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The book mentions this ending of a Ma Perkins episode as an example of soaps not getting the credit they deserved for quality writing.

MA: Shuffle, if we'll only look around us, we'll see so much to - to take the sting out of our sorrows! That's what I meant when I waved my hand at Rushville Center. At Mr. Johnson raking his leaves. And the smell of the October leaves being burned on twenty lawns and the yellow house lights blinking on as folks like us walk home after a day's work. Living...I guess what I'm talking about is living. Taking the days as they come...the seasons...living for each day itself...just living! Putting up the screens in May and taking 'em down in September...doing your work, listening on an October night to the wild gees, as a mile over our heads they go on their wonderful and mysterious journey!

SHUFFLE: Yep...that sure is a wonderful sound.

MA: You know, Shuffle, when I was a little girl, my father used to stand with me outside our house, of an October afternoon, and show me the wild birds going south. Looked sort of like a smoky smudge. And one year - I must have been six or so - a gray goose feather fell right at my feet. And my father laughed, and he said, "Hold on to that, young lady, the bird'll be back in the spring to get it, or maybe to drop you another feather!" And I asked my father - somehow it impressed me - "Year after year, will that same good be flying over our house?" He smiled sadly, and said, "If you'll be here to find the feather, the goose will drop it for you." (A tiny pause.) I'm a woman grown, but I've never forgotten that little incident. And ever since I've liked the idea of year after year...the regularity of the seasons...the mysterious way of God, moving those birds across a thousand miles of day and night and empty air, and me standing there, a part of it, because I...well, because I'm a part of it. And that's what I'd like my children to know...especially Fay...I'd like her to see that if we'll only be there to find it, the gray goose feather will always come. Telling us that the world goes on...

SHUFFLE (quietly; he's deeply moved): I guess that's the story of our lives, Ma...the lives of you and me and the rest of us who stay in all the forgotten little villages, and let the rest of the world go by. Except...we don't let the world go by...it's the folks in a hurry who let it by. Us, we got time to take it in.

MA (not much volume but very earnest): Yes, Shuffle...that's it exactly! And that's the secret of peace. Let each day come...take it as it comes...take it for everything it has...and when it goes you've lived that day!

They talk about the radio soaps being belittled in the early 40s for not trying to discuss topical issues, and barely even mentioning the war. This leads to pointing out such things that male characters were wounded, sometimes even killed, in action, that characters talked about patriotism, and saving fat and tinfoil, buying war bonds. Bachelor's Children was broadcast in Spanish to Latin America to try to increase solidarity. Sometimes war heroes or Army officers were introduced in soap episodes, for patriotism or to sell war bonds. Eleanor Roosevelt suggested a bond purchase during an episode of The Story of Bess Johnson.

Here's the start of an episode of Rosemary, after ten seconds of theme music, which Rosemary interrupts.

ROSEMARY: Oh, Ed - just a minute - just a minute

DARLINGTON: What is it, Rosemary?

R: I want to say something before the show starts -

D: Well, this is most unusual

R: I know it is, but I have an unusual request to make -

D: All right, go ahead, but don't take too long.

R: I won't. I am speaking to you - all of you - my friends out there, listening to Rosemary - I am speaking to the mothers and wives and sweethearts of our men who are fighting to bring this war to a close - to make this a free world - the kind of world you want to live in - the kind of a world we Dawsons want to live in...If you will do something for me, I'll do something for you. If you'll y a war bond - because I, Rosemary Dawson, ask you to - and send me the receipt showing me you have purchased it - I shall return that receipt with a personal letter from me. I am doing this because I want so much to make the Seventh War Loan Drive the biggest we have ever had. And so will you, my dear friends, who have listened to and enjoyed this program - who have laughed with us and cried with us - buy a war bond - or as many bonds as you can - and send your receipt to Rosemary Dawson, care of Rosemary, to this station, and you will receive a letter from me and my thanks. Now, Ed, you can take over.

During the war the government suggested that soaps tell stories about improving race relations (to help soldiers learn this) and learning what to do in a medical emergency (in case there was ever fighting on American soil). After the war ended, the government was less involved in advising soaps or suggesting stories, but some soaps still went on with ideas. A Rosemary episode had Rosemary and her mother visiting a young couple who had just had their first child.

LARRY: I don't remember ever being so happy.

ANNA: Not I - and grateful, too - grateful that we have a son- a healthy, wonderful little boy.

MOTHER: Yes, dear, you should be grateful for that.

L: I-I've been thinking about that - about how lucky we are - and I'd like to be able to do something to show our gratitude. I'd like to contribute to some - some good cause in the baby's name.

A: Oh, I'd like that, too, Larry. Please - let's do it.

ROSEMARY: Well, I'll tell you of a good cause if you're looking for one.

L: What do you suggest?

R: It seems to me that a contribution to the Easter Seal Campaign for the care and treatment of crippled children would be appropriate at this time.

A: I-I-hate to think of them, Rosemary, when my baby, thank God, is healthy and strong.

R: Which is exactly why you should think of those poor unfortunate others. That's one of the reasons you should want to help them. And you can, by buying Easter Seals- to help expand treatment and training of these children.

L: Thanks, Rosemary, I'm going to make out a check right now - right this minute.

R: Good for you.

A: And make it a generous check, Larry, as generous as possible for us.

L: I will, honey. It's one way we can show how thankful we are that our baby's healthy. Maybe in that way we can help somebody else's child to run and to play in the good free air of this country!

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Thank you Thank you Thank you for posting this!!!

