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The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast

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Overview

Get the latest news and go behind-the-scenes of the world's #1 family audio drama, 'Adventures in Odyssey'! In 'The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast', you'll hear fun stories straight from the show's actors -- and 'Adventures in Odyssey' producers regularly answer fan questions submitted at AdventuresinOdyssey.com/Podcast. New editions available every other Wednesday. Subscribe now to get each new edition right when it releases!

466 Episodes

The epic production of “Running the Race”

Sound designer Nathan Jones looks back on all the jogging and Olympic sprints in the first two parts of “Running the Race,” previews the final episode in a prison camp…and tells us the one thing he would save from his home.

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

The Chairman emerges from the shadows

Brian Cummings has played dozens of Odyssey characters from Christopher Columbus to the local soccer coach to Emperor Nero to even Jesus Christ. But he recently returned as the mysterious Chairman. Brian tells us about his diverse voice roles, including and the most memorable voice of all.

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

Bridget runs the race and hits the right notes

Actress Keely Marshal looks back at (spoiler!) singing in "Right Notes, Wrong Key" and ahead to the three-part "Running the Race."

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

Stories about Will Ryan from his wife Nancy

In our final podcast looking back at the life of Will Ryan and the creation of "The Best is Yet to Come," Will's wife Nancy Niparko Ryan shares stories from their time together, Will's similarity to Eugene, and the reach of Adventures in Odyssey.

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

Who is Molly's mom?

Dana Powers, voice of Molly's curiously unnamed mom, remembers auditioning, talks about voicing KitKat commercials, and shares why "One Last Treasure Hunt" is her favorite episode.

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

Eugene’s voice came from war-torn Ukraine

Vitalii Knya, Head of Delivery at Respeecher, tells us how they created Eugene’s line for “The Best is Yet to Come,” the technology behind their company, and what’s going on in Ukraine.

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2024

Eugene's voice came from war-torn Ukraine

Vitalii Knya, Head of Delivery at Respeecher, tells us how they created Eugene’s line for "The Best is Yet to Come," the technology behind their company, and what’s going on in Ukraine.

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2024

Join us to celebrate One Grand Party in Colorado Springs!

Calling all Odyssey fans! The 1,000th episode airs this year! We're inviting fans from all over the country to join us at One Grand Party on August 2-3, 2024, in Colorado Springs. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, January 11. Get more details on today's podcast.

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

FREE AUDIOBOOK: "Showdown with the Shepherd"

As a special gift, hear an entire Imagination Station audiobook! More are available in the Adventures in Odyssey Club. In this adventure, Cousins Patrick and Beth go to the Holy Land in the tenth century BC. Troubles await them as soon as they step out of the Imagination Station. First they meet an angry bear and later an angry giant. Set against the backdrop of the David and Goliath story, the cousins learn that having a giant faith is more important than having a giant on your side.

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2023

All your questions about "The Best is Yet to Come" answered

Why not let Eugene stay in Odyssey? Are you going to use the same technology to bring back old characters? Where did you get Bernard’s lines? Why did the whole family Meltsner family move? Why didn’t we hear Wooton in Eugene’s goodbye party? Are we going to get any episodes with the Meltsners in Baltimore? And most importantly, how old are all of the kids in Odyssey?! Executive producer Dave Arnold, showrunner Marshal Younger, writer/director Phil Lollar, writer/director Kathy Buchanan, and line producer Nathan Hoobler answer the biggest questions about Eugene’s departure.

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

Producing a milestone: “The Best is Yet to Come”

Sound designers Luke Guenot and Zach Schneider talk about working on such a significant series of episodes and how it was the most collaborative production in Odyssey history

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

Producing a milestone: "The Best is Yet to Come"

Sound designers Luke Guenot and Zach Schneider talk about working on such a significant series of episodes and how it was the most collaborative production in Odyssey history

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

Katie Leigh on “The Best is Yet to Come”

Katie Leigh, voice of Connie, remembers the recording sessions for the Meltsner four-parter and working with Townsend Coleman as Eugene

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

Katie Leigh on "The Best is Yet to Come"

Katie Leigh, voice of Connie, remembers the recording sessions for the Meltsner four-parter and working with Townsend Coleman as Eugene

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

What do the latest episodes in Album 75 and this month’s Club adventure have in common?

Writing discipline, bringing back Dr. Trask, and choosing characters who scare her are all topics on writer Abigail Geiger’s mind.

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

What do the latest episodes in Album 75 and this month's Club adventure have in common?

Writing discipline, bringing back Dr. Trask, and choosing characters who scare her are all topics on writer Abigail Geiger's mind.

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

Penny and Kimmy remember their past

In "As Far As It Depends on Me," both Penny Bassett and actress Kimmy Robertson dealt with emotions and memories from their pasts. Kimmy shares how she conveyed the range of feelings in the story, how she practiced her comedic timing, and the lessons she took from the episode.

