History Extra Broadcast. BBC Magazine—Seances, skis and secrets: An extraordinary WWI Escape

Two World War 1 prisoners escape a POW camp by means of a Quija board. 














6) OLD LADY FROM BOOSTER  is from “Been in the Storm So Long,” an extraordinary collection of folk tales, shouts and children’s games from the people of Johns Island, South Carolina. It was recorded in the early 1960’s for Smithsonian Folkways. History, tradition and poetry shine through in this child’s game, sung by Janie Hunter in her home.


7) COLUMBUS is a gem of a song purely sung by Mary Black, and written by Noel Brazil. Bill Straw, are you out there?


8) Next is a strange and erotic short story by Truman Capote titled MUSIC FOR CHAMELEONS—Scented with nostalgia and the Haitian Seas. Read by Philip Clarke, with music by Mozart.


9) STORIES FROM MOUNTAINS, SWAMPS and HONKEY-TONKS is a moment of regional humor from the legendary Brownie Ford, followed by him singing, This Old House


“THE SPILL” was written and performed by Steve Croes.


TRAVELOGUE  After World War One, some guys sat around a conference table and invented Yugoslavia. This sort of thing seldom ends well. In 1989 I took a wrong turn in Trieste, Italy, and wound up on a tour from hell. 


FUM FUM FUM is a traditional Christmas folk song from Catalan which may seem vaguely familiar. It is sung here with great artistry by Morgan Ames and The Inner Voices.  


LE TRATEUR is a tale written by Jude Roy and commendably read by Jeremy Gage. It is a moving story about a boy, his father, Cajun country—and of healers and that which can’t be healed.


Speaking of Cajun, OH TITE FILLE is one of 16 well-recorded, enjoyable tracks from the Basin Brothers.


ON HOPE is the simple title of a fascinating story written by Spencer Holst. It tells of a Gypsy animal trainer and a “demon monkey” who steals the Hope Diamond. Read by the veteran voice over actress, Cedering Fox.


REEL DU TINGTANG, iswildly performed by fiddler Frank Ferrel.


TRAIN OF THOUGHT, written by Bernard Cooper, is the best essay I’ve ever read (or listened to). It first appeared in the “Gettysburg Review” in a special issue on trains and railroads. 


Lullaby OF BIRD LAND, is played by the Earl Palmer Trio.s

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