Professor Theo's Mystery Lab
By Jonathan Joy
Written by Jonathan Joy, based on his newspaper column of stories for kids, this is a 10-15 minute podcast, updated weekly, rich in fun, playful tales.
Professor Theo's Mystery LabNov 12, 2023
Turkey Bowl: A Splendid Thanksgiving Special
Poultry pals Turk and Pork Chop return in their 8th Thanksgiving special for kids.
The Wild Werewolves of Washington Avenue
A werewolf tale for your Halloween delight.
13 Days of Halloween
Professor Theo's ode to Halloween.
200. Cryptid Clash
Kid Superhero Buck Travers takes over the mic for our 200th episode.
Quantum leaping whiz kids Tanner and Max return.
Bigfoot and The Flatwoods Monster make cameo appearances.
Library Quest 1
A tribute to the library and its many valuable community services.
500 Halloween Costume Ideas
Get in the Halloween spirit with Professor Theo's annual costume recommendations.
Back to School Special 2023
Professor Theo's annual Back to School special is here!
Barry, the Orange Dinosaur
Professor Theo encourages listeners to follow their heart, using his friend Barry - a seven foot tall singing, dancing, and playing dinosaur - as an example.
On Boards and Butterflies
Breaking news from the Splendid School Board and A Poem About a Butterfly. Also, Professor Theo has homework for young listeners.
GlitterBeard's Treasure Hunt
If you like ghost pirates, treasure hunts, and Eastern Kentucky, this is the episode for you.
After The Fall: Week 2 Journal Entries
The conclusion to Professor Theo's apocalyptic After The Fall series.
Cletus Cavalier Finale
A summary and conclusion to space ranger Cletus Cavalier's latest galactic adventure.
Pride Poem 2023
Professor Theo shares a poem and message of Pride, for Pride Month 2023.
After The Fall: Week One Journal Entries
Is this an apocalyptic tale of Splendid's future, or a glimpse into an alternative reality? Professor Theo sums up last year's After the Fall serial to both review and to set up its soon to be released continuation.
Professor Theo shares his National Library Week ode to the important work of librarians.
Professor Theo shares secrets of his own superhero youth.
186. Saint Nick Squad 2022
Jingle and Snowflake return for their annual holiday adventure.
185. The Holidays Are...
Professor Theo sends Happy Holiday wishes by way of a poem titled "The Holidays Are..."
Turk and Pork Chop Join the Circus
America's favorite turkey and pig, Turk and Pork Chop, hide out from Thanksgiving horrors by joining the circus.
Turkey Trot 2022 Too
A new Thankful Things writing prompt is included, and Professor Theo presents a remastered version of a Turk and Pork Chop classic.
Turkey Trot 2022
Professor Theo revisits the Turk and Pork Chop origin story from four years ago.
181. Down With Doppelgangers
A spooky story about a mysterious island and doppelgangers, with a possible tie to Professor Theo's recent After The Fall series.
The 13 Days of Halloween
Professor Theo shares two poems perfect for the autumn and Halloween season.
179. Monsters Over (and Under) The Bed
Professor Theo shares October thoughts and a story about monsters.
250+ Halloween Costume Ideas
Need a costume idea? Professor Theo has over 250 of them.
177. Friday Night Frights
Professor Theo's sports report goes terribly, or at least oddly, wrong...but maybe that's what he had planned all along.
176. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Cletus Cavalier and friends travel to NEHI and SWOLE to complete recruitment for the Unlikely Alliance.
175. Martians Attack! On Halloween!
It's already Halloween at Disney and the Dollar Tree, so why not Splendid, WV? Included is the new "Martians Attack! On Halloween!" story.
174. Wizards and Twists
Professor Theo shares The Wizard's Test sequel, titled The Wizard's Best, and a big twist in the After the Fall series.
173. Love Your Library
A day at the library turns chaotic when a magic spell gone wrong forces literary characters out of their books and into the real world. It's Professor Theo's 2022 Back To School Special.
172. Actors and Automatons
Enjoy a night out at the theatre with our talented thespians. Also, Professor Theo shares the fourth chapter of After the Fall.
171. Is My Dad A Super-villain?
A boy in nearby Super Duper Town shares suspicions about his father's potentially shadowy double life.
170. Winter Trek in Summer
Professor Theo shares a cool winter tale in the middle of a sweltering summer. Also included: hot dog poetry.
169. Space Dudettes and Zombie Distractions
Hear the fourth part of Cletus Cavalier's Unlikely Alliance of Really Bad Space Dudes AND chapter three of the After The Fall series on this week's episode.
168. The Mummy
Two new tales this week: a mummy inspired campfire story and the second part of our new After the Fall series.
167. PRIDE poem
Professor Theo shares an Open To All Pride month poem, message.
166. The Wizard's Test
Two new tales this week: one poetry (The Wizard's Test) and one prose (After the Fall, Part 1).
165. Cletus Cavalier - Space Ranger
Professor Theo foreshadows a school where he would train Splendid's best to combat upcoming calamity. He also shares the third tale in Cletus Cavalier's Unlikely Alliance of Really Bad Space Dudes.
164. Beware the Dragons
The tale of Janine, her dragon friends, and Dude, the dragon hunter.
163. Cletus Cavalier Returns Again
162. The Shakespearean Episode
161. Secret Agent Kids Society
160. World Theatre Day Special
Professor Theo celebrates World Theatre Day 2022 with the return of That Talented Travelling Theatrical Troupe.
159. Pot of Gold
158. Super Dork!
When Barnum goes missing, it's Super Dork to the rescue...kind of.
157. Breaking News! Kids Take Over School Board
Elementary activist Janet Jones returns to lead a school board revolt. Also, Professor Theo shares the first chapter of a new Cletus Cavalier intergalactic adventure.
156. All the World's a Stage
Two short, poetic tales this week. One follows the adventures of a travelling troupe of theatre artists. The other is about a night out at the wrestling matches.
155. The Skylark and the Water Rat
Professor Theo's spin on an Edward E. Hale fable from 1873.
154. Poetry Finds A Way
When poetry is banned, Professor Theo protests by sharing a fresh new resistance rhyme.
153. The Wish Box 3
Things get wild and weird in the third and final tale in Manny's Wish Box trilogy.