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"T.C. provided the car. It was one of those low-slung, sporty-looking vehicles; it was a little cramped for five teenage boys, but the kind of car it was made it fun."

No, today isn't a holiday, but that didn't stop us from inviting local storyteller LARRY BROWN to stop by to tell us an original summertime-themed story he calls 'One August Day'. August 7, 2020

Happy Independence Day Eve, everyone! From the cookout to the fireworks, we all have fond memories of the 4th of July, but we all can't put them so eloquently into words like storyteller LARRY BROWN has done for us today. How many of his memories are also your memories? July 3, 2020

Storyteller LARRY BROWN shares a traditional Irish tale on this St. Patrick's Day: 'Jamie Freel and the Young Lady'. March 17, 2020

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN performs 'Carry Me Home', an original composition that's making its over-the-air debut on our show today. Happy Valentine's Day! [1:02] February 14, 2020

All Quentin wanted for Christmas was a brand new Spalding basketball and a portable, adjustable backboard. Will he get it via Christmas miracle? His family was in need of one. The answer in LARRY BROWN's story: 'Hoop Hopes'. December 24, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We're joined by local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who's donning his professor/storyteller hat in order to tell us the story of 'Tisquantum, the Last of the Patuxet' [1:04]. November 28, 2019

It's Halloween, and who better to get us into the spirit of things than storyteller LARRY BROWN! He shares an original story called 'Dream Snatchers' [0:37]. October 31, 2019

Singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN performs Buffy Sainte-Marie's 'Now That the Buffalo's Gone' on this Indigenous Peoples' Day at [3:50]. October 14, 2019

How did LARRY BROWN find himself on a solar/battery-powered aircraft in need of an emergency landing, and why did he volunteer himself to jump off the plane in order to lighten the load? It's an exciting tale as tall as a redwood on a hot summer day - which (unofficially) ends today. Enjoy! September 2, 2019

LARRY BROWN tells us the true story of a well-known incident involving Alexander Campbell, Wales McCormick, Samuel Clemens - a.k.a. Mark Twain -  a sermon, the Lord's name in vain and a print shop in Hannibal, Missouri. August 16, 2019

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

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