Meditations with Zohar, a 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.
Daniel Boyarin: Talmud as Anti-Theology
This week, Zohar is joined by Talmud scholar Daniel Boyarin to discuss the intellectual and spiritual legacy of the rabbis, Talmud as the irresolvable pursuit of truth, Christianity, sophistry, antisemitism, Maimonides, the fact/value distinction, academic vs. religious methodology, and more.
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Trae Stephens: Choosing Good Quests
This week, Zohar Atkins joins Trae Stephens, investor, serial entrepreneur, and faith-based public thinker, to talk about what makes for a good quest, the ethics and theology of doing things that scale and things that don't, political theology, why optimism is rational, and how to make life-altering decisions.
Rohit Krishnan: Building God
This week Zohar joins Rohit Krishnan, investor, blogger at Strange Loop Canon, and author of Building God, to talk about Edge, AI, Sabbaticals, Mastery and Generalism, Investing, Creativity, P-Zombies, Techno-Optimism, Conviction, and Forgetting.
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Reviving the Neighborhood
This week Zohar is joined by public intellectual Seth Kaplan to discuss his new book Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society, One Zip Code at a Time. Kaplan takes his analysis of Fragile States and applies the same lens to American neighborhoods. Zohar and Seth talk about what makes for good neighborhoods, why culture can't be reduced to economic or political analysis, the role of religion in community, and whether loneliness and failing neighborhoods are a driver of radicalism.
David Bashevkin: The Case for Inconvenience
This week, Zohar is joined by David Bashevkin, Rabbi, scholar, author of Sin*a*gogue, and founder of 18Forty to talk about the meaning of community, why holiness and inconvenience are often linked, whether being small in number is an essential part of Jewishness, the legacy of Hasidism, and the spiritual search as a fundamental structure of existence.
Eric Linus Kaplan: Philosophy as a Way of Life
This week, Zohar is joined by Eric Linus Kaplan, podcast host ("Terrifying Questions") and TV writer ("The Big Bang Theory," "Futurama," "Flight of the Concords," and "Malcolm in the Middle") to talk about whether God has a body, whether we should listen to physicians who have rashes, the value of Heidegger's thought, the meaning of sophistry, and the feeling of the "whoosh."
Love this podcast
Zohar is amazing. A very stimulating podcast for anyone who wants to build their intellectual chops
Zohar is a great interviewer. Maybe the next Russ Roberts or Tyler Cowen. He’s that good!
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.