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Book cover for The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausThe Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

Monday, December 13 through Wednesday, December 21, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming.

Every child knows about Santa Claus, the jolly man who brings gifts to all on Christmas. There are many stories that tell of his life, but this delightful version filled with fairies, immortals and a kidnapped human baby is by far the most charming and original of all. Only L. Frank Baum, the man who created the wonderful land of Oz, could have told Santa's tale in such rich and imaginative detail.

(Public Domain)

Book cover for Christmas at Thompson HallChristmas at Thompson Hall by Anthony Trollope

Wednesday, December 22 through Friday, December 24, 2021. Read by Karl Schmidt.

Anthony Trollope’s Victorian “comedy of errors” "Christmas at Thompson Hall" was a holiday tradition for many years on Chapter A Day. Not quite a “Christmas story”, it nonetheless is filled with the festivity and anxiety that accompanies the season. Mrs Brown is overjoyed. She hasn’t been home to England for the holidays in eight years. But nothing is cooperating with her… not the weather, not her husband, and not the strange man she just slathered with mustard plaster. Just how far will she go to get home in time for Christmas?

(Public Domain)

Book cover for DriftlessDriftless by David Rhodes

Monday, December 27 through Friday, January 28, 2022. Read by Karl Schmidt.

A story from the "driftless" area of Wisconsin, about a town apparently left out of time. It's an unforgettable slice of life in rural America

(Milkweed; ISDN-10: 1571310592 / ISBN-13: 978-57131-059-0)

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About Jim

Jim Fleming began his career at WPR as a student announcer in the 1960s. In addition to producing and hosting several award winning radio dramas and programs, Fleming also held a number of management positions. Read more

About Norman

Norman Gilliland is the Wisconsin Public Radio host of "The Midday" and "Old Time Radio Drama." He's also the author of "Sand Mansions," and "Midnight Catch."Read more

About Michele

Michele Gerard Good was born in Chicago and raised in northern Wisconsin. After graduating from Ripon College with a degree in theatre, she spent most of her life pursuing an acting career – studying “the Method” at The Actor’s Studio in London, voice with Marni Nixon in New York and...Read more

About Karl

Karl Schmidt was an Emeritus Professor at UW-Extension, and read for "Chapter a Day" off and on for 75 years. Among his other roles at WPR, Schmidt directed "Earplay," a radio drama that comprised much of NPR's programming of that genre during the 1970s. He died in April 2016.Read more

About Susan

Susan Sweeney is an emeritus theater professor at the University of Wisconsin. She has a long history in theater as well as singing and coaching voice and dialects throughout the United States. She has voiced over 20 books as a reader for Wisconsin Public Radio's long-running program "Chapter a Day."Read more

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