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TRR: Episode 87, “The Pumpkin Giant”



For Halloween, we have for you a story of a horrible giant who devours fat little children.

The story was “retold” in the 1970s by Ellin Green, and wonderfully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Here, we tell the original tale first published in a collection of children’s stories called “The Pot of Gold.”

“The Pumpkin Giant” (1893) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 29:31

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


TRR EXTRA: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”



Here we share with you the classic Christmas poem better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A little candy cane for your holiday!

“A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore

The Reader

TRT: 4:40

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


TRR: Episode 64, “Christmastime”



In this episode, we offer you a few Christmas stocking stuffers in keeping with the season.

“The Willow Man” by Juliana Horatia Ewing
“What I Want for Christmas” (1897) by Robert G. Ingersoll
“A Christmas Turkey” (1862) by Crocket McElroy
“The New Food” (1910) by Stephen Leacock
“Christmas Afternoon” (1921) by Robert C. Benchley

The Reader

TRT: 21:49

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

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