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THE OCCULT SIGNIFICANCE OF "CHRISTMAS,"
December 24, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE OCCULT SIGNIFICANCE OF "CHRISTMAS,"
WITH CONTEMPORARY EMENDATIONS. Mostly this is a show from December 2018, in which can be heard Sarah Zee, the late Pete Goldie, Puzzling Evidence and "a Galaxy of Stars!" But there are also interruptions and alterations. Neither an actual live show nor an uninterrupted re-run. There are recitations in here, and other things newer than this Archival material. There's one more of these productions to come this year, and that on the la-a-ast Day of the Year...

SPECIAL ADDENDUM TO DECEMBER SEVENTEENTH SHOW...
December 18, 2021 1:00am

 

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SPECIAL ADDENDUM TO DECEMBER SEVENTEENTH SHOW...
FEATURES the participation (via Studio telephone) of our old friend, Fantasy Caller. In addition to Rodent Control, topics shared between Dr. H. Owll, Jett and KrOB included more on TV star Bill Bixby, the Keanu Reeves re-make of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and Kaiju classic BIG MAN JAPAN among others. The tragic unavailability of Volume 10 of the Turok, Son of Stone Archives also comes up for discussion. Ultra Q, too, a.k.a. Gan Q. Who? Listen-- if you dare.

JETT LANDS AGAIN AT "RV"
December 17, 2021 10:00pm

 

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JETT LANDS AGAIN AT "RV"
AND IS JOINED BY KrOB in this Holiday number. Hear a discussion of Ridley Scott's Medieval epic and of the propriety of "tagging" among Graffiti Artistes. All sorts and conditions of subjects are touched upon. Jett orders a Pizza. The tragic death of P.T. Barnum's beloved giant elephant, Jumbo, is profiled for this Holiday Season. That's where KrOB comes in. Quo TIGER BEAT? No, by the way, I didn't "drop." Perhaps another time?

FEISTY D. KATT
December 11, 2021 1:00am

 

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FEISTY D. KATT
(SEEN ABOVE) IS THE TOPIC of this added, post-Anthem segment. The traveled Tabby takes center stage. An Appreciation, by Jett.

ONEIROMANCY CHRONICLES
December 10, 2021 10:00pm

 

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ONEIROMANCY CHRONICLES
HERE FEATURE THE DREAMS of our guest Jett, and Dr. H. Owll's interpretation of those dreams. The conversation ranges over many other topics as well during a tranquil evening unafflicted, for a change, by the usual technical difficulties and attendant foul-ups. Early on, we advertise our Twitch podcast (also called Ask Dr. Hal!) on the following Sunday. We like these conversational programs, and hope to have more. Enjoy our spelunking in the Dream World. This was followed by a Panegyric on Jett's pet kitty cat, Feisty, to be found in additional material.

PERHAPS NOT MY BEST WORK
November 26, 2021 10:00pm

 

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PERHAPS NOT MY BEST WORK
OWING TO VARIOUS PROBLEMS as we host the Pythoness and KrOB. A little jagged, a little ragged. For one thing, we were out of synch with the start time. When you download this episode, expect it not to begin for 10 minutes after our start time. Just forward about a sixth of an hour... Experimental Mutant Radio, so to speak. The overwhelming noise from the Klub next door has never been so oppressive and irritating. But Management told us, "Get used to it." Now, THAT'S a project. Still, there is some Show here that can be made out. KrOB jiggled the handles when he appeared and slowed the whirling of the presentation into the Memory Hole. Onward, ever onward...

THE ADVENT OF THE PYTHONESS,
November 19, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE ADVENT OF THE PYTHONESS,
SACRED PRIESTESS-ACOLYTE of the pre-Diluvian Serpent People known to the ancient Hyperboreans as the Valusians-- these Ophidian non-humans are not, despite what you may read, the same (though some say they are) as the so-called Bathshoggi Serpent Men-- is immanent. The Advent. Pay attention. Yes, She approacheth, now that the stars are right, and will be changing things around a bit, we suspect. Possibly we will have to have a re-run next time. We will see. It has been reported, meanwhile, that the reception of this episode was experienced by listeners as stuttery and static-y; this jaggedness of presentation was not our doing but some computer-related "glitch" or common epiphenomenon. And so, we lost the audience. For this we are angered, and profoundly sorry. But all may not be lost; if the would-be auditor will download it NOW, she or he will discover no such distracting interruptions. No annoying mini-gaps. No fizzing, sparking or sputtering. Just pure Show. Give it a try!
For this Show includes the poetry of Clark Ashton Smith and Tennyson, among others. And KrOB is present, so boredom is absent.

