1. PARADISE LOST by Milton

    January 15, 2021 by Chris Motley
    Below are the topics covered in this conversation (with time stamps). 
    How to accidentally becoming a world-class Milton expert. [2:00]
    A bracing description of how the character of Satan works. [4:30]
    Reading Satan after you realize you’ve been duped. [12:30]
    Milton’s techniques for describing the indescribable [16:23]
    Paradise Lost and political and cultural conflicts in Milton’s day. [20:28]
    Introducing George Herbert: champion of stringency of thought. [27:00]
    Diversity and the challenge of cultural literacy in the 21st century. [30:50]
    Seeing Milton in our society today. [37:42]
    Life’s ultimate challenge: achieving the paradise within. [41:50]

  2. SONG OF MYSELF by Whitman

    January 12, 2021 by JCraig

    Guest: MARK EDMUNDSON University Professor, University of Virginia and Author of the forthcoming Song of Ourselves: Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy.

  3. SPECIMEN DAYS by Whitman

    by JCraig

    Guest: GEORGE HUTCHINSON Professor of American Culture, Cornell University and Author of The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union.


    by JCraig

    Guest: ED FOLSOM Professor of English, University of Iowa, Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and the Co-Director of the online Walt Whitman Archive.

  5. WALKING by Thoreau

    by JCraig

    Guest: LAURA DASSOW WALLS William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame University and Author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life.

  6. THE ENCHIRIDION by Epictetus

    by JCraig

    Guests: BRIAN JOHNSON Associate Professor, Fordham University and Author of The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life. AND MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI Professor, City University of New York and Author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

  7. THE DECAMERON by Boccaccio

    by JCraig

    Guest: MASSIMO RIVA Professor and Chair of Italian Studies, Director of The Virtual Humanities Lab, Affiliated Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University.