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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!

Nov 17, 2013

Saddle up and head west with Joel McCrea as Ranger Jayce Pearson in Tales of the Texas Rangers.  This mix of Western adventure and police procedural presented dramatized versions of actual cases taken from the Rangers' files.  The result was a frontier-style Dragnet that combined two of radio's most popular genres.  We'll ride with Ranger Pearson in "Hanging by a Thread," originally aired on NBC on November 26, 1950.