A.J., Graeme, and Thomas discuss everything having to do with the classical world. Our aim is to help both educators and laypeople enjoy the classical world as much as they enjoy fine ales and good tales.
204: Frederick Douglass on the 5th of July
In this episode, Thomas walks us through the context and performance of Frederick Douglass's speech given to the ladies of the "Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society" in Corinthian Hall on July 5th. The speech does not suck.
203: Bronowski's "The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination"
"WHAT IS MATH!?" hollers the girl on TikTok. Turns out she's right. Any system requires reference to an external system to make itself consistent, but any system is only a metaphor for the whole. Trust me, it makes sense. This is a cool episode about math and science.
202: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract" (Compact?)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract" laid the political ground for the French Revolution and probably the American Revolution too. This is just part 1 . . . MORE TO COME.
201: On the Genealogy of Morality
In this episode, we discuss Nietzsche's work, "On the Genealogy of Morality," in which he discusses the history of morality through tracing the words used to describe it. We also talk about a recent film that's pretty good, and poor poor Leopardi again. Join us!
200: What are Wordsworth?
In this episode we track Wordsworth's view of how to stay happy in life, specifically through two poems: "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," and "Elegiac Stanzas Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle in a Storm, Painted by Sir George Beaumont." Turns out he was idealistic when he was young and cranky when he was old. WHO KNEW
199: The Master and Margarita
During Stalin's regime in Russia there was one author daring enough to write a Satire . . . one that I can't quite nail down. I ask Graeme to help me.
Screaming, crying, throwing up—absolutely stellar
I came across episode 183 by chance and since then I’ve been absolutely hooked. Each episode is thought provoking and thoroughly hilarious (think 3 am college dorm meets Epictetus—the number of times I’ve laughed aloud in a quiet area to my own embarrassment is… Delightful™️). Additionally, the open, cordial discussions of disagreements is refreshing and helps the listener to think through one’s own position. Even episodes about topics I would not ordinarily be very interested in are well worth the listen.
Aside from the content itself, I have so enjoyed each of the three hosts; their relationships to one another (and their wives—we love to see men who love their wives) and their underlying value systems make an already enjoyable podcast all the better. Fair warning, though, the hosts are all Christians and while they aim to be neutral in their presentation, no one can hide their worldview, no matter how hard they try—especially when discussing topics like philosophy, ethics, etc.). This isn’t a problem for me (clearly,,, have you read my review) and I don’t think it should be for anyone else.
Each episode is humor wrapped in knowledge. Yes, you read that right.
Graeme and AJ are bitter rivals yet star crossed lovers doomed to eternal dissension of the slightest degree.
Thomas is a tortured soul stuck in the middle, cursed with the task of holding the podcast together by some conjured sense of order.
In all seriousness the boys are entertaining and intellectually captivating.
Love the content but…
The hosts do a great job breaking down topics in an easier to understand and digestible manner….but they (especially Graham) need some freaking pop filters and to practice better Mic etiquette….the amount of gross mouth sounds between words and voice is terrible. Please hydrate better and put a little distance from your face and the mic