Greater Boston: Podcast Review

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Listen to all Greater Boston episodes on their Vurbl station page.

The Greater Boston podcast is a comedy fiction work of art that puts a spotlight on the inner turmoils of the Boston metro area. It’s inspired by real events, and it utilizes a large cast of talented voice actors to bring the story to life. And speaking of the story, it follows a man named Leon Stamatis, and how his death made such a huge impact on the city (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler; it’s where the podcast begins).

The Hosts: Alexander Danner has many talents, but he’s best known for his writing and voice-over work. He’s also worked on the show What’s the Frequency? and has a few producer credits under his belt. And if that’s not enough, Alexander has found the time to teach writing classes at The New Hampshire Institute for Art and Emerson College. Jeff Van Dreason teaches both writing and humanities at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, but he’s also earned the “award-winning playwright” title for his compelling stories.

The Guests: Since this is an anthology series set in Boston, there aren’t any traditional guests. Rather, we’ll talk about some of the main cast members. First, there’s Lydia Anderson who plays the role of Gemma Linzer-Coolidge. Her world revolves around the theater, and she has performed with several notable companies, like the Zeitgeist Stage Company and The Longwood Players. There’s also James Capobianco (who plays both Gerald Poletti and “The Mayor of the Red Line”) and Johanna Bodnyk (who plays Mallory). Johanna is a software engineer who has a newfound love for podcasts and James is a librarian who loves to sing and do voice-over work. But here’s the biggest takeaway for you: there are over 25 cast members on this show!

Why You Have to Listen: The Greater Boston podcast isn’t just for Boston natives, as it’s relevant for anyone who is interested in world events. There’s a rich history behind the Boston metro area, and both Jeff and Alexander have written a plot that is full of twists and turns, violence, and characters who go out of their way to make the world a better place for all.

Listen to Greater Boston

Must-Listen Episodes:

Episode 2: Working on the Railroad

Episode 8: Message in a Bottle

Episode 16: Extinction Event at the Olive Garden

Rating: 18+

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Talin went to school for mathematics, but decided to switch to an acting career halfway through. Against her parents wishes, she then moved to California to pursue this pipe dream, and is still, as some would say, "climbing through the trenches." She's also self-taught in photography, writing, and graphic design, since she believes that school is a financial sinkhole that society loves to promote.

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