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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

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TRR: Episode 85, “Under the White Birches”



This week we share a short excerpt from Henry van Dyke about the freedom and peace found in the art of camping, and the beauty of the white birch tree.

“Under the White Birches” from “Little Rivers” (1895) by Henry van Dyke

The Reader

TRT: 12:23

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TRR EXTRA: “The Wind of Summer” by Madison Cawein



Sorry I’ve been absent for so long. Truth is, I’ve been sick as a dog since the middle of June, and was unable to record anything for you. I’m on the mend, though, and finally managed to croak out this lovely poem for you. Hopefully there will be a full episode for you next week!

“The Wind of Summer” by Madison J. Cawein

The Reader

TRT: 04:36

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TRR: Episode 82, “Studies in Solitude”



A study in solitude and the quiet nature of loneliness is the subject of this week’s show.

“Studies in Solitude” (1917) by Fannie Stearns Gifford
“Tall Lilac-tree Beside My Door” (1913) by Fannie Stearns Gifford

The Reader

TRT: 27:00

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TRR: Episode 81, “1,492,633 Marlon Brandos”



We all have our ideal, formed in our youth, of the perfect mate. In this story from the September 1962 issue of “Worlds of If” magazine, we learn what happens when such idol worship is wedded to unnatural power.

“1,492,633 Marlon Brandos” (1962) by Vance Aandahl

The Reader

TRT: 16:38

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TRR: Episode 80, “The Spirit of Gardens”



As we enter the month of May, we begin to enjoy the wealth of the Springtime. In this episode, we have a lyrical description of the English garden, and a poem by Amy Lowell.

“The Spirit of Gardens” (1911) by Dion Clayton Calthrop
“Lilacs” (1922) by Amy Lowell

The Reader

TRT: 27:01

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TRR: Episode 78, “Light and Air”



At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the fascination with science and industry, and the new advancements they could bring, were at fever pitch, and new discoveries and inventions seemed to appear almost every day.

Many of the periodicals of the day carried articles explaining scientific concepts to their readers. In this episode, we share one such article from the November, 1851 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.

“Light and Air” (1851) Harper’s New Monthly Magazine

The Reader

TRT: 27:45

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TRR: Episode 75, “The Cat”



This week, we share a story of the comradeship betwixt man and cat.

“The Cat” (1901) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 24:16

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TRR EXTRA: “Maple Sugar” by Alfred B. Street



Here’s another Extra for you. A poem fitting the time of year, as the maple sap is running and the sugar houses are preparing to go into full swing with their amber harvest.

“Maple Sugar” (1849) by Alfred B. Street

The Reader

TRT: 5:27

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TRR: Episode 74, “Under a Wine Glass”



Success, found, lost and searched for, is the theme of our story this week.

“Under a Wine Glass” (1919) by Ellen La Motte

The Reader

TRT: 24:49

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