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Don't Quill the Messenger : Shakespeare Authorship Explored

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Was the name signed to the world's most famous plays and poems a pseudonym? Was the man from Stratford that history attributed the work to even capable of writing them? Who was Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and is there any chance he was the actual author of those legendary works? Who WAS th… read more

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The Problem Play : Troilus and Cressida

April 29th, 2021

1:09:18

Steven welcomes Dr. Earl Showerman back to the program to discuss the many mysterious aspects of the providence of Troilus and Cressida and the many autobiographical aspects of the play which tie it so strongly to the …

Shakespeare on Film

April 14th, 2021

1:30:19

Steven welcomes his wife, actress Annie Sabel, back to the program to discuss some of their favorite Shakespearean film adaptations, and some of the stinkers they can't bear to watch. From Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, to …

Shakey's Madness

March 31st, 2021

1:15:00

Steven welcomes author Robert Boog to the program to discuss his work, "Shakey's Madness," which explores evidence in the works of Shakespeare and the life of Edward de Vere suggesting he may have suffered from a mental …

Zoom-Posium

March 17th, 2021

52:45

Steven welcomes back Dr. Earl Showerman to discuss the line-up for the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship's April 10 online virtual symposium, featuring …

Good Night, Sweet Prince?

March 3rd, 2021

1:10:07

Steven welcomes William Boyle, retired librarian and founder of the New England Shakespeare Oxford Library, to discuss his 40-year history with Oxfordianism and why the controversial Prince Tudor theory of Shakespeare …

For the Love of Shakespeare

February 17th, 2021

1:12:58

Steven welcomes back Dorothea Dickerman to discuss the major romantic relationships in Edward de Vere's life, how they are reflected in the Shakespeare canon, and how they shaped the early feminism found in the works.

She Will Not Be A Mother

February 3rd, 2021

1:06:49

Steven welcomes back second generation Oxfordian Bonner Miller Cutting to explore the tenth chapter in Bonner's book, "Necessary Mischief," covering her research into theories that Queen Elizabeth may have had an …

Two Year Anniversary

January 20th, 2021

1:10:01

It is the two year anniversary of Don't Quill the Messenger! Steven welcomes back actor, filmmaker, and producer of the show Jake Lloyd Bacon to read listener emails and reviews and take a look back at year two before …

Good Alone is Good Without a Guest!

January 6th, 2021

56:49

In this episode, host Steven Sabel takes a suggestion from a listener and uses it to tackle the troublesome, so-called "problem" plays of the Bard's canon.

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Even More of the 100 Reasons

December 23rd, 2020

1:22:35

Steven welcomes Hank Whittemore back to the show for the second of back-to-back episodes exploring further entries in Whittemore's book, "100 Reasons Shake-Speare Was The Earl of Oxford." In this episode they discuss …

More of the 100 Reasons

December 9th, 2020

1:15:03

Steven welcomes Hank Whittemore back to the show for the first of a two-part series of episodes exploring further entries in Whittemore's book, "100 Reasons Shake-Speare Was The Earl of Oxford." In this episode, they …

Epistemic Injustices

November 25th, 2020

1:08:09

Steven and University of Winnipeg Librarian Michael Dudley talk about Dudley's application of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher …

The Italian Job

November 11th, 2020

1:15:21

Steven welcomes prominent real estate lawyer Dorothea Dickerman to the show to discuss her tactic of actually touring the sites of Italy found in Shakespeare's plays as a means to expose her lawyer husband to the …

Evidently Evidenceless

October 28th, 2020

1:07:08

Steven welcomes guest Alex McNeill to the podcast to discuss his nearly three decades of involvement with the Oxfordian movement, McNeill's analysis …

Oxfordian 22

October 17th, 2020

49:45

Dr. Earl Showerman and host Steven Sabel record a DQTM episode during the SOF livestream online Shakespeare Authorship Symposium. The focus of their discussion if the research of Ramon Jimenez, who has a featured piece …

Shakespeare's "Herodotus"

September 30th, 2020

1:04:09

Ben August, member of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Board of Trustees, successful businessman and Napa Valley winemaker, joins host Steven Sabel …

Shakepeare Authorship Symposium

September 16th, 2020

1:11:05

Dr. Earl Showerman returns to join host Steven Sabel to highlight the details of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship's virtual online Shakespeare …

Stratfordian Intolerance

September 2nd, 2020

1:17:43

Dr. Roger Stritmatter, full professor of humanities at Coppin State University and leading Oxfordian, returns to the series to discuss dealing with …

One Pretty Secret

August 19th, 2020

58:01

Independent researcher Heidi Jannsch joins host Steven Sabel for an intriguing discussion about the writings of Gervase Markham and his references to the "pretty secret" in the deVere family history. Jannsch, has a …

The Bard of War

August 5th, 2020

1:05:31

Retired professor of theatre, English, and political science, with a master's degree in Shakespeare studies from Brunel University, is writing a book …

Shakespeare Auteur

July 25th, 2020

1:04:21

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan returns to update host Steven Sabel on the global release of her Oxfordian documentary, and share information about her next projects, including a new book titled, "Shakespeare Auteur."

Shakespearean Leading Man

July 8th, 2020

1:19:03

Shakespearean leading man, Christopher Karbo, joins host Steven Sabel to discuss tackling the canon in a 52-week process from live readings to virtual meetings and everything in between for 2020.

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Shakespeare's Sexuality

June 24th, 2020

1:17:02

Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship President John Hamill joins Steven for a discussion about Shakespeare's sexuality and aspects of the plays and poems some view as homoerotic or bisexual in their themes.

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A Journalist's Curiosity

June 10th, 2020

1:12:39

Steven welcomes retired Washington Post journalist and president emeritus of the National Press Foundation, Robert Meyers, to discuss how a journalist's curiosity led to discovery of Edward de Vere as the true …

Shakespeare Suppressed

May 27th, 2020

1:04:49

Steven is joined by historian Katherine Chiljan, author of "Shakespeare Suppressed," in an intriguing discussion about the suppression of the works of Shakespeare, and the reasons behind it.

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Poetry Was the World

May 13th, 2020

1:08:24

Guelph University professor of English and theatre, Sky Gilbert, PhD, critically acclaimed novelist and playwright discusses his new book with Steven as they explore the power of language a time when poetry was the …

Prince of the Oxfordian Revolution : Remembering Tom Regnier

April 29th, 2020

1:09:38

Steven is joined by his wife, Annie, and Dr. Earl Showerman to honor the passing of colleague, friend, and Prince of the Oxfordian Revolution, Tom …

"My dearest partner of greatness"

April 15th, 2020

1:11:49

Steven's wife, Annie, sits in the host's chair and asks compelling questions of Steven and returning guest, Dr. Earl Showerman, including a few curve balls the two Oxfordians do their best to hit out of the park.

Shakespeare's Political "Dream"

April 1st, 2020

1:19:03

Dr. Earl Showerman returns to the program to discuss with Steven the various and very dangerous political aspects of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Bring Home the Bacon

March 18th, 2020

1:01:06
Steven welcomes Carole Sue Lipman, president of the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable to discuss the her work with the global forum as well as the …

Physics of an Oxfordian

March 4th, 2020

1:13:43

Former physics teacher, now thespian of the stage and converted Oxfordian, native Brit Tom Woosnam, shares his story with with Steven.

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What Bloody Tragedy is That?

February 19th, 2020

1:15:29

Dr. Earl Showerman returns to the show to discuss with Steven the influences of classic Greek Literature as source material for the popular (and …

Beggar's Books & Noble's Blood

February 7th, 2020

57:41

Steven is flying solo in this very unique episode of Don't Quill the Messenger to discuss his personal library and the books within in that he feels …

One Year Anniversary

January 15th, 2020

1:12:01

Steven welcomes actor/film director and producer of the show, Jake Lloyd back to the program to discuss the first year of Don't Quill the Messenger! The two reminisce about their favorite episodes and the conversations …

Is there a Doctor in the House?!

January 1st, 2020

1:10:04

Retired ER physician Earl Showerman returns as a guest to speak with Steven about Shakespeare’s advanced and extensive medical knowledge as found within the 700 or more medical references in the canon.

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Oxfordian Actors Bucket List

December 18th, 2019

1:16:59

Steven welcomes his wife, Annie, back to the program to discuss some of the roles they both hope to play on stage some day, and the Oxfordian …

Into the Breach

December 4th, 2019

1:09:19

Actor, fight coordinator, and Society for Creative Anachronism combat veteran, Jesse Durant, joins Steven to talk about medieval and Renaissance combat in connection with the Shakespearean canon.

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The French Connection

November 20th, 2019

1:10:17

Steven talks with Elisabeth Waugaman, PhD in medieval French studies, about the evidence of influence upon the works of the Bard derived from French …

Married Into It

November 6th, 2019

1:10:38

Steven welcomes his wife, Shakespearean actress Annie Freeman Sabel, to the program to describe what it was like to marry an Oxfordian, and share her personal journey with the Shakespeare Authorship Question.

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Monumental Conversations

October 23rd, 2019

1:28:42

Emmy Award-Winning writer, actor, and author Hank Whittemore returns to discuss his seminal publication on the Shake-Speare sonnets, "The Monument," and his interpretation of the relationships found within the poetry.

