Poet Mario A. Pita (Lyrical Emissary, Image Marriages) comes back by the woodpile to not only share his verses but talk everything from science and spirituality, to sea turtles and flashlights, idolatry, molecules and so much more!

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Our woodpile is over in China again! This time around Peter Horse brings over his chair and mouth to talk writer Lu Xun (鲁迅), Chinese underground hip-hop, Jews in Shanghai during WWII, the ET generation and all kinds of other random topics.

 

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Our favorite Salvadorian girls are back to help us learn some of the key Spanish words to songs by Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Salsa Clave and Alvaro Torres. Not only do we laugh at ourselves and our respective language skills, we get some insight into the current crisis in Venezuela, the devestating earthquakes in El Salvador and the resilient human spirit.  

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Keeping it in the family, Spun Counterguy interviews his father about all his adventures and mishaps in the mid-1960s while being in the Southern Gospel group, The Collegiates. Junky tour buses, breaking into churches, waking the ferryman and recording in funeral homes and water wells- it's all there!

 

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1980’s racism is what’s on tap on our look back podcast this time around. Specifically how it played out in two spots on the globe: the city of Chicago and country of South Africa. Our guests remember the sad ugliness and inspiring triumphs of humans during those times.

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The 1980's are back, at least in our minds. This time around we rap re-issuing early Hip-Hop, dreams of meeting Lena Zavaroni, flying high in the US Air Force and slaming that one Polynesian pop group we loved.

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Author Lisa See comes Back by the Woodpile to talk about her new title The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, which centers around a Chinese ethinic minority woman’s destiny as tied to her people’s particular strand of tea, both sacred and highly sought after in the outside world. Added to this is the woman’s longing to find her lost daughter, adopted away on the other side of the planet in America. While digesting the story, we’ll get to learn a lot about tea, Chinese adoptees, identity and how to dance with happenstance.

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Trying to learn another language is frickin' hard! But since rocking along to sweet music ain't no chore, why not bop and cram at the same time? That's what we try to do by learning some of the key words of our favorite Spanish language songs by Carlos Vives, Kika Cayito y Mike, Tito Puente and Climaco Sarmiento. 

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Chilly fradulent fuzzy worms, Darwinistic romantic calculations, Salvation Army pickings, Cover Your Hind End Insurance...it's all here as Roxy Forest, Nick McNasty and Corey McFly wander around their hometown looking for cassingles, scratch-n-sniff stickers and their purpose in life!

 

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Snapshots into the lives of ordinary Chinese folk, ranging from doctors to students to the spiritually minded.

 

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