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EP3476: The Silent Men: Stolen Arsenal

A Special Agent travels to the Philippines to stop the shipment of stolen American weapons to Marxist guerillas.

Original Air Date: February 17, 1952

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Audio Drama Review: Red Panda Adventures, Season Nine

The Ninth Season of the Red Panda Adventures finds the world in flux. It’s now a question of when rather than if the Allies will be victorious. But what happens afterwards is an open question.

The series is split into two parts. The bulk of the season focuses on supervillains previewing the sort of threats that will be on the ground after World War II. This is represented by an old villain returning in a new guise to take over Toronto and exact revenge on the Red Panda. In addition, we get an episode where the Red Panda battles villains known as the Rocket Men. These stories are fun, exciting, and pulpy in the way so many of the early Red Panda Adventure were.

The other part is cleaning up the war and dealing with what might come in a post-War world. Of particular concern is their old nemesis Professor Von Schlitz, who is going whole hog cooperating with the Americans. The Red Panda fears the German scientist will corrupt the Americans and use them for his evil ends. And the robotic red ensign wants revenge on Von Schlitz for the murder of the robot’s human wife at the start of the war. This leads our heroes into tight spots.

The “V E Day” episode deserves praise. It’s an anthology episode that told different stories with differing themes all structured around VE Day. The episode is great listening and points to the potential future of the show.

After nine seasons and 108 episodes, the series was still going strong, with the 100th episode airing without ceremony. Much like the Red Panda himself, the series might be past its peak, but it still packs a punch with exciting stories, fun dialogue, and a real sense of classic pulp adventure. The Ninth Season was a worthwhile and satisfying listen.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

You can listen to the entirety of Season 9 of the Red Panda Adventures online.

EP3475: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Transpacific Matter

 

John Lund

Johnny goes to Hong Kong to investigate a suspicious claim from a company Johnny believes got away with a phony claim on a case where the investigator was sent home in a casket.

 

Audition Date: November 24, 1952

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EP3474: Mystery is My Hobby: Death Speaks with Ten Fingers

Inspector Danton investigates the suspicious deaths of two deaf men with Barton Drake just to observe.

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EP3473: Man Called X: Red Messenger

Herbert Marshall

The Man Called X goes to Austraia to find out how the secerts of U.S. Atomic research is finding its hands into the hands of an enemy power.

Original Air Date: December 16, 1950

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AWR0160: Men at Sea: The Bid Has Four Hearts

Amazing World of Radio

The story of four heroic chaplains aboard a doomed ship.

Original Air Date: August 19, 1945

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EP3472: The Fat Man: Murder Shows Eyes in the Dark (AU)

The Fat Man is hired to work security at a party. Some guests try to steal a gun and Brad finds himself in the middle of several potential murders.

Original Air Date: June 23, 1955

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