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TRR: Episode 78, “Light and Air”



At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the fascination with science and industry, and the new advancements they could bring, were at fever pitch, and new discoveries and inventions seemed to appear almost every day.

Many of the periodicals of the day carried articles explaining scientific concepts to their readers. In this episode, we share one such article from the November, 1851 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.

“Light and Air” (1851) Harper’s New Monthly Magazine

The Reader

TRT: 27:45

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TRR: Episode 77, “If We Could Move to Mars”



Mars has always captivated the mind and imagination of Man. Here we have an essay written by Garrett P. Serviss, who, like Percival Lowell, was a legitimate astronomer, but that did not keep them from wild flights of fancy regarding what we may one day find on The Red Planet.

“If We Could Move to Mars” (1896) by Garrett P. Serviss

The Reader

TRT: 20:20

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TRR: Episode 76, “The Wreck of the Titan”



This week marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In this episode, we take a look at a novel written fourteen years earlier which eerily predicted the disaster.

“Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan” (1898) by Morgan Robertson
“The Titanic Disaster Poem” (1912) by J.H. MacKenzie

The Reader

TRT: 24:39

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TRR: Episode 75, “The Cat”



This week, we share a story of the comradeship betwixt man and cat.

“The Cat” (1901) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 24:16

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TRR EXTRA: “Maple Sugar” by Alfred B. Street



Here’s another Extra for you. A poem fitting the time of year, as the maple sap is running and the sugar houses are preparing to go into full swing with their amber harvest.

“Maple Sugar” (1849) by Alfred B. Street

The Reader

TRT: 5:27

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TRR: Episode 74, “Under a Wine Glass”



Success, found, lost and searched for, is the theme of our story this week.

“Under a Wine Glass” (1919) by Ellen La Motte

The Reader

TRT: 24:49

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TRR: Episode 73, “The Star” by H.G. Wells



This week, we share a short story by the incomparable science fiction pioneer, the author H.G. Wells. “The Star” tells a tale of catastrophe visited upon the Earth by a stray planet passing too near.

“The Star” (1897) by H.G. Wells

The Reader

TRT: 38:16

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TRR: Episode 72, “A Bundle of Letters From Over the Sea”



The lost art of letter writing is the subject of this week’s show, as we share a letter about the first leg of a tour of Europe.

In the letter, the author describes a transatlantic crossing aboard the RMS Etruria, a real vessel.

“A Bundle of Letters From Over the Sea” (1890) by Louise B. Robinson

The Reader

TRT: 20:01

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TRR: Episode 71, “Eva’s Adventures in Shadow-land” (Part 7)



Here we are, with the last and final installment of our story, “Eva’s Adventures in Shadow-land” by Mary D. Nauman. Eva has regained Aster, but he is trapped in the form of a small green bird, and the evil Green Frog is hot on her trail! Can she escape and save Aster, the Moon Prince..?

I hope you’ve enjoyed our story. It was a lot of fun to read this one and put it all together for you. Do be sure and let me know.

“Eva’s Adventures in Shadow-land” (1874) by Mary D. Nauman.

The Reader

TRT: 37:14

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TRR: Episode 70, “Eva’s Adventures in Shadow-land” (Part 6)



In Part 6 of our story, Eva navigates the Enchanted River, and faces the Green Frog and her servants in a bid to rescue Aster, the Moon Prince.

“Eva’s Adventures in Shadow-land” (1874) by Mary D. Nauman

The Reader

TRT: 20:28

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