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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

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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.

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury W/Luc Travers

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury W/Luc Travers

    Kirk and guest Luc Travers from http://www.literatureatourhouse.com/​ discuss the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury “Fahrenheit 451.” Together they give a synopsis (from memory) of the story. Then they leap into the flames of Bradbury’s tale. In this...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Edmond Rostand W/Guest Eric Robert Morse

    'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Edmond Rostand W/Guest Eric Robert Morse

    Eric and I go over a synopsis of this play, first staged in 1897 to immense adulation. Then we discuss the meaning of the love triangle, the larger-than-life character of Cyrano and the meaning of the play. Since 1897 there has been a variety of...

    • 1 hr 28 min
    'The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' W/Guest Jesse McCarthy

    'The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' W/Guest Jesse McCarthy

    My guest today is Jesse McCarthy Founder of MontessoriEducation.comJesse McCarthy began his career as a young assistant at a small private school in California, and now 15+ years later he leads an organization that helps parents and teachers around the...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger - and the psychology of conspiracy theorists

    'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger - and the psychology of conspiracy theorists

    What do Holden Caufield, Jerry Fletcher (Conspiracy Theory, 1997, played by Mel Gibson) and a modern conspiracy theorist have in common? On this episode of Troubadour Podcast, I discuss the style of J.D. Salinger's story about Holden Caufield's weekend...

    • 51 min
    'Oedipus The King' by Sophocles W/Guest Timothy Sandefur

    'Oedipus The King' by Sophocles W/Guest Timothy Sandefur

    On this episode of Troubadour Talks I had as a guest Timothy Sandefur, VP of Litigation at Goldwater Institute. We discussed the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles. The Oedipus is likely one of the most referenced  and analyzed work of imaginative...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    'We the Living' by Ayn Rand - With Guest Jon Hersey

    'We the Living' by Ayn Rand - With Guest Jon Hersey

    Welcome to Troubadour Talks, a new show where a guest and I discuss a great work of classic literature.On today's episode I spoke with Jon Hersey of the Objective Standard Institute about Ayn Rand's fist novel, We The Living.Ayn Rand was a...

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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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