PleasureTown

PleasureTown

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Classic radio meets contemporary cable drama in this fictional serial podcast about a failed Oklahoma utopian society and its eclectic residents. Betrayal, murder and hedonism abound in PleasureTown. Join the story at www.pleasuretownshow.com.


312 - With Fists Raised
Dec 7, 2016 • 26 min
Well…shoot. Thanks for listening to our yarnin’, travelers. This last one has been a long meandering road, full of unexpected twists and turns and yet here we are standin’ at the end of it. It’s a wonderful thing, listeners, finishing a story. Almost as…
311 - Hear the Sparrow
Nov 16, 2016 • 22 min
Frantic and alone, Remy is driven to the wilderness by a betrayal and her voices.
310 - Burden of Truth
Nov 2, 2016 • 21 min
Unable to combat Daniel’s demons by herself, Bethany gets a little help from a demon of her own. Meanwhile, Enid Wallace presents Amelia with a once-in-a-lifetime offer.
309 - The Most Joy
Oct 19, 2016 • 25 min
Eli, Eve, and Flo reflect on their pasts and futures, hopes and reservations, faiths and follies. Meanwhile, Ms. Wallace joins Mr. Goose at one of PleasureTown’s more secretive venues to celebrate her railroad.
308 - Rebuilding This Place
Oct 5, 2016 • 24 min
With the town in desperate need of financial help, the Clerk holds a State of the Town address to lay out the pros and cons of the new railroad. Meanwhile, as Bethany aids the lost spirits of PleasureTown, Daniel continues to ensnare them.
307 - The Good In Ourselves
Sep 21, 2016 • 25 min
This week on PleasureTown, Remy is challenged when one of the more troubled members of her support group rejects help. Meanwhile, Amelia blows the dust off her gloves and goes a few rounds with her old friend, Ma Barker.
306 - Gnarled Remains
Aug 24, 2016 • 24 min
This week on PleasureTown, Skippy, the town clerk, takes stock of what is left of in the wake of the Great Fire, all the while trying to manage the out-of-touch founders. Meanwhile, Elijah, leader of the newly displaced residents, strikes a deal with Enid…
305 - Smoke and Embers
Aug 10, 2016 • 23 min
Amelia and Remy bond over making their totems for the Feast of the Wretched. Meanwhile, the medium Daniel encounters a spirit who tries to console his lovesick heart.
304 - Heart Still Beating
Jul 27, 2016 • 25 min
Tip of the hat to you listeners, and thanks again for joining us! Now, pop in those headphones and prepare to embark on another voyage into PleasureTown! This week, we follow Remy as her struggle with the voices that plague her brings life in PleasureTown…
303 - Certain Dignity
Jul 13, 2016 • 24 min
An opportunity to stimulate the floundering economy of PleasureTown presents itself in the form of Enid Wallace, a wealthy railroad baroness who wishes to build her tracks through the town. How will the townspeople react to her proposal?
302 - Sinners At Every Turn
Jun 28, 2016 • 27 min
Meet Bethany and Daniel, two amorous teens from Louisiana who are gifted with the ability to speak to the dead. Meanwhile, Claude and Cyrus struggle to find the finances for repairs as the town shows increasing signs of wear.
301 - A Thin Connection
Jun 15, 2016 • 27 min
In the season premiere, Amelia relives her childhood and her father’s abusive self-interest to tell how she came to be the proprietor of the town’s Inn. Also, Remy, daughter to a family of wealthy English aristocrats, is sent away to live in the States…
Mini12 - The Human Form
Jun 12, 2016 • 11 min
A nudist who is known for her pink parasol describes an encounter with a pair of Irish siblings. One loves her, and one wishes to possess her.
Mini11 - It Takes A Village
Mar 26, 2016 • 12 min
PleasureTown may be a playground for the liberated, but for one young man, being born into a world so focused on pleasure made life nearly unbearable. This is his story.
Mini10 - How It Works
Mar 15, 2016 • 9 min
In this minisode, we meet a nameless PleasureTown resident as he recounts a chance meeting with a tormented Claude, who is haunted by memories of his father…and what he did. This minisode was written by PleasureTown Super Friend Richard Izzo.
Mini9 - Bad Water
Feb 29, 2016 • 13 min
Fear and hate go hand in hand. This is a lesson Hong, a Chinese immigrant, must learn as he traverses the Wild West to build a new home in Oklahoma. Will Hong be able to conquer the perils of his adopted land or will he succumb to the hatred of its people?
