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TRR EXTRA: “The Old Year and the New” by W.H. Rhodes



Out with the old, in with the new. Here’s a fitting poem to end 2016 with, by William Henry Rhodes. Rhodes’ most famous work was “A Case for Summerfield” (1871), which featured a villain named Black Bart. A real criminal later took up the name as an alias, and we still recognize the name “Black Bart” as a western outlaw today via songs, cartoons, and stories set in the Old West. Here’s hoping your new year will be bountiful and full of good fortune and joy.

“The Old Year and the New” by W. H. Rhodes

The Reader

TRT: 3:15

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


TRR: Episode 61, “Mistress Esteem Elliot’s Molasses Cake”



In 1705, the residents of Colchester, CT faced a crisis. No molasses was available for the Thanksgiving holiday! Imagine, no pumpkin pies for the forthcoming feast! What was a colonial housewife to do? Based on a real historical event, we offer you a Thanksgiving story about the Great Colchester Molasses Shortage.

“Mistress Esteem Elliot’s Molasses Cake” (1910) by Kate Upson Clark

The Reader

TRT: 24:17

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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: 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

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