This weeks links (2019-07-01)


In brief:

* The Bikes Of Wrath [iview]
Five Australian friends cycle from Oklahoma to California in honour of the Dust Bowl migration. The group explores whether America has progressed since the book was written, discussing the wealth gap and the American Dream.

* I Am the Trail

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209 [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas.
Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with “Candy Matson, YU 2-8209” and then the organ swung into the theme song, “Candy”. Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot.
Candy was bright, tough, and fearless. She used her pistol infrequently, but was unintimidated by bad guys, regardless of circumstances. Threats, assaults, and even bullets would usually produce a caustic, but clever, response for this blonde sleuth. She and Mallard were frequently working the same case, but she usually solved it first. …

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