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On this Independence Day 2019, storyteller LARRY BROWN poses the question: "What Liberty Bell?" or "What's the Relationship Between the Liberty Bell and Wheat?" July 4, 2019

Will Telemachus be reunited with his father, Odysseus? Find out as storyteller LARRY BROWN takes us way back to ancient Greek times for the setting of his Father's Day-themed story. June 14, 2019

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN takes us back to the early-20th century for a story and a song about women and children in the workplace. He performs "Bread and Roses" at [3:41]. May 10, 2019

"Since this is a week for many religions to celebrate the transition to spring, I thought maybe a story of self-giving, of altruism, might be appropriate." -- LARRY BROWN ahead of his sharing of the true story he calls "Drowning." April 19, 2019

On this Valentine's Day 2019, guest LARRY BROWN tells us a story of romance, and how love changes things: 'The Winter Rose'. You may know it by another name... February 14, 2019

"This weekend, our country is emphasizing values like justice and equality and freedom as we anticipate celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. And I want to share this little, short Missouri history story because I think some of those values surface as we hear this story." -- LARRY BROWN on why he's sharing the story, "Mule Shoes, Boodlers, Holy Joe and the Missouri Idea"  January 18, 2019

"Louie zipped up the clothes bag, put it over his arm and headed out toward the door. But he stopped at the door, turned around and said to his wife Helen, "well, I gotta go have coffee with the guys, and I'll stop at the grocery store - I've got the list - and I'm gonna take this suit to the cleaners again...and maybe I'll just get rid of it." -- the opening lines to LARRY BROWN's original holiday story, 'More Than a Suit'. December 24, 2018

"Caitlin stormed into the house. She was so upset. She just came in, threw her backpack down, went right to her mother in the living room and said 'I'm not celebrating Thanksgiving'." -- the opening lines of LARRY BROWN's story called "The Feast" November 22, 2018

We're celebrating Halloween the only way we know how: with a story from LARRY BROWN! This particular story is more Twilight Zone than Tales from the Crypt, but either way, the adventure takes us to Nandi Hills, India, and the ending will leave you thinking...was it all a dream? October 31, 2018

"This is a ballad, and it's appropriate to Labor Day. It's a classic ballad about human beings versus machine power. And the origins of the song go back to the 1870s (post-Civil War reconstruction period), but I think it's a song about today, given that often the economic struggles we have is between whether a machine or computer should do it, or a human being." -- Larry Brown on 'The Ballad of John Henry', which he performs at 1:38. September 3, 2018

LARRY BROWN tells us the story of Sadako Sasaki, who you might remember survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. After being diagnosed with leukemia (due to fallout from the bombing's radiation), she went on to create almost a thousand paper cranes based on the Japanese legend that upon doing so you would be granted one wish. Her one wish was to live. August 6, 2018

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN tells us the story behind patriotic song staples "God Bless America" and "This Land is Your Land," the latter of which he also performs for us on guitar. July 4, 2018

"Now some folks say there is that special bond between father and daughter, and I think I can testify to that. When my wife and I heard that we were about to have our second child...it was news of both joy and some anxiety." -- the opening lines of LARRY BROWN's true Father's Day story. June 15, 2018

"In lots of cultures, 'mother' is often a designation for the earth. Many cultures, many religions have a goddess, or a characterization of nature's processes, that is often feminine, and this is one of them." -- storyteller LARRY BROWN. May 11, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! On this St. Patrick's Day eve, Larry shares the story, "The Other Saint." Cloaks, kings and blueberry jam are just three of the many stops along the way in this hagiography of Ireland's Saint Brigid of Kildare. Watch! March 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Normally, holidays don't double-up, so to please everyone on this Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday, Larry tells the perfect story about "sacrifice on behalf of someone else." February 14, 2018

Merry Christmas, everyone! Thank you for spending a little of your time with us. We hope you enjoy "Thump," an original, Christmas-themed story by LARRY BROWN! December 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN. Larry shares a story about "making connections," and one Thanksgiving in particular when he and his wife hosted an elderly couple who each had unique places of employment at one time in their lives. (Nickerson Farms, anyone? How about the Manhattan Project?) November 23, 2017

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper is joined by local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells us the story of "Momo," aka the Missouri Monster. October 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN talk about summertime sports - but not the ones you might be thinking about. Larry has written a song about his favorite summertime sport, titled "Would You Rather Pitch Horseshoes." You'll probably recognize the melody! August 11, 2017

Happy Independence Day! To help celebrate, Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells a Fourth of July-themed true story about an "odd couple" who died on the same day, this day, many years ago. Any guesses? Watch! July 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells the story of how his young son once saved him from hypothermia in a cave, and how - at that moment - the role of father and son had flip-flopped thanks, in part, to imparted wisdom passed down from father to son. June 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer LARRY BROWN. In honor of Mother's Day, Larry celebrates the life of Julian of Norwich, an author and anchoress, whose "Revelations of Devine Love" is believed to be the first English language publication to be written by a woman. At [4:47] Larry sings "The Bells of Norwich," with lyrics inspired by and taken from Julian's book. May 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a very moving historical narrative titled, "Sophie and the White Rose." A little context: Sophie Scholl was a German student who participated in the White Rose, a (non-violent) resistance group during WWII. She was found guilty of treason and executed by guillotine. Since her death, her anti-Nazi efforts have been praised by historians and citizens alike. April 14, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a story about how the Presidents of the United States have "played a role in the interpretation of the 14th Amendment" (which defines naturalization) over the years. February 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry doesn't disappoint, telling an original Christmas story about 'charitable and good things' titled, "Welcome to the Starburst Motel." Enjoy! December 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells us about "a shadow that falls on September 17th." What is "the shadow?" Larry tells us that on Constitution Day, the shadow from the Washington Monument will fall on the steps of the Capitol Building, and that's not the only landmark it's known to touch throughout the year. Coincidence? Hmmm... September 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry performs "Waltzing with Bears" on guitar - his most requested song of all time! August 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a summertime adventure story about a fisherman, a mountain lion, a turtle and a Schwinn bicycle. Listen to the end, and then judge for yourself as to whether or not this story is true! July 15, 2016

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