Mini-Episode: The Council of Spirits

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason.

We hope you enjoyed this mini-episode! We will continue to release a new mini-episode expanding the story and world of Greater Boston every three weeks until Season 3 is ready to launch.

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Transcript for Episode 24: Quitters


Male Interview 1
Man. 36 years, I quit a lot of things. I quit playing football…because I wanted to get a job instead.

Female Interview 1
It looked easy but then when you got to it yourself and you have to sit down by yourself and really think of everything I thought it was super hard?

Male Interview 2
Well, uhh, he was — he was just really impractical. Like, I would be working nonstop and absolutely busting my ass, and then, umm, it would just never be enough and it was pretty crazy at times, honestly. Like…

Male Interview 3
And and and — and it is a good system when you’re working together and and sometimes it’s awesome, you know? You’re banging meals out, everything’s going great, but when things go wrong, they go wrong and if it’s — it’s it’s it’s tough because things get aggressive and they get mean in the restaurant business.

Female Interview 2
I quit high school twice. (laughter). And I…it’s not one of my biggest regrets, because everything worked out okay, but yeah, did I wish I had gone a different route and had been involved in high school and worked my potential? Sure.

Female Interview 1
Because like I could’ve did so great on the project. And my mind just wasn’t functioning like how it should have been?


Female Interview 1
So like I just gave up too quick. Which was the worst idea. Because usually you should challenge yourself when situations like that happen.

Male Interview 2
I’m a pretty hard worker and to be at my limit and be asked for more, especially when there’s nobody else to help you around or …you know, take a load off here and there, it’s pretty aggravating, especially when you’re getting yelled at and uhh…watched down your neck and when he’s not doing anything.

Female Interview 3
I quit dancing. I don’t really care. That was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made in my whole life.

Male Interview 3
And it, I know that like..I – I – I knew I wasn’t gonna do that for the rest of my life, but I know people who have been drawn into it and they were always miserable people at work. Like, I’ve never met any head chef or even like line cooks that were…really loved to do their job!

Female Interview 2
I don’t know. It was a lot of pressure for me to go and be around other people and it was easier for me to stay home. It was, I was allowed to stay home and it was easier and I didn’t have to…navigate the teenage years with a bunch of other people.

Male Interview 1
Yeah, I’ve quit a lot of things just because either…I felt like I wasn’t good enough for it, or I just got bored of it.

Female Interview 3
A dancer. Like…not me! I don’t even go up the third floor on these stairs. So.

Female Interview 4
And I felt…I coudl’ve done better because I wasn’t in the right state to try to fix it?

Male Interview 5
I guess you could say just quitting ..umm, I don’t know, just quitting being a kid, I guess you could say. After I became thirteen I just decided to, you know what? I’m going to throw all my toys away, I’m going to just stick to uhh…video games and umm…be around that, just…be around the TV like the…the lonely loner I am. (laughter)
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Transcript for Episode 23: On the Advice of Mary Wollstonecraft


What’s a regret that you have and why?

Female Interview 1

One of my regrets…is sometimes not listening to myself, or my conscience? ‘Cause I tend to do that a lot and then I regret it later. ‘Cause a lot of things that happened since I was little to know, like… ‘oh, I should have listened to myself back then.’

[Charlie on the MTA plays]

Which is…one, is my relationship? Kind–’cause that, kinda brought my downfall last semester? Kinda affects school and what not. But. I felt that sometimes, I just go with the moment, which most of the time don’t really end up well.

Chuck Octagon

Female Interview 1

And that…I did regret.

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Episode 23: On the Advice of Mary Wollstonecraft

Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason with recording and technical assistance from Marc Harmon.
Content warnings at end of show notes.
Good news! We now have official Greater Boston merchandise! You can get Greater Boston posters illustrated by the voice of Leon Stamatis himself, Braden Lamb! Coffee mugs featuring Braden’s poster art or Mallory’s immortal line: “The willow lark fucks a scone by moonlight,” or postcards featuring fan art of the Stamatis siblings, illustrated by Grace Parker! All of that is available through our shop at
In order of appearance, this episode featured:
Alexander Danner as the narrator,
Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis,
James Capobianco as Dipshit Poletti,
Summer Unsinn as Charlotte Linzer-Coolidge,
Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell,
Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge,
Kelly McCabe as Nica Stamatis,
Julia Propp as Louisa Alvarez,
Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon
and Johanna Bodnyk as Mallory.
Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.
Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
Drive the Cold Winter Away performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch performed by Dirk Tiede.
Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.
Episode transcripts will be posted online at
Content Warnings
  • Strong language
  • Discussion of systemic racism
  • Emotional distress

Transcript for Episode 22: Chuck Octagon’s News 7 Wedding Special, Live from Red Line, with Special Guest Andy Wood



Soo…my buddy got married. And…I ended up being the best man by default. And, of course, being the best man, having to make a speech, I decided to get really drunk ahead of time.




Oh, no.


And I asked my girlfriend, and beforehand, I’m like, “what should I do, I’ve never made a speech before,” and she goes, “eh, just ad-lib it.” So I took that to heart and before the wedding went out and bought a Mad Libs book.

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