CHALLENGED and CENSORED
Selections from Banned Books
"THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING NECKLACE"
Hear what many people, over centuries, have not wanted you to hear!
Featured authors include:
Nicholas Copernicus, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain,
George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, James Joyce
This program is in honor of Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored each September by the American Library Association, celebrating the First Amendment and the Freedom to Read by spotlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.
A tale from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction
by one of the foremost creators of the classic mystery story.
the Baroness Emma Orczy
and featuring The Old Man in the Corner, the first "armchair detective,”
TALES OF CATS AND DOGS
Poems, memoirs, and short stories
about Our Best Friends, featuring
Rudyard Kipling’s The Cat That Walked By Himself and
Memoirs of Yellow Dog, by O.Henry
Intriguing, Entertaining, Ingenious!
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
A selected condensation of the luminous,
by Virginia Woolf.
Beautiful, compassionate, and truly human.
For all selections, use was granted by gracious permission of The Author.
a selection from The Butterfly Kid, by Chester Anderson, 1967
a scene from The Greenhouse, by Antonia Lamb, 1966
an excerpt from her self-publlshed memoir, Conversations with Grandmother Redwood, by Bonnie Sanger, 2006
The Red Shoes, an environmental art piece, by Linda Pack, 2007
Kugel and the 200 Strats, an unpublished story by Lenny Laks, 2016
Like a Flower, Like a Fire, from Mendocino Malady by Bobby Markels, 1980
TALES OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
Read for you by Linda Pack and special guests R. Bobby and Ricci Dedola.
Stories from around the world to Celebrate the Return of the Light! The Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Roman Saturnalia, Norse and Celtic Yule feasts, the Jewish holiday of Hannukah, an Inuit tale of Raven, the Soyal Festival of Southwest Native Americans, and more!
Share in the fortune telling tradition of the ancient Persian festival of Yalda Night with writings of the esteemed Persian poet, Hafiz
POEMS WE LOVE
Comforting, Funny, Epic, and Passionate
Edgar Lee Masters, Devereaux Baker, Robert Frost, Charlotte Mew,
Patricia Karch, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Lord Byron,
Robert Service, Amy Lowell, Susan Maeder, C. L. Babcock,
Robert Burns, Alfred Noyes, and Walt Whitman.
Read for you by
Linda Pack, Kate Magruder, and Nichole Phillips Rakes
Special Thanks to Michael Ducharme for his expert and kind assistance.
Gracious permission to use special material was granted by
Devereaux Baker, Patricia Karch, Susan Maeder, and C. L. Babcock.
THE MIRACULOUS PITCHER
from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 collection
of classic Greek and Roman myths: A Wonder Book,
the story of a kind old couple’s generosity rewarded by the gods.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, published in 1892. T
he most original and challenging mind of the first-wave women’s movement,
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a philosopher, theoretician, writer, educator, lecturer, and activist.
She demanded equal treatment for women as the best means to advance society’s progress.
Gilman’s landmark work, Women and Economics, was written in 1898.
A Very Special Program!
the World Premiere of a previously unknown Pooh poem,
FROM POOH CORNER
featuring selections from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
and the tender story surrounding its creation
THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL
A literary feast about our greatest love,
A veritable smorgasbord of stories
by Carl Sandburg, Saki (H.H. Munro) and O. Henry
accompanied by some tasty tidbits of culinary history.
Journey to a New Home
works by Carl Sandburg and Willa Cather
and the true story of Helen Carpenter’s
Journey by Ox Cart to Potter Valley in 1856.
Read for you by Linda Pack
and Special Guest Kate Magruder
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Being a Ghost Story for Christmas, by Mr. Charles Dickens
Brought to life with music and special effects in an original, 1-hour Radio adaptation by R. Bobby, Michael Ducharme, and Linda Pack
This production was designed and directed by Linda Pack, and recorded by Alicia Bales at the KZYX Studio in Philo. The sound was mixed by Peter Temple at Peter Temple Studio in Albion.
Ebenezer Scrooge, Peter Crachitt, Undertakers Man - R. Bobby
Mr. Dickens, Singing Child, Little Fan, Martha Crachitt, Charwoman. Maid - Linda Pack
Nephew Fred, First Gentleman, Bob Cratchitt, Marley's Ghost, Old Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Present, Old Joe - Lindy Peters
Second Gentleman, Ghost of Christmas Past, Belle, Mrs. Cratchitt, Tiny Tim, Lucy, Turkey Boy - Nichole Phillips
Excerpts from EVE'S DIARY,
(with interpolated extracts from ADAM’S DIARY)
BY MARK TWAIN
Originally published in Harper’s Magazine, Christmas 1905,
it is widely believed that this piece is Twain’s tribute to his late, beloved wife,
Olivia Langdon Clemons.
Selections of Edward Lear: Limericks, A Book of Nonsense, 1846; The Pobble Who has No Toes, Laughable Lyrics, 1877;
To Make An Amblongus Pie, Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, 1871; and “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!”
Selections of Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865; Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1871
THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT
For anyone who loves physics, the magic of cosmology and the music of words from a far-ranging and ingenious mind,
THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT is a fascinating exploration of the night sky, with lyrical excursions into the science of galaxies, quasars, dark matter, eclipses and more. Poised between poetry and physics, astronomer and physicist Chet Raymo shows us that science and passion
are intimately and irrepressibly connected.
Selections from The Soul of the Night, An Astronomical Pilgrimage by Chet Raymo, copyright 1992. Used by permission of the author.
Occasionally, For the Love of Reading will be followed by an archival episode of
Mendocino County Remembered.
These local oral histories were collected and published under the auspices of the Mendocino Historical Society
for the American Bicentennial in 1976.
Selected, edited, and performed by Linda Pack, produced by Mary Aigner and aired originally on KZYX from 2009 to 2011
"Mendocino County Remembered" is a wonderful five-minute radio series narrated by Linda Pack. Pack is also a Mendocino county gem. She acts, sings, produces, directs and she breathes life into the writings left behind by a breadth and diversity of Mendocino County residents in the 1800's. Each segment presents a distinct voice, a memory that reminds us of the hard scrapple lives of everyday folk. Each story depicts a way of life that is, sometimes, hard to fathom in our hi-tech information society.Some of the stories show the racism against the Pomo and Chinese while others share their voices of strength.
Resilience is the key to understanding the people who lived here before us.
Pack’s readings breathe life into the collection of memories from coastal towns and into the inland valleys. The diversity of the collected series shows a breadth of early life in Mendocino from farm and ranching families, the history of the Pomo and Chinese cultures, and features stories from the young and old. We are honored to give this series of 104 episodes a new home!"
Here is a link to an extended interview with Peggy about the series: