Category Archives: Americana

TRR: Episode 43, “The Barbershop”



Few things are as commonplace and as timeless as the barber shop. Hair is synonymous with vitality, and it must be properly cared for. In this episode, we look at hair cuts and hair loss.

“In the Chair” (1916) by Ralph Bergengren
“Concerning Hair-Restorers” (1915) by Frank X. Finnegan

The Reader

TRT: 29:15

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


TRR: Episode 41, “A Lover of Flowers”



Mary E. Wilkins Freeman has, even today, a lasting fame in children’s literature thanks to her memorable work, “The Pumpkin Giant.” She also wrote short stories based on people she knew in her adopted hometown. Despite this, she was a local celebrity and well-loved by the people she lived among in Metuchen, New Jersey. In this episode, we share one of those stories about a bittersweet romance in a small town community.

“A Lover of Flowers” (1887) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 33:34

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


TRR: Episode 38, “The Homeburg Telephone Exchange”



George H. Fitch, the “Smile King,” was a humorist who was popular at the turn of the 20th Century. Fitch was part of the tradition of gentle, observational humor later carried on by Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor. In this episode, we share a story from Fitch’s small fictional home town, Homeburg.

“The Homeburg Telephone Exchange” (1915) by George H. Fitch

The Reader

TRT: 27:09

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