The People Vs. The Wind

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The residents of Haverton are furious -- the wind is messing up all of their plans and ruining everyone's day! From lost balloons to spoiled cakes to popped kick balls, the townspeople want justice, and that's where Rita Toomey and Judge Solomon come in.

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While Rita takes listeners to the set of Justice Court: Court of Justice, a daily courtroom drama show, our story is actually based on a legend about Solomon, one of the great kings of Israel.

In the story, an old widow, frustrated by the wind spilling her flour, brings a case against the element to the court of King Solomon. As he is about to rule, Solomon learns new information, in the form of a sailor whose ship has been saved by a mysterious sack of flour. 

Get outside and explore how the weather works 
King Solomon was also famous for writing poetry. For another family-fun activity, try writing some poems together. 

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Interested in another King Solomon story? Check out one of these titles -- or enjoy the vignette, "Abigail versus the Wind," another take on the story that inspired this episode, in the book Rabbi Harvey Rides Again.:


Episode Notes

Among the great kings of Israel, Solomon stands out. The son of David and Bathsheba, Solomon ruled for nearly 40 years, beginning about the year 970 B.C.E., and was responsible for building the first Temple in Jerusalem. 

King Solomon was renowned for his wisdom and was also famous as a magician, performing feats that others could neither explain nor understand. Some said he could even speak to animals. 

In this story, Judge Solomon is loosely based on King Solomon although his gift for languages and kindness isn't as great as his namesake. Although our Solomon is cantankerous in a silly way, at the end of the day, he is committed to being a fair and balanced mediator through Justice Court: Court of Justice. 


Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Story editor: Alan Silberberg
This episode was written by Jan Schwaid


Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Judge Solomon: Tau Zaman of The Whisper Forge
Justine Hazelworth: Jen Kenneally
Michael: Payton James
Little Leah: Wednesday Alice
Arlo Sumpkin: Rich Wentworth
Peter Grossbaum: Kristofer Jenson
The Sailor: Walter Alice Sickert