PZ's Podcast

About the show

From "Telstar" to "Vault of Horror," from Rattigan to Kerouac, from the Village of Bray to the Village of Midwich, help PZ link old ancient news and pop culture. I think I can see him, "Crawling from the Wreckage." Will he find his way? This show is brought to you by Mockingbird! www.mbird.com

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  • Episode 391 - An Optimistic Tragedy

    July 8th, 2024  |  22 mins 48 secs

    How can you "live with" habitual defeats, whether from outward circumstance or inward personality, without wanting to throw yourself overboard? The Big Street may shed some light. St. Paul, too.

  • Episode 390 - Glenda, Meet Jurgen

    June 11th, 2024  |  19 mins 52 secs

    John Zahl recently said that God seems to be interested not so much in preventing our suffering as in redeeming us from it. My long friendship with the theologian Jurgen Moltmann, who died last week, began with a somewhat dramatic "happening" that lines up with JAZ's statement. This cast describes what happened. (To respond to the fundraising appeal, please visit www.mbird.com/support).

  • Episode 389 - The New Perspective on Paul

    May 30th, 2024  |  24 mins 50 secs

    How does Joe Meek shed light on that ascendant movement within New Testament scholarship and interpretation? Let me say how.

  • Episode 388 - Self Portrait

    May 29th, 2024  |  17 mins 10 secs

    Consideration of these new "Tea Chest" tapes from Joe Meek is such a blow to old assumptions. We know very little, and whatever we do know -- really -- comes from outside ourselves. We know one thing, which we rarely know we know: we each need love, individual love for each one of us in our individuality. Everything else is "like the chaff which the wind blows away".

  • Episode 387 - A Cappella (Acappullco)

    May 29th, 2024  |  23 mins 46 secs

    The new release of hundreds of Joe-Meek tapes and tape-excerpts from the "Tea Chests" of yore is a fresh flashlight into the nature of reality within this broken/fallen world.

  • Episode 386 - I Am the Eggman

    May 22nd, 2024  |  23 mins 54 secs

    Appearances can deceive. Things are often felt more strongly than a person wants to let on. This cast describes the human condition as more serious than we sometimes imagine -- maybe than we ever imagine. At least until it happens to us!

  • Episode 385 - Jack, Be Nimble -- NOT!

    April 30th, 2024  |  21 mins 33 secs

    I keep hearing the word "nimble" these days. It comes up in relation to declining and therefore merging church institutions. What the word hides is institutional attrition. It is a way of putting a brave face on empirical defeat.

  • Episode 384 - Theme & Variations

    April 22nd, 2024  |  25 mins 51 secs

    PZ expounds on three principles of parenting informed by the Christian Gospel.

  • Episode 383 - Do You Need a Receipt?

    April 9th, 2024  |  22 mins 22 secs

    Everybody all the time is sitting on a major inward issue.

  • Episode 382 - We Interrupt This Program

    March 25th, 2024  |  20 mins 7 secs

    You can't help noticing, if you study Soviet-Era Iron-Curtain sci fi illustrations and posters, that there are ZERO aliens or extra-terrestrial forms of life to be seen. But where would you and I be without the possibility of answers that come from outside ourselves?

  • Episode 381 - Up the Down Staircase

    March 10th, 2024  |  19 mins 22 secs

    I'm trying to put into words the core principles of accessible Christian theology. Not mentally or intellectually accessible, but feeling-accessible -- heart-accessible -- and therefore actually and experientially accessible! Christian theology neither from the top down (solely), nor is it from the bottom up (solely). It is Up the Down Staircase!

  • Episode 380 - It Only Takes a Minute, Girl (Pt 2)

    February 28th, 2024  |  17 mins 35 secs

    The heart always loves at speed. You could almost say this is the secret of life. When we said 'yes' to God, or when we first said a real prayer, it "Only Took a Minute, Lord'. We didn't "count the cost". By the Grace of God, our hearts were so warmed that the warm lasted.

  • Episode 379 - It Only Takes a Minute, Girl (Pt 1)

    February 28th, 2024  |  24 mins 9 secs

    it is not true that "nothing can be loved at speed". One's heart in fact always loves at speed. Almost every big decision you've ever made was made "at speed"! The heart moves no other way.

  • Episode 378 - PZ's Mature Thoughts Concerning Rock n' Roll

    February 16th, 2024  |  23 mins 2 secs

    The music you love may say more about you than about the music itself.

  • Episode 377 - Happy 50th, Rod McKuen

    January 15th, 2024  |  22 mins 4 secs

    I've been thinking some about "borderland" states, meaning extremely strong states of mind and feeling that are not necessarily explicit, but are nonetheless real. Rod McKuen (d. 2015) was a magician of the borderland.

  • Episode 376 - Fury

    January 7th, 2024  |  18 mins 7 secs

    If only we could take the heartfelt learnings of the last third of our lives and import them retroactively into our lives' stressful, burdened second third. That's what PZ is trying to do for you today.