56 episodes

Thoughts (loosely) inspired by literature.

We Defy Augury Professor G. Truck

    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Thoughts (loosely) inspired by literature.

    There's No "I" in AI

    There's No "I" in AI

    Thoughts (loosely) based on William Zinsser's classic primer On Writing Well (and the current AI writing revolution).

    Special Guests: George Carlin, Spirograph, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Simple Minds, El Guapo, Hefe, and Donald Trump.

    • 53 min
    Artificial Intelligence Invades High School English Class

    Artificial Intelligence Invades High School English Class

    Thoughts (loosely) based on Professor Truck's experiences teaching high school English in the age of artificial intelligence-- and his attempts at defining ethical AI usage in academic and creative settings . . . with bonus thoughts (loosely) based on three classic science-fiction novels: Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human and The Dreaming Jewels and They Walked Like Men by Clifford D. Simak.

    Special Guests: Gary Gasparov, Jimmy Kimmel, The Beach Boys, Alan Turing, The Matrix, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, ChatGPT, Bard AI, and Mark "Imprint" Zuckerberg.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Infinite Wellness

    Infinite Wellness

    Thoughts (loosely) based on James P. Carse's rather annoying book Finite and Infinite Games and Nathan Hill's excellent novel Wellness.

    Special Guests: Gandalf, Morpheus, George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Sinek, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Traveling Through the Dark (including an enlightening update)

    Traveling Through the Dark (including an enlightening update)

    Thoughts (loosely, very loosely) based on the William Stafford poem "Traveling Through the Dark."

    Special guests: 38 Special, Ox, and a random middle school student from Boyhood.

    This episode now includes a special bonus update at the end.

    • 55 min
    Get Out? Or Stay In?

    Get Out? Or Stay In?

    Thoughts (loosely) based on Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

    Special Guests: The Allman Brothers, The Eagles, Uncle Henry, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Andre Heyworth.

    • 46 min
    Capitalism . . . 1980s Style

    Capitalism . . . 1980s Style

    Thoughts on capitalism (loosely) based on three novels published in the 1980s: Carl Hiasen's Tourist Season, Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities, and Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park.

    Special Guests: Oingo Boingo, Lloyd Dobbler, Conan O'Brien, and Anthony Bourdain.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

kriscu30 ,

Insightful and entertaining

Great podcast! I always look forward to each new episode. Prof Truck balances book summaries, synthesis, and jokes/stories to engage listeners with quality content. I always learn something new, laugh, and add a new title or author to my TBR list.

Chriso33 ,

Great model of inspired teaching

I got a chance to listen this podcast for the first time today. Great podcast episode! I never liked HS English classes but I think I would like Professor Trucks class. I think a lot about what makes great teaching and it's all in there. Depth of knowledge and backstory to bring it to life, enthusiasm, making it relevant, good story telling, personalizing, tying themes together, inviting critical thinking, humor, challenging students to think in new ways, etc. All in one lesson. Well done!
I'm also looking forward to my next apology that's not an apology and my adjective laden excuse for not showing up at something.

TestTakerrrr ,

Consistently great podcast!

Each week gets better and better. Professor Truck is never at a loss for insightful connections, witty anecdotes and a trip down the rabbit hole of great literary references. Not just book talk — commentary on the human condition, genre writing and all things cerebral. A podcast that has cameo appearances by God himself can’t be wrong.

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