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A Milkman on the Run

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Welcome to Part Two of The Mark Steyn Club's latest Tale for Our Time - an acknowledged classic by John Buchan, first published in 1915 and adapted multiple times in almost every medium in the century since: The Thirty-Nine Steps. One of those adaptations - Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film version - is my Saturday movie date this week. So far Buchan's original is proving popular with listeners. Steyn Club member Paula Swatman writes: I'm a huge John Buchan fan and have read 'The 39 Steps' more times than I can count - thank you so much for reading this wonderful and exciting tale, Mark! I'm delighted to hear that, Paula. I could easily do a monthly Buchan reading - fiction and non-fiction - and lead a rewarding life. Tonight's episode picks up ...

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Mark at the Movies

Alfred Hitchcock's The Thirty-Nine Steps

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Later this evening, we'll be airing Episode Two of our latest nightly audio adventure, The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. Usually when we present our radio serializations - The Time Machine, for example, or The Prisoner of Zenda - we don't usually feature the movie adaptations thereof in our Saturday picture date, for the very obvious reason that it gives away too much of the plot. But Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 version of The Thirty-Nine Steps departs so much from the Buchan original that I felt the only risk was of misdirection. As I wrote yesterday, Buchan's tale is the first real man-on-the-run thriller, something that has since proved a staple not just of novels but of cinema, too. "It's not much of an exaggeration," said Robert ...

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Topical Take

Cold War On Ice

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The Winter Olympics continue, and here at SteynOnline we're taking all my two-man luge gags from decades past out of mothballs. A few weeks ago, we revived my curling cracks and shedding-brush shtick. Today's piece is anthologized in The Face Of The Tiger. It was originally published exactly sixteen years ago today...

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Steyn on Fox

Seeking Meaning in the Void

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Mark and Tucker Carlson on the Florida school slaughter

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Steyn on the Air

Yuge Luge

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Mark and John Oakley on some of the lighter topics in the news:

If you disagree with any of the above and you're a member of The Mark Steyn Club, please...

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Steyn on the Air

Rarefied Airwaves

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Some radio moments from Mark's trip to Colorado

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Steyn on Fox

Judging Us

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Mark and Tucker on Supreme Court partisans and Smithsonian portraits

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Politics & Current Affairs

Green-Eyed About Brown Eyes

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Self-deporting dreamers, canine glass ceilings, and trial by ordeal

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The War on Free Speech

The Vertigo at the Top of the Stick

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In a couple of months, Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me will enter its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

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The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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A Clubman's Notes

Shop-Girls, Dandies, and a Man on the Stair

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Welcome to the twelfth in our series Tales for Our Time, and, as I say in my introduction, this one's a corker. As I've emphasized since we launched The Mark Steyn Club last year, our regular content - all my daily commentary, cultural and geopolitical essays, our weekend movie and music features, SteynPosts and On the Town and all the rest - will always be free to everyone around the planet. But we are letting Club members in on a few experimental features which, in the event they turn out sufficiently non-incompetent, we may eventually make more widely available. Tales for Our Time is one such experiment - a series of monthly audio adventures. So far we've presented radio serializations of classic fiction by Dickens, Kipling, Conrad, ...

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Steyn on Culture

Too Stupid to Survive (Extreme Sports Edition)

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"Knowledge is power," said Sir Francis Bacon. Not anymore.

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody

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One hundred years of a Dixie melody that's actually a Hungarian melody

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

A Valensteyn Special

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If music be the food of love, play on, quoth the poet. It's the season of love, and we're playing on with music and food and poetry in a Valentine edition of The Mark Steyn Show with Mark and his guests, singer Carol Welsman and chef Denis Mareuge.

The Mark Steyn Show is made possible through the support of members of The Mark Steyn Club. Membership is...

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A Clubman's Notes

A Shattered Visage Lies...

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Steyn marks the bicentennial of Shelley's "Ozymandias"

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A Clubman's Notes

Of Coats and Ghosts

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As the concluding episode of Nikolai Gogol's The Overcoat approaches its memorable climax, Akakiy Akakievitch is not taking well the loss of his coat...

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On the Town

Twelfth Night Live!

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with Mark and his guests Larry Adler, Tal Bachman, Cheryl Bentyne, Dorothée Berryman, Robert Davi, Everything But The Girl, Monique Fauteux, Patsy Gallant, Jessica Martin, Liza Minnelli with Kander & Ebb, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright III

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