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Welcome to Down These Mean Streets, a weekly trip back to the Golden Age of Radio where we rub elbows with the era's greatest private eyes, cops, and crime-fighters. Since 2013, I've been podcasting everything from cozy mysteries to police procedurals, spotlighting characters ranging from hard boiled gumshoes to amateur sleuths. 

Be sure to tune in each Sunday for adventures of a radio detective and the behind-the-scenes stories of their shows. Join me as we spend time with Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, Sgt. Joe Friday, and more!

Oct 30, 2013

Enjoy this Halloween treat featuring an hour of "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" - Suspense!  First, Robert Taylor rents "The House in Cypress Canyon," originally aired on CBS on December 5, 1946.  Then, join Ralph Edwards on a "Ghost Hunt," originally aired on CBS on June 23, 1949.

Oct 27, 2013

It's another adventure of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, and one that features both of the actors who starred as Marlowe in weekly radio series: Van Heflin and Gerald Mohr.  Heflin is Marlowe and Mohr is the title character in an adaptation of Chandler's "The King in Yellow," originally aired on NBC on July 8,...

Oct 20, 2013

We're heading across the pond this week for an episode of CBS' Scotland Yard police procedural Pursuit.  Ted de Corsia stars as Inspector Peter Black.  Join him as he searches the streets of London for a murderer on the loose in "Three for All," originally aired on CBS on November 10, 1949.

Oct 13, 2013

Our star this week was called "the world's greatest living radio actress" by Orson Welles.  She's Academy Award winner Mercedes McCambridge, and we'll hear her as Martha Ellis Bryant on Defense Attorney.  On the podcast this week, we'll hear her fight to clear her wrongfully accused clients in "Client Joshua Masters,"...

Oct 6, 2013

The story you're about to hear is true.  It's Jack Webb's legendary police procedural Dragnet, bringing actual Los Angeles Police Department cases to radio.  Webb is Sgt. Joe Friday, with Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero in "The Big Late Script," originally aired on NBC on July 26, 1951.