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PERTURBATIONS IN THE NOOSPHERE--
April 9, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
PERTURBATIONS IN THE NOOSPHERE--
THE DAUGHTERS OF BEULAH, Muses who inspire the Poet's Song. They're in here. And commentary by Dr. H. Owll on C.S. Lewis's THE GREAT DIVORCE. SubGenius miscellany. Yes, we're serving up an audio Mulligan Stew in this re-run. Re-runs, re-runs. Will we ever do live shows again? Actually... we may. We may quite soon. That's the plan; that's the program. See last week's write-up. It could be that there will be an all-new, non-re-run (ran?) show as early as May 7th. We will see what the Radio Gods decree. And we'll keep up the online live show too, subject to Acts of God or the Devil. Down-load those at your leisure-- go to https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ --and enjoy the visual dimension. We are pulling out of the inactivity and despair of being a fossil of a previous series of podcasts in stasis, locked in amber. Unless we're not. Those of you who remain listening to these have our deepest thanks.

RIGHT REVEREND MOTHER DOKTOR MILLER MEETS THE SUBGENIUS SWARM
April 2, 2021 10:00pm

 

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RIGHT REVEREND MOTHER DOKTOR MILLER MEETS THE SUBGENIUS SWARM
THE RIGHT REVEREND MOTHER DOKTOR MILLER, a special visitor to the Studio, finds herself, in this classic re-run episode from 2018, surrounded-- by the agitated entomology of the twitching SubBugs! The first outsized arthropod, one Jett, is quickly followed by KrOB. Then skitters in Michael Peppe, flailing away with all six limbs, then Puzzling Evidence, waving his feelers... All that time, Dr. H. "Gregor" Owll did what he could to promote the general welfare of his guests and show. On, on it went, through the night, with those lovable, bloated, human-sized invertebrates, and here's the first three hours. Here's the buzz-- technical difficulties at the beginning were the result of system failure, not just a poor workman blaming his tools... The Show was, of course, longer, but in these repeats we are only able to present the initial 3 hours, as previously reported in this space. But be of good cheer-- no, really. For it is very likely that... that... RADIO VALENCIA'S LIVE ASK DR. HAL! SHOWS ARE ABOUT TO RESUME! Yes, you read it right, right here. Even WE hardly believe it. If this long-dreamed of event does take place, mark MAY SEVENTH as the date. A true, new Ask Dr. Hal! Show featuring... well, featuring everything. Of course, this prediction might just turn out to be a little too rosy. But, as far as we can see, squinting down the track, the way appears clear; there are no washed-out bridges or obstacles on the rails... We'll see. Meanwhile, for those who just... can't... wait, this upcoming Sunday there is another live Ask Dr. Hal! Zoom/Twitch show at 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (make corrections for your Time Zone). Get your Questions for Dr. H. Owll ready... and on Sunday go to https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ You'll have to copy-and-paste that URL, folks-- no use trying to click on it here...

FLAILING, FLAILING...
March 26, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
FLAILING, FLAILING...
...OVER THE BOUNDING MAIN? We have to live by re-runs, so we're running this show again! Flailing, flailing happened all through this Show-- Michael Peppe can't sit still; that's all you need to know! Michael Peppe, our legendary Guest, Gave us a lot of trouble, but, no matter-- he's the best! Michael Peppe simply can not sit still; He pulls out wires and microphone cords-- we couldn't get him to chill! Ahem! Nonetheless, the voluble Mr. Peppe is a Guest whose presence on the Show we have always prized. Hear why during this vintage re-run from pre-COVID times. Still no word on "RV" ever returning in a real way. We just don't see any interest there. But there are those who still listen-- to these re-runs! These fossil impressions of our old shows! We're thinking of you, Rev. Bitwise! We wrote an answer to your letter-- thanks for the enclosed book in yours-- a good read. Well. here's where we plug the upcoming live Ask Dr. Hal! show on Twitch-- YOU can be a real-time participant! To do that, as well as download earlier episodes, visit the web site. Try https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ Cut-and-paste it in your browser bar. Every Second Sunday of every month, 7:00 PM, P.S.T.

