The Cleansed: A Post-Apocalyptic Saga

By FinalRune Productions

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.

Description

Equal parts "Mad Max" and "The Stand," this post apocalyptic saga is set in a world 15 years after the collapse of the world as we know it. A brother and sister grow up in rural Maine and unwittingly embark on a adventure to save the City from the religious zealots and ruthless military fight for control over the fallen world. An epic serialized audio drama adventure with 30+ actors, cinematic sound design and original music. Winner of Mark Time Award for sci-fi audio and finalist in Romania's Grand Prix Nova award.

Episode Date
S1 Episode 0: The Breaking
2576
Some time in the not so distant future, the world as we know it is starting to unravel. The United States is mired in unwinnable wars, gas is scarce and the transportation system grinds to a halt. Homegrown terrorists take out the electric grid. Food is strictly rationed and distributed by the military. As citizens grow increasingly angry with the government, martial law is called in to maintain peace. And then things really start to get bad.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/GKZhaD-VXkE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 09, 2012
S1 Episode 1: The Refuge
1788
Fifteen years have passed since the "Battle of Bangor," the brutal assault on a small Maine city that set off the shattering of Northern New England during The Breaking. Since then, David and Sam have lead a ragged group of refugees and set up home at an abandoned airforce based dubbed "The Refuge." And far south, John Prophet has continued his battle for freedom. But John Prophet's luck has about run out. Even as he attempts one more daring action, enemy soldiers crowd down around him. He is forced to make a difficult decision in a train station. And then, he sets his feet northward, and comes crashing in like a lightning storm to the bucolic life David and Sam have forged in The Refuge. Maria and Luke have grown up knowing only the austerity of The Refuge. What will they make of this mysterious stranger and the storm of danger that surrounds him?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/O8GGmimehgg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 10, 2012
S1 Episode 2: The Christening
1747
Far from the safety of the Refuge lies the City of Corinth, a broken place that once called itself New York. From the ashes, John Prophet emerged, uniting disparate groups and pushing out rival gangs. The city lay in - well, not quite peace - but a state of sanctity for some years, before a new force entered: The Republic. But on this day, no one decries the Republic. These soldiers, with their guns and ships, are turning on electricity and promising freedom. There is music, parades, fireworks. No one sees the looming shadow behind them. No one sees that behind their promises of good will, lies an iron fist. While dark shadows grow behind the wake of a parade, Luke and Maria find themselves headed down an uncertain path, while all is not quiet outside the gates of the Refuge.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/gwrQ1m1tybM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 06, 2012
S1 Episode 3: The Road
1802
Dawn is a dim glow on the horizon of the Refuge when savage cries echo from the horizon. Moments later, the chalky rain-starved land turns into an inferno that David and his motley survivors must stop at all costs. Further down the river, Prophet collapses into a heap and Luke runs off looking for help. As Prophet flits in and out of consciousness, he pushes Maria to make a decision that will change the path of everything to come. In the Republic, the fanfare of C-Day is over and Lucian, ever the loyal worker, heads back down for another day at the slag pits... But something's not right. Saul plays a dangerous game, charming the Republic's High Council and eeking secrets from the young boy Zeke.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/Zx2XIIAC6Zc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 05, 2012
S1 Episode 4: The Hermit
1822
Having made her decision to continue on the journey, Maria follows John's direction and steers their canoe downriver. But evils lay before them in this torn land. In a bleak homely homestead in the woods, amidst stacks of rusted up junk cars and a hodge-podge hydro-mill, Maria and John encounter a monster - one that walks on two legs. Can they survive a horror of this hopeless age? Meanwhile, in the Republic, Lucian finds himself out of hope and alone in the sewers. All seems lost, until a man emerges from the deep, promising him a life of redemption if he only pledges fealty to God in heaven. Little does Lucian know that this wandering preacher is looking for something, too... And what they're looking for has the power to upset the equilibrium of their fair city and usher in the ultimate battle.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/RRresBZtfYA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 02, 2012
