32 episodes

Unreliable Narrators is a podcast hosted by Stoa alumni where we discuss media, literature, and the arts and how they relate to Christ, the self, and the world.

Unreliable Narrators Raymond Dokupil and Sophie Klomparens

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Unreliable Narrators is a podcast hosted by Stoa alumni where we discuss media, literature, and the arts and how they relate to Christ, the self, and the world.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    WE'RE FINALLY BACK with a high-energy conversation about Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. What does Oscar Wilde really think about art? Is Lord Henry the devil in disguise, or just a bad guy? What in the world is up with the ending? We may not have all the answers, but we do have a good time.

    In our next episode, we will be talking about Bruno.

    Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website atunreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast.

    Theme music is "New Moon" by Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music athttps://soundcloud.com/kappamuse

    Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    In this CHRISTMAS episode, Raymond and Sophie tackle Simon & Garfunkel's most popular song, Bridge Over Troubled Water. What does it mean to lay yourself down as a bridge over troubled water? Why did Paul Simon write the "sail on, silver girl" verse? What does any of this have to do with Christmas?? All this and more in our latest episode.

    In our next episode, we will be discussing Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website atunreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast.

    Theme music is "New Moon" by Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music athttps://soundcloud.com/kappamuse

    Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf

    • 51 min
    The Social Dilemma (2020 Netflix Documentary)

    The Social Dilemma (2020 Netflix Documentary)

    We all know social media manipulates us. We know they're tracking out data. We know it's designed to get us addicted. And yet no matter how many times we are warned about what social media is doing to us, we still use it. Can we really have a healthy relationship with social media, or is it inherently detrimental to our mental health? In this episode, Sophie and Raymond discuss the 2020 Netflix Documentary The Social Dilemma, iHeart's street-art piece Nobody Likes Me, the role of social media in the musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the meaning of community and companionship.

    In our next episode, we will be discussing the Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon and Garfunkel.

    Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website atunreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast.

    Theme music is "No New Words" by Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music athttps://soundcloud.com/kappamuse

    Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    "On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'"

    In this episode, Raymond and Sophie discuss their mutual favorite superhero in Spider-Man: No Way Home. (Mostly because they wanted to discuss Into the Spider-Verse, but they were foiled. So they settled for the next best thing.) What does it mean to be Spider-Man? Should Peter Parker let the villains die? What does a Marvel movie have to do with Racine's Iphigenia? All this and more in our latest episode.

    In our next episode, we will be discussing the painting Nobody Likes Me, by iHeart, alongside the 2020 documentary, The Social Dilemma.

    Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website atunreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast.

    Theme music is "No New Words" by Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music athttps://soundcloud.com/kappamuse

    Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf

    • 1 hr 1 min
    That Hideous Strength (Ft. Cynthia Chung)

    That Hideous Strength (Ft. Cynthia Chung)

    In this episode, we are joined by editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Rising Tide Foundation, Cynthia Chung. Cynthia has lectured on the topics of Schiller’s aesthetics, Shakespeare’s tragedies, Roman history, and the Florentine Renaissance among other subjects. She is a writer for Strategic Culture Foundation, and is a contributing author to the book series “The Clash of the Two Americas.” In this episode, we discuss C.S. Lewis's concerns about modern education, the threat of scientific dictatorship, the essence of culture, science and magic, and much more as we explore the epic conclusion of Lewis's space trilogy, That Hideous Strength.

    Time Stamps:
    1:24 Cynthia discusses the Rising Tide Foundation
    5:47 Cynthia’s background in molecular biology
    7:31 The historical backdrop if That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis’s contemporaries
    12:10 Discussing The Abolition of Man important to understanding That Hideous Strength
    18:23 Was Lewis’s critique of H.G. Wells legitimate?
    21:39 Mark Studdock and Bracton College: the progressive Element and the Traditionalist School
    23:12 Mark’s obsession with the Inner Ring
    27:10 How the N.I.C.E. uses “remedial treatment” on people who oppose them
    29:51 The final Inner Ring: the “Head”
    35:05 Turning attention to Jane, Mark’s wife, who is having prophetic dreams
    37:21 Merlin represents something Britain has lost
    40:55 Why did George Orwell critique Lewis for including Merlin in the story?
    48:37 The epic climax: The Curse of Babel on the N.I.C.E.
    1:01:48 Closing thoughts on the Inner Ring and Tolkien’s “One Ring”
    1:05:43 Are the “good guys” in this story just another Inner Ring? Why are they different?
    1:12:14 Lewis’s “Logres”
    1:13:48 Cynthia’s upcoming projects

    Rising Tide Foundation:
    https://risingtidefoundation.net/
    Cynthia's Substack:
    https://cynthiachung.substack.com/
    Cynthia's Lecture Series on the Space Trilogy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4W04cnITUI

    Part 2 of this episode series can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/perelandra/id1594769451?i=1000581106991

    Stay tuned for our next episode when we discuss Marvel's 2021 film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

    Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website at unreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast.

    Our sound designer is Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music at https://soundcloud.com/kappamuse

    Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Perelandra

    Perelandra

    In the second installment of C.S. Lewis' epic science fiction trilogy, Ransom is commissioned by Maleldil on a celestial journey to the planet Venus. There, Ransom meets the Green Lady, who plays the role of a second Eve, and confronts a satanic force that is invading Perelandra through the body of his former colleague Weston. Throughout this episode, Sophie and Raymond debate the successes and failures of Lewis' highly ambitious novel. Is the Green Lady's passive role in the story problematic? Did Lewis succeed in his project to imagine an unfallen world? Is the Space Trilogy science-fiction, fantasy, or a little bit of both? Along the way, we contemplate one of the most pressing theological questions of the book: what plan did God have for the human race if we had not originally rebelled against Him?

    Part 1 of this episode series can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/out-of-the-silent-planet/id1594769451?i=1000565923862

    Stay tuned for our next episode when we discuss the final installment of C.S. Lewis' trilogy, That Hideous Strength.

    Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website at unreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast.

    Theme music is "No New Words" by Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music at https://soundcloud.com/kappamuse.

    Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

"whyiseverynicknametaken?" ,

Everything makes more sense and yet I have more questions

This podcast points out and explains art in ways that make me understand it more, which makes me better understand the questions it asks, which makes me more curious, which then makes me want to understand the art more. The range of subjects is great, I love the Knives Out episode.

Amy k 1 ,

Interesting and insightful

Although this podcast was created with a particular audience in mind, anyone who likes to have thoughtful conversations about good art will enjoy it..

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