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TRR: Episode 44, “The Election of 1936”



“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That old saying was never more true than it is in our national politics. For example, the Presidential election of 2016 is strikingly similar to the election of 1936. The rhetoric, the partisanship, the demonization of candidates, the issues of class, fear, and frustration, are at heart not so different. As you listen, keep that old adage in mind and ask yourself, how much, really, have things changed after eighty years?

Selections from the essay “We and I” (1936) by Malcom W. Bingay
An excerpt of John Hamilton’s speech to the GOP convention
“On the Eve of the Election” from “Speaking of Change” (1939) by Edward A. Filene

The Reader

TRT: 35:47

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


TRR: Episode 37, “Grandfather’s Three Lives”



Clarence Day, Jr. is perhaps most famous for his autobiographical memoir about his family, “Life With Father” (1935). Day passed away before seeing the fame the novel reached, including a Broadway play and the 1947 film starring William Powell.

In his 1921 collection, “The Crow’s Nest,” Day wrote a biography of Sir Charles Dilke. In this episode, we’ll hear Day’s story of Charles Dilke, how he came to power, and subsequently, to ruin.

“Grandfather’s Three Lives” (1921) by Clarence Day, Jr.

The Reader

TRT: 29:15

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