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Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner (1719) is considered by many the first English novel. Based on the real-life experiences of the castaway Alexander Selkirk, the book has had a perrenial appeal among readers of all ages-–especially the young adult reading public–-who continue to find inspiration in the inventive resourcefulness of its hero, sole survivor of a shipwreck who is marooned on an uninhabited island. Especially poignant, a ...
 
Adaptation of the story of Robinson Crusoe for grammar school children. Tells how the shipwrecked sailor makes a new life for himself on the island, providing shelter, food, and clothing for himself from the few tools he rescued from the ship and what he is able to find on the island. He lives on the island over twenty years before he is finally rescued and during that time must re-invent almost everything necessary for daily sustenance. (Summary from The Baldwin Project.)
 
Here is 'Robinson Crusoe' by Daniel Defoe in its entirety as a weekly podcast. Widely regarded as marking the start of the english novel, this book is a grand and moving adventure. If your impression of this story comes from a movie, perhaps you should listen. The book is much better. For more audio from CandlelightStories.com, try the Sound Story Club at our web site. You can also listen to a pirate novel at the 'Pirate Jack' podcast.
 
This book is a fictional autobiography of the title character — a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. You know the story; but do you know the story told in words of one syllable? Here Lucy Aikin under the pen name of Mary Godolphin retells Daniel Defoe's famous tale of danger and solitude and resourcefulness. Because of the simpler words, this might be a good book for listeners where Eng ...
 
An American Robinson Crusoe is a short version of the original story. An indolent, rebellious teen goes on a marine voyage against his parents’ wishes. The ship (and all of its crew) is lost in a storm, but Robinson makes it to a deserted island. He has no tools, no weapons, but he lives for over 28 years on the island. He befriends many animals on the island and after over 20 years living solo, he is joined by a young “savage” who becomes his constant companion. The transformation from the ...
 
Shipwrecked and castaway, Daniel DeFoe’s hard-luck character is still the standard for “growing where you’re planted.” Captured by pirates, he makes his break in a small boat and undergoes desperate adventures before winning his way back to civilization. But Crusoe proves willing to chance his luck a second time when, after sweating his way to prosperity as a planter in Brazil, he undertakes a voyage that isn’t needful… and is marooned on a small island off South America.Crusoe shows the val ...
 
Robinson Crusoe is perhaps the most famous castaway of all time. Whilst many of us have not read Defoe’s iconic book, Robinson Crusoe is a character that is familiar to us all. Aided by the hundreds of movies and theatre productions that the book spurned, Crusoe is a household name. Credited with being the first "real fiction" book, this fictional autobiography tells the tale of a young man who found himself shipwrecked on a remote island for 28 years. The story is said to be based on the dr ...
 
First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe is a book that marks the beginning of realistic fiction writing in English. Its simple, linear narrative style and the semblance of being a true account and autobiographical in nature led to its great popularity when it first came out. Its original title The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York: Mariner, Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years all alone in an Uninhabited Island on the Coast of America, Near the Mouth of the Great ...
 
“Monster Attack” is a podcast dedicated to old “Monster Movies,” the ones we all grew up with and fell in love with. These are the films that opened up a new world of scary creatures, sci-fi wonders and frightening tales of the supernatural. Former radio personality Jim Adams re-visit a time when radioactive dinosaurs threatened Tokyo, werewolves terrorized the population at large and mad scientists conducted hideous experiments in large mansions.
 
Another day, another crisis: what’s an artist to do? MacKenzie Fegan is back in the studio, and she is talking to artists and cultural creators about how their work is part of the resistance. Their conversations will take us on a journey, and our own curiosity will take us on some unexpected detours. Drop out, tune in and listen to new episodes every Thursday.
 
A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Know contains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parody Father William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-moving Casablanca and other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow' ...
 
