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Night Vale creator's new podcast will "weird you out"

Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson's new podcast Within the Wires premieres June 21st.

Listen to the full interview here:

Lindsay interviews Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Set within an alternate reality, Within the Wires tells stories in the guise of instructional audio programs. A new podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead. 8:11

Even though the first season of the new podcast Within the Wires is titled "Relaxation Cassettes," it's creators Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson say they don't want listeners to feel relaxed.

"I think I want them to be a little bit unsettled. I want people to put it on…and think they're going to get a story and get a bit weirded out as they go along," Matthewson told Podcast Playlist host Lindsay Michael.

Each season will take listeners through a different audio experience from an unknown universe in the style of a 1980s instructional cassette. But at a certain point in the story, listeners will realize that the voice they are hearing may not have their best interests in mind. Cranor explained, "I've always sort of liked that idea of having this really soothing voice, there's something really wonderful about that really warm voice…I thought, what if that person started taking it in a very different direction?"

This isn't the first unsettling release from Cranor. He's best known for creating Welcome to Night Vale as well as Alice isn't Dead. Both are known for being dark and frankly, creepy. In Within the Wires, Cranor again tries to take listeners to an unexpected place.  

Season one, of Within the Wires "Relaxation Cassettes", premieres June 21. New episodes are released every other Tuesday through October 25.

Hear an exclusive clip from Within the Wires here  (First excerpt at 10:19, second excerpt at 14:57)

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