Press Kit

Tides is a science-forward science fiction audio drama created by Jesse Schuschu and Ayla Taylor. Tides was originally conceived as a short story, back when Jesse and Ayla were in college at the University of Pennsylvania. It languished unpublished for several years, until Ayla saw its potential as an audio drama. It has undergone a lot of changes since that initial incarnation and they are now happy to share it with the world.

The Story:

Dr. Winifred Eurus is member of the first manned expedition to Fons, an Earth-like moon wracked by extreme tidal waves due to its orbit around a nearby gas giant. When surveying ocean life her submarine is destroyed, leaving her alone to walk to higher ground before the wave comes back. Along the way, she makes notes about what she finds in the intertidal zone, and gradually realizes that some of the life there is more than what it seems.

The Crew:

Jesse Schuschu: Writer and Co-Director

Ayla Taylor: Producer and Co-Director

Bridge Geene: Sound Designer

Sarah Durst: Art Design

Dayna Patel: Script Consulting

Additional Voices by: Chad Ellis, Jack Pevyhouse, Bridge Geene

The Cast:

Julia Schifini as Dr. Winifred Eurus

James Oliva as Dr. Robert Montague

Jordan Higgs as Dr. Victor Stevens

Emily Wang as Dr. Melissa Wang

Zach Libresco as Captain Ed Ricketts

Phoebe Joy as Dr. Desdemona Erickson

Nadine Amami as Dr. Marian Braunstein

Jake del Rio as Dr. Ricardo Martinez


Episodes are released on the second Wednesday of each month. Season 1 has 8 episodes, and season two is projected to air in 2019. Three seasons are planned.

How to listen:

You can listen on most podcast application, such as ITunes, RadioPublic, or Spotify, or you can listen on our website.

How to support:

We have a Patreon and we are also part of RadioPublic's Paid Listen's program. We also sell merch through TeePublic. You can also support us by telling your friends about us!


The World:

Fons is a moon orbiting the gas giant Volturnus, in a solar system far from Earth. Smaller than our planet and beset by magnetic storms and vicious tidal forces caused by proximity to its larger neighbor, nevertheless it is home to the only extraterrestrial life more complex than bacteria that humanity has yet found. The story takes place on the wide plain separating ocean and dry land, where twice a day - though the days are much longer - enormous waves sweep through the landscape and obliterate everything not evolved to survive these conditions.

The Characters:

Dr. Winifred “Fred” Eurus: A curious and excitable xenobiologist, Fred is often more concerned with exploring the world around her than her own survival. What she lacks in social skills, she makes up for in scientific interest.

While most of the story revolves around Dr. Eurus alone on the planet, there are several other important characters on the Stribog, the ship orbiting Fons. Dr. Victor Stevens is Fred's assistant, who often takes the brunt of her misanthropy. Dr. Robert Montague and Dr. Melissa Wang are some of the other scientists on the mission while Captian Ed Ricketts is the perpetually exasperated captain of the ship. In season two, we meet Dr. Dee Erickson, the cynical assistant astrophysicist, Dr. Marian Braunstein, the shy and overworked assistant geologist, and Dr. Ricardo Martinez, the cheerful but comcerned medical doctor.


Contact information/Social Media

Twitter: @tidespodcast



Awards and Recognition:

Winner of three Audio Verse Awards (2018)

  • Best New Dramatic Production

  • Best Writing in a New Dramatic Production (Jesse Schuschu)

  • Best Sound Design in a New Dramatic Production (Bridge Geene)

Finalist for Best Audio Drama for the 2018 Discover Pod Awards

Named one of the 2018’s Best in Podcasts by Wil Williams


First Look: Tides Audio Drama Sends Us to an Enchanting and Lonely Planet

- Elena Fernández-Collins, The Bello Collective

First Impressions: “Tides”, A Refreshingly Funny, Smart Sci-Fi Audio Drama

- Wil Williams, Wil Williams Reviews

Tides Pairs an Alien Planet with the Alien Concept of Friendship

- Elena Fernández-Collins, The Bello Collective

In Its First Season, “Tides” Makes a Splash In Audio Drama

- Wil Williams, Discover Pods

What people are saying about Tides:

“This podcast fills all the boxes in my ideal narrative podcast. A fascinating setting, a great main character, and a team that legitimately cares about it. I can’t wait to hear more! - Caleb Grider, iTunes

“As soon as Winifred cracked her first joke, I was totally charmed.” - Elena Fernández-Collins, The Bello Collective

“In its first 2 episodes, Tides cements itself as one of the great new sci-fi audio dramas. The humor is on point, the setting is lush, and the voice acting  and sound production are on point. Dive in as soon as you can!” - bassbonebyfbo, iTunes

"I get lost listening to this podcast. It’s like actually being transported to another world. A transcentdent experience, well worth the listen." - Jordan Cobb, iTunes