Episode 17: The Red Line Tea Party

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.

An enormous thank you to The Alexandria Archives, a podcast of Southern weird horror, for their generous support of Greater Boston. You can find them at AlexandriaArchives.com. And thank you to all our Patreon supporters. You really help keep Greater Boston going.

Content Warnings at end of show notes.


In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherby (she/her)
  • Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • Sam Musher as Emily Bespin (she/her)
  • Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell (she/her)
  • Michael Melia as Phil (he/him)
  • Mike Linden as the Colonial Singing Telegram (he/him)
  • Jim Johanson as Rusty the MBTA driver (he/him)

Also featuring Tanja Milojevic and Alexander Danner as reporters, Marc Harmon as a reporter and a Louisa suitor, and Ben Flaumenhaft as a reporter, a Louisa suitor and Uriah McKenzie. With special guests Michael McQuilkin and Rick Coste as Louisa suitors.

Be sure to check out Michael’s wild multi-dimensional comedy Hadron Gospel Hour, and Rick’s latest mini-series, Charlie’s Mailbox.

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.

Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
Love of My Life by BoxCat Games

Trenchcoat by Jim Johanson and Jeff Van Dreason

Solo drum tracks by Jim Johanson

Snow Ban by Adrienne Howard Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.

Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.

Episode transcripts will be posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.

Content Warnings:

  • Strong language
  • Sudden non-violent explosions
  • Comic mayhem
  • Self-shaming body image
  • Class entitlement
  • Ayn Rand

Transcript: Mini Episode Mallory Sums Up!

[Music: Charlie on the MTA]

This is
This is
This is
Greater Boston

[Music fades out]

[Music: Tosa Waltz]

First off, you gotta know about this fucking guy named Leon, the human equivalent of a grandfather clock. If you came up to me and were like “Mallory, you can take a bet on anything in the world and if you win get one million dollars and if you lose we take all your animals away to a puppy mill, what do you wanna bet on,” I’d probably bet that Leon measured the exact number of bran flakes for every breakfast he ever ate. And he sure as shit ate brain flakes because he was sure to know when his shit was sure to hit, if you know what I mean. If nothing else, that motherfucker was regular.

Continue reading “Transcript: Mini Episode Mallory Sums Up!”

Greater Boston on Radio Drama Revival

Alexander and Jeff were honored this week to be included in Radio Drama Revival, a wonderful podcast that spotlights contemporary audio dramas alongside interviews with their creators. We’re both fans of host David Rheinstrom’s interviews, and were thrilled to have opportunity to sit as subject!

There’s lots of discussion here of how the show formed, how Jeff and Alexander collaborate, and how we feel about the weird coincidence of The Red Line Referendum coming in the wake of Brexit.

The episode also includes a re-airing of Episode 4: Leon at the Watch Factory. You can skip the episode if you’ve already heard it, but this one had major early moments for Louisa, Michael, and Nica, plus the first appearance of Mallory. Might be worth a re-listen as we head into the final two episodes of the season!

So, here you go: Radio Drama Revival Episode 440!

Win a Speaking Role in Greater Boston: For Charity!

Exciting announcement! Greater Boston was invited to contribute to a silent auction to raise funds for Cristo Rey Boston, a non-profit private high school serving underprivileged Boston youth. And so we are auctioning off a small speaking role on the show!

Follow this link to bid on this opportunity to appear on the show, as well as to support a worthwhile educational institution!

Ours is not the only auction! Books signed by Henry Louis Gates Jr. or Noam Chompsky, Red Sox tickets, country club getaways, and even a chance to appear as a minor character in Junot Diaz’ next novel are all up for bids as well!

Frankly, with all the well-established and admirable people they’ve got participating, we have no idea why they let us in the door! But we’re proud to be contributing, and hope you’ll join us in supporting Cristo Rey by bidding on the auctions available, whether our own or one of the many others.

Chat With Creators and Cast

Mark your calendars! The first Google Hangout with creators and cast of Greater Boston is set for Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 EST. This event will be open to all Patreon supporters at the $5+ per episode donation level. Chat with Jeff and Alexander about the show! We will also be joined by James Capobianco, the voice of The Mayor of the Red Line!

Happy Super Tuesday – Two Weeks to Launch!

Happy Super Tuesday, Massachusetts.

Speaking of voting, the plot of Greater Boston revolves around a fiery eccentric gathering signatures for a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would allow part of the MBTA (the Red Line, specifically) to secede from Boston and the other cities it comes into contact with and form its own,independent municipality.

While this is surely nutty, co-creator Jeff recently discovered that Massachusetts has a bit of a history when it comes to weird, wacky ballot initiatives. Check out his latest post over on Greater Blogston for more.