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Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery is a new audio drama from HartLife NFP.

Releases every other week during season.

Lillian Harper moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town's boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house's strange assortment of residents.

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A special bonus interstitial episode from Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery. Nota Bene: this episode is almost entirely dialogue free. This episode is binaural- meaning if you listen with headphones, you'll be able to hear the episode in three dimensions, rather than the regular stereo. You can still listen without headphones - but you'll get a different experience if you do! Content advisories for this episode can be found here. This episode features Michael Turrentine, Mark Soloff, Jeffrey Nils Gardner, and Marsha Harman. It was composed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, with phoebetor music by Mel Ruder. Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Podcast Blackout

Podcast Blackout

2020-06-1004:31

Content warnings: police violence, racial violence, victims of hate crimes, white supremacy, and police violence. Read by: Shariba Rivers, Pat King, Alexander Danner, Ryan Schile, Bilal Dardai, Duo Yang, Eli McIlveen, Amelia Bethel, Joshua K. Harris, Michael Turrentine, Kathleen Hoil, Marsha Harman, Ele Matelan, Jeffrey Nils Gardner, and Eleanor Hyde. ===================  Today is Wednesday, June 10, 2020. There will not be a new episode of Unwell today. Following the example and the words of Black Lives Matter Chicago, we call for an end to the state violence against and criminalization of Black communities through police forces, an unjust legal system, and federal, state, and local political organizations.  As the artists of HartLife NFP, we call on our fellow art makers in positions of institutional power and privilege to take concrete actions to make your institutions and artistic work explicitly and actively anti-racist.   We affirm our commitment to do the same here. We will interrogate ourselves when we have fallen short of this goal and recommit to do better every time.  The United States is a country founded on land stolen from indigenous peoples, built with the stolen labor and lives of enslaved Black people. We call especially on White listeners to reckon with this fact, today and every day.    The following list is both incomplete and horrifyingly long. These people were victims of hate crimes, police officers and of an unjust, white supremacist system. We say their names and we remember their lives.  Tamir Rice Samuel Dubose Walter Scott Jordan Davis Tony McDade Dion Johnson Dante Parker Michelle Cusseax Laquan McDonald Richard Perkins Nathaniel Harris Pickett Benni Lee Tignor Miguel Espinal Michael Noel Kevin Mathews Bettie Jones Quintonio Legrier Keith Childress Jr Janet Wilson Randy Nelson Antronie Scott George Mann John Crawford III Ezell Ford Aaron Bailey Ronell Foster Stephon Clark Antwon Rose II Tanisha Anderson Alton Sterling Philando Castile Botham Jean Pamela Turner Akai Gurley Rumain Brisbon Trayvon Martin Jerame Reid Mathew Ajibade Frank Smart Alexia Christian Brendon Glenn Victor Manuel Larosa Jonathan Sanders Freddie Blue Joseph Mann Salvado Ellswood Albert Joseph Davis Darrius Steward Billy Ray Davis Michael Sabbie Brian Keith Day Christian Taylor Troy Robinson Natahsa McKenna Tony Robinson Anthony Hill Mya Hall Phillip White Eric Harris Walter Scott William Chapman II Asshams Pharoah Manley Felix Kumi Keith Harrison McLeod Junior Prosper LaMontez Jones Patterson Brown Dominic Hutchinson Anthony Ashford Alonzo Smith Tyree Crawford India Kager La’Vante Biggs Michael Lee Marshall Jamar Clark Wendell Celestine David Joseph Calin Roquemore Dyzhawn Perkins Christopher Davis Marco Loud Peter Gaines Torrey Robinson Darius Robinson Kevin Hicks Mary Truxillo Demarcus Semer Willie Tillman Terrill Thomas Sylville Smith Michael Brown Eric Garner Sandra Bland Fredie Gray Terrence Crutcher Paul O’Neal Alteria Woods Jordan Edwards Dominique Clayton Christopher Whitfield Christopher McCorvey Eric Reason Michael Lorenzo Dean Breonna Taylor Atatiana Jefferson Ahmaud Arbery Doug Lewis George Floyd Manuel Ellis Maurice Gordon Black Lives Matter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As we continue to prepare for Season Three of Unwell, launching on February 17, we wanted to share another show we thought you might enjoy: Family Ghosts. Learn more and subscribe to Family Ghosts here: https://familyghostspodcast.com/ Family Ghosts is a (mostly) nonfiction show where real people investigate the truth behind stories that have haunted their families for generations. These aren't ghosts like we see in Mt Absalom- mostly- - rather, they're apocryphal stories that have been repeated over and over for decades - grandmothers who turned out to be jewel smugglers, uncles who vanished without a trace, aunts who stole corpses and hid them in undisclosed locations, parents who started cults, and much, much more. In each episode of the show, someone who feels like they might understand themselves better if they could get to the bottom of one of these mysteries tries to do exactly that, in collaboration with host Sam Dingman. I think you can see why we're so excited to share an episode of Family Ghosts here on the feed- it sounds like Lily could have been part of her own episode of the show. Family Ghosts has just launched their fourth season with a three-episode miniseries about a woman named Kate whose father mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night in September 1987. From the industrial truck farms of East Baltimore to the newsrooms of New York City to Mount St. Helens, Kate's story has all the twists and turns of a Mt Absalom legend, but the real journey is Kate's own attempt to understand not just what she wants to know, but why she feels like she can't rest until she knows it. If you like the episode you hear today, you can hear all three parts in the Family Ghosts feed. Give it a listen, and go subscribe today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Old Gods of Appalachia

