Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday's Favorite OTR

You Are There: "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" 7/7/47
Crime Classics: "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" 12/9/53

The Civil War on Old-Time Radio (Parts 12 & 13 of 17)

The war was finally over, but the killing was not yet done. On April 14, 1865, a fanatical Southern actor named John Wilkes Booth would perform one last act of vengeance for the fallen Confederacy. Old Time Radio gives us two excellent perspectives on this event. One is a "news" report that abruptly switches from a fluffy story about Lincoln attending a play to a frantic account of an unfolding tragedy. The other is told from the point-of-view of Lincoln’s incompetent and alcoholic bodyguard.

These are the 12th and 13th of 17 episodes from various series that will take us through the Civil War and its immediate post-war legacy. I'll be posting another Civil War episode every three or four weeks.

Click HERE to listen or download You Are There.
Click HERE to listen or download Crime Classics.

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