On today's show we talk about Carl Jung, The Police, Introversion and Extroversion. We sit down with Psychologist Dr. Jenny Cosgrove to discuss personality theory and its implications for understanding ourselves and others. As usual, we careen onto various paths and somehow get into Feminism and Virginia Slims, but Dr. Cosgrove brought her material and learns us some important things about optimizing our situations in light of, and in spite of our personality types.
Don't worry, we're not giving up this show. But we are talking about ways in which giving something up for a time might be good for us.ust days after Valentine's Day, we ask what's up with Lent? Is it worth giving a shot? Even if we aren't Roman Catholic? Or even religous at all? Jeff explains why he has recently changed his favorite holiday from Ash Wednesday to an unlikely day on the calendar (for him). Dan goes deep into major artists in popular culture, like REM and the Pixies. Listen to find out how (or whether) this all fits together.
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A special Valentine's Day episode! With one of our favorite guests, sociologist Dr. Kristen Koenig. On this Valentine's day special Dr. Koenig brings her valentines day cheer by deconstructing our modern idea of love as we discuss the distinction between intimacy and lust, the idea of "soul mates", and basically every other idea you'll find on a valentine's day card. But don't worry! We don't leave you in despair, but rather reconstruct love without the modern day trappings. We tell a personal story or two about relationships gone bad, and how both single folk and couples might think about the nature of true love. Happy Valentine's Day, enjoy the bonus show, and we'll catch you again at our regular Monday slot with a brand new show.
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Obi-Wan may not be our only hope, but we're sure running out of things to cheer us up after our podcast on anti-wisdom a few weeks ago. On this episode we talk about the virtue of hope in the penultimate (present) world. We might be down about the economy, virtues in the public square, general government or things closer to home. Yet, hope abides. Why? Do we have an obligation to hold out hope, or can we move on from what we deem lost causes. This might be one of our cheeriest and most "practical" shows to date. Enjoy!
The name of this show came from some line of conversation with our guest, poet and travel writer Jenn Koiter. We talk about poetry, her travel writing and her journey that led her to live in both Los Angeles and India (it's kind of like Julia Roberts in "Eat, Pray, Love", except, not at all). Jenn reads a few short poems and spends time rapping with us about stereotypes of the "great white hope" in impoverished nations and how to try and help out in ugly situations, even when it feels like (or actually is the case) that you are doing very little. Like some of our shows with guests, we have a great time freewheeling and letting the conversation flow organically. Dig this one, we really did.
Start your week out right by thinking about the giant gulf between yourself and economic stability! Actually, that's not the point of this show. It's also not a "how to save your money" show. We're not even sure if we go with Ancient Indian, Greek or modern sages on the use of money to make money.
How should we think about money in the context of virtue and living in a society where debt seems almost inevitable. Whether it is a home, car, college or credit card it seems that we are indebted to someone. Many ancient texts forbade usury (interest?) and warned about taking on debt (or lending). Come along with us as we run through the ancient world, the first banks and the two of us playing with nuanced ways to think about handling what little money we might have. We are not economists, nor personal financial advisors. Rather just a philosopher/theologian and historian using our primary fields to deal with the ethics of making and using money. We riff on characters from Aristotle to Marx to John Winthrop, the DeMedici's and some ideas we've found helpful.
On this episode we discuss Shusaku Endo's Silence (a Japanese novel about Jesuit missionaries), a favorite of Graham Greene (The Power and the Glory) and a novel being made into a film by Martin Scorcese.
We discuss the book, Scorcese's career and how both have dealt with faith and what happens when mentors let us down. Jeff has a special love of Endo's work and Dan loves all things Scorcese, so we bring knowledge of both and discuss some of the themes that are parallel their lives, and our own.
Years and years ago, Jeff was a fresh faced and newly minted DPhil out of Oxford teaching his first course at Concordia University. In that same year, Dan was a fresh(er) faced and sideburn-ed college wiseacre. Jeff spent a good amount of time in the class musing on anti-wisdom in the ancient world (especially the meaninglessness in Ecclesiastes and suffering in Job). Dan was curious about this take on wisdom (and the turning of constructs on their heads). Well, you know how the story ends: the two of them ended up, reunited at Concordia as colleagues, and then co-hosts of this dog and pony show. It's surprising this show didn't happen earlier, insofar as the seemingly meaningless world and its wisdom seem to have grown more confusing in the ensuing decades. Jeff does the heavy lifting (this is in his primary field) and Dan plays the student and interlocutor. Enjoy the show!
It started with a Facebook post made by Jeff. He praised "The Interview" and proclaimed that not only was a hilarious movie, but that it was an important film. Dan immediately fired back (having also seen it the night before) that he thought it was a disappointment. The conversation went to text, got a little heated, and then conversation was stopped to resume organically on the podcast. Usually a self styled sophomoric spy comedy wouldn't be high on the list of topics for ViW. Yet, after the media and political scandal that led it to be cancelled, the studio to be rebuked by the President, and it to be released in alternative formats, the film began to take on a bigger role as part of the landscape of political satire and censorship. On this episode (the first of 2015, and the first in our release time) we decided to take on the film, the nature of "endorsing" films, political satire and the relative significance of film as subversive art.
As usual, there is the standard amount of jib jab and storytelling, but also ways to think about consuming mass culture. Enjoy the show!
It's our last episode of 2014! And after the merriment of our 100th episode (you did listen to that one, yes? Koenig AND Armstrong!) we decided to get a little deeper. It fit, not only because of our post Christmas malaise, but also as we looked at the year in review and saw civil (and un-civil) disobedience as a major theme over the past few months. We start with a poem by Shelley and move into Henry David Thoreau's "On Civil Disobedience" before tackling modern issues (particular such as Ferguson and Eric Gardner, and general in the case of millennial apathy). And for those interested, Dan goes into a bit of history on the antebellum years in America, those crap presidents you can never remember (Pierce, Fillmore, Taylor, etc...) and how that generation can mirror our own.
As we enter the new year we are looking forward to new guests, a few tweaks here and there, and more virtuous and wastelandy goodness. Enjoy the show!