What’s Left Behind

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 Outsiders, the crew of the downed Lightning Rig StormHawk.  With their new chitinous allies and the captive Doctors West and Moro, Elizabeth and Andrew in tow, they make their way towards the Tower—but for what purpose?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

Want to know more about what the StormHawks have been up to between seasons?  Read Tyne Lowe’s comic StormHawks: Out in the Cold here!

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

HartLife NFP’s Statement on the 2016 Election

Dear Friends,

We’d like to take a moment to speak to all of you as People, not Policies. We, like many of you, have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks grieving the results of the 2016 election, fearing what this means for the future, and figuring out what to do next.

Our Fair City is set in a world ravaged by climate change.  We are beginning to see the very real effects of a changing climate on our world, and the new President-Elect seems very unlikely to take action to curtail its advance. We are in danger of a worst-case climate change scenario- one that our grandchildren, children, or even we ourselves may not survive. HartLife NFP believes that action on climate change, whether our President-Elect believes in it or not, is vital, and we will continue to advocate and educate about it.

Our Fair City is made by artists who are queer, straight, trans, cis, monogamous, non-monogamous, neurodivergent, neurotypical, male, female, non-binary, people of color, and more. We strongly believe in creating a respectful work space where all of us get to be our best selves; a place where we get to be the people we want to be, and where we remain open to learning about the experiences of others at all times. We try to have this attitude represented in our work, and to acknowledge our mistakes and do better when we fail.

We know that our fans are as varied as we are, and we want you to know that you are not alone. You are not forgotten. If the Company in Our Fair City is working properly, there isn’t a lot of divergence in its Policies. It is no mistake that we want to tell the stories of those who march to a different drum, those who disagree, and those who rise to become someone they never expected they could be. We want to tell stories that celebrate the vast differences between us all, and highlight the ways that they can be complementary, not in conflict.

In short, be safe. Don’t give up hope. We love you all, and we’re so grateful that you are here with us.

See you in the Tunnels,

HartLife NFP

Loyal Policies,
I’m very sorry to share that we will be delaying the release of Episode 11 of Our Fair City slightly.  Our Fair City Season Seven will resume in two weeks on December 7th- until then, we’ve got something very exciting to share with you.  For those who were not able to attend our Season Seven Launch party, we’ve created a video tour of the Montgomery Moro Museum, accompanied, of course, by Ol’ Silty’s audio tour.

Videographer and Editor: Sam Kohlhaas
Sound Design by DJ Catnip
Written by Makena Levine
Featuring the voices of Sebastian Orr as Ol’ Silty, Mark Soloff as Dr. Montgomery Moro, Ryan Schile as Dr. Herbert West,Environmental Designers: Makena Levine and Melissa Schlesinger
Build Assistance: Ash Ludlow, Megan Salyer-Morris, Phil Hansen and Betsey Palmer
Vitruvian Mole Art by Dann Tincher
Special Thanks to Abby Doud and Tara Schile

Thank you so much for your support and your patience, and as always-

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

Jeffrey Gardner
Executive Producer
HartLife NFP

Season Seven Blooper Reel pt 1

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 without scripts—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Scrappy—David Rheinstrom
  • Gargling—Mark Soloff
  • Hears the Train—Frank Sjodin
  • Doesn’t want to go all the way back—Ryan Schile
  • Traaaaaaaaitor!—Marsha Harman
  • Monkeys!—Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Excuse me dearie—Ele Matelan
  • Has no idea what is going on—Jared Latore
  • Hasn’t had pornography since 1983— Clayton Faits
  • Can make two pancakes at one time— David Stecco
  • Every now and then goes GHAGH— Hank Hewitt
  • Will fill in the words between— Rose Sengenberger
  • Guest Meowing— Colonel Oliver Mustard
  • Is sick of Cheryl on these Walkie-talkies— Tara Schile
  • Unnecessary Profanity— Sebastian H. Orr

Compiled and produced Jeffrey Gardner.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  Special thanks to Josh Zagoren.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Field Notes, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.

