The Trials of Saint Patrick is the epic story of one man’s spiritual odyssey through hardship, loss, mercy, and forgiveness. Dramatized with a fresh boldness by the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre, the characters will come alive through the talents of dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors, combined with cinematic sound effects and music. Your imagination will be quickened. Your heart will be inspired.
Patricius of Britain was the privileged son of a Roman official. At the age of sixteen, he was suddenly taken and enslaved by foreign pirates from Hibernia—a land now known as Ireland. For six years the newly named Patrick suffered at the hands of cruel masters and was abandoned to isolation as a shepherd. He endured the extreme weather, starvation, and loneliness. Yet, in the midst of these trials, God was preparing Patrick to evangelize a nation.
Writer and director Paul McCusker, who previously worked on Adventures in Odyssey, has just produced another audio drama for Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. The first production, Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, was released last year. And now the latest story, The Trials of Saint Patrick is available in a 4-CD set, which includes a 24-page discussion guide. You can check out the trailer and also read the summary below.
A big thanks to Audio Theatre Central for posting this news first.
If you're not a member of the AIO Club and you haven't yet picked up a copy of Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! on CD or digital download, today is an exciting day. The first episode of Album 62, Connie the Counselor, airs today on the radio and online. In this episode Eugene reluctantly agrees to allow Connie to test out her budding counseling skills on him for a psychology class assignment. Meanwhile, Buck and Jules try to find something to keep them entertained around Odyssey. All six episodes of Album 62 will be airing over the coming weeks. The finale, titled Legacy, Part 2, will air on May 6th. But make sure you keep checking back at whitsend.org every week to keep up because episodes only stay online for seven days.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures In Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse return to their interview with sound designers Christopher Diehl and Nathan Jones, who worked on the new three-part historical episode on the AIO Club, called One More Name. They discuss creating the sound of a deserted ghetto, the ending of the first episode, creating an intimate setting with sound, and how they select which takes from the actors to use in a scene. They also discuss music cues and their interactions with composer John Campbell, the sewer system scene, what was used to create the sound effect of the manhole cover, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
Book 19 in the popular Imagination Station series, Light in the Lions' Den, appeared in stores last month. That means its time to look ahead to see what the series has in store for the future. We now know that the next installment in the book series will be titled Inferno in Tokyo, and will follow Patrick and Beth as they enter 1920s Japan. And we also have access to the dramatic front cover artwork, featuring a flaming tornado. The book has been written by Marianne Hering and will be released in October. You can check out the story's summary below:
The Imagination Station has been malfunctioning for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must use their courage, strength, and resilience to help others and survive dangers as they travel through time and space and get caught up in the 1923 earthquake, tsunami, and fire that devastated Tokyo, Japan.
Also, this April Adventures in Odyssey will be re-releasing its 90 Devotions of Kids in a quality imitation leather edition, which was previously available only in paperback.
In 2012 Adventures in Odyssey celebrated its 25th anniversary and held its first Get in the Show contest, in which kids were invited to send in their auditions to be an actor on the show. Shona Kennedy won the contest and appeared as Jules Kendall, Connie's half-sister, on Album 57, as well as subsequent episodes. Now Focus on the Family is launching the Get in the Show contest again this year for AIO's 30th anniversary. Kids ages 6 to 15 can audition for a chance to win a trip for four to the Bahamas during the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Cruise in November 2017. During the cruise, the grand prize winner will perform live with Adventures in Odyssey actors during the 30th Birthday Live Show. Audition submissions will be accepted starting June 1, 2017. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. Check out the full contest rules here.
Adventures in Odyssey is also releasing a new CD sampler this year titled Get in the Show! and will include three full episodes and a bonus track featuring the Get in the Show theme song by musician Phil Joel. The episodes included on the CD will be about relationships, friendship and compassion.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designers Christopher Diehl and Nathan Jones, who worked on the new three-part AIO Club episode One More Name. They discuss creating historically accurate sounds for automobiles and weapons, using reverb, using sound to transition from one place to the next, and creating the sound of different environments. They also talk about how the tone of the episodes affected the sound design and the various techniques they used. Head over to whitsend.org to check out the podcast interview.
