Transcript for Episode 7: Divinations



Male Interview 2

It would still be a horrible nightmare, like…everything train-wise, budget-wise, like the winter. We buy, we buy trains with like the equivalent of like 500,000 miles on them. Like way out of their service range. Everything…they’re like complete junk. Every single thing on them will be still breaking down. We spend more money on expanding things. Like, for example, that could be like more realistic than actually just fixing anything. Because we spend way more money on expansions than actual maintenance for trains, and that’s a lot of the reasons why the trains are always breaking down. I don’t know. I think it would be a terrible idea. I think…

[Charlie on the MTA plays]

I think the living situation or whatever would be cool, living, I guess, in the train community. But you guys would all be stuck together, so it’d be funny. Like you know, like it would be a jail. It would be a Red Line jail, pretty much. And everyone would never get to work on time, and people would lose their jobs every time it snowed, so. Something like that.

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Episode 7: Divinations

This week in Greater Boston, Louisa updates her calendar in Louisa Beyond Leon; Gemma takes time for a gut check in Gastromancy with Gemma; and Michael discovers a source of ancient wisdom in Thunder Over Thunder. This week in episode 7: Divinations.

Content Warnings at end of show notes.

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

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In order of appearance, this episode featured:

  • Alexander Danner as The Narrator (he/him)
  • Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (he/him)
  • Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez (she/her)
  • Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge (she/her)
  • Arun Sannutti as Tyrell Fredericks (he/him)
  • James Oliva as Michael Tate (he/him)
  • James Capobianco as Extinction Event Poletti (he/him)

Also featuring Jeff Van Dreason as the Fortune Teller and Freshly Fulfilled in Framingham, Mike Linden as Enlightened in Worcester and Ben Flaumenhaft as Trapped in Tewksberry.

Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents

Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede. “Lowell, MA” by Marck Harmon. “Red Apple Rag,” “Blackberry Rag,” and “Circus Music” by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede. “On Questions of Responsibility: Act II” by Lloyd Rogers. Drum tracks by Jim Johanson. Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.

Episode transcripts will be posted online at

Greater Boston is written in part at The Writers’ Room of Boston, a non-profit workspace for Boston-area writers. Find out more at

Content Notes:

  • Course Language
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Alcoholism

Transcript for Episode 6: Sage Council



Female Interview 2
Well, yeah, if it’s like, affordable, right? And then, like, you know you do want to make sure the busses and trains’re on time, because, like, you really depend on that. Time management is so important, and making sure you can actually pay your rent without being so stressed out. I feel like that’s really important to, especially when you’re getting to be an adult.

[Charlie on the MTA begins]

And that, you know, you got work to go to, or you got an appointment, or whatever the case may be. Yeah, like, it doesn’t sound too bad.

Female Interview 3
Now, if you’re talking about the train itself…I don’t know if those cars are nice enough to warrant their own country, or city or whatever.

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Transcript for Episode 5: Geography Lessons


Male Interview 6

What the Red Line…the Red Line…I see the Red Line as more of a…people that take the Red Line are… It’s my theory though, of people that take the Red Line is the people that have more money. Okay, you’re going to Cambridge, Harvard, and you’re going the other way to Mattapan, where the big houses are. And people that take the Orange Line are the poor people. So…I don’t really care too much about the Red Line, much! Um…

[Charlie on the MTA begins]

If they want to leave, then let them go, cause I don’t really pay too much attention to the Red Line anyway. I don’t take that line. So that’s not my line. My line is not the Red Line.

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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.

Episode 5: Geography Lessons

This week in Greater Boston, Gemma takes Michael on a tour of the office in “ThirdSight Media and Environs.” The Mayor of the Redline reveals his secret origin story in “Subterranean Mobile Communities.” And Dimitri writes home about his sub-aquatic adventures in “Karaoke in International Waters.”

Content warnings at end of show notes.

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Transcript for Episode 4: Leon at the Watch Factory



Female Interview 4
A friend of mine, who passed away… [deep breath] Um…she passed away two weeks ago.

Interviewer – Jeff Van Dreason
Oh, geez, I’m sorry.

Female Interview 4
It’s okay. She said that she was…it was the best thing was she was…she ever had as friendship was myself. It was…that was the best. I mean, you know. Being her friend. I didn’t know I was her friend. But she considered me her friend.

[Charlie on the MTA instrumental fades in.]

Seeing her for the last time, it was, um, was good. And, um, I feel like the message out there is don’t let it go. Whoever is around you, and you feel like they need you—you should go.

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Transcript for Episode 3: Professional Prognostication


Content warnings at end.


Interviewer – Jeff Van Dreason
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever worked?

Male Interview 1
I dunno, I’ve done a lot of weird Craigslist stuff because of, uh, fixing cars and stuff. But they’ve been pretty weird sometimes. I’ve met a lot of strange, strange people. Like just doing some brake jobs for some people who’re like psychopaths, like losing control mid-conversation kind of thing, so uh… One guy…[laughs]…wanted me not to fix his car, but just to hang out and be best friends.

[Charlie on the MTA instrumental fades in.]

‘Cause he didn’t even have a car. But he, like, insisted, he left voicemails and kept asking. All the time. It was really funny.

Did you do it?

Male Interview 1
No, absolutely not. He was, he was stage-three killer. I did not trust him whatsoever.

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