TSP104 – Digging Words: CONSERVATISM – Trapped in amber.

 
 
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The nature of conservatism is more complicated than current polarized thinking would suggest. From its political beginnings after the French Revolution to populist America and Britain, the impulse to remain true to inherited tradition is both a stabilizing force and one prone to ossification.

Duration – 35:19

VoxBox: Rowan Atkinson – excerpt from Conservative Conference on YouTube

Music Credit: The Kinks – Well Respected Man

TSP103 – Transcendent Tunes: Woody and Arlo on the ‘rails’.

 
 
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Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and his son, Arlo Guthrie’s ‘City Of New Orleans’ (written by the under appreciated Steve Goodman) can be considered anthems of a nation. The first being a response to the status quo – ‘God Bless America’ and the second an homage to life on the rails.

Duration – 33:02

VoxBox: Compilation of various artists performing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and the ‘City Of New Orleans’

Music Credit: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – This land Is Your Land & Arlo Guthrie – The City Of New Orleans

TSP102 – Time Trek: Encoding, foreboding?

 
 
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Starting with Morse code in the mid 19th century the beginnings of encoding technology eventually evolved into the ubiquitous use of barcodes today. This mini revolution has ramifications well beyond retail convenience and routine record keeping.

Duration – 24:44

VoxBox: Youtube segment with comedian James May rambling about barcodes and supermarkets

Music Credit: The Five Americans – Western Union

TSP101 – The Undefinable Spirit: Andrea Bird – Dancing on the curve of life.

 
 
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Accomplished Artist Andrea Bird connects art to love and death. Her theme of ‘holding loosely’ infuses Andrea’s work and positive world view.

Duration – 30:22

VoxBox: William Shatner – from the CD ‘Has Been’

Music Credit: Belle Starr – This Must Be The Place

TSP100 – PH Factor: The little ‘cast’ that could!

 
 
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Our special celebratory milestone moment where we reminisce across 2 years of podcasting and what led up to it. Our conversation includes podcast excerpts, special moments, joys and challenges along the way.

Duration – 38:13

VoxBox: Compilation of interview snippets from our ‘Undefinable Spirit’ series of podcasts

Music Credit: John Denver – The Little Engine That Could

TSP099 – Transcendent Tunes: Yesterday, it was scrambled eggs.

 
 
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A Lennon/McCartney classic covered by more artists than any other song in music history. A simple sentiment turned musical treasure, cherished by young and old.

Duration – 21:06

VoxBox: Youtube audio segment of video with Paul McCartney in live performance singing Yesterday, spliced together with another Youtube audio segment of Daffy Duck’s partial version of Yesterday

Music Credit: Beatles – Yesterday

TSP098 – Time Trek: Optics, near and far.

 
 
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Man’s quest to explore beyond the limits of the senses led to the evolution of optical theory and eventual development of telescopic and microscopic devices. Enhancing our vision, both outer and inner, profoundly changed our perspective of our universes, large and small.

Duration – 26:41

VoxBox: Youtube segment on the ‘Life of Galileo Brecht’

Music Credit: Joni Mitchell – Woodstock

TSP097 – Digging Words: PORTMANTEAU – Two’s company.

 
 
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Packing more into less is the basis for the creation of portmanteau words. From motel to hazmet to liger and beyond, these linguistically blended words, pro or con, have become part of our lexicon.

Duration – 28:31

VoxBox: Youtube segment featuring Norm Crosby on the Dean Martin Show

Music Credit: Men At Work – People Just Love To Play With Words

TSP096 – The Undefinable Spirit: Drew Marshall, a red letter agnostic theist.

 
 
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Inveterate seeker, Drew Marshall talks about his quest for truth on God, life, death, and faith. Among other self discoveries made during his journey, which has included living in Australia, the deserts of Israel and walking the El Camino trail in Spain, he talks to us how ‘doubt’ can be an integral and useful tool in discovering your spiritual path.

Duration – 26:05

VoxBox: Youtube segment with Rowan Atkinson telling the ‘Gospel of John’

Music Credit: Bruce Cockburn – The Soul Of A Man

TSP095 – Transcendent Tunes: Cole Porter’s Begin The Beguine.

 
 
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A signature of the big band era, Begin The Beguine, exemplifies the versatility of Swing music. The lyrics embody the joy of a sudden but temporary love, the melody of which was made famous by one of the greatest big band leaders, Artie Shaw.

Duration – 21:06

VoxBox: Various artists’ renditions of Begin The Beguine, featuring Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Ella Fitzgerald, Eve Becke, Pete Townsend and Juglio Iglesias.

Music Credit: Artie Shaw – Begin The Beguine.