Chambers Street Theatre

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.

Replays Saturday 11:30pm-Sunday 12am, Sunday 11-11:30am
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Feb 21st, 2013

The 55th show.  "Black Elk Speaks" is the reading.  We hear the stories told in 1930 by Indian elders who fought when teenagers during the Indian Wars.  Chapter 1 is the Pipe sharing followed by Chapter 2 about their youth and meeting the white man.  These stories were written in shorthand as the Indians spoke.  This is their story in their way of telling.

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Feb 7th, 2013

The 53rd Show.  This week we hear "Two Years Before the Mast," Chapters 1&2.  This story is before the Gold Rush, and there was little hope for a better life by most working people.  Richard Henry Dana Jr. left Harvard because he was having trouble with his eyes.  He went to sea to restore his health.  It was a hard life on board ship.  Sailors often were mistreated.  Dana returned to Harvard to finish his law degree, and later spent much time correcting the wrongs he saw at sea. 

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Jan 31st, 2013

52nd show

Ruth reads one of her stories, "A Walk In Time."  The story relates to slavery sales in Sacramento after 1850 when California came into the  Union as a Free State.  Yet there were slave sales.  Hear the story and learn about the people.  Ruth wrote this story because so little has been written about slave sales after 1850.

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Thanks to all the folk I meet in town who recognize my voice and say how much they like my show. I like every one of you and we always have a nice chat about Mark Twain. You all are the best of people.

Here's our offering for your collection.  It's an ode to our kitty Katie ...


A wonderfully warm Katie Cat

would come running whenever you sat.

She'd rumble and purr,

and had wonderful fur 

to cuddle and nuzzle and pat.

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