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BW – EP71: A Vintage Christmas Murder Mystery

BW – EP71: A Vintage Christmas Murder Mystery

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In Breaking Walls Episode 71, we offer season’s greetings, glad tidings, and a preview of what our next episode (72) of Breaking Walls will be on January 1st. We've been getting a lot of traction with the golden age of radio mini-documentaries we've have been producing. If this is foreign to you, check out episode 70 which delves into the life and career of comedian Jack Benny, featuring show clips and interviews with Jack Benny and his supporting cast by Chuck Schaden, Dick Bertel, and the late Ed Corcoran. Our next episode of Breaking Walls will focus on a show called Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and the decline of the American radio drama. Johnny Dollar was a freelance insurance investigator with the "action packed expense account." The show came to…
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BW – EP70: Christmas Shopping With Jack Benny—How One Man Changed The Entertainment Industry

BW – EP70: Christmas Shopping With Jack Benny—How One Man Changed The Entertainment Industry

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In Breaking Walls Episode 70, we’re celebrating the month of December by spotlighting The Jack Benny Program. Jack Benny was the highest rated comedian of his era. Beginning on radio in 1932, he was a radio mainstay until 1958. The programs’ Christmas shows are some of their most famous. Highlights: • Jack’s beginnings in Waukegan, IL • How Jack began playing the violin. • His transition to comedy • How Ed Sullivan changed Jack’s career in 1932 • How Jack Benny saved Jell-O • The secret to Jack’s comedic success • How Jack Benny was a situation comedy pioneer • What Bugs Bunny and Bing Crosby have in common • How Jack Benny used a tax loophole to change the entertainment industry’s entire tax structure • How Jack helped CBS…
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BW – EP69: From Antarctica To India With Gratitude and Announcements

BW – EP69: From Antarctica To India With Gratitude and Announcements

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In Breaking Walls Episode 69, I talk about some of the things I’m most grateful for this year. For the past four months I’ve been working on a podcast that will launch in January on The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300. These 17 goals are an incredibly important initiative to end world poverty, reduce inequality, provide climate action, take care of life on land and below water, and create a more sustainable, economical rising world that’s better educated and gender equal. Through the podcast I’ve met people like Robert and Barney Swan of 2041 http://www.2041.com. Rob’s the first man to ever walk to both the North and South Poles. He (now 61) and his son Barney (23) are currently walking the 600 mile journey to the South Pole using only…
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BW – EP68: Psalm For A Dark Year—An Ode for Giving Thanks In Honor of Norman Corwin

BW – EP68: Psalm For A Dark Year—An Ode for Giving Thanks In Honor of Norman Corwin

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In Breaking Walls Episode 68, we welcome November’s theme of “Gratitude” with an interactive look back at Norman Corwin’s radio plays, originally heard on U.S. radio around Thanksgiving of 1941. There are a lot of parallels that could be drawn from 1941 in 2017. That’s a scary thought! Perhaps the world isn’t in nearly as bad of a place today as we imagine? If we want to learn some lessons from the Americans that lived 76 years ago, radio—the main entertainment medium of the day—seems like a good place to start. Featured on today’s episode will be: The Columbia Workshop - Pslam for a Dark Year, originally broadcast on 11/9/1941 The Screen Guild Theater - Between Americans, originally broadcast on 12/7/1941 We Hold These Truths - originally broadcast on 12/15/1941…
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BW – EP67: Chasing Summer—Recording Artist Brodie Jaymz

BW – EP67: Chasing Summer—Recording Artist Brodie Jaymz

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Breaking Walls Episode 67, we’ve got a return guest in Staten Island based recording artist Brodie Jaymz. Brodie was a guest on Breaking Walls episode 26 in October of 2015, and Breaking Walls episode 42 in October of 2016. The reason for the third October conversation in three years? Brodie has recently released a new LP, entitled Chasing Summer (available on all major music outlets). Brodie and I get into his inspiration for, and execution of, the album, what’s been going on in his life, and what new growth has occurred since the last time Brodie and I sat down to talk. WallBreakers Links: Social Media - @TheWallBreakers URL - http://thewallbreakers.com Online Store - http://jamesthewallbreaker.com/shop/
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