Taoist adventures in China! The is the second part of an American's quest in the Middle Kingdom to learn more about the Tao Te Ching, Laozi, Liezi and the gang. On this episode there's snack-stealing karma monkeys, slackers vindicated by fate, exposed old lady parts and choking on thief food.

 

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John J Thompson of True Tunes News wraps up the story of the magazine- began in episode 125- picking up at the publication’s zenith, it’s collapse and what’s become of the tribe since those final days.

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Back in the late 1980’s, a little magazine began to be passed around by discouraged and disenfranchised music loving, truth seeking believers on the back pews of churches. The mag was called True Tunes and what it did was send up flare to those folks who were looking for music with meaning and integrity, both of which unfortunately for many did not exist in the mainstream Christian music industry of the times. The visionary of the publication was a kid-at-the-time by the name of John J Thompson who joins us to tell us of the rise, the fall and possible resurrection of True Tunes.

 

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Ronald Reagan's years as US president during the 1980s is commented on and discussed by armchair history watchers Mac Daddy McWilliams and Spun Counterguy. The Marine bombing in Beirut, Reagan's assassination attempt, jump-starting the economy, the air traffic controller strike and Iran-Contra are some of the main points the boys ramble on about. 

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Jason Hargrove is a street artist based near the Paducah, Kentucky area whom uses the jarring marriage of normalcy and nuclear imagery to provoke thought about the several radiation energy and storage facilities around the Middle South. Hargrove comes back by the woodpile to explain his vision and his own experience working within the atomic industry.

 

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Randy Stehle has returned back by the woodpile with a milk crate full of 78s to share some of his favorite finds of late! Jellyroll Morton, Bennie Moten, Louis Armstrong and a bunch others are all top on this jazzy scratchy episode!

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Former diplomat, Director of the Foreign Service Institute and Al-Qaeda target Nancy McEldowney joins us to talk about her career in the State Department and the unfolding historical events she got to witness up close. The Cold War, reunification of Germany, the Middle East crisis, the break up of the Soviet Union and so many other issues that effect our current events are all commented on by Mrs. McEldowney.

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Fredrick Douglas was a runaway slave, writer, preacher, abolitionist leader, accomplished violinist and eventual advisor and friend to President Abraham Lincoln. For this episode of In the Corner Back by the Woodpile, we get a special tour inside and out of the Fredrick Douglas house in Washington DC, and in the process get a better picture of the man who changed American history.

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Gather near the speakers ya'll,  it's time for more spooky stories told round the graveyard bonfire! On this episode of In the Corner Back by the Woodpile we've gathered tales from Guatemala, Korea, Zimbabwe and the American South about tree chattering, bursting coffins, grabby doorways, cooking children, library witches and snakes coughing up cash.

 

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Musicologist Dave Robinson has us over and down in his basement of treasures to talk jazz recordings, history, bottlecaps, woodpeckers and piano rolls!

 

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