S1 Episode 5: The Believers
1698
In the wake of the nightmare that was Tully's barn, Sam appears ready to go to battle. But there is no battle left, and no chance to help but to mop up the mess. Marc, a wounded young warrior from the Dwellers, tries to keep his lips tight about his homeland and his plight, but it's clear there are few options left but to plow forward, whatever the cost. Amos and Lucian escape the fire and conflagration with Paul, a strange man who bears witness to a coming holy war. Paul leads them to the home of his people - the Believers - who welcome them with open arms. Arms maybe a little too open. Zeke, awkwardly moving into a new role, tells a secret to Richard that sets unimaginable wheels into motion.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/xGKjAu_5rPg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 07, 2012
S1 Episode 6: The Crossing
1703
Rage burns in David's blood, as hot and incendiary as the coals which lit the crops of The Refuge into a blaze that may leave his people hungry as the brutal winter comes on. As David and his buddy Chris careen on the biodiesel powered ATV "Moby," Sam, John and the youths land on shore nearby, and realize that a terrible and preventable tragedy is coming on. In the Republic, Lucian still searches desperately for Amos, and is asked to attend a secret meeting where Paul's full plans are revealed. Saul shows his true colors as well, and they are black, black, black.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/DBNLLaRk37A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 03, 2012
S1 Episode 7: The Dwellers
2051
With horrors behind them and uncertainty ahead of them, Luke and Maria must come to terms -- the road without each other is too frightening. Meanwhile, they have a new friend, one of the Dwellers who shows them beneath the surface of a world that has existed nearby to them their whole lives that they've never seen. While the youths bond, Prophet is dragged before the Dwellers and Refuge alike to confront his actions. Prophet makes one last plea, telling the story of his battles with the Republic and the dangers that confront everyone and makes a poignant case: do these angered tribes unite against a common enemy, or destroy the man who has wronged so many to get this far?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/vJfehFwXEd4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 08, 2012
S1 Episode 8: The Revolt
2244
The stage has been set for an incredible battle. John Prophet is locked up, awaiting his fate at the hands of the Dwellers' justice. Their "BOL" in rural Maine seems far, far away from the troubles afflicting old New York, but this feeling of safety is about to be annihilated. Because in an open field, as a band plays fiddle and Marc and Luke watch the stars, a darker shape looms on the horizon... And in the City, two forces rise up in mighty conflagration. The stakes are raised and the battle for the soul of the City is underway. Angels and devils appear in the streets and fire rains from the sky. When the smoke clears, there are victors and losers, and a long road yet ahead for Maria, Luke, and Marc.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/Paj3MGB6ogU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 06, 2012
Season 2 Series Recap (SPOILERS)
265
WARNING: SPOILERS Download Season 2 Series Recap Miss previous episodes of The Cleansed?  Haven't listened in a while and need to brush up?  Recap the story thus far with this quick recap to prime you for Season 2. Previously On The Cleansed Fifteen Years have passed since a man-made apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it [Clip from Pilot] Luke and Maria, two youths from an off-grid outpost called The Refuge, in rural Maine, are pulled into a grand adventure when John Prophet appears [Clip from Ep1] Prophet claims an insidious force, called the Republic, has set up a totalitarian regime in the ashes of old New York, and plans to now conquer the rest of the world with their remnants of pre-collapse military might. [another clip] No one believes him at first, but when a Republic fighter jet attacks them, the rival factions of The Refuge and The Dwellers unite behind Prophet's mission. Prophet, Luke, and Maria set off to stop the Republic, joined by survivalist youth Marc [clip] Marc's mother, Caitlin, a healer [Caitlin] and Maria's mother, Sam, a tough ex-Army staff sergeant [clip] They set off downriver to face the Republic, but what is happening in New York is more menacing than even Prophet imagined A so-called 'Wolf of Abaddon,' Saul, has assassinated the leaders of the Republic and assumed control for himself.