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Anchee Min, acclaimed author of Red Azalea and Becoming Madame Mao, talks with Ian about her newest novel Pearl of China, based on the life of the famous Pearl S. Buck. Anchee Min also treats us to a few lines of Chinese opera!

Gayla Marty also joins us in the studio to talk with Stephanie Wilbur Ash about her memoir Memory of Trees: A Daughter’s Story of a Family Farm, newly out from the University of Minnesota Press and now earning rave reviews for its examination of the relationship of forests, farms, and migration in Western civilization to her family’s former farm in Pine County, Minnesota, four miles west of the St. Croix River.

Jennifer Dodgson from the Loft also joins us for a few minutes to talk about up-coming Loft offerings this summer.

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-Hull, Dakota Dave / New Shirt / New Shirt / Arabica / 3.58
-Holiday, Billie / Keeps On a-Rainin’ / Complete Decca Recordings / MCA / 3.16
-Cats the Fiddle / Chant of the Rain / Killin’ Jive / Dee Jay / 2.48
-Turner, Big Joe / Rainy Weather Blues / Big Joe Turner / JSP / 2.31
-Boyd, Bill / I Get the Blues When It Rains / 78 / Montgomery Ward 7812B / 2.29
-Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet / Didn’t It Rain / Golden Gate Quartet Vol. 4 (1939-1943) / Document / 2.27

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Shake what your mama gave you, baby. Hotpants is in the house! Special guest, DJ Tarik, up from New Orleans joins us too to set the stage for this weekend’s record party at the Bedlam.

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An unusually short opening oldies set this week, morphing after the first bumper break into a Transcontinental (thanks, Nails) global skankdown shindig happening everywhere from Tokyo to New York to London before we arrive across the galaxy at Sherwood’s orbital flying party palace to witness the Birth of a Planet ( Russ Garcia delivering the aforementioned healthy bouncing bundle of mountains, oceans and unstable weather). Later in Hour 2, a Melancholy Baby named Kedaco is born (delivered by Little Tempo. Witnesses include chanting weeds, mad Russians, and a jazz DJ named Garrity, among others, all grooving to the El Ovni Mambo. Hour 3 signals a 4(+2)@4 from Top Deck, most of it reissued on West Side. Ernest Ranglin and Alana Davis double-team this week’s Lollipop-in-reruns, and in place of a request ( Desmond Dekker’s This Woman, which we simply didn’t happen to bring this week; see next week) how about these women?… Shiina Ringo, Chara and The Bodysnatchers! After we pass Orion (and The Busters) on the homestretch, we get a Jump Start from the Forest Hillbillies. Hey, they had the cables… va-rooommm!!!

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