In which Olaf is given life lessons and Vinland is spotted at last. Words I had to look up to find out how to pronounce: Quiescent (related to acquiesce, which I didn't realize until later!)
- Length: 40:54
- Published: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:16 -0600
The Norsemen in the West 4R. M. Ballantyne
Our friendly neighborhood Vikings set sail for Vinland and a whale tries to make friends with their ship.
- Length: 24:58
- Published: Sun, 22 May 2016 17:46:15 -0600
The Norsemen in the WestR. M. Ballantyne
In which harmless battle is done to the Skraelingers and ancient romance drama takes itself far less seriously than modern romance drama.
- Length: 33:03
- Published: Sat, 14 May 2016 08:11:07 -0600
The Norsemen in the WestR. M. Ballantyne
I'm back! With VIKINGS! This is some sort of story about how the Norse discovered and attempted to settle in Vinland (North America). This episode marks the first time I use my new microphone. No more 10 dollar mic!
- Length: 38:10
- Published: Sun, 01 May 2016 14:54:31 -0600
The Norsemen in the WestR. M. Ballantyne
Merry Valentine's day, here are some poems and tangents about love from a few centuries ago! Do you know where lovelorn sighs come from? Lorenzo does! When your heart is all aflutter, it heats up the air in your lungs and the air comes rushing out in a big, wistful sigh as you gaze soulfully at the one who houses your heart (which popped out of your ribcage and through your eyes into the eyes of your love when your gazes met). Nothing to do with oxygen at all!
- Length: 52:44
- Published: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:53:36 -0700
The Autobiography of Lorenzo de' Medici (A Commentary On My Sonnets)by Lorenzo de' Medici, translated by James Wyatt Cook
The last time I'm reading this book. I'm back and I'm ready to read more interesting things! (I also forgot his middle initial is R and called it B, a thousand apologies, etc, etc.) Join me on Valentine's day for some love poetry and analysis of aforementioned poetry by Lorenzo de' Medici!
- Length: 31:54
- Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:58:09 -0700
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 7by Henry R. Schoolcraft
In which Schoolcraft is slowly driven mad by cabin fever in Sault Ste. Marie during the winter, and I mangle lots of Ojibwe words along with a few French words. I just learned after finishing this podcast that I'm mispronouncing Sault! It should be 'soo', not 'salt'. Yes, I'm bad at words I've never heard said before. Count on me learning some basic Ojibwe before the next podcast so I can at least know how wrong I am when I try to read parts of this book.
- Length: 1:15:46
- Published: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:13:15 -0700
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 6by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Continuing on! (Updates to remain intermittent.)
- Length: 52:39
- Published: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:35:40 -0700
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 5by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The murder of Strong Sky and Schoolcraft's beginning forays into learning the Chippewa language and culture. I also mispronounce everything, including some standard English words!
- Length: 23:23
- Published: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:54:46 -0700
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 4by Henry R. Schoolcraft
We begin to learn more about the Ojibwe tribe through the eyes of Schoolcraft.
- Length: 30:55
- Published: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:13:41 -0700
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 3by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Halloween special! A lot happened today to me so it's up a day later than planned. Enter the mysterious vampyre! Only a few chapters will be read of this story. Enjoy the taste of a classic penny dreadful!
- Length: 1:35:43
- Published: Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:57:14 -0600
Halloween Special - Varney the Vampireby James Malcolm Rymer (maybe)
Mr. Schoolcraft is unfairly criticized by some petty individuals who hide behind a false name regarding some narrative he published. A man is murdered by a sociopathic Indian. Mr. Schoolcraft is relocated up north as a representative among the Indian tribes. Various former presidents are absolutely riveted by fossils well before paleontology was a proper field. I skip a lot of boring stuff. Hooray, historical literature!
- Length: 59:10
- Published: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:37:55 -0600
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 2by Henry R. Schoolcraft
In which a geologist explores the Mississippi river on a barge, gets lost in the wilderness, and meets the man who founded the city of Austin, Texas. We also have a guy in 1818 talking about old school gentlemen. Old school is not a new term! Who knew?
