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Welcome to Night Vale

Nearly three years ago, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor brought to life a sort of slice of small-town Americana set in an alternate universe. The creators and writers of popular serial fiction podcast Welcome to Night Vale pair the supernatural with the surreal, the absurd with the mundane, and plop it all down at a fictional community radio station located "somewhere in the Southwestern United States." The show, part comedy, part sci-fi, part something otherworldly has grown a massive cult following since its inception. By the summer of 2013, Welcome to Night Vale even bumped our own This American Life out of the top spot in iTunes. The show is touring the U.S. with a stage show version of the podcast, and brings a little of its paranormal activity to Chicago. We speak with its creators and writers, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. (Flickr/RCB)

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