Philosophical banter, this time around inspired by the words of John Hughes spoken by Leah Thompson, Mary Stuart Masterson & Eric Stoltz via 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful. Alienation, class envy, complacentcy in relationships and prejudice all get a look-see jaw-jack Back by the Woodpile!

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The crew are in town and have acquired some mysterious Scratch n Sniff stickers, cassingles and Rubiks cube. Corey McFly is ready to give his heart to Gina McGaha but he's first got to retrieve her class ring from Buddy Childress. Our hero is detirmined to do what it takes to snag the prize, whether it's rumbling with godless heathens, completing a bear claw recipe or protecting an innocent soda machine, with help of course from his comrades foxy Roxy Forest and nerdy Nick McNasty. 

 

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Nick McNasty is still imprisoned in his bedroom, Roxy Forest is trapped between a wall of fists and a radio full of ghosts, Skirdette is still drunk dancing in the front yard, all while Corey McFly is playing with a remote control that activates who knows what? The adventure continues complete with more Rush-inspired pitfalls, mysterious pinafore boutiques and sultry ladies trying to lure boys + 1 into their Mercedes. 

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A role-playing game set in the 1980's! Music lover/aspiring dancer Roxy Forest, football jock Corey McFly and computer geek Nick McNasty join gamemaster Spun Counterguy for a trek into the heart of the neon decade. Join them as they seek love, music and liberation from tyrannical older sisters!

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(courthouse photo courtesy of Ken Alvey/graphics by Mindub)

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Thoughts, words and responses are flung here and there on this latest edition of Tryna Herd Cats, the philosophical dialogue podcasts Back By the Woodpile! This time around we talk alibis for failure, so empty nothing can offend, laying down metaphorical arms and getting mind punched by David Carradine.

 

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1980's artists fogotten, neglected or never heard in the first place. This time John J. Thompson of True Tunes fame helps us remember The Alarm, After the Fire and Steve Taylor!

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In the lead up to the world being plunged into a second world war, the Japanese invaded China and subjected the country to a living hell of destruction, mass rapes and deaths. A small group of Americans volunteered to become members of the Chinese Air Force and became known as飞虎队 or The Flying Tigers. Lead by US General Claire Chennault, the airmen with shark faces painted on their plane noses destroyed 296 enemy aircrafts in less than a year while only losing 14 of their own pilots.

 

Sally Fee comes back by the Woodpile this week to talk about her cousin Leonard M. Butsch Jr. who was a member of the Flying Tigers. Also known as "Mish", the serviceman’s adventures is told in a book called “Leonard M. Butsch, Jr: An Airman’s Story”, put together by Fee and another cousin named Robert McClure. Sally gives us not only some insight into Mish’s experiences and character but also of her own memories of the heroic man.

 

And we also end up talking bout Sally’s jazz record collecting!

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(Mish with a young Sally)

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Philosophy throwdown! Somehow between sneaky neighbors, withered trees, unaware beauty, unaware virtue, Chinese sages and missing axes, we find a little insight. 

 

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78 RPM quests, Bix Beiderbecke’s mystery trail, Joe Bussard’s basement Mecca, digitizing history and making-me-blush blues songs. It’s all brought here by this week’s guest Back By the Woodpile, Jackson Garrison!

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A whole village under the thumb of one snake, avenging a father one never knew, the safety in being useless, piting lions against each other, yanking at crops to get them to hurry up... All of these stories and more are told to us back by the woodpile by kids and young folks in China. Learn a little culture and hopefully wisdom at the same time on this episode!

 

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