Our Fair City

197 EpisodesProduced by HartLife NFP

Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audiodrama.Founded in 2011 with the help of some incredibly generous Kickstarter donors, Our Fair City has quickly become a notable entry in the audiodrama world. Produced by a staff of Chicago storefront theatre veterans, experienced sound designers, and … read more

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Unwell Season 1/Episode 1- Homecoming

February 20th, 2019


Notes on the Fenwood House

February 17th, 2019


Welcome to Mt Absalom: Unwell Trailer #2

January 16th, 2019


2018 Listener Questions Episode 4

January 9th, 2019


Loyal Policies: we're back with our final group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  Thank you so much for all of your questions- it was so …

2018 Listener Questions Episode 3

December 26th, 2018


Loyal Policies: we're back with our third group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a …


December 16th, 2018


For our holiday special this year, we're incredibly pleased to bring you "Redeemers" by Bilal Dardai.  Adapted from his stage play of the same name, …

2018 Listener Questions Episode 2

November 28th, 2018


Loyal Policies: we're back with another group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a …

2018 Listener Questions Episode 1

November 14th, 2018


Loyal Policies: we're back with another group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a …

Tales from Albuquerque Part 4

October 11th, 2018


We're back with the fourth and final episode of Tales From Albuquerque!

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of …

Tales from Albuquerque Part 3

September 27th, 2018


We're back with the third episode of Tales From Albuquerque!

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting …

Tales from Albuquerque Part Two

September 12th, 2018


We're back with the second episode of Tales From Albuquerque!

Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting …

Tales from Albuquerque Part One

August 29th, 2018


Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting together a miniseries that told the story of Doctor Herbert West’s …

Season Eight Blooper Reel pt 4

August 15th, 2018


Here we are with our final blooper reel for Our Fair City- we very much hope you've enjoyed these!

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP, Our Fair City, and our upcoming production Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, …

Our Fair City Season Eight Blooper Reel pt 3

July 31st, 2018


Don't worry- we aren't going anywhere yet~

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP, Our Fair City, and our upcoming production Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery- First Trailer

July 19th, 2018


Thank You

July 18th, 2018


Loyal Policies-we cannot thank you enough for your support, love and time over the eight seasons of Our Fair City.  We'd like to try anyway.

This …

Episode 8.19 - The End

July 4th, 2018


Listen and Remember.


The show may be over, but the HartLife NFP isn’t going anywhere!  We’ll be releasing content on the Our Fair City podcast feed for the next few months (including listener …

Episode 8.18 - Home, wherever it may be

June 20th, 2018


8.17 - For Albuquerque

June 6th, 2018


8.16- Time After Time

May 23rd, 2018


If only we could rewind the clock and prevent this horror.


If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer …

Episode 8.15 - The Strategy of Stayment

May 9th, 2018


Episode 8.14- By the Directors

April 25th, 2018


Episode 8.13- Compañeros

April 11th, 2018


Episode 8.12- No Policy

March 28th, 2018


Perhaps we must look farther afield for information on what happened to the tower.  I saw a primitive greenhouse as I entered, ruined by neglect and time.  What might we learn there?


If you want to …

Episode 8.11 - A Question of Labor

March 14th, 2018


We return to those absurd Hendersonians and their disgusting rebellion.  Perhaps there is some clue as to what happened to our beloved Company here?


If you want to help us create more great audio …

Episode 8.10 - Memory Loss

February 28th, 2018


I regret having to play this tape for you, Policies.  Bear witness to my lowest moment.


If you want to help us create more great …

We Feed the Worms that Feed our Pups

February 14th, 2018


Here we are, Loyal Policies- the final installment of the Season Eight Midseason break.  Today, we have a touching MolePerson Hymn for you: "We Feed …

Season Eight Blooper Reel pt 2

January 31st, 2018


Season Eight Blooper Reel pt 1

January 17th, 2018


Welcome to the mid-season break!  Up first- our first blooper reel from the first half of Season Eight.  Regular episodes of Our Fair City will …

Episode 8.9- Chamberlain

January 3rd, 2018


A tape just marked “Chamberlain,” with several unpleasant words scratched out.  Hmmm.


We’ll be going on our mid-season break over the month of January, but we’ll still have bi-weekly releases- …

Spookies Podcast: an Our Fair City/Spirits Podcast Crossover

December 20th, 2017


Loyal Policies- welcome to the Our Fair City 2017 Exclusion Day Special! This year we've got a special treat- the first episode of "Spookies Podcast" …

Episode 8.8 - Return to the Tunnels

December 6th, 2017


I regret, dear listeners, that we must descend into that den of iniquity- the post-flood Tunnels. Perhaps some wisdom can be gained here, despite the direly un-Corporate nature of the locale?


Are you …

Episode 8.7 - The Empty Seat

November 22nd, 2017


The Department of Memory has vast historical resources.  Perhaps we can find an answer to our current predicament by digging through the life of one …

Episode 8.6- 1 is Greater than or Equal to 1

November 8th, 2017


I have it!  We'll consult the Actuaries- surely they know what happened to the Tower.


