The Reader Reads

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For Halloween, we have for you a story of a horrible giant who devours fat little children. The story was “retold” in the 1970s by Ellin Green, and wonderfully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Here, we tell the original tale first published in a collection of children’s stories called “The Pot of…
The power of the written word is the subject of out show this week. Literature has the ability to take a reader any where, any when, and to see the world through the eyes of men long dead. This selection comes from a preamble to a textbook for junior high school students. “The Three Joys of Reading…
This week we share a short excerpt from Henry van Dyke about the freedom and peace found in the art of camping, and the beauty of the white birch tree. “Under the White Birches” from “Little Rivers” (1895) by Henry van Dyke The Reader TRT: 12:23 The musical accompaniment for the show is provided th…
Sorry I’ve been absent for so long. Truth is, I’ve been sick as a dog since the middle of June, and was unable to record anything for you. I’m on the mend, though, and finally managed to croak out this lovely poem for you. Hopefully there will be a full episode for you next week! “The Wind of Summe…
Trees are among the longest-lived organisms on our planet. In this episode, we share a story about a yellow pine that was over a thousand years old. “The Story of a Thousand-Year Pine” (1909) by Enos A. Mills The Reader TRT: 29:40 The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind …
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 t…
A study in solitude and the quiet nature of loneliness is the subject of this week’s show. “Studies in Solitude” (1917) by Fannie Stearns Gifford “Tall Lilac-tree Beside My Door” (1913) by Fannie Stearns Gifford The Reader TRT: 27:00 The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the ki…
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 ac…
As we enter the month of May, we begin to enjoy the wealth of the Springtime. In this episode, we have a lyrical description of the English garden, and a poem by Amy Lowell. “The Spirit of Gardens” (1911) by Dion Clayton Calthrop “Lilacs” (1922) by Amy Lowell The Reader TRT: 27:01 The musical accom…
Pulp fiction was popular during the entire first half of the 20th Century, bringing tales of adventure, romance, horror, science fiction, and crime to the masses. This week, we hear a tale taken from the September 1946 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine. “Death’s Old Sweet Song” (1946) by George Willia…
At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the fascination with science and industry, and the new advancements they could bring, were at fever pitch, and new discoveries and inventions seemed to appear almost every day. Many of the periodicals of the day carried articles explaining scientific conc…
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 M…
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. MacKenz…
In this episode, we offer you a few Christmas stocking stuffers in keeping with the season. “The Willow Man” by Juliana Horatia Ewing “What I Want for Christmas” (1897) by Robert G. Ingersoll “A Christmas Turkey” (1862) by Crocket McElroy “The New Food” (1910) by Stephen Leacock “Christmas Afternoo…
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Started
Mar 13th, 2016
Latest Episode
Oct 30th, 2017
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
79
Avg. Episode Length
19 minutes

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