Recently there’s been a lot of different tellings about how America’s founding was tied to slavery. American History professor Dr. Dennis Boman comes Back By the Woodpile to give the whole story, including the state of slavery on the rest of the planet, the Founder’s views and actions for and against slavery and strange phenomenon of some modern progressives basing their views of the American founding by adopting the views of pro-slavery forces of the past.

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Back in the late 1970’s, computers programs called “Text Adventures” would appear. These were interactive games where players had to read, problem solve and then type in commands to complete the puzzles and tasks. Their popularity dominated the home computer market for about a decade and though they would be later overshadowed newer game innovations, text adventures are still being produced and played. Author, blogger and game designer Aaron A. Reed comes Back By the Woodpile to give us some snapshots of the history of these games, the industry and individuals that produced them and then talk about his own adventures at creating games.

 

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Howard Finster was a folk artist preacher whose work reached out all over the globe. On this recording from the 1990s, Mr. Finster talks about other preacher's differing theology, sex vs. relationships, the history of Japan, fellow artist Keith Haring and the several literal angels he saw. 

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On July 11th of last year protests broke out all over Cuba over several issues, ranging from lack of food and medical access to the general state of oppression. For a moment the world’s eyes were on the island and the prospect of a free Cuba seemed to be within grasp. But as humans tend to do, they quickly lose interest and turn their gazes to other matters and distractions. The Cuban dictatorship became more brazen in their oppression of the Cuban people, especially of those who embarrassed them on the world stage. To help us to put names and faces on just a few of those who as I write this are enduring prison, beatings and worse, is Vicky Collado. Vicky wears many hats but one of them she wears is while trying to get the true condition of Cubans out to the worlds ears.

(Rosa Maria Paya, Vicky Collado and Vanessa Garcia before the US Congress)

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Filmmaker Todd Zeller comes Back By The Woodpile to talk about his experiences with Gene Eugene and the band Adam Again while working on his upcoming documentary This Band Is Our House.

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(Todd Zeller and Greg Lawless)

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Uncle Paul is back a second time by the woodpile to share some more stories and thoughts from his life. This time around we talk fainting trumpet players, creepy evangelists, a broken legged chicken, the fine art of dumpster diving and how a good spit can help anyone sing better!

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Welcome to part four of our conversation with Dr. Carlos Eire, historian, Yale Professor and author of Reformations, a history of the reformation era of Europe. Today we’re going to talk anabaptists, Mennonites, torture, and the mystery of why prostitutes get so disappointed with modern historical conferences.

 

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It didn’t take long for the people of Cuba to realize after the "revolution" of 1959, they were now under the rule of an even more cruel dictator. In an attempt to protect their children from indoctrination, persecution and being sent to the Soviet Union for “special training”, many parents looked for a way to get their young off the island until at least this newest dictatorship was overthrown. So a plan was hatched by an Irish priest in Miami and with the help of many others, including the Eisenhower administration, a British woman who had helped Jewish children exit Nazi-occupied Europe and even a Kentuckian working in Havana. When it was all said and done, over 14,000 Cuban children were flown to a safe but uncertain future in the United States. The first historian to write a book about this incredible feat- eventually known as Operation Padro Pan- was Victor Triay. The book is called Fleeing Castro and he’s Back By The Woodpile to talk about some of the finer points and mysteries of this modern day exodus.
 
 

Henry Clay was an American statesman of the 1800’s that was so vital to the survival of the Republic that it was assumed by many in his time that the man would at some point become president. But as of this moment we have yet to have had a President Clay. So, who was this man largely forgotten that the whole world might owe much to? To help us answer that question Dr. Jason Stevens, a professor of history and political science at Ashland University joins us Back By The Woodpile!

 

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Music journalist and insider Bill Adler comes Back By the Woodpile with a big bag full of musical Christmas goodies, including tunes by Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, Sonny Boy Williamson, Irma Thomas and others. We also discuss the publication of his chat book "The Making of Kurtis Blow’s Christmas Rappin’".

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Uncle Paul Buchanan comes Back By The Woodpile to talk about fire alarm candy, weenie water, misplaced children, a dog called Icky Sticky Stombo for short and much more!

 

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Poet Juana Rosa Pita returns to the Woodpile to talk about and read selections from her new compilation of poems, The Miracle Unfolds. In addition, the book’s translator Erin Goodman also shares some of her favorite pieces of Juana Rosa Pita’s verses while talking about how the release came together.

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