45 episodes

Unreliable Narrators is a podcast 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
    • 4.6 • 22 Ratings

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

    The Magic Shop (1903) by H.G. Wells

    The Magic Shop (1903) by H.G. Wells

    In H.G. Wells' classic short story, a father and his son Gip wander into an antique shop run by a curious man who claims to be a magician. But the father feels something is not right. This magician seems he can make anything disappear...even Gip!

    In this episode, Sophie and Raymond discuss science, magic, hypnotism, and what it means to have childlike (or childish) faith. Along the way, we compare Wells' short story with Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige, as well as a few notable events in the Bible that could be considered magic as well...

    In our next episode, we'll be discussing the art piece "The Persistence of Memory" by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Stay tuned.****

    Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/UnreliableNarratorsPodcast
    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 "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 7 min
    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about? Sophie and Raymond do! In this VERY BELATED Christmas episode (listen, nobody ever said we were reliable), your hosts discuss the 1965 short film, A Charlie Brown Christmas. What makes Charlie Brown a hero for the masses? What is the difference between a real tree and a poor tree? Can Sophie ever be trusted to edit an episode on time? All this and more in the first episode of 2024!

    Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/UnreliableNarratorsPodcast

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

    Access the 2023-2024 Stoa Mars Hill list here:https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Mars-Hill-Topics-2023-2024-1.pdf

    • 1 hr 2 min
    West Side Story

    West Side Story

    Raymond may be doubtful about the reality of love at first sight, but it's nonetheless a story that has captured the imagination of people for generations. In this episode, Sophie and Raymond dive into a diverse discussion about the roots of rivalry, racism, and romance in Steven Sondheim's retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

    Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/UnreliableNarratorsPodcast
    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 "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
    A Prayer to Saint Anthony (A Wedding Poem)

    A Prayer to Saint Anthony (A Wedding Poem)

    According to Catholic tradition, Saint Anthony of Padua was the patron saint of lost or misplaced articles. In this episode, Raymond shares a poem that takes a lighthearted spin on that idea, read recently a certain person's wedding.

    • 3 min
    The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises

    The wind is rising!...We must try to live!

    In this episode, Sophie and Raymond discuss the 2014 Studio Ghibli film The Wind Rises. Are artists and engineers really the same? Does the beauty of art justify the horrors of war? And most importantly, would you rather live in a world with pyramids or a world without them? All this and more in our latest episode!

    Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/UnreliableNarratorsPodcast

    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 "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 10 min
    Barbie (2023)

    Barbie (2023)

    She's everything. He's just Ken. Let's talk about that.

    In this episode, Sophie and Raymond don pink (metaphorically) to discuss feminism, fantasy, and family in The Barbie Movie. Why does Ken steal the show halfway through? Does Barbie's quest to become a human have surprising theological implications? Can Greta Gerwig's summer blockbuster really be suggestive of a long tradition of classic fairy tales from time immemorial? You may not think so, but for the Unreliable Narrators, anything Ken happen.

    Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/UnreliableNarratorsPodcast

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

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

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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When searching for 'intellectuals' unashamed to bow to CurrentYear social reorientation while scraping the pool bottom for topics from Billie Eilish lyrics and the low end of TED Talks (egads), Unreliable Narrators is the place for the discerning autoflagellist. Recommend in such cases.

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