The Baker Street Babes
Episode 42: Lestrade Appreciation

Detective Inspector Lestrade doesn't get the credit he deserves, so we're here to fix that! Join Curly, Lyndsay, Melinda, Kafers, Ardy, & Sarah as we discuss and coo about our favorite Lestrades, how he's important to Holmes, how to pronounce his name, & who our favorite Lestrudels are. Yes, Lestrudels.

Plus major announcements!

Our new home is on libsyn! bakerstreetbabes.libsyn.com & our AudioBoo channel (still a work in progress) is at audioboo.fm/channel/bakerstreetbabespodcast

Links to the things!

  • The Baker Street Boys TV series: Buy it [HERE]
  • The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade: Buy it [HERE]
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Episode 41: Daniel Stashower and The Hour of Peril

Babes Amy, Lyndsay, Melinda, Sarah, and Taylor have a truly delightful chat with award-winning author and friend Daniel Stashower about Sherlock Holmes, history, Sherlockian pastiches, childhood reading, lizards with grenades, and more! 

Dan (BSI name Thurston) is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction, because he is never-before-seen levels of awesome. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP: The Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler as well as other publications, and his newest book, In the Hour of Peril, recounts the incredible true story of Alan Pinkerton saving president-elect Abraham Lincoln from an assassination plot.  Because that happened.

For links to all of Dan's marvelous pastiches and nonfiction, visit www.stashower.com for more information.

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A brief chat with some of those who star in the Hoxton Hall musical Sherlockian extravaganza! If you’re in or near London, go grab your tickets on Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/3089020836?s=12712468) before the final performance on May 10!

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Special #9: 221B Con Live With Cara McGee

Recorded in front of a live audience at the fabulous 221B Con [website], this interview plus Q&A with tea lady extraoridinaire Cara McGee is sure to please. Cara first became famous through her line of fandom tea belnds from Adagio and it's only grown.

The audience also asks us some questions, so you're going to learn more about Babes Curly, Lyndsay, Amy, Sarah, and Taylor!

Find Cara's teas [HERE]

Art Blog: ohcararara.tumblr.com

Twitter: @ohcararara

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Episode 40: Morphic Graffiti and The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes

Babes Ardy and Kafers chat to Luke Fredericks and Stewart Charlesworth, whose company Morphic Graffiti just opened a production of The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes, “a music hall musical of elementary magnificence”.  Last year, the company staged Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in musical form—this year, they’re tackling our favourite detective. Hooray! We might just break out into song... okay, don’t fear, we left that part to the professionals.

Luke and Stewart tell us why the combination of Holmes and the music hall is a winner, talk about the challenges and high points involved in putting Sherlock Holmes on stage, and the actors and musicians who are now bringing the piece to life. We talk Victorian music hall, costuming, and more!

The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes just opened at Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH, London, and is running until May 10, 2013. Tickets are available from the Hoxton Hall website, or you can call their box office on 020 7684 0060.

To find out more about Luke, Stewart, and Morphic Graffiti, go to their website.

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Episode 39: Interview with Roger Johnson & Jean Upton

Babes Curly, Kafers and Ardy chat to Roger Johnson and Jean Upton from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. We talk about the decades of their involvement with the Sherlockian world in Britain and the US, discuss new and old Holmes adaptations on screen, in the theatre, and on the radio, and take a detour into classic movies. They've met a lot of people involved in Sherlockian things, including Jeremy Brett and David Burke, so stay tuned for a bunch of charming stories and anecdotes across the ages.

This episode was recorded in late 2012.

You can buy Roger & Jean's book, A Holmes Miscellany, at the bookshop of your choice, or over here on Amazon.

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Episode 38: Free Sherlock

"A civil action was filed today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate by Sherlock Holmes scholar Leslie S. Klinger. Klinger seeks to have the Court determine that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson are no longer protected by federal copyright laws and that writers, filmmakers, and others are free to create new stories about Holmes, Watson, and others of their circle without paying license fees to the current owners of the remaining copyrights."