BUGS IN THE SYSTEM?
March 19, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
BUGS IN THE SYSTEM?
IT MIGHT BE. SOMETHING is interfering, periodically, with Radio Valencia's ability to provide continuity in presenting its shows. Of course, in the case of Ask Dr. Hal! there can be no continuity, because there are no shows. Only reruns, like this one from back in March 24th, 2017. But what afflicts SAM? (The SAM Computer that rules "RV" these days, not poor old Republican-infested "Uncle Sam.") Perhaps, indeed, computer-loving mites just might be the culprits. We're just sayin'. If only the late Pete Goldie were still around-- a specialist in such matters. It's too bad he "bugged" certain volatile members of the Secret board of Directors. What Mite be a computer-loving might? Remotely diagnosing this arthropod Apocalypse, we have a possible malfeaser. This would be a species in the family Acaridae, genus Tyrophagus. These aren't Hemiptera, aren't insects at all, actually-- more like extremely miniaturized spiders. One of the most common mites found in homes or other buildings, Tyrophagus putrescentiae, sometimes called the "mold mite," will feed on a wide range of organic materials. They tend to be a pallid white, somewhat oblong in shape, and have long, stringy body setae. They can be part of the normal "house dust fauna" and may be a minor source for House-Dust Allergy (HDA). They’re fairly desiccation-tolerant, as mites go. Their little bodies can be quite moist. Inside a computer's housing, well, their wee persons and their excreta and wee-wee can cause micro-short-circuits-- and macro-disruptions-- of the hardware. Just like in the revised THX-1138. We can accept this as an excuse without being mad at anybody for being recalcitrant about getting the Station out of Limbo. Yeah... put the blame on "bugs."

ECSTATIC VISIONS OF THE NIGHT CREW
March 12, 2021 10:00pm

 

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ECSTATIC VISIONS OF THE NIGHT CREW
CAME FROM THE HOUR of the Ask Dr. Hal! Show. Late-night broadcasting, or podcasting as if broadcasting, often is accompanied by a suite of hallucinatory sensations and perceptions. The twilight between the rational and the irrational, the known and the unknown, may significantly deepen, particularly after Midnight. Yes, back in the day, or, rather, the night (2017) it was common to explore, with a select group of psycho-adventurers, the frontiers of the unreal. Did supernatural events actually occur? YOU be the judge...

DOES A RATTLESNAKE HAVE A BELLY BUTTON?
March 5, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
DOES A RATTLESNAKE HAVE A BELLY BUTTON?
YES, THAT'S JUST THE SORT OF QUESTION we get at Ask Dr. Hal! Does a rattlesnake, a reptile, have an omphalos, or navel, colloquially called a belly button. Well, Dr. H. Owll is among other things a professional question-answerer. [Hence our show's title. --Ed.] And, in consequence, he gets a lot of frivolous questions. Questions not sincerely levied. Snarky, mocking, jesting queries which have no purpose other than to waste the irredeemably precious time of Dr. H. Owll and his audience. But, y'know, the quality of the questions isn't up to us. No, Sir, no Ma'am. It's the quality of the ANSWERS that's our bailiwick. However inane the questions, it's always up to us to come up with a good answer-- and make it entertaining, too, by George. This is our skill and purpose. Well, the most elementary-school Biology class teaches the little nippers that it's Mammals that have navels-- Mammals, who give birth to live offspring. And that button is the scar from where the umbulicus is attached, during gestation and birth. Egg-laying critters are hatched, not born. But folks, here's the thing. Your reptile is also ventrally fed through a sort of umbulicus, a fleshy tube connecting to the amnion, the fluid sac inside the egg that nourishes the embryo. And when that little snakelet comes out of the egg this, ideally, breaks off. It leaves a little scar which can even be found, if one searches, on the adult snake. So, YES, the rattlesnake DOES have a belly button. That's showbiz. If you like that, then HEAR Dr. H, Owll answer questions a-plenty on his upcoming live show, this Sunday, the 14th at 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Don't let that Daylight Saving thing throw you off course. Just go to https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ --and you'll be guided to the show from there. Maybe someday THIS show, the Radio Valencia one, will be offered live again-- new shows, not re-runs. But don't hold your breath.

