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Badger's World - Season One

Badger's World

Episode 1: Reasonable

The 'Verse is a dangerous place. In the wake of the most devastating war humanity has ever known, fortunes were made and lost, amazing advances were made on some planets, while others were nearly blasted back to the stone age ... or worse. Rumours circulate of monstrous creatures preying on folk out on the Rim and of who is really running things behind the scenes. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two shadowy figures meet to decide the fate of worlds...

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Episode 2: Philosophy

The 'Verse holds many secrets. Some are the key to wealth and power. Others can cause the downfall of a dynasty or make many men your enemy. Sometimes, just knowing the right question to ask is all that it takes to unlock them. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two shakers of worlds meet to discuss the works of Shan Yu...

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Episode 3: Déjà Vu

The 'Verse has it's fair share of mysteries. Some traveled with us from Earth That Was while others have grown in the years since the age of the Terraformers. Who knows what unlikely holes to the past or indeed the future have been opened by humanity's tampering with the natural order of things? Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two giants in the world of high energy particle physics debate their latest theories...

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Episode 4: Conversations with Drunk People

The language of the 'Verse is rich in variety, both of mother tongues and dialects and strange combinations of both. Raised to a high art by those ancient scribes of Earth-That-Was and furthered by the artistic endeavours of the core worlds and poets far and wide, language may be humanity's greatest achievement. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, a familiar pair of distinguished patrons teeter on the very edge of incoherence...

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Episode 5: Anxiety

Human beings are a resourceful species. They have survived the exodus from Earth that was, built new worlds, developed incredible technology and once again have even survived the devastation of war. This survival ability is not without it's price however. Stress is something we all have to deal with. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, a discussion of the relative merits of different relaxation techniques is underway...

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Episode 6: Revenge

In the complex play of interplanetary commerce between the many worlds and moons of the 'Verse, there is also a darker undercurrent of illegal trade. Some tread these waters lightly, on the edge of legality, while others dive head first into it's murky depths. And some, never emerge. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two minnows in this metaphorical river ponder how best to avoid the tightening net of Alliance interest in their activities...

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Episode 7: Dirt

The many worlds of the 'Verse have taken generations to develop and the process is at an early stage on some. Only the core worlds truly resemble Earth That Was in their diversity. Out on the rim and border planets, many things taken for granted in the core gain an unexpected value. Meanwhile, in a little visited corner of the Eavesdown Docks' bonded container depot...

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Episode 8: Food

Everyone in the 'Verse has to eat. The fertile worlds of the core provide all manner of fresh produce for their inhabitants and for them as can afford to purchase imported goods. For many though, protein bars and nutritional supplements are an essential part of the diet on the border worlds, while some of those out on the rim are even said to prefer Long Pig! Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two noted epicures debate the latest fashions in haute cuisine...

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Episode 9: Prodigal

Family is as important in the 'Verse as it has always been on Earth That Was. Sometimes, the family that folk make around them is as important as the one they were born to. True for so many in the aftermath of the war. For others though, the wish to be able to choose one's family is almost overpowering. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two commentators on the social fabric of life are about to learn something that they really wish they hadn't...

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Episode 10: Teef

Dental hygiene is as important in the 'Verse as it has always been. Truer still on Border and Rim worlds where modern dentistry comes at a price. And yet, even on developed worlds, there is still call for more traditional methods of treatment, particularly if one wishes to avoid being identified by security systems in an Alliance facility as being wanted for questioning in relation to various ... "incidents". Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two amateur practitioners in the art of teeth re-arranging discuss their latest misfortune...

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Episode 11: Laydeez

Life is full of ups and downs. This can be especially true when folks make their living on the borders of legality. In the 'Verse, Alliance Law can be a stabilising influence, but it is unwise to fun afoul of it. There are however, worse people in the 'Verse to be wanted by, than the Alliance. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two desperate men are noticeable by their apparent absence...

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Episode 12: Special Delivery

Transport of goods is the bread and butter of much of the economy of the 'Verse. Uncountable thousands of vessels ply their trade between worlds and moons, many of them carrying produce and materials unique to their last port of call and thus in demand elsewhere. Not all of these goods however, are of a legitimate nature. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two entrepreneurs in the less official economy of the 'Verse, debate their latest acquisitions...

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Episode 13: The End?

For those in the 'Verse whose lives have been touched by conflict, the desire for peace or for "the quiet life" is particularly strong. Even among those whose business involves the application of force, the appreciation of less stressful periods is no less genuine. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, two exponents of this particular career path, debate their current good fortune...

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Permanent Waves

In the Signal Holiday Special 2007, a special feature, "Permanent Waves", was produced, which took the place of Badger's World for that episode. In this special, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss give us a glimpse of what life is like behind the news desk.

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Episode 501: Slings and Arrows

A special episode created for the "Summer of Serenity" series

Recreation is something all humans need to engage in. Some activities and games have remained unchanged since the dawn of recorded history, while others, sometimes involving the juggling of domestic fowl, are peculiar to specific worlds of the 'Verse. Meanwhile, in Chen's Throat Emporium, grandmasters of one of the oldest of games, engage once more in that timeless battle of wits...

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