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Real-life bandleader for The Jack Benny Show, Phil Harris, and his wife, Alice Faye, had their own sitcom radio show during the 1940s – 50s. Accompanied by his pal Frankie Remley (or is that Elliott Lewis? Listen and all will be explained.), Harris would stumble into problems surpassed only by the team of Flintstone and Rubble. This time around, it’s the infamous traffic in Los Angeles that will be the guys’ undoing. Then it’s time to see what you remember from school. On College Quiz Bowl we cover music, witches, and international capitals. Listen here.

On The Jack Benny Show, Jack has a terrible time trying to listen to the 1950 World Series. When he’s not being interrupted by visitors, his radio keeps jumping between a performance of “Bali Hai” and a boxing match from the 1920s. Then X Minus One adapts Ray Bradbury’s classic short story, “The Veldt.” How real is too real for the television of the future? Listen here.

"James and the Great Pumpkin (Carving Contest)" appears in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned issue 19. It's Halloween and Reggie and James are in New York to help out a friend with his Broadway musical, The Call of Cat's Hulu (or something like that). Magical and mysterious hijinks ensue. Read it plus four other Halloween tales for 2.99. Free on Kindle Unlimited. Paperback format also available.

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On You Bet Your Life a horsewoman and a fisherman come in for some good-natured ribbing, but they give as good as they get from the one, the only, Groucho Marx. And, as usual, a simple question like “How did you meet your spouse?” opens up a world of comedy. Then on Dragnet, there is no honor among thieves. When a jewel thief is caught, he’s quick to turn on his fellows once he learns that they’ve cheated him. Listen here.

Back in April, I was on Rob Kelly's Film and Water Podcast to talk about the 1937 classic film Lost Horizon, starring Ronald Colman and directed by Frank Capra. Now I'm back, as Rob and I discuss the 1973 musical remake. Spoilers: It's not as good, but we didn't hate it.

Radio quiz shows were all the rage during the 1940s and 1950s, from the comedy of You Bet Your Life to the erudition of Information Please. Tonight we present an episode of College Quiz Bowl, where the best and brightest of two colleges square off. Here it’s Brown and its affiliated women’s college, Pembroke, vs the University of Minnesota. For a transcribed program, this show is brimming with spontaneity. Then, on an early episode of The Great Gildersleeve, our hero is dragooned into investigating the City Jail . . . from the point of view of a prisoner. Listen here.

Vic and Sade is the driest of domestic comedies. We present two 15-minute visits to “the small house half-way up on the next block.” First, the son of the house, young Rush, has plans to single-handedly tear down a brick building – purely for the honor. Then Rush recruits his father to teach his high school principle, Mr. Chinbunny, the manly art of cigar smoking. The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe are based on the classic characters created by Rex Stout and star the magnificently-voiced (and appropriately-girthed) Sydney Greenstreet as New York’s brilliant, but lazy, private investigator. Wolfe leaves the legwork to his assistant, Archie Goodwin – a man about town who really gets around. Check it out here.

"Master and Commander with Monsters" is how I describe my latest story in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned issue 18. The full title is "A Personal Account of the Battle of the Eurydice and the Sceptre." It's a Napoleonic Wars sea-adventure where the French have an added advantage.... Read it plus three other tales for 99 cents. Free on Kindle Unlimited. Paperback format also available.

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Sports, poetry, music, and military campaigns are all topics for clever questions and clever answers on Information Please. Then we present the first episode of a little-known but hilarious (and surprisingly timeless) radio comedy, The Magnificent Montague. Starring writer and actor Monty Woolley (you may know him as the star of The Man Who Came to Dinner), Woolley plays a former Broadway star forced to take a role on a cheesy afternoon radio melodrama. The character of Edwin Montague is the precursor to Frasier Crane ands Charles Emerson Winchester III -- loveable in his pomposity. Check it out here.

Greek restaurateurs have their say on this episode of Presenting the Transcription Feature. We start off with a fictional one, the lovable Parky of Meet Me at Parky’s. A famous food critic is coming to his restaurant, and Parky is desperate for a good write-up. So desperate that he looks for help from con-man Orville Sharpe, the only person of Parky’s acquaintance with more of a talent for malapropisms than he. Then, on You Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx welcomes an actual Greek restaurateur. Other contestants include a Las Vegas masseur and a real-life “Rosie the Riveter.” Check it out here.