah

This is a sci-fi drama, emphases on DRAMA. The drama can get a little melodramatic at times and I think it really makes the series drag around end of season 3. The show is interesting, supernatural people getting therapy. Watching those people work through those hardships is really interesting. I think it gets a little much when people’s story lines start colliding. All the queer representation is nice though. Give this one a try, definitely nice.

Feb 11th
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Sarah

This episode is perfect and the voice actor for Victor sounds amazing. The ending is just *chef’s kiss* no pun intended. You can listen to this episode by itself with out the rest of the series.

Feb 6th
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Sarah

Buffy musical episode energy in this one.

Jan 28th
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Sarah

I don’t know why podcasts INSISTS on recording kissing. Just auditory warning.

Jan 28th
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Sarah

Yeah this episode has a huge audio/volume problem. I can barely hear some part with my head phones on full blast. Can barely hear Caleb and Adam.

Jan 28th
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Jen the WizCat

Really powerful episode!!!

Jan 27th
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Adam Jones

Given all that is going on, why do they stop like this to have sharing circle time? Also at this point, I haven't really seen that the AM is really so dangerous--well, unless you willingly walk in to their building...

Jan 22nd
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Adam Jones

so much drama...lol loved when Sam punched Damien though. 😁

Jan 21st
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Adam Jones

REALLY? worried that Damien would poach her boyfriend? I love the show but sometimes the characters drive me nuts.

Jan 21st
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Adam Jones

what a brilliant twist right there at the end. well now we know Adam's connection, and it is bigger and more problematic than we thought!

Jan 20th
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Adam Jones

I like the twist this has taken.

Jan 20th
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Adam Jones

Oh Dr. B..... I understand the drive of her desire to save her brother, but the way she's gone about it belies that she's willing to do anything and sacrifice anyone to get him. As bad as Damian is, I can understand why he did what he did.

Jan 20th
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Karchi King

I love the world the atypical group made, I dealt with a lot of what the patients deal with

Dec 26th
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A. R.

a ode to her sister. this story was very sweet.

Nov 10th
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Merry Ortengren

I realize this is long over buy in your future endeavors please PLEASE never make kissing sounds.

Nov 6th
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Nigel Reyes

Be prepared to constantly adjust volume for inaudible whispering which is regularly interrupted by sudden yelling. Some basic audio compression would make this way less irritating to listen to. I really can't enjoy this episode.

Oct 11th
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The Serial Assassin

Well goddamn

Aug 8th
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Bella Ring

If you like this you’ll like ‘All In My Head’

Jul 28th
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Nova Kingslington

AAAAAAAAHHH THE GAY HAS MANIFESTED

Jul 20th
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Nova Kingslington

..........I think I know what I smell and I'm really happy

Jul 20th
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