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Trigger Warning: Microagressions

Tanuki Buttons: A Bonus Episode from Uncanny Japan

Have you ever seen those dogs on Instagram that communicate by pushing buttons that play recordings of words? In April 2021, Terrie tamed a wild tanuki, brought it home and taught it to communicate with buttons. Then the shit hit the fan.
Tanuki on sofa

About The Uncanny Robot Podcast

Humorous and surreal short stories and audio dramas read and performed by humans. Our stories aren't nonsensical gibberish as some might assume. We combine our storytelling skills with AI-conceived concepts to create tales with a story arc, fully-developed characters and satisfying endings. We feature human voice actors, not computer generated voices.

Written and performed by Bram Stoker Award Finalist and Clarion West 2015 Graduate Thersa Matsuura and audio engineer Rich Pav.

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