A re-run of one of the classic Theory of Everything episodes with added material (not can I tell). 1984 is a year I also remember fondly and it is interesting to listen to someone’ else experience. Plus I also re-read George Orwell’s 1984 recently (the only book I have ever re-read) so this is extremely relevant.
Name: Benjamen Pierce
Occupation: Police Officer
Faceclaim: Joseph Gordon Levitt
Being the eldest son to a founding family isn’t the easiest destiny to be handed to you at birth. High standards are set for you and nothing but perfection is expected. From the moment Benjamen entered the world, Jeffery and Selena Pierce put their son on a pedestal. Benjamen had perfect grades and was involved in anything his parent thought was the best way to represent the family name. He was constantly reminded that he was a Pierce and it was his legacy that they were trying to continue to build. That much pressure on a child though can only lead to consequences later on. By the time Ben reached junior high, his world was slowly unraveling. He was thirteen when his mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought hard for an entire year with Ben by her side. After her death, the remaining fragments of his life started to unravel. He became angry, cruel, and sometimes even violent.
Throughout High School, Ben was a walking disaster. He was a bully and fell into the wrong crowd. Drugs became his best friend and way to cope with the feelings he didn’t want to have. He drank his way through junior and senior year and barely skimmed by with high enough grades to graduate at all. His father was worried about him yet all his concern seemed to do was add fuel to the fire. He held a hatred for his father that ran deep in his veins. He blamed him for his mother’s death. Not even an hour after graduation, Ben was out the door with all of his belongings in tow. He couldn’t stand to be in the house that held too many painful memories for him. He moved in with friends and continued divulging into his bad vices. There was no turning back for Benjamen and that was just the way he wanted it.
On his twenty-third birthday, Benjamen and his friends were out at Persephone to celebrate. They were high on whatever concoction of drugs they could get their hands on and drunk to top it all off. While stumbling out of the bar to catch a cab that had been called, two of his friends began to argue over a girl they had seen back in the bar. Laughing it off at first, Ben started to sober up quickly as he saw just how bad it was escalating. Before he could do anything, one man was on the ground and there was blood everywhere. His friend died that night and the other was charged with murder. It was a shock to the system, a jolt that finally awoke the part of him that knew what he was doing was wrong. He took a year to clean himself, enrolled himself into the police academy, and before he knew it he was a police officer. Ben was among the first on the scene when the body of Mariah Jacobson was found. The scene was gruesome and strange to see. He had never been part of a murder investigation before and now he finds himself stuck right in the middle of one. With a younger sister of his own to worry about, Ben is just as determined as the others to find out where Greenlee is and what happened to Mariah. There is something that is bothering him about the case though, something that he can’t quite put his finger on yet.
Spencer Price: Spencer and Ben have known each other since High School. They have had their up and downs but lately it’s been a real big up. Rumors have been swirling that these two were seen kissing in a dark corner at Persephone. The real story is one that only the two of them know.
Beau Blackwell: Beau and Ben lived together after high school. They were both witness to the death of their friend. While it took longer for Beau to clean himself up, Ben helped him every step of the way.
In the sharing economy no one can hear you work. This is because companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates and others only employ “partners” or independent contractors. So your host decided to partner with Andrew Callaway, a 25 year old San Francisco native, to find out what its like to work in the sharing economy. As the official ToE instapoder Andrew will drive, shop, clean, deliver, and serve for a whole month,and he’s going to record his entire experience. Plus in this episode technology journalist Sarah Lacey tells us the truth about Uber.