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The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode #140: Brave New World

Knowing Our experiences with the novel Neil Postman on why the novel is applicable to our lives Some historical background: Modernism, technology, governing social narratives, and bioethics Reading How this novel compares to other 20th-c. dystopias Sexuality divorced from reproduction The specter of Shakespeare and what books do for us What do they worship in…

Christian Humanist Profiles 210: The Evening Sky

Stream or download this episode. The poet Charles Hughes’s first collection of poems, 2014’s Cave Art, wasn’t published until he was in his sixties, after more than three decades working as a lawyer. Michial Farmer read that book almost by accident to review it for the Englewood Review of Books and was surprised and delighted…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 10: The Odyssey, Books 22-24

Stream or download this episode.  David Grubbs, Coyle Neal, Jordan Poss, and Jay Eldred discuss books 22, 23, and 24 of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961) and Robert Fagles (1996). Jordan compares the climax of The Odyssey to the climax of Taken. David says John Wick. Homer utilizes “arrow time,” which puts him ahead…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 9: The Odyssey, Books 19-21

Stream or download this episode.  Victoria Reynolds Farmer, Jordan Poss, and Christina Bieber Lake discuss Books 19, 20, and 21 of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fagles (1996) and Emily Wilson (2018). The prophecy about the suitors made Victoria think of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Odysseus is a combination of a five-year-old…

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode # 138: Best of 2020

In this all-recommendations episode, Victoria Reynolds Farmer, Kim Feldman, and Carla Godwin discuss the things they read, watched, listened to, and thought about that made 2020 a little less of a dumpster fire. Leave your recommendations in the comments! Books: Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels; Jack by Marilynne Robinson; The Grisha Trilogy; The Murderbot Diaries; The…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 8: The Odyssey, Books 17-18

Stream or download this episode.  David Grubbs, Michial Farmer, and Katie Grubbs talk about books seventeen and eighteen of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Samuel Butler (1898), Robert Fagles (1996), and Stanley Lombardo (2000). These books feature the first episode of Undercover Boss. Odysseus disguises himself like King Henry V. Odysseus takes part in Bronze Age Mission…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 7: The Odyssey, Books 15-16

Stream or download this episode.  Jay Eldred, Jordan Poss, and Michial Farmer discuss books fifteen and sixteen of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961), Robert Fagles (1996) and Stanley Lombardo (2000). Jordan gets some cracks in at Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. And Michial takes a shot at Argo. Like Don and Betty Draper, Menelaus…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 6: The Odyssey, Books 12-14

Stream or download this episode.  David Grubbs, Michial Farmer, and Katie Grubbs talk about books twelve, thirteen, and fourteen of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Samuel Butler (1898), Robert Fagles (1996), and Stanley Lombardo (2000). The Police taught David how to pronounce Scylla. But not Nabokov. Aristotle gets Scylla and Charybdis wrong in the Nicomachean Ethics–the subject…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 5: The Odyssey, Books 10-11

Stream or download this episode.  Victoria Reynolds Farmer, Christina Bieber Lake, and Jay Eldred discuss Books ten and eleven of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961) and Emily Wilson (2018). Christina and Victoria both want to read Madeline Miller’s Circe. Circe’s pleasures violate the Aristotelian ethical mean. (Coming next time on The Core…