OCULUS ASPICIT NOS...
February 26, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
OCULUS ASPICIT NOS...
...TENEBRARIUS IN TENEBRIS. That is, a dark eye looks at us darkly in darkness. Well, what if It does? It knows when you are sleeping; It knows when you're awake-- It knows everything, basically. WE have powerful charms and protections, spells woven round about. Expert Sages and Mages have conjured impenetrable protective barriers, with interlocking spells and terrible Words, never to be articulated except in time of greatest need. And, within the Guardian Circle, just look, or rather listen to, what goes on. Clark Ashton Smith's poetic cantrips and incantations. Gen-you-wine Archival material from SubGenius Headquarters, a profound Question (complete with emolument) from Washington, D.C.'s own Mob Meattie... And then, in come KrOB, Michael Peppe, Dr, Penny, Puzzling Evidence and sultry Mystery Siren 342638. All get busy a-palaverin' and a-yakkin. Never mind that big, scary EYE trying to intimidate us. There'll surely be, we hope, more like this. And, in the Slackful Name of Dobbs, ple-e-ease beseech whatever deities you may be on good footing with to END the Long Sleep of Radio Valencia's frozen inactivity, so's we can start up this here Show LIVE once more. This re-run shows what our live-presence shows used to be like. Note: Later this month (March 14th) we will be doing the live Zoom, or whatever it is, show. Ask your questions then. (Always) the Second Sunday of the Month at 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Reach us-- or download previous episodes --at https://gonzotronics.net/adh/



THE OWL ARCHIMEDES
February 19, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
THE OWL ARCHIMEDES
IN THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY of Kennaquhair, whose latitude is 91 degrees north and longitude 181 degrees west, Archimedes the owl, familiar spirit of Merlin, brings the future King Arthur, a boy also transformed into an owl, to the presence of the goddess Athene. There, in the luminous hollow of a tree stump blasted by lightning and whittled clean by the winds of knowledge, the birds alight on the outstretched hands of the invisible goddess. They are shown, through accelerated Time, first the lives of the trees at a rate of thirty years in a minute, then the lives of the rocks at two million years a second. We also feature the poetry of Clark Ashton Smith and W.S. Merwin. Puzzling Evidence appears; it is at this point we watch and narrate a singular film, to wit, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER. And that's the way it is, or was, back awhile ago... It was in the Impact Arts Hub, where glitches and computer failures-- to say nothing of the pestilential Kisi App, which often made gaining entrance a chancy thing-- caused endless, obstructive difficulties. The building alarm would go off on its own; sometimes, with drawn guns, the police would show up. But, you know, at least then we had more than re-runs. We had a show! Alas, sluggardly Radio Valencia! Thou didst once move and breathe, thou didst live! Now thou sittest at home in thine underdrawers, downloading Dubstep from the Cloud, and calleth that a Radio Station!

THE LEGEND OF SMITH'S BURST...
February 12, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
THE LEGEND OF SMITH'S BURST...
...BY BRIAN ALDISS. A recording of a picaresque tale. An accident, a side effect of superluminal travel, strands an Earthman in a backwater part of the Galaxy, a region where multiple alien races of different origins contend in a solar system of orbits around multiple variable stars, on a planet where the known Earthly laws of physics are often altered or negated by other forces. The traveler is frequently unwelcome among the otherworldly beings, even as he seeks a way off the unpleasant world, enduring abuse, surviving (barely) by his wits and compelled to trek across the unusual landscape to reach a distant city where a spaceship will depart which could take him to more human-friendly interstellar realms. However, author Aldiss explicitly positions the story as a tall tale, the details of which have been exaggerated and modified since the historical events occurred. Aldiss’s common themes—- filth, decay, transmutation and alienage-— produce a sensuous literary experience. The observant and resilient human hero cannot help but notice the stench of the world, the piles of garbage, the slimy food he has to eat and the bizarre inversions of interpersonal expectations. His fastidious nature is frequently baffled and challenged. Joining a human woman destined as the consort to a pig-like local potentate, the Ungulph of Quilch, he proceeds relentlessly toward his objective. In a dramatic reading, Dr. H. Owll does his best to bring this vision to life, ideally to submerge the listener in the intricacies of the tale. A re-run, of course.

