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TRR: Episode 77, “If We Could Move to Mars”



Mars has always captivated the mind and imagination of Man. Here we have an essay written by Garrett P. Serviss, who, like Percival Lowell, was a legitimate astronomer, but that did not keep them from wild flights of fancy regarding what we may one day find on The Red Planet.

“If We Could Move to Mars” (1896) by Garrett P. Serviss

The Reader

TRT: 20:20

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TRR: Episode 76, “The Wreck of the Titan”



This week marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In this episode, we take a look at a novel written fourteen years earlier which eerily predicted the disaster.

“Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan” (1898) by Morgan Robertson
“The Titanic Disaster Poem” (1912) by J.H. MacKenzie

The Reader

TRT: 24:39

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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: Episode 72, “A Bundle of Letters From Over the Sea”



The lost art of letter writing is the subject of this week’s show, as we share a letter about the first leg of a tour of Europe.

In the letter, the author describes a transatlantic crossing aboard the RMS Etruria, a real vessel.

“A Bundle of Letters From Over the Sea” (1890) by Louise B. Robinson

The Reader

TRT: 20:01

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TRR: Episode 47, “Bluebeard”



Once as well-known as other fairy tales, “Bluebeard” has perhaps fallen by the wayside in the last fifty years or so. In this episode, we examine the story of “Bluebeard,” one of the most famous tales of a murderer in literary history. His specialty was wives with too much curiosity. Charles Perrault formulated the tale from previous stories involving the supernatural, and stories of some real life killers.

“Bluebeard” (1697) by Charles Perrault, translation by J.R Planche (1858)

The Reader

TRT: 19:02

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TRR: Episode 28, “Robin of the Hood”



You may think you know the tales of merry Robin Hood by heart, but his origins are perhaps a bit murkier than you may realize. In this episode, we look back to the wellspring of the Robin Hood legend as we think of it, the book by Howard Pyle. Pyle’s book combined the many Robin Hood legends into a single narrative form, and set the stage for all the Robin Hood stories, films and TV shows that were to follow.

“The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” (1883) by Howard Pyle

The Reader

TRT: 28:22

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TRR: Episode 21, “A Silver Frost”



Here at the end of January, we take just the shortest glance at our seasonal nemesis, cold and frost.

“The Cold Snap” by Edward Bellamy (1898)

“Thoughts on Thermometers” by A.A. Milne

“The Good Hours” by Robert Frost

The Reader

TRT: 18:36

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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