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Dec. 17, 2015

7A Proust, Pound, and Chinese Poetry

A young Jacke Wilson immerses himself in great books on his way from Taiwan to Tibet – and finds out what Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, and Chinese poetry can teach him about literature and life. *** This show is a …

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Dec. 14, 2015

7 Greek Comedy – Aristophanes

Author Jacke Wilson examines the life and works of Aristophanes, whose comic plays included The Clouds, which pokes fun at philosophers such as Socrates, and Lysistrata , where the females of Athens and Sparta go on a sex str...

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Dec. 7, 2015

6 Greek Tragedy – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides

Author Jacke Wilson examines the works of three great Greek tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides – and attempts to solve the mystery of why Friedrich Nietzsche admired two of the three and despised the other. *** T...

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Nov. 30, 2015

5 Greek Tragedy (Part One)

How was tragedy invented? Why was it so popular in Ancient Greece, and what power does it have for us today? Using the discussion of tragedy in Aristotle’s Poetics, author Jacke Wilson takes a look at tragedies from ancient t...

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Nov. 23, 2015

4 Sappho

Ancient Greece viewed her as Homer’s poetic equal; Plato referred to her as the “tenth muse.” As a fearless and lyrical chronicler of female desire, she had a profound impact on literature and society. Author Jacke Wilson tak...

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Nov. 16, 2015

3A Odysseus Leaves Calypso

Responding to a listener email, author Jacke Wilson takes a deeper look at one of the Odyssey’s most famous passages. Why does Odysseus leave Calypso, and what does it tell us about Homer and his genius? And is it fair …

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Nov. 9, 2015

3 Homer

He was a blind poet whose stories of heroes and gods helped launch an incredible era of literary and cultural flourishing. History of Literature host Jacke Wilson takes a look at the influence that Homer had on the minds of …

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Oct. 29, 2015

2A The Book of Job

Why does an all-good, omnipotent God permit pain and suffering among the innocent? Jacke Wilson takes a look at the masterful Book of Job. *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distribu...

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Oct. 26, 2015

2 The Hebrew Bible

Examining the literary qualities of the most successful religious text in the history of the world. *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encoura...

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Oct. 15, 2015

1A – The Discovery of Gilgamesh

What happens when a Victorian-era archaeologist thinks he’s made the discovery of a lifetime? The answer may surprise you… *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetiz...

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Oct. 12, 2015

1 The Epic of Gilgamesh

Starting our journey with the surprisingly modern story of an ancient warrior-king whose restlessness drives him to seek immortality. *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, ...

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Oct. 10, 2015

Episode 0 – Battling the Beast

Introducing the wildly unqualified host, Jacke Wilson. *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the website and sign up for o...

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