Category Archives: Holidays

TRR: Episode 54, “The Monkey’s Paw”



For the month of October, we’ll be serving up a series of spooky tales for you in keeping with the season and the pending celebration of Halloween. Our first offering comes from William Wymark Jacobs, who mainly wrote humorous stories involving sailors and seaside towns. Jacobs also occasionally tried his hand at tales of the supernatural, and wound up creating one of the best short stories of the horror genre, one that has stood the test of time since its publication in 1902.

“The Monkey’s Paw” (1902) by W.W. Jacobs

The Reader

TRT: 32:31

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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

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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 23, “Little Arrows”



The penultimate Hallmark Holiday, St. Valentine’s Day, has come ’round yet again. Can you avoid the little winged archer?

“Flower Love” by Marguerite Radclyff-Hall
“A Lover Since Childhood” by Robert Graves
“Topography” by Carolyn Wells
“Time’s Valentine” by Carolyn Wells
“Old Valentines” from “The Lovers’ Baedeker and Guide to Arcady” (1912) by Carolyn Wells
“Cupid and Psyche” from “Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew” (1897) by Josephine Preston Peabody
“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Reader
TRT: 38:28

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TRR: Episode 16, “Christmastime is Here”



As the old song says, “Christmastime is here.” In this, the second half of our Christmas celebration, we offer you a small array of stocking-stuffers and candy canes for your holiday enjoyment.

“The Overture” by H.S. Armstrong (1869)
“A Ballad of Santa Claus” by Henry Van Dyke (1907)
“Bells of Christmas” (1913) by The Edison Concert Band & Chorus
“Old Thoughts for Christmas” by Christopher Morley
“Under the Mistletoe” by George Francis Shults
“Our Joyful Feast” by George Wither
“Christmas” from “The Long Ago” by Jacob William Wright
“Silver Bells” by Hamish Hendry

Merry Christmas!

The Reader

TRR: Episode 16, “Christmastime is Here”
TRT: 39:59

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.
“Jingle Bells Piano Solo” by Kaveh. You can find more of Kaveh’s work on Soundclick.com.


TRR: Episode 15, “Yes, Virginia…”



Kris Kringle goes by many names, but is he… real? Here we proffer a few selections of Christmas cheer on the subject of the veracity of one Saint Nick, AKA Santa Claus.

“A Doubtful Character” by A.A. Milne

An excerpt from “Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph” by Ernest Hare (1922)

“Is There a Santa Claus?” (1904) by Jacob A. Riis

“Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by Francis Pharcellus Church (New York Sun, 1897)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 15, “Yes, Virginia…”
TRT: 32:42

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TRR: Thanksgiving 2015 Extra



Enjoy this small side dish with your Thanksgiving meal, brought to you with all the best wishes of this special day, Thanksgiving!

“Harvest Hymn” by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Reader

TRR: Thanksgiving Extra
TRT: 1:39

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TRR: Episode 12, “Upon Thanksgiving Day”



Thanksgiving greetings to you! Feast upon this auditory celebration of the “family festival!”

An excerpt from “The First Thanksgiving” by Elizabeth Hough Sechrist
“The Pumpkin” by John Greenleaf Whittier
“Thanksgiving Day in the Morning” by Aileen Fisher
“Thanksgiving” by Rowland E. Robinson
“November’s Gift” by Alice Crowell Hoffman
“Thanksgiving Day” by Lydia Maria Child
Recipes from The Daily News Cookbook (1896)
“A Thanksgiving Fable” by Oliver Herford
“Thanksgiving at Grandpa’s” from “Noon-Day Fancies for Our Little Pets” (1888)

A happy Thanksgiving to you!

The Reader

TRR: Episode 12, “Upon Thanksgiving Day”
TRT: 30:10

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“We Gather Together” courtesy of Hymnpod.com.


TRR: Halloween 2015 Extra



While you are planning your trick-or-treat campaign, enjoy this little mallowcream sweet from Carl Sandburg.

“Theme in Yellow” by Carl Sandburg

Happy Hallowe’en!

The Reader

TRR: Halloween 2015 Extra
TRT: 01:45


TRR: Episode 9, “The Empty House”



As a special Hallowe’en offering for you, we present an extended episode consisting solely of a short ghost story by Algernon Blackwood. The spookfest in question is Blackwood’s “The Empty House,” which he penned in 1906. Blackwood was one of the most prolific supernatural writers of the early 20th Century, though he did explore other genres and subjects, as well as many mainstream essays and articles for newspapers and magazines. In fact, Blackwood wrote so many things, there is no official count of his individual works, and Blackwood himself had no idea just how many things he had actually authored.

“The Empty House” (1906) by Algernon Blackwood

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I hope you all enjoy a happy and safe Hallowe’en.

The Reader

TRR: Episode 9 “The Empty House”
TRT: 48:08

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