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Episode 20: The Great EurAsian Jam Session

Today we’ll discuss the long relationship between Asia and Europe. We’ve been trading, marrying and inspiring each other for millennia. The East is not exotic and strange, they’re our neighbors…we just happen to live a little further west down the silk road.

We’ll look at the impact of Alexander the Great, the Han Dynasty, the Roman Empire and the Mongolian Empire on that famous free trade superhighway known as the Silk Road that ran across Eurasia. East and West have always influenced each other in a cosmic jam session of art, ideas and inspiration. So lets bring down the barriers and turn up the sound.


Fantastically Terrible Character or Creature

This week’s Fantastically Terrible Character or Creature is Christopher Pike from “Star Trek”. He was portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter in the original Star Trek pilot, but left the show when it was initially rejected. So, how do they bring him back as a promoted fleet captain (so far, so good), but he’s been left paralyzed, disfigured and unable to speak (rough!). Spock manages to outsmart his superior officers and helps Pike get back to Talos IV where he can live the rest of his days, “unfettered by his natural body”. I’m not sure what that means, but you could describe death as a state of being unfettered from your natural body. For Pike’s sake, I hope not. I’m sure Spock would find that “highly illogical”.

Here’s to possibly the only actor in TV history who played a character that was maimed, disfigured, lived in multiple timelines and parallel universes, and transcended his physical form…all without ever showing up on the set.

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