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Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat rose to fame in the 1980's Lower East Side New York arts scene. Andy Warhol was his friend and collaborator, Madonna a one time girlfriend and David Bowie a huge admirer. But beyond this club scene personality raged a prolific artist, writer and musician. During his short career Basquiat created no less than 1000 drawing…
 
Jim and Mark take a look at 1967's "Night Of The Big Heat,| also released as "Island Of The Burning Damned," starring Christopher Lee, Jane Merrow, Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen, Sarah Lawson and William Lucas. While London is freezing, a small island off the coast is suffering from record heat ... and something strange, possibly alien, is killing e…
 
Jessica Mitford was the fifth born of the notorious Mitford Sisters. Born into the aristocracy, as a child she had her own language, collected a running-away fund and fought to set herself apart from her fascist siblings. As an adult she was in turn a communist rebel, an investigative journalist, a civil rights activist and pop singer - opening a g…
 
Jim and Mark kick off 2021 with a look at a 1967 Kaiju Classic from Ishiro Honda, "King Kong Escapes," starring Rhoades Reason, Linda Jo Miller, Akira Takarada, Mie Hama, Hideyo Amamoto and Haruo Nakajima. A evil scientist wanting to take over the world kidnaps Kong when his giant Kong robot is unable to dig for Element X. The U.N. gets involved an…
 
Comedian and actor Diane Morgan chooses the life of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding. Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding is best known for his role in the Battle of Britain. He is widely regarded as the architect of Britain's unlikely victory, using an intelligence strategy known as the Dowding System. The Battle of Britain was at the very end of his mil…
 
It's the last podcast of 2020 and Jim, Mark and Clay have selected Bert I. Gordon's "The Food Of The Gods" from 1976, starring Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ida Lupino, Belinda Balaski and Ralph Meeker. A strange substance causes the wildlife on a remote island to grow out of control threatening a small band of people. Will they survive or be ea…
 
Jim and Mark visit a Classic Christmas release from 40 years ago, "Flash Gordon," starring Sam J. Jones, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Topol, Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed and Ornella Muti. A modern look at the classic Alex Raymond comic strip, Flash, Dale and Dr. Zarkov go to the planet Mongo stop the evil Ming from destroying Earth. Find out mo…
 
Frank Plumpton Ramsey contributed original ideas to the fields of logic, mathematics, economics and philosophy. He was a friend and respected interlocutor of Keynes, Wittgenstein, Russell and Moore, who considered him to be one of the sharpest minds around. His contributions are all the more remarkable given that he only lived to be 26.Matthew Parr…
 
James Lechner joins Jim and Mark to discuss a cult classic from 1961, "Reptilicus," Starring Carl Ottsen, Dirch Passer, Svend, Viltrofd, Ashbjorn Andersen, Povl Woldike, Ann Smymer, Mimi Heinrich,Ole Wisbog and Bodil Miller. A prehistoric dinosaur threatens all of Scandanavia after regenerating from a tail fragment. Find out more on this episode of…
 
Back in the late summer of 2001, a new biography series aired on Radio 4. Matthew Parris was not the first presenter, but he has chaired more editions than anyone else. His very first episode was about Morecambe and Wise, since when he's listened to claims for Leon Trotsky, Donna Summer, Doris Day and Benito Mussolini. So what makes a great life, a…
 
What is theatre? Is it a group of people watching actors on a stage? Is it a magical transportive experience that can only be experienced live? Does it need a crowd? Lines? Snarky will-call folks who can't spell your name? MacKenzie talks to Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, the duo that make up 600 Highwaymen – a theatre company "at the inte…
 
In her book The Taming of the Queen, Philippa Gregory asks a simple question of her subject, Katherine Parr. Who would marry a serial killer? Katherine Parr has been largely overlooked because she survived the monstrous Henry VIII, but she was a remarkable woman. She married four times, wrote books and successfully navigated the choppy waters of He…
 
Jim and Mark discuss a film that many consider to be the first definitive "Ghost Story" on screen, 1944's "The Uninvited," starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Donald Crisp and Alan Napier. A brother and sister purchase a large house on the English coast that reportedly holds a dark and evil secret. Find out more …
 
Jim and Mark discuss the second adaptation of Gaston Leroux's classic novel, "Phantom of the Opera," starring Claude Rains, Susanna Foster, Nelson Eddy, Edgar Barrier and Jane Farrar. An veteran violinist secretly helps a rising soprano in the Paris Opera House, when things go awry and lead to a series of mysterious murders. Find out more about thi…
 
