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Trail runners talk freely about almost anything while we're out running. The stories we share can be deeply personal, embarrassing, and profound . . . and sometimes all of these qualities rolled into one. One thing we have in common is a drive to keep moving forward. "Relentless forward progress" is the advice given to anyone trying to run their first ultramarathon. No matter what happens, keep moving forward until you finish or can't go any farther. Some people say that life is a marathon n ...
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Performance is an ephemeral thing, so how do we rediscover its history, and what can that teach us about theatre today? The Theatre History Podcast explores these questions through interviews with scholars and artists who are studying theatre's past in order to help shape its future.
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In the one hundredth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are throwing a goodbye party! Friends, listeners, and past guests joined me for a little reminiscing and musing. I drank precisely one beer. The show is going on hiatus, exactly as I’ve been warning you for the past ten episodes or so. The feed will stay up indefinitely, and…
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‘I wrote the asinine words ‘liquor is literature’ and ‘people who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature’ when I was good and drunk, and you must not take them to heart.’ In the ninety ninth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we’re taking a lengthy holiday with Mo Yan in The Republic of Wine, so get your vi…
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Ancient Greek and Roman drama has influenced theatre for millennia, and playwrights and other artists from around the world continue to draw inspiration from these works. Professor Fiona Macintosh joins us to talk about the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford University and how it's been a resource for those who want to learn…
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I supposed every last one of this country’s 1.3 billion inhabitants all had their own obsessions with the giant germ cell. In the ninety eighth episode of the Translated Chinese fiction podcast I am joined by two fine fellows, Shi Yifeng and contributing translator Carson Ramsdell. All a-puff with imperial gusto, we leaf through The Book of Beijing…
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Lorraine Hansberry's play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" is often forgotten, or dismissed as an inferior play that fell victim to the playwright's declining health at the end of her life. But as our guest, Elise Harris, tells us, it's a fascinating work in its own right, and one with a rich and complicated history.…
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It's a special guest episode, featuring Peter Schmitz and his podcast "Adventures in Theatre History: Philadelphia." Peter tells the story of Jasper Deeter, whose pioneering work had an impact on not only Philadelphia theatre, but the American stage as a whole.
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‘Starting to write a suicide note would be too melodramatic. If she wrote it, it would only contain one line: This love makes me so uncomfortable.’ In the ninety seventh episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are passing the gates of Fang Si-Chi’s First Love Paradise (房思琪的初戀樂園- fáng sī qí de chūliàn lèyuán), an all-too-real #MeToo no…
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‘the man spun instinctively to face them, both hands covering his chest, looking almost sorrowful as blood glazed his fingers’ In the ninety sixth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are entering into dialogue with bioscientist-turned-historical-fictioneer Chen Yao-chang and translator Chen Tung-jung to learn how they cultivated Pu…
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Trembling hands seem to check for the forgotten secret language. Withered bodies, like finding some long-forgotten receipt. Where have you been all these years? The mountains echo again, spring’s call is finally answered: I am the secret language you forgot. You are my lost credentials. In the ninety fifth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction …
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In the space marked ‘pregnant’, the machine had quite clearly printed the word ‘no’ In the ninety fourth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are entering election season. The heroine of Li Er novel Cherries on a Pomegranate Tree (石榴树上结樱桃 - shíliú shù shàng jié yīngtáo) is defending her seat, and that will mean enforcing various pol…
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‘It’s just life, right? One place is as good as another’ In the ninety third episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are Running through Beijing (跑步穿过中关村 - pǎobù chuānguò zhōngguāncūn) in the loping style of 70后 hero Xu Zechen. At the fabled finishing line – observing us wryly, beer and chuan’er in hand – is the translator, Eric Abraha…
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Gwen Zywicke is my guest this episode. She is an ultra runner and an Instructor at Louisiana State University and a writer. Her book, Ultrarunning Mysticism: Mind, Body, Spirit and the Sacredness of Overcoming Suffering, explores the relationship between ultrarunning and mysticism. She is working on a new book focusing on the science of the brain i…
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‘I’ve never broken any rules, not even rules at school. Why would I blackmail someone?’ ’In the ninety second episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are getting duped by Bad Kids (坏孩子 - huài háizi). Fleeing the proverbial orphanage with me is the book’s translator, Michelle Deeter, here to mark a breadcrumb trail through the dark chil…
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‘The “exquisite bridges and flowing water” one finds in poetry are not written by real farmers, but those who claim to love rural life when they most fear it.’ In the ninety first episode of the Translated Chinese Podcast, we are travelling half across China to pod you. The writer in question is rural/online star Yu Xiuhua and my guest is her trans…
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‘I felt that in action and in lore, one and all were far above me; that in spite of the majesty of my manliness, I could not, in point of fact, compare with these characters of the gentle sex’ Share your feedback by email: thetranslatedchinesefictionpodcast@outlook As this show draws only ten episodes short of its ascent to heavenly hiatus, let us …
