This week, Ross Benes joins the show to discuss his new book Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold. The book explores the intensifying conservative/liberal divide in America's heartland and explores the ways that liberal political strategy and rhetoric combined with Republican focus on core value issues have led to an increasingly red state.
In this episode, the Sectarians talk about Dante's Inferno, but not in a conventional way. Imagine reading a poem about Hell while engaged in war. Joining the show for this episode is Neil Gussman, who led a reading group of American soldiers who were fighting in Iraq. What is it like reading Inferno in 130 degree heat? What does Dante have to say about war? How does the experience of reading the great work of Western Canon change when it is ripped from institutional education and placed in the battlefield? Also, contest announcement!
At the end of last year, Elizabethtown College hosted a travelling copy of Shakespeare's First Folio. Danny happens to be college buddies with the librarian who directed that project and is excited to welcome Josh Cohen to talk about it. What is the origin of this text? How did 82 copies come into the hands of Mr. Folger and end up in the Folger Library? How does capitalism and culture intersect in such cultural objects? Can Danny set aside his class envy long enough to appreciate the legacies of Robber Barons? Listen for this and a lot more.
Elizabethtown College Library website, with info about the tour.
Once again, Sectarian Review explores the genre of Science Fiction. This time, Megan Von Bergen joins Danny for a conversation about how scifi engages with questions about God, creation, and theology. How can speculative fiction push people of faith to boldly go where no man has gone before? How can this type of story provide a safe space to try out dangerous ideas? Plus listen for Danny and Megan's recommendations. Also, if you'd like to write a review for the show's blog, visit www.sectarianreviewpodcast.com and check out the blog.
Megan has written a follow-up blog post about the show and its subject matter. You can read that here.
In this special episode, timed to celebrate Banned Books Week 2016, Danny and Jay discuss the importance of books and culture. Why are books so precious, and why should we be vigilant about keeping them with us? What are the motivations of those who would ban and burn books? These questions and a lot more, including recommendations to help the listener celebrate this important yearly event.
In an episode from beyond the universe, Danny is joined by Carter Stepper for a stellar discussion about science fiction and its role in social critique. Our intrepid explorers discuss the genre’s history of social criticism, and aim their blasters at the work of such mind-bending authors as H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Philip K. Dick. In addition, find out what Dune has to say about messianic authoritarianism and learn about what we can learn about our own current flirtations with authoritarian politics. Plus, Uhura! And stay to the end for some recommendations from across the galaxy!