Aldrich Ames – Russian Spy

Aldrich Ames was a CIA case officer who in 1985 became a spy for the KGB. Some of the assets (people) he betrayed in the USSR were executed. In one four year period he was paid $1.88 million.
This account comes from fbi.gov.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #317

#317 Unusual biblical passages. Religions cherry pick the bible for everything that shores up their theology and ignore the rest. There’s some pretty bizarre stuff there. The codified text is a mash of oral traditions that didn’t necessarily agree. Trying to pin down the name of Moses’ father-in-law is a good example. Hats off to Roger Crumb’s Genesis.

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Life Amongst The Modocs by Joaquin Miller

Joaquin Miller 1874

Joaquin Miller 1874

Joaquin Miller (1837 – 1913) spent 5 years with the Modoc Tribe whose home was in the forests at the base of Mt. Shasta in northern California. They and other tribes in the area were driven to near extinction by the influx of whites in search of gold.  The rivers were polluted by placer mining and the salmon came no more. The trout died. Game was much more easily hunted with rifles than with bows and arrows.

While this story could easily be a real downer, Miller takes us on an adventure in each chapter. His descriptive powers were exceptional and his observations of mankind a delight.

Chapter Titles and Links

01 Shadows of Shasta

02 El Vaquero

03 Fingerboard of Fate

04 High Low Jack and the Game

05 Life In A California Mining Camp

06 Down Among The Live Men

07 Snow! Nothing But Snow

08 Blood On The Snow

09 A Word For The Red Men

10 Two Little Indians

11 A Man For Breakfast

12 Bone and Sinew

13 A Storm In The Sierra

14 A House To Let

15 Turn To The Right As The Law Directs

16 Home

17 The Lost Cabin

18 Good-Bye

19 The Indian’s Account Of Creation

20 The Last Of The Log Cabin

21 My First Battle

22 My New Republic

23 Down In The Valley Of Death

24 A Prisoner

25 A New Departure

26 A Bloody Meeting

27 Bradley And Hirst

28 Battles On The Border

29 My Mission Of Peace

30 Death of Paquita

31 Last Battle For The Republic

32 After A Dozen Years

33 The Last Of The Children Of Shasta

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #316

#316 Yip Harburg – Hammacher Schlemmer

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #315

#315 – Gene Autry – singing cowboy and multimillionaire. Made the first recording of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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About Edna Ferber

I’ve narrated a number of Edna Ferber stories. Here’s some information about her.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #314

#314 – Scott Adams creator of Dilbert

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The Jack London Stories on Storyspieler

The attached audio file describes the stories that are available.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #313

#313 Roger Crumb

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Story Notes

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #312

#312 Gary Larson – The Far Side

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #311

#311 Cartoonist and playwright Jules Fieffer

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #310

#310 American Composer Charles Ives

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #309

#309 Composer Richard Wagner

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True Bear Stories by Joaquin Miller

Man In Log

Man In Log

Joaquin Miller (1837 – 1913) was in the west when it was still wild and bears were plentiful. These stories recount his adventures with them.

01 Bear on Fire

02 Music Loving Bears

03 My First Grizzly

05 In Swimming With A Bear

06 A Fat Little Editor

07 Treeing A Bear

08 Bill Cross And His Bear

09 The Great Grizzly Bear

10 As A Humorist 

11 A Grizzly’s Sly Little Joke 

12 The Grizzly as Fremont Found Him

 

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Trailer – Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens

Before James Barrie wrote the Play Peter Pan he wrote a short series of stories “Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens” in which he tried out some ideas and a few of them showed up in the play. A group of animators in England is working on those stories. They asked my permission to use my narrations to help pace the animation. I won’t be the narrator for the film. They have their heart set on using a Scot for that. This is a clip of what they’ve done so far.

Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #308

#308 composer Igor Stravinsky

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #307

#307 composer Aaron Copeland

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #306

#396 John D. Rockefeller

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Six Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The poems come from the volume “Second April”. The titles are: Travel, Song of a Second April, Inland, Wraith, Doubt No More that Oberon, and Lament

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