Are you a Patron of HartLife NFP?   By …

Halloween Special- The Lesane Manuscript

October 27th, 2017


Episode 8.5- Pushing into Revolution

October 11th, 2017


I detest these Liminals.  The collaborations between Rogue Scientists and Rebel Policies will never bear the sweet fruit of Truth that the works of …

Episode 8.4- The Meeting

September 27th, 2017


How dare they profane that holiest of holiest, that sacred ritual of productivity…the Meeting?  Does their perfidy know no bounds?

We’re getting very …

Episode 8.3- The Retreat

September 13th, 2017


Perhaps we should check in on the Vice Presidents- those dear Middle Managers of the HartLife Corporation.  Surely they have some clue as to what …

Episode 8.2- Rise

August 29th, 2017


Episode 8.1- The Narrator's Name

August 12th, 2017


Dr. West Presents: The Science we have done so far

August 12th, 2017


Hello Friends  This is Doctor Herbert West (but please- call me Herbert). We have taken control of the Department of Memory, and are here to bring …

The Making of the Our Fair City Theme with Stephen Poon

July 26th, 2017


Loyal Policies: today we bring you a short vignette from Composer Stephen Poon on the making of the Our Fair City theme song, featuring several as to …

Ryan Schile's Favorite Sound Moments

July 12th, 2017


Loyal Policies: today we bring you a short vignette from Lead Sound Designer Ryan Schile on his favorite sound moments in Our Fair City!  We hope you …

Bringing Your Sci-Fi Story to Life with Audio Drama

June 7th, 2017


Loyal Policies: today we bring you a recording from our panel at the Oak Lawn Public Library: "Bringing Your Sci-fi Story to Life."  If you'd like us …

2017 Listener Questions Session 2

May 24th, 2017


Loyal Policies: we return with another episode of listener questions!  Please note that this episode contains spoilers for Seasons One through Seven …

2017 Listener Questions Session 1

May 10th, 2017


Loyal Policies: we're back with another group of questions submitted by Listeners Like You.  We got way more questions than we could handle in a …

Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 3

April 25th, 2017


Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 2

April 14th, 2017


Episode 7.19- Turn

March 28th, 2017


Loyal Policies- please stand by.  I will be with you in a moment.

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HartLife NFP will return with the Final Season of Our Fair City …

Episode 7.18- Director Rourke

March 15th, 2017


What happiness for the MolePeople, to have direction from a human being again!  Surely Nathan Rourke has learned humility and loyalty to the …

Episode 7.17: Exploration

March 1st, 2017


What of Alison Dalton, Simon Von Hagens, and Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt?  Join us as we step back into the recent past and discover their fate. 

Episode 7.16: The Old Man

February 15th, 2017


Loyal Policies, do not listen to the Hendersonians.  They lie, and lie, and lie--these Policies have been corrupted by Outsider notions of Freedom, …

Episode 7.15- Blood for Blood

February 1st, 2017


Those who would deface the tower, inside and out, must be punished.  The poisonous words of the Hendersonians are just as dangerous- if not more so - …

Episode 7.14- Hostile Negotiations

January 18th, 2017


We apologize that you must hear more of the Outsiders, Loyal Policy.  The events contained within this True Retelling of the History of the HartLife …

Episode 7.13- The Labor of Lies

January 4th, 2017


Dearest Policies, we know you hesitate to return to the warrens of the MolePeople. Truly, I find them as disturbing as you do. Believe me, though- if …

2016 Exclusion Day Special- Die HartLife

December 22nd, 2016


This Exclusion Day, archivists in the HartLife Tower have unearthed this Ancient Exclusion Day Story from before the Troubles.  Let it instruct you, …

Episode 7.12- Down the Drain

December 21st, 2016


Remember, Loyal Policy- in the service of the Company, all work is noble.  HartLife has invested in you, and so you must invest your thoughts, labor, …

Episode 7.11 - What's Left Behind

December 7th, 2016


Welcome back, Loyal Policy, to Our Fair City.  Today, we take you to the terrifying Outside, to monitor the progress of that fiendish group of …

Montgomery Moro Museum Tour and Season Seven Update

November 23rd, 2016


Loyal Policies,   We're very sorry to share that we will be delaying the release of Episode 11 of Our Fair City slightly.  Our Fair City Season Seven …

Mid-Season Break- Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 1

November 9th, 2016


We hope you enjoy the first part of the Season Seven Blooper Reel, as we continue our mid-season break!

  • Getting a good start— Ansel Burch
  • Acting …

Halloween Special- Beyond the Door

October 27th, 2016


This Halloween, HartLife is proud to present "Beyond the Door" by Gabriel Urbina.  If you'd like to hear more of Gabriel's work, we heartily …

Mid-Season Break- Songs from Al's Bar

October 12th, 2016


Welcome, Loyal Polices, to the Mid-Season Break! While the MolePeople are busy editing the second half of the season, we've got some fun stuff to …

Episode 7.10- A Series of Inspired Follies

September 28th, 2016


Each level of the Tower is different.  Amenities and environments are tailored to the needs of the Policies who dwell there.  Of course the …

Episode 7.9- The StormHawk Revisited

September 13th, 2016


Shun the Outsider, Loyal Policy.  Their un-businesslike conduct and unguided thoughts will only lead you astray.  Even if these Outsiders were once …

Episode 7.8- The Executor

August 30th, 2016


Everything and Everyone in HartLife has a proper place.  When Policies are forced outside of their proper location, all order breaks down.

Aren't we …

Episode 7.7 - Orders are Orders

August 17th, 2016


Loyal Policies- we all have our place in HartLife.  The Directors guide us, fulfilling their immortal will as our Founders and Protectors.  …

Episode 7.6 - Family Road Trip

August 3rd, 2016


Loyal Policies- there is no chance for a fulfilling life outside of HartLife.  Whatever you may hear in these recordings today- know that all …

Episode 7.5- A Morning without Muffins and Matcha

July 20th, 2016


Loyal Policies- the True Histories have focused mostly on the lives of the Tunnel Dwellers, or those who have dealings with them.  Today, we …

Episode 7.4- Dread Secrets and Fearful Engines

July 6th, 2016


Do you love the Directors, Loyal Policy?  Of course you do.  Bask in their presence.  Rest assured that they have steered the course of humanity long …

Episode 7.3- Monsters and memories

June 22nd, 2016


Loyal Policies- the truth can be a hard algae-pill to swallow.  No matter how you may feel about the villainous, disloyal Policies confined to the …

Episode 7.2- A MolePup Misadventure

June 8th, 2016


Join us as we dive below the Tower, back into the water-soaked warrens of the Tunnels.  While the waters have partially receded, great damage has been done to the property of HartLife.  Who will repair the domiciles and …

Episode 7.1- The Cube

May 20th, 2016


Loyal Policies: we return now to the Tower, now crowded with the refugees of the Flood, allowed into the sacred halls of the Upper Management by the …

Season Break- The Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House Audio Tour

May 18th, 2016


As we approach the launch of Season Seven of Our Fair City, we are excited to share with you the Official audio tour of the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House, lead by everyone's favorite caretaker, Ol' …

Live Apperances- Podcasting 101 Panel at CG2

April 27th, 2016


As we continue our run up to Season Seven, we’re pleased to share a recording of the Our Fair City team speaking at the 2016 Columbia Geek Culture …

Season Break- The past just isn't what it used to be

April 13th, 2016


Loyal Policies: this week, we’re excited to bring you something very different from our usual fare: a very special crossover episode produced by …

Our Fair City Live: The Archibald FunnyPants Variety Hour

March 16th, 2016


Recorded live at the 2015 CONvergence Convention, we are pleased to finally share with you, in its entirety, the Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour.  We've toured this show in a variety of forms (and with a variety of …

Season Break- Season Six Blooper Reel pt. 2

February 24th, 2016


We continue our between-season break with the second part of the Season Six Blooper Reel.  We have no excuses for this.

  • Enjoy Page Fiiiiiiiive!— …

Season Break- 2016 Listener Questions Session II

February 3rd, 2016


We’re back with more questions from Policies Like You!  We really enjoyed answering these—stay tuned next time for answers to questions posed to …

Season Break- 2016 Listener Questions Session I

January 13th, 2016


Loyal Policies: as we work diligently on Season Seven of Our Fair City, we thought we’d take a moment to answer questions about our show from …

Episode 6.20- Uninsurable Risk

December 23rd, 2015


Loyal Policies: listen and remember, as we recount the true events that nearly destroyed the sanctity and security of our Tower.  Savor these words, …

2015 Exclusion Day Special- Tidings of Comfort and (Mandatory) Joy

December 21st, 2015


Every year, the Loyal Policies of HartLife celebrate Exclusion Day: the day the glorious founders of the Company sealed the tower away from the cold, …

Episode 6.19- The Coming of the Waters

December 9th, 2015


The Waters are Coming.  As the denizens of the tunnels grapple with the impending destruction of their underground home, we are left to wonder: who will survive?  Who will escape?  How will the glorious HartLife company …

Episode 6.18- The Rise and Fall of Charles Wynn

November 25th, 2015


Charles Wynn: Project Manager, loyal policy, and hero of small children everywhere.  Many stories have been told about his life, his works, his …

Episode 6.17- The Smell of Anger

November 11th, 2015


The Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House remains a hotbed of unapproved science, illegal cohabitation, and fraternization with MolePeople …

Halloween Special 3/3 - Henry Lee

October 28th, 2015


Finally: a recording of the traditional murder ballad Henry Lee, popularized by Dick Justice (and more recently) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Henry …

Halloween Special 2/3- The Spirit of Chicago

October 28th, 2015


A Halloween ode to Chicago's favorite liquor, which you should absolutely try if you have never had the pleasure.  

The Spirit of Chicago

  • The Spirit …

Halloween Special 1/3- The Conqueror Worm

October 28th, 2015


This Halloween, HartLife NFP is happy to share a trio of ghoulish short audio pieces: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,’ Ele Matelan’s “The …

Our Fair City Live: Human Resources

October 14th, 2015


Episode 6.16- The Buddy System

September 30th, 2015


Using the extracted scent glad of the old Ant Queen, our “Buddy Group” goes in search of the new Queen.  But the tunnels are long, and more insidious …

Episode 6.15- In the Hall of the Ant Queen

September 16th, 2015


Our intrepid explorers, sadly marooned from the loving comfort of bounteous HartLife, continue their quest through the tunnels to find the Queen of the Ant People.  What horrors will the encounter?  What struggles must …

Episode 6.14- The Snidge with Two Brains

September 2nd, 2015


The Hunt for Snidge’s Body continues as Cassie, Dr. Caligari, and the MolePeople traverse trap-laden tunnels and perilous pathways to restore  …

Episode 6.13- Much Ado About Andrew Snidge

August 19th, 2015


oin us as we return to the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House- that lair of unapproved science and liminal thought.  Will Cassie finally be reunited with her Andrew?  Will Wynn manage his “projects” …

Episode 6.12- Last Shift

August 5th, 2015


Loyal Policies, you know the tale of the Switcher well.  You have heard the highlight reels, and memorized his stories–now, hear his unedited, true …

Episode 6.11- Raise Your Glass

July 22nd, 2015


Welcome back to Season Six of Our Fair City.  We rejoin the Hendersonians, celebrating their likely temporary victory over the Ant People in Waste Field Three–but what un-corporate evildoers still lurk within the merry …

Mid-Season Break: Season One Blooper Reel

July 9th, 2015


Rounding out our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy a blooper reel from our Season One recording sessions!

  • Misses David— Tara Schile
  • Doesn’t …

Mid-Season Break: Boggy's Big Day

June 24th, 2015


As we continue our Mid-Season Break, HartLife brings you the tail of a precocious young MolePerson named Boggy.  This segment is a studio recording …

Mid-Season Break: Season Six Blooper Reel pt 1

June 10th, 2015


As we begin our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy the first part of our seasonal blooper reel!

No MolePeople were harmed in the making of …

Episode 6.10- The Battle of Waste Field Three

May 27th, 2015


As we come to the conclusion of the first half of the Sixth season of the True Historical Retellings of Our Fair City, we invite all Loyal Policies …

Episode 6.9- The Closing of the Gullet

May 13th, 2015


Loyal Policies, enjoy this True Retelling of the Battle of Waste Field Three, and see for yourselves through the propaganda and lies spread by …

Episode 6.8- The Rediscovey of Hope

April 29th, 2015


In tonight’s seasonal retelling of the True History of the HartLife Corporation, we rejoin Simon Von Hagens (Dead Disposal Driver) and Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt (Window Washer and Amateur Naturalist) as they spelunk …

Episode 6.7- Lost and (Sometimes) Found

April 15th, 2015


We return to our erstwhile heroes, Charles Wynn, Alison Dalton, and Cassandra Wilkins as they flee the ant menace through HartLife's ventilation system.  Will they find safety, succor, and Cassie's family...or only more …

Episode 6.6- The Tower Below

April 1st, 2015


Loyal Policies- you hgw$hr*78534 if you see an outsififerw733923(( please be su32jh43ui requests your compliance.  Remember: we are all …

Episode 6.5- The Furlough

March 18th, 2015


Loyal Policies- you know not to venture Outdoors.  As you well know, it is cold, and there are wolves.  Do not take any lessons in survival from this …

Episode 6.4- Brains Surgery

March 4th, 2015


We return to young Andrew Snidge, hapless yet helpful hero and recent recipient of firearm-based coaching strategies administered by Special Agent …

Episode 6.3 - You Can't Go Home Again

February 18th, 2015


Fleeing the Ant Menace, Alison Dalton, Charlie Wynn, and Cassie Wilkins fight their way towards an unlikely bastion of safety: the data extraction cells.  Within, will they find certain refuge or only more horror?  Find …

Episode 6.2- Safety in Numbers

February 3rd, 2015


The Ant invasion of the Tunnels continues, as we join the embattled forces of the Hendersonians in their quest for a safe refuge!  But who are these …

Episode 6.1- Friends Upstairs

January 18th, 2015


We return to our retelling of the Great History of the HartLife corporation as the Ant Menace spills into the depths of the Tunnels through the new entrance carved by the mighty Geoship, the Hope of HartLife.  As the …

Season Six Trailer: Extended Edition

January 7th, 2015


Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to share this extended edition of the Season Six Trailer!

This preview contains spoilers for Season Five.

2014 Holiday Special - An Exclusion Day Carol

December 17th, 2014


This winter, HartLife is excited to share a new Exclusion Day Special- an Our Fair City retelling of the classic “Christmas Carol.”   This episode is …

Season Five Blooper Reel pt 2

November 19th, 2014


We’re excited to share part 2 of the Season Five blooper reel- listen to part 1 here!

  • Do you make Blooper Reels?— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • A Need for …


November 1st, 2014


This Halloween, HartLife is proud to present "Record/Record" by Mark Harrison- a finalist from the 2013 Deathscribe International Festival of Horror Audiodrama.  This piece was originally produced live at the 2013 …

KCRW's 24 Hour Radio Race Entry - Magic Phone

September 24th, 2014

This July, four of us - head writer Clayton Faits, director Jeffrey Gardner, composer Stephen Poon, and producer David Rheinstrom - took to the …

Our Fair City Live 2014 - All The Life You'll Ever Need

September 10th, 2014


Recorded on-site at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival, Our Fair City is pleased to present our very first full recording of a live episode.  Uncover …

Season Five Blooper Reel- Pt 1

August 15th, 2014


Lots of great cuts from this season—watch for pt 2 later in the year!