Mini8 - Rule of Symmetry
Jan 30, 2016
This week on PleasureTown, we join Clara, a young mathematician and PleasureTown native, as she decides to leave her family and community behind. Although Clara sets out to forge her own identity, it begins to dawn on her that life might have an…
Telegram For You!
Jan 22, 2016
We’ve missed you. Stop. We’ll be back soon. Stop. Follow us on Twitter. Stop. @PleasureTownOK Stop. And Nerdette is back! Stop. Joy abounds! Stop.
212 - Last Breath
Oct 27, 2015
In the season finale, Bulger and Rudd discover the Cintamani Stone, sending them on a collision course with Alvin Pilfer and Warren Featherbone III.
211 - By Blood or Bond
Oct 6, 2015
Veiled by the magic of the Cintamani Stone, Adrianne enters Bulger’s store to make contact with her estranged brother. Later, the stone’s elusiveness manages to push Alvin Pilfer to the brink of insanity.
210 - Of Such Metal
Sep 22, 2015
It’s Oklahoma’s 10th anniversary, and President Roosevelt is visiting as part of his campaign to drum up favor for the War. The citizens of PleasureTown are abuzz…as are the spirits who watch over them.
209 - Hunt Of The Hunter
Sep 9, 2015
In The Hunt of the Hunter, a sinister figure walks in Rudd’s footsteps. Will this be the comedian’s last laugh? Meanwhile, the shantytowners stage a revolt, bringing their dismay to Claude’s doorstep. Can the city clerk save his friend and mollify the…
208 - The Flames Rising
Aug 25, 2015
It’s the Feast of the Wretched! A stranger on her way to town encounters Jeb, who has become a man on the run. Through a tale of family and fire, he warns her against what she might find in PleasureTown. Meanwhile, Alvin, masquerading under the guise of…
207 - Needed Quiet
Aug 10, 2015
In this week’s episode, we visit with Goldie as she examines the reflection of her violent past with former lover Alvin. Waist deep in an ocean of regret and sorrow, Goldie laments failed resolutions, paths not taken and decisions that would inevitably…
206 - History of Solitude
Jul 14, 2015
In this week’s episode of PleasureTown, we join the Bartender as he ruminates on the retribution that fate has dealt him for his years spent as a hitman. Also, a withdrawn Cyrus is confronted about his reclusive ways by a mysterious yet familiar figure.…
205 - Thinly Veiled Disguise
Jun 30, 2015
In this week’s thrilling episode of PleasureTown, Mudd plans on spending his earnings from a recent heist but instead encounters an individual possibly more devious than himself. We then walk with Jebediah as he recalls the bloody night that led to his…
204 - Always Spot the Thorns
Jun 16, 2015
In the garden of life, some people are petals…and others are thorns. This time, Shiner returns to share details of her legendary romance and her legendary death. Next, we listen as Mudd and Rudd as they strike up an unusual friendship, which leads them to…
203 - Years of Mayhem
Jun 2, 2015
More often than not, it is those that we least expect that are our undoing. In this week’s episode, we rejoin the town’s stoic Bartender as he is confronted by the widow of the man he murdered. Will she be the one to give the Bartender the conclusion he…
202 - Good Luck Charm
May 20, 2015
In the second episode of Season 2 of PleasureTown, we become reacquainted with Jebediah, a blind man whose father exploits his preternatural ability to taste what others are feeling. Also, Claude digs up a memory of a long-held keepsake that nearly took…
201 - And You Run
May 6, 2015
Claude and Cyrus are back with another season of strange and twisted tales from PleasureTown’s past. In the Season Two premier, we begin by flashing back — way back — to hear a story of loss and bloodshed from a man whose people predate the Oklahoma…
Mini7 - This Same Flower
Apr 22, 2015
In PleasureTown’s seventh and final “minisode,” we meet a young New York City couple with big dreams of small town living. But money is tight and trouble abounds. Will the couple make it to the fabled utopia, or will they get lost along the way? Written…
Mini6 - The Shadows
Apr 7, 2015
In the thrilling conclusion to the Fantasy Fair & Freak Show trilogy, tough-talking Frank and the mysterious Mirella come to Pete’s aid while Mr. Blythe attempts to confront Buster about their altercation. Will the unlikely trio be able to rescue Sal,…
Mini5 - Legitimate Medicine
Mar 25, 2015
In PleasureTown’s fifth minisode, we are introduced to smooth-talking huckster Nicholas Morrison, a new arrival who makes his living as a slinger of suspicious solutions. Soon after his arrival, Nicholas enlists the help of aging Darlin and drunken…
Mini4 - Nothing But Hungry
Mar 11, 2015
In PleasureTown’s fourth "minisode," we continue the story of Crandle Philing’s Fantasy Fair and Freak Show. Suspicions rise among the carnival workers as more strange happenings occur among the children. Will Buster, Sal and Pete escape, or will they…
