Thoughtful, educated voices from BYU and abroad. Marcus Smith dives into the minds of experts on religion, the arts, mathematics, space, medicine, music, and just about everything else.
Andrew Lawler: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Writer Andrew Lawler speaks with Marcus Smith about the enduring mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, one of America's oldest legends.
Christian Miller: The Character Gap
Philosopher Christian Miller discusses the nature of character with Marcus Smith.
Ken Krimstein: Hannah Arendt
Cartoonist Ken Krimstein delves into his comic biography about philosopher Hannah Arendt.
Lars Gert Lose: Denmark and the Transatlantic Alliance
Lars Gert Lose, the ambassador from Denmark to the United States, discusses Denmark's social and economic relationship to the United States and the future of the alliance between the EU and the US.
Fiona Sampson: Mary Shelley, Author of Frankenstein
Writer Fiona Sampson speaks about Mary Shelley's life of loss and love and the gender inequity Shelley faced as the woman who wrote "Frankenstein."
Heather Curtis: The Birth of Humanitarianism
Heather Curtis tells the story of a newspaper that gave birth to the ways in which we think about humanitarianism. Dr. Curtis is an Associate Professor of Religion at Tufts University. She is the author of two book and served as the senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Among other awards, she has received grants from the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.
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Marcus and his highly knowledgeable guests are making sociology fun again! The wide variety of fascinating topics they cover had me hooked from my very first listen. They’re also personable and funny, which let’s be honest; isn’t always the easiest to find in the Sociology world. Thanks for putting out such a great show Marcus - keep up the great work!
I have been listening for about 3 years. Marcus Smith asks good questions of the guests and gets out of their way. Though different views are discussed, the interaction is not contentious but more like a search for facts and truth. The varied, interesting, and current topics keep me coming back for more. The show helps me get little packets of new insights to continue my education in life. It is well produced. Thank you to all who make the show possible!
A smart podcast on topics you didn't know you were interested in
A very intelligent interview program featuring notable authorities from all across academia, politics, and more. As good as anything you'll find on NPR, and while the topics tend to lean a bit toward academic areas, I am always surprised by the variety of areas covered. A solid program that will always make you think.
Note: though this is a production of Brigham Young University, it is not a religion-driven program, and the subject of faith comes up only now and then and not at all intrusively. It will appeal to people of any faith (or none at all).