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Journey together through innumerable worlds of fiction with Prose, a biweekly podcast series that offers up short stories of all genres and subject matter. If you like fiction of all sorts with the occasional bit of poetry or verse thrown in for good measure, join us on our adventures through the labyrinths of the human psyche and the infinite spaces of the imagination.
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Mar 30, 2017

Hey.  Come meet an unremarkable young man in "Jim." 

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The backing tracks for this story were taken from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The first piece heard here was “12 Variations on a French Nursery Theme,” and the second piece was “Fantasia in C Minor.” Both are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Stefano Ligoratti is performing both.  The first piece is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence, and the second piece is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen.org  and Mr. Ligoratti for providing access to such great music. 

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Mar 27, 2017

In "Always the Servant," take another look at the Garden of Gethsemane. 

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The backing track was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Raggedy Bob” and comes from Ben McElroy’s album by the same name.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Mar 27, 2017

Reconsider the Odyssey in "Two Sides to Every Tale: The Laestrygonians"

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All three of the backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive.  The first track is titled “Farm Montage (Instrumental)”and the second “New England is Interesting,” both original pieces from the album Old Paper Houses by BOPD. They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licenses.   The last track is titled “Marimo” and is by Blue Dot Sessions.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.  

 

Mar 27, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode twenty of Prose.  This week, reconsider the Odyssey, take another look at the Garden of Gethsemane, and meet an unremarkable young man.

 

If you are enjoy thing the show, or even if you are not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Lastly, it would not be an introduction if I did not tell you to  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Let’s see some reviews and ratings come rolling in.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Laestrygonians,” “Always the Servant,” and “Jim.”

Enjoy!

Mar 26, 2017

 In "The Knowledge Keepers", make the acquaintance of the keepers of all knowledge. 

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “I am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor”, an original piece by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

 The drums here at the end were taken from Freesound.org.  User RTB45 uploaded these sounds, and they are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

 

Mar 26, 2017

Experience the world end in "A Sunrise." 

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “New England Air”, an original piece from the album Old Paper Houses by BOPD. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.  

Mar 26, 2017

In "Sushi Night, or すてきな", endure a Kafkaesque transition. 

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All three of the backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive, and all three are by Blue Dot Sessions from their album Algea Fields.  They are, in order of appearance, “Algea Trio,” “Algea Tinder,” “Collecting Samples,” and “Arame.”  They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licenses.  

Mar 26, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode nineteen of Prose.  This week endure a Kafkaesque transition, watch the world end, and make the acquaintance of the keepers of all knowledge.

 

You should also go follow Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

I want to take a moment to plug an amazing documentary titled Downstream People.  To quote from their Indiegogo page: “Established in 1972 as the first federally protected river in the United States, the Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Managed by the National Park Service, this gem of the Ozarks is a paradise for camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking. 

 

“It flows through several rural, impoverished communities of the Ozark Mountains, including those in Newton County, now home to C&H Hog Farm. Built in 2013 under a questionable permit process with little public notice, this corporately contracted Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) poses an enormous pollution risk to both the Buffalo National River watershed as well as the people who dwell within that watershed. Downstream People explores issues of rural gentrification and environmental injustice through a community in the crosshairs of both.”

 

When asked why he made this film, Director Andy Sarjahani said:

 

“‘As an avid outdoorsman who grew up in the foothills of the Ozarks with an education in sustainable agriculture and food systems, this project came at me "like a burglar in the night" as Werner Herzog would say. It was one of those things in life that I don't feel like I had a choice in the matter --I had to make this film. I left academia to pursue a career in documentary film to tell stories like this and I could not think of a more fitting first project.

“I made Downstream People because I believe that human beings and the environment are not separate entities and both should be respected rather than exploited. When these hidden rural areas are exploited, the people who live there are taken advantage of too. I hope this film is seen by not only the residents of Newton County, but by viewers everywhere who can learn about the importance of addressing rural gentrification and the exploitation of natural resources.’

Please head to their Indiegogo page to learn more, watch the preview, and support the project.

Lastly, I can’t end an introduction without telling everyone to please head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Sushi Night, or すてきな ,” “A Sunrise,” and “The Knowledge Keepers.”

 

Enjoy!

Mar 14, 2017

In "Grafting Street", Part II, rejoin the dwellers and visitors of Grafting Street and briefly meet a thaumaturgist.

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I am honored to use a great many artists’ sounds and backing tracks to add to this story.  Most of the sounds were taken from Freesound.org and its users.  The intro piano is by Porphyr, the footsteps by savataivanov, the ominous bass by ERH, the horror track sounds by Xanco123, and the hellish bells by martysonic. Savataivanov’s track is being used under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  Porphyr and ERH’s tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses.  Xanco123 and martysonic’s tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licenses.

The larger soundtrack piece was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “It Feels Good (To Feel Good Again)”, an original piece off the album Ad Astra Vol. 2 by PCIII. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  Thank you to PCIII and all these amazing artists for giving the world such unfettered access to their creations. 

Mar 13, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode eighteen of Prose.  This week experience a deified old man, encounter an ominous word in the Philippines, and rejoin the dwellers and visitors of Grafting Street.

 

In Episode 17.2, the second original musical piece for Prose is present.  This is, yet again, by Mr. David Ezell.  So, do be sure to check that out.  Additionally, you should start to notice other stories that carry over in multiple parts in the coming weeks.  As I mentioned last week, I do hope that intrigues you as much as it does me.  If it does, or even if it does not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Lastly, I can’t end an introduction without telling everyone to please  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “The Sweetness of Sugar Grove, or Matthew 25: 40-41,” Part I of “Lomar,” and Part II of “Grafting Street.”

