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Informal discussions about the books that Reagan Schrock and Jaran Miller have been reading.

The Books We Read Jaran Miller and Reagan Schrock

    • Books

Informal discussions about the books that Reagan Schrock and Jaran Miller have been reading.

    Book Discussion of "The Communist Manifesto" and "The Lessons of History"

    Book Discussion of "The Communist Manifesto" and "The Lessons of History"

    Jaran and Reagan are back to talk about Marx's "Communist Manifesto" and Will Durant's "The Lessons of History." We are interested in and somewhat skeptical of the Manifesto, but we're big fans of Durant's book.



    The Lessons of History: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/174713.The_Lessons_of_History 



    The Communist Manifesto: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30474.The_Communist_Manifesto 



    Follow Jaran on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/74450648-jaran-miller.



    Follow Reagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/93683928-reagan-schrock.



    The music is from Blue Dot Sessions with the exception of Beethoven's 5th Symphony that shows up in the middle.

    • 30 min
    Book Discussion of "That Hideous Strength"

    Book Discussion of "That Hideous Strength"

    "That Hideous Strength" by C. S. Lewis is the topic of this episode. We compare "The Space Trilogy" to "Lord of the Rings" (the two trilogies aren't remotely the same), discuss the perils of seeking the inner circle, and jabber about numerous other issues surrounding the book.

    That Hideous Strength: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100933.That_Hideous_Strength. Get it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3S2uXSc

    Follow Jaran on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jaranmiller

    Follow Reagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/reaganschrock

    Reagan's website: https://reaganschrock.com/

    Reagan's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ReaganSchrock

    Rocket Sound Effect from Pixabay.

    The other music is from Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 24 min
    Book Discussion of "Wild at Heart"

    Book Discussion of "Wild at Heart"

    Reagan and Jaran talk about a book that was all the rage during their childhoods, "Wild at Heart" by John Eldridge. We try to resist the fashionable move of critiquing this book, but we can't help but conclude, as Reagan said, "Oh boy. I think you might have taken this a little too far."

    • 25 min
    Book Discussion of "Amusing Ourselves to Death" and "Digital Minimalism"

    Book Discussion of "Amusing Ourselves to Death" and "Digital Minimalism"

    Reagan talks about Cal Newport's "Digital Minimalism," and Jaran talks about "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman. We resolve that both "doomscrolling" and "doomsday scrolling" aren't  good for us (nuclear war isn't either).

    Find our website: https://thebooksweread.info/

    Visit kingdomoutpost.org to find our friends’ podcasts.

    Find Jaran on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jaranmiller.

    Find Reagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/reaganschrock

    The music in this episode comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 26 min
    Book Discussion of "The Gulag Archipelago" and "The Righteous Mind"

    Book Discussion of "The Gulag Archipelago" and "The Righteous Mind"

    "Where was this book my whole life?" asks Reagan as he encounters human depravity in "The Gulag Archipelago." Jaran then reflects on what he's learning about some of the reasons for human disagreement from Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind."



    Find our website: https://thebooksweread.info/



    Visit kingdomoutpost.org to find our friends’ podcasts.



    Find Jaran on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jaranmiller.



    Find Reagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/reaganschrock



    The three pieces of music in this episode come from Blue Dot Sessions. 

    • 28 min
    Cultural Literacy Game Show, third edition

    Cultural Literacy Game Show, third edition

    No. The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is in fact not in Canada or South America, nor is it an edition of macOS. Our cultural literacy is being weighed in the balance. Should it be found wanting, we are committed to recovery.

    In this game show, Sara and Trish guide Jaran and Reagan through a random selection of entries in E. D. Hirsch's New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.

    Visit kingdomoutpost.org to find our friends’ podcasts. Find Jaran on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jaranmiller. Find Reagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/reaganschrock

    This episode contains music from Blue Dot Sessions. "Kirkus" appears at the beginning. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is from a public domain recording on Archive.org.

    • 14 min

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