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is now available in stores on CD. You can get it for $10.99 on CBD or $14.54 on Amazon. And that means the album's back cover design has been completed. From the image you can see that each episode has its theme listed. On this CD set you'll find episodes about relationships, compassion, family, contentment, new beginnings, and spiritual preparedness. Plus, there are deleted scenes and extra songs included in the bonus features. Are you collecting Adventures in Odyssey albums on CD? Let us know how you listen to AIO in the comments below.
It's less than a month until Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! airs on the radio and online on April 1st, but that doesn't mean it's too early to be looking ahead to Album 63. The title of Album 63 has just been revealed to be: Up in the Air. It will include a total of six episodes about "friendship and compassion." The CD will be released on October 17, 2017, but will likely begin airing on the AIO Club this summer. So far we know that the first episode will be called Find a Penny. You can also read Album 63: Up in the Air's summary below:
Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey! First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems―Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew’s friendship is threatened. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and integrity in six episodes of heart-changing, risk-taking adventure!
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer/director Kathy Buchanan about the new three-part AIO Club episodes One More Name. She talks about coming across the story of Irena Sendler online, her historical research, crafting the script for younger listeners, talking about the Holocaust with her kids, and her writing routine. They also discuss the outlining process, writing the first draft, being an avid reader, Irena's journey as a character, things she couldn't fit into the story, the powerful performances in the recording studio, a cut scene, her daughter's acting part and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Cristina Vee, the voice of Irena Sendler in the three-part AIO Club historical episodes One More Name. She talks about working as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland, her interest in animation, English-dubbing for anime, cold reading for video games, recovering after recording screaming, and being a director. She also discusses her Holocaust research in preparation for her AIO role, getting into the Polish accent, vocal Foley, portraying difficult emotional scenes, doing multiple takes, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! aired on the Adventures in Odyssey Club in December, and it is now finally available via digital download. Here's the album summary: "Jules Kendall feels like she's in the spotlight and has to live up to everyone's expectations. Buck Oliver pretends to understand Eugene and Katrina's faith. A mysterious visitor to the antique shop isn't all he seems as he searches for a clue to a father's final words. And a group of traveling singers put on the rootin-est, tootin-est, Wild Westiest musical extravaganza Odyssey has ever seen! Sit back and enjoy the show!" The digital download contains six episodes and four bonus tracks, including a deleted scene. You can purchase Album 62 for $9.99 from iTunes, $9.99 from Focus on the Family, and $6.99 from Amazon. The two-disc CD set will release in March and the first episode will air on the radio and online April 1st.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse bring on executive director and writer Dave Arnold, producer and writer Nathan Hoobler, writer/director Kathy Buchanan, and writer/director Bob Hoose to talk about Album 61: Without a Hitch, Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! and even Album 63. They discuss Morrie and Suzu's unfolding story arc, Connie's half-sister Jules Kendall, the Album 62 two-parter called Legacy, a Novacom-related Easter egg, why Barrett and Priscilla are no longer on the show, Jay Smouse's return, Buddy Norman, Buck Oliver, the 30th anniversary celebration of the show, the new and updated AIO Bible, the Blackgaard Chronicles book series, the young Whit book series, the next Get in the Show contest, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
There have been countless parodies of other shows on Adventures in Odyssey over the years. The style of the popular television series The Twilight Zone, for example, was adapted for a number of AIO episodes as a Kids' Radio show called The Twilife Zone, introduced by Connie Kendall with the memorable words: "Do not adjust your radio. We are in control." For our latest poll question, we're asking listeners what their favorite Twilife Zone show is. The first is Better Late than Never, in which Robyn Jacobs finds herself trapped in a bizarre nightmare and discovers with shock that she was late for everything, including her own funeral. (As this is a remake of the Officer Harley episode Missed It By That Much, we have combined these into one option in the poll). Next, the episode The Twilife Zone explores the consequences of addiction through a talking chicken named Henny. Then, the episode The Time of Our Lives follows the sad adventures of shopping-addicted Kathy and TV-addicted Jeremy. Next, the episode Two Roads depicts the lives of Simon and Sonni, who appear to make very different decisions but still end up in the same eternal situation because of their lack of faith in God. And finally is the episode My Girl, Hallie, in which Joey's mom buys him a new high-tech computer which starts to take over his life. Which Twilife Zone episode is your favorite? You can cast your vote here.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse announce the winner of the John Avery Whittaker Award, Coach Larry Stuckey. They interview Larry and the athlete who nominated him, Carri Deckers. They talk about listening to AIO, coaching various sports, the high jump, training in the off-season, trying out for the Olympics, the rodeo, God's timing and much more. You can check out the podcast interview.