- Length: 58:57
- Published: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:41:46 -0600
Personal Memoirs of Henry Schoolcraft 1by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The Soft-hearted Sioux and other tales from the Dakota-Sioux, as well as a short examination of how the US treated Native American tribes historically. Parents listening should review content beforehand and plan how to address any potential questions a child may have listening to these stories, as the themes are quite serious.
- Length: 1:34:03
- Published: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 18:11:21 -0600
American Indian Stories 4by Zitkala-Sa
A little red bird finds her mother again.
- Length: 28:23
- Published: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:07:47 -0600
American Indian Stories 3by Zitkala-Sa
In which a little red bird goes east to boarding school.
- Length: 43:59
- Published: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:28:09 -0600
American Indian Stories 2by Zitkala-Sa
In which a little red bird chases her shadow and finds river ice hidden in the centers of marbles.
- Length: 39:37
- Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:22:52 -0600
American Indian Stories 1by Zitkala-Sa
In which the noble house of Bastable finally restores its fallen fortunes and we learn of the importance of kindness and generosity. Join me next week for a new story!
- Length: 39:06
- Published: Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:43:09 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 15 and 16by E. Nesbit
In which we discover the difference between a robber and a burglar, and a high priestess uses her sacred powers to divine the location of real treasure. Fun words for this episode: "ouches", "carcanet", "antimacassar", and "noyau". You should already know "portmanteau" from Sherlock Holmes. :)
- Length: 51:07
- Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:37:28 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 13 and 14by E. Nesbit
In which the Bastables try to find a cure for the common cold. Public Service Announcement: Don't try to feed your brother turpentine! It won't cure him!
- Length: 30:23
- Published: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:52:23 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 12by E. Nesbit
In which an old man is at last saved from deadly peril and the Bastables discover the terrible wonders of a good, nutty bouquet that is an excellent value for its price, although they also discover sherry only tastes good if you add sugar to it. If you are listening with your child, it may be important to discuss the grieving process and why the adults in chapter 11 react the way they do to learning about the Bastables' mother, because from a child's perspective, adult sympathy is a mystery. Like any good book, this one contains a kernel of truth...only I suspect it's a much bigger kernel than is included in most fantasy stories today. Join me next week for more kernels and more shenanigans!
- Length: 1:01:59
- Published: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:39:13 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 9 10 and 11by E. Nesbit
In which the Bastables write a newspaper and I speak French very poorly. If neighborhood children produced this newspaper, you would definitely purchase a copy because it's really something.
- Length: 27:07
- Published: Sat, 08 Aug 2015 22:42:57 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 8by E. Nesbit
In which poems are published and white witch bears meet and marry REAL PRINCESSES. Oh, and Albert-next-door is utterly ungrateful. Good words to look up: "impenitent", "draughty", "guinea", "sovereign", "bob" (slang for money), and "brigand". Join me again next week for more treasure-seeking!
- Length: 47:23
- Published: Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:52:59 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 5 6 and 7by E. Nesbit
In which Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book plays a significant part and the siblings must put off answering that very dodgy newspaper advertisement, much to their sorrow. I am taking a brief break due to some personal issues next week. Do not fear, I will pick up on the Treasureseekers and Liberary again soon!
- Length: 14:15
- Published: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:25:05 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 4by E. Nesbit
In which we learn of the Bastables and their plight with money, only not in that boring way where you don't know what happens because the author is being dramatic, and the pertinent information isn't put in the preface which everyone ignores when they read because what else are prefaces for, really. Join me next week for some jolly good treasure seeking!
- Length: 50:17
- Published: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:55:14 -0600
The Story of the Treasure Seekers 1 2 and 3by E. Nesbit
Short story time! Next week: The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
- Length: 1:05:17
- Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:58:57 -0600
Short Story: The Snow Queenby Hans Christian Anderson
In which someone is put on trial, several someones are poisoned, and there is much snout-bending and flip-flapping of hat-topperers, which is quite illegal if people in said top-hats are not engaged in puddin'-stealing at the time. Join me next week for a random short story that I haven't picked out just yet! Aren't surprises the best?
- Length: 37:53
- Published: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:06:04 -0600
The Magic Pudding 4by Norman Lindsay
In which the puddin' thieves are tricksier than ever! Next week, someone goes to trial over puddin' thievery...but what? How could it be? What will become of poor Albert? What's a puddin' to do?
