Nostalgia (118)

Nostalgia: Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd are on location in one of the important places ofJack Sprat Cafe, Chapel Hill, NC their young adulthood, where they talk about nostalgia.

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Nostalgia of place: We have returned to Chapel Hill, NC, where we both attended university; the meaning of the word “nostalgia” and related concepts; history vs. nostalgia. (4:08)

Music bumper from “Back in the Days” by Teej (10:08)

Some of our Chapel Hill memories; nostalgia as an emotional phenomenon. Can you go home again (with apologies to Thomas Wolfe)? Nostalgia and technology (11:56)

Song: “The Good Old Days” by The Lodger (29:46)

Rude Word of the Week: “sappy” (33:07)

Music bumper from “Natural Man” by Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. (36:14)

The dark side of nostalgia: wishing for good old days that were not so good (36:42)

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time: 44:49

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rating: PG (One of our definitions of our Rude Word gets slightly crude at one point.)

Life Is SweetThe Lodger
“The Good Old Days” (mp3)
from “Life Is Sweet”
(Slumberland)

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SchenectadyTeej
“Back In The Days” (mp3)
from “Schenectady”
(Afrazmusic Corp)

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Translation (116)

Translation: Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd bring a certain je ne sais quoi to their discussion of translation.

Thanks to renaissance247 for the email suggestion of this show topic. (2:33)

Practical problems in translation; “good” and “bad” translation; the importance of accuracy (3:36)

Music bumper from “Foreign Affair” by Brad Wheeler (9:37)

Translating well-known texts: Martin Luther, Rainer Maria Rilke (10:33)

Song: “Strange Day in Mexico” by The Clintons (19:26)

Rude Word of the Week: “shmuck” (23:21)

Music bumper from “Make Me Understand” by Matt Thorpe (26:48)

Unfortunate mistakes in translation (including one on our very website!) (27:45)

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time: 36:39

size: 33.6 Mb

rating: PG-13 (Our Rude Word is a rude word in Yiddish, we use some other rude words to discuss it, and we talk about the rudeness of the name of the talk-back link on our website.)

The Future Was YesterdayBrad Wheeler
“Foreign Affair” (mp3)
from “The Future Was Yesterday”
(Origin Records)

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Currency (112)

Currency: Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd cash in on the latest news and trends as they talk about currency–in money and in speech.

Investing something (language or money) with value; potency and context (2:10)

Profanity and language in different cultural contexts; a citation from John Ciardi, the Charles Hodgson of the 1980s (8:30)

Music bumper from “Topsy” by The Jay Lawrence Trio (10:39)

Reputation as value: political capital, economic perception, relative value (13:05)

Song: “Gimme the Money” by Harper (21:50)

Rude Word of the Week: “piss-poor” (26:19)

Music bumper from “Just Looking” by The Jerrys. (28:41)

What creates value? Tangible vs. intangible exchanges (29:26)

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time: 39:59

size: 36.6 Mb

rating: PG-13 (We discuss some taboo insults from non-English languages.)

Thermal StrutJay Lawrence Trio
“Topsy” (mp3)
from “Thermal Strut”
(OA2 Records)

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Down To The RhythmHarper
“Gimme The Money” (mp3)
from “Down To The Rhythm”
(Blind Pig Records)

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Say Again? (110)

Say Again? Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd discuss remakes, do-overs, and other kinds of re-visitation.

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The need to revisit “old” topics (3:16)

Palimpsest, adaptation, homage, interpretation (5:07)

Music bumper from “Second Life” by The Dave Stapleton Quintet (15:34)

Changing and evolving styles; the evolution of slang (17:34)

Song: “Rehash” by JLK (21:07)

Rude Word of the Week: “has-been” (24:20)

Music bumper from “Tonight” by Zach Ashton. (27:25)

Historical and cultural context (27:54)

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Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 33:41

size: 30.9

rating: PG (Explication of a possibly rude German slang word.)

The House Always WinsDave Stapleton Quintet
“Second Life” (mp3)
from “The House Always Wins”
(Edition Records)

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Nothing More Than Something To WearJLK
“Rehash” (mp3)
from “Nothing More Than Something To Wear”
(Karmic Hit)

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Stories and Storytelling (108)

Howard and Dave by the courthouse in JonesboroughStories and Storytelling: Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd are in Jonesborough, Tennessee, at the National Storytelling Festival, where they discuss stories and storytelling.

