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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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Jun 18, 2017

Have battery life change your life in "3%."

 

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The two songs come from the Free Music Archive and are both from the album Chinese Lights by Parvus Decree.  The first track is titled “Digital Wind (Ambient Mix)” and the second is “A Summer With You (Empty Mix)”.  They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licenses.

 

All the other effects come from Freesound.org. The text message alert sounds come from CommanderRobot and josepharaoh99.  The cell phone typing was created by vsipereck.   And lastly, the water sounds for the storm were uploaded to the site by user lauraina.  All of these sounds from Freesound.org are being used under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

 

Thank you to these artists, the Free Music Archive, and Freesound.org for making this work free and available to enhance projects such as this one.

 

If anyone is counting, “3%” is both the last story for Prose this week AND the 100th short piece uploaded by Prose.  Thank you for joining me for all these journeys through all these lives.  Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s episodes, stay patient as I work with my host provider in fixing the slightly wonky prosepodcast.com, and stay thirsty for more flights of fancy via fiction.  See you next week!

Jun 18, 2017

Come to a conclusion about why you workout.

 

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The backing tracks for this story was taken from Freesound.org.  The tracks were created deleted_user_3667256 and are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses. 

Jun 18, 2017

Take a second look at the fall of Troy.

 

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The track for this story was taken from Freesound.org.  The track was created deleted_user_3667256 and is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License. 

Jun 18, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-one of Prose.

 

This week take a second look at the fall of Troy, come to a conclusion about why you workout, and have battery life change your life.

                                                                                                       

This week, Prose is coming to you from Ireland, so the posting isn’t actually live.  As I said last week, my apologies if anything goes wonky with the pre-scheduled, away-from-home base release. In that vein, just as a general FYI, prosepodcast.com seems to be having some major issues.  I pray you’ll have patience if you use the site often.  And, by all means, if there are any Wordpress gurus out there listening, shoot me a message prosepodcast@gmail.com.  

 

As always, please follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and do zip over to

iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose

 

Since, I’m off vacationing with my mother I thought we’d keep this intro super short.  I hope that’s okay!  So, without any further ado, let’s get to the stories, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Fall of Troy” (the second in my “Two Sides to Every Tale” series), “Narcissus, or Ad Mortem”, and “3%.”

 

Enjoy!

Jun 11, 2017

Find out how to rid your property of dog-headed men.

 

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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” from the album of the same name by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

Jun 11, 2017

Contemplate imperfection.

 

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is “Stories About the World That Once Was” from the album Music from Neptune Flux by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under aCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.   

Jun 11, 2017

Contemplate suicide in "Bless You, John, for Giving Me the Courage." 

 

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Before I go on with the licensing, I recognize that this story might be quite difficult for some and might even strike a heavy chord.  If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of self-harm and might need someone to talk to, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or, if a phone call isn’t right for you, chat live online with a counselor at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Again, please reach out and don’t suffer in silence.

The first backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “Trekanten” from the album Sjöarna by Ars Sonor. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  

The final sounds and track come from Freesound.org.  The track was created jymdavis and  is  being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License

Jun 11, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode thirty of Prose.

 

This week is the episode in which we contemplate suicide, imperfection, and how to rid your property of dog-headed men.

                                                                                                       

Last week, we had our guest host Abigail Lambert’s stamp on everything.  Unfortunately, she’ll not be back with us for a while, but please do keep the kind emails and comments rolling in, as they meant the world to her and will encourage her to join us on Prose again in the nearer future.

 

I have two quick notes for this week.

 

First, I always try to have episodes marked as explicit, so parents and those sensitive to adult content of all sorts, ranging from violence to sexuality to explicit language and more, can listen to those stories that they feel most comfortable consuming.  That being said, the first two stories for this week are quite dark and touch on some tough subject matter.  A great deal of stories featured here DO, so please let this serve as a reminder that you really do need to ensure you avoid any episodes marked as Explicit. 

 

Second, Prose will be coming to you from New York City, Dublin and other large chunks of Ireland, and Boston in the coming couple weeks.  If anything is off or a bit wonky, I apologize in advance.  I’m trying my best to guarantee smooth releases, but we all know how that went when I was in the Philippines!  Point being, this is my advance mea culpa and apology if anything is a bit odd these next two to three weeks.

 

I’ve said this many times before now, but let me just repeat: if any listeners fancy themselves authors and would like to contribute to the podcast, please email me possible submissions at prosepodcast@gmail.com or submit them via prosepodcast.com. Moreover, feel free to send 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 going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.  And, guess what! Prose officially has an Instagram account, too.  So,  if you want strange pictures that sometimes accompany stories but most often are just random and fun, follow the podcast through @prosepodcast there on Instagram.