Mischievous Minutiae

October 9th, 2019

1:14:09

Returning guest Bonner Miller Cutting joins Steven to discuss her new book, "Necessary Mischief," with chapters on the Earl of Oxford's thousand pound annuity, censorship, torture, and punishment of writers in …

Collegiate Questions

September 25th, 2019

1:02:08

Steven welcomes Clark State College theatre professor Theresa Lauricella to discuss the results of her raising the Shakespeare Authorship Question to …

Love Boat to Cyprus

September 11th, 2019

1:14:28

Actor, producer, director, and writer Ted Lange talks with Steven about the voyage from television starring in the iconic "Love Boat" to training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to becoming the first African …

Shakespeare's Tour, For Sure

August 28th, 2019

56:05

Literature professor, Michael Delahoyde of Washington State University joins Steven to discuss Edward de Vere's trail through Italy. Michael has spent the last five summers delving deep into the archives of the Italian …

Speaking Daggers

August 14th, 2019

1:04:50

Steven welcomes Actor/Writer/Filmmaker and the producer of the show, Jake Lloyd onto the podcast to talk about the nature of the Shakespeare authorship conversation and the social habits the conversation tends to …

Act Natural : The Actors Response to the Oxfordian Director

July 31st, 2019

1:19:57

Steven welcomes actors Hilary Weintraub & Alex Wendel into the studio! Hilary and Alex aren't just any actors, though - they've both been in Shakespeare plays that Steven himself directed! What's it like being an …

Just a Few of the Hundred Reasons

July 17th, 2019

1:02:59

Returning guest and accomplished writer Hank Whittemore talks with Steven about his popular book "100 Reasons Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford." …

Critical Stages

July 3rd, 2019

1:05:33

Returning guest Don Rubin, professor of theatre at York University, Toronto talks with Steven about the special issue of Critical Stages produced by the International Association of Theatre Critics, focused on the …

Let's Grill the Messenger!

June 19th, 2019

1:05:28

Special guest host and international educator, Patricia Carrelli, puts Steven in the hot seat, and asks him about what it is like to direct Shakespeare plays from an Oxfordian position! How does knowledge of the details …

The Pain to Pen the Book

June 5th, 2019

1:11:40

Returning guest Dr. Roger Stritmatter talks with Steven about the new book: "The Poems of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford...and the Shakespeare …

The Bard and the Cards

May 22nd, 2019

1:01:54

Steven welcomes back guests, historical researcher Julie Sandys Bianchi and her son, host of the popular podcast Mythunderstood, Paul Bianchi, to …

Sex and the Sonnets

May 8th, 2019

41:10

Returning guest Cheryl Eagan-Donovan sits down with Roger Stritmatter and Charles Boynton to talk all about sex! Specifically how much sex is alluded to within the 154 Shakespeare Sonnets and what it tells us about …

Declaration of Reasonable Doubt

April 24th, 2019

1:08:04

John Shahan of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition joins Steven to discuss the famous Declaration of Reasonable Doubt, "Shakespeare Beyond Doubt?" and building scrutiny of the obfuscation perpetuated by the Shakespeare …

A Compounded Historical Blunder

April 10th, 2019

43:15

Guests Julie Sandys Bianchi, Robert Meyers, and Hank Whittemore discuss the historical implications of the misidentification of the true author of …

Sacked by the S.A.Q. with Dragon Wagon Podcasters!

March 27th, 2019

1:43:27

Steven welcomes Actor/Filmmaker Jake Lloyd and Writer/Poet Alexandra Hoey from fellow DWR podcast, Dungeons and Dragon Wagon into the studio on behalf of YOU the listener! Specifically the listener who may be completely …

The "Truth" of a Documentary

March 13th, 2019

1:05:04

Documentary Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan joins Steven to discuss her new documentary film, "Nothing is Truer Than Truth," covering aspects of the life of Edward de Vere, and his well-documented visit to Italy in 1575.

It was all Greek to me...

February 27th, 2019

47:19

Master Scholar Earl Showerman, Theater Professor Theresa Lauricella, and Greek Mythology enthusiast and host of the podcast Mythunderstood, Paul …

The Will of Shakspere

February 13th, 2019

45:58

We're joined by Bonner Miller Cutting and Professor Don Rubin to discuss the quirky details of the last will and testament of the man from Stratford.

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Shakespeare and the Law

January 30th, 2019

35:13

We welcome back special guest Bryan Wildenthal, along with fellow legal eagles Tom Regnier and Mark Andre Alexander to discuss Shakespeare's mastery of the law.

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The Shakespeare Authorship Question 101

January 16th, 2019

1:11:39

Our first guest Bryan Wildenthal, Vice President of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, joins Steven to help introduce the Shakespeare Authorship Question; its foundations, and the meteoric rise of a top candidate as the …

An Introduction to the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery

January 2nd, 2019

13:08

Theatrical Producer/Director/Actor Steven Sabel introduces you to literary history's greatest mystery and tells you what to expect on Don't Quill the Messenger.

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