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It’s October, and, in honor of the World Series, this month I’ll be bringing you a couple of baseball-themed episodes. First up is a CBS Radio Workshop adaptation of James Thurber’s “You Could Look It Up.” Here, a baseball team’s manager tries an extreme tactic involving the strike zone in an effort to win a crucial game. Then, on Dragnet, Friday goes undercover to bust a drug ring. Check it out here.

For anyone interested in reading Thurber's short story, it's available on the Saturday Evening Post's archives.


This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, George Burns and Gracie Allen start things off. George has inherited money that must be used for his college education. So, at the age of 50, he’s attending college and none too happy about it. To get him to stay, Gracie asks George’s pal Jack Benny to enroll as well. Then Rex Stout’s famously fat (and famously brilliant) private investigator Nero Wolfe gets involved with a stolen Shakespeare First Folio. What is a copy of it doing hidden in a volume of Spinoza that a cabby bought for 25 cents?

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On Temple of Bad: "A Talking Cat!?!"

Everybody like a cute, talking kitty, right?

Well, this isn't the one voiced by Lorenzo Music nor Bill Murray. It's the pointless one about a cat who thinks he's part Ferris Bueller and part zen master. He's Duffy, the talking cat. Shot entirely in a couple of backyards and houses in the Hollywood Hills. Eat your heart out, Joss Whedon.

Yep, that's Jodie from A Family Affair.

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On celebrity phone hacking

Calvin and Hobbes
I'm fairly certain that the celebrity phone hacking was made possible by half the people in North America all changing their passwords to "IAmGroot123" last month.
On the latest episode of Presenting the Transcription Feature you meet the strange being who knows many things, for he walks by night and knows many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women: The Whistler. This anthology suspense show “starred” a narrator / Greek chorus, who sometimes mocked, and sometimes encouraged, the criminals in the tales he told. Then it’s time to see if you have the proper education to survive life in the 1940s with Information Please. This episode of the venerable quiz show seems to have a few more political questions than usual—probably because the U.S. was just months away from joining the Allied forces in World War II. Click here to listen.

Facebook on the Death Star II

Watching Return on the Jedi last night and I found myself distracted by something in the Emperor's Tower:Facebook-Final
This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, in memory of Groucho Marx, who died 37 years ago this August, we present a special episode of his comedy quiz show, You Bet Your Life. The show was recorded live over the course of an hour and then cut down to 25 minutes for broadcast. This is the hour-long, unedited audio for one show from 1955. Along with half an hour of material that never aired, there’s a retake at the end when something goes wrong. If this podcast is as close as you’ll get to listening to Old Time Radio on the air, then this episode is as close as you’ll get to being in the audience for a show as it was recorded. Click here to listen.

We start off this installment of Presenting the Transcription Feature with The Abbott and Costello Show. It’s time for Lou to pay his income taxes, and he finds himself up to his ears in financial advice. When he learns that he won’t have to pay anything if he doesn’t earn any more income for a week, he’s suddenly awash in unwanted money. Then, on Have Gun -- Will Travel, the tables get turned when Paladin is hauled in by a bounty hunter. Click here to listen.