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Bringing you select books, insightful lectures and fine dramas. Join us on Wed. Evenings at 8:00 pm and enjoy one of the best aspects of radio.

Jacob Abbott - Cleopatra - Cleo#1

A biography of the famous Cleopatra of Egypt, written in a manner equally interesting to children and to adults. [A great resource for supplementing the history component in your home-school curriculum]

Michael Hawes - Three Essays, a Story and a Speech - 3ESS

A literary stir-fry consisting of two petitions from 1576 London on the subject of coffee with Ladies taking the CON position and Gentlemen taking the PRO. A wonderful informative essay by Jack London about his self-education in the wider world, a timeless masterpiece by short story writer Saki entitled Filboid Studge and finally a commencement speech given by Mike Rowe. (the Dirty Job man from the TV Show.)

Jacob Abbott - Peter The Great - PTG#7

Final Installment of the Story Of Peter The Great by Jacob Abbott.

PTG#6

Second to last installment of the story of Peter The Great by Jacob Abbott. On difficulties with his eldest son, Alexis.

Jacob Abbott - Peter The Great - PTG#5

Continuing: Jacob Abbott’s Peter The Great Part 5 of 7

PTG#4

Continuing: Jacob Abbott-Peter The Great-Part 4 of 7

PTG#3

Part Three of the continuing saga of Peter the Great by Jacob Abbott.

Jacob Abbott - Peter the Great - PTG#2

The continuing saga of Peter the Great.

Jacob Abbott - Peter The Great - PTG#1

There are very few persons who have not heard of the fame of Peter the Great, the founder, as he is generally regarded by mankind, of Russian civilization. The celebrity, however, of the great Muscovite sovereign among young persons is due in a great measure to the circumstance of his having repaired personally to Holland, in the course of his efforts to introduce the industrial arts among his people, in order to study himself the art and mystery of shipbuilding and of his having worked with his own hands in a ship-yard there. The little shop where Peter pursued these practical studies still stands in Saardam, a ship-building town not far from Amsterdam. The building is of wood, and is now much decayed; but, to preserve it from farther injury, it has been incased in a somewhat larger building of brick, and it is visited annually by great numbers of curious travelers. -From the forward of the book.

Learning From Tribal Ancestors

A scholarly paper by the German author Frank Usbeck exploring the use of Native Indian imagery in Nazi propaganda. A fascinating revelation resulting from deep research that teaches much about history, human nature, politics and displays patterns that may apply to many other scenarios, heretofore unexplored. Comes with three musical selections to aid digestion.

August Strindberg - The Ghost Sonata

The Ghost Sonata by Swedish author August Strindberg. A very worthy one act play that examines the high cost of maintaining outward appearances by obscuring the truth.

HPLSS#3 (Story 6 to Story 7)

The nail-biting conclusion of Seven Short Stories by H.P. Lovecraft.

Seven Stories by H.P. Lovecraft - HPLSS#2 (Story 5)

H.P.L’s “The Shunned House” in one episode. Maybe check those emergency candles before listening and make some tea.

Seven Stories by H.P. Lovecraft - HPLSS#1 (Story 1 to Story 4)

“Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimaeras—dire stories of Celaeno and the Harpies—may reproduce themselves in the brain of superstition—but they were there before. They are transcripts, types—the archetypes are in us, and eternal. How else should the recital of that which we know in a waking sense to be false come to affect us at all? Is it that we naturally conceive terror from such objects, considered in their capacity of being able to inflict upon us bodily injury? O, least of all! These terrors are of older standing. They date beyond body—or without the body, they would have been the same… . That the kind of fear here treated is purely spiritual—that it is strong in proportion as it is objectless on earth, that it predominates in the period of our sinless infancy—are difficulties the solution of which might afford some probable insight into our ante-mundane condition, and a peep at least into the shadowland of pre-existence.” —Charles Lamb: “Witches and Other Night-Fears”

DH#2 (Part 3)

Conclusion of H. P. Lovecraft’s, The Dunwich Horror

Before there was Goosebumps, there was Lovecraft.

Up next: Seven Short Stories by H. P. Lovecraft in three parts. Starts Aug 15th.

H.P. Lovecraft - The Dunwich Horror - DH#1 (Parts 1 & 2)

Part One of H. P. Lovecraft’s, The Dunwich Horror

Before there was Goosebumps, there was Lovecraft.

ATG#6 (Chapter 11 to Chapter 12)

Final Part of Jacob Abbott’s book, Alexander The Great.

When Alexander was 13 he began study under a Aristotle and at age 16 Alexander’s education ended. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He left an Empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Indus River and a world that was changed forever - the one we now inhabit.

