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Author: Spoke Media

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A writer’s meta-narrative quest to reckon with her Dad Character after his untimely death, find a meaningful resolution, and finally tell her own story.


Co-hosted by creator Janielle Kastner and director Carson McCain.
10 Episodes
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Another very special departure from the narrative Chapters! At some point, Carson and Janielle wanted to nail down the character archetype of an “Objectively Good Dad”. Luckily, Carson’s got one of those. Janielle came to Jeff McCain with questions about being a Good Dad, and instead of answers got a bunch of love and encouragement and support (apparently that’s kind of the gig when you’re loved by a Good Dad). If you’re also in need of some Good Dad energy - enjoy! Next week we’re back with a heap of empathy and nuance in CHAPTER 6: Character Development! Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Tell us about your experience with Foreshadowing at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!    Produced by Spoke Media.
CHAPTER 5: Foreshadowing

CHAPTER 5: Foreshadowing

2019-08-1200:59:26

Can you escape your own foreshadowing?Janielle confronts the theme that’s been chasing her from the beginning: “Daddy Issues”. With help from therapist Shea Theillman, father-loss expert Dr. Don Hebbard, and a slew of pop-culture references, Carson and Janielle figure out how to stop running and reckon with Oedipus (...not in the way that you think). More of Shea Thielemann here. More of Dr. Don Hebbard here. Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Tell us about your experience with Foreshadowing at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!    Produced by Spoke Media.
CHAPTER 4: Plot

CHAPTER 4: Plot

2019-08-0500:53:263

What do you do when your plot... twists?Janielle wrestles with her broken, no-good, dead-Dad plot, with help from plot expert Professor Peter Brooks. Carson and Jan confront the aftermath of a plot twist: Do you ever really “move on”? What do you do with all the “could have beens”? And how do you say goodbye to the plot you wanted?Learn more about Peter Brooks and check out his book “Reading for the Plot”. Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Tell us about your experience with Plot at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!   Produced by Spoke Media.Note: Cat and Jan in no way believe they got string theory right. If you’d like to know what string theory *actually* is, check out String Theory. Thanks, string theory, for helping us figure out our story, even though we got you wrong! 
CHAPTER 3: Script

CHAPTER 3: Script

2019-07-2900:54:414

What happens when the script fails you?Jan goes off-script with the Reverend who officiated and wrote the “script” for her Dad Character’s funeral. Carson and Jan discover what it means to bear witness to another’s story, even (especially) when words don’t work.Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Tell us about your experience with Scripts at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!   Original music composed in response to each episode is by the incredible Rat RiosOur artwork is by Kevin Craft Co. Produced by Spoke Media.Check out Care/Of vitamins, and use the code DADPROJECT at checkout
This week, Carson and Jan share a favorite interview that doesn’t fit in a specific Chapter but matters to the narrative!Podcaster and author Nora McInerny has made a career out of sharing beautiful, honest stories about devastating losses, oftentimes her own. In 2017, Jan was at a crossroads and came to her with questions: Is it okay to make art about grief while you’re still *in* the grief? How bad does it hurt to tell your own story? And, when people ask about your podcast at dinner parties, do you just casually talk about your own trauma? Check out Nora’s excellent podcast Terrible Thanks for Asking, and non-profit @stillkickingco. Next week we get on-track and go off-script with CHAPTER 3: Script! Follow along at @untitleddadprojectOriginal music composed in response to each episode is by the incredible Rat RiosOur artwork is by Kevin Craft Co. Produced by Spoke Media.
CHAPTER 2: Genre

CHAPTER 2: Genre

2019-07-1500:51:482

“And now I’m the... surprise bastard daughter in a soap opera?”Jan and Cat figure out how to embrace Jan’s new genre with actress and former soap opera star Taylor Anne Ramsey. Can Jan re-cast herself from scandalous side character to powerful protagonist? Is this how she confronts her Dad Character? Will she ever properly throw a drink in a man’s face?Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Tell us about your Genre at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!   Original music composed in response to each episode is by the incredible Rat RiosOur artwork is by Kevin Craft Co. Produced by Spoke Media.
“What is the event that radically threw life out of balance?”Jan and Cat review an interview with story teacher Robert McKee, and learn where to begin her story. Oh and also, that Jan’s whole life is a lie? More of Robert McKee’s work, including his books and popular “Story Seminars”, can be found at https://mckeestory.com/ Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Let us know about your Inciting Incident(s) at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io! Original music composed in response to each episode is by the incredible Rat RiosOur artwork is by Kevin Craft Co. Produced by Spoke Media.
Jan activates her learnings from Robert McKee by talking to her Mom Character.A surprise, a big failure, a small miracle, and grapes.  Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Tell us about your Inciting Incident(s) at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!   Original music composed in response to each episode is by the incredible Rat RiosOur artwork is by Kevin Craft Co. Produced by Spoke Media.
PROLOGUE: A Prologue

PROLOGUE: A Prologue

2019-07-0100:12:172

Before you begin. Everything you need to know about everything we already know, so together we can figure out how to make it a good story.Chapter 1: Inciting Incident drops next week. Follow along at @untitleddadproject! Let us know your story at untitleddadproject@spokemedia.io!   Original music composed in response to each episode is by the incredible Rat RiosOur artwork is by Kevin Craft Co. Produced by Spoke Media.
You can't figure out your title till you know your story. From Spoke Media, Untitled Dad Project premieres July 1. Chapters drop weekly. 
Comments (19)

Chuck O'Brien

789

Aug 21st
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Drew Brid

Chuck O'Brien ?//?

Aug 22nd
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KateSos75

I'm not crying 😭😭😭😭😭

Aug 19th
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KateSos75

Liz Twente yes!

Aug 19th
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Liz Twente

KateSos75 im going to have to check it out

Aug 19th
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Robert Michael Raeburn

Untitled Dad Project.

Aug 19th
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Incredible Similarity

@49:25. What is the email address that they mentioned? I cannot understand what they say.

Aug 11th
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KateSos75

Incredible Similarity oh no :(

Aug 18th
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Incredible Similarity

KateSos75 Thank you for your response. I have tried using that link and it does not work. My emails get bounced back to me as undeliverable at that address . Thank you.

Aug 18th
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Rich

Let, H gp9898654w0 .

Aug 2nd
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Incredible Similarity

Rich Ritch, either this is pure American gibberish or a well encrypted message. 😄😄

Aug 10th
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Lamar Perry

t.yu

Jul 29th
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Renee Victor

Lamar Perry 👌

Jul 30th
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KateSos75

only 10 minutes in to episode 1, and I am sucked in! WOW!

Jul 23rd
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Bess Gray

KateSos75 wow, sounds interesting

Jul 24th
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Nemo Dakkar

ooh, girl! I almost never say this unironically, but you are seriously courageous as hell. thank you for opening up your own hero's journey to the world. theres a palpable universal quality to your experience, and sharing in your epiphanies is enthralling. you're doing such a fantastic job with this project. cant wait for more episodes!!

Jul 15th
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Jennifer Arabella

Nemo Dakkar Looking forward to more!

Jul 16th
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Samantha Shaw

I heard you on the Kidd Kraddick show a couple weeks ago and immediately looked for your podcast. It's been a long couple weeks waiting but worthwhile! You have not disappointed and can't wait to hear more of your story.

Jul 10th
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