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“The Music Show” #2

Posted 23 April 2014 by
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Take a musical trip with us as we revisit some of our favorite songs from Seasons Three and Four.  For each episode we select a song or piece of music that brings our episode subject to mind. Maybe the lyrics reminded us of her, the beat fit her life, or the chorus defined her legacy- something that ties the music to her story. We don’t usually play the whole piece, so this is our chance to showcase the whole song and thank the artists who made it available to us.

If you have been turning off our podcasts when we say, “Bye!” you are missing out on not only some great independent music, but we have been  known to tack outtakes in there, too.

This episode is also a bit of a milestone: it brings us to the end of Season Four. We will be back soon for Season Five when we can share the stories of ten (at least, you know how we like to tuck in a bonus mini-casts here and there) women whose lives are worthy of a good chat.

Here is the playlist: (It’s longer than last time, and there is OPERA!)

1. “Justice Will Roll Down” by Sandra McCracken
(from Episode 25, Ida Wells)

2. “Broken” by jamesking
(from Episode 42, Frida Kahlo)

3. “Know Which Way The Wind Blows” by The Postmarks
(from Episode 38, Jane Austen)

4. “Lost Things” by Viola
(from Episode 45,  Hatshepsut)

5. “Bravely” by Mieka Pauley
(from Episode 23,  Margaret “Molly” Brown)

6. “Taking A Chance On Love” by Danny Fong
(from Episode 24, The Last Four Wives of Henry the Eighth) <- This was so wrong 🙂

7. “On A Bridge Between Clouds” by Mujaji
(from Episode 39, Amelia Earhart)

8. “Leaf In The Tree” by Frozen Ocean Wave
(from Episode 43, Queen Elizabeth I, Part 1)

9. “Majesty” by Infernal Devices
(from Episode 21, Tudor Grandmothers)

10. “Dreamers” by The Hipstones
(from Episode 41, Bessie Coleman)

11. “The Tsar’s Bride, Aria from Act IV” written by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and performed by Elena Zoubareva
(from Episode 32, The Romanovs (Part 1)

12. “Paris” by Friendly Fires
(from Episode 34, Josephine Baker, Part 1)

13. “Should Have Known Better” by Samantha Farrell
(from The Jane Austen Book Club, Part 3)

14. “You’re Human After All” by Stars and Skylines
(from Cleopatra, Episode 46)

15. “I Can Sing A Rainbow” by Beth Burrows (memories of preschool!)
(from The Ladies of The Wizard Of Oz Minicast)

16. “Made of Stars” by Xavier & Ophelia
(Bonus track!)

As always, find this music and more at Music Alley. Visit them at Music.mevio.com

Elizabethan Life (minicast)

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Tudor Grandmothers Revisited

Posted 29 July 2013 by
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A year and a half ago we sat down to talk about Margaret Beaufort and Elizabeth Woodville. Since then a lot of you have joined us…and a lot of you are really excited about the television show The White Queen, which is  based on the novel series THE COUSINS’ WAR, by Philippa Gregory.  So are we!  (So excited) (So very excited)  Here in the good ol’ US of A the show begins on the Starz network on August 10th, 8 PM ET/PT, so we thought that this was a good time to brush up on the stories of the women who would become grandmothers to our favorite bad guy, Henry VIII.

Because we posted portraits on our original shownotes, we thought that  getting the faces of the actresses playing the parts into our heads would be a good idea.

Elizabeth Woodville, played by Rebecca Ferguson ( Courtesy Starz)

Margaret Beaufort, played by Amanda Hale (Courtesy Starz)

Starz has a very slick website (facebook page and twitter) for this show which makes talking about it with other fans really easy.
The shownotes from the original episode, including book recommendations, from our original posting are here: SHOWNOTES.

And if you are in the UK, you can watch entire episodes online here: BBC ONE

Bookcast – Jane Austen Book Club #3

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Bookcast – Jane Austen Book Club #2

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Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club #1

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Minicast: The Women of Oz

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Minicast: Beckett and Susan’s Adventures in Wonderland and What They Found There

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Minicast: Beckett and Susan’s Adventures in Wonderland and What They Found There

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This minicast deals solely with the books: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, both by Lewis Carroll with  illustrations by John Tenniel. We take a chapter-by-chapter look at the two books, talking plot points, characters, and behind-the-story tales.

The first book carries a playing card based theme, and the latter evolves around a game of chess. But these are only the surface references within these stories, the many elements that make them up are far too numerous to be contained within even an hour long podcast. The study of them is a major undertaking. We admit it- we are not Carrollian scholars, but we do know some stuff.

For instance, some of the references in the books are only understood if you are aware of  the era in which the books were written. Some only if you are knowledgeable in the eccentricities of Oxford, England. And some only if you belonged to, or knew details of, the Dodgson or Liddell families. Even more exciting, Lewis Carroll tucked so many mathematical terms, riddles and word play into the two books seeking them out would be a fantastical hobby in and of itself.

For this minicast we go chapter by chapter and discuss not only the storyline, but some references within it. We talk about some of the characters in the book as well as some of the poem satires and forgotten characters.

Beckett does not want the poor, oft- forgotten Mock Turtle ignored.

And we might sing a little teeny tiny bit, too.

Please give a listen for more details. If you are interested in learning even more “special features” about these two works, we suggest that you begin with The Annotated Alice by Martin Gardner (with the original Alice illustrations by John Tenniel).

If you would like to see a really creative  illustration collaboration with the original text, Alice’s Illustrated Adventure is a really fun blog.  The tag line: “Written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Almost Everbody” sums it up.

Both books are available in audiobook form, free of charge,  in ITunes.  Simply search for the Librivox name with the title you would like. There are unabridged and abridged versions of them both.

But, be warned, that may be only the beginning of the adventure for you!!

Minicast: Titanic Field Trip

Posted 14 April 2012 by
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