Old Gods of Appalachia

2021-05-1233:58

During our mid-season break, we are sharing some episodes from other shows we love. First up is Old Gods of Appalachia. Old Gods of Appalachia is an eldritch horror anthology podcast. Subscribe and learn more about Old Gods of Appalachia here: https://www.oldgodsofappalachia.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Greater Boston

Greater Boston

2021-05-2633:37

During our mid-season break, we are sharing some favorite episodes from other shows we love. Today's is Greater Boston. Greater Boston is a full-cast audio drama set in the Boston metro area, blending the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical. It all begins with the death of Leon Stamatis, a man so enamored of predictability that the least hint of uncertainty makes life unbearable. But by leaving the world, he has irrevocably changed it. The show is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason. Subscribe and learn more here: https://greaterbostonshow.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Storybound

Storybound

2021-06-0939:21

Today we are sharing an episode of Storybound. Storybound is a show where some of our favorite authors and writers read their most impactful stories with powerful and immersive sound design, followed by a truly amazing interview. Subscribe and learn more about Storybound here: https://pod.link/1479333981 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For this week's feed drop, we're excited to bring you the first episode of The Strange Case of the Starship Iris, written by Unwell staff writer Jessica Best! You can find more of the Strange Case of the Starship Iris here: https://www.procyonpodcastnetwork.com/starship-iris You can find a link to a transcript here. Written by JESSICA BEST Sound engineering by ERIN BAUMANN and HANNAH CROSS Directed by JESSICA BEST, PHOEBE SEIDERS, and MARGARET CLARK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Unwell Actor Roundtable

Unwell Actor Roundtable

2021-09-2943:001

Executive producer Eleanor Hyde sits down with our cast to talk about acting and audio art! This episode contains spoilers for Unwell through Season Three. You can find a transcript for this episode here. You can find content warnings for this episode here. Featuring: Eleanor Hyde, Ele Matelan, Marsha Harman, Mark Soloff, and Joshua K Harris Produced by Jeffrey Nils Gardner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Parkdale Haunt

Parkdale Haunt

2021-10-1337:31

We're excited to bring you an episode of Parkdale Haunt, created by Emily Kellog and Alex Nursall! You can learn more about the show at parkdalehaunt.com ==== Judith Antoni’s friend Claire has gone missing. Well, she’s alive, but she’s taken off and no one can track her down. Judith enlists the help of her friend Owen to start digging through the recordings made when Claire took possession of a house in Parkdale and things started to get… kind of weird. CONTENT WARNINGS: Hauntings/the paranormal, cults (mentioned), the occult, alcohol Emily Kellogg as Claire Alex Nursall as Judith Ian Boddy as Owen Caroly Larson as Debbie Taylor Davis as Austin Bird Theme music by Phil Wright Recorded at Pirate Toronto Presented in partnership with the Frequency Podcast Network. You can find us and all the other Frequency podcasts at frequencypodcastnetwork.com. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @parkdalehaunt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Voicemail

The Voicemail

2019-01-1402:50

HartLife NFP is thrilled to bring you the very first trailer for our new flagship show- Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, coming in February 2019.  A transcript for this trailer is available here. Content warnings for this trailer can be found here. Find out more by following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/unwellpodcast, on tumblr at http://unwellpodcast.tumblr.com, or on our website at www.unwellpodcast.com. This trailer features Clarissa Cherie Rios as Lily Harper, Clint Worthington as Charlie, Krista D'Agostino as Melody, and Sebastian Orr as Jamie, with additional contributions by Ryan Schile. Michael Turrentine and Kathleen Hoil. This trailer was written by Jeffrey Gardner and Jim McDoniel, with music and recording engineering by DJ Catnip, and sound design by Jeffrey Gardner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to Mt. Absalom

Welcome to Mt. Absalom

2019-01-1902:08

Our second trailer for the upcoming Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery- coming to your podcast feed February 2019.  Welcome to Mt. Absalom.  A Transcript of this trailer can be found here.  Content advisories for this trailer can be found here. This trailer was written by Jim McDoniel, with sound design by Hannah Foerschler, and directed by Jeffrey Gardner. The trailer features David Rheinstrom, Marsha Harman, Jeffrey Gardner, Nathaniel Ewert-Krocker, Kat Evans, Abby Doud, Krista D'Agostino, Ele Matelan, Pat King. Phoebetor by Mel Ruder. Unwell lead sound design by Ryan Schile. Unwell Executive Producers, Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From the audio notes of Abbie Douglas [They/them], PhD candidate in History (with a focus in urban planning) on the Fenwood Boarding House in Mt. Absalom, Ohio. A transcript of this trailer can be found here. Content advisories for this trailer can be found here. Performed by Kathleen Hoil, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, written by Jim McDoniel, with sound design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner. Unwell lead sound designer, Ryan Schile. HartLife NFP Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.01- Homecoming

