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A podcast about the life of work of Wendell Berry: the Kentucky farmer, poet, novelist, essayist, and activist.

The Membership: A Wendell Berry Podcast Rabbit Room Podcast Network

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A podcast about the life of work of Wendell Berry: the Kentucky farmer, poet, novelist, essayist, and activist.

    A Sabbath Poem for Christmas: "Remembering that it happened once..."

    A Sabbath Poem for Christmas: "Remembering that it happened once..."

    In his poem “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” Wendell Berry calls the reader to “Practice resurrection.” In today’s episode, we discuss one of Berry’s Sabbath poems. It has a Christmas theme that could be summarized this way: “Practice incarnation.”





























































































































    SHOW NOTES AND LINKSSabbath Poem 1987, No. VI - “Remembering that it happened once…”
    The Berry Center (our recommendation for year-end giving)
    Who should we interview on the podcast? Let us know at hosts@membershippod.com
    The Rabbit Room Podcast Network
    The Membership Podcast Online
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Website

    Singer-Songwriter Matt Wheeler on His New Port William-inspired Album

    Singer-Songwriter Matt Wheeler on His New Port William-inspired Album

    In this episode, we interview singer-songwriter Matt Wheeler about his new album, A Hard History of Love. That album is inspired by five short stories in Berry’s story collection, That Distant Land. We talk about the process of writing songs inspired by great literature, about some of our favorite Port William characters, and what “membership” looks like in Matt’s life.
    UPDATE: The Kickstarter for Matt’s album release is now fully funded. All backers will now receive a print of Ned Bustard’s cover art for the album. The Kickstarter ends on August 25 at 7:15 a.m. Eastern.
    Kickstarter for A Hard History of Love: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hardhistory/a-hard-history-of-love-by-matt-wheeler





























































































































    SHOW NOTES AND LINKSKickstarter for Matt Wheeler’s Port William-inspired album A Hard History of Love
    Ned Bustard (Instagram), the Lancaster artist who did the album cover art
    “Invited into a Rich Community: An Interview with Matt Wheeler,” by Matt Conner
    Matt Wheeler Online
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Who else should we interview on the podcast? Let us know at hosts@membershippod.com
    The Rabbit Room Podcast Network
    The Membership Podcast Online
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Website

    A Returning, a New Voice, and a Look Ahead

    A Returning, a New Voice, and a Look Ahead

    The Membership Podcast returns! We catch you up on the last three years, introduce a new co-host, and preview some of the books we’ll be reading in Season 3. Our next episode is coming in just a couple days, so be on the lookout!





























































































































    SHOW NOTES AND LINKSKickstarter for Matt Wheeler’s Port William-inspired album A Hard History of Love
    “Returning,” by Wendell Berry (Bookshop.org | Amazon | The Berry Center Bookstore)
    “Eternal Beings Living in Time: On Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow” (John’s essay from Besides the Bible)
    Who should we interview on the podcast? Let us know at hosts@membershippod.com
    The Rabbit Room Podcast Network
    The Membership Podcast Online
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Website

    Season 2 Episode 5: "Nathan Coulter"

    Season 2 Episode 5: "Nathan Coulter"

    In this episode, John and Tim discuss Nathan Coulter, Wendell Berry’s debut novel.



























     
























































































     








    SHOW NOTES AND LINKS#themembershipreadalong (Instagram)
    @kirireads
    @aliciaandherbooks
    “Burley Coulter at the Bank” (John McCutcheon)
    New Wendell Berry Audiobooks read by Nick Offerman
    Libro.fm (Sign up here to support the podcast)
    Audible - World-Ending Fire
    Audible - The Unsettling of America
    Nathan Coulter: A Novel, by Wendell Berry (IndieBound | Amazon)
    Sugar Calling podcast (feat. George Saunders)
    Step into the Circle: Writers in Modern Appalachia, by (IndieBound | Amazon)
    Telling the Stories Right: Wendell Berry’s Imagination of Port William, edited by Jack R. Baker and Jeffrey Bilbro (IndieBound | Amazon)
    The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings, by Wendell Berry (IndieBound | Amazon)
    “Song of Myself,” by Walt Whitman
    “The Peace of Wild Things,” by Wendell Berry
    “A Vision,” by Wendell Berry
    New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry (IndieBound | Amazon | Counterpoint)
    The Berry Center Bookstore
    Wendell Berry Catalogue from Counterpoint Press (PDF)
    The Rabbit Room Podcast Network
    The Membership Podcast Online
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram

    HOSTSJason HardyFacebook
    John PattisonTwitter
    Tim WasemTwitter

    If you enjoy the show and would like to support us, head over to Patreon to pledge a small monthly donation. Donations will go toward the costs of making this podcast. Thank you.

    Top image via Unsplash.

    Season 2 Episode 4: "Farming: A Hand Book"

    Season 2 Episode 4: "Farming: A Hand Book"

    In this episode, Jason, John and Tim discuss Farming: A Hand Book, Wendell Berry’s 1970 poetry collection.



























     
























































































     








    SHOW NOTES AND LINKSFarming: A Hand Book, by Wendell Berry (IndieBound | Amazon)
    New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry (IndieBound | Amazon | Counterpoint)
    A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (IndieBound | Amazon)
    The Hundred-Year Barn, by Patricia MacLachlan and Kenard Pak (IndieBound | Amazon)
    The Berry Center Bookstore
    Wendell Berry Catalogue from Counterpoint Press (PDF)
    The Rabbit Room Podcast Network
    The Membership Podcast Online
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram

    HOSTSJason HardyFacebook
    John PattisonTwitter
    Tim WasemTwitter

    If you enjoy the show and would like to support us, head over to Patreon to pledge a small monthly donation. Donations will go toward the costs of making this podcast. Thank you.

    Top image via Unsplash.

    Season 2 Episode 3: "A Half-Pint of Old Darling" and "The Lost Bet"

    Season 2 Episode 3: "A Half-Pint of Old Darling" and "The Lost Bet"

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

OccasionalComPlaner ,

Delightful Podcast.

I was delightfully surprised when my search on the app for Wendell Berry turned up with a whole podcast over him, and, further, was by the Rabbit Room! As such, I, like Mat Feltner, have been little surprised that the podcast is fantastic. Each of the hosts contributes unique, thoughtful comments to the space of wonder that they’ve done so well to cultivate: even the Three Amigos has a place at the table.

These guys are wicked smaaht. Though they each have their own Berry area (Berrea?) of knowledge, they’re all great at offering new perspectives on poems, stories, and ideas, each of which are welcomed with open arms.

They embody the man that they talk about—they are unhurried, glad to talk at length about important things, and always glad to laugh. They smell of hard work, deep rest, and dirty hands.

Can’t wait to journey with them through to the end, which will make me as sad as Jayber Crow did. Thank y’all for what you do.

Bored but want my $.99 back ,

Happy to find this

A friend just recommended this podcast to me since I love Wendell Berry. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. A small quibble—the background pic isn’t Henry County. It might be eastern Ky, but Henry co has beautiful farmland and the river, not mountains, & isn’t located in eastern Ky.

Larrrock2 ,

Engaging, Entertaining, Enlightening!

This has become my favorite, go-to, podcast. Jason, John, and Tim are able to be light-hearted, yet thoughtful and in-depth in their consideration and reflection upon the writings of Wendell Berry. Although I had previously read the works they engaged thus far in 2019, they invited me to re-read and then, listen yet again to their podcast. I've listened to some of the episodes three, even four, times; I glean something new every time. Thanks, brothers, for enriching my days, my thinking, and my appreciation for the work of Wendell Berry.

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