Sunday, August 20, 2017

2x08 "Put Up Yer Nukes"




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Duck and cover! This week we peel back the radiation-blistered skin of the Twilight Zone classic “Time Enough at Last” to see if Craig still hates it much as he did back in his blogging days. Fan favorite Dr. Reba Wissner stops by with a report on All Things Atomic TV, and Craig is forced to do his mea culpa routine not once, but twice (it’s not fair… it’s not fair at all!). Make sure you’re wearing your radiation-proof hazmat suit before you hit Play…!

Tom Elliot reads Marilyn Venable’s “Time Enough at Last”:

Dr. Reba Wissner’s talk on “Shelter Anxiety and Civil Defense on Television” (9/28/2017 at NYU):

Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops

“Life’s Not Fair” by Supmikecheck (from the album You Are Who You Think You Are, © 2015 by Supmikecheck)

“Radiation Ruling the Nation (Protection)” by Massive Attack vs. Mad Professor (from the album No Protection, © 1995 by Virgin EMI records)

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Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

2x07 "Mob's Yer Uncle"




Neighbors, am I right? Buncha a-holes. This week the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” faces off against the not-quite-as-classic “The Shelter” in a suburban grudge match for the ages. Along the way Craig unwraps a mint copy of Twilight Zone Magazine (for research purposes) and discovers that every good idea he has for the podcast… well, Tom Elliot had it first.


Tom Elliot’s coverage of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”:

Tom Elliot’s coverage of “The Shelter”:

Forbidden Planet uniform replicas:


Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops

“Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs (from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, copyright 1986 by A&M Records)

“Chant of the Moon” by Robert Drasnin (from the album Voodoo: Exotic Music from Polynesia and the Far East, copyright 1959 by Tops Records)

“Monster Radio Man” by Skinny Puppy (from the album Back and Forth Series Vol. 2, copyright 1992 by Nettwerk)


The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

2x06 A Conversation with Mark Dawidziak



The engaging Mark Dawidziak, author of the wonderful Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life, stops by for a fascinating and enlightening chat. Highly recommended.

Mark’s book (Amazon):

Mark’s book (Barnes and Noble):

Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.4”) by Twin Loops

Closing music: “Little Girl Lost: Where Are You?” composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2x05 "Smack Dat Ass...tronaut"



So much awesomeness on deck! The wonderful Tom Elliott (The Twilight Zone Podcast) gives a dramatic reading of Richard Matheson’s “Disappearing Act,” the genesis for the classic Twilight Zone episode we’re focusing on this week, “And When the Sky was Opened.” We’ve also got Dr. Reba Wissner on speed dial to school us on the musical stylings of Leonard Rosenman. Somehow this week’s episode ended up almost two hours long, so… sorry in advance.

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (rare 3rd Variation)” by Twin Loops

“Smooth Operator” performed by Sade (from the album Diamond Life, © 1984 by Epic Records)

Radiohead’s “How to Disappear Completely” performed by Made of Wood (from the album Narcotherapy Hypnosis, ©2017 by Made of Wood)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2x04 Special Report: Evening Primrose



Witness a boy, a girl, a department store at night… and a whole lotta creepiness. Craig celebrates vintage radio with a special look at “Evening Primrose,” a 1947 episode of Escape based on the classic John Collier short story…. Which kinda maybe sorta inspired Rod Serling’s “The After Hours.”

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3rd Revision)” by Twin Loops

“Take Me to the World” (from Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose; performed by Neil Patrick Harris and Theresa McCarthy; copyright 2001 by Nonesuch Records)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

2x03 "The Marsha Chronicles"



 Two words: MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE. ‘Nuff said.


