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Browse All Season 2 Episodes: Jade City Pharaoh

Jade City Pharaoh
Luis Franco

Jade City Pharaoh is a radio drama, the first such enterprise to star an African-American superhero.

Episode 1, Hard to Kill: At the end of season 1, our hero Herald M.F. Jones (aka The Jade City Pharaoh) was gravely wounded by his arch nemesis, The Beef Cooka. In this episode, Herald's closest friend, Supreme Intellect ('Preme) and police detective Martina McCoy wait anxiously at Herald's bedside as our hero pays an out-of-body visit to his long-deceased mentor.

The Beef Cooka is one of the Jade Pharaoh's rivals
Credit Luis Franco /
The Beef Cooka'

Episode 2, The Chase: We left our hero in the hospital, recovering from a brutal attack by his arch nemesis, The Beef Cooka. Though he survived, the Pharaoh fakes his death in hopes his enemy would get careless. For six months, he helped Detective Martina McCoy build a case. Now, the wait is over. It's time to take the fight to the very headquarters of The Beef Cooka.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 2: The Chase

Episode 3, Last Call: In our last episode, our hero chased The Beef Cooka and his driver to a fiery crash at a police roadblock. But somehow, the wily Beef Cooka escaped. Now, the search for the sinister fiend must wait as the green-caped avenger, the Jade City Pharaoh,  embarks on a personal crusade to save his detective friend from destroying herself. It's a quest that threatens a budding romance.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 3: Last Call

Herald MF Jones, AKA The Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco /
Herald Jones

Episode 4, Sanctuary: As a crime fighter, Herald Jones knows not every moment of a heroes life is filled with adventure. Sometimes he has to run errands just like the rest of us -- except he can fly and we can't. But even a simple trip to the bank can turn to danger for the Jade City Pharaoh.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 4: Sanctuary

Episode 5, Love Don't Live Here Anymore: Things aren't going well between Malik Frasier and the woman he loves. Belinda Goodall has been stood up once too often. But she doesn't know that our humble bookstore clerk broke those dates on a hero's mission, playing his part as the Jade City Pharaoh. Malik's only hope is to reveal his secret identity, but will he do it, and can it save a failing romance?

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 5: Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Episode 6, Intentions of Patriots: Last week, crime-fighting took a back seat to Herald's troubled love life. Now that he's revealed his secret identity to Belinda Goodall, the Pharaoh is back, and there's no time to lose. Right-wing terrorists, filling with Islamophobic hatred are threatening the security of Concrete Falls.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 6: Intentions of Patriots

Episode 7, Nietchze's Spawn: Herald Jones is hoping to relax after busting a violent band of radical patriots. Alas, he will face once again the merciless cyborg Anvil Steel. This monstrous machine-man menace gets the Pharaoh's attention when he threatens our hero's friend Henry at Henry's Stop N' Go.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 7: Nietchze’s Spawn

Episode 8, A Cut Above: Herald Jones gets the word on the street when he visits his favorite  barber shop. not all the news is good. The Mad Nabber's daring bank job right under the Pharaoh's nose is causing citizens to question his abilities. And the news gets worse for our unsuspecting hero.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 8: A Cut Above

Episode 9, To Grandmother’s House We Go: In the rough and tumble streets of Concrete Falls, murder and revenge fuel a cycle of violence. Now, a grieving father seeks retribution for the murder of his only son. But for Herald Jones, vengeance isn't justice, even when the victim is a friend.

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 9: To Grandmothers House We Go

Episode 10, Willing to Take the Risk: Herald Jones struggles to win back the affections of Belinda Goodall. He started the romance as his alter ego, Malik Fraser. Soon he was forced to reveal his secret identity to Belinda, who's had enough for both of them. In this season finale, Anvil Steel tries to break them up for good.

Jade City Pharaoh stars Mike Wiley.  The series is written by Howard Craft, with music by the Apple Juice Kid. WUNC's Frank Stasio is the producer/director. Follow our hero on Twitter: @JadeCityWarrior and on Facebook.

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.
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