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Whistling: March 30, 2019

Whistle while you… WAFFLE? We don’t cover any of the obvious ones (except for one request) in this all-whistling WAFFLES!, selecting instead some of the more obscure whistling-centric works of classical music, jazz, alternative pop and even a great (?) reggae cover of an ’80s whistling-heavy hit. Whistle along with WAFFLES! Tracks this episode: WAFFLES! theme :: Teen Titans < Venus Birds :: Andreas Scholl Faust Cantata :: Alfred Schnittke Arabesque no. 1 :: Isao Tomita Whistling that Lonesome Tune :: Jerry Leger Ain’t Gwine to Whistle Dixie :: Taj Mahal The Story of My Life :: Michael Holliday Happy Hobo :: Fred Lowery A Bird That Whistles :: Joni Mitchell The Whistling Song :: Peter Davis Lindsay A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop :: Neil Young The Suburbs :: Father John Misty Human :: Islands Twisted Nerve :: Bernard Hermann Simple Girl :: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr In a Tree :: Frank Fuller The News :: Bend Sinister Generals and Majors :: XTC Little Garcon :: Born Ruffians Darkmatter :: Andrew Bird Hourglass :: Rose Brokenshire Crash Years :: The New Pornographers Don’t Worry Be Happy :: Levi Roots Games Without Frontiers :: Peter Gabriel

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“His Fear Thrust Firmly Down in Him” : Bigger and the Black Belt in Richard Wright’s Native Son

This podcast examines the complex life and inner monologue of Bigger Thomas in Richard Right’s 1940 novel, Native Son. This podcast uses a playlist as a vehicle through which it will circumnavigate the racially-driven marginalization that confines Bigger and the Thomas family to Chicago’s Black Belt in the 1930’s.  Contributors to this episode are Maya Wohlfahrt, Tory Dunkley, Jessica Terceros, and Alexanda Mantella of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University. Songs in this podcast include: Mead Lux Lewis-“Honky Tonk Train Blues”; TOBi-“City Blues”*; Lauryn Hill-Black Rage (Sketch)*; Syl Johnson-Is it because I’m Black?”; Kendrick Lamar-Alright*; Bob Marley & The Wailers-“War”; Nina Simone-“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Timothy Wellbeck-“Souls of Black Folk (feat. Dozzy Daniel)”; Moses Sumney “Power?”; Odetta-“‘Buked and Scorned” *denotes explicit content

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The Quiet Resilience of Maud Martha

As part of an English Seminar on African American Sound and Literature, a group of students dives into the world of Maud Martha, a short novel by the African American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks. Through a series of songs like “New York State of Mind,” and short discussions, this podcast navigates through moments of suppression and power in Maud Martha’s life, analyzing how her resilience and quiet agency, à la Kevin Quashie, play into the everyday battle of class, identity, and race. Contributors to this podcast are Matthew Hageman, Lindsay McCarely, Tyler Kleinsteuber, and Kimberly Ng of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University. Songs in this podcast include: Run the Jewels-“A Christmas Fucking Miracle”*; Billy Joel-“New York State of Mind”; Desiree Ross “(We’ll Understand It Better) By and By”; Duke Ellington & John Coltrane-“In a Sentimental World”; The Drifters-“White Christmas”; My Chemical Romance “Cancer”; Duke Ellington-“Solitude”; Bill Withers-“Lean on Me” *denotes explicit content

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Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man and the Call for Activism

In this podcast we look at how the contemporary and/or traditional music selections in our playlist help develop a collective understanding of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man as a call for activism. Our podcast discusses key themes like segregation and solidarity, invisibility as empowerment, and a focus on sound that joins our music selections with the “lower frequencies” that Ellison describes in his text. Additionally, we look how Ellison’s novel still remains relevant to social issues involving police violence and movements like Black Lives Matter. Contributors to this podcast are Katharine Hope, Emma Cherry, Emma Paterson, Alana Kearney and Zachary Chisamore of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University. Songs included in this podcast are: Otis Redding-“Dock of the Bay”; Gavin DeGraw-“In Don’t Want to Be”; James & Bobby Purify-“I’m Your Puppet”; The Undisputed Truth-“Smiling Faces Sometimes”; Harry Dixon Loes & Moses Hogan-“This Little Light of Mine”; The Beatles-“Nowhere Man”; Jean-Michel Blais-“Hasselblad 4 Improvisation”; The Smiths-“How Soon Is Now?”; Skip James-“Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”; Kaia Kater-“Rising Down”

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The Agnes Benedickson Tricolour Award: Celebrating Service and Contributions to Queen’s University

This episode of Campus Beat features our chat with the five outstanding winners of the 2019 Agnes Benedickson Tricolour Award. This year’s winners are Erika Campell, Zac Baum, Benji Christie, Umpai Thammachack and Olivia Rondeau. Learn more about their acheivements, inspiration, and what’s coming up next for these wonderful folks! Cha Gheill! Special Thanks to Queen’s University Rector Alex da Silva and Matteke Hutzler, Office of Advancement for their assistance in setting up our time with the newest members of the Tricolour Society!

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Get Out Greta!

This week, Mike and Taylor chat about the film Greta while going through the week’s recent film news, discussing news about the movie “Us”, our weekly Jussie Smollett update, and of course answer some fun fan questions to kick things off!

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Julian Yang , PhD student in Medieval History, supervised by Dr Richard Greenfield.

Topic: Constructing holiness and unholiness through writing and reflection of authorial motivations in Christian literary works produced in medieval Byzantium. Overview: For the successful completion of this project, examining the authorial role in composing hagiographical literature and possible motivations behind hagiographers for promoting the cult of saints is paramount. Medieval Byzantium was actually quite a skeptical society, and as such, hagiographers were necessitated to bolster the persuasiveness of their narrative by using various literary techniques for a successful fashioning of their protagonists as saints. Spiritual and religious motivations were not the only inspirations of their strong dedication, however, because in Byzantium, ecclesiastical, imperial, or popular recognition of the cult could result in substantial economic and political benefits for its followers. These apparent circumstances around the genre of hagiographical literature and the cult of saints in Byzantium are deeply considered at the heart of my historical investigation.

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One-Hit Wonders
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For the Love of Christie

And the hits just don’t come easy on One-Hit Wonders: The Follow-Ups! Like Christie: remember “Yellow River”? Can he follow it with another one? Find out next! SAN BERNADINO, CHRISTIE SHES READY, SPIRAL STAIRCASE GOOD GUYS ONLY MAKE IT IN THE MOVIES, MEL AND TIM BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER, WILLIAM DEVAUGHN I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER, LUTHER INGRAM EBB TIDE, LENNY WELCH MY FLAME, BOBBY CALDWELL

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