I used to watch a lot of PBS growing up, especially when I went over to my grandparents’ house. I ended up watching a lot of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I, like many, have very fond memories of Mister Rogers. I learned how to be a good neighbor and embrace my differences. In fact I have a quote from Mister Rogers pinned up on the wall of my office. The quote is taken from the video below:
Doesn’t that just make you feel warm and accepted? I think it is incredibly important that we feel welcome and accepted. With so much hatred in the world, it is important for us to take care of each other and to be welcoming of others. Mister Rogers taught us to be a good neighbor, and this week’s recommendation does the same thing.
Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company is a daily audio drama that takes place in a campus radio station. Agnes Drew, Max O’Brien, and Dr. Rosalind Clark broadcast a message of hope to the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. The broadcasts are short, but they give listeners useful advice, no bake cookie recipes, stories from survivors, coping strategies, and a simple message of hope.
As I stated before, this is a daily audio drama, but the new episodes expire after 24 hours. Now before you get all grumpy, the reason they expire is to create an immersive experience. It is the zombie apocalypse, so you’ll only be able to catch it when it airs. But there is good news! The first 9 episodes are available and they set the scene, so you don’t need to worry about missing vital information. Also, be sure to set your podcast app to automatically download the episodes so you can listen when you want. If you want to listen to the expired episodes, you simply need to support them on Patreon.
I really think that this is a different take on the zombie apocalypse trope, so many of those are about how horrible the world is in that situation. Honestly, what’s the point of fighting to survive in those scenarios, where everyone and everything is an enemy? Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope changes this by offering a message of hope to fellow survivors. They take turns telling stories, giving useful advice, giving warnings, but they also end each broadcast telling listeners to “Take care of each other.” In horrible situations, it is easy to ignore others and focus on your own survival. We should never become so jaded that we will stop helping people when they are in need. That is why this audio drama is such a breath of fresh air in an overdone genre. It doesn’t focus on the negative aspect of the situation, but on how they can help others and inspire people to do the same.
You can find Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope on Twitter @mercury870 and visit their website. You can also support them on Patreon and get access to every episode. Don’t forget to listen and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
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