If you're a fan of Adventures in Odyssey's scarier mystery episodes, like The Case of the Secret Room or The Mysterious Stranger, then you definitely won't want to miss out on the Father Gilbert Mysteries. The former Scotland Yard detective turned Anglican priest Father Louis Gilbert tackles some intense spiritual issues and appears in a total of nine Focus on the Family audio productions, which you can buy altogether in a CD set. The stories are recommended for slightly older listeners. And on top of that, author Paul McCusker has so far released two Father Gilbert novels, which feature brand-new original mysteries. The first novel is called The Body Under the Bridge, and if you haven't had the chance to check it out, the publisher has now posted the first few chapters online for free. Read them here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3. The second novel in the series is also now available in stores. It is titled Death in the Shadows and you can read its first chapters here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse appear as scientists, following in the footsteps of the famed inventor and ice cream emporium owner John Avery Whittaker, and work tirelessly to push the boundaries of audio drama for the sake of pure science. After years of relentless research, they are ready to announce their latest breakthrough. Watch the video podcast below, and stay tuned to the end to hear yet another exciting announcement.
The voting for the AIO Update's latest poll question has ended and it's time to announce the final results. We asked Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite character in the Washington family was, and we got a big response. The Washingtons first appeared right after the Novacom Saga ended, in the episode The Toy Man on Album 39, and last appeared on Album 50. For this poll question, in first place came Marvin Washington, with over a third of the votes cast. In second place was the dad, Ed, and in third place was cousin Xavier.
Marvin Washington has been in a total of thirty-four episodes, more than any other Washington family member. And unlike any other, Marvin was also voiced by different actors over the years. He was first played by Kyle Massey in The Toy Man, but by his second episode, called The American Revelation, he was already being voiced by a new actor, Jordan Calloway, who played him for twelve shows. And then actor Kendre Barry made his debut as Marvin in Sunday Morning Scramble on Album 43. As we're thinking about the Washingtons, it seems appropriate at this time to remember the actor who voiced the mother Elaine, J. Karen Thomas, as she passed away in March 2015. Do you miss the Washington family? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. And thank you to everyone who participated in this poll question. A new AIO Update poll will be posted online soon.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, we get to listen to a free episode, For Trying Out Loud from Album 39. In this episode Wooton Bassett wants to help Edwin Blackgaard with an upcoming production. Meanwhile, Liz Horton tries to find something—anything—she can do better than others. After the episode, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designer Allen Hurley. He talks about working with Dr. James Dobson at Focus on the Family, doing various voice acting parts for AIO, recording sound effects in a dumpster, and much more. Check out the podcast interview and free episode.
The AIO Blog has released a new interview with writer Phil Lollar, the co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey. Phil talks about his brand-new audio series Iliad House, Austin Peachey's acting role, the twenty-year journey it took to get the show off the ground, the recording process, the sound effects used for the train travelling through time, and his ideas for future episodes. They also discuss the new book series based on the Blackgaard saga, another book series coming out about young John Avery Whittaker, Phil's recent return to Adventures in Odyssey, the character of Dale Jacobs, B-TV episodes without Bernard Walton, the upcoming Focus on the Family cruise, letters from the fans, his work on other shows, and much more. You can check out the interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer Kathy Buchanan and sound designer Jonathan Crowe, who worked on the finale of Album 61, A Very Bassett Wedding, Parts 1 and 2. They talk about coming up with ideas for the show, the early planning stages with Paul McCusker, wedding traditions, and humorous moments between Penny's parents. They also discuss the sound design process, building the sound effects of a scene, the future of Wooton and Penny's marriage, and more. Check out the podcast interview.