Special Episode: Change of Mind

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. Story by: Lillian Holman, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Sarah Shachat, and Gabriel Urbina.

Thanks to the generosity of our recurring donors on Patreon and the support of our friends at Spoke - the social audio app - we've been able to produce a special flashback episode, set during Captain Lovelace's first mission on board the Hephaestus. This is a truly unique production - not just our longest episode to date (over two hours!) but also one of our most ambitious, most intimate, and most twisted outings to date.

Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains violence. Listener discretion is advised.

Captain Lovelace, commanding officer of the U.S.S. Hephaestus Station, is not having a great week. She's butting heads with Communications Officer Lambert, her pedantic second-in-command. Doctors Hui and Fourier, her astrophysicists, seem more interested in an upcoming stellar flare than in basic station safety. Her engineer, Fisher, is getting fed up with the constant bickering, and her chief science officer, Doctor Selberg, isn't exactly... dependable. But things really take a turn for the worse when her superiors at Command decide it's time to put her crew through a very special training exercise, one carefully tailored to get under their skin. Lovelace, Lambert, and the rest of the crew must come together if they hope to make it through the longest, strangest, and most dangerous day of their expedition so far. Plus, apoplectic fugue states, emotional decision-making, corporate acid trips, never-before-seen attractions, and work of real substance.

This episode features voice work by Beth Eyre, Ariel Estrada, Peter Coleman, and Mary Kate Wiles.

It also features Paradise Valley by Honey and the Sting. Listen to more of their work at their Bandcamp.

Episode 47: Into the Depths

Written by Gabriel Urbina and Directed by Gabriel Urbina and Mischa Stanton. 

Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains violence. Listener discretion is advised.

The crew of the Hephaestus's day just got a whole lot worse. The funeral they were holding was interrupted by one of the deceased seemingly coming back to life, their station is being battered by radiation, and Hera has gone offline. And - oh yes - the alien contact event they've been hearing so much about has only just started. It's going to take everything the beleaguered team has to weather the storm, deal with the two enemy prisoners in their midst, and come to grips with what's happened to Captain Lovelace. Plus, a chain reaction, trash duty, cool dental plans, the sacred tradition of "Nose Goes," and why we get into trouble. 

This episode also features the voices of Kristen DiMercurio, Katie Speed, Reyn Beeler, and Zach Ehrlich. To listen to more of Mischa Stanton's work, check out ars Paradoxica and The Far Meridian

Mini Episode 14: One of Them

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Eiffel and Minkowski listen in on a tense discussion.

EPISODE 48: Theta Scenario

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains mentions of violence, death, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

As Eiffel, Minkowski, Hera, and Lovelace try to decide how to allocate their limited resources, Kepler finally reveals some of Goddard Futuristics's most deeply held secrets. Before the crew can consider the existential implications of these revelations, however, they'll need to deal with their own growing fears, insecurities, and personal conflicts. Plus, snake-filled pits, educated guesses, paradigm shifts, impractical human emotions, and the remainder of our musical program.

Tonight's episode features Julia Morizawa in the role of Commander Zhang. It also features The Waltz of the Flowers, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen

Episode 49: Out of the Loop

Written by Sarah Shachat and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

With the end of the Urania's repairs in sight, the crew is throwing all their energy into one final push. But as the finish line inches closer, Captain Lovelace begins to notice something strange. Work is mysteriously getting undone each morning, and certain events seem to be repeating themselves day in and day out. What is happening? And why does no one else seem to notice? Plus, hydraulic horsepower, horrific manipulation, highly unlikely events, the sledgehammer approach, and Hephaestus Crisis Dog Years.

Episode 50: The Hiccups Method

Written by Zach Valenti and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

It’s been a few weeks since the crew aborted repairs on the Urania, and they are no closer to figuring out how to satisfy the aliens' mysterious demands. If only they had someone on board who shared some sort of connection with these beings... But convincing Captain Lovelace to try and reach out to the alien presence for answers is only half the battle - they will have to really think outside the box in order to make contact. Plus, Borg network action, intergalactic twenty questions, Ouija boards, the Avatar State, and purely academic curiosity.

Episode 51: Shut Up And Listen

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Space Monkey Radio proudly presents U.F.Overview: a new series that offers in-depth analysis on the possibility of alien contact, and explores the complex realities of communicating with non-terrestrial beings. What do we know? How do we know it? When will we know that what we're trying to know is something we can know? Join our two intrepid co-hosts as they ponder these questions. Plus, archive recordings, hapless civilians, nine-dimensional formats, the world's suckiest pleasure cruise, and the forefront of evil in thirty-two different star systems.

Episode 52: Constructive Criticism 

Written by Sarah Shachat and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Following the fiasco that was his latest attempt at radio journalism, Officer Eiffel has retreated away from the crew, working long hours mostly by himself. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when a dangerous gas is accidentally released throughout the station. Quarantined in Hilbert's old lab while Hera works to undo the environmental damage, the crew and their prisoners resort to increasingly desperate means to fight off boredom, slow-simmering resentments, and Eiffel's growing insecurities about his place on the Hephaestus. Plus, tragic accidents, slight malfunctions, Franken-Nouveau decor, interjection-y glory, and a complete lack of moral compass.

This episode’s music features The Cello Sonata by Claude Debussy. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen.

Episode 53: Dirty Work

Written by Emma Sherr-Ziarko and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

This episode of Wolf 359 contains discussions of violence and death. Listener discretion is advised.

When Eiffel picks up signs of a transmission from deep space just hours before Hera's scheduled to go through an internal reset, the crew is divided on whether he should attempt to pursue it or not. But with only the autopilot for backup and an unexpected threat waiting in the wings, they soon discover they're more vulnerable than any of them realize. Plus, above average chimpanzees, horrifying threats of bodily mutilation, Plan C, rules of project management, and elaborate pranks to teach important lessons. 

This episode's music features The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by John Harrison. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen

Mission Mishaps: A Little Night Music

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Mission Mishaps, Entry One. Hephaestus Formal Complaint #ARB062. Day 510. Eiffel tries to boost the crew's morale with a bit of sonic artistry appreciation. 

This mini episode's music features Fur Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven. It also featured Fantasy in C by Franz Shubert and The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. Both of these pieces come courtesy of Musopen. It also features Canon in D Major, composed by Johann Pachelbel and performed by Kevin MacLeod.  

Episode 54: the WatchTower

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Slowly floating towards Wolf 359, untethered and separated from everyone else on the crew, Officer Eiffel tries a radical approach to solving the aliens' riddle. However, it's only a matter of time before he realizes the situation might be more complicated, more unpredictable, and more dangerous than he ever imagined. Plus, a place where the sidewalk ends, very necessary drama, the immortal words of Marvin Gaye, a momentary road bump, and the express train to Grand Central.

This episode's music features Sonata Pathétique by Ludwig Van Beethoven. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen

Episode 55: A Place for Everything

Written and Directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

Available October 2nd, 2017.