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Friday, December 21st, 2018

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time of year again! We wanted to let you know that we (the moderators) will be taking our Christmas break starting December 21st, and we’ll be back in the office on January 7th. During that time, we will not moderate comments. You can still submit comments, but they won’t show up until next year.

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FREE EPISODE: “Gone Fishing,” a Focus on the Family drama from 1986!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Merry Christmas! “Gone Fishing,” one of the early dramas Focus produced, featured two actors who would later become familiar names on Adventures in Odyssey: Chuck Bolte and Hal Smith. Chuck Bolte was executive producer on the show during the majority of its first decade and Hal Smith, of course, became the first voice of John Avery Whittaker. Hear this drama that helped lay the foundation for Adventures in Odyssey, plus some special memories from Chuck.

Hal Smith (left) and Chuck Bolte during the recording of "Gone Fishing," 1986

Hal Smith (left) and Chuck Bolte during the recording of “Gone Fishing,” 1986

Hal Smith as the Pancake Man (left) in the International House of Pancakes

Hal Smith as the Pancake Man (left) in the International House of Pancakes

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Writers Bob Smithouser (!) and Phil Lollar (plus surprise guest) dive deep into “Out to Sea”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Out to Sea

Three years ago, Bob Smithouser didn’t want to make waves when his boss Dave Arnold asked him to write an Odyssey script, but he felt like a fish out of water. He was green around the gills in the ways of script-writing and it was sink or swim. Over the long voyage of writing the script, Bob weathered the storm to get to final draft with the help of Phil Lollar and others to keep things on course. Don’t rock the boat as we hear the story of how that happened!

Got Questions about Album 65…or anything Odyssey?
Call 1-855-784-WHIT (9448) to leave a question for the producers to answer on a future podcast. (Always be sure to have your parent’s permission before you call!)

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Gifts for the Adventures in Odyssey Fan in your Home

Adventures in Odyssey Club Christmas Gift Set

With the purchase of a new 12-month membership in the Adventures in Odyssey Club, you will receive the NIrV® Adventures in Odyssey Bible. This special limited time offer provides more than $140 value for just $107.88. Sign up before December 10 to make sure you get the Bible in time for Christmas. 

Adventures in Odyssey Fun Pack

Adventures in Odyssey Fun Pack

It’s a great set of activities, games, devotionals, puzzles, and more. Perfect for those times when you’re on Christmas break and you’re looking for something to do.  It also has Christmas cards to give to your friends that include a free Odyssey episode download. 

Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure

Whit and his family have just moved to Provenance, NC, in the middle of the Great Depression. Harold will be teaching at nearby Duke University. Not-quite-10-year-old Johnny soon makes a friend in Emmy, who lives across the street and joins him in his adventures.

Adventures in Odyssey Club Christmas Cards

In 2015, young fans submitted drawings of Adventures in Odyssey characters within a Christmas scene. The Focus on the Family team selected some of our favorite designs for a unique package of festive cards and envelopes. Blank inside, you have flexibility to pass along Christmas greetings or say thank you for a holiday gift.

Album 65: Expect the UnexpectedAlbum 65: Expect the Unexpected

There’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! From a mysterious police investigation to an internship at a funeral home, every situation leads to unexpected results.

The voice behind super spy turned antique shop owner Jason Whittaker rappels in for a chat

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Townsend Coleman performing live at sea with Phil Lollar, 2017

Townsend Coleman performing live at sea with Phil Lollar, 2017

Townsend Coleman talks about recent developments with Jason Whittaker, cruising the Caribbean with the Odyssey cast, and rappelling off a New York City skyscraper with a garden hose (yes, really!)

Got Questions about Album 65…or anything Odyssey?
Call 1-855-784-WHIT (9448) to leave a question for the producers to answer on a future podcast. (Always be sure to have your parent’s permission before you call!)

Podcast Links

Gifts for the Adventures in Odyssey Fan in your Home

Adventures in Odyssey Club Christmas Gift Set

With the purchase of a new 12-month membership in the Adventures in Odyssey Club, you will receive the NIrV® Adventures in Odyssey Bible. This special limited time offer provides more than $140 value for just $107.88.

Freedom at the Falls

The Imagination Station takes Patrick and Beth to 1860s America, the time of the Civil War. There they meet key historical figures of the period and help conduct escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.

Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure

Whit and his family have just moved to Provenance, NC, in the middle of the Great Depression. Harold will be teaching at nearby Duke University. Not-quite-10-year-old Johnny soon makes a friend in Emmy, who lives across the street and joins him in his adventures.

Adventures in Odyssey Club Christmas Cards

In 2015, young fans submitted drawings of Adventures in Odyssey characters within a Christmas scene. The Focus on the Family team selected some of our favorite designs for a unique package of festive cards and envelopes. Blank inside, you have flexibility to pass along Christmas greetings or say thank you for a holiday gift.

Album 65: Expect the UnexpectedAlbum 65: Expect the Unexpected

There’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! From a mysterious police investigation to an internship at a funeral home, every situation leads to unexpected results.

VIDEO PODCAST: Writer Marshal Younger and his three-year-old daughter’s breakfast battle inspires a Parker family adventure (Plus: A story of how God is using Odyssey!)

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Many years ago, Marshal Younger’s three-year-old daughter decided she wasn’t going to eat her breakfast. This set off a multi-hour standoff between father and daughter that later inspired the Odyssey episode “The Sandwich Initiative.” Witness the battle of wills as well as an incredible story from one of our listeners.

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