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TRR: Episode 19, “Dots & Dashes (Part 2)”



The telegraph operator was, in many cases, a woman, just as many telephone operators are even today. In this episode, we survey the prospects for the fair sex in the field of telegraphy, which may lead to a decent wage, and, even the possibility of romance across the telegraph wires.

“Telegraphy” by Gerorge J. Manson, from “Work for Women” (1883)
“The Telegrapher’s Valentine” by J.C. Maxwell (1860)
“Wired Love” (1880) by Ella Cheever Thayer

The Reader

TRR: Episode 19, “Dots & Dashes (Part 2)”
TRT: 24:23

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


TRR: Episode 16, “Christmastime is Here”



As the old song says, “Christmastime is here.” In this, the second half of our Christmas celebration, we offer you a small array of stocking-stuffers and candy canes for your holiday enjoyment.

“The Overture” by H.S. Armstrong (1869)
“A Ballad of Santa Claus” by Henry Van Dyke (1907)
“Bells of Christmas” (1913) by The Edison Concert Band & Chorus
“Old Thoughts for Christmas” by Christopher Morley
“Under the Mistletoe” by George Francis Shults
“Our Joyful Feast” by George Wither
“Christmas” from “The Long Ago” by Jacob William Wright
“Silver Bells” by Hamish Hendry

Merry Christmas!

The Reader

TRR: Episode 16, “Christmastime is Here”
TRT: 39:59

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.
“Jingle Bells Piano Solo” by Kaveh. You can find more of Kaveh’s work on Soundclick.com.


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

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


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

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


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.


TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”



Water has possibly been discovered on Mars, but this is not a new question. The question of water on the planet was at the center of the debate surrounding Percival Lowell’s Martian canals. In this episode of The Reader Reads, we explore the theories of water on Mars in Lowell’s time, as well as other Mars-related works of fiction.

Excerpts from “Is Mars Habitable?” by Alfred Russel Wallace (1907)
“Mars and Its Mysteries” by Edward Sylvester Morse (1906)
“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
“Roll On, Sad World!’ by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
An excerpt from “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells (1898)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”
TRT: 30:10

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


TRR: Episode 5, “The Fox Went Out”



In this episode we celebrate the cleverness of the fox with a selection of writings for children, and a folk song with origins in the 15th Century.

“The Fox Went Out On a Chilly Night”
An excerpt from “Billy Bunny and Daddy Fox” by David Cory
Another from “Dr. Rabbit and Brushtail the Fox” by Thomas C. Hinkle
“The Fox and the Crow” by Aesop
An excerpt from “Old Granny Fox” by Thornton Burgess

The Reader

TRR: Episode 5, “The Fox Went Out”
TRT: 29:31

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TRR: Episode 4, “Autumn” Part 3



The third and final part of our literary look at the season of Autumn features the work of the great American naturalist, John Burroughs. Also, poems by Browning and Frost.

An excerpt of ‘Falling Leaves,’ from “Under the Maples” (1921) by John Burroughs
‘To Autumn’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“October’ by Robert Frost

The Reader

TRR: Episode 4, “Autumn” Part 3
TRT: 20:12

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