The West

What if the Soviets won the Space Race?

That question is at the center of The Soyuz Files, an alternate history audio drama, comprised of a podcast, postcards, decoded messages, and planetwide collaboration, all unraveling a knot of international intrigue.

Part 1: The Space Race

Breaking news! The United States has lost the Space Race to the Soviet Union. On October 31, 1968, Americans received transmissions from Cosmonauts on the Lunar surface. Jack Schechter, host of WNYX’s news program The Friday Review brings on Natalia Gromyko, Soviet diplomat, to discuss what this means for geopolitics and the future of the Cold War.

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When the player visits soyuzfiles.com, they come upon old postcards from a Soviet scientist, American radio broadcasts, and a code that will lead to a secret that could take down the entire Soviet Union. The Soyuz Files captures the imagination, ignites the intellect, and breaks down the barrier between audience and narrative.

Follow intrepid journalist Jack Schecter as he bounces across the world and drop in on his recorded conversations and radio broadcasts—an immersive story rife with clues and culture that sharpens and quickens as he gets closer to the terrible truth.

As listeners discover, snap, and hashtag their found postcards, more of the story is uncovered: a story of friendship, deep pain, the forces that tear nations apart—and bind them together.

Featured on Planetary Radio

Produced by Bill Nye's Planetary Society

“People talk about multimedia, but this is true, physical multi-media—I feel like I’m discovering actual objects that have leaked in from another world.”
Devin O'Neill
The Armageddon Club
“... there aren’t many alternate history podcasts, so it is always a treat when I find one. Especially one that is so well-made. I absolutely loved this podcast.”
Sam McDonald
The Audiophile

The Company

Podcast Written and Produced by
Spencer Devlin Howard

Postcards Writen and Produced by
Nathan Turner

Dramaturg
Shannon Stockwell

 

Featuring the Vocal Talents of
Spencer Devlin Howard
Claire Kaplan
Nathan Turner
Caste Scott Campbell
Ross Crain
Sam Hunter
Steven Hastings
Shannon Stockwell
Mat Kaplan
Matt MacNelly
Thomas Miller