1.01- Homecoming

2019-02-2020:41

Lily Harper comes “home.” === Content Advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Clint Worthington as Russel, Bethany Hart as Cynthia, LaQuin Groves as Dale, Mark Soloff as an old man on the edge of town, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Pat King as Chester, Sebastian Orr as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED]. Voices by Alex Brown, Jeff Van Dreason, Eric Silver, Julia Schifini, Amanda McSweene-Geehan, Michelle Nickolaisen, Jack Pevyhouse, Paul Miscagave and Bridge Greene. Written by Jim McDoniel, sound design by Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.02-The Diner

1.02-The Diner

2019-02-2126:34

In which food becomes an issue. === Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, LaQuin Groves as Dale, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Sebastian Orr as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED]. Written by Jessica Wright Buha, sound design by Eli McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, Music on the radio by Stardusk Encounter, Sadie and the Stark, and Action Camp, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.03- The Pageant

1.03- The Pageant

2019-02-2229:15

In which some history is learned. === Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Krista D’Agostino as Hazel, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Abby Doud as Mason, Kat Evans as Stacy, Jeffrey Gardner as Dylan. Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Mischa Stanton, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon and Jessica Best, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.04- Rifled

1.04- Rifled

2019-03-0629:00

In which several things are lost and others are found. === Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Michael Turrentine as Wes, and Tara Schile as Emily.  Written by Jessica Wright Buha, sound design by Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.05- Voyager

1.05- Voyager

2019-03-2028:53

In which new avenues are explored and old stories are rediscovered. === Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Isa Ramos as Spikes, and Michael Turrentine as Wes. Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Eli McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.06- Storm

1.06- Storm

2019-04-0329:25

In which we meet another resident and delve deeper into the house. === Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Joshua K Harris as Rudy, and Michael Turrentine as Wes. Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Anna Rodriguez with Ryan Schile, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.07- Research Project

1.07- Research Project

2019-05-2919:39

In which Lily hunts for secrets and Abbie flaunts the (library) law. --- Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Krista D'Agostino as Hazel, and Michael Turrentine as Wes. Written by Jim McDoniel, sound design by Eli McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1.08 - Pack Animals

1.08 - Pack Animals

2019-06-1223:36

In which the Woods are dangerous and Wes is found. --- Content advisories for this episode can be found here. You can read a transcript for this episode here. This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Joshua K Harris as Rudy, Mark Soloff as [REDACTED], Ele Matelan as [REDACTED], Sebastian H. Orr as [REDACTED], and Michael Turrentine as Wes. Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Sarah D. Espinoza, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, Unwell lead sound designer Ryan Schile, Executives Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Gardner, by HartLife NFP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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ID15102367

Never knew what a spoodle was.now I do.thanks

Sep 15th
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Tam Kearney

I recently finished binging this one and now I'm scrambling to find something else to listen to until more episodes are available. Sure, this one is kind of a slow burn and, yes, the woman voicing Dot sounds the same age as Lily, but if you get past that, great story.

Sep 13th
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Wikked

#bigfan ❤

Sep 2nd
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Ivan Brooks

Dot is a treasure, I hope to have half the indignity she has if I have to face Alzheimer's later in life.

Sep 1st
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Andi-Roo Libecap

aw, what a sweet episode! so happy that Wes is gaining strength and confidence!

Aug 23rd
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DrBreakspeare

3:19

Aug 21st
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DrBreakspeare

3:31

Aug 5th
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Kate Payne

Marisol in the background going "Nah I'm good!" is golden.

Jul 20th
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Wikked

so far I'm into first season, love so far.. not bad casts. ٩🥰۶ hope gets better

Jul 15th
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DrBreakspeare

ads end 4:59 more ads and show credits 38:15 after credit scene starts 42:52

Jul 8th
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DrBreakspeare

show starts at 4:30

Jun 24th
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DrBreakspeare

4 minutes of ads and then a 30 minute plug for a different podcast. Skip this episode.

May 27th
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Adam Drewek

I've been listening to Old Gods, it is fantastic!!! The guy doing the narration has an amazing voice. I hate being caught up on both these podcasts anxiously awaiting the next episode.

May 13th
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Lindsey Ann

I love this show. I love the characters. I love that they give content warnings. All around just great escapist podcast. I get totally lost in the story every time.

May 5th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

oh no! I don't want Lily and Marisol to fight! And I don't want Dot to get worse! And I don't want Wes to be missing! And I don't want the house to be sad! Make it stop! waaah!

May 4th
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DrBreakspeare

2:34

Apr 29th
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Lizzie

Ouch. If you don't know what it's like to deal w/ this; this is very good.

Apr 19th
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tonya holmes

I knew Wes was different but damn...

Apr 16th
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tonya holmes

I liked Wes's banjolini song towards the end.

Apr 15th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

aw, poor Dot. This episode was kinda hard. I don't like hearing Dot like this 😓

Apr 15th
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