Monthly Archives: January 2016

TRR: Episode 21, “A Silver Frost”



Here at the end of January, we take just the shortest glance at our seasonal nemesis, cold and frost.

“The Cold Snap” by Edward Bellamy (1898)

“Thoughts on Thermometers” by A.A. Milne

“The Good Hours” by Robert Frost

The Reader

TRT: 18:36

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.


TRR: Episode 20, “Blue Hawaii”



As we dig out from the remnants of the blizzard of ’16, Snowzilla, perhaps it would be a good time to visit a tropical paradise. In this episode, we take to the warmer, inviting climes of Hawaii…

“A Smile of Fortune” an excerpt from “‘Twixt Land & Sea” by Joseph Conrad

“The Bright Land” from “The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands & the Philippines” (1916) by Isabel Anderson

“The Lovers,” an excerpt from “Ballads” (1895) by Robert Louis Stevenson

An excerpt from “Our Little Hawaiian Cousin” (1902) by Mary Hazelton Wade

“Love-Life in a Lanai” from “South-Sea Idyls” (1873) by Charles Warren Stoddard

“Aloha Oe (Farewell to Thee)” by Queen Liliukalani

The Reader

TRT: 42:07

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.


TRR: Episode 19, “Dots & Dashes (Part 2)”



The telegraph operator was, in many cases, a woman, just as many telephone operators are even today. In this episode, we survey the prospects for the fair sex in the field of telegraphy, which may lead to a decent wage, and, even the possibility of romance across the telegraph wires.

“Telegraphy” by Gerorge J. Manson, from “Work for Women” (1883)
“The Telegrapher’s Valentine” by J.C. Maxwell (1860)
“Wired Love” (1880) by Ella Cheever Thayer

The Reader

TRR: Episode 19, “Dots & Dashes (Part 2)”
TRT: 24:23

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.


TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”



Dots and dashes, the language of telegraphy, and later, what became known as wireless. In this episode, we try our hand at the sending key of the original method of sending an e-mail (an electronic mailing), as we explore the world of the telegraph, its origin, and its effect upon the world.

“A Story of the Telegraph” (1905) by John Murray
“Heroes of the Telegraph” (1891) by J. Munro
“Great Inventions and Discoveries” (1911) by Willis Duff Piercy
“The Romance of Modern Invention” (1907) by Archibald Adams
“Along the Smooth and Slender Wires” (1848) by Unknown

The Reader

TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”
TRT: 21:49

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.