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In a not so distant future, due to overwhelming carbon emissions, The Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable. These conditions are made far more horrifying because the available housing shelters (that can produce sustainable air quality) will only be able to house 80% of the world’s total population. To try and save the human race, every person has a government-mandated microchip implanted in their brains to attempt to facilitate the migration of a portion of the population to an underground shelter. In order to decide who gets to be protected and who must stay above ground, the government implements a value scale they have determined based on “usefulness” to future society. If you are valued at a 50 or above, you will be chosen to enter the bunker, and, if not, you must stay above ground and face the end of days. “Neuron” (which acts as both a prestigious brain implant and also a software company) is folded into a sanctioned branch of the government called, “The Ministry of Experience.” Their job now is to develop technologies and software that can replicate the human experience above ground. But what is far more pressing is The Ministry must find a way to reduce the use of resources, or they will run out of all survivable assets before being able to relocate to “Eden” - the one place above ground that might be salvageable in a few years time. Whether Eden will be ready in time remains to be seen, but its existence is literally the last hope for the human race surviving. In a drastic effort to cut emissions and resource usage, “The Oyster” is created. The Oyster is Nirvana - A state absent from the mind while being filled with complete pleasure and bliss. What, then, happens when reality begins to fade and The Oyster is all that remains?

The Oyster stars Logan Browning (Dear White People and the Perfection), Mamoudou Athie (Jurassic World), Carla Gugino (Haunting of Hill House), Keith David (Greenleaf), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, UnReal), Andrew Santino (Dave) and more.

Created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler
8 Episodes
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Episode 1 - The Sorting

Episode 1 - The Sorting

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Welcome to the world of The Oyster.  This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp and Hellofresh. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Alex Aldea, Adrienne Schaffler, and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Giancarlo Esposito as Dolos Devlet Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Sarah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery Johnny Ferro as Scott Thompson Dionne Lea Williams as Lauren Thompson Jolie Handler as Beth Thompson Nicole Goodnight as Jane David Cummings as Bill Nikolle Doolin as Linda Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
Episode 2 - The Trial

Episode 2 - The Trial

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Trigger warning: This episode contains self harm. Ori and Christian embark on the first Oyster trial. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp , Buffy, and Hellofresh. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Alex Aldea, Adrienne Schaffler, and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Giancarlo Esposito as Dolos Devlet Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Sarah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery Johnny Ferro as Scott Thompson Dionne Lea Williams as Lauren Thompson Jolie Handler as Beth Thompson Sean Blakemore as Professor Stapleton Constance Zimmer as President Owens Mamoudou Athie as Luca Michelle Visage as Sharon Stapleton Nichole Goodnight as The Oyster Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
Trigger warning: This episode contains graphic violence and reference to self harm. Ori and Luca attend The Final Call. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp , Buffy, and Tushy. Enhance this experience with headphones. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Adrienne Schaffler, Alex Aldea and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Mamadou Athie as Luca Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Sarah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery David Ault as Oliver Barron Jamey Jasta as Doorman of the Final Call Karlous Miller as Speaker of the Final Call Howard Jones as Singer of the Final Call This episode features Simple Man performed by Howard Jones (Light the Torch). Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Garry Rossington. Copyright song of Universal, Inc. Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
In this episode, Ori begins to learn more about the overrides. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp, Headspace and Bright Cellars. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Adrienne Schaffler, Alex Aldea and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Mamoudou Athie As Luca Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Giancarlo Esposito as Dolos Devlet Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery Constance Zimmer as President Owens Dionne Lea Williams as Lauren Thompson Jolie Handler as Beth Thompson Nicole Goodnight as Jane David Cummings as Bill Nikolle Doolin as Linda Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
Trigger warning: This episode contains self harm. In this episode, Ori begins to learn more about the overrides. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp, Tushy and Storyworth. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Adrienne Schaffler, Alex Aldea and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Mamoudou Athie As Luca Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Giancarlo Esposito as Dolos Devlet Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery Constance Zimmer as President Owens Sean Blackmore as Professor Stapleton  Howard Jones as DC Sherman Victor Figueroa as Subject #1 Jeff Clement as Subject #2 Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
Trigger warning: This episode contains self harm and references to suicide. In this episode, Ori learns about Luca's experience in The Sorting. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp, Hellofresh and Helix. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Adrienne Schaffler, Alex Aldea and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Mamoudou Athie As Luca Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Giancarlo Esposito as Dolos Devlet Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery Constance Zimmer as President Owens Sean Blackmore as Professor Stapleton  Howard Jones as DC Sherman Victor Figueroa as Subject #1 Jeff Clement as Subject #2 Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
Episode 7 - The Cave

Episode 7 - The Cave

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Trigger warning: This episode contains self harm. In The Oyster Season 1 Finale, Ori descends upon the Cave. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp , Care/Of and Headspace. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. The Oyster is created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. This episode was written by Alex Aldea, Adrienne Schaffler, and Jordan Cobb. Cast: Logan Browning as Hannah Ori Giancarlo Esposito as Dolos Devlet Carla Gugino as Christian Keith David as Policeman #1 Donnell Rawlings as Micah Ori Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Sarah Ori Andrew Santino as Art Minor Kenny Allen as Ben Avery Johnny Ferro as Scott Thompson Constance Zimmer as President Owens Mamoudou Athie as Luca Nichole Goodnight as The Oyster Production: Executive Produced by Logan Browning, Alex Cline, Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler. Edited by Victor Figueroa. Sound Design and Foley by Victor Figueroa. Music Composition by Alex Aldea and Andrew Joselyn. Mixing by Alex Aldea
Comments (59)

michael bell

that random shinedown cover.. hahaha love it.

