I never liked sleeping by myself when I was a kid, I always insisted of like, staying with my brother or my mom. And my brother hates sleeping with me because he told me I kick too much. And like I take up the whole bed? And like, every time, I swear, in the kitchen? At night time, every time like the waters running? And like someone was washing dishes? [Charlie on the MTA begins] And then I used to tell everyone like I think this house is like something wrong with it. And everyone thought I was so crazy and they like, “no, you’re just, you’re imagining it,” because I used to like watching scary movies at night time. But I swear the house was haunted. And nobody’s lived there since us. So. CHUCK OCTAGON — Jeff Van Dreason Nobody’s lived there since? Female Interview 1 Nope. Chuck Octagon Did you ever see a ghost? Female Interview 1 Umm. No. But I always heard stuff, so I was like, umm. That’s not normal. Chuck Octagon What’s making that noise. Female Interview 1 Yeah. Exactly.
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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Episode transcripts posted online at GreaterBostonShow.com.
In order of appearance, this episode featured:
Alexander Danner as the Narrator
Summer Unsinn as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge
James Capobianco as the Mayor of the Red Line
Tanja Milojevic as Melissa Weatherbee
James Johanson as Rusty the MBTA Driver
Lydia Anderson as Gemma Linzer-Coolidge
Jeff Van Dreason as Chuck Octagon
Julia Propp as Lousia Alvarez
Jessica Washington as Isabelle Powell
and Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis.
Interviews recorded with Greater Boston residents.
Charlie on the MTA is performed by Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
Train Jam performed by Adrienne Howard, Emily Peterson and Dirk Tiede.
Dream music by Jeff Van Dreason.
Drum tracks by Jim Johanson.
Some sound effects and music used from public domain and creative commons sources.
COLD OPEN Interviewer — Jeff Van Dreason Is Boston a racist city? Several Interview Voices Yes. Female Interview 1 Depends. Other Interview Voices (background) Yes. / Yeah. Interviewer Depends on what? Female Interview 1 Like…it depends on. Like…basically who…who are your neighbors? Female Interview 2 I say some areas. Because like, if you’re like. See I’m in South Boston. There’s a lot of like white Irish people. And I’d say from the Irish people I know? They’re racist. Female Interview 3 If you’re white you know you’re kinda, born into being privileged. And when you’re privileged, that comes with more money. And it’s vice…it’s the opposite for black people. [Charlie on the MTA begins] Female Interview 4 Because umm, when you’re born into some type of privilege you tend to think that you’re superior to people who are not. So I don’t …I think Boston is racist, but they were born into that, like, method of superiority and all that stuff.
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[Music: Tosa Waltz]
MALLORY — JOHANNA BODNYK 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.