  • Welcome aboard!— Jared Latore
  • Love for Fish—Ryan Schile
  • Working Leg—Tyler …

End of Season 5 Update! Also, news!

July 23rd, 2014


Just because Season 5 is over doesn't mean you won't be getting tasty Our Fair City content all summer long!  Producer David Rheinstrom drops the deets.


That marvelous photo of Clayton comes courtesy of Sebastian Orr …

Episode 5.10 - The Roar of the Crowd

July 9th, 2014



The Tunnels thrum, the city roars, and the Policies of HartLife are beside themselves- the long promised Launch Day has arrived.  With the …

Episode 5.9 - A Single Twisted Spoke

June 25th, 2014



As Launch Day for the Hope of HartLife draws closer, the intrepid Andrew Snidge digs deeper into the mystery that is the Big Dig project.  What does Project Manager Charles Wynn have in store for Cassie and the rest …

Episode 5.8 - Loamy's Choice

June 11th, 2014


The warrens of Old Tunnel are vast, labyrinthine, and dangerous.  One must take the utmost caution when traversing their mold-ridden expanses–unless, …

Episode 5.7 - Dinner with the Good Doctors

May 28th, 2014


Tonight, we return to that lair of unnatural, unsupervised, and decidedly un-corporate science: the Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House, as we join the Doctors and Andrew Snidge as they welcome Cassie in for that …

Episode 5.6 - Declawed

May 14th, 2014


What dreams might rest inside the sleeping brain of a MolePerson?  While you, loyal Policy, have surely never wasted valuable corporate time on such …

Episode 5.5 - Artistic Differences

May 1st, 2014



Tensions begin to boil as a group of insurgents, know only as “The Hendersonians,” prepare for a stunning display of corporate disloyalty and …

Mid-Season Break - Junkyard Documentary

April 16th, 2014


We bring our mid-season break to a close with a new experiment from HartLife NFP- our first audio documentary.  Join associate producer David Rheinstrom, sound designer Ryan Schile, and audio engineer DJ Catnip as they …

Extras / Mid-Season Break - Season Four Blooper Reel

April 2nd, 2014


We hope you enjoy these things as much as we enjoy making them.

  • Insidious Forces of….— Ansel Burch

  • Needs to be healthy for the rest of his life—Mark …

Season Break - Preview: Junkyard Documentary

March 19th, 2014


Attn: Loyal Policies:  Per the mandate of the Directors, we will be beginning our mid-season break slightly ahead of schedule.  Never fear: while you …

Episode 5.4 - Geonautical Console-Tations

March 5th, 2014


Descend with the young Cassie Wilkins into the very bowels of the city, to the newly carved out Sector Omega.  Thrill at being deeper than any policy …

Episode 5.3 - Rise and Shine

February 19th, 2014



Policies, do not listen to the Outsider or Dissenter, who may tell you that your commute to work in the morning is unpleasant!  With HartLife, all …

Episode 5.2 - Everything In Its Place

February 5th, 2014


    The day begins unexpectedly for Doctor Emily Caligari, as she desperately attempts to avoid that high crime against Productivity - Tardiness. Will …

    Episode 5.1 - The Right Stuff

    January 20th, 2014


      We rejoin the policies of HartLife as they bask in the warm glow of the power surplus created by the fusion reactor and Neal Henderson’s sacrifice.  …

      Season Five Launch Party!

      January 9th, 2014


      That's right, folks! It's a PARTY. And you're invited!

      1/18/14 at DFBRL8R, in Chicago - Doors @ 8, suggested donation $20

      Music: "Another Boring …

      Season Five Trailer

      December 15th, 2013


      Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to offer you this first peek at the Fifth Season of Our Fair City!

      We strongly recommend listening to this …

      Episode 4.19 - Neal Henderson

      October 23rd, 2013


      The city waits with bated breath as Neal Henderson, the Sharp Chuter, descends to the Putrescible Waste Fields to provide the power necessary to jump start the Doctors’ Fusion Reactor. Can the actions of one man, no …

      Episode 4.18 - Operation

      October 16th, 2013


      As the power supplies of the city continue to dwindle, the Doctors Caligari, West and Moro work with Vice President Davenport to convince the newly returned Neal Henderson to jump start their fusion reactor. Will the …

      Episode 4.17 - Opposite Reactions

      October 9th, 2013


      Vice President Davenport and The Switcher attempt their plan to jump-start Dr. West and Dr. Caligari’s reactor, but are stymied by none other than Special Agent George Chamberlain. On the run from a psychotic madman …

      Episode 4.16 - Off The Record

      October 2nd, 2013


      We return to the Data Extraction suites of the department of Human Resources, as Erin Davenport (model employee) administers compulsory physical …

      Episode 4.15 - Lessons in Humility

      September 25th, 2013


      In the loading bay for the Dead Disposal Drivers, our MolePeople friends Clay and Sandy are recruited to assist Simon in the loading of the unusually …

      Episode 4.14 - A Meeting of Minds and Heads

      September 19th, 2013


      Dr. Caligari, now working with Vice President Davenport on the Power Crisis, stalks the twisting warrens of Old Tunnel in search of that most dangerous of prey: Dr. Herbert West.

