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Author Topic: Robert Johnson Program on Radiolab  (Read 968 times)

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Offline Stuart

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Re: Robert Johnson Program on Radiolab
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 11:36:16 AM »
This is an interesting listen. Don't be discouraged by the opening summaries, which may seem pretty old-hat to some of us. Just wait. The interview with David Evans (and HIS interview with LeDell Johnson) are a lot of fun. And Mack McCormick's brief interview at the end of the program goes a loooong way toward explaining why, perhaps, his Robert Johnson book has not seen the light of day. To say he has doubts is an understatement. Intriguing.
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Re: Robert Johnson Program on Radiolab
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 12:01:57 PM »
finally got around to listening to this  :P  -- very entertaining and informative.

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