OUR VALENTINE'S DAY PODCAST-- BETTIE PAGE MEETS THE WOLFMAN
February 5, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
OUR VALENTINE'S DAY PODCAST-- BETTIE PAGE MEETS THE WOLFMAN
WHEN LAWRENCE "LARRY" TALBOT, a.k.a. The Wolfman, made the transatlantic journey to the United States just after the Second World War to stop the Conspiracy of the Monsters-- see ABBOT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948), he ended up making yet another suicide attempt, dragging Dracula in bat-form down into the ocean with him. Yet once again, he found that death is no option for the Lycanthrope. Larry had relapsed after apparently being cured by Dr. Franz Edlemann (see HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945), and never realized that HE was one of the monsters, always thinking of himself as a victim. This changed when he met Irving Klaw and his best "Peekaboo" model, the famous Bettie Page. Klaw, the notorious "pornographer," ran afoul of the Kefauver Hearings of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1957-- the same politicians who were attacking comic books. The Senate Hearings marked the beginning of the end of Klaw's mail-order fetish art business in New York. The investigation tried to link pornography to juvenile delinquency. The McCarthy-style hearings branded Klaw as a "degenerate" and ushered in a new wave of media censorship. Bettie Page was also summoned to the hearings but never did get asked to testify. While waiting to be called at her hotel in the District of Columbia, lovely Bettie met Larry, whose rooms were across the hall from hers. Suffice it to say that the vivacious Bettie convinced Talbot to accept his quasi-lupine, animal nature. And... and there aren't any Wolfman movies featuring Larry Talbot after that, are there? Plenty of Lon Chaney, Jr. ones, though. We ask that you draw your own conclusions. A six-hour show this was, ultimately featuring Puzzling Evidence and KrOB. But of course this here is just another re-run-- it can't be otherwise until the entity called "Radio Valencia" finally decides to focus on the locus (22nd St.), get the lead out of its treads and ahieve some traction on the action. These older shows were multiple hours in length, but the re-runs allow only 3 hours, and that's it. What we're saying is that the "good" parts might be... surgically nipped off after the third hour. Well, it hurts us more than it hurts you. Hey, kids! In the non-frozen, non-Radio Valencia world you can watch and participate in our upcoming Ask Dr. Hal! Show online (Twitch) this Valentine's Day, February 14th, at 7:00 PM, PST. Just go to our web site and follow instructions, easy as pie: https://gonzotronics.net/adh/

THE TREASURE VAULTS OF RADIO VALENCIA...
January 29, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
THE TREASURE VAULTS OF RADIO VALENCIA...
...HAVE NOT BEEN ENTIRELY EMPTIED. If it were so, O best beloved, we could not keep retrieving for thee these moldering, ancient scrolls and palimpsests, this sard, incense and cinnamon. The mummies of ancient shows, revived by unhallowed sorceries, once more recite the lays of the pre-diluvial times. And in this ancient bauble or bubble, Dr. Howland Owll could boast he mostly hosted a host of fellow-travelers. Jett was one-- he skyed in on wings of thunder, dodging the Puz-Ev Drone. Soon, lovely Sarah Szczechowicz Goldie, also known as Zee, appeared with her well turned-out consort, "Doc" Goldie, the Tile Specialist, both still glamorously outfitted from the Anti-Inaugural Ball they'd been attending... KrOB too contributed to the ambiance. And, admitted somehow, was, we must admit, famed '80's Performance Artist sensation Michael J. Peppe-- yes, Peppe! --who can't keep a Code in the Head. All locks, wards, tumblers and the like having been changed, life went on, thrilling as always, if admittedly less secure. Refreshments were served. Do they still refresh? Meanwhile, in the world of the living, there's a new on-line Ask Dr. Hal! Show coming up-- live! --on Valentine's Day, February 14th. Meet us there at 7:00 PM PST at https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ --and know that we still live.

