This Planet Needs a Name

Evan Tess Murray & Trace Callahan

Imagine a handful of scientists and engineers setting out to terraform a planet - a world - for the frozen people they've got in tow. Just a few people, carefully chosen, who will live out their lives building something they'll never see.

That's us. We're building a future.

A science fiction audio drama suitable for our times.


1.01 When the Gravity is Real
Jan 10 2020
1.01 When the Gravity is Real
In Episode One, "When the Gravity is Real," Quill and Zei touch down on the ground, joining Zahava, Cyrus, and James on the planet. Kolian and Mandry watch from above while we discover whether or not anyone is allergic to the air (were we worried about that?). Plants may be planted; power generated; and as always, there will be cheese. But the planet still has secrets for our brave terraformers to discover.The transcript is available.Content Note:  this episode is free from sensitive content other than some swearing.  The showrunner and lead writer for this project is Evan Tess Murray. The sound designer, audio engineer, and composer is Trace Callahan. Sounds and music are her original creations.This is a collaborative, ensemble project. Many of the character decisions are made by the actors as part of the story and script development process. Please check out the links below to get in touch with them or find more of their work. Presenting the Nameless CrewTrevor Bean creates and voices MandryTrace Callahan creates and voices KolianAlexander Endymion Hernández Díaz creates and voices CyrusAlexander Doddy creates and voices JamesSawyer Greene creates and voices QuillAnjali Kunapaneni creates and voices DeviDominic Mendez creates and voices ÁngelCaroline Mincks creates and voices ZahavaEvan Tess Murray creates and voices ZeiThey're also just a ton of fun to hang out with. Our corner of the internet is very friendly, and you're welcome to come say hello. We'd also love you to join the Ground Crew by supporting us on Patreon, if you can. The promo at the end of this episode is for Seren, an upcoming show by our friend Nerys. This story is being told by people in various parts of the world. Every episode, we'll give a bit of space in the shownotes to an effort by indigenous people that could use some support.  Our creator is from the Dawnlands, the ancestral and current home of the peoples of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Please check out - and support - Nibezun. A great deal of this episode was written and edited at Candy’s, an LGBTQ+ community space in Portland, Maine. Check them out at finally, our hearts go out to our Australian friends and family.  Please help if you can - one suggestion is to donate to the Australian Red Cross. In addition, a member of our podfamily has family that have lost their home to the fires - you can help them out here. Keep breathing, Australia.We tell a story about another world, but we're not giving up on this one. Support the show (
1.02 Access to the Biological Specimens
Feb 18 2020
1.02 Access to the Biological Specimens
In Episode Two, “Access to the Biological Specimens,” Zahava and Zei head out for a day at the beach, and James investigates the local wildlife. Mandry comes downstairs for a visit; we find out who can bake, who can braid, and what those black seas look like up close. Calendars are invented; wildlife encountered; Saccharomyces Cerevisiae rehydrated. The transcript is available.Content Note:  this episode is free from sensitive content other than some mild swearing, still mainly but not entirely James.The showrunner and lead writer for this project is Evan Tess Murray. The sound designer, audio engineer, and composer is Trace Callahan. Sounds and music are her original creations, sometimes with the assistance of others who remain Nameless.  This episode guest starred the North Atlantic as the black ocean of the Nameless Planet.This is a collaborative ensemble project. Many of the character decisions are made by the actors as part of the story and script development process. Please check out the links below for more of their work:Presenting the Nameless CrewTrevor Bean creates and voices MandryTrace Callahan creates and voices KolianAlexander Endymion Hernández Díaz creates and voices CyrusAlexander Doddy creates and voices JamesSawyer Greene creates and voices QuillAnjali Kunapaneni creates and voices DeviDominic Mendez creates and voices ÁngelCaroline Mincks creates and voices ZahavaEvan Tess Murray creates and voices ZeiThey're also just a ton of fun to hang out with. Our corner of the internet is very friendly, and you're welcome to come say hello. We'd also love you to join the Ground Crew by supporting us on Patreon, if you can.The promo at the end of this episode is for Diary of a Space Archivist, a delightful show about space, family, and chocolate by Becky Stirrup. This story is being told by people in various parts of the world. Every episode, we'll give a bit of space in the shownotes to an effort by indigenous people that could use some support.  Inspired by Endymion's connection to the Guanches, we decided to ask you to support Native Land, a community mapping project to help us all understand the people who have gone before us. Our podcast art was created by Katy Schifferer. Check out her work!A great deal of this episode was written and edited at Candy’s, an LGBTQ+ community space in Portland, Maine. Check them out at We tell a story about another world, but we're not giving up on this one. Support the show (
A Message of Hope
Mar 14 2020
A Message of Hope
