The Complete Season 1 of Queens of the Sapphire Sea!

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After over a year of production and release, we finally have the entire first season of  my radio adventure serial, Queens of the Sapphire Sea, up online! Each episode can stand alone as you follow Belle and Madeleine Bernassi across the French Riviera in pre-WWII France, but put them together? You’ll find an high-flying action tale of romance and death-defying stunts as these two seaplane pilots take on the dregs of the Mediterranean underworld.

Episode 101 – An Air of Propriety

Episode 102 – Industrious Revolution

Episode 103 – Belle of the Ball

Episode 104 – Ex Marcs the Spot

Episode 105 – Just Deserts

Episode 106 – Ask Me No Questions…

Episode 107 – …And I’ll Suffer No Spies

How to Beat the Nazi Narrative

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This piece is inspired by the artwork above, a parody of the famous Norman Rockwell triple self-portrait. This satire, like the original, speaks to the glamorized self we see in the mirror, demolishing and lightly mocking (respectively) their subjects. The depictions are not truth. They are the stories that people share in order to maintain illusions. And, like all stories, they are dependent on audiences in order to maintain their meaning.

Note first, however, that I am not a politician or a social scientist. Thus, any commentary on the mechanical issues that are devastating our society—namely, a failing educational system, a prison-industrial complex that favors punishment over rehabilitation, and a drug war that overwhelmingly castigates the poorest and most vulnerable citizens—would be purely opinion based. Get enough liquor in me and I’ll share them with you.

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All the political commentary you can stand!

That being said, I am a narrative designer who has come to specialize in demographic analysis and story-sharing. I’ve worked with organizations, universities, and nations to help build narratives to embolden people and change lives. I’ve seen how people intertwine their personal stories with those of a larger group, for good and ill effects, as well as how to make sure this remains a conversation without turning into propaganda (more on this in a second, I promise). I’ve worked with people who have had their tongues torn out because they spoke the wrong words to the wrong people.

It is the lessons I learned from them that embolden me to say that we can assuredly beat the Narrative of the Nazi. If we can couple that with the physical means to make sure that Nazis can’t gain a new foothold, we can make that ideology so untenable that all but the barest few crazies remain, so few that they cannot make any meaningful change to the world.

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