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We are in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the oldest town in Tennessee, home of the International Storytelling Center and host to the National Storytelling Festival. (2:19)International Storytelling Center

Why do people tell stories? Morality tales, expressions of heritage, stories that break the ice, stories that support the ego (5:14)

Music bumper from “Edgar Meyer Winter” by Shibboleth (13:28)

Different kinds of storytelling performances that we have seen: folk music, reminiscence stories, cowboy poetry, telling traditional tales (15:20)Train tracks and story tent

Song: “The Story” by Jason Silver (22:19)

Rude Word of the Week: “turkey” (25:41)

Music bumper from “Nada” by Jaime Beauchamp. (29:36)

The future of storytelling: what will storytelling look and sound like in future generations? Benjamin Shepherd, Ruthanna Ruben, Caden Watts (30:17)Main Street, Jonesborough

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Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 37:35

size: 34.4 Mb

rating: G (No “adult stories” were recounted in this edition. Furthermore, kids should be told stories all the time.)

Linguistic Tics (106)

Linguistic tics: Friends, this week Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd sort of, you know, explore little linguistic tics, right?

Paralinguistic vs. linguistic tics (1:59)

Causes of linguistic tics; tics as style identifiers; some classic linguist tics (5:32)

Music bumper from “Telepop” by The Jerrys (16:35)

Linguistic tics in languages other than English (17:15)

Song: “Uh Huh-Oh No” by Anne Summers (21:16)

Rude Word of the Week: “dingbat” (23:58)

Music bumper from “Road to Rhodes” by Scott Helm. (28:35)

Some uses of linguistic tics (29:18)

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Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 35:32

size: 32.6 Mb

rating: PG (Our song has a couple of mildly suggestive moments.)

Very ClassyAnne Summers
“Uh-Huh, Oh-No” (mp3)
from “Very Classy”
(Beatville Records)

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Syntax (104)

Syntax: This week it’s shake-up the order of sentences that Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd do, as explore the topic of syntax they shall.

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Syntax: not just word order, but sentence structure in general. Which came first, the thing or the act? (2:33)

Music bumper from “Finger Food” by the Shook-Russo Quartet (11:27)

Rhetorical uses of syntax (14:14)

Song: “Upside-Down” by Yo La Tengo (20:07)

Rude Word of the Week: “flip-flopper” (24:04)

Music bumper from “Tell Me a Bedtime Story” by the Jay Lawrence Trio. (27:37)

Syntactical variations from language to language (28:42)

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Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 34:49

size: 31.9 Mb

rating: G (We quote from a poem about Santa Claus.)

Upside-DownYo La Tengo
“Upside-Down” (mp3)
from “Upside-Down”
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“Finger Food” (mp3)
from “Shook-Russo Quartet Featuring Greg Gisbert”
(Summit Records)

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Thermal StrutJay Lawrence Trio
“Tell Me a Bedtime Story” (mp3)
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Rhetoric, part 3: Rhetoric in Famous Speeches (102)

Rhetoric in Famous Speeches: Howard Shepherd and Dave Shepherd conclude their three-part series in rhetoric by presenting some examples of rhetoric and public discourse.

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Dave and Barbara were recently featured in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s podcast. (2:23)

This show features samples of great recorded rhetoric from the 20th and 21st centuries. Our principle sources were the websites American Rhetoric and The Free Information Society.

A couple of famous “mea culpa” speeches

  • Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech (September 23, 1952) (5:16)
  • Bill Clinton’s denial in the Monica Lewinsky scandal (January 26, 1998) (10:34)

Calls to action/calls to arms

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s call for war against Japan (December 8, 1941) (12:25)
  • Adolf Hitler’s declaration of war against Poland (September 1, 1939) (18:02)
  • Winston Churchill’s first speech as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 13, 1940) (21:56)

Music bumper from “Grapes” by Evan Stone (24:48)

Speeches at historical events

  • John F. Kennedy in Berlin (June 26, 1963) (26:02)
  • Ronald Reagan in Berlin (June 12, 1987) (28:31)
  • Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial–the “Dream” speech (August 28, 1963) (30:20)

Song: “Speech” by LPG (35:40)

Rude Word of the Week: “broken record,” featuring a broken-record argument between Chris Matthews and Kevin James on MSNBC (Video of the full exchange) (May 15, 2008) (38:01)

Music bumper from “The Corner of Sacco and Vanzetti” by Shibboleth. (42:36)

Extemporaneous speech: Joseph Welch versus Joseph McCarthy in the U. S. Senate (Video clip) (June 9, 1954) (45:32)

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Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 53:22

size: 48.9 Mb

rating: PG (Passing reference to sexual relations in our discussion of Bill Clinton)