I love radio dramas. I really wish they would develop new ones today. There's nothing better then curling up in bed, turning the lights off, closing your eyes and listening to it in your head, envisioning it your OWN way!

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Thank you Thank you Thank you for posting this!!!

I love radio dramas. I really wish they would develop new ones today. There's nothing better then curling up in bed, turning the lights off, closing your eyes and listening to it in your head, envisioning it your OWN way!

Ever considered listening to The Archers?

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DRW50   

I'm glad you read through all that. I wasn't sure if anyone could. :lol: So you got something out of it then? I have to admit I thought some of it, like the bit from Ma Perkins, was beautiful, and true to life.

I like the idea of radio soaps too. It's a shame these died in the US long ago. The UK managed to keep them going.

Have you looked up Guiding Light radio in Youtube? You will get about 5-6 episodes or more.

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Ever considered listening to The Archers?

Yes absolutely! I would love too, but I'm just never sure where to find it...And whenever I find like one episode of something, I always get pissed when I can't get the rest because I want to know what happens?

Do you know where I could find it?

I'm glad you read through all that. I wasn't sure if anyone could. :lol: So you got something out of it then? I have to admit I thought some of it, like the bit from Ma Perkins, was beautiful, and true to life.

I like the idea of radio soaps too. It's a shame these died in the US long ago. The UK managed to keep them going.

Have you looked up Guiding Light radio in Youtube? You will get about 5-6 episodes or more.

Yes! Thank you Carl. You post the most fascinating articles. I could just sit and read through them for hours...Hell, I did! (That's the one benefit to having a cold!)

Yeah, it's a shame radio soaps died here. I can't imagine they're that expensive...I could get behind a reboot of them. I'm surprised no one has launced any on Sirius XM or anything.

No, I haven't looked up GL...But I think I'm going to. I've heard nothing but good things!

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Yes absolutely! I would love too, but I'm just never sure where to find it...And whenever I find like one episode of something, I always get pissed when I can't get the rest because I want to know what happens?

Do you know where I could find it?

Obviously, you're not very good at searching. :) You can listen to it at their official site. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-archers/catchup

Edited by Amello

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Thank you Amello ! Haha, I'm not sure if I ever searched specifically for the Archers in the past, but I know I've searched for other radio soaps with no luck.

I'm gonna try to get into the Archers now! Thanks again!

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DRW50   

April 1953 Radio TV Mirror's Daytime Diary section.

Right to Happiness

Resuming his administration as governor under difficult circumstances, Miles Nelson's personal life is also strained as he and Carolyn cannot seem to resolve the tension that alienates them. Carolyn is well aware that Miles' distrust of her is the result of Annette Thorpe's careful maneuvers, but although she continues bravely to defend herself she wonders if Annette's wiles will triumph.

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Thanks Carl for "The Right to Happiness" synopsis. It's a shame this show never transitioned to television. I wonder how long Carolyn's story could have continued in the television medium and if she would accumulate any more husbands.

In terms of the story, I don't know how far behind the Radio Times is in their summaries. The previous summer, Carolyn Nelson had been locked away in a mental hospital. Carolyn and Miles had toured the facility and Carolyn had caught on to some of the facilities shadier operating practices. The people behind the facility had locked her away and planned to kill her. Carolyn was saved by Dwight Kramer, her former husband. During Carolyn's stay in the institution, Annette Thorpe claimed Carolyn knew she and Miles weren't meant to be and had left town. I don't think Annette knew about the hospital scheme, but its possible she did. However, this summary seems to be from Carolyn's homecoming when it was clear Annette was meddling to come between the Nelsons.

There are a couple of episodes at the Internet Archive, including the show's final episode. Unforunately, the final episode seems to be missing the last few minutes. The final scene was between Carolyn and her latest husband, Lee, talking about 'the right to happiness.' When it was uploaded on another site, this scene was included. I don't know what happened.

Final Episode:

http://www.archive.org/download/RightToHappinessRadioPrograms/Rtoh-TheresAnInfiniteTenderness.mp3

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DRW50   

I have some others too, although a few are very similar to this. I will post a few more.

It's too bad these shows had to end. So many seem fascinating and radio soap is so unique.

This was an Irna show wasn't it?

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December 1954 RTM.

Every aspect of Carolyn Nelson's life underwent severe strain while her husband was Governor, and at the close of his term she was more relieved than regretful to go back to private life. Does Miles share her feelings? Or does he miss his prestige and eminence enough to take a dangerous chance to regain them - a chance that may lead to more trouble than even Carolyn suspects?

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Irna Phillips created "The Right to Happiness" as a spinoff of "The Guiding Light." Philips transplanted Rose Kransky to the new serial with her mother and her brother. They were only the focus for a few months before they were sent back to "The Guiding Light." "Happiness" focused on the story of Carolyn, a young woman who spent nearly twenty years, and four husbands, looking for her 'right to happiness.' When the show moved from Chicago to New York, Phillips left the show and John M. Young took over as headwriter. Young assumed the writing duties in December 1942 as his script collection is available at Cornell's library. He penned the show until it was cancelled. He also wrote the final months of "From These Roots", wrote a few episodes of "Days of our Lives," and created "Golden Windows."

After Miles left office, he was involved with Sherry Wayne. Sherry was a wealthy woman who suspected someone was trying to murder her. Wayne did end up dead and Miles did investigate. When he got close to the truth, he ended up dead.

What I like about these Radio Times synopses is it gives a sense of pacing and when things occurred. Once Radio Times was discontinued, it is hard to find information about the soaps.

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