Degarmo, Key and The Altar Boys get championed on this 80’s (mostly) look-back episode. And John J Thompson of TrueTunes.com is the funky fresh feller to help us!

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Cigar Snob Magazine’s Nicolás A. Jiménez joins us to talk the history of cigars, Cuba, politics and a little about his own adventures both outside and within the publication.

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The Commonwealth Policy Center an organization which organizes around particular legislative issues such as abortion, religious liberty and fiscal responsibility. Executive Director Richard Nelson comes Back By the Woodpile to talk not only about the Center’s philosophy and accomplishments but also of his own “adventures” so to speak in having a giant a target on his back by many in disagreement with his work.

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Haitian history is what we're learning all about on this episode and the Haitian Heritage Museum's Eveline Pierre is our professor! Join us as we talk the Arawak, slave revolt, Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Frederick Douglass, Haitian-Americans and much more!

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Bay of Pigs Veteran Bill Muir reflects on his life in Cuba before Castro, his work in the underground while the Communists ruled the country, the invasion itself and the years since.

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Nicolas Guitierrez is a Cuban American lawyer who was directly involved in the drafting, passage and enforcement of the Cuban Liberty & Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, aka the Helms-Burton law. As President of the National Association of Sugar Mill Owners of Cuba, Mr. Guitierrez comes on the podcast to educate us on not only the history of Cuban sugar, but the theft and mismanagement of the industry on the part of the Castro dictatorship, in addition to other related issues.

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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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