 

Surely you know what time it is now?  Time to head over to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Bless You, John,  for Giving Me the Courage”, “Perfection”, and “Downward Dog: Why Dog-Faced Men Frequent Your Property.”

 

Enjoy!

May 31, 2017

Dismantle a misconception. 

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Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

 The backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive and are “That Hopeful Future Is All I’ve Ever Known” and “We Were Never Meant to Live Here” from the album Music from Neptune Flux by Chris Zabriskie. They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses.  

May 31, 2017

Meet Mother Earth’s keepers in "The Eye" by Katherine Harkins and featuring Abigail Lambert.

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Katherine Harkins is a Massachusetts girl born and bred.  After attending American University in Washington DC, she has been traveling and teaching ever since, with major stints in Spain and California.  She spends most of her time obsessing over her beloved dog Béni and a variety of video games and television series. 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

 

All sound effects and backing tracks for this story were made in house by Prose

 

May 31, 2017

Undergo harrowing mistaken identity in Abigail Lambert's "Empty, Alone, and Afraid." 

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Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

 

The first backing track, the maniacal laughter, and the gunshot all come from Freesound.org.  The track was created by Drakensson and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.  The laughter was created by Jasonthedemon and the gunshot by ShawnyBoy.  Both of these sounds are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses. 

The second backing track from this piece is “Death Valley” from Shadows on the Snow’s album Electric Sounds Vacation and was taken from the Free Music Archive, and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. 

May 31, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-nine of Prose.

 

This week, undergo harrowing mistaken identity, meet Mother Earth’s keepers, and dismantle a misconception.

                                                                                                       

Last week, we had our first story that was co-narrated, co-edited, co-produced, and co-everythinged by my young protégé for the last couple weeks Abigail Lambert.  This weeks, Ms. Lambert narrates all three of our stories, and has all those same co-credits on all of them, save one—the first story is written by her as well!  We also have a first from guest Author Katherine Harkins. 

 

As I said last week, if any listeners fancy themselves authors and would like to contribute to the podcast, please email me possible submissions at prosepodcast@gmail.com or submit them via prosepodcast.com. Moreover, feel free to send 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 going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Head on over to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Empty, Alone, and Afraid” by Abigail Lambert, “The Eye” by Katherine Harkins, and “Bridget Evangeline Sellars.”

 

Enjoy!

May 27, 2017

Learn how to live with a not-so-benevolent spirit clinging to you.

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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” from the album of the same name by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

May 27, 2017

 Encounter a mythic peeping Tom reborn in "Summer Hunt: After Ovid" by Nicholas B. Morris.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

The track behind Mr. Morris’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “Untitled I” which comes from the album Live at WFMU on Irene Trudel's Show on March 26, 2012 by Daniel Bachman.   The track is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Unported License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and Daniel Bachman for sharing this music with the world.

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May 27, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-eight of Prose.

 

This week, analyze the importance of opening doors, encounter a mythic peeping Tom reborn, and learn how to live with a not-so-benevolent spirit clinging to you.

                                                                                                       

After having celebrated Prose’s six month anniversary this past Wednesday, we have three more surprises for you this week!  We have new stories from popular guest authors Nicholas B. Morris and Alena Abrosimova, and we have the first story that was co-narrated, co-edited, co-produced, well, co-everythinged by my young protégé for the week Abigail Lambert.

 

If any listeners fancy themselves authors and would like to contribute to the podcast, please email me possible submissions at prosepodcast@gmail.com. Moreover, feel free to send 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 going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Head on over to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Open the Door” by Alena Abrosimova, “Summer Hunt: After Ovid” by Nicholas B. Morris, and “Dybbuks (דיבוק מרוח רעה ) and You: A Practical How-To Guide.”  

 

Enjoy!

May 24, 2017

Analyze the importance of opening doors in "Open the Door" by Alena Abrosimova & featuring Abigail Lambert.

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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.

 

This blog's author

 

Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

The track behind this story comes 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 title of the piece is “Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36” was composed by Nikolai-Rimsky-Korsakov and was performed by the Musopen Symphony.  The piece is being used under a Public Domain Mar, 1.0 License. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this first little foray into dual narration and production, and we can’ tell you how much we appreciate your patience as we learn together.  Ms. Lambert will be back again on a track next week. For now, we’ll move along to a story by our beloved guest author Nicholas B. Morris.

May 24, 2017

Get a State of the Podcast message in celebration of Prose's six month anniversary, and fall just short of becoming something more extraordinary with the celebratory release "Always the Sidekick."