VOICES OF THE PAST
November 12, 2021 10:00pm

 

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VOICES OF THE PAST
OCCUR IN T.S. Eliot's poem: In an old house there is always listening, and more is heard than is spoken.

And what is spoken remains in the room, waiting for the future to hear it.

And whatever happens started in the past, and presses hard on the future.

The agony in the curtained bedroom, whether of birth or of dying,

Gathers in to itself all the voices of the past, and projects them into the future.

This episode mainly features the ghostly presence of many participants in the shows of which this is one, some departed from this world. With additional poetic interpolations.

THE WITCH OF CöOS,
November 5, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE WITCH OF CöOS,
BY ROBERT FROST, is our main poetic feature during this episode. The story, featuring a walking articulated skeleton (of a murdered adulterous lover) coming up out of its cellar grave in this reminiscence of the titular witch, aided by her adult son, to the visiting narrator, contains much of the elemental darkness not always critically observed in the work of its author, the famed American poet. The dramatic and intensely psychological characterization finally goes, deeply and subtly, into the tragedy of self-betrayal. The scenario is openly incredible as well as, strangely, seemingly plausible. Its tragic, atmospheric story-line, with Gothic enchantment, make the poem engaging. Terror and ordinary talk in its lines are superbly blended. Beginning as an apparent ghost story, it ultimately develops, for the listener, into a remarkable psychological study. We intended it for our Halloween podcast, but it ended up in this one. Also, more on Gulliver's later voyages, among other topics, and the poems of William Allingham. No guests in these three hours, except, of course, the voices of old, enshrined in our ever-present Archival Material. Next door, through it all, the pulsing Disco music on the other side of the wall slammed on unstopped.

TURBA PHILOSOPHORUM--
October 29, 2021 10:00pm

 

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TURBA PHILOSOPHORUM--
OR,THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SAGES (literally, Crowd of Philosophers), with the appended subordinate title: Called Also the Book of Truth in the Art and the Third Pythagorical Synod-- this renowned ancient work of Alchemical lore, by one Guglielmo Gratarolo (1516-1568) is often found in the translation by Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), also creator and synthesizer of the most familiar incarnation of the Book of Thoth, or Tarot card deck. We use this appellation here to indicate the multitude of voices which can be apprehended during an audit of this program. Which "Philosophers?" What group of lovers of knowledge? Philo Drummond, Michael Peppe, Jett, the late Pete Goldie, Lies, Mobius Rex (Bob Nelson), KrOB and Puzzling Evidence... our exclusive Archival Material brings them all back and in fine form, palavering with Dr. H. Owll as if the Prohibition of Time had been overthrown, Time had run back and fetched the Age of Gold... Later the living, actual non-recorded joins us. And things run along just as you might expect...

THE CURSE OF YIG
October 22, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE CURSE OF YIG
BY ZELIA BROWN BISHOP-- well, H.P. Lovecraft used to offer his professional services as an "editor" for amateur writers, who sent their work to him to be polished for publication. What "HPL" would then do was develop an interest in the story as he worked on it, eventually completely rewriting it-- essentially turning it into an H.P. Lovecraft story! Then Bishop was allowed to submit the "revised" story entirely as her own; she received full payment-- and Lovecraft nothing... Lovecraft was not the most astute businessman. He worked with Zelia on another most interesting Supernatural story with a "Western" setting, THE MOUND. But here we present the haunting CURSE OF YIG. It's another of our... cheerful Halloween month entries. Just wait until next week... eh, eh, eh! Yes,KrOB comes in, and we have our style of fun after that... NOTE: watch out for a slight gap around 1:20. It's plain that They don't want our Message getting through... Just keep listening and we will bring you to the Kosmos... Then learn about cat-worshiper David Normal and his followers are doing on the sacred night. Those Cat Cultists will have fun, fun, fun... WE will be there.