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

Penny and Kimmy get real with their emotions

In "As Far As It Depends on Me," both Penny Bassett and actress Kimmy Robertson dealt with emotions and memories from their pasts. Kimmy shares how she conveyed the range of feelings in the story, how she practiced her comedic timing, and the lessons she took from the episode.

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

Odyssey Strikes Again! An episode sequel

In "A Day in the Life," Hollywood came to Odyssey to make a movie about the town. Writer Evan David tells why this episode from 1991 gets a sequel in the October Club adventure "Extended Cut." Plus: Hear a deleted scene with Connie and Eugene on the phone.

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

The 2023 Avery Awards: Trapped in Jesse’s New Mansion

Buckle up - in more ways than one! It's time for the Album 73 and 74 Avery Award, where the winners of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Sound Design, Best Script, Best Scene, and Best Episode will be finally and dramatically revealed. Journey through the many rooms of Jesse's new house as Bob announces all of the Avery Awards, with cameos from many Odyssey cast and crew members. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2023

2023's Whit Award Winner

Multiple generations of Odyssey listeners connect as this year’s Whit Award Winner Alaina and her nominator Emma share how mentors affect kids - and how kids affect mentors!

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2023

The incredible journey of "Precious Lord"

God took the real Thomas Dorsey on quite the journey to the composition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." For sound designer Nathan Jones and singer Jamal Sarikoki, the production of the audio dramas felt almost as epic.

Transcribed - Published: 23 August 2023

How did Whit become Whit?

With the release of "Young Whit and the Phantasmic Confabulator" and "Young Whit and the Cloth of Contention," the series is complete. Hear from authors Dave Arnold and Phil Lollar about the story of what shaped John Avery Whittaker as a boy.

Transcribed - Published: 11 August 2023

Meet Thomas Dorsey, the father of gospel music

Thomas Dorsey wrote more than 3000 gospel songs including "Precious Lord." Actor Leilani Barrett, voice of Thomas in this month's Club adventure, said more than 3,000 words while creating the character for "Precious Lord." He shares the joys and challenges of creating a historical figure.

Transcribed - Published: 26 July 2023

Honoring the Legacy of Will Ryan and Continuing on with Eugene Meltsner

Executive producer Dave Arnold, showrunner Marshal Younger, and actor Townsend Coleman share about the way forward with Eugene Meltsner after Will Ryan passed away in 2021. Plus, hear from the girls who ran a 5k in Will’s honor.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

Honoring the legacy of Will Ryan and continuing with Eugene Meltsner

Executive producer Dave Arnold, showrunner Marshal Younger, and actor Townsend Coleman share about the way forward with Eugene Meltsner after Will Ryan passed away in 2021. Plus, hear from the girls who ran a 5k in Will’s honor.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

The impact of Adventures in Odyssey

What happens after an Odyssey show is finished - when people listen to the show? We get to hear all sorts of amazing stories about the effect that Adventures in Odyssey has on our fans. On this podcast, we share three recent stories of how God has used the show to impact our listeners.

Transcribed - Published: 28 June 2023

There’s more to Mrs. Randolph

Chris Anthony does more than host Adventures in Odyssey. She’s also Mrs. Randolph, who gets a backstory (and some songs!) in "Mile 151."

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2023

Death and life with Gary Locke

Odyssey artist Gary Locke tells an incredible story about beginning to draw, digital art, death, life, and heaven - in that order.

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2023

Was Buckle Up referring to Buckles? Why did Renee change? Why is Eugene on the cover of album 75?

Showrunner Marshal Younger, co-creator Phil Lollar, writer/director Kathy Buchanan, and line producer Nathan Hoobler answer your questions about Album 73: 28 Hours, Album 74: Buckle Up, and the upcoming Album 75: The Best is Yet to Come.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2023

Go behind the wheel with Jesse and Zach

Writer/director Jesse Kellum IV and sound designer Zach Schneider reveal how dog bags, hoopties, air compressors, wrist twist steering, and a fear of staplers figured into the creation of "The Fast and the Ridiculous"

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2023

It’s official! Robby Bruce and Shona Rodman talk Buckles

Robby Bruce (voice of Buck) and Shona Rodman (voice of Jules) react to the bombshell that ended Album 74: Buckle Up!

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2023

Alkaio Thiele talks about the red carpet, modeling, and (yes) beatboxing

The voice behind Andy Rome in "Value in the Process" shares his experience working as an actor, singer, model, and beatboxer. Plus: hear his original audition

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2023

How "Starring Eugene and Connie" became "Featuring Jason and Jillian"

Hear the story of the hilarious episode "Game Night" from writer/director Marshal Younger, sound designer Luke Guenot, and a surprise guest

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2023

Remembering Earl Boen

Actor Earl Boen passed away January 5, 2023. In this vintage interview from 2002, Earl remembers the creation of Odyssey supervillain - the nefarious Dr. Regis Blackgaard - and his twin brother - Shakespearean actor Edwin Blackgaard. Plus, never-before-heard recordings of classic Blackgaard scenes.