- Free Sherlock

Babes Lyndsay & Curly chat with Holmesian extraordinaire and vigilante Les Klinger about freeing Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and a host of other characters from copyright.

Also mentioned: Shreffgate, Sherlock Holmes 3 (the movie), Sherlock Gnomes, and some pornography.

You can find all the information about Free Sherlock at http://free-sherlock.com/

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Special #8: Lyndsay's Intro To Canon - Part IV

And we're back with the fourth and sadly last of Lyndsay's four classes on the Sherlock Holmes stories at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan. This time it's full of lots of Adventures!

Enjoy!

SESSION 4: The Adventures

Readings:

--The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
--The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
--The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
--The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax
--The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
--"Watson Falls Asleep; Narrative Frustration and Sherlock Holmes" by James Krasner

When Doyle committed himself to writing Sherlock Holmes stories once more, the general public greeted the news giddily.  While some of Doyle's later cases borrow structurally from his earlier work, others are as fine and original as any from the pre-Reichenbach collections.  We'll consider the function of anxiety in the canon, Krasner's intriguing explication of the highly invested but ultimately frustrated narrator, and to what extent Dr. John Watson is the key to Holmes's overwhelming worldwide popularity.  We'll also chat about Doyle's life and marriages and ways his passion for divorce reform influenced his writing (though he never did get on board with voting rights for women, more's the pity), how Inspector G. Lestrade is awesome, why Holmes is the Worst Flatmate on Earth, and compare and contrast a brilliant Gothic horror tale with an absolutely terrible one.

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Another BSB authored book is on your shelves! Amy chats with Sarah about her sequel to The Detective & The Woman, this time with a Winking Tree! Learn about her writing process, the dangers of plot bunnies, plus a few announcements of a 221b Con and  essay collection nature.

 

Irene Adler is enjoying a quiet, undisturbed life in Sussex when the mysterious disappearance of a local farmer named James Phillimore throws her world into turmoil and forces her to enlist the aid of her friend and former enemy Sherlock Holmes. Irritated by his flatmate John Watson's romantic inclinations, Holmes journeys to Fulworth to assist The Woman in her investigation. Along the way, the two uncover the darkness, intrigue, scandal, and unexpected loyalty that lie at the heart of a seemingly-innocent village and a case filled with diabolical deception.

 

You can get The Detective, The Woman, & The Winking Tree below!

Amazon [US]

Barnes & Noble

The Book Depository

MX Publishing

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Episode 36: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes with Maria Konnikova

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We're getting scientific this episode with Mastermind author and psychologist Maria Konnikova! Delving into the psychology of Sherlock Holmes, we learn all about the brain attic, mindfulness, and whether Holmes has Aspergers or is even a sociopath at all. A really fun and incredibly informative episode wherein you'll learn oodles and laugh just as much. Maria is joined by Babes Curly, Lyndsay, Kafers, Amy, Sarah, Ardy, and newcomer Melinda!

Plus, there's a goodie at the end.

Maria’s first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, forthcoming from Viking/Penguin in January 2013, was inspired by her “Lessons from Sherlock Holmes” series for Scientific American and follows the legendary detective as he explores the workings of the human mind. It is guided by a central premise: that Sherlock Holmes serves as a near-ideal window into the psychology of how we think and is a rare teacher of how to think better than we naturally do. While those who read the book may not become master detectives, they will certainly learn more about themselves, their minds, and their capabilities, and in so doing, will come closer to the Sherlockian ideal of a thinker who knows how to observe, not merely see, the world around him.

 

Maria is currently working on an assortment of non-fiction and fiction projects. Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, will be published by Viking on January 3, 2013. She writes the weekly “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American, where she explores the intersection of literature and psychology, and formerly wrote the popular psychology blog “Artful Choice” for Big Think. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Observer, Scientific American MIND, and Scientific American, among other publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Columbia University. Before returning to school, she worked as a producer for the Charlie Rose show on PBS.

You can find her on twitter at @mkonnikova and at her website www.mariakonnikova.com

MASTERMIND is now available at IndieboundBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

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