I BROUGHT MY MUMMY WITH ME...
October 16, 2021 1:00am

 

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I BROUGHT MY MUMMY WITH ME...
...AN INTERESTING PROCESS... MUMMIFICATION... Eh, eh, eh! Er-- where were we? Oh, yess-- KrOB and Dr. H. Owll enjoy more of a congenial colloquium. This extension of the show on the 15th of October offers various odds and ends-- mostly the former. Then, it ends. And darkness, decay and Robo-DJ held illimitable dominion over all. 120 minutes, but not all of 'em are us.

THE MUMMY'S CHARIOT...
October 15, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE MUMMY'S CHARIOT...
AND OTHER TROPES EMERGE after the longest, most painful bungle of an opening in this Show's history (and that's saying something). Still, we get it under control, as we do-- then swing into a lengthy commercial for new sponsor MegaloMart. Everything is Beautiful again when mighty KrOB comes on the scene, and all is copacetic afterward. From the depths to the heights, courtesy of Ask Dr. Hal! As for Im-Ho-Tep's unusual vehicle, that may be heard to rumble through the colloquy...

GHOSTS OF THE SHOW KREWE
October 8, 2021 10:00pm

 

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GHOSTS OF THE SHOW KREWE
HOVER ABOUT-- about three hours, actually. A solo effort unrelieved by the live audio presence of any other, the episode relies heavily upon previous participants, going back, oh, forty-odd years ago. These include LIES, BOB NELSON, MICHAEL PEPPE, KrOB, PETE GOLDIE, JETT, PUZZLING EVIDENCE, G'BOAGFRAM... and, of course, Dr. H. Owll. Waves of Disco amplification beat against the Studio walls. Well, that's another one in the can. Hear us gloat over the recent acquisition of a superb effigy of Stegosaurus armatus, allegedly arriving via post this upcoming Tuesday. Let's hope it actually arrives-- it cost a pretty penny. The purchase has been made electronically and cannot be revoked. Ronald Reagan thought that if the U.S. launched a mass nuclear attack of many missiles, he could call them back, if he then happened to change his mind. He was wrong about that, and we would be wrong if we entertained the belief that this Stegosaurus order, having been made, can be countermanded. The Stegosaurus chips must now fall as they may. Of course, maybe the missiles would fail to hit their targets even so, and perhaps-- well, it could be that the "Steg" will also fail to arrive... Keep us in your prayers.

A CALL IN THE NIGHT...
October 2, 2021 1:00am

 

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A CALL IN THE NIGHT...
...MAY BE MADE to the show, now that we have an actual telephone in the Studio with a number we can give out while podcasting-- not some cellular device but our genuine landline. And so it was, as we were reaching the end, that we received such a call. Hear that conversation now, one made in the "after-show" interval after the Anthem and before the resumption of the reign of Robo-DJ, who we at the Studio know as DJ Otto. You can always tell the difference when "Otto" starts up...

THE GARDEN OF ADOMPHA
October 1, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE GARDEN OF ADOMPHA
BY CLARK ASHTON SMITH, recently recorded by us for Pseudopod, will be available, for those who like the story and this particular rendition of it, as a giveaway premium on a future Ask Dr. Hal! Podcast on Zoom, sponsored by the Church of the SubGenius. Probably not yet at the next of those shows, which will be presented at 7:00 PM PST October 10th. This premium or prize will be mailed on a CD disc to whomever wins it. Anyway, if this is all perhaps too confusing-- all these different shows, including this one, with the same name, "Ask Dr. Hal!" --our business HERE is to affirm that we DID play, here download-able, the selfsame, aforementioned ree-cording, shortly after we began the show. For Ask Dr. Hal! on Radio Valencia, stay right here. For Ask Dr. Hal! the Podcast on Zoom, go to http://gonzotronics.net/adh/ --cut-and-paste that in, you can't click on it from here to be conveyed there. For the live Ask Dr. Hal! night club show, watch for announcements-- on Facebook, we suppose... that's coming up... Looming up soon. "He who has known the Gardens of Zothique, Where bleeds the Fruit torn by the Simorgh's beak, Harbors no thought of greener hemispheres. In Arbors uttermost, in sunset cycles of the sombering years, He sips an amaranth wine." --Clark Ashton Smith.

