The history of blackface in mass culture continues as a white comedy duo introduces listeners to life at the Fresh Air Taxi Company. In this brief skit, they discuss the 1928 presidential election.
Themes from the 30s that come through Little Orphan Annie's comic strip include economic collapse, unemployment, labor unrest, and gangster activity. Annie and Joe have an adventure by helping out Mr. Kazin, a sick storeowner. Joe and Annie will be working for Jake Kazin every afternoon and on Saturdays.
From its Jell-O commercials to its running jokes, there were certain things one could expect to hear on the Jack Benny Show but sometimes, it was difficult to tell where the obnoxious radio personality ends and the real Jack Benny begins. In this episode, Jack, Mary, Phil, Dennis, and Don create the illusion of skiing at Yosemite. Shifting between reality and fantasy, parting shots at Phil's hair, and racist rants against Rochester, this episode addresses issues of identity, reality, and values.
George and Gracie offered humor and comfort to their audience through Gracie's constant out-witting of George and the rest of the cast. Listeners were encouraged to enjoy the fine things of life--home, family, and a good laugh.
With the radio version of Chester Gould's classic comic, the detective mystery moved into the Metropolis. In these episodes, Dick Tracy battles Vernon Kyle (with some help from Junior). Episode 15 and Episode 18


The Fibber McGee and Molly first aired in April 1935. The selected episode is entitled, "The Auto Show" where Fibber and Molly attend an auto show. The verbal play comes about in the friction between the two about whether or not they need a new car. Fibber seems to think that their existing car is just fine and that the advertising simply pushes what people don't need. Molly believes that they do need a new car with all of its modernistic options.


Although the Lone Ranger and Tonto head off into the sunset before anyone can thank them, they leave behind a sense that social responsibility, sincerity, and selflessness will endure. Here we find a masked man whose understanding of human nature is as accurate as his knowledge of the local landscape--a man willing to face the outlaws lurking in the shadows of moral marginality.
This radio variety show had it all: comedy, music, drama, sidekicks, and even a little heightened sexuality thanks to a guest appearance by Mae West. The featured "Adam and Eve" sketch was considered so risque that it led to a fifteen-year network ban for the infamous Miss West.
A children's program featuring folktales from Joel Chandler Harris' collection of slave narratives. Featuring the trickster figure, Br'er Rabbit.
Technology and machines tempted the people with a faster rise from the depression. Buck Rogers offered both heroes and villians the chance to experiment with modern ideas through space travel, psychology, and gizmos and gadgets that facilitate this pursuit of success. Episode 2 and Episode 4
Debuting in Action Comics in 1938, the Man of Steel quickly became a presence on the air waves in a daily adventure series as he fought for truth, justice and the American way. Episode 3 features Superman stopping an attempt to derail the nation's trains. Episode 10 offers a fitting conclusion to the dramatic tale as the Daily Planet and reporter Lois Lane are in the hands of the evil genius behind the derailments.