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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1!), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. We only mention that because his son Griffin, 6, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works.
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Aug 30, 2016

With the Marlowe still recovering from the monster attack, Finn and his friends get into a little mischief aboard the station. But that all comes to an end when they're sent on their first exploring mission, to a planet they've been told will be peaceful, quiet, and maybe even a little bit boring. The good (bad) news is that their visit turns anything but boring.

We're still collecting alien jokes and names for our robot. Send them in!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. Check them out! 

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of quality podcasts for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Aug 24, 2016

After narrowly avoiding a very serious conflict with our introduction robot, we return to the action aboard the Marlowe. Finn and Abigail have to face off against three monster invaders. Will they be able to do it? 

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. Check them out! 

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

Many thanks to Ty Poe and Mateo and Brogan and everyone else who has sent in art, jokes and ideas. Keep them coming!

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Aug 16, 2016

When last we saw Finn and the members of Explorers Troop 301, they were off limits in the Robot Factory, and someone was coming in the door to catch them. On today's show, we reveal who caught them redhanded, hear a dire warning for Finn, and then head to his birthday party where he'll finally get his robot. That is, unless something happens. But what could possibly happen?!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by a Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. Check them out! 

Here's our chat with Mo Willems.

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

And please do send us ideas, art, anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Aug 9, 2016

The Alien Adventures begin! On today's show, we meet Finn and his friends—Abigail, Elias and Vale—better known as Explorers Troop 301. The Troop is getting ready for Finn's birthday party by sneaking in somewhere they don't belong. And there's a sign of danger to come. 

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license.

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

And please do send us ideas, art, anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email.

Aug 1, 2016

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian tells the story of a boy aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Space Station who explores far-flung galaxies, interacts with curious aliens and solves a mystery that will (fingers crossed) keep his home from being vaporized. Finn is a part of Explorers Troop 301, along with his best friends Abigail, Elias and Vale, and this episode introduces listeners to the stars of this science-fiction serialized story for kids. 

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