[clip with Saul] Saul is ruthless and will kill anyone who gets in the way of his rise to power. Saul's only antagonist is Paul, who claims he is Jesus reborn, and has a group of fervent Believers who will fight and die for him. [clip with Paul] We see this coming battle forming through the eyes of ordinary people who have been roped into the warring factions. A working man, Lucian has joined with the believers [clip with Lucian] Lucian bonds with a kid of streets, Amos [clip with Amos] ; on the side of the Wolves is Zeke, a boy who used to follow John, but who now is Saul's disciple [Zeke and Saul] As the curtain raises on Season 2, our heroes are learning to trust each other and have to endure the dangers of a fast moving river. In the city, wheels are in motion that will set up the greatest battle this broken world has yet seen. And now, Season 2... The post Season 2 Series Recap (SPOILERS) appeared first on The Cleansed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/N-NFfdddjac" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 06, 2013
S2 Episode 1: The Hunters
2523
The Dweller compound has survived an attack and our heroes are headed south along a treacherous river.  Luke is stricken with mind-freezing nightmares and learning to hunt.  John fears the challenges of the raging river and Maria tries to befriend a wild creature, but Sam has other ideas. Meanwhile, in the City, things are heating up in the battles between the Believers and Saul's force, the Wolves.  Lucian and Amos launch a strike that goes awry, and learn about yet new forces that enter the battle.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/9M1J_K1EmvM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 06, 2013
S2 Episode 2: The River
2244
A war of words erupts between Saul and Paul - one on blaring television screens, and another through wind-up radios. As the sides clash for control over the minds of the people of Corinth, each hatches an idea to thwart the other once and for all. Meanwhile, John's party prepares for a dangerous descent of a raging river. Interpersonal conflict is squelched under the roar of nature. Six people descend in canoes, and only four stay in.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/TXgiRPtqR8U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 03, 2013
S2 Episode 3: The Dark
2193
Saul descends upon the people of Corinth like the wolf he is.  Spooked by the growing audacity and strength of Paul's Believers, Saul struggles to regain control using the most powerful weapon of all: fear. Caught in the middle of this madness are Lucian and Amos, who are on a mission from Paul to save lost souls in the slag pits (metal recovery mines where Lucian used to work).  They're forced to run into the shadows, where Lucian has a crisis of faith. Upriver, Maria and John contemplate the journey ahead of them, and Luke has more rifle training.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/6dWLyRKfvl8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 31, 2013
S2 Episode 4: The Light
2693
Far from the streets of Corinth, the Fort Point Light stands sentinel over the relentless crash of waves on the shore and man's comings and goings on the ocean. The lighthouse keeper, Cutler, is as gray and craggy as his ward, but after 15 years of solitude, 6 strangers appear one day heralding a changing wind. A foul air blows from the south, and only with the help of the lighthouse keeper can our heroes go further. With special guest star, Maine humorist Tim Sample.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/NsAwT9yGJBs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 21, 2013
S2 Episode 5: The Soup
2670
Saul and Zeke return to the Soup looking for a nuclear warhead, which they can disassemble and use to power the electric needs of the Citadel.  But what Saul stashed away is no longer there... He goes into a mad fury, and descends upon the Sewbies who are scrambling to survive deep down in the Soup.  An epic battle is about to fought, a melee which sets the stage for the great conflict that is to come.  Who will survive and who will be cleansed? Meanwhile, Marc, Luke, and Maria stray from their parents to try and find the lost coydog, and are caught out as vulnerable as they ever have been.  The road ahead lies across the ocean. With special guest star, Maine humorist Tim Sample.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/uDVUNujHEK4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 20, 2013
S2 Episode 6: Den of Thieves
2223
Maria, Marc, and Luke have traversed the Atlantic in a sailboat guided by Sam and John, and now, on the skyline, is the burnt-out husk of Boston, now called "Borderton." The party is shocked to see what a modern city looks like in the age post-Breaking. But most shocking of all are the actions of the people still alive there... Meanwhile, Marc, Luke, and Maria stray from their parents to try and find the lost coydog, and are caught out as vulnerable as they ever have been.  The road ahead lies across the ocean.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/eFA2QpVczVM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 02, 2013
S2 Episode 7: The Revelation, Part 1
2126