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The tracks behind this week’s story were taken from the Free Music Archive. The first is titled “Calm Flight” from the album Journey by Fleslit.   It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The second track is titled “Soul Search” from the album i::::soul::::ate Vol. 1 by Trans Atlantic Rage/Balogh.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and the artists for sharing this music with the world.

May 20, 2017

Use that 20/20 hindsight that is so very crystal clear in "Graduated Realization."

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The tracks behind this song are numerous, so please check out the provided links to the artists and their work. Simply click on the mentioned track titles, album titles, or artists’ names to go to their various pages. All of these tracks are being used under various Creative Commons Licenses.

The music included behind this story was take from the Free Music Archive and includes:

All of the Creative Commons Licenses being used are Attribution 4.0 International Licenses, save for Mr. Woodward’s track, which is being used under an Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Thank you to these artists and the Free Music Archive for making their work available to enhance such projects as this one.

 

May 20, 2017

Ponder love with Jeff Glauser in "Love's Imperfections." 

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Jeff Glauser is a freelance writer, digital marketing, and public relations professional. Over the past twenty years, his works have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including regular contributions for the Associated Press and Bleacher Report. Jeff has previously served as an adjunct professor of Composition and Creative Writing. He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his family.

 

The track behind Mr. Glauser’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “Traces” from the album Soundtrack for the Weary Vol. I  by Hyson.   The track is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-No-Derivatives 4.0 International License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and the artist for sharing this music with the world.

May 20, 2017

Experience the importance of an oboe to a boy and his town.

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Henry Iverson Magee is an accomplished public speaker, pastor, educator, and farmer.  He grew up in southern Mississippi and made a name for himself in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and, indeed, his home state.  He’s always been a writer, publishing in numerous newspapers and other publications over the years. Like many stories, this story comes from yarns he used to spend for his sons and other children over the years.  Hopefully, we’ll feature more work from him in the near future

 

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 is “Fantasy in C” composed by Georg Philipp Telemann and performed by Paul Arden-Taylor.  The second piece is “Chansonette” composed by Hamilton Harty and performed by Balder Dendievel.  The remainder of the music is different sections of “La gracieuse” composed by Louis de Caix d'Hervelois and performed by Jennifer Paull.  The first piece is being used under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.  The second piece is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  All the music by Ms. Paull are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No-Derivatives 3.0 Unported License.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen, Mr. Arden-Taylor, Mr. Dendievel, and Ms. Paull for providing access to such great music. 

May 20, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-seven of Prose.

 

This week, experience the importance of an oboe, ponder love, and use that 20/20 hindsight that is so very crystal clear.

                                                                                        

Episode 27 is an important one, firstly, as Prose’s six month anniversary hits between it and Episode 28.  The actual date is Wednesday, May 24, so expect a special Prose surprise coming your way that day.  Secondly, we have the first story featured by my very own father Henry Iverson Magee and the third and final story in the three-part mini-feature of Jeff Glauser’s work. 

 

As always, I hope that you all know that you should 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 going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

Please do head on over to iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Charlie Played His Oboe” by my father Henry Iverson Magee, “Love’s Imperfections” by Jeff Glauser, and “Graduated Realizations.”

 

Enjoy!

May 14, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, especially you, dear mother of mine!

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The poem is, of course, “To My Mother” by Wendell Berry.  It was accessed through the Poetry Foundation.

 

The backing track for this piece was taken from Freesound.org, is titled “Ambient Acoustic” and is provided by user StrangerEight.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  Thank you to the artist for making their music available to the world.

May 12, 2017

Rush to judgment and regret it, in "Scrolling Through."

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Undercover Vampire Policeman” from the album of the same name by Chris Zabriskie.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

 

May 12, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-six of Prose.

 

This week, rush to judgment and regret it, peek into a life, and get snarky at and with an academic. 

                                                                                        

The second of those stories is the second short piece by our new guest author, Jeff Glauser. 

 

As always, I hope that you all know that you should 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 going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

I would also ask that you please consider going to iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Scrolling Through,” an excerpt from “A Life in Progress” by Jeff Glauser, and  “Update from the Halls of Academia.”

 

Enjoy!

May 6, 2017

Peek into a life with Jeff Glauser in an excerpt from "A Life in Progress."  

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Jeff Glauser is a freelance writer, digital marketing, and public relations professional. Over the past twenty years, his works have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including regular contributions for the Associated Press and Bleacher Report. Jeff has previously served as an adjunct professor of Composition and Creative Writing. He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his family.

 

The track behind Mr. Glauser’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “untitled” by un automne à Lob-Nor.   The track is being used under an Attribution 4.0 International License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and the artist for sharing this music with the world.

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