Next up: H. P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror Starts on Aug 1, 2018

ATG#5 (Chapter 9 to Chapter 10)

Part Five of Six in a Presentation of Jacob Abbott’s book, Alexander The Great.

When Alexander was 13 he began study under a Aristotle and at age 16 Alexander’s education ended. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He left an Empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Indus River and a world that was changed forever - the one we now inhabit.

ATG#4 (Chapter 7 to Chapter 8)

Part Four of Six in a Presentation of Jacob Abbott’s book, Alexander The Great.

When Alexander was 13 he began study under a Aristotle and at age 16 Alexander’s education ended. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He left an Empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Indus River and a world that was changed forever - the one we now inhabit.

ATG#3 (Chapter 5 to Chapter 6)

Part Three of Six in a Presentation of Jacob Abbott’s book, Alexander The Great.

When Alexander was 13 he began study under a Aristotle and at age 16 Alexander’s education ended. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He left an Empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Indus River and a world that was changed forever - the one we now inhabit.

ATG#2 (Chapter 3 to Chapter4)

Part Two of Six in a Presentation of Jacob Abbott’s book, Alexander The Great.

When Alexander was 13 he began study under a Aristotle and at age 16 Alexander’s education ended. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He left an Empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Indus River and a world that was changed forever - the one we now inhabit.

ATG#1 (Chapter1 to Chapter2)

Part One of Six in a Presentation of Jacob Abbott’s book, Alexander The Great.

When Alexander was 13 he began study under a Aristotle and at age 16 Alexander’s education ended. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He left an Empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Indus River and a world that was changed forever - the one we now inhabit.

EWMT#2 (Part Two)

Part Two of An Evening With Mark Twain

We begin with a piece entitled:

“1601- A Conversation As It Was By The Social Fireside In The Time Of The Tudors” -a humorous piece of epic satire that answers the literary question, “How would Shakespeare describe a fart?”

We finish with an essay entitled, “Concerning The Jew” which was first published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine Vol. 99 in Sep. of 1899. Besides the intellect, sagacity, common sense and humanity inherent in this essay, we are treated to the mellifluous voice of Michelle Fry of Baton Rouge, La. who is our narrator. It’s a win-win for those that tune in.

EWMT#1 (Part One)

Part One of An Evening With Mark Twain

Beginning with an exceptional speech that will be invaluable to any student of Asian Affairs or Philippine history. It was aptly addressed to “Those Sitting In Darkness” by which Mark Twain meant the general public who had little access to the truth via their media of the day. (ring a bell?)

We finish with a hilarious description of Mark Twain’s coping with the then newly popular telephone and how weird it was to hear “one sided conversations” for the first time in human history. Similar to when people first got Bluetooth and everyone thought they were schizophrenics for talking out loud on the bus.

SIDD (Chapter 11 to Chapter 12)

The Conclusion of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

Next up: An Evening With Mark Twain!

SIDD (Chapter 9 to Chapter 10)

Part 4 of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

SIDD (Chapter 7 to Chapter 8)

Part 3 of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

SIDD (Chapter 4 to Chapter 6)

Part 2 of a reading of Siddhartha, a novel by Hermann Hesse, in 5 parts. Starts Apr 25 and ends May 23. The story deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.

SIDD (Chapter 1 to Chapter3)

A reading of Siddhartha, a novel by Hermann Hesse, in 5 parts. Starts Apr 25 and ends May 23. The story deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.

Noon Wine

A tragic 1937 short novel by Katherine Anne Porter adapted for radio in 1948 about a Swedish immigrant working on a farm in 19th century Texas.

Up Next: A reading of the 1922 Hermann Hesse novel, Siddhartha in five parts.

JTGL#2 (Lecture 3 to Lecture 8)

Hear the second set of important lectures by John Taylor Gatto. Mr. Gatto was a teacher for nearly 30 years and the recipient of the NY State Teacher of the Year Award in 1991, in addition to receiving the NYC TOTY Awards in 1989,1990 & 1991. He attended Cornell, UC Berkley, Yeshiva U, Hunter College, Reed College & U Pittsburg. These talks will air on Apr 4 and conclude on Apr 11. Whether you are a teacher, a student or the parent of a student – you will learn much from these talks.

JTGL#1 (Lecture 1 to Lecture 2)

Hear two important lectures by John Taylor Gatto. Mr. Gatto was a teacher for nearly 30 years and the recipient of the NY State Teacher of the Year Award in 1991, in addition to receiving the NYC TOTY Awards in 1989,1990 & 1991. He attended Cornell, UC Berkley, Yeshiva U, Hunter College, Reed College & U Pittsburg. These talks will air on Apr 4 and conclude on Apr 11. Whether you are a teacher, a student or the parent of a student – you will learn much from these talks.

