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Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

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Beyond a Song: Yosh & Yimmy (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00




Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews Texas singer/songwriters Josh Glenn and Jimmy Willdon better known as the duo 'Yosh & Yimmy'. After meeting in 2015, when Josh Glenn opened for Jimmy Willden at the final show of his 2015 tour, the two bearded gingers continued playing shows together. Over time, the shows evolved into Yosh & Yimmy, as they performed as a duo, and began writing songs together.

That union led to their first release, the studio EP, “Americana Summer” in March of 2019, featuring fan favorite songs, such as “Oh Universe” and “Shadows on the Wall,” and supported by their first joint national tour that summer.

2020 was spent writing more songs, and preparing to return to the studio, but not before completing the mixes for their first live record, “Yosh & Yimmy: Yive in Concert”.

Oft delayed by COVID-19, the album (originally intended as a 2020 release) was finally unleashed on the world in March of 2021. Recorded at the final performance of their Americana Summer Tour, in Athens, GA, “Yive in Concert” features singles such as “World is Sound Asleep” and “The Day You Learned to Fly”, showcasing Yosh & Yimmy’s eclectic style, all the while marrying rich harmonies with thought-provoking lyrics.

And beards.

In December, the duo released a “winter” single — inspired by the energy-grid failure in Texas. “Midnight Sled Ride” is now available on all streaming platforms.

Yosh & Yimmy’s debut full-length studio album, “Three Rivers” will be released June 24, 2022. Promoting its release, lead singles “Down & Out”, “Proof” and “Breathe Again” were released and played on radio stations across the U.S. and worldwide. Dropping with the full release, “Without A Barrier” will be the next single.

In Summer, 2022, the boys will be hitting the road for a national “Yive in Concert” tour, traversing over 16 states across the mid-west in the month of July.


Musical selections include: Breathe Again, Oh Universe, Early Sun, Some Kind of Self, I Can't Help Myself, Midnight Sled Ride, Same Way (Wynters Song)

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The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel (Series)

Produced by Chuck Wolfe

Most recent piece in this series:

Braver Angels Challenging Polarization: An Approach with Promise

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 44:12

Wolfe_ei_picture_for_web_small We discuss an event in Connecticut where a co-founder of Braver Angels meets with two Connecticut state representatives to discuss how we can increase bipartisanship. The event was online and was wonderful. I encourage all to listen to my show and to the actual event. 

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

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Made from Scratch (#1583)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00


