The Probe

THE PROBE is a satirical take on popular magazine-style news podcasts, focused on telling a single story over the course of a season.
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Sep 26, 2016



Season One:

In an effort to uncover where corruption in American politics starts, The Probe goes deep inside an average high school student body presidential election. Listen as hosts Lisa Burton and Mary Beth Smith meet the candidates and their families, speculate on their motives for running, and unmask all the nasty aspects of running for office at any level.


Episode One:

In episode one, our hosts reveal why Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School was chosen as a subject, who appear to be the race’s frontrunners, and how the faculty and staff at FDRHS feel the election is going so far.




Lisa Burton: Lisa Burton

Mary Beth Smith: Mary Beth Smith


Thomas Buffington Jr.: Clayton Margeson

Staci Kramer: Shira Wilson

Cori Wilson: Lauren Walker

August Tooley-Anderson: Brian Holden


Principal Jonathan Benjamin Franklin: Eddie Piña

Vice Principal Curtis Hannigan: Ryan Ben

Faculty Liaison Eliza Schroeder: Meredith Stepien


Adam Anderson: Chris Rathjen

Artie Anderson: John Thibodeaux

Charlotte Buffington: Jessye Mueller

Thomas Buffington Sr: Tim Dunn

Glover Buffington: Matt Young

Meryl Kramer: Allison Ringhand

Whitney Lamont-Wilson: Carly Olson

Christopher Wilson: Luis Cortes


Produced by Matt Young, Lisa Burton, Mary Beth Smith and Hannah Parsons

Editor: Hannah Parsons

Original Music: Hannah Parsons

Other Music: Final Cut Pro, iLife, and iMovie Sound Effects


The Probe Logo: Maxwell Hudetz

Special Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for allowing us to record in their beautiful space.

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