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It’s the battle of the sexes on The College Quiz Bowl, with women’s college Mt Holyoke vs. then-men’s college Colgate (Colgate went co-ed in 1970). How well do you know your famous men nicknamed “Fox,” Greek myths, and British poets? Then on Our Miss Brooks, Connie has to work hard to get her beau, Mr. Boynton, to ask her out for Valentine’s Day dinner. Listen here.

Let's start the new year with an episode of Information Please. It's 1939, and we're still in the middle of the Great Depression. Do you know your Gulliver’s Travels, love songs, and baseball pennant-winners? Then we’ll return to Wistful Vista for another visit with Fibber McGee and Molly. It’s a new year for them as well, and they’re planning to host a sleigh ride. Listen here.


We transition from Christmas to New Year’s in this episode. First Sherlock Holmes spends the season investigating the mystery of The Blue Carbuncle on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Who stole the valuable gem and how did it end up in a Christmas goose? This incarnation of the Great Detective stars two of the finest actors of the 20th Century: Sir John Gielgud as Holmes and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson. Then on The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, Phil is trying to help his pal Elliott with a New Year’s Eve party. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right? Listen here.

We start off the Christmas season with two comedies. First, on The Bob Hope Show, Bob visits Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead from the comic strip “Blondie” on Christmas Eve and then stumbles upon a haunted house. The Bing Crosby Show features Bing premiering “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and kidding around with his good friend Louis Armstrong. Listen here.


In celebration of Thanksgiving, we start off with the Pilgrims leaving England on You Are There. Various economic and religious refugees are about to set sail for New England aboard the Mayflower. Then on Fibber McGee and Molly, the couple are hard at work preparing all the fixings for the big day. Listen here.

I'm on the M*A*S*HCast podcast again

The M*A*S*HCast podcast, on the Fire and Water network, celebrates the greatest TV show of all time, M*A*S*H. Host Rob Kelly was kind enough to have me on to talk about season 1, episode 17, "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet." This is probably the best episode of season 1, and it's the one that really shows the promise of the show. You can listen here.

We start off with Groucho Marx hosting the funniest game show of all time, You Bet Your Life. A movie location scout talks about how parts of Los Angeles are more like Italy than Italy itself, and a married man with the last name of Bachelor stirs up laughs. Then on The Great Gildersleeve, it’s the middle of World War II, and Gildy is worried about saboteurs on the Home Front. Listen here.

We celebrate All Hallows Eve with a couple of Halloween-related episodes. First, on The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, the rotund P.I., famous for almost never leaving the comfort of his house, does so to obtain some orchids and ends up in a spooky old house high on a hill. Sydney Greenstreet stars. Then on The Jack Benny Show, Jack throws a Halloween party. His silk tights fail to remind anyone of Romeo. Meanwhile, Rochester’s efforts to spike the punch are continually thwarted. Listen here.



I'm on the M*A*S*HCast podcast

The M*A*S*HCast podcast, on the Fire and Water network, celebrates the greatest TV show of all time, M*A*S*H. Host Rob Kelly was kind enough to have me on to talk about season 1, episode 15, "Tuttle." Not only that, but I present my theory of the secret original of the nickname "Hot Lips." There's two post-credits scenes, so be sure to listen to the very end. You can listen here.

Orson Welles revived the character of Harry Lime (who dies at the end of the film The Third Man) in the radio series The Lives of Harry Lime. In the radio show, Harry is a ne’er do well con man, as opposed to a cold-blooded killer. In tonight’s episode, he’s conning some young lovelies with a fake painting. Then, Lucille Ball stars as Liz Cooper, the proto-Lucy Ricardo, on My Favorite Husband. In classic Liz / Lucy style, a simple request to some neighbors balloons into a classic fiasco. Listen here.