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2023

Take a Sled Run for Survival!

The latest Imagination Station book "Sled Run for Survival" features all sorts of animal action in the snow, including sled dogs, wolves, walruses, and even a polar bear! But the greatest enemy is one so tiny that no one can see it. Author Marianne Hering and editor Vance Fry unpack this and other exciting historical adventures.

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2023

How Odyssey gets to your ears

Follow the links in the chain, plot the path on the map, and meet the unsung heroes of Odyssey as we follow an episode from a sound designer's computer to your ears. Along the way we'll meet mastering engineer Rudy Haerr, satellite operator Ray Morgan, media syndication manager Brian Krause, digital support specialist Steve Christakis, and senior marketing director Debbie Smith. Join us!

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2023

Meet first time writer Jesse Kellum IV

Jesse Kellum IV grew up listening to Odyssey and now he's writing (and directing!) for the show. Hear the story of how he got to Odyssey, his first show "Legally Wooton," and traveling to California to record.

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2023

What is canon? How does it affect Odyssey?

Content creator Evan David and showrunner Marshal Younger unpack the mysterious concept of "canon" and why the comics are considered canon, but the video series is not.

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2023

What's going to happen to Eugene? How did Jillian find that sweatshirt? Why make Sky Feldstein a baddie? The team answers.

Writer/director Kathy Buchanan, executive producer Dave Arnold, showrunner Marshal Younger, and line producer Nathan Hoobler answer your questions about Album 73, Eugene, Katrina’s brothers, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2022

SPOILER WARNING: More answers about "28 Hours" from the writer/director and sound designers

Discussion about "28 Hours" continues with sound designers Luke Guenot and Zach Schneider (and a few more comments from writer/director Kathy Buchanan), including creating a squishy brain sound (yes), how sometimes "more is more" and the whole team's influence on this series.

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2022

SPOILER WARNING: Answers about “28 Hours” including about —— and —— and that shocking twist with the ——

The spoiler train continues with an in-depth discussion with "28 Hours" writer/director Kathy Buchanan and sound designers Luke Guenot and Zach Schneider.

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2022

SPOILER WARNING: The voices of Jason and Jillian share secrets of "28 Hours"

It’s time to talk about the spoilers of “28 Hours” with Townsend Coleman (voice of Jason) and Monica Padilla (voice of Jillian). Get ready for some juicy revelations about this exciting six-parter, but make sure you’ve listened before you hear the podcast!

Transcribed - Published: 16 November 2022

From Andy Griffith to Adventures in Odyssey via Apollo 13

Actor Clint Howard voices Nick Smouse, Jay's dad, for the second time in this month’s Club adventure: "A Friend in Need." Clint has a lengthy Hollywood résumé that spans nearly sixty years.

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2022

Making a Godly impact sending boxes around the world

Mark Jent, direct of MAGI at Healing Hands International, shares the true stories that inspired "Showdown in San Poco." Plus: A preview of "Dead of Night"!

Transcribed - Published: 19 October 2022

From knitting in a blizzard to two brothers in Guatemala... the journey of an idea

Writer/director Phil Lollar shares how "Showdown in San Poco" started as a completely different episode in a completely different part of the world. Then sound designer Nathan Jones tells how the sound of motorcycles was created without... motorcycles. (Plus: Emerson Collins talks about this year's Bring Your Bible to School Day!)

Transcribed - Published: 5 October 2022

The 2022 Avery Awards: Bob the Bold vs. The League of Diminutive Dialogue!

It's time for the "Slippery Slope" and "The Long Road Home" Avery Awards! We’ll reveal the Actor, Actress, Sound Design, Script, Scene, Episode, and more that you, the listeners, voted as winners! Also this year, you’ll get a look behind the curtain of the REAL Adventures in Odyssey Headquarters that has long been kept secret from the public. Our hosts Bob and Jesse will be your tour guides. However an accident may just change the course of this episode - and the very names of hosts - forever!

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2022

How realistic is "The 18-Yard Line"? A real-life football coach tells us.

Ivan Chambers has coached football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track, and more. He tells us about the emotions, the drama, and the lessons behind the scenes of sports stories like "The 18-Yard Line."

Transcribed - Published: 7 September 2022

The 2022 Whit Award winner (and the person who nominated him!)

Lexie nominated her coach and teacher Andrew Nedimyer for the Whit Award, sharing how he cares for his students, faithfully teaches God's word, and takes the extra time to help any kids who are stuck. Mr. Nedimyer also grew up listening to Odyssey and even dreamed of opening his own version of Whit's End. Hear their stories and learn how to find Godly mentors of your own.

Transcribed - Published: 24 August 2022

Do you know Obed-Edom?

Executive producer Dave Arnold plucks an obscure character from 2 Samuel 6 to star in a "Book of Speculations" adventure.

Transcribed - Published: 10 August 2022

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