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017. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories Pt. 1 – The Cat That Walked By Himself

Happy 2018! We are finally back from our winter hiatus, and what better way to start the year than to read some origin stories? From the author who brought us Jungle Book, here is one about how the Cat’s stubborn refusal to be domesticated set […]

Duration: 00:51:09

016. Christmas Special – A Burglar’s Christmas & The Gift of the Magi

It’s Christmas, kids, it’s Christmas! In this episode, we read two Christmas stories by Willa Cather and O. Henry and then listen to Dan tell interesting tales about the historical/mythological origins of different Christmas traditions. We also talk about strange and funny customs practiced in […]

Duration: 01:07:54

015. Louisa May Alcott Pt. 2 – The Brothers

When a feverish Rebel captain was admitted into Nurse Dane’s hospital, she was assigned to care for him with the assistance of a brooding, troubled contraband. Little did she know the history behind the two men, and the crucial role she must now play as […]

Duration: 01:06:35

014. Louisa May Alcott Pt. 1 – The Banner of Beaumanoir

In this episode, we read one of Louisa May Alcott’s lesser known stories and look into her turbulent childhood. Set in the time of the French Revolution, The Banner of Beaumanoir tells of the love and loyalty of a foster brother and sister through thick […]

Duration: 01:08:35

013. SFTR FLASH! – Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, by Oscar Wilde

A longer FLASH! episode, but hey, it’s Oscar Wilde, so who’s complaining? Lord Arthur Savile is about to marry the beautiful Sylvia Merton, love of his life. But their upcoming marriage is threatened when a palm-reader sees an ominous future etched into the lines of […]

Duration: 01:08:21

012. Kathleen Thompson Norris – Poor, Dear, Margaret Kirby

John and Margaret Kirby are a young, handsome, and wealthy couple, the envy even of New York’s elite. Underneath it all, however, is a struggling business and a failing marriage. When their world inevitably crumbles one evening, the couple’s tenacity is severely tested, and Margaret […]

Duration: 00:48:36

011. Edgar Allan Poe – The Angel of the Odd

How do freak accidents happen? And what are the odds of them happening? Perhaps they don’t happen by chance at all, and someone is in fact orchestrating them. Poe was a man of many faces. While he is largely known for his tales of horror, […]

Duration: 00:53:50

Ep. 010 — SFTR FLASH! – Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death & The Tell-Tale Heart

A plague, and a madman– that’s all we will say about this week’s stories. No Halloween is complete without some Poe! (May not be suitable for young children. Parental discretion advised.)

Duration: 00:28:58

Ep. 009 — Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House

From the author who brought you Dracula, here’s a short story that contains every element needed in a horror piece– a mysterious mansion, big rats and their blazing eyes, an eerie painting, and, for some of us, Mathematics. And if this isn’t scary enough for […]

Duration: 01:05:24

Ep. 008 — Willa Cather Pt. 2 – A Wagner Matinee

After thirty years of being in the Nebraskan frontier, Aunt Georgiana visits the city and attends the symphony with her nephew. In this episode, we read and discuss one of Willa Cather’s most powerful and moving short stories about the effect that music can have […]

Duration: 01:01:36

Ep. 007 — Willa Cather Pt. 1 – The Garden Lodge

Caroline Noble, a pianist married to a business tycoon, is known to her friends as being “paramountly cool-headed” and “disgustingly practical”. But after a month of hosting the world-famous tenor, Raymond d’Esquerre, her passion for music and love is awakened, and she is left to […]

Duration: 01:04:33

Ep. 006 — SFTR FLASH! – Laura, by Saki (H.H. Munro)

In this FLASH! episode, we read a quick, funny story about a prankster of a woman who continues to wreak havoc even after she dies. Perfect for a short drive.

Duration: 00:11:13

Ep. 005 — G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, Pt. 2 – The Queer Feet

In this locked-room mystery, our priestly sleuth encounters a theft at the exclusive Vernon Hotel. With only twelve guests and fifteen waiters, how did the thief escape notice? And what is to be made of the strange footsteps that Father Brown was hearing along the […]

Duration: 01:01:44

Ep. 004 — G.K . Chesterton’s Father Brown Pt. 1 – The Blue Cross

In 1910, with Sherlock Holmes still dominating the detective fiction genre, G.K. Chesterton chooses a very different type of protagonist to shake the literary world– a small, clumsy priest from Essex. Here, in the very first story of this famous series, we meet the unlikely […]

Duration: 01:03:58

Ep. 003 — Kate Chopin– Desiree’s Baby : A Matter of Prejudice

As a 19th century female author in Louisiana, Kate Chopin’s wit and blatant honesty about women and race were often considered taboo and unconventional. Here, we have two stories dealing with the racial and cultural prejudices during her time. We also discuss the events in […]

Duration: 00:47:57

Episode 002– O. Henry Pt. 2 – Transients in Arcadia : Mammon and the Archer

In part 2 of our debut, we are featuring two heartwarming stories about love by O. Henry. The first, about a romantic encounter between two mysterious guests in a luxurious and exclusive New York hotel, and the second about a wealthy tycoon’s son whose love […]

Duration: 00:44:47

Episode 001 — O Henry Pt. 1 – A Retrieved Reformation : The Cop and the Anthem

We are kicking off this podcast with the author who brought us “Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf”. Here are two comical stories– one about an ex-convict who tries to abandon his life of crime and stay out of prison, and the other […]

Duration: 00:46:25