The notorious “eye intro” saga:

William Tuttle’s “The King of the Duplicators” short (MGM, 1960):


Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops (from the forthcoming album Between Light and Shadow: The Official Soundtrack, copyright 2017 by Butterscotch Eclipse Productions)

“Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake (from the album Comfort Eagle, copyright 2011 by Columbia Records)

“Possession” by Harry Revel and Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman (from the album Perfume Set to Music, copyright 1948 by RCA/Victor)

“Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (from the album SremmLife 2, copyright 2016 by Interscope Records)

“Showroom Dummies” by Kraftwerk (from the album Trans-Europe Express, copyright 1977 by Kling Klang Schallplatten)


The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2x02 Special Report: The Moat Farm Murder



Our pal Dr. Reba Wissner returns to further educate us on All Things Twilight Zone Music. The focus here is Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score for the classic radio drama “The Moat Farm Murder,” which would go on to appear in several Twilight Zone episodes. After the chat, stick around for the radio drama itself, an unsettling account of a murder that takes place, if the title is to be believed, on a farm of the moat variety.

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops.

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

2x01 "Comeuppance See Me Sometime"



This week Craig (finally) kicks off a new batch of episodes with “I Shot an Arrow into the Air” and “The Rip Van Winkle Caper,” two classic Twilight Zones in which Rod Serling doles out cosmic justice like a true karmic badass. And make no mistake, there will be blood: casualties include a few bottles of water and a small watermelon (don’t worry, it’ll make sense when you listen).

Roger Alford’s Twilight Zone/Planet of the Apes fan edit:

Sal Capirchio’s Twilight Zone on Location (Death Valley) article/slideshow:

Direct link to Paul Giammarco’s related video:

My appearance on That Twilighty Show About That Zone, discussing “The Rip Van Winkle Caper”:

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops.

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 


Friday, June 30, 2017

1x17 "A Postcard from Limbo 2: Postcard Harder"



Jesus, does every single episode need show notes? I say no. Morrissey also says no.


Theme music: “Neither Here nor There (3.1)” by Twin Loops

“You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” by The Smiths (from the album The World Won’t Listen, copyright 1987 by Rough Trade Records)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1x16 "A Postcard from Limbo"




We’ve been nominated for a major award! Craig pauses his sabbatical to provide all the gory details, then breaks his silence about the future of the podcast (spoiler alert: it’s good news. I mean, it’s good if you like the show. If you don’t, well… what the hell are you doing here? Haters back off!


OPENING THEME: “Neither Here Nor There (2nd variation)” by Twin Loops

“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths (from the album Hatful of Hollow, copyright 1984 by Rough Trade Records)

“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (from the album Escape, copyright 1981 by Columbia)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1x15 "Reba Wissner at Ithaca"



We’re back!  Well, kinda sorta: this week frequent guest Dr. Reba Wissner seizes control of the podcast to bring us Music in The Twilight Zone: Hearing Rod Serling’s Vision, a multimedia presentation she gave at New York’s Ithaca College on February 17, 2017. Turns out it translates almost perfectly to the audio-only realm, and we’re immensely grateful that she’s granted us exclusive permission to present it here. Enjoy!


Opening theme: "Neither Here Nor There" (2nd Revision) by Twin Loops

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

1x14 "Auld Lang Zone"



Joey Crown’s the name, swilling cheap whiskey and bugle-blowing’s the game. This week we immerse ourselves in the Twilight Zone classic “A Passage for Trumpet,” then revisit past episodes of the podcast to write a few wrongs Quantum Leap-style. Elsewhere, martial tensions run high at Casa de Craig, leading to a shocking (yet probably inevitable) conclusion.  

American Masters Presents Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ALNnImsmU

Opening music: “Neither Here nor There (2nd Revision)” by Twin Loops

“In Limbo” by Radiohead (from the album Kid A, copyright 2000 by Capitol/EMI Records)

“James Session” by Harry James (from the album Harry James in Hi-Fi, copyright 1955 by Capitol)

“My Way” by Frank Sinatra (from the album My Way, copyright 1969 by Reprise Records)

“Satanic Blues” by Max Kaminsky (from the album When the Saints Go Marching In/Jazz on Campus, copyright 2007 by Membran Entertainment Group)

“Stormy Weather“ by Billy Butterfield (from the album Pandora’s Box: 1946-1947, copyright 2000 by CEDAR)

“Shake Ya Ass” performed by Richard Cheese (from the album Tuxicity, copyright 2003 by Surfdog Records; originally performed by Mystikal)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.