The Wade Center Podcast features interviews and discussions with scholars and figures related to Wade Center and our authors: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams.
The Subversive Sayers w/ Dr. Crystal Downing
Dorothy L. Sayers used edgy, often hilarious metaphors to shock people into seeing the truth of ancient Christian doctrines in a new light. In this week's episode, Dr. Crystal Downing talks with David and Aaron about her new book and how Sayers can help 21st-century Christians find new ways to talk and think about faith and culture.
Staging "Tolkien" w/ Ron Reed
Many Inklings fans know and love J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis both for their imaginary worlds (Narnia and Middle-earth) and for their legendary friendship. In this week's episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Ron Reed—Founding Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC—to discuss his play, Tolkien, which dramatizes how Jack and Tollers became such close companions as well as how their friendship almost fell apart.
The Lost Lewis Tapes: Vol. 3, That Hideous Strength
"Stand! Stand where you are ... ," C.S. Lewis bellows into the tape recorder. In this third installment of The Lost Lewis Tapes, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer Aaron Hill to discuss the final novel in the Ransom Trilogy and to listen to excerpts of Lewis narrating Merlin’s interrogation of Elwin Ransom from Chapter 13 of That Hideous Strength.
The Lost Lewis Tapes: Vol. 2, Perelandra
In August 1960, C. S. Lewis recorded three audio tracks on a portable reel-to-reel tape deck. In one of those tracks, Lewis reads from Perelandra for 27 minutes, narrating in a mesmerizing and confident voice Elwin Ransom’s arrival on the watery planet Venus. In this second installment of The Lost Lewis Tapes, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer Aaron Hill to listen to excerpts from this newly released audio track and to discuss the second novel in Lewis's Ransom Trilogy, Perelandra
The Lost Lewis Tapes: Vol. 1, Out of the Silent Planet
Before he was known as a children's author, C.S. Lewis wrote science fiction. Listen to unreleased audio recordings of Lewis reading from his Ransom Trilogy in this exciting three-part series. In this week's episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer Aaron Hill to discuss the first novel, Out of the Silent Planet. Kidnapped and transported to the planet Mars, Elwin Ransom encounters alien creatures and powerful beings who turn his view of the world and space upside down.
Surprised by George: The Father of Fantasy
Most Inklings fans see George MacDonald through the lens of C.S. Lewis. Others enter MacDonald's novels through diverse doorways. In this week's episode Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer Aaron Hill to discuss this 19th century Scots author. Why was George MacDonald so important to Lewis? Why is he considered controversial? Are his writings still relevant today?
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Great podcast for fans of C. S. Lewis and the Inklings. Fun to hear Lewis read from his novels
Just found this podcast and I’m loving it! Keep up the great work!
I studied literature and theology at Wheaton, so naturally I love Lewis, Tolkien, Chesterton, Sayers, etc! This podcast has been a great way to get back into the fascinating conversations surrounding these authors. I started out by listening to a couple episodes that got my interest, but now I am just binging my way through every single one on my runs through the woods. Thankful for David, Crystal, and Aaron for these excellent resources, and looking forward to making my way back to the Wade Center soon!