- Length: 31:00
- Published: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:24:52 -0600
The Magic Pudding 3by Norman Lindsay
Those puddin' thieves are at it again, and sneakier than ever this time! Bunyip Bluegum is a wealth of vocabulary this episode. Interesting words of note are: "exigencies", "verisimilitude", "skite" (Aussie slang for 'braggart'), "nincompoop", "poltroon". Join me next week for more puddin-ventures!
- Length: 32:19
- Published: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 23:37:53 -0600
The Magic Pudding 2by Norman Lindsay
In which we meet Bunyip Bluegum and his new friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff! We also learn of a chef named Curry and Rice, and that penguins do flipper-stands on the snouts of walruses. Join me next week for the second slice of this story!
- Length: 29:19
- Published: Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:10:14 -0600
The Magic Pudding 1by Norman Lindsay
In which we learn all the details as A Study In Scarlet draws to a close. This episode's list of vocabulary: 'jocosely', 'ejaculated', 'ascertain', 'brougham', 'alkaloid'. Join me next week for my next selection, The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay!
- Length: 1:02:19
- Published: Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:44 -0600
A Study In Scarlet 12 13 and 14by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In which we learn more about the plight of John and Lucy Ferrier, and what Jefferson Hope has decided to do about it. At the end I also discuss (read: babble about) some of the nuances of Doyle's representation of Mormons, Jefferson Hope, and Native Americans. Today's list of interesting words includes the following: "expostulation", "Gentile", "electro-telegraphs" (also semaphore telegraphs - by the way, despite my joke about people waving flags at each other from the tops of hills, these actually looked more like giant specialized windmills), "Washoe", "shingly", and "despotism".
- Length: 41:05
- Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 00:17:50 -0600
A Study In Scarlet 10 and 11by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In which we are introduced to John and Lucy Ferrier, as well as a young Jefferson Hope. I also discuss the representation of Mormon settlers in the beginning. This episode's list of interesting vocabulary: 'genius' (not the meaning you were expecting!), 'penitently', 'diffidently', 'visage', 'indefatigable' (which I evidently cannot pronounce), 'bullocks', 'demurely', and 'halcyon days'. Join me next week to learn more of Hope's back story!
- Length: 44:55
- Published: Sat, 16 May 2015 00:20:19 -0600
A Study In Scarlet 8 and 9by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In which our stalwart Scotland Yarders discover there is more to this case than meets their eyes, and Sherlock Holmes enjoys normal activities like going to violin concerts. I also prove to be terrible yet again at accents from other countries. This episode's interesting vocabulary includes the following: "outre'" "sententiously", "portmanteau", "instante mense", "paroxysm", "antecedents", "cudgel", "draught", "conjecture", and "supposition". Join me next week to travel briefly to the land of the saints and see what all these darn Americans have been up to!
- Length: 55:27
- Published: Sat, 09 May 2015 00:01:24 -0600
A Study In Scarlet 5 6 and 7by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In which Watson and Holmes discover that murder is afoot in London and I prove to be a miserable failure at any type of accent from the United Kingdom. This episode's list of interesting words include the following: "hansom", "in statu quo", "disquisition", "minatory", "prognathous", "simious", "florid", and "Parthian shot". Join me next week for chapters 5 and 6, when we finally see some action and Tobias Gregson gets a glorious half chapter all to himself until Lestrade shows up.
- Length: 42:30
- Published: Sat, 02 May 2015 00:06:54 -0600
A Study In Scarlet 3 and 4by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In which Dr. John Watson meets Mr. Sherlock Holmes and discovers The Most Interesting Flatmate In The World. This episode's list of interesting words include the following: 'desultory', 'ineffable', 'row' (which I mispronounced), 'Mendelssohn's Lieder' (also mispronounced, probably), 'piquant', 'querulously', 'chimerical', and 'commissionaire'. Join me next week for chapters 3 and 4, when we finally get to the real mystery!
- Length: 39:37
- Published: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:20:43 -0600
A Study In Scarlet 1 and 2by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
An introductory episode explaining the purpose of the podcast and what to expect.
- Length: 1:17
- Published: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:22:54 -0600
Liberary: An IntroductionWhat is this podcast about, anyway?