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014: The Passover Pirate

014: The Passover Pirate

March 24, 2020

Claire and Jamie open the door to welcome guests to their seder and Rita Toomey walks in – followed by a pirate! Find out what happens when a bearded scallywag leads the hunt for the afikomen.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score and “Pirate Dayenu” by Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Danny Paller with Alli Thresher

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Claire: Nina Sly
Jamie: Cyrus Nations
The Pirate: Peter Moore

013: Sweet-Town Rivals

013: Sweet-Town Rivals

March 16, 2020

Life is perfect for the candy-loving fairies of Sweet-Town! Well, except for the presence of a colony of stinky, mushroom-loving trolls at the edge of the neighborhood. Fairies and trolls have never gotten along – that’s just the way it is. But a young fairy Aviva wonders, why? And why can’t things change?

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Story editor: Alan Silberberg
This episode was written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Aviva: Lyra Ericson
Sarah: Nina Groskin Sly
Etan: Cyrus Nations
Bubbe: Deirdre Wade
Tamar: Cassandre Charles
Murray and other troll friends: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge
Troll ensemble: Pat Bordenave

013: The Passover Story For Kids (mini-sode)

013: The Passover Story For Kids (mini-sode)

March 10, 2020

Instead of a full episode, this week we're trying something new with a short version of the Exodus story. Told in 10 brief passages to the sound of soothing music, this is a wonderful family-friendly version of the story, perfect for pre-naptime or right before bedtime. To see an animated version, check out PJ Library on YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/PJLibraryOfficial

To learn the Passover songs in your haggadah, brush up on the Four Questions, and explore child-friendly audio, visit PJ Library's new LISTEN hub at pjlibrary.org/listen.

Episode Credits

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Story Narration: Rachel F. Hirsch

012: The Purim Story (For Kids)

012: The Purim Story (For Kids)

March 3, 2020

Purim is a holiday marked by joyous activities. We dress up in our favorite costumes, share gifts of food with friends, give charity to those in need, have a festive meal with family and friends, and read a story (PJ Library’s favorite activity) – specifically, the story of Queen Esther – together.

The story behind Purim isn’t exactly family-friendly though – so Rita Toomey and Al the audio engineer find a way to tell a version of the Purim story that works for all ages and audiences. Visit pjlibrary.org/Purim for more.

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Al: Rich Wentworth
King Ahashverosh: Pat Bordenave
Queen Vashti: Deirdre Wade
Mordechai: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge
Queen Esther: Cassandre Charles
Haman: Rich Wentworth

Special thanks to Lisa Loeb. Listen to her new album A Simple Trick to Happiness, out now.

011: The Hanukkah Story (for Kids)

011: The Hanukkah Story (for Kids)

December 17, 2019

In the final episode of Season 1, Rita Toomey shares the story of Hanukkah with Al, the sound engineer. Listen in for a humorous, and kid-friendly, version of the miracle of Hanukkah and the triumph of the Maccabees. As a bonus, your family will also find a quick guide on how to say the Hanukkah blessings, in Hebrew and English, at the end of the episode. 

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Hanukkah story adaptation: PJ Library staff

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Al: Rich Wentworth
Judah Maccabee: Peter Moore
King Antiochus: Peter Moore
Hanukkah blessings: Lori Hoch Stiefel

010: Bonus Episode - Where are They Now?

010: Bonus Episode - Where are They Now?

December 10, 2019

Surprise! It's a bonus episode of Have I Got a Story For You! Today Rita Toomey catches up with Isaac and Chef from episode 9, "The Missing Ingredient." Are they still cooking together? Or has Isaac returned to his old grumpy, lonely self? We'll find out all of this plus hear voicemails from listeners!

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Chef & Isaac: Rich Wentworth

 

009: The Missing Ingredient

009: The Missing Ingredient

December 3, 2019

Isaac has everything - a sprawling mansion, a private chef, a sweet car... but he can't figure out how his friend Ruthie, who lives in a small studio, makes the best food he's ever eaten. Will Isaac learn Ruthie's secret? What IS the missing ingredient?

This is the last full-length episode of Season 1 of Have I Got a Story For You! And this December, PJ Library subscribers will receive a special apron and booklet of this story, so you can cook along at home, just like Isaac and Ruthie! 

Episode Credits

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Story editor: Alli Thresher

This episode was written by Naomi Shulman

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Isaac: Rich Wentworth
Ruthie: Deirdre Wade
Chef: Rich Wentworth
Special thanks to Pat Bordenave and Johnny Blazes

008: Special Agent: David King

008: Special Agent: David King

November 19, 2019

David King is a nine year-old special agent in the midst of a quest for... something. Who is he running from? Why? And what happened to cousin Jen, the previous game champion? And why are big brothers so sneaky?

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Assistant Director: Henry Wentworth
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Jason Allen

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Al, the engineer: Rich Wentworth
David King: Nate Dziura
Florencia: Audrey Wentworth
Logan: Bear Hartley
Adam: Payton James
Darcie: Gwen D’Angelo
Aunt Nancy: Alli Thresher
Uncle Ira: Rich Wentworth
Cousin Shelly: Karen Fine
Extra cousins: Karen Fine, Henry Wentworth, Peter Moore

007: Miracle Bread

007: Miracle Bread

November 12, 2019

Harry and Betty don't have much, but they have each other and their community. The couple don't want anyone worrying about their lack of challah on Friday nights, so they design a very creative ruse -- but one day, something positively magical happens and transforms Harry and Betty's Shabbat dinners, and their neighborhood. This episode is based on a Hanina Ben Dosa legend, Bread from Twigs. Learn more at gotastorypodcast.com.

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Naomi Shulman

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Harry: Rich Wentworth
Betty: Deirdre Wade
Lizzy: Alli Thresher

 

006: Rena’s Restaurant Reviews

006: Rena’s Restaurant Reviews

November 5, 2019

Jake and Misha are best friends eating at their favorite restaurant when Rena, the coolest food vlogger on SuperTube enters. When the restaurant owner is cruel to a poor man, Craig, Rena intervenes to teach everyone what it really means to be a mensch. Enjoy this mouth-watering update on a classic Joha folk story. Visit gotastorypodcast.com for your own bagel burger recipe and to learn more about the trickster figure, Joha, that appears in so many stories from all over the world.

 

Episode Credits

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Jason Allen

Cast:
Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Rena: Rachel F. Hirsch
Hamu Robbie: Rich Wentworth
Craig: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge
Misha: Gwen D’Angelo
Jake: Payton James
Dina: Alli Thresher