Because of some technical difficulties in releasing Episode 7, Episode 8 is coming out early, around August 11.  Episode 8 comes to you courtesy of the public domain and includes classic short stories by two very different writers.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a German-speaking Jewish writer born in Prague when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  While few of his writings were actually published in his lifetime, he is well-known for his novel The Metamorphosis, among other writings, and was also a prolific writer of short fiction.

Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841-1885) was an English writer of children’s stories, both novels and short fiction.  Her 1865 short story “The Brownies” gave Lord and Lady Baden-Powell the name for the younger division of Girl Guides, and the story is used by Girl Guide and Scout troops to this day.

We are using both of these short stories under the public domain clause of the copyright law, which means permission is not required, but we are crediting these authors for their work.  For a great FAQ about public domain works, please check out

Our Challenge to the Writers: Lenin Writing Prompt is still active, and the deadline has been extended to August 13, so please do check that out.  You don’t have to be a published writer to send your story.  Those will be featured on Episode 9 of the podcast, to be released August 19, not Episode 8 as previously stated.

Watch this space for Episode 8 and happy listening!