      Episode 4.13 - Green Tidings

      September 11th, 2013


      We return to the newly discovered verdant “Eden,” outside the walls of the company, where Neal Henderson, Alison, and the rest of the crew of the downed rig Stormhawk work to survive without HartLife under the tutelage …

      OFC Live 2013 - Hartlife Gives Back

      September 4th, 2013


      As the HartLife NFP crew recovers from DragonCon 2013 and prepares for the upcoming Our Fair City: the Live Episode! performance at the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival, we share another tidbit from our live recording at …

      Episode 4.12 - The Switcher

      August 29th, 2013


      Putting Dr. Caligari’s plan into action, Vice President Davenport visits the Power Management station. Will the Switcher deliver the power he needs to save the city, or will he choose callous self-interest over the …

      Episode 4.11 - The Delicate Art of Diplomacy

      August 21st, 2013


      As power reserves continue to dwindle and food stores run low, we visit the hardworking policies of the Human Resources department. Productivity is …

      Mid-Season Break 04 - Season 3 Blooper Reel

      August 14th, 2013


      Rounding out our Season Four Mid-Season Break, we have our Season Three Blooper Reel! Enjoy, all.

      Radio HartLife— Ansel Burch
      Squashed with fear—Lisa Burton
      Vomited Lime Jello—Sebastian H. Orr
      Secrets of Clowning—Frank …

      Mid-Season Break 03 - "I Will Comply"

      August 7th, 2013


      For our third week of the Season Four mid-season break we have “I Will Compy,” recorded live at CONvergence 2013 as part of Our Fair City: The Live Episode!

      Lead Vocals—Betsey Palmer
      Guitar—Stephen Poon
      Harmony Vocals— …

      Mid-Season Break 02 - "Agent of the Company"

      July 31st, 2013


      Recorded live at CONvergence 2013, the HartLife players perform “Agent of the Company,” a heartwarming ballad about the Agents of M.U.R.D.E.R. who protect us each and every day.

      A parody based on “Angel From Montgomery” …

      Mid-Season Break 01 - Herbert West Vs. The Martians

      July 24th, 2013


      Winning second place in the 75th Anniversary War of the Worlds contest, this tale of Our Fair City pays homage to H.G. Wells’ incredible “War of the Worlds.”

      Episode 4.10 - Encounter

      July 17th, 2013


      In which the survivors of the lightning rig crash scrounge as if their lives depend on it, run like there’s no tomorrow, and encounter that most rare and mysterious of denizens of that Outside: Vegetation.

      Episode 4.9 - The Actuaries

      July 10th, 2013


      Desperately in search of solutions to the growing power crisis, Vice President Davenport ascends the tower to the vaulted halls of…The Actuaries. …

      Episode 4.8 - A Feast of Prehistory

      July 4th, 2013


      As the Stormhawk’s survivors explore the underground caverns that are the ruins of Old Hartford, new questions arise: will the wolves find them in …

      Episode 4.7 - Of Moles and Men

      June 26th, 2013


      The Stormhawk’s survivors are dropping quickly–will Neal Henderson’s dubious-at-best leadership skills be enough to get them home? Who will save them, if the mighty Sharp-Chuter cannot? And just what lies beneath the …

      Episode 4.6 - Power Management

      June 19th, 2013


      As energy dwindles and tempers rise back at HartLife, will Vice President Davenport have the “Managerial Excellence” to prevent the collapse of order?

      Episode 4.5 - Red Dreams on White Hills

      June 12th, 2013


      With Andrew Snidge failing fast in the inhospitable wastes, is there any hope for our plucky heroes? What hope is there, with Elizabeth Rourke de-bodied and temperatures falling fast?

      Episode 4.4 - Brothers in Strife

      June 5th, 2013


      Episode #3 of Season Four of Our Fair City!

      Episode 4.3 - In Short Supply

      May 29th, 2013


      Tensions run high as the survivors of the crashed lightning rig Stormhawk discover their much-needed supplies are going missing. Who is the thief? How will they survive with depleted survival gear? Will Loamy ever …

      Episode 4.2 - The Long Road Home

      May 22nd, 2013


      Life on the unforgiving tundras of New England is hard, frigid, and for Benny Lemieux, disappointingly non-conjugal. Join him, Cumulus Jane and the …

      Episode 4.1 - Davenport Rises

      May 15th, 2013


      We return to the safe, confining tunnels of HartLife, where Vice President Davenport of the Human Resources department is about to have the worst day of his fairly misanthropic life.

      Vice President Davenport —Ben Aldred

      Episode 3.19 - Lost Power

      January 30th, 2013


      Witness the ripples of the Stormhawk’s fall as they begin to spread through the corporate strata in this coda to Season Three of Our Fair City.