Beyond the Door

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 recommend checking out the excellent Wolf 359 at www.wolf359.fm.  This episode stands alone, outside of the world of HartLife and Our Fair City.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, please consider making a pledge to our Patreon campaign at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. There you can get great rewards like shout outs on the air, Our Fair City ringtones, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!
Content advisories for this episode can be found here.
  • Ellen M.— Marsha Harman
  • Tennyson— Clayton Faits
  • Goodwin— Mark Soloff

Written by Gabriel Urbina. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by DJ Catnip. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards against Humanity.

Songs from Al’s Bar

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 share with you.  Today we’ve got two songs used in the background of the show, either in Al’s bar or on the radio, adapted and recorded by the cast, crew, and friends of Our Fair City.  First, we have “Haul Away Mole,” a MolePerson Dirt Shanty (adapted from the traditional tune “Haul Away Joe”), followed by “Rolling Down to Tunnel Three,” a Lightning Rigger working song (adapted from Stan Rogers’ classic “Rolling down to Old Maui”).

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, please consider making a pledge to our Patreon campaign at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. There you can get great rewards like shout outs on the air, Our Fair City ringtones, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

  • Lead Vocals— Betsey Palmer, David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner, Mark Soloff, Clayton Faits
  • Backing Vocals— Lauren Faits, John Sumner Majer, Robin Billadeau, Tara Schile, Ryan Schile, Ira Ochs, Betsey Palmer, David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner, Mark Soloff, Clayton Faits
  • Guitar— Clayton Faits
  • Cello— Ira Ochs
  • Percussion— John Sumner Majer, Jeffrey Gardner, Mark Soloff, Lauren Faits
  • Bass— Lauren Faits
  • Mandolin— Jeffrey Gardner

Rolling Down To Old Maui originally by Stan Rogers.  Photo by Tara Schile.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording by Ryan Schile.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Busy Beaver

A Series of Inspired Follies

Each level of the Tower is different.  Amenities and environments are tailored to the needs of the Policies who dwell there.  Of course the Managerial class requires a greater degree of comfort than tunnel dwelling Policies.  How else would our society function?  The intricate, careful work of the Vice Presidents, Managers, and other leaders requires a clear head and gentle life.

You would not disturb this careful balance by demanding more than is your due, would you Loyal Policy?  Of course not.

 

We’ll be going on our mid-season break after this episode, but never fear- there will be non-episode releases every other week during the hiatus, including blooper reels, a Halloween Special written by Wolf 359‘s Gabriel Urbina, and more.  Regular episodes of Our Fair City will resume on November 23, 2016.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  We’d like to give a special shout out to Grace Parker, on behalf of Thea (one of our Manager level Patreon backers), for her amazing fan art and creations.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Waiter— Zev Valancy
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Josh— David Rheinstrom
  • Jenny— Marsha Harman
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon, with additional music from Bensound.  Episode art by Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Inventables!

The StormHawk Revisited

Shun the Outsider, Loyal Policy.  Their un-businesslike conduct and unguided thoughts will only lead you astray.  Even if these Outsiders were once Loyal Policies of the HartLife Corporation- nothing can live outside of our Company’s warm embrace.   The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  A special thank you to Vrai Kaiser, one of our Manager level backers-read their excellent essays and analysis here!  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Punted Rigger— DJ Catnip
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

The Executor

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 lucky to have an upstanding and loyal Policy like Executor Teju Valentine to ensure our safety and security?  He will surely do whatever is necessary to make sure we are cared for.

Whatever is necessary.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  A special thank you to Charlie Hagadorn, one of our Manager level backers.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Seedy Borrower— Dan Granata
  • Old Lady— Ele Matelan
  • Tower Watch Officer— Sean Kelley
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Antimonious Strang— Dave Stecco

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ryan Schile. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Videoball!

Orders are Orders

Loyal Policies- we all have our place in HartLife.  The Directors guide us, fulfilling their immortal will as our Founders and Protectors.  StreetSafe observes us at all times, making sure we are true in action to what resides in all of our hearts.  The Actuaries prognosticate, prophesying the continued success of the Company as its will resounds through the ages.

It is a M.O.L.E.’s job to serve, to follow orders, and to obey.  Nothing else.  Listen with horror as one M.O.L.E. violates this sacred dictum, with terrifying results.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Peat— Jared Latore

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!