FARE NOT SO WELL TO THE TRUMPTOPUS
January 22, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
FARE NOT SO WELL TO THE TRUMPTOPUS
SINKING IN THE OOZE... Last week's show did not go, we moaned. All we can do with what is left of by-our-Lady Radio Valencia, or whatever this is, all we can do is offer these re-runs. And, quite often, unreachable, unexplainable computer conniptions and bitches of glitches prevent even this. Well, this one somehow got through. Sorry about last week, Etherettes and Rocket Rookies. You're frustrated? Think how frustrated WE feel. It really does hurt us more than it hurts you. Say, you know what? There is a live show you can catch. Not just audio, but a TV-sort of show. And it's the Ask Dr. Hal Show! The current iteration. Every second Sunday of every month you can find it online. It was on Zoom, but we've moved to Twitch. Don't know what that means? Confidentially, neither do we, but we absolutely guarantee that if you go to our web site: https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ you will be conveyed there. You can also watch previous shows. No, you can't click on that here. Show a little enterprise-- cut-and-paste. It takes a few seconds. Good Lord, such laziness. Who's going to fight the next war? So, there is a show happening, just not here. Watch it as it happens! Monster Movie Moments! Bardic Recitations! Cartoons! Spectacular guest appearances! Music! Information about cutting-edge developments in electronics, believe it or not. Really! Surprises! Win prizes! (And these are not too shabby). Our next is on Valentine's Day! 7:00 PM PST; 10:00 PM EST. Figure it out for your time zone. A Church of the SubGenius production, too. In the meantime, enjoy this carefully preserved show from when we weren't prevented from doing shows like this by sloth, anomie, ennui and indifference (but not ours).

RV WHEN SHOWS WERE SHOWS--
January 15, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
RV WHEN SHOWS WERE SHOWS--
HERE, NEVER TO COME AGAIN from our Golden Past, is what we used to be able to offer on the Show. This was a night when we mostly hosted a quorum of fellow-travelers. Jett, for one, who skyed in on wings of thunder, dodging the Puz-Ev Drone. Soon, lovely Sarah Szczechowicz Goldie, also known as Zee, appeared with her well turned-out consort, "Doc" Goldie, the Tile Specialist, both still glamorously outfitted from the Anti-Inaugural Ball they'd been attending... KrOB too contributed to the ambiance. And, admitted somehow, was, we must admit, famed '80's Performance Artist sensation Michael J. Peppe-- yes, Peppe! --who can't keep a Code in the Head. All locks, wards, tumblers and the like being changed, life went on, thrilling as always, if less secure. Refreshments were served. Let us hope this cocktail still refreshes today.

THERE WILL COME...
January 8, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
THERE WILL COME...
In this hard-hitting episode, fearless Dr. H. Owll shows a vision of omnipresent destruction, with the aid of Ray Bradbury's prophetic story THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS, which he (Owll) reads. Before that, the word-music of Dylan Thomas. After that, the arrival of Puzzling Evidence in the Studio heralds the second petal of our triune blossom: a narration of the film HELLCATS OF THE NAVY, featuring Arthur Franz and, yes, Ronald Reagan, with a shore-side romance with the ankylosed, angular former Nancy Davis (we should do DONOVAN'S BRAIN sometime). In this Morningside picture, Ron keeps a stiff upper lip, along with the rest of his anatomy, while intrepidly piloting a submarine into Japanese waters. Based on something that actually happened somewhere and sometime, hidden and distorted by layers of script-writing and the standard patriotic homilies, the picture begins with Admiral Chester Nimitz (in Berkeley, California) and veers between a back-lot Guam and a submarine interior familiar to those who watch IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA. For this potboiler was cooked up by Columbia producer Charles Schneer, who worked with Ray Harryhausen. Some of the shots in HELLCATS also make it into IT CAME, the movie about the bulbous, thousand-foot-long octopus, actually a sextopus in the movie, which tears down the Golden Gate Bridge. Moreover, this Reaganesque clunker is directed by Nathan Juran, whose filmography includes THE DEADLY MANTIS, ATTACK OF THE FIFTY-FOOT WOMAN and the Harryhausen pictures TWENTY MILLION MILES TO EARTH, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. All this is actually of great interest to some of us. You know who you are, Etherettes and Rocket Rookies... eh? Lastly, we drag things out with a co-presentation of the lugubrious British comedy, CARRY ON SCREAMING. You know, the one with the monster "Oddbod." Always wanted to see it. Well. now we have, as this re-run shows.