      Vice President Davenport —Ben Aldred
      Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
      Dr. Emily …

      Episode 3.18 - Storm, Fall

      January 16th, 2013


      You can’t outrun the storm.

      Elizabeth Rourke —Tara Schile
      Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
      Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr
      The Captain— Lisa Burton
      Allison— Sarah Moore
      Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
      Lucky Strike— John Nestler
      Loamy— …

      Episode 3.17 - Going Bananas

      January 9th, 2013


      Paths converge as Elizabeth, Nathan and Neal all arrive at the command pod of the Ghost Rig! What could fate hold in store for these intrepid …

      Episode 3.16 - The Ghost Rig

      January 5th, 2013


      Elizabeth Rourke and Andrew Snidge, after reaching the tethering building for the Ghost Rig, contend with the restless dead, an unhelpful Traveler, …

      Episode 3.15 - A Lady, Bespoken

      December 19th, 2012


      Neal Henderson, with the blessings of Lucky Strike, heads to the Ghost Rig by means of the most dubious conveyance known to the Policies of HartLife.

      Episode 3.14 - Chatting with Loamy and Lucky

      December 12th, 2012


      Nathan Rourke travels the somewhat safer, much more official route down the corridors and up the elevators which lead to the Stormhawk, as he completes his next “assignment.”

      Nathan Rourke —Clayton Faits
      Loamy —Lisa Burton

      Episode 3.13 - Fancy Talk

      December 6th, 2012


      Neal Henderson finally makes his way to the true “boss” of the Stormhawk: Lucky Strike. What secrets will be revealed? Where will his path take him next? Will this ferocious storm finally wash off some of the “Sharp …

      Episode 3.12 - The Captain's Pod

      November 28th, 2012


      We enter the Captain’s Pod of the Stormhawk, the very seat of power for this harvester of energy, as Neal Henderson continues his search for Allison.

      Neal Henderson —Sebastian H. Orr
      The Captain —Lisa Burton
      First Mate …

      Episode 3.11 Unseen/Undead

      November 21st, 2012


      Our vivacious and voracious heroes Andrew and Elizabeth head to Simon’s loading dock in the hopes of persuading him to take them to the Lightning …

      Episode 3.10 - In The Cage

      November 14th, 2012


      We return to our regularly scheduled broadcasts of the HartLife Historical Record with a death-defying ascent to the very top of the lightning rig …

      Mid-Season Break 03 - Bloopers! Seasons 1 and 2

      November 7th, 2012


      Go behind the scenes with the Vice Presidents as they present, in all of its somewhat dubious glory, the Seasons One/Two blooper reel. Be warned, …

      Mid-Season Break 02 - Silence: a Fable

      October 31st, 2012


      Our Fair City wishes you a very spoo-oo-ooky Halloween! Enjoy our telling of an Edgar Allen Poe short story.

      ‘Ενδονσιν δ’ ορεων κορνφαι τε και φαράγγες
      Πρώονές τε και χάραδραι.

      “The mountain pinnacles slumber; …

      Mid-Season Break 01 - I Don't Want To Feel Guilty

      October 25th, 2012


      For our first week of the Mid-Season Break, we present the complete version of the song “I Don’t Want to Feel Guilty,” from “Fealty/Frailty.”

      Vocals —Natalie Clyne
      Keys —Stephen Poon

      Arranged and Composed by Stephen Poon. …

      Episode 3.9 - A Break for Coffee

      October 17th, 2012


      In which many parties converge on an elevator, new plans are made, new directions are plotted, and Andrew Snidge gets a little messy.

      Neal Henderson …

      Episode 3.8 - Family Matters

      October 11th, 2012


      In which Nathan Rourke has a little heart-to-heart with Vice President Davenport, and a little foot-in-mouth with Erin.

      Nathan Rourke — Clayton Faits
      Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred
      Erin Davenport — Abby Doud
      The Voice …

      Episode 3.7 - The Final Task of Ol' Silty

      October 3rd, 2012


      Old Tunnel. A dank, dark, dangerous path leading to the most dangerous of all institutions: a history museum. Fortunately, in this episode, nothing bad happens.

      Nathan Rourke — Clayton Faits
      Clay— Tyler Samples
      Ol’ Silty …

      Episode 3.6 - Stormhawks at the Diner

      September 26th, 2012


      We return to Al’s Bar on C-deck, where Neal searches for Allison, Loamy gets tough, and the Lightning Riggers are almost helpful.

      Neal Henderson — …

      Episode 3.5 - The Incidence of Accidents

      September 19th, 2012


      Nathan begins his work for VP Davenport, makes too much noise early in the morning, and makes a new “life-long” friend.

      Nathan Rourke — Tara Schile
      Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred
      Tommy Del Ray— Ryan Schile
      Erin …

      Episode 3.4 - Self-Help for Dummies

      September 12th, 2012


      We return to the domicile of a certain flesh-eating walking corpse and her hapless collaborator, both of whom would prefer not to be characterized as …

      Episode 3.3 - Butterclaws

      September 5th, 2012


      In which Neal commits less-than-grand theft auto, Candice is dubiously helpful, and Loamy loses her cool.

