NEW YEARS DAY SPECIAL. - The Man With the Twisted Lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One night in June, 1889, Doctor Watson is called away from his home on a strange errand of mercy, which takes him to a sinister opium den located near the docks in London's East End. Where, to his astonishment, he finds disguised as an aged drug addict none other than Sherlock Holmes! Who promtly asks his old friend to accompany him on one of the most baffling cases he has ever come across. This story was among Conan Doyles's first 12 mystery short stories to appear in the Strand Magazine in 1889, and the1890 collection, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Walt Curtis from KBOO's The Talking Earth, reads this excerpt from Jack London's book The Road. In which, London talks about hobo lore, living outside of society, and his own experiences as a hobo at the end of the 19th Century.
Back in April of 2009, we had also decided to dedicate this storyto the memory and musicofsingerand poet Utah Phillips, by using a few of his ballads about railroads and hobos, as dramatic counterpoint to this story about railroads and hobos by Jack London. "One of the few American writers who really knew how to write" - H. L. Menckin
Irishman Peter Blood and his crew of escaped slaves and political prisoners have taken their captured Spainish Galleon to the free port of Tortuga to elude both the Spainish and British Navies. But their ship is undermaned, and they soon realise that she is prised by other bigger and more ruthless pirate crews. Especially that commanded the notorius Captain Easterling. So, Captain Blood and his men set sail one night, hoping to make a Dutch port where they can resupply for a crossing back to Europe. But Captain Easterling and his bloodthursty crew of pirates are in hot pursuit.
Last June, Pokey Lafarge and the South City 3 performed live in our studios on the first day of Summer. Since then they have continued touring the country and ended up appearing on stage at this year's Newport Folk Festival. (Their performance can be heard at the NPR music website) From Newport they flew to England for a tour of the United Kingdom and a stopover in Denmark to perform at the Tonder Festival.
But before they took off, Fortunato was able to get Pokey on the telephone for a quick interview. Asking about the folk festival, his love for early 20th century jazz, blues and country music, and how he got interested in performing.
For Halloween, we present a short story about a young man who is captivated by the errie descriptions of abandoned houses and factories which he hears on the strange recordings of an unknown performance artist. Fortunato is joined by Van Dyke Brown and Ruby Red in presenting this tale by one of the modern masters of horror fiction Thomas Laggotti.
We present 'How a Cat Played Robinson Crusoe', by Charles G.D. Roberts. Accidentally stranded on an off shore, barrier island, a cat must use all her hunting skills and feline cunning to survive the coming winter. But her situation worses as first a large storm brings an invasion of rats. And, as winter snows cover the island, owls from the mainland make nightly hunting sorties. Read by Rose Noir
Last June 21st Pokey La Farge and the South City Three came to the studio and played for our listeners. After this Pokey and the lads went on to play at the Newport Folk Festival and to Denmark to perform at the Tonner Festival. And just this week their album Riverboat Soul has been nomminated for two Independent Music Awards! For Best Americana Album and Best Americana Song, 'Claude Jones' written by Pokey La Farge & Adam Hoskins. They are scheduled to appear at this year's Pickathon, but you can hear them now.
A 3D Radio adaptation of Moving Pictures byGar Anthony Haywood. Danny Floyd and Farrel Johns team up to break into the big time Hollywood screenwriting game. Unfortunatly, the only way they are able to get any attention from the Hollywood press is to commit murder! This 3D Radio Production features Woody Creek, Captain Redgoat MacHaggus, Eddie Gold, Fortunato, Tommy Hollywood, and Blue Mallard. Program contains Adult Language that is not suitable for young listerners!