Afterlife Modern Radio Drama—a paranormal satire written, performed and produced by Maxximillian Dafoe; a Raven & Crow Production

Episode 012: Why The Caged Bird Sings

The Leventhal family ghosts show up at Cassandra’s fancy cocktail party. Karen, unwittingly, makes contact with ‘the other side’. The problems of hip-hop discussed; Karen advances an evolutionary theory.

Ideas Advanced

  • The problems of hip-hop: Vox Populi
  • How our personal attitudes can spark a shift in hip-hop culture from ‘me-first’ to a new paradigm
  • The Ageless Vegan
  • The degenerative effects of meat consumption

Referenced/Mentioned in this episode

  • Why The Caged Bird Sings
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Learned behavior
  • Swarovski
  • YouTube
  • Veganism
  • Obesity
  • Clogged Arteries
  • Diabetes

“In Karen’s opinion, people intoxicated to that level of self-absorption were beyond help. Being considerate of others was learned behavior, but people rarely took it upon themselves to learn new behaviors unless there was a potential benefit that would foreseeably be received. A change in perspective that inspired sharing the spotlight and hyping each other (instead of the crowd) seemed unlikely within an entire culture that promoted showboating instead of teamwork, giving birth to a caucus of audacious, self-proclaimed virtuosi mistaking record sales for talent, oblivious of how they occur to the rest of the world like special needs children concerned only with their own enjoyment of things.”

Music in this episode is from Otis McDonald: “Rich Man In The Sky”

Mentioned in this episode…

  • How to heal from a break up (friendship, business partnership and/or romantic)
  • Flagrant abuse: What It Means
  • Ways to recognize a pathological liar
  • What kind of people make the most dangerous friends
  • Versions of the truth: How much to share?

Also mentioned: Ultimat Vodka, hair weaves, tight jeans, Apple Pay


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» Afterlife Modern Radio Drama Episode 12: Why The Caged Bird Sings Musical Feature: “Rich Man In The Sky” by Otis McDonald

Afterlife Modern Radio Drama is written, produced and performed by Maxximillian Dafoe. Afterlife Modern Radio Drama is a Raven + Crow production.

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