Jim and Mark stray a little off the traditional path to pay tribute to the life and career of Sean Connery in this special edition, which includes a review of what many consider the definitive James Bond film, 1964's "Goldfinger," starring Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Fröbe, Harold Sakata, Shirley Eaton, Bernard Lee and Cec Linder. Join us fo…
 
It's season three of Glitter & Doom, and this time around, we're tackling the theme of reinvention. With the concert series Celebrate Brooklyn! moved online this year, the programmers at BRIC had a decision to make: what would they do with the concert venue? They tapped artists Oasa DuVerney and Mildred Beltré, together known as the Brooklyn Hi-Art…
 
Jim reflects back on a sci-fi favorite of his from the mid-1960s, "Robinson Crusoe On Mars," starring Paul Mantee, Vic Lundin, Adam West and The Woolly Monkey. Directed Byron Haskin, this modern re-telling of Daniel Defoe's classic tale centers around an astronaut marooned on Mars. It's a struggle for food, water and oxygen as well as the rigors of…
 
Jim and Mark examine a 1941 mad scientist tale from Columbia Pictures, "The Devil Commands," starring Boris Karloff. Amanda Duff, Richard Fiske, Anne Revere and Kenneth MacDonald. A scientist (Karloff) tries to communicate with his recently deceased wife by zeroing in on her brain waves using a machine of his design. But at what cost? Find out more…
 
Mark Maddox joins Jim for a special Halloween Episode of the podcast, 1953's "War Of The Worlds," starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornwaite and Lewis Martin. This George Pal produced epic was one of the definitive sci-fi films of its time, featuring brilliant special effects and a contemporary take on the H.G. Wells classic.…
 
Celebrating the Halloween season, Jim and Madeline revisit an all-time classic, Universal's "The Wolfman" starring Lon Chaney Jr, Evelyn Ankers, Claude Raines, Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Maria Ouspenskaya and Ralph Bellamy. The tragic story of Lawrence Talbott is told in this atmospheric thriller that set the stage for four more appearances on sc…
 
It's understandable that, with the onset of a global pandemic, commentators have looked to the past for comparisons. But Dr Seb Falk is concerned that with the easy headlines about the mortality rate or the economic damage, or even the positive transformations inspired by plagues of the past and particularly in his field, the Black Death of the med…
 
Jim and Madeline kick off the Halloween Season with a gem from 1942, "I Married A Witch," starring Veronica Lake, Fredric March, Cecil Kellaway, Robert Benchley and Susan Hayward. Although not technically a "Monster Movie," this fantastical tale is our Halloween gift to you. A man's life becomes very complicated when he crosses paths with two witch…
 
Jim examines an AIP cult classic from 1957, "Blood Of Dracula," starring Sandra Harrison, Gail Ganley, Louise Lewis, Heather Ames, Mary Adams, Malcolm Atterbury and Paul Maxwell. AIP had produced a Teenage Werewolf and a Teenage Frankenstein film, so why not add a Teenage Vampire film to the mix? A young girl is sent to a private school where she c…
 
It was an extraordinary journey, and a life that reads like a fairy tale. Xuanzang was born at the start of the seventh century in China. He studied as a monk and travelled for 16 years - first westwards, and then in a crescent back and down over the Himalayas to India . He returned a famous man, laden with Buddhists texts and artefacts. Historian …
 
It's Production Time and Jim is in the middle of a major move, so he and Mark sit down and talk about the TV Horror Hosts that played a significant influence on their early lives. These are the shows that helped the two develop a love for all things "Monster." Join us for this autobiographical episode - "Live From Motel 6 - of "Monster Attack!"…
 
James Graham, the award-winning playwright whose work includes the TV dramas "Brexit: The Uncivil War" and "Quiz", tells Matthew Parris why he is inspired by the life and work of John Maynard Keynes. Keynes was not just the revolutionary economist who helped shape the course of post-war history. The programme explores his colourful love life and li…
 
In Part One of our tribute to the life and career of Diana Rigg, Jim and Mark discuss a cult classic from 1973, "Theatre Of Blood," starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Robert Morley, Harry Andrews, Jack Hawkins and Coral Browne. An actor, believed to be dead, returns to enact revenge on his fiercest critics with a touch of Shakespeare t…
 
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