The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 42

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 weekly fans. Your host is Brian Levine and in tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment he will talk about the length of the shank on your pipe, the cooling effect it provides, along with shank treatments like bamboo, and more. Tonight’s featured guest interview is with Bill Hirsch. Rev. Bill Hirsch (Chinese Dharma Name Xiao Bai Yun) was ordained as a Theravada monk in Thailand in 1964, and as a priest of the White Cloud Buddhist Society in 1990. He is also, of course, a pipe smoker. He is a regular participant in the PipesMagazine Forums using the screen name “4dotsasieni”.

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2 Responses

  • Happy 4th of July, Brian,
    I am surprised you did not get into straight shank vs curved shank. Shank length is a matter of personal preference.
    A very nice rendition of America the Beautiful.
    The interview will Bill Hirsch was quite interesting. A different perspective, indeed.
    In 1776, what bowl did Yankee Doodle break? A Clay pipe?
    Jimmie Hendrix – Woodstock perhaps? I didn’t realize Kevin was that old to remember.
    The good thing about pipe smokers is “What ever floats your boat – works!”
    I totally agree with your rant.

  • Another top notch show! I really enjoyed the interview with Bill Hirsch.
    The rant is right on. Just because you have a strong conviction about something doesn’t make you right. Amongst pipe smokers tolerance is the rule. Whether you smoke cobs or Bangs we are all brothers of the leaf.