The trap has been sprung, and the party must confront forces human and demonic in the city of Borderton. Everything Maria, Marc, and Luke have learned will be tested, as will their mettle. The grand finale will leave none of this troubled city unscathed. Lucian returns to the Believers, his faith greatly shaken. With the eve of the Lord's wrath finally here, what revelations will become known? Season 2 concludes with firefights, earthquakes, and horrors from the skies. PART 1 of 2<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/7Sb-ILfNLeM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 15, 2013
S2 Episode 8: The Revelation, Part 2
2808
The trap has been sprung, and the party must confront forces human and demonic in the city of Borderton. Everything Maria, Marc, and Luke have learned will be tested, as will their mettle. The grand finale will leave none of this troubled city unscathed. Lucian returns to the Believers, his faith greatly shaken. With the eve of the Lord's wrath finally here, what revelations will become known? Season 2 concludes with firefights, earthquakes, and horrors from the skies. PART 2 of 2<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/eLjt1F_EVAU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 15, 2013
Season 3 Trailer
84
The world as we knew it fell apart. Now, what’s left  hangs in the balance.  Three teens have found themselves the last ones standing in a struggle against two madmen intent on oblivion. But they have learned the world is more terrible than they can comprehend, and a horror beyond the grasp of man may be their only hope left. SEASON 3 IS AVAILABLE NOW!!! Download The Cleansed - Season 3 - Trailer The post Season 3 Trailer appeared first on The Cleansed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/cQPmOvA9K7E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 06, 2015
Season 3 Series Recap (SPOILERS)
191
***SPOILERS*** Fifteen Years have passed since a man-made apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it [Clip from Pilot] Luke and Maria, two youths from an off-grid outpost called The Refuge, in rural Maine, have banded together with Marc, from a rival group called the Dwellers, in their quest to stop a military force called the Republic [Clip from Ep1] Their Guide is John Prophet, a war-hero from an earlier time, whose force of will makes him as loathed as he is loved.  Prophet, Luke, Maria, and Marc are joined by Marc’s Mother, Caitlin, and Luke and Maria’s Mother, Sam, as they survive incredible challenges, including the descent of whitewater rapids  [another clip] The motley band borrows a sailboat and make it to the ruined city of Borderton, but there things fall apart.  The gangsters who run the city betrayed the party to Saul, a megalomaniac who has overthrown the Republic and is hell-bent at dominating the world.  Saul captures Prophet’s nuclear weapon, and returns it to his aircraft carrier, the USS Citadel.  In the so-called battle of Borderton, Sam is killed in a firefight, Caitlin is left behind, and John disappears as an earthquake rocks the City.  As the curtain raises, the youths – Luke, Marc, and Maria – are struggling to survive, along with Abraham, a scientist who John helped save.  All seems lost in this desperate city, yet, Abraham has secrets to be revealed, and the mettle of our young heroes will be proven. And Now, Season 3 Download The Cleansed - Season 3 - Series Recap The post Season 3 Series Recap (SPOILERS) appeared first on The Cleansed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/-eQWir-RHkg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 06, 2015
S3 Episode 1: The Calling
2474
Borderton has fallen, and in the ashes Marc, Maria, Luke, and the scientist Abraham all struggle to survive. In this waking nightmare, Luke is plagued by haunting dreams - or are they visions? - of a past where powers of science were near their peak. Galvanized by a tragic event, the party prepares to escape this ravaged city, if they can make it past the raiding parties and outlaws that prowl the dark.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/3u0HSbUpUiM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 07, 2015
S3 Episode 2: The Tide
2214
Last seen at the end of Season 1, the Dwellers and the Refugers united to try and make preparations for the coming winter. But the coming of nature's icy wind is the least of the dangers these survivors will face. One of Saul's generals, Kubrick, has gone rogue and taken the Navy Destroyer the USS Damascus northward, to launch a land assault. His goal? To conquer the Refuge and take the northern territory for himself. It will take all the gumption, wit, and bravery of the unified Dwellers and Refugers to stop this menace from destroying the last threads of civilization in the north lands.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/khfZYsiwhok" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 11, 2015
S3 Episode 3: The Sanctuary
2703
