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"It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind." William Wordsworth The Troubadour Podcast invites you into a world where art is conversation and conversation is art. The conversations on this show will be with some living people and some dead writers of our past. I aim to make both equally entertaining and educational.In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, which Wordsworth called an experiment to discover how far the language of everyday conversation is adapted to the purpose of poetic pleasure. With this publication, he set in motion the formal movement called "Romanticism." 220 years later the experiment is continued on this podcast. This podcast seeks to reach those of us who wish to improve our inner world, increase our stores of happiness, and yet not succumb to the mystical or the subjective.Here, in this place of the imagination, you will find many conversation with those humans creating things that interest the human mind.

The Troubadour Podcast Kirk j Barbera

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

"It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind." William Wordsworth The Troubadour Podcast invites you into a world where art is conversation and conversation is art. The conversations on this show will be with some living people and some dead writers of our past. I aim to make both equally entertaining and educational.In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, which Wordsworth called an experiment to discover how far the language of everyday conversation is adapted to the purpose of poetic pleasure. With this publication, he set in motion the formal movement called "Romanticism." 220 years later the experiment is continued on this podcast. This podcast seeks to reach those of us who wish to improve our inner world, increase our stores of happiness, and yet not succumb to the mystical or the subjective.Here, in this place of the imagination, you will find many conversation with those humans creating things that interest the human mind.

    Egoism Without Permission: Tara Smith on Ayn Rand’s Ethics

    Egoism Without Permission: Tara Smith on Ayn Rand’s Ethics

    Buy Egoism Without Permission: The Moral Psychology of Ayn Rand's Ethics (Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies)Venture into the world of self-determination with Professor Tara Smith as she illuminates the path to living egoism authentically, free from the shackles of societal approval. Her new book, "Egoism Without Permission: The Moral Psychology of Ayn Rand's Ethics," serves as the compass for our journey, guiding us through the moral and psychological landscape of Ayn Rand's philosophy. ...

    • 52 min
    Beyond Netflix: Discovering the Thrill of Live Theatre

    Beyond Netflix: Discovering the Thrill of Live Theatre

    Embark on an enthralling odyssey into the soul of the theater with the Artistic Director of Austin Shakespeare, inviting us into the realm where the magic of Shakespearean drama and the communal spell of live performances make us active participants. Our discussion honors the enchantment of the stage, the cerebral feast of its language, and the poignant art of translating classic literature like Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" into resonating theatrical experiences. We unite to not only...

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Exploring the Timeless Allure of Love Through Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet

    Exploring the Timeless Allure of Love Through Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet

    Unlock the mysteries of love's timeless allure as we promise to guide you through the enchanting world of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Discover how this literary classic not only captures the essence of romantic infatuation but also serves as a mirror, reflecting our own experiences and beliefs about love. Delve into the profound influence that Shakespeare's masterpiece continues to wield on our modern-day notions of romance and relationships. Join me on a literary journey spanning ...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dissecting Romance: From 'An Affair to Remember' to the Realities of Love

    Dissecting Romance: From 'An Affair to Remember' to the Realities of Love

    As the golden age of cinema meets contemporary skepticism, my guests Mark Pellegrino, Jax Schumann, and Jennifer Buoani help me peel back the layers of the beloved film "An Affair to Remember." We grapple with whether the idealistic portrayal of romance in this classic can still kindle the fires in our modern hearts. Join us as we navigate the complexities of love and self-discovery through the lens of film and literature, examining the characters' quests for authenticity against a backdrop o...

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Beyond Glory: A Deep Dive into HBO's The Pacific and the Human Cost of War

    Beyond Glory: A Deep Dive into HBO's The Pacific and the Human Cost of War

    Have you ever pondered the stark realities hidden beneath the veneer of war's glory and honor? Our panelists Jennifer Bouani, Mark Pellegrino, and Jacqueline Schumann join me in dissecting HBO's "The Pacific," peeling back layers of history and the human condition through the lens of this poignant series. We promise an exploration that goes beyond the battlefield, delving into the psychological toll on the Marines and the challenging transition from war to peace. Mark, with his personal conne...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Why You Should ONLY Read the First 3 Chapters of Moby-Dick

    Why You Should ONLY Read the First 3 Chapters of Moby-Dick

    Imagine setting sail on a voyage where the depths of the American soul are as vast and mysterious as the ocean itself. Our latest episode traverses the enduring waves of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," through a lens that magnifies the novel's relevance to our contemporary lives. We promise a literary escapade that reveals how Ishmael's narrative resonates with our own yearnings for purpose and connection in an era of rapid societal transformation. Feel the pulse of today's workforce as w...

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Jrivas1 ,

Perfect for the poetry novice!

I’ve never been a fan of poetry. I found it confusing and boring. However, Kirk’s ability to make poems relevant and easy to understand helped me appreciate the true beauty behind poetic words. Great concept!

spgumm ,

The Title Says It All...

Kirk is a natural and inspirational teacher. As an avid reader, and one who has learned more from”non-business” books than many business books, I’m thrilled to hear how Kirk related literature to life. This is a great podcast for anyone looking to live a better life.

Linda Tucker ,

Challenge Your Beliefs/Challenge Your Thinking

Thank you for challenging peoples thinking, Kirk…Great concept podcast!

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