TRANSIT OF RADIO VALENCIA
January 1, 2021 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
TRANSIT OF RADIO VALENCIA
WHETHER YOU CALL IT Orbital Mechanics or Astrodynamics, we are concerned with the application of ballistics and celestial mechanics to the practical problems concerning the motion of rockets and other spacecraft. The motion of these vessels is usually calculated from Newton's Laws of Motion and his Law of Universal Gravitation. Orbital Mechanics, then, is a core discipline within space-mission design and control.

Celestial Mechanics treats more broadly the dynamics of systems under the influence of gravity, including both spacecraft and such natural astronomical bodies as star systems, planets, moons, asteroids and comets. Orbital Mechanics? It focuses on spacecraft trajectories, including orbital maneuvers, orbital plane changes, and interplanetary transfers, and is used by mission planners to predict the results of propulsive maneuvers. General Relativity is a more exact theory than Newton's laws for calculating orbits, and is sometimes necessary for greater accuracy or in ultra-high-gravity situations (e.g. orbits near the Sun). And for far travels in the remoter Universe it is a gilt-edged priority. And so we ended up doing another solo Show, back in the Wayback when we still had a weekly program and there was still a real Radio Valencia. Next week: Apocalypse, Armageddon and Ronald Reagan! Hey, Kids! Catch the on-line Ask Dr. Hal! Show at 7:00 PM every Second Sunday of the month. That's January 10th. We've moved from Zoom to Twitch and, we're told, have solved all technical problems. Cartoons! Monsters! Beautiful Singers! Poetry! Science! Win Prizes! Get questions answered! Even learn about Stop-Motion Animation! Why, you'll love it! Reach us through https://gonzotronics.net/adh/ Better cut-and-paste that one.



THE FLOATING HEADS OF SANTA CLAUS
December 25, 2020 10:00pm

 

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THE FLOATING HEADS OF SANTA CLAUS
IS ALMOST AS OBSCURE A REFERENCE as we might make at year's end. Yet haply it will ignite the spark of recognition in some weary but receptive wanderer who encounters this show from an easier, earlier time, taken from the last five hours we ever performed in the (gutted, stripped) Old Studio before the ill-starred Anabasis to the infamous, soi-disant Impact Arts Hub. Once more upon the snowy hills of stop-motion memory the agile Saint glides his rotary-razor snowboard over rondures glaucous and unnatural.With KrOB on the job, Puzzling Evidence in residence and Dr. H. Owll still not throwing in the towel. For now, it was then. A Happier New Year to our extant remaining followers.

FLAILING ALONG...
December 18, 2020 10:00pm

 

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FLAILING ALONG...
...WITH MICHAEL PEPPE! In this classic episode, M. J. Peppe, the famed '80s Performance Artiste, has difficulty restraining his bounding natural exuberance. And so thou shouldst listen in, on this night, which was the very Eve of St. Stupid's Day, when he, KrOB, Puzzling Evidence and Jett came in to be guests on the Podcast, barring Acts of God or the Devil. Well, whatever was the cause, Mr. Peppe, buzzing with the drug of drugs (his native enthusiasm), just couldn't keep still, like any force of Nature, with a disastrous effect on the microphones, cables and studio in general. Cables were yanked out of place, microphones overturned. He even managed to start a small fire, which we. in turn. managed to extinguish. What a Frenetic Fervor. Some were entertained by this. For three hours. Well, that's it, folks. A Hopeful sign! They did build a console at Radio Valencia's new space at last. With any luck, at this rate, we'll be live on our Podcasts by 2024. Be there for the end of the private life.

