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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Episode #56 -- Jim Bakker Thursday, March 22, 2007.  Twenty years ago this week, TV preacher Jim Bakker left his PTL ministry in disgrace amid allegations of both sexual and financial misconduct.  I talk about how Bakker and his then wife, Tammy Faye (pictured at the left) in some ways epitomized the culture of excess that permeated the 1980s.  I also share some personal thoughts about TV preachers.

Today's episode music is from "Celestial Voices," by Commander Yo.  Theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #55 -- John D. MacDonald Another "lost episode," this one written and recorded for December 28, 2006.  Twenty years ago, author John D. MacDonald (pictured at the right) died.  He wrote hundreds of novels and short stories in just about every genre, but was best known for a series of mystery-thrillers featuring beach bum/detective Travis McGee.  I talk about MacDonald and his career, as well as offer a confession about when I really started reading the Travis McGee books.

Today's episode music is "8 Track SupaStar," by KCentric.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.



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Tuesday, March 13, 2007.  Twenty years ago today was a Friday the 13th; it was also the heyday of the movie series bearing that title.  I share some information about the history of Friday the 13th in folklore and superstition, and then talk about why I really don't like slasher flicks.

Today's episode music is from "Weapons of Mass SIDuction," by DJ Topshelf.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #53 -- Les Miserables Monday, March 12, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.  I talk about the history of the production and how it has become a staple of the musical theater scene, and follow that up with some assorted thoughts on musicals, show tunes, and a somewhat strange fan of a particular musical.

Today's episode music is "Overpopulation," by Flopsy Music.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.

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