A conversation about rebuilding community and creating a moral economy. Catholic-flavored but ecumenical, kinda radical, lots of books mentioned.
Intro/outro: Nobody's Fault but Mine (RocknRolla Soundsystem edit)
Episode #26: Pete Davis on his new book Dedicated
We talk with Pete about his law school graduation address that went crazy viral and led to his new book about the nature of "long-haul" commitment. And about remarkable people with remarkable accomplishments who show us how to make those choices to stick with a vision.
Episode #25: Bob Elder on Calhoun: American Heretic
Pete and I talk with Bob Elder about his new biography of the infamous John C. Calhoun, the spiritual founder of the Southern Confederacy and its economic foundation in slavery. We explore the range of Calhoun's ideas and why some of them--such as his views on secession--are not (like Calhoun himself) dead and buried but still alive in numerous places today.
Episode #24: Daphna Levit on Wrestling with Zionism
Pete and I talk to Israeli-born Canadian author and activist Daphna Levit about her new book of essays recovering the wide spectrum of dissenting Jewish ideas about Zionism. Beginning with founding figures like Theodor Herzl and Ahad Ha'am, she highlights voices and views of Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, Noam Chomsky, and Hannah Arendt, among several contemporary writers.
Episode #22: Nate Tinner-Williams on Black Catholicism
This country's 3 million Black Catholics in the U.S. recently got the news that Archbishop Wilton Gregory (Washington DC) has become the first African American cardinal. Why then have the U.S. bishops not publicly acknowledged the Black Lives Matters movement? We talk to Black Catholic seminarian and musician Nate Tinner-Williams about this question and his move from evangelical Christianity to Roman Catholicism and how it led him to a discovery of the roots of Black Catholicism in the U.S.
Episode #21: Fred Dewey on Recovering Public Life
Pete's back and he joins Elias in interviewing Fred Dewey, author of The School of Public Life and a political/cultural activist. In the aftermath of the Rodney King riots, Fred helped lead a decade-long effort to establish neighborhood councils, now about one hundred, for the City of Los Angeles. Until 2010, he was director of Beyond Baroque, a poetry and cultural center in Venice CA, where projects included bringing segregated neighborhoods into dialogue through poetry. Over the last decade, Dewey has conducted free, public working groups in California and across Europe, at community centers, squats, schools, art spaces, and other sites, using the writings of Hannah Arendt. His Portable Polis, in 2017, met at ten sites across Berlin with Arendt texts on the purposes of each. He is based in LA and Brussels.
Episode #20: Dan Walden on the Joys of Classical Greek
Why has the literature of ancient Greece always cast such a spell over modern readers? I dust off my own rusty skills in Greek with Dan Walden, a member of the classics department at the University of Michigan, as we discuss the Iliad, Sappho's poetry, and Plato’s Symposium—and why we share an enthusiasm for them in the original Greek.
Along the way, we somehow manage to talk about St. Gregory of Nyssa, Tom Stoppard’s play, The Invention of Love, Bernard of Clairvaux, and the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”.
I love where you’re going with this podcast. Please bring it back.
Great show with wonderful guests
A great collection of ideas and people who value community and do not fit neatly into our country’s dominant camps of left and right liberalism