23 episodes

Meditations with Zohar, a new podcast hosted by Zohar Atkins will follow Zohar and his guests discussing big ideas at the intersection of philosophy, theology, art, and culture, bringing a personal and heartfelt touch to ideas that can often seem abstract, impersonal, and merely academic. 
Meditations with Zohar is an invitation to experience ourselves not just as logical beings, but as beings in pursuit of meaning, awe, and, enduring questions.
Meditations with Zohar is a production of SoulShop and Lyceum Studios.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

Meditations with Zohar, a new podcast hosted by Zohar Atkins will follow Zohar and his guests discussing big ideas at the intersection of philosophy, theology, art, and culture, bringing a personal and heartfelt touch to ideas that can often seem abstract, impersonal, and merely academic. 
Meditations with Zohar is an invitation to experience ourselves not just as logical beings, but as beings in pursuit of meaning, awe, and, enduring questions.
Meditations with Zohar is a production of SoulShop and Lyceum Studios.

    Peter Cole: The War For The Imagination

    Peter Cole: The War For The Imagination

    This week Zohar speaks to Peter Cole, acclaimed poet and translator, about medieval Hebrew and Arabic poetry, Yehuda Amichai, liminality, modernism, solitude and tradition, the sacred and the secular, and the war for the imagination.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Marjorie Perloff: The Once and Future Avant-Garde

    Marjorie Perloff: The Once and Future Avant-Garde

    This week, Zohar is joined by literary critic and Stanford Professor, Marjorie Perloff, to discuss the meaning of the avant-garde, the poetic influence of Wittgenstein, why postmodernism has exhausted itself, whether we should care about popularity, the corrosive effects of mass culture, the novelty of T.S. Eliot and Frank O'Hara, the importance of tradition, and why confessional art is often boring.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Anna Gát: The Art of Dialogue

    Anna Gát: The Art of Dialogue

    This week, Zohar is joined by Anna Gát, Founder and CEO of Interintellect to talk about the importance of third spaces, how setting high expectations lead to better dialogue, the future of religion, post-political discourse, online community, European vs. American approaches to the Western canon, and the tension between being an author devoted to self expression and a community builder committed to hospitality.
    Meditations with Zohar is supported by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, bridging the gap between big ideas and real world problems.
    Read more from Zohar at his Torah newsletter Etz Hasadeh or his philosophy newsletter What is Called Thinking.
    Meditations with Zohar is a production of SoulShop and Lyceum Studios.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Joe Lonsdale: Rome and Jerusalem

    Joe Lonsdale: Rome and Jerusalem

    This week, Zohar is joined by entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Joe Lonsdale to discuss optimism, decadence, globalization and tribalism, virtue ethics and utilitarianism, Romans and Jews, The University of Austin and liberal arts, Rabbi Soloveitchik, Hannah Arendt, Michael Polanyi, Nietzsche, and the conflicting values at the heart of Western Civilization.
    Meditations with Zohar is supported by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, bridging the gap between big ideas and real world problems.
    Read more from Zohar at his Torah newsletter Etz Hasadeh or his philosophy newsletter What is Called Thinking.
    Meditations with Zohar is a production of SoulShop and Lyceum Studios.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Russ Roberts: Wild Problems

    Russ Roberts: Wild Problems

    This week Zohar is joined by Russ Roberts, Economist, Host of the EconTalk Podcast, and President of Shalem College, to talk about Decision Making, Regret, Parenting, Skepticism, Mindfulness, Religious Life, Jewish thought, and the pros and cons of having a theory of everything.
    Meditations with Zohar is supported by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, bridging the gap between big ideas and real world problems.
    Read more from Zohar at his Torah newsletter Etz Hasadeh or his philosophy newsletter What is Called Thinking.
    Meditations with Zohar is a production of SoulShop and Lyceum Studios.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    David Wolpe: The Divided Heart

    David Wolpe: The Divided Heart

    This week, Zohar is joined by Rabbi David Wolpe, a beloved Jewish thinker and community leader, to talk about the blessings and challenges of public life, King David, sincerity and authenticity, religion and politics, study and song, celebrity and sanctity, the past and future of authority, whether intellectual honesty is overrated, and the majesty of the human face.
    Meditations with Zohar is supported by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, bridging the gap between big ideas and real world problems.
    Read more from Zohar at his Torah newsletter Etz Hasadeh or his philosophy newsletter What is Called Thinking.
    Meditations with Zohar is a production of SoulShop and Lyceum Studios.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

mp8543 ,

Amazing

Zohar is a great interviewer. Maybe the next Russ Roberts or Tyler Cowen. He’s that good!

thingsbeings ,

What a cool collection of thinkers, artists and profound folk

Love these wide ranging explorations with deep thinkers…they engender insight, a bit of enticing rebellion and definitely delight. Zohar’s guidance of the conversation leaves us with hope even in this tangled, revelatory, cruel, gorgeous, modern world.

C.Hazak ,

Excellent - I wish all my convos were like this

I’m so enjoying this podcast! I notice how perfectly you match your style with whomever your interviewing. When it’s Tyler Cowin, it’s a series of discrete questions, similar to how he interviews. With Heti, Hitz, and Feldman, the dialogic rhythm flows in accordance with their tempo. Well done, sir!

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