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“By day, Zina Roberts is The Pathfinder’s advice columnist Answergirl, but by night --- actually she turns in pretty early, because during the day she’s also Compass Point State University’s secret weapon against cheating and honor code violations. What will she expose this week? Why don’t we Ask Answergirl…”

Ask Answergirl is unique eleven-part collaborative audio drama experience created by Central Michigan University College of the Arts and Media faculty and students. Each episode contains a mini-mystery designed to invite listeners to use their ears – and their brains – to solve the case before Zina.  But don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees and miss the far bigger mystery bubbling beneath the surface of the bucolic CPSU campus. 

Each episode runs about 15 minutes. This series is appropriate for listeners of all ages.

Join us, won’t you?


Episodes

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Synopsis: Meet Zina Roberts, a college sophomore who has an advice column in the college newspaper. She also moonlights as Compass Point State University’s secret weapon in bringing campus cheaters to justice. But she needs to keep that on the down low, because “snitches get stitches at CPSU.” In this, our pilot episode, Zina is called upon to figure out who is selling copies of a class exam. Can she do it given the time she has? Moreover, can you solve the case before she does?


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Advertising Announcer: Carrie Brewer

Narrator: Avery Kiefer

Keeley Stanley-Bohn as Dean Miller

Steve Berglund as Professor Conrad

Elaine Daugherty the Dean's Secretary


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Will Anderson

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: Jordan assigns Zina a letter for her Answergirl column about a roommate dispute over misinterpreted body language. Before Zina can take care of the question, she’s called in to meet with the new Dean of Students, Dean Tukeva, who asks her to follow up on a professor’s request to investigate cheating on her exams. Is there something going on, or is the prof just paranoid? The answers are all there for you to figure it out! 


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Advertising Announcer: Carrie Brewer

Narrator: Avery Kiefer

Annette Thornton as Professor Faucon

Avery Kiefer as Johnny


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Chris Csont

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: Zina gets a letter from a student in financial trouble wondering if she should accept money from her parents when she knows there are strings attached. Meanwhile, Dean Tukeva has suspicions about an introductory statistics class where several sections have an overwhelming majority of the students getting an A. Can you break the curve and solve the case? 


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Tiffany Nguyen as Alex

Maya Voorhorst as Sandra


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Chris Csont

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: Zina gets called in to investigate some missing exams from a professor’s office, when she encounters her old nemesis Caitlyn. Surely, she couldn’t be at again, could she? Or can a leopard not change her spots? Keep your eyes open, as things are not always where they appear. 


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Janelle Davis as Caitlyn

Jody Price as Dr. Timothy Baker


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Chris Csont

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: A professor has suspicions that a star player for CPSU's football team might be getting a bit too much help with his schoolwork. Is she right to throw a flag on the play? And can you make the call before Zina weighs in the final judgment?


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Elaine Daugherty as Dr. Rachel Moldovan

Trenton Carson as Myles Anthony

Rebecca Mims as Rebecca Lange


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Chris Csont

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis:  Five cases and midway through the semester, Zina understandably feels a little overwhelmed from her unexpected case load of academic dishonesty investigations. However, what kind of dirt could Dean Tukeva have to make her jump back in detective mode?


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Yasmeen Duncan as Tonya

Stacey Pattison as Dr. Sparks

Cam Schott as Kyler


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Ahsha Davis

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: Jordan gives Zina a letter from a student whose roommate stays constantly connected to their mother. Before she can offer advice, Dean Tukeva calls her in to figure out how a legacy student could be cheating on improvised oral presentations. Can you solve the case before Zina gets the final word?


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Elijah Stinson as Professor Mason

Cam Schott as Derrick


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Nina Reynolds

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: Zina investigates a case of on-line oddness in which it appears that a professor might not have the final say on a final grade. 


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Keeley Stanly-Bohn as Dr. Sheila McKay

Sam Danko as Ivan

Alex Salerno as Pierce

Erik Nowicki as Mitch

Nancy Eddy as Dr. Kay Schultz


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Reed Schmitz

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: It's lights, camera and action when Zina gets called in to investigate a classroom video that casts a poor profile on a CPSU professor. Can you figure out why she might not be ready for her close up before Zina does?


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Stephen Harrick as Professor Conne

Trinity Novak as Sarah

Avery Kiefer as Brad

Olivia Clayton as Enid


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Sam Anker

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: Zina gets a letter questioning if telling a secret to a friend would be helping or hurting them. Meanwhile can you fill in the blanks why a competing paper on campus has started to *really* garner a devoted readership? 


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Anna Rudnitsky as Professor Harrison

Sophia Rizzo as Elena

Patrick Julia as Coach & Game Announcer


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Megan Guajardo

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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Synopsis: It's a race against the clock as Zina works to unmask her cyberstalker in time to help Jordan expose the shady dealings of Dean Tukeva. Will Answergirl get the answers she's been looking for? Will the Pathfinder crew wind up with a big scoop, or even more problems?


CAST

Ny'Ea Reynolds as Zina Roberts

Zach Guerra as Jordan McGinniss

Tim Connors as Dean Tukeva

Carrie Brewer as The Advertising Announcer

Avery Kiefer as The Narrator

Janelle Davis as Caitlyn

Trenton Carson as Myles Anthony

Olivia Clayton as Enid

Nancy Eddy as Dr. Kay Schultz


Series Created by: Will Anderson

Written by: Chis Csont

Produced by: Chris Csont

Directed by: Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Audio Engineering by: Brittney Antonelli

Music by: Will Anderson

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