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TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”



Dots and dashes, the language of telegraphy, and later, what became known as wireless. In this episode, we try our hand at the sending key of the original method of sending an e-mail (an electronic mailing), as we explore the world of the telegraph, its origin, and its effect upon the world.

“A Story of the Telegraph” (1905) by John Murray
“Heroes of the Telegraph” (1891) by J. Munro
“Great Inventions and Discoveries” (1911) by Willis Duff Piercy
“The Romance of Modern Invention” (1907) by Archibald Adams
“Along the Smooth and Slender Wires” (1848) by Unknown

The Reader

TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”
TRT: 21:49

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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: Episode 14, “By the Fireside”



As Winter approaches, we must ensure our supply of wood for the fire has been prepared. After the chores are completed, we may sit by the fireside and enjoy the quietude of a warm and crackling fire.

“By Way of Introduction” from “Over the Fireside with Silent Friends” by Richard King (1921)
“Dedication for a Fireplace” by Christopher Morely
“A Hallowe’en Memory” by Christopher Morely
An excerpt from “By the Fireplace” by Christopher Morely
“The Log Fire” by Elizabeth Rebecca Ward
“The Fires of Autumn” by A.A. Milne
“Getting in the Wood” by Jacob William Wright

The Reader

TRR: Episode 14, “By the Fireside”
TRT: 30:56

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TRR: Episode 13, “Moonlit Skies”



Wander out under the Moon, the arbiter of romance, as he casts his silvery light down from the sky to light the way for lovers.

An excerpt from “From the Earth to the Moon” (1868) by Jules Verne
“Moonlight” by Walter de la Mare
“Silver” by Walter de la Mare
An excerpt from “The Story of the Solar System” by George F. Chambers (1904)
“Full Moon” by Victoria Sackville-West
“Moon-Marketing” by Richard le Gallienne
“Moonlit Lilacs” by Iris Tree
“The Favours of the Moon” by Charles Baudelaire
“Shine On, Harvest Moon” by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth

The Reader

TRR: Episode 13: “Moonlit Skies”
TRT: 22:40

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.
“Moonbeam, Kiss Her for Me” performed by Howard Lanin & His Orchestra and Nick Lucas
“Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven courtesy of CCMixter.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

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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

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.
“We Gather Together” courtesy of Hymnpod.com.


TRR: Episode 11, “Little Jack Frost”



Beware Little Jack Frost, for it is time he went upon his rounds! What mischief will this naughty little winter sprite get up to this year..?

“Jack Frost” by Hannah F. Gould
An excerpt from “Jack Frost & Sons” by R. M. Ballantyne
“The Frost Spirit” by John Greenleaf Whittier
“Jack Frost” by Gabriel Setoun
“Winter Dusk” by Walter de la Mare
“The Babies’ Blankets” by Ellen Robena Field
“When Jack Frost Was Young” by Abbie Phillips Walker

The Reader

TRR: Episode 11, Little Jack Frost
TRT: 25:44

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TRR: Episode 10, “Gray November Rains”



Gray November is here again, and with it, the cold rains of late Autumn. Don your yellow raincoat and boots, and come along for a stroll in the pre-winter weather.

“Boar’s Hill, October, 1919” by Vera M. Brittain
An excerpt from Chapter 1 of “The Rain Cloud” (1846)
“Rainy-Day Pleasures” by Fanny Fern
“Sonnet” by G.H. Bonner
“Cold Branch in the Black Air” by Louis Golding
“November Days” from “In New England Woods and Fields” by Rowland Evans Robinson (1896)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 10, Gray November Rains
TRT: 24:19

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Photo courtesy of Dukas Ju.


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

Don’t forget, you can now find the show on both iTunes and Stitcher. And don’t be afraid to get social, and share the show with your friends!

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.