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Podcast Episodes

Episode 1: The Bourgeois Standard

Apr 10, 2020

As pressure mounts from the home office, Ernie is forced to use a voice recorder for his work in interviewing the people of America. Though he resists the boss’s ideas, he and his wife Jerry find a different use for it; recording themselves.

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Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard
Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind
Willy: Denny Moynahan
Judy: Maddy Bolstridge
Grandma: Jan Lucas
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm
Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

Episode 2: That Long Sad Wind

Apr 17, 2020

A quick trip to Ernie’s hometown of Dana, Indiana, to visit his folks, results in a disgruntled Jerry. She has grown accustomed to living a certain way on the road that may invite judgment from an in-law, or two. In the balance is Ernie. He likes the road life too, but the pull homeward proves as mysterious as a Midwest wind storm.

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Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard
Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind
Mom (Maria) Pyle: Kate Braun
Dad (Will) Pyle: Andrew Bowen
Bobby Webster: Josh Hogan
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm
Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

Episode 3: The Snake Story

May 08, 2020

Ernie’s parents are enjoying Ernie and Jerry’s visit home, but his mother just can’t seem to accept what her son has become; a city-living work-a-holic. She understands he must make his own way in the world, but she would much rather he do it closer to her, in Dana, Indiana. And she is beginning to think she may be ultimately responsible for how her young boy turned out.

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Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard
Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind
Mom (Maria) Pyle: Kate Braun
Dad (Will) Pyle: Andrew Bowen
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm
Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

Episode 4: My Mother

May 08, 2020

After putting some very fine stories through his typewriter during his visit home in Dana. Jerry prompts Ernie to turn them into a series about his hometown. She convinces him to use the recording device to see if he can muster up some stories about what the neighbors think about his mother. Sure, he knows more about his mother than all of them put together, but what could it hurt?

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Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard
Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind
Aunt Mary: Jan Lucas
Clarence: Jerry Pauwels
Dick: Steve Scott
Phil: Tom Trent
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm
Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

Episode 5: Perhaps You've Heard Of My Father

May 29, 2020

Ernie discovers that his father drove his car through the front plate-glass window of the Dana dry-goods store. In a quest to get to the bottom of it, he realizes he must ask the most difficult question of his father, and himself: who is going to care for his folks in their twilight years?

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Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard
Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind
Mom (Maria) Pyle: Kate Braun
Dad (Will) Pyle: Andrew Bowen
Kent Miller: Roy Sillings
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm
Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

Episode 6: Thirty Years Too Soon

May 29, 2020

In his quest to round out ‘the Dana series’ of columns, Ernie targets his favorite Aunt Mary. In so doing, he seeks out Jerry’s help. However, Jerry may not be in the best state of mind as she has been holed up in his childhood bedroom contemplating the depths of a bourbon bottle. Not understanding how many sheets-to-the-wind Jerry has on her laundry line, Ernie insists she open the recorder on Aunt Mary.

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Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard
Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind
Aunt Mary: Jan Lucas
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm
Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

More episodes coming soon

The Crew

Executive Producer at WFIU: John Bailey
Writer-Director and Co-Executive Producer: Michael Brainard
Sound Director-Script Editor and Co-Executive Producer: Russell McGee
Sound Design: Jessie Brewer
Music Composed by Ryan Chase
Theme song by John Philip Sousa, arranged and performed by Ryan Chase and Francis Criscione.
Musical assistance and additional music by Francis Criscione.
Foley Artists: Brian Barnes and Nicholas Krohn
Production Assistants: Brian Barnes, Chancellor Edmaiston, Jason Fruits, and Nicholas Krohn
A very special thanks to The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation; promoting the life and work of the great Ernie Pyle.
Another special thank you to The Media School at Indiana University.
The Ernie Pyle Experiment! is produced at WFIU on the campus of Indiana University.

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