Monthly Archives: March 2016

TRR: Episode 29, “The Velveteen Rabbit”



Just in time for Easter, or any time for that matter, we present for your consideration the story of the Velveteen Rabbit. Elements of the story have been around and incorporated into other stories both before and since Margery Bianco first conceived the tale, including a vague reference to The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, and later, to the Lion King who ruled over the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real” (1922) by Margery Williams Bianco

The Reader

TRT: 29:49

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


TRR: Episode 28, “Robin of the Hood”



You may think you know the tales of merry Robin Hood by heart, but his origins are perhaps a bit murkier than you may realize. In this episode, we look back to the wellspring of the Robin Hood legend as we think of it, the book by Howard Pyle. Pyle’s book combined the many Robin Hood legends into a single narrative form, and set the stage for all the Robin Hood stories, films and TV shows that were to follow.

“The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” (1883) by Howard Pyle

The Reader

TRT: 28:22

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


TRR: Episode 27, “The Emerald Isle”



In this episode, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we take a short journey to the Emerald Isle herself, Ireland.

“The Wearing of the Green” by Anonymous
“The Harp” (1840) by Anonymous, from “The Irish Penny Journal”
“Rain Song” and “Irish Idyl” from “Sprays of Shamrock” (1914) by Clinton Scollard
“The Leprechawn” and “The Banshee” from “Irish Wonders” (1888) by D.R. McAnally, Jr.
“The Faires’ Dancing Place” by William Carleton
“The New Life in Ireland” from “Just Irish” (1911) by Charles Battell Loomis
“The Green Little Shamrock of Ireland” by Andrew Curry

The Reader

TRT: 28:19

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org. “Though the Last Glimpse of Erin” performed by Michael J. O’Donnell.


TRR: Episode 26, “The Great White North”



Our neighbor to the North, Canada, is the subject of this week’s show. Specifically, immigration to that proud and native land. Starting in the early 19th Century, a great wave of immigrants made their way to the Dominion to start a new life in a land of promise and opportunity lacking in Britain and Europe. Many guidebooks were available for the new prospective citizen of Canada, from which we share a small selection.

“Pictures of Canadian Life” (1886) by J. Ewing Richie
“The Great Dominion” from “Peeps at Many Lands: Canada” (1909) by J.T Bealby
“Canada and the British Immigrant” (1914) by Emily P. Weaver
“Fifty Below Zero” from “Peeps at Many Lands: Canada” (1909) by J.T Bealby
“O, Canada” (1908) By Robert Stanley Weir

The Reader

TRT: 26:47

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com, Archive.org, and Librivox.org. “O, Canada” performed by Christiane Levesque.