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Why did David Parker change actors? Who are Morrie’s parents? Will you bring back the Inspiration Station? The Odyssey team answers your questions!

January 16th, 2019

Executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, and writer/director Phil Lollar answer fan questions about recent albums and preview the upcoming Album 66. Plus, hear the answers to some pressing questions from way back in Odyssey history.

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. When Zoe Grant and Olivia Parker start a new talk show, they reluctantly choose Jay Smouse as their first guest. But his talent of stuffing his mouth with jelly beans leads to frantic and frightening consequences. An impromptu Parker family picnic turns into an unusual opportunity for David as he decides to go to extreme lengths to prove a point to his kids about initiative. And Buck and the Meltsners face a sudden dilemma when a social worker questions Eugene and Katrina’s role as Buck’s guardians. Don’t miss out on a single shock, twist, or turn as the folks in Odyssey learn about fame, friendship, family, and more in these six exciting stories.

 

Album 66: Trial by Fire (click to zoom in!)

Album 66: Trial by Fire (click to zoom in!)

Coming later this year!
Album 66: Trial by Fire

After years of searching for his true identity, Buck Oliver may finally get some answers. But along with clues about his family, he also is subjected to the dangers of his past. Buck’s old mentor Mr. Skint arrives in town with an offer that would take Buck away from Odyssey for good. Elsewhere, Connie feels unappreciated when Jules starts looking up to new roommate Jillian more than her own sister. And the crew at B-TV chart a course deep into the ocean to learn more about the concept of the Trinity. Dramatic conclusions and fresh beginnings abound in these six entertaining and inspiring adventures in Odyssey!

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  • Get it on CD in March.
  • Listen on the radio: March 30 – May 4
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John Avery Whittaker Award: An Odyssey listener tells how she was welcomed into a new family (Plus! A preview of this month’s Club adventure)

January 1st, 2019

The John Avery Whittaker Award honors people who have impact on the faith of those around them. Heath nominated the Whit in his life: Shirley Barrett. Heath tells his story, how God has used his life, and gives thoughts on how others can act like Whit to people around them.

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Christmas Comment Freeze

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.

Thanks for commenting on the Whit’s End Blog! We pray you have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2019!

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

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”

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.

 

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