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Dec 8, 2013 — Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
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Irving Bachellor
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A Franklin Manor Christmas
Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.
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Story Traveler: The East Indian Bird Story

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Spring's Gift

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The Bright Light

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli
Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli

Story Traveler: A little love for Valentine's Day

Story Traveler Gioia Timpanelli shares some thoughts about love and a poem by Robert Bly on this Valentine's Day. Gioia is a world-class storyteller who lives in the Hudson Valley. We'll be sharing her stories occasionally during Music for a Monday Afternoon with Jackie Sauter and The 8 O'Clock Hour. So, consider this our audio Valentine's Day card to you.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Three Pieces of Advice

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The Man Who Caught a Bird

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The Golden Key

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Stone Soup

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Giufa

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Ryokan

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

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