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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.

Candy Matson was one of the few solo female private eyes of radio’s Golden Age. Based in San Francisco, she may look like a pinup and have the most sultry voice on the airwaves, but she’s smart, tough, and fast-talking. In this episode a Hollywood movie company is filming near her apartment, and it’s not long before a corpse turns up. Then it’s time to visit Duffy’s Tavern. It may not be the place where everybody knows your name, but close enough. Manager / bartender Archie falls for a get-rich-quick scheme to patent electricity. It’s a little-known fact (so to speak) that Benjamin Franklin meant to, but accidentally patented the kite instead. Listen here.

On X Minus One, a man continually wakes up from dreams of an explosion to find that every day is June 15th. But this is no wacky Groundhog Day; it’s a tense drama in which he slowly learns that the things around him are copies and he’s being watched. Based on the classic short story by Frederik Pohl, get ready to explore “The Tunnel Under the World.” Then on The Bob Hope Show, Bob broadcasts from a Marine base in Barstow, California. Along with joking about military habits, Bob tries to get glamorous movie star Claudette Colbert to hire him as the leading man in her next picture. Listen here.

The Romance of the Ranchos was one of the more unusual series to be broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio. Each episode traced the history of a certain district of Southern California, from the Days of the Ranchos – when everything was still owned by Spain and Mexico in the 1700s – up to then-contemporary times, the 1940s. Tonight, the vignettes center on Newhall, Saugus, and Santa Clarita. Then, on The Jack Benny Show, the gang tells their own version of Old California, complete with rancho, Jack as a wealthy Mexican land-owner, and Don Wilson as 500 head of cattle. Listen here.

My latest short story: "Yard Work"

"Chronicles of A Future Foretold" is going to be an art exhibit in Chicago next week, curated by writer and editor Samuel Peralta. The art will be loosely themed on The Future. The art will also appear in a special issue of Poets / Artists magazine, along with some poetry and my short story "Yard Work," which envisions a six-months-in-the-future Los Angeles experiencing The Great Drought. The magazine/catalog of the exhibit, which includes my story, can be purchased on paper or in ebook 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.” Young Rush wants to host a party that will make you swallow your shoes (so to speak) and Sade gets the guys to move two tons of coal from a neighbor’s cellar to theirs. Then, on the dramatic anthology show Family Theater, the cast of a radio crime drama are moving to television as part of a summer replacement experiment. Listen here.

Monty Woolley, the actor, writer, radio and movie star, is probably best known as the star of The Man Who Came to Dinner. But he also headlined his own radio comedy, The Magnificent Montague. He played Edwin Montague, once the leading light of the legitimate theatre, now reduced to acting in a radio melodrama. In these two episodes Montague goes to Hollywood. He’s supposed to star in a film version of Macbeth, but neither Tinseltown nor he are ready for each other. If you like Frasier, you'll like TMM.
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Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ran 15 minutes a day, five days a week. The tales of the freelance insurance investigator, who had an action-packed expense account, were full of action, cleverness, and style. In this binge-listen of a full week’s adventure, Dollar is hired to protect a very special laird, one with four legs and a tail. Listen here.

Eve Arden returns, or perhaps premiers, in Our Miss Brooks, as we present the very first episode of that comedy classic. There’s a new principal, and Miss Brooks just can’t stop bumping into him. Then on Gunsmoke, Marshal Matt Dillon tries to help a family from being unfairly run off their land. Listen here.

This month marks the 124th birthday of radio legend Fred Allen. Though best known for his “feuds” with fellow comedian Jack Benny, Allen had a long and prolific career. We present tonight a classic episode of The Fred Allen Show. First, Fred takes us on a walk down Allen’s Alley to meet the colorful characters who live there, then Frank Sinatra drops by songs and laughs. Then, on Information Please, Fred starts out as a contestant and ends up as host. Listen here.

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