Crossing the English
Channel from
Paul Boyton

Poster from

Siamese Twins

Rooster fires gun

Title page for The Life
Andrew Oehler.

Andrew Oehler.

Clifton Woolridge
disguised as

The Water Spouters

Nathaniel Bentley
Dirty Dick.

A learned bird


In which your commentator discusses the tools of his trade.
Aired Monday, March 29, 2004.

TheIndian Rope Trick
Speculation and inadequate evidence cast doubt on the veracityof a legendary illusion.
Aired Monday, March 15, 2004.

Cleanand Dirty
The art of the soap scam.
Aired Monday, March 1, 2004.

A history of placing wagers on inevitable unknowns, including thelife expectancy of a dwarf.
Aired February 23, 2004.

Bismarck, the Pig of Genius
This sapient animal employs cards to play poker, to demonstratehistorical knowledge, and to predict the future.
Aired Monday, January 12, 2004.

Major Semple
An opportunistic ‘Prince of Swindlers’ achievesrepeated success through confidence fraud.
Aired Monday, January 5, 2004.

Peter Jackson
Who amassed both knowledge and materials on subjects ranging fromLondoniana to the Little Man of Nuremberg.
Aired Monday, December 22, 2003.

Masters of computation, child prodigies, idiot savants, and freebeer.
Aired Monday, December 8, 2003

Dickens the Magician
Thecelebrated author’s explorations into magic: illusion,necromancy, and Khia Khan Khruse.
Monday, November 24, 2003.

Changing Professions
From bodybuilders to bureaucrats; an elevation both literal andfigurative.
Aired Monday, November 17, 2003

Japanese Translation
Cultural differences become painfully obvious on the set of a Japanesegame show, and in a Tokyo hospital.

Aired Monday, November 10, 2003

Siamese Twins
Egyptians, Saxophonists, Chang and Eng: Siamese twins from allwalks of life.
Aired Thursday, October 30, 2003

Shot from a Cannon
The first female flyer, the first family flyers, and other humancannonballs.

Aired Thursday, October 16, 2003

 Gambling with Superlatives
Grandstanding and self-promotion prove integral to the sport.
Aired Thursday, October 9, 2003

Extreme Precoiousness
A discussion of whiz kids from past to present: a musical prodigy,a balancing marvel, and an extreme skateboarder.

Aired Thursday, October 2, 2003

Reformed Gamblers
Former gamblers, con-men, and cheats cash-in on pastexperience.

Aired Thursday, September 4, 2003

Apparitions of religious iconography on oil drums, tortillas and old Chevrolets.
Aired Thursday, August 28, 2003

Unconventional maternal imprinting
Aired Thursday, August 21, 2003

Three Card Monte
The ancient deception brought to light.
Aired Thursday, August 7, 2003

The Bottle Conjurer or A Hard Act to Swallow
The supposed performance of a full sized man who advertised he would insinuate himself into a common quart bottle.
Aired Thursday, July 31, 2003

Sharps and Flats
The language of the hustler and his victim are discussed
Aired Thursday, July 24, 2003

Living Pictures
“Poses plastiques,” “tableau vivants” and living pictures.The ancient and current art of animating paintings.
Aired Thursday, July 17, 2003

Emma Hamilton
One of the beauties of her age, Emma Hamilton demonstrated her unusual path from artist's model to performance artist.
Aired Thursday, July 10, 2003

In which your commentator, who has never drunk a single cup, nevertheless discourses on coffee and connoisseurship.
Aired Thursday, July 3, 2003

Taking it on the Chin
Michael Boai, an uncommon musician, played Rule Britannia on his chin at the opening of London Bridge.
Aired Thursday, June 26, 2003

The machinations and peregrinations of a pretty typewriter girl, and all that implied….
Aired Thursday, June 19, 2003

Blind Faith
Seeing is believing, or is it? Two young women and their tales of visual duplicity
Aired Thursday, June 12, 2003

The Linguist
The acquisition numerous of foreign languages, a skill appreciated, but not exhibited, by your essayist.
Aired Thursday, June 5, 2003

Paul Boyton
This lauded aquanaut was the first to cross the English Channel.
Aired Thursday, May 29, 2003

The most dangerous magic effect in history, and the near death experiences of your own radio commentator.
Aired Thursday, May 22, 2003

The exploits of the eighteenth century equestrian apiarist, Daniel Wildman.
Aired Thursday, May 15, 2003

Large and Small
Compare and contrast some remarkable giants and dwarves
Aired Thursday, May 8, 2003

The art of faking exhibition poultry.
Aired Thursday, May 1, 2003

Andrew Oehler
The Life and Unparalleled Sufferings of an early entertainer, adventurer, and balloon ascentionist
Aired Thursday, April 24, 2003

A Chicago bunko detective billed as “America's Sherlock Holmes.”
Aired Thursday, April 17, 2003

Can one spout a graceful arc of water for as long as it takes to recite the 22nd psalm? How we deal with oh so painfully finite time.
Aired Thursday, April 10, 2003

Dirty Dick
The nature of “collecting” expressed through a man whoinadvertently achieved fame and glory by his distinctly untidyapproach to life.
Aired Thursday, March 13, 2003

The riveting tale of a psychic mynah bird
Aired Thursday, March 6, 2003