 

Enjoy!

Mar 13, 2017

 Experience a deified old man in "The Sweetness of Sugar Grove, or Matthew 25: 40-41"

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The backing track for this story is an original composition written and performed by David Ezell, the second piece Mr. Ezell has written specifically and exclusively for a Prose story.  David Ezell is a devoted father, a devoted creator, a devoted friend, and a devoted friend of the Republic, not to mention an extremely talented musician.  As I have noted before, long ago, in our heyday, he and I used to make some pretty good music together.  His previous project was a podcast called Dad Hacks, where he gave voice to a community of dads who have learned the tips and shortcuts of parenting and now want to share that with any and all parents, grandparents step-parents, or guardians that find themselves struggling in the midst of the parenting grind. To find more about Dad Hacks, you can find them at Dad Hacks podcast on Facebook and under Dad Hacks on iTunes, Bluebrry, Stitcher, Google Play, and other similar podcast catchers.   He is currently working on a new podcast, which I’m sure I’ll tell everyone about in the very near future.  You will hopefully be continue to hear more music from Mr. Ezell behind my stories sooner than later.

Mar 13, 2017

 In the first part of "Lomar," encounter an ominous word in the Philippines. 

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “FOREST (mixtape)”, an original piece by Violeta Päivänkakkara. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  Thank you to Ms. Päivänkakkara for putting her piece up on the Free Music Archive and to Free Music Archive for providing access to such wonderful works. 

Mar 12, 2017

In “My Little Creatures,” meet some individuals with imagination.

 

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Alena Abrosimova is originally from Tomsk, Russia (think Siberia, not to be confused with Serbia) but currently resides in Sydney, Australia.  She sails as much as she can, though she is often interrupted by a pesky full-time job. When not sailing or working, she enjoys writing, reading, learning new things (especially all things impractical), and getting to know people, especially positive people who share her unending curiosity about our world.  You can see more from Ms. Abrosimova at her blog “Sails and Commas,” found at sailsandcommas.wordpress.com.

 

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Both backing tracks come from PC III.  The first is titled “Through the Storm” and the second is titled “Klichi.” Both were taken from the Free Music Archive and are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  Thank you to PC III and the Free Music Archive for their contribution.

Mar 12, 2017

Dine on glass in "Crunching." 

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The first backing track from this piece is “Mu Part 2” from Shadows on the Snow, was taken from the Free Music Archive, and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  The crunching sounds were made by rLess and come from FreeSound.org. This track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  Thank you to Shadows on the Snow, rLess, the Free Music Archive, and Freesound.org for the contributions

Mar 12, 2017

In Part I of "Grafting Street," meet a desperate man in a near future. 

 

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The first backing track from this piece is “Not the Streets You Used to Walk Along” from Phillip Weigl. It comes from his album Sound-trax was taken from the Free Music Archive, and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  The second track is “The Talons of Adventure, the Antlers of Romance” by Doctor Turtle.  It was also taken from the Free Music Archive and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.  Please use the links provided to check both of these artists and the Free Music Archive out.  

 

Mar 12, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode seventeen of Prose.  This week, meet a desperate man, dine on glass, and reconsider your definition of stalker.

 

In Episode 17.1, you will encounter the first part of a multi-part series that I hope will span a few episodes of Prose.  I hope this appeals to you as much as it does me!  If it does, or even if it does not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Lastly, as I always plead,  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have Part I of “Grafting Street,” “Crunching,” and “Stalker” by Alena Abrosimova.

 

Enjoy!

Mar 5, 2017

In "Probable Infidelity," confront the rotting stench of adultery.

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The backing tracks for this story were taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Frankum provided both tracks on this poem, “White Spirit” and “Enchantment.”  This track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to Frankum and Freesound.org for the contribution. 

 

Mar 5, 2017

In "The Long Night, or Frogs," fear the disappearance of amphibians.

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The backing tracks  for this story were taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Madbob69 is responsible for the frogs throughout the story, and Efecto Fudador is responsible for the  ambient noises at the end.  These tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to these two and Freesound.org for the contribution. 

Mar 5, 2017

In "The Vodka Talks" question sanity and monogamy.

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The backing track for this story was taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Frankum wrote and recorded this track, titled “Sweetness Dark.”  This track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to Frankum and Freesound.org for the contribution

Mar 5, 2017

In "Cheeks," experience a dream come true.  

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The backing track for this story was taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Summonhue provided the track, which is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to Summonhue and Freesound.org for the contribution.  The track that you are listening to now is titled “Neither Here Mix 1” and is by Massive Lad.  You can find more from Massive Lad at his Sound Cloud page: soundcloud.com/massive-lad.  Massive Lad happens to be my younger brother and has given me permission to use his track; however, these tracks are, indeed, copywritten materials and should be treated accordingly.  Thanks so much for the tunes, little brother. The stories are better for them.

Mar 5, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode sixteen of Prose.  This week, have a dream come true, question monogamy, fear the disappearance of amphibians, and confront the rotting stench of adultery.

 

In Episode 15, I mentioned that our most current guest author in residence Nicholas B. Morris’s set of stories was at an end here on Prose.  After which, several people emailed in about possibly getting some more of his work to show up on the show.  Well, I’ve heard you, and I’m reaching out to Mr. Morris to see if that might be possible.  In that vein, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.

 

Also, as I always plead,  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going.  You can also keep up with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Cheeks,” “The Vodka Talks,” “Long Night, or Frogs,” and “Probable Infidelity.”

 

Enjoy!

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