ZBS Radio Hour: Two-Minute Film Noir

Today on the ZBS Radio Hour — 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic time (that’s 7pm and 3am in the UK) — we have a spe­cial treat for you: a col­lec­tion of sto­ries from the ZBS col­lec­tion Two Minute Film Noir.

Last week we fin­ished the lat­est Jack Flan­ders adven­ture, Return to Inver­ness. We’ll be start­ing a new Jack Flan­ders series soon, but this week we thought you might like some­thing dif­fer­ent to accom­pa­ny the final part of Ruby 6 that airs at the bot­tom of the hour today.

Two Minute Film Noir starts the ZBS Radio Hour today. It’s a series of two-minute sto­ries based on noir char­ac­ters and images. These are sto­ries about gang­sters, bim­bos, cons, cops, lovers, losers, plat­inum blondes, mink coats, high heels, and neon signs reflect­ing on rain-slicked streets. By rights, they fit right into the style of our Dieselpunk stream, and if you like them, please tell us, as we are con­sid­er­ing run­ning them on a reg­u­lar basis there.

There are a large num­ber of these sto­ries, per­formed by the “usu­al sus­pects,” that is, the cast from the Ruby series. And they had great fun doing these film noir char­ac­ters.

Some of the Sto­ries

Bark­ing Guns & Danc­ing Dolls. An investor in a pro-Mafia musi­cal does not like the dance num­ber enti­tled, “Cement Sneak­ers.” In Say “So Long” to Shangri-la, an angel decides to take a walk on the wild side. John­ny Gon­za­lez, LPI (Lati­no Pri­vate Eye), solves a crime before it hap­pens in, The Short Sies­ta. What if you were giv­en every­thing you asked for, wouldn’t life be grand? Not nec­es­sar­i­ly, as Joey finds out in, All Green Lights to Hell. A hat check girl dreams of all the ways she’ll get even in, A Big Sack of Wind. Wher­ev­er you live, you’re being watched in, Night­mare on Stool Pigeon Street. A man risks his life for a jel­ly donut in, Dying for a Cup of Joe. Four Fin­gers Lui­gi draws the line in, The Fifth Fin­ger. Any guy will glad­ly give up his life for her, and no won­der, she is Angeli­na, Angel of Death. Lati­no pri­vate eye, John­ny Gon­za­lez returns for, The Long Night of the Hot Chori­zo.

For more on Two Minute Film Noir, vis­it the ZBS.org web site.

Art­work by Jaye Oliv­er.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in; out­side the US, tune to http://main.radioriel.org in-world, or sim­ply click here if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to launch a play­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly.
For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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