25 October 2016

Strange Tales - Airs Oct 26th

The Halloween Blizzard of '91: A Mix Tape in 6 Songs and 2 Feet of Snow from Minneculture
How can you forget that one Halloween in your life which came with two feet of snow? Marylander Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus College when a record snowstorm blasted its way into her life. She wasn't alone in experiencing the legendary Halloween Blizzard of 1991, a storm that closed schools, shuttered stores and workplaces and left an indelible memory on those who endured it.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
A dark, renowned short story about a nameless little village which shows, in microcosm, how the forces of belligerence, persecution, and vindictiveness are, in mankind, endless and traditional and that their targets are chosen without reason. Jackson was sharply criticized upon its publication in 1948 -- even by her mother: "Dad and I did not care at all for your story in The New Yorker, it does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what all you young people think about these days. Why don't you write something to cheer people up?" Our strange tale is - read by the author - recorded for Folkways Records in 1960.

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