Lucian and Queenie clear the wreckage from atop their traincar deep in the Soup and set off into the tunnels, in desperate search for a place called "Sanctuary." Meanwhile, Shadow brings the party down from Valkyrie and into a place where secrets from the past will be uncovered.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/22IDkPOMTe4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 10, 2016
S3 Episode 4: Retribution
2118
All eyes are on the Refuge, as Kubrick's forces loom over the remaining fighters and Zeke swoops in behind. Blood and death are familiar enough for the survivors of The Breaking but today's carnage will change things forever. In the City, Paul and Saul return to their war of words, and Saul makes a confession to a close enemy. Wheels are in motion for the great Cleansing, coming soon to a City near you.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/IQPawvGENJE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 07, 2016
S3 Episode 5: The Depot
2307
In their quest to find "Sanctuary," Lucian and Queenie find a door... And behind that door, lies answers. These answers may help them understand their broken world, but will it give them any way to fight against the demagogues lose on the land? Elsewhere, Luke, Maria, and Marc stare rapt as Abraham unlocks the power of the Orb. Can this Beforetimes power be harnessed by the likes of humans, or will it drown everyone under 500 feet of water? Sound designer Eric Mooney and composer Hubert Campbell outdo themselves for this pivotal moment in The Cleansed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/2xj5yOaqvQ4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 12, 2016
S3 Episode 6: Exodus
2339
Battered and weakened from the collapse of their last chapel, the faith of Paul's Believers has been tested near to breaking. But the darkest hour will soon break, as the voice of the "Father" returns to Paul, leading them to recovering the great Babel Tower. Meanwhile, "Alpha Zeke" pushes the survivors of the Refuge south through the brutal badlands on a hike towards Corinth. Is there hope of rescue? And at what cost?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/M6COravJH8s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 12, 2016
S3 Episode 7: Life and Death
1999
With the Depot behind them, Luke and Marc must move onward. They are traveling by a vessel that seems near magical, but haunted by the events that have set them on their current course. Their paths will soon cross with Zeke, who is also haunted, and the party must slog through a wailing blizzard. Wheels are in motion for the great confrontation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/5IW6RIskogs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 05, 2016
S3 Episode 8: Return of the Queen
2315
Paul's Believers rise in song as they begin the opening round of the Great Cleansing. Saul, duly impressed, begins his own preparations for the great battle. With time running out, Queenie, Lucian, and Maria visit the new Sewbie Refuge and find a lost soul. With faith restored, they are able to follow the course set out for them and stand in their places as the Final Act opens.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/-pAdmJBzQtg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 10, 2016
S3 Episode 9: Mark of the Beast
2197
All forces converge on the City of Corinth as Paul and Saul raise the stakes of their great war - from fight for control, to a challenge that risks complete annihilation. In the shadows, our heroes rush to stop cataclysm, guided by faith and driven by courage.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/SfL6Tepyc9I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 15, 2016
S3 Episode 10 - Gog and Magog
3228
The Final Act. Paul's own faith is tested. The dead walk again. Heavens, earth, and sea cast judgement. The first crocus springs.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/m4TuV3ul9yA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 26, 2016
New Show: The Dark Tome
1778
What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds? Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side? Cassie, a wayward teen, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil's staircase in a remote Italian village. The Dark Tome is a new take on the anthology audio fiction podcast, featuring fantastic stories by contemporary authors from across the globe.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/DzV2pU7V3R0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 28, 2016
New Show: The Mayan Crystal
1141
Announcing THE MAYAN CRYSTAL, created by the same team responsible for THE CLEANSED. In the spirit of Mayan folklore, a twelve-year old Belizean girl accidentally invokes the evil spirit of an ancient enemy that threatens to consume the rainforest. With the help of her ancient ancestors, her sister, and her new friend, a 20- foot boa constrictor, she’ll go on a thrilling journey to save her village and discover the most incredible secret.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheCleansed/~4/qdvrVT1kdFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 02, 2018