Radio personality Bill Lurwick comes Back by the Woodpile to talk Joe Walsh, Rich Mullins, Tim McGraw, Danny Gokey, U2 and more! 

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The final installment of our exploration of the old Shanghai pop music from the 1930's and 40's. This time Laszlo Montgomery of the China History Podcast helps us know better the stories of Zhōu Xuán (周旋) Lǐ Xiānglán (李香兰/Yamaguchi Yoshiko/山口淑子) and Yáo Lì (姚莉) and how they intersected with Yao Min, Chén Gēxīn, Yán Huá, Frankie Laine, Robert Stack, Deforest Kelly, Wolfgang Fraenkel and the Palestinians.

Poet, writer, professor, art collector and critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa comes Back By the Woodpile to talk all these things and more! 

(A young Ricardo with Rufino Tamayo)

 

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We're back with China History Podcast's Laszlo Mongomery in early 20th Century Shanghai to talk about the singers Lí Lìlì (黎莉莉), Jiang Qing (when she was 藍萍), Bái Hóng (白虹), Bái Guāng (白光), Gōng Qiūxiá (龚秋霞) and Yīngyīn (莺音). 


 

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Laszlo Montgomery of the China History Podcast comes Back By the Woodpile to talk the music scene of 1930's and 40's Shanghai. Li Jinhui, The Bright Moon Song and Dance Troupe, Teddy Weatherford, Buck Clayton, Li Minghui are just some of the major players we feature who made that city above the sea swinging sound!

 

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A few more stories from the Second-Hand Planet, including "The Cold Man and Old Head" and "Jota's and our lack of introspection". 

 

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A brief history of Cuba including Spanish rule, the revolutionary work of Jose Marti, the dictatorships of Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, Operation Peter Pan, author/historian Carlos Eire, Chinese-Cubans and Twitter censorship. Guest Alberto de la Cruz of Babalublog.com explains all! 

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Hip-Hop music during certain time periods has conveyed various messages and beliefs. Professor Kalonji McClellan gives us a run through as to where some of these ideological sources emanate, such as Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois, The Nation of Islam, Moorish Temple, Nuwabians, Gods and Earth and more.

In addition, musicologist Dirk Allman shares a personal story involving a red Moorish fez.

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An essay followed by a discussion regarding God, mystery, agnosticism, desert monks, heresy, race relations and a bunch of other stuff all set off by a quote by Friar Richard Rohr.

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Journey to the West is an epic piece of Chinese literature of which researcher Jim McClanahan comes Back By The Woodpile to give us a thorough introduction!

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Help Jim by participating in his Journey to the West Survey!

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Keith Harris comes Back By the Woodpile to talk car restoration, Southern Gospel, Satanists and school bus driving! 

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Evansville, Indiana is located on the bottom of Indiana and we're going to take a tour of the town via some of the personalities from back in the day! 

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