SHOW FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE,
September 25, 2021 1:00am

 

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SHOW FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE,
LIVENING UP THE REMNANTS of Show-- Puzzling Evidence and KrOB brought us effortlessly along for two more hours. Times of peril often separate people into two distinct groups – the spectators and the heroes. A spectator, as the name suggests, witnesses an incident and does not take any action, even if, perhaps, the lives of others are at stake. A hero, on the other hand, puts his own life on the line just to save others-- not merely seeking fortune or renown, but from inherent selflessness. Throughout history, we see many individuals who have risen above and beyond their call of duty. Such individuals have been the pillars of society in earlier times, and are also those who set an exemplary standard for generations to come. Thanks to those two, the show ended up being listen-able despite its mechanically induced conniptions. Fancy that. And yes, somebody brought a dead raccoon into a McDonald's-- and left it there.

VAMPIRES AND OTHER PROBLEMS
September 24, 2021 10:00pm

 

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VAMPIRES AND OTHER PROBLEMS
HIGHLIGHT A TROUBLED SHOW where, once again, blankety-blank defective equipment stymies what we hoped to do. We started with verses from Clark Ashton Smith and the theme music, but... Well, the by-our-Lady gadgets, contraptions, dingfutzers and doohickeys in the studio turned out to be, you guessed it, defective once more, so all our plans went by the board. Puzzling Evidence and KrOB came in but could not fix the problem. Fortunately, they were able to fix the show... What next? We spoke about Vampires, their history and lore, with more to come on that topic, to be sure, when more tranquil (functional) times are possible. It's not just the Undead, you see, who drain one's life-energy and exsanguinate our enthusiasm. CAUTION: Any serious discussion of Vampires involves morbid forensic details which some people find unpalatable, uncalled-for and unpleasant.

YOU JUST WAIT UNTIL KROB GETS HERE!
September 17, 2021 10:00pm

 

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YOU JUST WAIT UNTIL KROB GETS HERE!
AFTER a ramble through Clark Ashton Smith and others of interest, KrOB, coming from the Residents concert, gives a review. Then we converse. Outside, multiple police cars, ambulances and fire engines pursued the instigator of a stabbing attack. Inside, we talked about the recent, glorious Shake Well concert at the Ivy Room and other recent and impending performances. The equipment is still tottering on its last metaphorical legs, but we're told it will be newly restored by the next iteration of this show. In this one we salted and seasoned the proceedings with vintage SubGenius propaganda, but could not succeed in getting anyone to call the show. C'est la Vie.

ARACHNIDS...
September 10, 2021 10:00pm

 

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ARACHNIDS...
...AND OTHER INVERTEBRATES play a part in this podcast from the noise-beleaguered Radio Valencia studio. We were barely able to play musical and sound effects or provide archival SubGenius material, as the equipment struggles for life. The peculiar hydraulics of spider leg function come in for a mention. Skeletal muscles in the whipscorpion. Mastigoproctus giganteus compare with those of several other chelicerates to clarify the evolutionary morphology and phylogenetic relationships of arachnids. Indeed, we find homologies for the anterior opisthosomal appendages and sclerites in tetrapulmonate arachnids (that is, Trigonotarbida, Araneae, Amblypygi and Uropygi), as well as the controversial discovery that muscular attachments in arthropods can shift from the mesodermal endosternite to the ectodermal exoskeleton, a reconstruction of the evolutionary transformations associated with the apparent uncoupling of pharyngeal and locomotor complexes in the prosoma, or cephalothorax, of Pedipalpi (that is, Amblypygi and Uropygi), and an expanded list of unique synapomorphies supporting the sister-group status of Amblypygi and Uropygi. And so, another show in the can.


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