Join host Ruth Chambers as she shares stories from 1800 to 1920 in the dialogue and dialects of the time as written by the authors. You'll hear Gold Rush and Wild West Stories, Tall Tales, and plenty of Mark Twain. Some of the stories were written by the reader herself! Tune in, sit back, and enjoy a taste of simpler times.
We have a novelist right here in Davis. Yes, we do, and her name is Spring Warren. She has written the book "Turpentine." In our review of the book, we (meaning me) have read a short section on Coal Mining in the late 1800's. Research is the strong theme running through the book and the Coal Mining section is very well backed up with interesting details and facts. It was many of our grandfathers who came to this country and started in the PA mines which made these grandfathers survivors so I open the show with "I Will Survive" (the Disco Hit). If our grandfathers hadn't survived "The Widow Maker" mine, we wouldn't be here.
And the California Gold Rush humor continues... The Po8 of the Gold Hills was known as Black Bart and he wrote some mighty fine poems, as well as naming himself a "Po8." Swell poems are read and Wells Fargo Stage Coach robberies are recounted. In the end, Black Bart was caught by a telling handkerchief. Listen in for this dry tale of gain and loss.
Today is a good day for a laugh. Some of the Gold Rush stories are true, but also very funny, too. There was a man named Pete from the Pacific Islands who found out about hot air balloons. It was his plan to sail home in the Pacific by a homemade hot air balloon. He did a good job of making the balloon, and even got the balloon in the air, but he did not land on a Pacific Island. He landed in a Sierra Neveda tree. Tune in for this charming true tale.
Here we are with "Huck Finn" again. And this is the Easter Show 'cause it shows how Huck learned to be the basicly good person he was. We're in Chapter 15, and he realizes he needs to be more careful with his jokes if he's to be as fine as Jim. Lessons we can all learn by.
And once again we are reading from "Huck Finn" by Mark Twain. Huck was raised by an abusive Pa who did teach Huck how to get along living off the land. As we will hear, it was Jim who taught Huck how to treat people and have a good heart. Listen in for today's reading to hear it from Twain.
Ruth wrote the book "The Weight of Gold" all about the 1849 Gold Rush in California. It was this Gold Rush that gave hope to people all over the world, and money, too, and free land. The energy of the Gold Rush inspired writers to expand their talents and share many possibilities with people of dreams. Mark Twain was the big talent of the West, but Jules Verne way over in France was also part of this explosion of talent, and so was Baum of "Wizard of Oz" fame, and Anton Chekov. Ruth reads all these authors as well as her own stories.