Category Archives: School Days

TRR: Episode 86, “The Three Joys of Reading”



The power of the written word is the subject of out show this week. Literature has the ability to take a reader any where, any when, and to see the world through the eyes of men long dead. This selection comes from a preamble to a textbook for junior high school students.

“The Three Joys of Reading” (1919) by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck

The Reader

TRT: 12:23

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


TRR: Episode 53, “School Lets Out”



Robert Nathan was an author, poet, and playwright. You may know of some of his works, albeit from the ones that had been adapted to films. Nathan penned the original source material for “Portrait of Jennie” (1948) starring Joseph Cotton, and the seminal Christmas film “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), with Cary Grant. In this episode, we’ll hear excerpts from one of Nathan’s novels featuring an elderly schoolmaster.

“Autumn” (1921) by Robert Nathan

The Reader

TRT: 20:58

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


TRR: Episode 34, “The Vision of the Fountain”



This week we share with you one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Twice-Told Tales,” a reverie of young romance. Hawthorne’s two volume collection of “Twice-Told  Tales” were called such because they had been previously published in various periodicals, and a line from Shakespeare: “Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, / Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”

“The Vision of the Fountain” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Reader

TRT: 20:18

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com, and by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.


TRR: Episode 33, “Cinders From the Ashes”



Oliver Wendell Holmes was a physician, medical reformer, poet, educator and author, and penned a medical essay in 1843 on the nature of contagion which was hailed as a turning point in American medicine. He gained international acclaim as a writer for his “Breakfast-Table” books, written in a conversational style he termed “table-talk.” In this episode we share one of Holmes’ essays, reminiscing about the school days of his youth.

“Cinders From the Ashes” (1879) by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Reader

TRT: 41:09

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