Tag Archives: romance

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

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


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

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


TRR: Episode 41, “A Lover of Flowers”



Mary E. Wilkins Freeman has, even today, a lasting fame in children’s literature thanks to her memorable work, “The Pumpkin Giant.” She also wrote short stories based on people she knew in her adopted hometown. Despite this, she was a local celebrity and well-loved by the people she lived among in Metuchen, New Jersey. In this episode, we share one of those stories about a bittersweet romance in a small town community.

“A Lover of Flowers” (1887) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 33:34

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


TRR: Episode 34, “The Vision of the Fountain”



This week we share with you one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Twice-Told Tales,” a reverie of young romance. Hawthorne’s two volume collection of “Twice-Told  Tales” were called such because they had been previously published in various periodicals, and a line from Shakespeare: “Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, / Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”

“The Vision of the Fountain” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Reader

TRT: 20:18

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com, and by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.


TRR: Episode 23, “Little Arrows”



The penultimate Hallmark Holiday, St. Valentine’s Day, has come ’round yet again. Can you avoid the little winged archer?

“Flower Love” by Marguerite Radclyff-Hall
“A Lover Since Childhood” by Robert Graves
“Topography” by Carolyn Wells
“Time’s Valentine” by Carolyn Wells
“Old Valentines” from “The Lovers’ Baedeker and Guide to Arcady” (1912) by Carolyn Wells
“Cupid and Psyche” from “Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew” (1897) by Josephine Preston Peabody
“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Reader
TRT: 38:28

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


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.