Hey everyone.  This isn't a bonus episode, not really. It's a note from the Nameless Crew to everyone out there listening, because we're thinking of you, and there are a few things we want to say.People are frightened right now. We're facing uncertainty at best. People in some parts of the world are dealing with grief and loss. Many of us are afraid and alone.  And we, here, happen to be telling a story of hope in a hard world - it's what we very deliberately do. And now we're hearing that some of you are finding solace in these people we've created and their stories. We want to give you a little more than fiction. All we have are words, so we're going to try to find some good ones. But we aren't going to offer you empty promises that everything will be all right. You'd know they were meaningless.  We don't know any more than you do.Instead, what we have to offer is this:  please, in this uncertain time, when things are hard, look out for each other. Look after yourself. Let yourself be afraid, and know that even in hard times, moments of joy matter. We, every one of us, contain multitudes - we can find beauty in between our fears. We can look hard at the things we cannot control, and still create art that connects us to each other and the world.  We can struggle to trust that the future has meaning, but choose to act as though our choices matter. We can let ourselves be human and fallible, and also the best of what humanity is - a clever, creative, social ape that has invented stories. We are the animal that makes meaning.  We do it urgently; we need our stories the way we need air to breathe, the way the touch of a gentle hand reminds us we're alive, the way we let ourselves sleep at night, trusting that the morning will come.We can be fierce in our defiance of despair.  We can let ourselves cry when we need to cry, and we can still choose, again and again, to hope. That's what we have to give you, right now. From the Nameless Crew to all of you: please, if you can, choose kindness, love, art, beauty, joy, wonder.  Please, if you can, choose hope.-with much love, from Alex, Caro, Endy, Evan, Nerys, Sawyer, Trace, and TrevorSupport the show (
1.03 A Many-Splendored Thing
Mar 22 2020
1.03 A Many-Splendored Thing
In Episode Three, “A Many-Splendored Thing,” we meet the Design Team, who are finally awake and learning what they’ve gotten themselves into; Cyrus requires James’s assistance with a science project; and Quill heads upstairs to check on the algae vats and for, obviously, absolutely no other reason involving Mandry at all. We learn more about Mandry, the relationship between Kolian and Zei, and what Zahava really feels about all of them. The transcript is available here.Content Note:  this episode includes a discussion of an emotionally abusive relationship from the perspective of a survivor [40:35 - 42:19]. It also mentions a pandemic in the context of in-universe fiction [33:20 - 34:15]. And, as always, there is some swearing. A lot of it really. This is a collaborative, ensemble project. Many of the character decisions are made by the actors as part of the story and script development process. Please check out the links below for more of their work:Trevor Bean creates and voices MandryTrace Callahan creates and voices KolianAlexander Endymion Hernández Díaz creates and voices CyrusAlexander Doddy creates and voices JamesSawyer Greene creates and voices QuillAnjali Kunapaneni creates and voices DeviDominic Mendez creates and voices ÁngelCaroline Mincks creates and voices ZahavaEvan Tess Murray creates and voices ZeiAnd introducing Nerys Howell, currently voicing Nessa the Doctor Detective.The promo at the end of this episode is for With Caulk and Candles, a delightful show we hope you’ll check out. Our podcast art was created by Katy Schifferer. Check out her work!A great deal of this episode was written and edited at Candy’s, an LGBTQ+ community space in Portland, Maine. Check them out at   Candy’s is closed due to the state of emergency and may struggle to re-open; they could use help right now.We found a delightful new book by a queer and trans author - check out FINNA by Nino Cipri!  They also have a short story collection out. You can buy their work through bookshop.org, which benefits local bookshops!  It's a bit tricky to just go pick it up in person right now, after all. Or, if you want the ebook, check out this page from the publisher. Please also support Indigenous Climate Action, if you can.  We tell a story about another world, but we're not giving up on this one. Support the show (
1.04 Nature's Social Union
Jul 6 2020
1.04 Nature's Social Union
In Episode Four, “Nature’s Social Union,” we finally have the meeting Zahava’s been talking about, to determine the fate of the unnamed planet. James and his slitherfluff friend watch Clinical Trials, many people go for walks in the rain, and we learn a whole lot about the mission. You know. The mission. Saving humanity.Content Notes: this is a heavy one. As always, none of this is gratuitous or described in detail. (There’s more swearing than usual as well.) Interpersonal conflict: [10:55 - 16:22]Mention of genocide: [15:37 - 15:45]Panic attack, hyperventilation: [15:10 - 16:22]Mention of violence, murder, torture: [42:00 - 43:10]The transcript is available. If the transcript link is broken please email needsanamepod@gmail.com and we’ll get it to you as soon as we can. This is a collaborative, ensemble project. Many of the character decisions are made by the actors as part of the story and script development process. Please check out the links below for more of their work:Trevor Bean creates and voices MandryTrace Callahan creates and voices KolianAlexander Endymion Hernández Díaz creates and voices CyrusAlexander Doddy creates and voices JamesSawyer Greene creates and voices QuillAnjali Kunapaneni creates and voices DeviDominic Mendez creates and voices ÁngelCaroline Mincks creates and voices ZahavaEvan Tess Murray creates all of them and voices ZeiNerys Howell currently voices Nessa the Doctor DetectiveThe poem at the end of this episode is “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. It seemed extremely fitting. Alexander Doddy gave us his best Scots when he read it. You can find many excellent renditions, including translations, on youtube. Our podcast art was created by Katy Schifferer. Check out her work!Please, if you can, donate to the Lakota People’s Law Project at And please also continue to support Black Lives Matter in whatever way you can.Check out Hank Green's brand-new book, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor!  There's more information at  tell a story about another world, but we're not giving up on this one. Support the show (