Mini3 - My Life Wandering
Feb 25, 2015
In PleasureTown’s third “minisode,” we flash forward to the present, where we meet young Mason Bowen, a student at Enid State University. As part of his college thesis, he interviews Mr. Johnstone, an elderly man who visited the fabled PleasureTown as a…
Mini2 - All Sorts of Trouble
Feb 10, 2015
In PleasureTown’s second "minisode," a local shopkeeper with an axe to grind has a run-in with a band of youthful hoodlums. But there’s opportunity to set the children on the straight and narrow when a traveling carnival rolls into town and offers to take…
Mini1 - By My Own Hands
Jan 27, 2015
In PleasureTown’s first "minisode," we meet Esther, the town seamstress, who spins a yarn about her lost heritage and life under the watchful eye of the menacing Miz Janine. This is part of our "Write an Episode" contest, which follows the completion of…
112 - The Road Appearing
Dec 17, 2014
In the season finale, an apocalyptic premonition could alter the course of Claude and Cyrus’ lives forever. Meanwhile, the battle between the virtuous and the fallen comes to a head as Angie must save her beloved — and PleasureTown itself — from the…
111 - The Other Side of Life
Nov 29, 2014
Two of PleasureTown’s long-time residents reach the end of the road. Ma Barker visits the grave of her deceased husband, Henry, and reflects on a life of hard knocks. Meanwhile, Shaman Jon’s spiritual awakening reaches a new level of transcendence as the…
110 - Double Lives
Nov 12, 2014
A mystery unfolds in PleasureTown as one of the pillars of this hedonistic society is found dead due to strange circumstances. Meanwhile, residents cope with the aftermath of a large and destructive fire. All is relayed by a new reporter, who brings her…
109 - Pushing Upstream
Oct 29, 2014
Tensions come to a head between the PleasureTown founders, as Claude and Cyrus duke it out in a battle of words for control of the town. Meanwhile, the children of PleasureTown embark on an adventure and make a wish that could change the course of their…
108 - Of Vigilance & Worry
Oct 15, 2014
A sudden revelation threatens the future of PleasureTown’s star-crossed lovers, the Doctor and the Reporter. We hear from the Reporter’s side of the story and discover just how their magnetic attraction first came to fruition all those years ago.…
107 - Flashes of Fire
Oct 1, 2014
As PleasureTown grew, it began to attract a different breed of wanderer. No longer were those drawn to the settlement society’s rough and grizzled outlaws and misfits. Dreamers, poets and artists had begun to flock to PleasureTown to carve out their…
106 - The Feast Of The Wretched
Sep 17, 2014
In this episode, we learn the birth story behind PleasureTown’s original holiday, The Feast of the Wretched. Meanwhile, Mattie Barker has left town, putting aside her frying pan to take up a pair of boxing gloves. Also, Shaman John begins a new ritual…
105 - Two Souls
Sep 3, 2014
In this episode, we meet PleasureTown’s barber, who tells the story of how he and his blind brother fled to the settlement after a particularly hairy run-in with a local bigot. We also revisit Shaman John and hear his tale of loss and woe. To cope, the…
104 - If Thy Right Hand Offend Thee
Aug 20, 2014
As the population of PleasureTown continued to swell, the settlement began to see an uptick in violence, lawlessness and murder. In this episode, town founders Cyrus and Claude engage in a heated battle of words, with one advocating for rule and order…
103 - A Smile That Stretches
Aug 4, 2014
As PleasureTown transformed into a budding settlement, the community began to see a flood of diverse immigrants. With all the activity, it didn’t take long for the media to catch wind of the diamond in the red dirt, and so a reporter from New York City…
102 - White Stone Path
Jul 20, 2014
As word spread of the strange, hedonistic town, more and more lost souls gravitated toward a place they believed could be their home. In this episode, we follow Shaman John, once a man of faith turned mystic, through his first day as a Pleasure Town…
101 - Buried & Forgotten
Jul 8, 2014
In this episode, Claude and Cyrus invite listeners to join them in retracing the steps that lead them to PleasureTown. Despite their contrasting personalities, both Claude and Cyrus share histories rooted in hardship. As the son of a Mississippi slave…
PleasureTown: The Legend Has Begun
Jun 13, 2014
Unfamiliar with PleasureTown? If you ask some, PleasureTown was paradise on Earth, a place where anyone could be and do whatever they wanted without fear of judgment or retribution from their fellow man or woman. If you ask others, it was a powderkeg of…