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TRR: Episode 83, “The Unknown Soldier”



The purpose of Memorial Day seems to have been lost over the past several decades. Instead of a day of remembrance to honor our fallen soldiers, the day has become little more than an excuse for a three day weekend and big sales events. Ironically, we hear people saying, “Happy Memorial Day,” and they do so without the slightest trace of irony.

In this episode, we have three readings about the Unknown Soldier, the fallen soldier who stands for all the forgotten common men who died in battle, including the poem read by Angela Morgan at the original dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1921.

“The Unknown Soldier” (1922) by Angelo Patri
“Unknown” (1921) by Bruce Barton
“The Unknown Soldier” (1921) by Angela Morgan

The Reader

TRT: 18:31

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


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.