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Welcome to Just Listen, a celebration of American and English short stories and poetry for your listening pleasure. High school students will happily find many of their literature book selections recorded here, and students with reading challenges will find a ready assist in the audio recordings.

Welcome to Just Listen, a celebration of American and English short stories and poetry for your listening pleasure. High school students will happily find many of their literature book selections recorded here, and students with reading challenges will find a ready assist in the audio recordings.

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United States

Description:

Welcome to Just Listen, a celebration of American and English short stories and poetry for your listening pleasure. High school students will happily find many of their literature book selections recorded here, and students with reading challenges will find a ready assist in the audio recordings.

Language:

English


Episodes

Just Listen Podcast: "Kerfol" by Edith Wharton

12/17/2021
Welcome back to our Christmas celebration of ghost stories by Edith Wharton. For the curious, alert, and not-too-easily frightened, we have several collections of Edith Wharton’s ghost stories here at the Nashville Public Library.

Duration:00:57:36

Just Listen Podcast: "Afterward," by Edith Wharton, Part II

12/10/2021
Happy Holiday greetings! We continue today with our celebration of ghost stories by Edith Wharton and the conclusion of “Afterward,” one of her most famous and loved ghost stories.

Duration:00:20:55

Just Listen Podcast: "Afterward," by Edith Wharton, Part I

12/6/2021
Gathering around a fire to share ghost stories was a beloved Christmas tradition in the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

Duration:00:54:28

Just Listen Podcast: "The Devoted Friend" by Oscar Wilde

11/28/2021
We are back with our old friend Oscar Wilde, who has several stories to hear here on Just Listen, with a didactic tale meant to be read to children called “The Devoted Friend.”

Duration:00:25:45

Just Listen Podcast: "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry

11/19/2021
We welcome again our friend O. Henry, master short story author, poet, and newsman.

Duration:00:21:08

Just Listen Podcast: "Araby" by James Joyce

11/17/2021
James Joyce was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement and is regarded as one of the most influential and important writers of the 20th century.

Duration:00:16:49

Just Listen Podcast: "Boule de Suif" by Guy de Maupassant, Part II

11/7/2021
In our last episode, a group of wartime travelers attempts to escape the Prussian-occupied city of Rouen. They includea prostitute named Boule de Suif and are being held hostage at an inn by a Prussian officer who refuses to let them leave the town of Totes, where they are marooned after a snowstorm.

Duration:00:37:43

Just Listen Podcast: "Boule de Suif" by Guy de Maupassant, Part I

11/4/2021
“Boule de Suif,” translated variously as "Dumpling," "Butterball," "Ball of Fat," "Tallow Ball," or "Ball of Lard," is a famous short story by the late 19th-century French writer Guy de Maupassant, first published in 1880.

Duration:00:58:45

Just Listen Podcast: The Storyteller

10/17/2021
Always one to point out the pretentions of the upper classes, Saki is also famous for usually giving us a wry twist to the endings of his stories.

Duration:00:13:45

Just Listen: Up the Slide

10/3/2021
With a youth full high jinks followed by travels through the Yukon and South Pacific, Jack London became during his lifetime one of the highest paid American writers. His stories are still loved all over the world.

Duration:00:16:37

Just Listen Podcast: The Finish of Patsy Barnes

9/19/2021
“The Finish of Patsy Barnes” tells the story of the titular character, a poor young African-American boy, who enters a horse race in order to earn the money he needs to pay for his sick mother's treatment.

Duration:00:17:46

Just Listen Podcast: The Catbird Seat

9/13/2021
"The Catbird Seat" is a 1942 short story by James Thurber. The story first appeared in The New Yorker on November 14, 1942. The story was also published in the 1945 anthology The Thurber Carnival.

Duration:00:25:09

Just Listen Podcast: Ashputtle

9/5/2021
“Ashputtle,” is one of large number of fairy and folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm – Jacob and Wilhelm. The brothers were Hessian academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers, and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century.

Duration:00:16:31

Just Listen Podcast: Two Friends

8/22/2021
“Two Friends,” by French short story maestro Guy de Maupassant, is a melancholic story about loyalty in which the characters Sauvage and Morissot share far more than a passion for fishing during wartime.

Duration:00:17:54

Just Listen Podcast: By the Waters of Babylon

8/1/2021
"By the Waters of Babylon" is a post-apocalyptic short story by American writer Stephen Vincent Benét, first published July 31, 1937, in The Saturday Evening Post as "The Place of the Gods."

Duration:00:35:36

Just Listen Podcast: The Dog That Bit People

7/25/2021
James Grover Thurber, born December 8, 1894, was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. He was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker and collected in his numerous books.

Duration:00:15:29

Just Listen Podcast: "The Other Woman" by Sherwood Anderson

6/28/2021
Sherwood Anderson was a very introspective and subjective writer, whose work was often loaded with personal experience.

Duration:00:21:18

Just Listen Podcast: "The Tapestried Chamber" by Sir Walter Scott

6/20/2021
“The Tapestried Chamber,” believed by many scholars to be the first “modern” ghost story, was first published in 1828.

Duration:00:37:45

Just Listen Podcast: Memoirs of Marie Antoinette by Mme. Campan

6/9/2021
The closing years of the French monarchy could scarcely have found a more faithful chronicler, or one better fitted for the task both by training and situation, than Madame Campan. Introduced into the Court of Louis XVas a young girl, she became one of the household of Marie Antoinette immediately after that princess came from Austria to wed the Dauphin, the King’s heir; and followed the fortunes of her royal mistress with unswerving devotion until the prison gates separated them.

Duration:00:26:19

Just Listen Podcast: "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"

6/4/2021
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" is a long poem written by American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) as an elegy to President Abraham Lincoln. It was written in the summer of 1865 during a period of profound national mourning in the aftermath of the President's assassination on April 14 earlier that year. Although Whitman did not consider the poem to be among his best works, it is compared in both effect and quality to several acclaimed works of English literature, including elegies...

Duration:00:17:38