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Season One

The Day My Eyes Froze Shut        11:11

In the 1980s, while driving a taxi in NYC, I schooled an aggressive yuppie passenger on how to dress for the weather, harking back to my days as a brakeman on the railroad in Minnesota, when, to endure prairie winters, we needed to dress for the cold.

Zupek               22:56

This is the story of my handsome cat Zupek: how he came to be named; how he was given to me when I was six; and how, when I sailed off to France some years later, he met his demise. It shows how well my mother loved him, and me.

The Sad Gray Cat              33:45

When asked what had “inspired” me to write my novel Zazoo, I told the 7th-grade class a true tale, of a cat I had seen years earlier, alongside a lake in Minneapolis: a cat that had “inspired” nothing, but had, with its elegant image, planted a seed. A literary seed.

Postcard from Cairo               25:10

My first air travel, in 1950, when a toddler’s flying hazards included ear pain on landing and taking off. In addition, on departing Cairo in our 4-propellor airliner, we risked a calamity much worse than any sudden ear distress.


Granddad’s Poultry Brothers        20:21

This story, told to me by my father, tells how HIS father, the first agricultural county agent in Iowa, helped a pair of farm brothers make a fortune in poultry. They then astonished him by proposing to share their newfound wealth with him in an equal three-way split.

My Gastronomic Tour             37:52

A meandering road trip on 2 wheels or 4: some heartache, some Pernod, a few mediocre meals early, a few excellent ones later; a huge lamppost; a tiny Catalan motorist. On the road from Switzerland to Marseille to Dordogne, in search of the perfect meal. 1980s.

One Way To Learn French             31:40

 This tale describes one leg of my journey from Avignon to London in 1964, as a 15-year-old hitchhiker learning about France, geography, different views of the USA, and the essence of existentialism.

Thanksgiving Out East                37:20

 My all-time favorite taxi passenger was an old man with wise eyes and a kindly voice, who wanted only to visit his mother and share Thanksgiving dinner. A tale of brotherly love and dysfunction–and me, caught in the middle, along with a pair of put-upon Long Island cops.

One White Suit            27:58

An idea imparted to me by my friend Mo Cecil, during our college days in the 1960s: why and how I taught myself to sew.

Labyrinth Game               2:44

This is a game I fixated on, as a 12-year-old, much as kids do these days with video games. My hands don’t seem to have forgotten.

Season Two

A Michigan Quartet

1) Motor City Farewell      44:08

In the late 1960s, a college kid discovers a limit to alienation and a lure of nearly free land.

2) A Safe Place in the Woods   41:44

On an Upper Peninsula hillside, a boy builds a cabin–not using logs but lumber and salvaged windows–helped by some pencil sketches drawn by his father.

3) A White and Blue Christmas            37:54

Hope and despair in the snowy woods; love denied but friendship sealed.

4) My Have-A-Heart Mousetrap  43:51

Life in the woods, fraught with snares that could make any liberal queasy.

Season Three

Sweet Sister Anne            22:00

Sisterly love. How the golden girl of Ithaca, NY, showed kindness for her sad younger brother. Back in the 1950s.

Taxi to Westport              17:42

NY taxi tale in the 1980s. Reagan greed, crack cocaine, and a drunken yuppie’s sailboat. 

The Time I Swallowed A Nail       13:04

A 4-year-old, once he’s told a big lie, can’t withdraw it in favor of the truth. 

Blackmailing Kurt V             28:54

A NYC blackmailer confesses his crime, successful in execution yet an utter defeat. 

Dad’s Worldwide Fame       10:29

How my father’s reputation had a way of catching up with me in the unlikeliest locations.

Little Italy Little Italy            6:35

A young girl in NY, a taxi driver, and their shared language secret. 

My Resplendent Quetzal    26:10

Dental despair leads to underserved ornithological bliss. Costa Rica in the 1980s.

Six Poems for Dad                20:51

A father, a son, a family secret and a papier – mache egg.

