There's so many charities and government programs that might give some aid but in the process foster dependency or encourage fraud. One organization has become successful of helping some of the most hopeless folks transform themselves and escape the cycles of drugs, poverty and low expectations. Peggy Gardner of Greater Faith Community Action Corporation shares both stories of failure and success but some of the formulas they've found that works. Mrs. Gardner also shares what happens when a black woman decides to have breakfast with klansmen. 

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Educator Derek Luptak lets us ride sidecar in alongside Ulysses and his crew as he gets in a tangle with cyclops, sirens, goddesses, bad weather, time, terrible decisions, just to name a few. In the process we learn about heroes, home, cancel culture, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, Juana Rosa Pita and so much more.  

(Penelope by Matt Andrews)

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Author Lisa See comes Back By the Woodpile to give us a history lesson on the Jeju Island, the Haenyeo women divers and how it ties to her book The Island Sea Women.

(Memorial to the victims of the 4.3 Incident)

 

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We're going back to school, sharing mostly stories of teachers- the good, the bad and the foxy- we had back in the 1980's!

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Lin Zhao was an enthusiastic member of the Chinese Communist Party but in time her comrades would sentence her to death. Professor Xi Lian comes Back By the Woodpile to tell the story of this important figure for the hope of democracy in 21st China. 

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Brenton Dickieson of A Pilgrim in Narnia comes Back By The Woodpile to talk about C.S. Lewis, his work The Great Divorce and how it factors to Christianity's challenges of today. 

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Professor Ricardo Pau-Llosa returns back to the Woodpile to share some of his poetry, his thoughts on some of his art collection and on the default politics of artists. 

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Stories of working in the 80’s! On farms, in restaurants, grocery stores and in even at space camp.

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(Meal with sinners by Sieger Köder)

Travis McCool of Table Gathering joins us using the previous In The Corner Back By the Woodpile episode to talk about where the ground lays between being engaged with the world without losing one's soul in the process. 

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Talking about two histories: the progressive Christians of the early 20th century compared with the progressive Christians of now. It's a bit of a grim get together featuring Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Charles Darwin, Walter Rauschenbusch, Henry Emerson Fosdick, Leopold and Loeb, Helen Keller, Richard Rohr, U2 and a whole lot more!

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Deferred dreams, liars enslaved by their words and the tyrants in all of us is what we're talking about on this philosophical episode!

 

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Taneya Koonce comes on the podcast to talk about her adventures in genealogy. We'll talk about shaking stories out of the family tree, the challenges of getting information of those with ancestors that had been enslaved, Alex Haley and much more.

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(Searching for gravestones)

 

 

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