Dec 29th
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Noah Smith

lot of people saying this podcast forces issues of race down your throat, it does open up talking about racial issues, but that's not the focus of the show there is a lot more to it.

Dec 29th
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Fry ler

Yet another show shoehorned with political cancer. I miss season 1 of TNSP.

Dec 21st
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Alisa LaVine

Okay. I listened to the entire season because the production was top notch. The story, however, was not. While a lot of white privilege oozes out of this comments section here, I had no problem with the way the podcast puts systemic racism out there for everyone to see and digest. Lot of whiny, triggered Caucasians pissing and moaning about being made to feel uncomfortable. My problem with the podcast is that the story is utterly and endlessly depressing as well as completely juvenile. The main actress is fantastic but the writers have failed her by giving her a truly one dimensional, angsty teenager to portray. And she's not even supposed to be a teenager! Seriously, I felt like I was listening to a story about and by hormonal 15 year olds. I would definitely recommend that you skip this one. Not worth anyone's time.

Dec 21st
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Scott Shake

too many commercials

Dec 17th
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Oscar Obians

Unpopular opinion here but I'd suggest you listen beyond the first and second episodes. The show within the boundaries of the medium attempts to explore some subjects of deep philosophical gravity that couldn't be more relevant with current events and with where the world is headed. Excellent production quality too.

Dec 8th
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Studio 2053 Bisbee

I'm sorry for some of the comments this podcast is getting but I suppose that's what happens when people jump to conclusions by just giving something a one or two episode listen I hope some of those people might pop back in and check out some of the later comments and see that this podcast is definitely worth giving a shot I don't find that it's all about racism I find that it's all about the world and the people within it. perhaps those that can't stomach it or those that are the problem within it just not two cents but what would I know?

Dec 7th
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Prince Owen

I can't relate, but I understand why a lot of people hate this story on their first listen. But it does reinforce the "Don't judge a book by its cover" lesson. It's really clear that the creators put in a lot of work into this. Some scenes are a lil sloppy (or not to be taken seriously), but overall this is some impressive work. But then there's no use listening if you're going to approach it with a bad attitude. Save your time, move on. Hell! check out the Left-Right game.

Nov 29th
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Damo son

that was mad!! happy to be here lol

Nov 22nd
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Studio 2053 Bisbee

loving this podcast!!!!

Nov 22nd
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Hk K1dd

If you weren't sure if this show was written by liberals 25 min in to this episode where they struggle to grasp the concept of how a firearm actually works will confirm it....

Nov 21st
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ID19626649

Fuck this is some boring shit. I hate these train of thought, raspy suffering voice, hypothetical grim future podcasts.

Nov 18th
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tank man

yeah straight up fuck this stupid fucking story. save your fucking time it's just a fucking story about how some stupid hot dumb bitch who's super fucking intelligent and better than you gets her fucking pussy wet over some fucking dude everyone knows a good story's fucking going oh and it's set and post apocalyptic underground bullshit only thing intriguing about this is a sci-fi aspect please try to write better and not rely solely on sex cells about someone falling in love you talentless fuck

Nov 16th
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tank man

anyone else annoyed by how hot and sexy the main character is she has so many boyfriends and she's so wanted but she chooses not to have them cuz her distractions and she's so educated Fuck this bitch

Nov 16th
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Michca Nagy

I was excited at first, because several of my favorite Podcasters recommended it and the voice actors are really excellent. However, having racism being shoved down my throat and basically having them class every white person out there as an automatic racist who sees black people as house slaves, is not only offensive, but wrong. As a mixed race listener, that includes white ancestors who had nothing to do with slavery (we were too busy fighting off our own oppressors), I find that this leads to more racial tensions, rather than lessening them, and I feel it isolates me as a listener. If I can't relate to a lead character, I can't like the show, and I can't like a lead lady who sees it as us vs. them. After listening to the first 2 episodes, hoping they would flesh out the story, not the racism, I was disappointed and unsubscribed. I do not recommend this, unless you support racism.

Nov 15th
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Sarah

Feel like I got a preview notification for this podcast on 5 different podcasts so I gave it a try. However, it feel like just another dystopian science fiction piece. A downer with no flavor. I’m gonna have to skip it.

Nov 14th
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DrBreakspeare

The show has great sound work, but the first episode was a little too on the nose. The hamfisted writing makes them seem extremely stiff, even despite great voice actors. I'd skip this one. There are a lot of great podcasts in this vane, though. It should only take a few minutes to find something better.

Nov 14th
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Andrew 'S Nya

Another podcast that has to cry about people doing "muh racisms". I listen to fiction to get away from the bullshit, not have it shoved down my throat like a cock. Seems like the only issue facing us today is "Black Fragility". if you can't get over the past while every western nation literally is making propaganda and laws in your favor to give you special legs up,(examples: affirmative action, diversity quota's, the platinum plan, scholarships based on being black specifically), then you're just too weak and fragile for this world. STFU, earn your shit, quit crying, ignore mean words, don't be a pussy, call out your own who act like fools, if you can't use someone's shit or feel unwanted, go somewhere where you do feel welcome. Worse than fuckin kids bro I swear.

Nov 14th
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Stu Cook

Colour me intrigued!

Nov 13th
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Vincent Jaeger

I'm enjoying it this far, can't wait to see where it goes!

Nov 13th
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