Professor Gadston

Professor Gadston embarks on one last expedition before he retires, an expedition from which he does not expect to return.

On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

[Video description: Duration 55 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. View tilted several degrees to left of center vertical. A jungle scene. On the right, a vine-covered statue of a seated figure with clawed hands folded over knees. Instead of a head, a tall dome rises from what appears to be the figure’s chest. The dome’s front bears a mask with jagged teeth and a beak-like nose. Background, four men, two dressed like foreign explorers, and two appearing to be indigenous look at the statue. Foreground, obscured from the men’s view by tall grass are tracks, the paw prints of a large predator, perhaps a cat. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image’s center. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom: “Others who had gone close to the idol disappeared for many years,” the professor had said, nearing the end of his improvised presentation. “A few returned, years later, looking the same, never aging.” He smiled. “Remind you of something, my boy? The fountain of youth, perhaps? Well, it doesn’t restore youth to the old. It keeps the young from aging. So it’s too late for me, though I wouldn’t wish to be young again. Well, perhaps by a decade, but not as young as you are. There are pieces missing still, or maybe just one piece. The idol itself. I aim to find it and find out its whole story.” Website URL appears at the bottom and fades at the very end as a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

Professor Gadston Storyfeather


Spencer frowned at the professor’s curious claim, and glanced at their two guides. Their guides were men of the jungle, courageous and calm, but among the youngest and least experienced of their people. They would be treated as heroes if they returned from the expedition. But they had not been expected to return. From several yards away, they eyed the golden-bronze idol with as much caution and suspicion as Professor Gadston did..

: “Professor Gadston” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Jungle Idol” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Komiku
“Frozen Jungle”

Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)*
“The village (seamless)”
“No mountain high”

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Exploration_Mystical Place (loop 1)”
“Exploration_Mystery (loop)”
“Unknown Terrain”
“Cue_Nature 2”
“Ice and  Fire (peaceful part – looped)”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Komiku licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy) and unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Find more music by Komiku at and
Find more music by Dark Fantasy Studio and the various unnamed artists at
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Tags: chief, Gadston, idol, jungle, professor, Spencer, tribe, meteorite
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology

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