In an earlier episode, we discussed the German term Katzensprung, literally "a cat's leap," meaning "a short distance." Around the world, there are several other picturesque terms for approximate distances. In Greece, you might describe something nearby as "one cigarette away," or ena tsigaro dromos. In Australia, if something's far away, either literally or metaphorically, you might say it's not within a bull's roar, because a bellowing bull can be heard for a long, long way. And in Boston, you might hear people joking about a unit of measurement called a smoot, a distance of 5' 7", a unit of measure that recalls a prank by Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who measured the length of a nearby bridge using a pledge as a human measuring stick. The pledge's name? Oliver Smoot, Jr.   
Andrew in Fort Worth, Texas, says a customer in the paint store where he works was taken aback when Andrew filled his order, waved goodbye, and said, Preesh!, meaning "I appreciate your coming in!" or "We appreciate your business!" Preesh is indeed a legitimate slang term with that meaning, and appears in a 1984 collection of college slang, and is probably even older than that. Similar phrases include preesh, dude and totally preesh, as well as much preesh. If you don't appreciate something, you can always respond with non-preesh.
A listener had told us that she'd bought an old house with a separate room off of the kitchen that contained a dishwashing sink and cupboards and wondered what to call it. We noted that it's sometimes called simply a sink room, but many listeners wrote and called to suggest another term: scullery.
Carol in Williamsburg, Virginia, wonders why if you bake something and don't rely on pre-mixed ingredients, you're said to bake it from scratch. This expression originally referred to a line scratched into the ground to mark the starting point of a race. If the runners all start from scratch, then no one has an advantage over the other; they're all starting from the most basic point. The expression up to scratch meaning "ready" or "up to the task" originally involved a line marked on the ground running diagonally across a boxing ring. When a competitor was ready to meet an opponent, that person was said to come up to theH scratch or come up to scratch.
The word whang is an old term used in New England, particularly Maine. It's a term for an annual party where you invite your friends and neighbors to help you with the drudgery of spring cleaning.
Quiz Guy John Chaneski's puzzle requires replacing an initial consonant with the letter P. For example, John says he plans to open what his mother used to call a beauty parlor in his home, but his will have a romantic twist. His establishment will feature beauty treatments for couples only. What kind of business would this be?
Joshua from Jacksonville, Florida, has fond memories of long dinners in Italy that left him with a sense of abbiocco, an Italian word for "that drowsy, full feeling after a satisfying meal." The Dutch word uitbuiken means "to sit back and relax after dinner," connoting the idea of comfortably pushing away from the table and perhaps loosening one's belt. Joshua is also a fan of the Japanese word yugen, sometimes translated as "a feeling of profound and mysterious beauty." For further reading about feelings in various languages, check out The Book of Human Emotions by Tiffany Watt Smith ((Bookshop|Amazon) and Translating Happiness: A Cross-Cultural Lexicon of Well-Being by Tim Lomas (Bookshop|Amazon).
The English adjective sloomy means "sluggish" or "sleepy," and a sloom is "a light sleep."
Why is a mischievous child sometimes called a corker? A cork is the final word, the thing that ends a party when you put it back in the bottle, and put a cork in it means "stop talking." In baseball, a corker is a ball struck powerfully by a batter.
Brian in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reports hearing an older person talk about getting the receipt for a dish, using the word receipt in the same way that others might use the word recipe. The use of receipt as a synonym for recipe, as in "a set of cooking instructions," is fading out, but is still occasionally heard. Both words go back to the Latin word recipere, meaning "to take," but entered English at different times. Receipt is the older term, originally denoting "the act of receiving something." Recipe is the Latin imperative form of recipere, and was inscribed at the top of a list of instructions for a medicinal preparation. There's a vestige of this usage in the abbreviation Rx, now seen on pharmaceutical prescriptions.
It's Book Recommendation Time! Martha's makes an enthusiastic case for The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World (Bookshop|Amazon). It's historian Andrea Wulf's biography of the polymath, adventurer, and naturalist whose fame throughout Europe in his day was second only to that of Napoleon Bonaparte. Humboldt's revolutionary ideas about nature and the effects of human activity on climate helped form the basis of modern environmentalism. Wulf has also collaborated with artist Lillian Melcher on a graphic work of non-fiction on this topic called The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt. (Bookshop|Amazon) Grant recommends Adam Rutherford's A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (Bookshop|Amazon), which explains how the study of DNA is rewriting our understanding of human history, with profound implications for, among other things, the study of historical linguistics.
Barb in Boston, Massachusetts, once worked on Wall Street for a British bank that had an office that handled tizzy hunting, devoted to uncovering scams and fraud. In A Dictionary of the Underworld (Bookshop|Amazon), slang lexicographer Eric Partridge says tizz-worker was a term used in the 1920s to denote a "confidence man," tizz being is short for tizzle, meaning "swindle" or "fraud." In old Cockney slang, tizzy, also spelled tizzi, means "sixpence."
In Finland, there's an old tradition of counting approximate distances in terms of poronkusema, literally "reindeer pee," which is supposedly the distance a reindeer will travel between pit stops.
Kimberly in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has a family tradition of enjoying fried biscuit dough with butter for breakfast. They refer to these fried, doughy treats as scorns, but they've never heard anyone else use this term. Have you? Or might they just have altered the pronunciation of scorns?
This episode is hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette.