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Stories for the Road
68 minutes | Dec 23, 2018
(Rebroadcast) Christmas Special – A Burglar’s Christmas : The Gift of the Magi
Merry Christmas everyone! Here’s a rebroadcast of our Christmas Special from last year where we read a couple of timeless classics by Willa Cather and O. Henry, and talk about the myths and origins behind our Christmas traditions.
45 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
L. Frank Baum – A Kidnapped Santa Claus
L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, loved Christmas. His short story A Kidnapped Santa Claus is a wonderfully innocent yet clever children’s tale exploring contentment and repentance, while exploring some familiar characters and adding some new ones. We also talk about Baum’s life and discuss a bunch of trivia surrounding Oz, including our failure at conjuring up the Dark Side of Oz. A family friendly episode with something for everybody. Happy Holidays from your friends at Stories for the Road! Resources for this episode: Frank Baum, The Man Behind the Curtain, by Chloe Schama (smithsonian.com) 15 Wonderful Things You Might Not Know About L. Frank Baum, by Valerie Debenedette (mentalfloss.com)
44 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
SFTR FLASH! – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Christmas goose, a jewel theft, and London’s favorite detective. That’s all we need to say about this one.
61 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
The Triumph of the Egg, by Sherwood Anderson
A popular high school selection, The Triumph of the Egg tells the story of a family in pursuit of the American dream. What will it cost them? And will they succeed? Join Dan and Ning as they read and analyze this masterpiece by Sherwood Anderson.
55 minutes | Oct 29, 2018
H.P. Lovecraft – The Outsider : The Cats of Ulthar
Truly a master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic stories never cease to thrill and amaze readers to this day. Meet the bizarre personality behind Cthulhu and listen to the stories from his life which we find just as fascinating. *Parental discretion advised. Ning’s sources: At the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death, and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft by W. Scott Poole Howard Philips Lovecraft: The Life of a Gentleman of Providence by S.T. Joshi Life From Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: H.P. Lovecraft, missedinhistory.com
53 minutes | Oct 22, 2018
Algernon Blackwood – The Wood of the Dead
An author described by H.P. Lovecraft as “the absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere”, Blackwood’s tales of the supernatural have influenced many horror writers after him. In this episode, we read a story where nature acts as a portal to the next dimension and discuss Blackwood’s own animistic and occultist beliefs.
26 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
SFTR FLASH! – Mark Twain’s Punch, Brothers, Punch & A Ghost Story
Two light-hearted tales by Mark Twain– One about an infectious jingle that drives men to the end of their wits, and another about a haunting which Twain wrote as a satirical response to a fraudulent exhibit of the Cardiff Giant in New York.
33 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
Saki (H.H. Munro) – The Byzantine Omelette : The Schartz-Metterklume Method
Alright everyone, SFTR is officially on the road and temporarily nomadic, so we apologize for the audio quality in this episode. (In fact, if one listens carefully, one might even hear a truck backing up at the very end.) However, this will not take away from the hilarity of Saki’s short stories. With a wit similar to Oscar Wilde and P.G Wodehouse, Saki fills his readers with the delight of poking fun at the hypocrisy and stiffness of the upper-class. Join us on the road today and get a taste of this short-lived but charming and rebellious author. Recommended reading: Beasts and Super Beasts by Saki The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki
50 minutes | Jul 1, 2018
Hans Christian Andersen Pt. 2 – The Shadow
Identity crisis, unrequited love, loneliness– the themes in this Andersen’s adult fairy tale parallel his own struggles. Join us as we get deeper and darker into this beloved children author’s life! *May not be suitable for young kids. Parents’ discretion strongly advised. Recommended reading: Hans Christian Andersen: The Life of a Storyteller by Jackie Wullschlager (main resource) The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen & Maria Tatar
69 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
Hans Christian Andersen Pt. 1 – The Traveling Companion
Aaaaand we’re back! Starting our new season is a dark fairy tale about a traveler and his mysterious companion who turns out to be one hack of a wingman. Magic, mystery, friendship, a beautiful and cruel princess… truly, Andersen does not disappoint. And of course, we accompany this story with a look into his strange childhood and the first half of the road he took to become the legendary children’s author we know today. Recommended reading: The Life of a Story Teller by Jackie Wullschlager (Main Resource) The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen/Maria Tatar
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