HANNIBAL#6 (Chapter 13)

Part Six (Final) of Jacob Abbott’s - Hannibal -

HANNIBAL#5 (Chapter 11 to Chapter 12)

Part 5 of Hannibal by Jacob Abbott

HANNIBAL#4 (Chapter 9 to Chapter 10)

Part Four of Hannibal by Jacob Abbott

HANNIBAL#3 (Chapter 7 to Chapter 8)

Part Three of Hannibal by Jacob Abbott

HANNIBAL#2 (Chapter 4 to Chapter 6)

Part Two of Hannibal by Jacob Abbott

HANNIBAL#1 (Chapter 1 to Chapter 3)

Part One of Hannibal by Jacob Abbott

SOSWR#2 (Chapter 6 to Chapter 11)

Part Two: Conclusion of: The Story Of Sir Walter Raleigh by Margaret Duncan Kelly

Up Next: Hannibal by Jacob Abbott

SOSWR#1 (Chapter 1 to Chapter 5)

Part One:The Story Of Sir Walter Raleigh by Margaret Duncan Kelly

TMS#4 (Chapter 9 to Chapter 11)

Conclusion of: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

Next up: The Story Of Sir Walter Raleigh

Mark Twain - The Mysterious Stranger - TMS#3 (Chapter 7 to Chapter 8)

Jan 24, 2018

Part Three of: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

TMS#2 (Chapter 5 to Chapter 6)

Jan 17, 2018

Part Two of: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

TMS#1 (Chapter 1 to Chapter 4)

Jan 10, 2018 The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

PMCC#5 (Sec15 to Sec22)

Jan 3, 2018 Conclusion of: The Exploits, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge

Next up: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

PMCC#4 (Sec11 to Sec14)

Dec 27, 2017 The Exploits, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge

PMCC#3 (Sec8 to Sec10)

Dec 20, 2017 The Exploits, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge

PMCC#2 (Sec5 to Sec7)

Dec 13, 2017 The Exploits, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge

PMCC#1 (Preface to Sec4)

Dec 6, 2017 The Exploits, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge

TSOM#13 (Chapter 61 to Chapter 64)

Nov 29, 2017 Conclusion of Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

Next up: The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge

Program Guide to The Story Of Mankind

1 Setting of the Stage, Our Earliest Ancestors, Prehistoric Man, Hieroglyphics, Nile Valley, Story of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Sumerians

2 Moses, Phoenicians, Indo-Europeans, Aegean Sea, Greeks, Greek Cities, Greek Self-Government, Greek Life, Greek Theatre, Persian Wars

3 Athens vs. Sparta, Alexander the Great, Summary, Rome & Carthage, Rise of Rome, Roman Empire

4 Joshua of Nazareth, Fall of Rome, Rise of the Church, Mohammed, Charlemagne, Norsemen

5 Feudalism, Chivalry, Pope vs. Emperor, Crusades, Mediaeval City, Mediaeval Self-Government

6 Mediaeval World, Mediaeval Trade, Renaissance, Age of Expression

7 Great Discoveries, Buddha & Confucius, Reformation

8 Religious Warefare, English Revolution

9 Balance of Power, Rise of Russia, Russia vs. Sweden, Rise of Prussia, Mercantile System, American Revolution

10 French Revolution, Napoleon

11 Holy Alliance, Great Reaction, National Independence

12 Age of the Engine, Social Revolution, Emancipation, Age of Science

13 Art, Colonial Expansion & War, A New World, As It Ever Shall Be

TSOM#12 (Chapter 57 to Chapter 60)

Nov 22, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#11 (Chapter 54 to Chapter 56)

Nov 15, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#10 (Chapter 52 to Chapter 53)

Nov 8, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#9 (Chapter 46 to Chapter 51)

Nov 1, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#8 (Chapter 44 to Chapter 45)

Oct 26, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#7 (Chapter 41 to Chapter 43)

Oct 18, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#6 (Chapter 37 to Chapter 40)

Oct 11 , 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#5 (Chapter 31 to Chapter 36)

Oct 4, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#4 (Chapter 25 to Chapter 30)

Sep 27, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#3 (Chapter 19 to Chapter 24)

Sep 20, 2017 Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#2 (Chapter 9 to Chapter 18)

Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind

TSOM#1

Hendrik Van Loon’s 1922 Newberry Award Winning Book: The Story Of Mankind (Forward to Chapter 8)

Principal Program Perspective

Through the Long Night of Mankind’s Spiritual Infancy - Music is our Fire & Literature is the Wolf curled up beside it.