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Bob and Marj

A true epistolary podcast. Robert and Marjorie were high school sweethearts who blossomed into soulmates. Follow their relationship in real time when the Korean War wrenched them apart.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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1. Bob - “Shipping Out” - Sep. 28, 1952

Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast based on their letters. You can read the original letter from this episode here. Many thanks to Stephen Tramontozzi for the music in this episode. The intro and outro music is from Renovations off his new album Walkabout.

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28 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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2. Marj - “2 Big Dates” - Sep. 30, 1952

Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. You can read the original letter from this episode here. Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Many thanks to Stephen Tramontozzi for the music in this episode. The intro and outro music is from Renovations off his new album Walkabout.

3mins

30 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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67. Marj - “Rain in Champaign” - Mar. 3, 1953

Marj takes the morning train to Champaign due to road conditions. She has to work that afternoon, but her manager rewards her with Fighting Illini basketball tickets. The next day, despite the weather, she goes out for a delicious supper with friends. Other news includes Stalin’s stroke and near death. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links for Context: Tilden Hall Hotel Stalin’s Stroke and Death Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

3mins

21 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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43. Marj - “15 Cent Hot Chocolate” - Jan. 25, 1953

Marj is slower on the draw and writes her letter a whole 2 hours after talking on the phone. Despite missing Bob a lot, she has a fun night out at the symphony. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links For Context: Mr. Peepers Eleazar de Carvalho The Shrike Vladimir Horowitz Kiel Auditorium Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

3mins

27 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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49. Marj - “Smells Like Perfume” - Feb. 5, 1953

Marj spills a bottle of perfume on herself and the letter. (I’m sure Bob didn’t mind though). Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read along with the original letter here. Links: The History of the Shady Oak Theater The Magic Box Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

2mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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32. Bob - "Tanks, Jeeps, and Automobiles" - Jan. 6, 1953

Bob gets into the Development and Proof Service at Aberdeen and is much relieved. There's a chance he will go overseas, but it’s much less likely with the new assignment. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read along with the original letter here. Links For Context: Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Development and Proof Service FECOM Narrated and Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

2mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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5. Bob - “Pardon The Stationery” - Oct. 4, 1952

Narrated and Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast based on their letters. You can read the original letter from this episode here. Many thanks to Stephen Tramontozzi for the music in this episode. The intro and outro music is from Renovations off his new album Walkabout.

3mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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35. Bob - "Basketball, Bowling, and Beethoven in Baltimore" - Jan. 12, 1953

Bob spends the weekend in Baltimore to catch an NBA doubleheader, go bowling, see the symphony and 2 movies to boot. Not to mention he tries pizza for the first time! It’s quote: “real good.” Links For Context: The Baltimore Coliseum Syracuse Nationals vs. Philadelphia Warriors Box Score Boston Celtics vs. Baltimore Bullets Box Score St. Louis Bombers The Playhouse Theater Today The Promoter (or The Card) Madeline The Bad and the Beautiful Narrated and Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj. 

6mins

12 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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48. Marj - “The Folks at the Nudist Colony” - Feb. 3, 1953

Marj is buzzing with news. There's a new girl at work, Mary Kay has a baby, and Betty moves in with Harvey. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links For Context: April in Paris The Magic Box History and Pictures of the Shady Oak Theater Laurence Olivier Peter Ustinov Robert Donat Glynis Johns Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

5mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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62. Bob - “NYC Postcard” - Feb. 23, 1953

Bob says hello from the Big Apple Read the original postcard here. Narrated and produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

23 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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59. Marj - “Silent Treatment” - Feb. 19. 1953

After receiving Bob’s letter from Philadelphia, Marj warns of seductive dangers lurking in big city cocktail lounges, and scolds him (jokingly, mind you) for writing it in his underwear. While on the subject of said paramour, she daydreams about his homecoming, only to fret that work might keep her away when the time comes. She ends on a happier note by recounting the tale of last night’s babysitting and announcing that Dad is back from the hospital.   Read along with the original letter here. Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo and produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here.

2mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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58. Marj - “Toujour Gai!” - Feb. 17, 1953

Marj visits her Dad in the hospital, and her Mom is sick with a bad cold. She has a tough time taking over the household chores while also working full time.   Bob and Marj is true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links for Context: Quincy, IL The Song of Mehitabel (Origin of Toujour Gai) The Shrike The Ambassador Theatre of St. Louis The Fox Theatre of St. Louis The Thief The Grand Theater in Alton Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

3mins

17 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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23. Marj - "2-door Surprise" - Nov. 24, 1952

Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links For Context: Robert Montgomery’s Show Uptown Theater Walk East on Beacon The Half Breed Robert Montgomery Presents: The Valeri Special Ezio Pinza 52 Ford Dub Coupe Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

3mins

24 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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18. Marj - "Baby Bumblebee" - Nov. 8-9, 1952

Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links For Context: The Story of Will Rogers Stix Famous Scruggs “Time at the tone” Draft Classification: 1-D Mt. Vernon, IL Be My Baby Bumblebee Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

4mins

9 Nov 2018

Rank #14

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47. Bob - “En Garde” - Feb. 3, 1953

Bob's guard detail is an absolute snooze fest. He daydreams about guard duty at the Women’s Army Corps barracks, reminisces about last weekend, and plans the next weekend. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter and check out Bob’s amusing self-portrait here. Links For Context: Women’s Army Corps. Martha Graham Judith (Ballet) The Baltimore Automobile Show in 1953 TIME Magazine Cover and Article feat. the New Studebaker “Duck Pins” Narrated and produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

3mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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3. Bob - “A New Life” - Oct. 1, 1952

Narrated and Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast based on their letters. You can read the original letter from this episode here. Many thanks to Stephen Tramontozzi for the music in this episode. The intro and outro music is from Renovations off his new album Walkabout.

3mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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56. Marj - “On Sound Ground?” - Feb. 15, 1953

Marj is surprised by Bob's Valentine. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links: Vladimir Horowitz History of the Hotel Jefferson History of the American Theater Bennet Cerf Arturo Toscanini The Saturday Evening Post Issue Marj is Referring To Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

4mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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46. Bob - “40 Odd Guys” - Feb. 2, 1953

Bob feels the Monday blues after a wonderful weekend in D.C. Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read along with the original letter here. Links For Context: Augustana College National Gallery of Art Tomb of the Unknown Soldier WAC, as in “WAC’s Barracks” Narrated and Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

2mins

2 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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4. Marj - “A New Job” - Oct. 3, 1952

Narrated by Arnelle Kodjo Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast based on their letters. You can read the original letter from this episode here. Many thanks to Stephen Tramontozzi for the music in this episode. The intro and outro music is from Renovations off his new album Walkabout.

4mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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22. Bob - "Clothed Shower" - Nov. 18, 1952

Bob and Marj is a true epistolary podcast. Read the original letter here. Links For Context: Bivouac The Ferry Route Narrated and Produced by Luca Tramontozzi Music by Stephen Tramontozzi – you can find his latest work here. Find out more about us at https://www.bobandmarj.com, and follow @bobandmarj on twitter, or on Facebook as Bob and Marj.

2mins

18 Nov 2018

Rank #20