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TRR: Episode 20, “Blue Hawaii”



As we dig out from the remnants of the blizzard of ’16, Snowzilla, perhaps it would be a good time to visit a tropical paradise. In this episode, we take to the warmer, inviting climes of Hawaii…

“A Smile of Fortune” an excerpt from “‘Twixt Land & Sea” by Joseph Conrad

“The Bright Land” from “The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands & the Philippines” (1916) by Isabel Anderson

“The Lovers,” an excerpt from “Ballads” (1895) by Robert Louis Stevenson

An excerpt from “Our Little Hawaiian Cousin” (1902) by Mary Hazelton Wade

“Love-Life in a Lanai” from “South-Sea Idyls” (1873) by Charles Warren Stoddard

“Aloha Oe (Farewell to Thee)” by Queen Liliukalani

The Reader

TRT: 42:07

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TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”



Dots and dashes, the language of telegraphy, and later, what became known as wireless. In this episode, we try our hand at the sending key of the original method of sending an e-mail (an electronic mailing), as we explore the world of the telegraph, its origin, and its effect upon the world.

“A Story of the Telegraph” (1905) by John Murray
“Heroes of the Telegraph” (1891) by J. Munro
“Great Inventions and Discoveries” (1911) by Willis Duff Piercy
“The Romance of Modern Invention” (1907) by Archibald Adams
“Along the Smooth and Slender Wires” (1848) by Unknown

The Reader

TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”
TRT: 21:49

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TRR: Episode 15, “Yes, Virginia…”



Kris Kringle goes by many names, but is he… real? Here we proffer a few selections of Christmas cheer on the subject of the veracity of one Saint Nick, AKA Santa Claus.

“A Doubtful Character” by A.A. Milne

An excerpt from “Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph” by Ernest Hare (1922)

“Is There a Santa Claus?” (1904) by Jacob A. Riis

“Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by Francis Pharcellus Church (New York Sun, 1897)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 15, “Yes, Virginia…”
TRT: 32:42

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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

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“Moonbeam, Kiss Her for Me” performed by Howard Lanin & His Orchestra and Nick Lucas
“Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven courtesy of CCMixter.com.


TRR: Thanksgiving 2015 Extra



Enjoy this small side dish with your Thanksgiving meal, brought to you with all the best wishes of this special day, Thanksgiving!

“Harvest Hymn” by John Greenleaf Whittier

The Reader

TRR: Thanksgiving Extra
TRT: 1:39

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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: Episode 8, “High Atop Olympus”



Come along as we spend a short visit high upon Mount Olympus, there to dine on nectar and ambrosia.

“Jupiter and His Mighty Company” from “Old Greek Stories” by James Baldwin
“Olympus” an excerpt from “Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of Greek History” by Charlotte M. Yonge
“Bacchanal” from “Love, Worship and Death” by Sir Rennall Rodd (1916)
“Icarus and Daedalus” from “Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew” by Josephine Preston Peabody (1897)

The Reader  

TRR: Episode 8, “High Atop Olympus”
TRT: 22:23

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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

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TRR: Episode 3 “Autumn” Part 2



The second part in our Autumn series, this time we hear works written by Bill Nye (not the Science Guy), and A.A. Milne.

‘My Sweetheart’ by T.P.
‘The Old Surprise’ by Eunice Comstock
‘Autumn Thoughts’ by Bill Nye
‘A Word for Autumn’ by A.A. Milne
‘Said a Blade of Grass’ by Kahlil Gilbran

We have at least one more installment in the Autumn series, coming soon!

The Reader

TRR: Episode 3, “Autumn” Part 2
TRT: 22:00

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