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Hintertales: Stories from the Margins of History
28 minutes | May 28, 2021
Blessed are the Peacemakers: The Story of Gordon Wilson
Gordon Wilson had every right to hate the terrorists who killed his youngest daughter at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Northern Ireland. Instead he prayed for them and campaigned tirelessly for peace.
26 minutes | May 13, 2021
Anne Sullivan Part 2: Companions for Life
The child of illiterate immigrant parents and a resident of the Tewksbury Almshouse, at age 14 Anne Sullivan couldn't even read or write her own name. By the time she died, she was one of the most respected teachers in the world.
26 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Anne Sullivan: Life Before Helen
Without the devotion and sacrifice of Anne Sullivan, there would be no Helen Keller as the world knew her. But though Anne chose to live in the shadow of her famous student, her own life story was as extraordinary as Helen's - at least that's what Helen herself believed.
23 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
The Curious Case of Sarah Emma Edmonds
Historians estimate that hundreds of women secretly enlisted on both sides of the American Civil War - most remaining undiscovered until they were wounded, captured, or killed. This Canadian woman had her own reasons for joining the Union Army.
21 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Beauty for Ashes: The Musicians of Sarajevo
During a season of violence and terror in Sarajevo, a handful of brave musicians responded to brutality with beauty, risking their lives to feed the spirits of their fellow citizens.
23 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Maurice and Maralyn Bailey were an ordinary couple with a big dream: to sail from their home in England to a new life in New Zealand. Everything was going smoothly - until disaster struck 6 days out of Panama.
23 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Trouble on Triple Island
It would be difficult to imagine a bleaker place than Triple Island: three jagged rocks jutting up from the sea, 26 miles from Prince Rupert off the north coast of British Columbia. And yet that's where Tom Moran accepted a post as lightkeeper in October 1929 - along with his wife Sophie and their 2 month-old son. Conditions in the claustrophobic lightstation were challenging at the best of times, but when disaster struck, things really went sideways. This episode is dedicated to the brave lightkeepers around the world who risk their lives to keep others safe.
13 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
He Was the Ears; She Was the Eyes
Robert and Lillian Booth had a special relationship - one that inspired an entire community. Robert was blind as the result of a childhood injury, and Lillian had impaired hearing as the result of whooping cough, but as a team they were able to keep the pianos of central Vancouver Island in tune for almost half a century. Their legacy lives on, thanks to the efforts of their proud daughter.
23 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
On paper Dr. Howard Liebgold had an exceptionally successful life, but secretly he struggled with fears that nearly cost him everything. He was on the brink of suicide, when a "chance" story on the 10 o'clock news gave him reason to hope there might be another way.I first discovered Dr. Liebgold's dramatic story in his book "Freedom from Fear: Overcoming Anxiety, Phobias and Panic. Dr. Liebgold is credited with directly helping more than 10,000 people overcome their own crippling phobias. While I never met Dr. Liebgold in person, I count myself in that number.
25 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Belinda Mulrooney: Klondike Queen
23 year-old Belinda Mulrooney arrived in the Klondike with just 25 cents to her name. She threw her quarter into the Yukon River - it wouldn't buy anything in Dawson - and vowed to start clean. Within a month she was building her first hotel.
25 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Anna DeGraf: A Klondike Quest
Anna was 53, a widow recovering from multiple tragedies, when her 23 year-old son went missing in 1892. Not even a badly broken leg could stop her from packing her sewing machine and heading north when she learned that he might be in Alaska. The adventures that followed would have brought many men to their knees, but Anna was an unstoppable force.
14 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
American B-24 bomber pilot Lieutenant Clair Cline was shot down over occupied Holland in February 1944. Half a year into his internment, he found himself struggling with despair, praying for something constructive to do. But the answer that came to him seemed preposterous. Make a violin? Cline didn't have the skills, the materials, or the tools. He was an inmate of a prison camp!I first encountered a passing reference to this story in "The Violin Maker: Finding a Centuries-Old Tradition in a Brooklyn Workshop" by John Marchese. I found a few more details in various places on the internet, and then hit pay dirt with a first hand account from Cline himself in a Guidepost Magazine article from January 1997, titled "The Prison Camp Violin."Special thanks to Betania Hernandez who provided the violin recording of "Silent Night."Show music by Zapsplat.com.
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