      Neal Henderson — Sebastian H. Orr
      Loamy— Lisa …

      Episode 3.2 - Fealty/Frailty

      August 29th, 2012


      In which we discover the whereabouts of Nathan Rourke, meet more of the Davenport family, and learn a bit more about the “Human Resources” department.

      Erin Davenport — Abby Doud
      Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
      Vice President …

      Episode 3.1 - Neal Henderson in the Wilderness

      August 22nd, 2012


      In which Neal Henderson meets several new friends, makes unconventional wardrobe choices, and returns to the loving embrace of HartLife.

      Neal Henderson — Sebastian H. Orr
      Theadora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Lise “Kat” Evans

      Episode 2.19 - The Woken Apocalypse

      August 15th, 2012


      Season Two comes to its thrilling conclusion as things seem in danger of falling apart, the centre is unlikely to hold, and mere anarchy is most …

      Episode 2.18 - Peril!

      August 14th, 2012


      Everyone’s favorite Moles pay a visit to an extremely dubious Emergency Vet, are subjected to alarming medical procedures, fall under the tender …

      Episode 2.17 - "...really doing science."

      August 13th, 2012


      We return to the shattered remnants of Herbert West’s lab, where Andrew asserts himself and Herbert takes drastic steps. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by …

      Episode 2.16 - Tunnel Collapse

      August 12th, 2012


      We catch up with our dear mole-friends as they struggle to free themselves, gain a deeper understanding of their emotions, and make it through the …

      Episode 2.15 - Death at the Science Faire pt III

      August 11th, 2012


      We draw to the epic conclusion of “Death at the Science Faire,” in which things go rather poorly for several Scientists, countless Policies, and two …

      Episode 2.14 - Death at the Science Faire pt II

      August 10th, 2012


      Oh no! With Mrs. Rourke temporarily down for the count, the Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle of the Science Faire have full run of Herbert West’s lab! …

      Episode 2.13 - Death at the Science Faire pt I

      August 9th, 2012


      Who else might Dr. Caligari send to do her dirty work but the pugnacious, avaricious, and occasionally nefarious Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle of the Science Faire, accompanied by a gang of their thuggish “participants?” …

      Episode 2.12 - There's No Place That's Home

      August 9th, 2012


      We return to the domicile of Dr. West, where Mrs. Rourke and Andrew desperately try to sort out just what happened at Al’s Bar…and who might be to blame. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— …

      Episode 2.11 - The Advice at Dr. Moro's

      August 1st, 2012


      Loamy takes Clay down the winding, wending paths of Old Tunnel, braves murk, mire, and Mold, to visit the wisest Mole this side of the muck. Narrator …

      Episode 2.10 - Our Fair City's HOLIDAY SPECIAL - The Evening of Exclusion

      July 25th, 2012


      This Exclusion Day, our Narrator brings us back to the first days after the Troubles to reveal how HartLife saved the lives of the last survivors of …

      Episode 2.9 - The Gang's All Faire

      July 18th, 2012


      Dr. Caligari crashes a meeting of the Science Faire, looking for new recruits for the upcoming struggle with Dr. Herbert West. Narrator — Ansel Burch …

      Episode 2.8 - A Night on the Town

      July 11th, 2012


      We return to Al’s Bar, our favorite watering hole on the Concourse level, wherein Andrew Snidge gets possessive and Mrs. Rourke bites off more than …

      Episode 2.7 - Matters of the Hart

      July 11th, 2012


      Sandy volunteers to help Loamy on a “special assignment,” Loamy sets her plan in motion, and Simon demonstrates that just because you’re a delusional …

      Episode 2.6 - She's Alive!

      June 27th, 2012


      In which Andrew Snidge is marginally sneaky, Dr. Herbert West is accidentally terrifying, and the identity of Jane Doe #753 is revealed! Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin …

      Episode 2.5 - Herbert West, Prince of Denmark

      June 23rd, 2012


      We venture back to the lab, where Dr. Herbert West reveals his brilliance in a brief soliloquy to the assembled (and disassembled) multitudes in his …

      Episode 2.4 - A Warm Welcome

      June 13th, 2012


      Dr. Herbert West ventures out to answer a mysterious invitation, Dr. Caligari brags about her resource allotment, and Andrew Snidge very nearly gets everyone killed…again.

      Episode 2.3 - Mole Fight!

      June 5th, 2012


      Our intrepid Mole-Heroes Clay and Sandy confront the ugly face of Speciesism, unearth a hole to China (whatever that is), and “hang out” with our …

      Episode 2.2 - Chance Meetings

      May 29th, 2012


      Tonight’s episode takes us to one of Dr. Caligari’s derelict laboratories where we meet some new friends, gain an appreciation for bipedal life , and everyone gets a cookie. This week's podcast is sponsored by DFBRL8R …

      Episode 2.1 - In From The Cold

      May 15th, 2012


      We return to the icy tundra outside, as Dr. Herbert West gets his first look at the looming edifice of the Tower, and his first taste of the unique …

      Season One

      March 28th, 2012


      Welcome, Loyal Polices...to Our Fair City. The following audio record comprises Season One of the glorious True Histories of the HartLife Corporation …

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