THE PLUTONIAN DRUG...
December 11, 2020 10:00pm

 

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THE PLUTONIAN DRUG...
...FROM MYSTERIOUS, DISTANT DWARF PLANET PLUTO, called Plutonium, as related by Clark Ashton Smith, comes as a fine, white powder. We know the Element, Plutonium, as a highly radioactive chemical element with Atomic Number 94. It is an actinide metal of silvery-gray appearance that tarnishes when exposed to air, and forms a dull coating when oxidized. Smith's Plutonium is certainly not to be confused with the element (Pu) but is a substance collected on an expedition to the Outer Solar System. His famous story tells what happens-- and what can happen --if you take it. This begins our show, and you can also hear it with a different musical accompaniment here: http://pseudopod.org/2018/04/20/pseudopod-591-the-plutonian-drug-and-the-hashish-eater/ on PseudoPod 591. There also may you hear, audacious Explorer, Dr. H. Owll's rendition of Smith's THE HASHISH-EATER. Meanwhile, back at the Show, Dylan Thomas was also invoked in our recital at the beginning, along with an a-Capella rendition of some Old French Songs in our Podcast Chapel. At Eleven we admitted Puzzling Evidence, and gradually continued our colloquy. Traces persist after the Anthem, but after we faded away, Robo-DJ failed singularly; even Puzzling Evidence was unable to pinpoint the problem. Then as during last week, "RV's" poxy, buggy equipment, staggering with various computer "glitches," overwhelmed us. A wave of infinite darkness, unfathomable and final, settled over Radio Valencia.

THE SUN AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH--
November 27, 2020 10:00pm

 

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THE SUN AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH--
--MANY WHO HAVE VISITED THERE have seen it, and remarked on it. But first, we have some of Dylan Thomas's "Key" poems, verses shaped into various forms by adding and subtracting line length. The music of the late, great Loop! Station soars. More fun ensues when Puzzling Evidence rolls in, and eventually KrOB, at which point all control passes from our hands. Just what is "the Sun at the center of the Earth?" Surely more speculation will follow, based on the writings and theoretical suppositions of Burroughs, V. Obruchev and others. As for the Kisi App, it was a very near thing for us back when this show was scheduled. As so often happened, it failed once more, but we made it into the building. We're still mad about it, even now. Take that, Robo-conspiracy! That's what we thought then, but at present we know the 'bots always win in the end. You see, these shows can't be done ever again, Consarn it! --unless "RV" gets its act together, and for that they have to WANT to have a station again. Meanwhile, we thank all of you who follow these re-runs. This one was played on November 27th, just before Dr. H. Owll became 70, literally growing old waiting for the station to start up once more...

THE LAMIA, AND HER ATTENDANT SERPENTS
November 20, 2020 10:00pm

 

Ask Dr Hal
THE LAMIA, AND HER ATTENDANT SERPENTS
SHE WAS A GORDIAN SHAPE of dazzling hue, Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue; Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard, Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr’d; And full of silver moons, that, as she breathed, Dissolv’d, or brighter shone, or interwreathed Their lustres with the gloomier tapestries— So rainbow-sided, touch’d with miseries, She seem’d, at once, some penanced lady elf, Some demon’s mistress, or the demon’s self. Upon her crest she wore a wannish fire Sprinkled with stars, like Ariadne’s tiar: Her head was serpent, but ah, bitter-sweet! She had a woman’s mouth with all its pearls complete: And for her eyes: what could such eyes do there, But weep, and weep, that they were born so fair? --As Proserpine still weeps for her Sicilian air. Her throat was serpent, but the words she spake Came, as through bubbling honey, for Love’s sake, And thus; while Hermes on his pinions lay, Like a stoop’d falcon ere he takes his prey. Three hundred minutes with Jett, Michael Peppe and Puzzling Evidence, in the soon-to-vanish Radio Valencia Redoubt at the accursed Impact Arts Hub. The impact of that place ended new shows from then on. But, as readers of this space know, we hope for a re-birth-- perhaps in the coming year? Meanwhile, on November 28th, 2020, Dr. H. Owll will have his 70th Birthday...


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