A Drive in the Jungle           18:10

A boy finds fear and bombed bridges, in Vietnam, in 1960.

Hipper Than Hip                   31:49

A chicken dinner on the way to a hip film turns into a night of rare romance. 

Season Four

Granddads Orphan Boy      


Pacifism pro and con. From the Mayflower to the Underground Railway to Vietnam, a family makes its way.

A French Coincidence


An old Frenchman meets a NY cabby who had studied in the same tiny French village where the old man had grown up. Then- that same night – in a different part of NY, they meet again. 

Heaven on Wheels


A dream meal after a bargain flight from NYC to Belgium, in 1985.

Princeton Farewell              18:15

A kindergartener swallows his Davy Crocket bullet and leaves town, 1954.

My Favorite Bible


Religious wit and wisdom. A 12-year-old Presbyterian boy covets a gold-embossed Bible. 


Dads Request


Love and despair. My father’s last, most personal request that I help with something he can’t manage alone.

The Brush in the Bush


Tots in a van and the wisdom they impart.


Messenger from Moscow


 Late one NYC night, during a misty cab ride to Brooklyn, a Russian beauty recounts a strange Russian novel. 


Granddad’s Circular Slide Rule Desk


A world-class statistician builds a desk full of surprises. 


Competent Sailing with Dad


A boy discovers his father’s fallibility. 




Mushroom Maven


A dinner of chanterelle mushrooms. On are they? In a remote cabin, in 1975.


Night Run


The bliss of a boy who runs, barefoot, the late-night streets of his town. 




Season Five

First Memory


Dickie describes his first memory to a skeptical brother. A recollection of Allahabad, northern India, in 1951.  

Poppies in My Father’s Brain 18:42

Sparkles of clarity from the clouded mind of my old father. Dementia and despond in the 1980s.


My Life of Crime


1961. A young boy’s compulsion to steal forbidden fruit. 

Dads Mexican Guitar          17:09

A father, a son, a guitar teacher and a gold guitar flown from Mexico. 


My Sisters Minstrel Show


A high school girl’s effort to prevent a blackface money-raiser. In 1961, in the liberal bastion of Ithaca, NY.

Mailer in His Underwear          27:23

The 1967 Pentagon Demonstration, as viewed by a drunk and a copyboy.


Chapter 19                              26:41

Schoolroom censorship driven by post – 9/11 panic.


Topless on the Beach          43:09

1965. A boy is lured to a film festival by visions of half-naked starlets. 

Treetops                                  22:53

A generation apart, two climbers trim the same high tree. 


My Friend Lanford               29:18

An obscure cabby/ novelist has a famous playwright as his passenger.


Smoothest Ride                    14:14

A customer admires the lack of halt or jounce during his taxi ride home.


Some Scenes from Zazoo.” 12:34

Author Richard Mosher reads from his novel “Zazoo.” 


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A Nude I Knew In Paris

Philip 5-eyes is a high school hockey ace who, despite wearing thick glasses, has a preternatural sense for which teammate will arrive where, and exactly when. However, his luck with girls has never been as sharp as this fifth eye. Not until he flies with his parents to Paris, where he learns about nudes in art books, on sidewalk billboards, and elsewhere.

Midnight and Sometimes Later

A railroad novel that describes the lives of men who work on freight trains – and the women with whom they’re involved – in Minnesota in the 1970s. Its characters hang out in a Minneapolis demimonde of seedy bars and pool halls fed by soul music, booze and cigarette smoke. A world rife with lies and more lies, stretching from Nixon’s White House across America to the railroad dispatcher’s office in St. Paul.

The Deep Lake Dragon

A hitchhiking drifter falls in love with a modern dancer, lives with her in New York City, then hitchhikes west. Although he loves her still, his footloose life tempts him to compare her charms to those of a former girlfriend. The ensuing heartache forces him to examine who he is–a carefree rambler, or a man committed to love? The answer lies deep in a dark cold lake.