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Running is great for keeping both your body and your mind feeling great. But sometimes you need to take some time to look at how you are really doing inside yourself. And sometimes you will get an "aha" breakthrough when you spend some time working on what is inside of you. My friend, Renita, joins me this episode to talk about running long distanc…
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‘The man in the bed looks at her. An enormous force seems to be pulling him into a world behind him, a world whose gates will soon be shut forever. She strokes his forehead gently.’ In the eighty ninth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are enfolding ourselves within Cocoon, the dreamlike and sometimes upsetting dual-bildungsroman…
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How would I explain to my friend that my creations belonged to a totally different woman? In episode eighty eight of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are isolated in Hong Kong, experiencing Quarantine and all of the strange dreams that come with it. Are you me? Am I you? Do I wish I were you? Do you wish you were me, talking to Natascha Br…
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Tara Bianca returns to the podcast for more great information about how breathwork can improve your health. She was my guest back in Ep. 74. In that episode we talked more about breathwork for runners. This week's episode is focused on how breathwork can benefit your health in general. Bio: Tara Bianca has been a holistic health practitioner for al…
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Before surgery on his hand a man asked, "Will I be able to play the piano after surgery, doc?" The doctor assured him he would still be able to play piano after the surgery. To which the man replied, "Good, I've always wanted to play the piano." I took this "dad" joke and looked a little deeper. Most of us have dreams of what we want to do "someday…
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John Crum was my very first guest on this podcast. When we last spoke, he was on an impressive run streak. Running at least a mile every day since November of 2015. He is still on his run streak. But his tenacity is impressive because he has also done 33 marathons or ultramarathons, including running a 100 mile race during his run streak. That mean…
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‘This kind of “respect” can be a slow-acting poison. When a person gets used to being “respected”, that’s when she is in danger’ In the eighty seventh episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are undertaking hard Graft. Betraying little more than a glance askance, Li Peifu shows us how corporate, state, and personal interests fuse all t…
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New Year used to be celebrated in the spring until the calendar changed in 1582. The New Year celebration lasted from March 25 to April 1. Some say that those who held to the old system were called fools. Thus, the origin of April Fools Day. But there is little evidence that this is true. But the fact is that your mindset is chained to the way our …
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Randy Taylor is back for a second time on the podcast. He's had new running adventures since we last talked and has expanded his coaching services by partnering with other running coaches. I'm calling this a "Director's Cut" episode because I left my backup recorder running after the "official" closing and captured our continued conversation. You n…
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Artificial Intelligence -- AI -- has come to the mainstream. All the movies about what might happen when humans have to interact with AI are playing in the back of our minds.I asked ChatGPT to write a 10-minute speech about goal setting. It was a textbook speech. And the content was good. But if good content was able to change our lives, we'd be su…
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Option 1: You have to have confidence and belief in yourself in order to run ultramarathons! Option 2: You start the race full of doubt and know that it's going to be so hard you may not finish. Which of these two options is the best mindset for ultramarathons? Both! Jeff Winchester and Jeremy Reynolds are The UltraRunning Guys. They are podcasters…
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The education system conditions us to find the "first right answer." We have to learn the answers so we can repeat them back when we're asked to provide them. So we come out with a framework of "answers" that condition us to see how the world works and what our role is supposed to be in the world. Another word for "framework" is a Matrix. Yes, I wa…
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The U.S. fleet stationed in the Persian Gulf hadn’t had time to react. Now it, too, was in flames. In the eighty sixth episode of the Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast, we are committing Quantum Genocide. Granting our 2019 chat a sequel, Chen Qiufan & I discuss the demonic wildcard of his 10 stories in AI 2041 (an idiosyncratic blend of fictional …
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Ultramarathon running is about taking on the challenge and finding out how far can you go. Barney Riesbeck is looking at life like an ultramarathon. In this episode we talk about the races he's run, the challenges he's created for himself and others, and the people that serve as an inspiration to keep going after epic goals for life.…
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What are the best days of your life? If you follow the common belief they are somewhere in your past. Things were better "back then." But what if you change your mindset and start telling yourself the story that your best days are still ahead of you. How would your life be different? There is a truth that your expectations will determine what you g…
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Best-of Episode: Cliff Moitt’s Spartan journey started with a TV show in the 80s called ”The Battle of the Network Stars,” and the stars were going through these obstacles. When he saw that he realized that the body is meant to do something different, something epic. At the time he was running 5 and 10K races. When the movie “300” came out, he was …
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Ila Allen was one of my first guests on this podcast. Many people know her from her posts in the ultramarathon running groups on Facebook. She trains outside in the weather extremes of Chicago, running along the lake. Wind (lots of wind), rain, snow, sleet, heat, or humidity, she says she can't run inside nor on a treadmill. But she won't run if th…
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