Episode #66 -- Coventry City Wins FA Cup Wednesday, May 16, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, Coventry City won the FA Cup in a 3-2 extra time match against Tottenham Hotspur.  I talk a little about that special day, and the story of how I became a soccer fan.

My favorite football teams all have websites too:  Portland Timbers, Fulham, and Cardiff City.

Today's episode music is from "Purple Flipflops," by DJ Topshelf.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #65 -- Square One TV Originally written and recorded for January 26, 2007.  Twenty years ago, "Square One TV" made its debut on PBS.  This show was intended to help grade school kids learn math, but many adults -- myself included -- found it very entertaining as well.

Among other fan sites on the Internet, one of the biggest is Square One TV.org.  There's a Livejournal community for Square One TV, also.

Today's episode music is from "6 Is Lucky," by Hayfield.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




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Episode #64 -- C-SPAN 2 Originally written and recorded for January 5, 2007.  Twenty years ago, C-SPAN 2 began broadcasting coverage of the United States Senate and other events on a 24/7 basis.  I take a look at some of the history of the C-SPAN channels, the reasons I like watching them, and a few interesting statistics about the channels and their viewers.

Today's episode music is from "The Edge of Illusion," by DJ Topshelf.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Sunday, May 13, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, Connecticut ratified a measure that would become the 27th Amendment to the Constitution.  I recount the fascinating history of this law, which was originally proposed over 200 years ago, and the strange turns of history around it before (and since) it became law.

Today's episode music is "Terraform," by Aged Machine.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #62 -- Hill Street Blues Saturday, May 12, 2007.  The final episode of "Hill Street Blues" went out over the NBC network twenty years ago today.  I talk about what made the show so groundbreaking, and some of my special memories of watching it.

Today's episode music is "Open Ended," by Jeff Shields.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.

After several months of painfully long hours on the day job coupled with minor illnesses that sapped my energy -- and my voice! -- this show marks the beginning of a new and much more regular run of shows.  Thanks to all of you who have stuck with me.  This is a great time to spread the word about the show, too!

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Episode #61 -- Candy Maldonado Friday, May 4, 2007.  Twenty years ago, Candy Maldonado of the San Francisco Giants achieved one of baseball's rarest feats -- hitting for the cycle.  I talk about the 1987 Giants and my own thoughts about baseball.

The Baseball Almanac website was a big help in preparing this episode.  Anything you might want to know about baseball history or statistics can very likely be found there.

Today's episode music was "The Wood Between the Worlds," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #60 -- California Condors For April 19, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, the last wild California condor -- designated AC9 -- was captured and placed in a captive breeding program.  I talk about the condors, the captive breeding program and its results over the past twenty years, and my own history of trying to help endangered animals.

The picture at the right is of AC9 himself, who was released back into the wild in 2002.  It was taken in 2005 by nature photographer Dave Wyman, and is used with his permission.

Today's episode music is "Taking You There," by Jeremiah Fleming.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




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Episode #59 -- Arch Oboler This episode was written and produced for March 19, 2007.  Twenty years ago from that day, radio storytelling great Arch Oboler died.  I talk about Oboler and his work -- including a pair of clips from his most famous program, Lights Out -- and talk about the differences in audiences -- and producers -- between the "golden age of radio" and today.

The picture of Arch Oboler to the right was painted by portrait artist Michael Bennett, and is used here with his permission.

Theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Sunday, April 1, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, a town in Illinois instituted a new system of "sin taxes."  I explain how the system worked and how it's changed over the years.

Today's episode was inspired by one of the stories on this webpage.

Today's episode music is "Butt Quake," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #57 -- The Bold & The Beautiful Friday, March 23, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, "The Bold and the Beautiful" premiered on CBS.  It's a soap opera that's still on the air today.  I talk about soaps in the 1980s and my brief excursions as a soap watcher, one of which was my introduction to a famous British soap, twenty years ago.

Today's episode music is from "Oh Manyo," by Father Rock.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.



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