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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Episodes

  • Episode 297 - Bright Road

    February 12th, 2020  |  19 mins 51 secs

    This episode focusses on Bright Road, a modest but transcendent movie about imputation, the setting of which is so counter-intuitive -- because it transcends conventional narratives concerning identity and race -- that it is hard to believe it was ever made at all.

  • Episode 296 - Pre-Code

    January 23rd, 2020  |  23 mins 56 secs

    Some startling new material has come down the pipeline this week, and I'm utterly bound to share it with you: three remarkable movies that if you've ever heard of even one of them I'll give you the Dean's Prize from days long ago at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham.

  • Episode 295 - Lobo in Taiwan

    January 20th, 2020  |  20 mins 42 secs

    Each of the popular artists featured in this cast tapped into something bigger than Florida, bigger than Britain, bigger than California, and bigger than Nantes. What did they tap into?

  • Episode 294 - World Contact Day

    January 13th, 2020  |  17 mins 53 secs

    One of the great things about UFOs and alien contact is that it unnerves and demoralizes the kind of thinking that qualifies everyone in terms of "identities" or predicates.

  • Episode 293 - Disco Inferno

    January 13th, 2020  |  21 mins 59 secs

    This cast contrasts the passing nature of social and political anger and social/political circumstances with the things that endure.

  • Episode 292 - Down Down

    January 7th, 2020  |  24 mins 57 secs

    Sometimes I feel like I've been looking in almost all the wrong places for confirmations and traces of my Ur-existential Christian faith.

  • Episode 291 - Indiana Wants Me

    December 20th, 2019  |  25 mins 41 secs

    The secret that explains life -- I say "secret" because it's an open but denied truth, known most directly in popular music but suppressed in most "narratives" and conceptual systems -- is the aspiration for a connection of love with another human being.

  • Episode 290 - Christmas Day

    December 16th, 2019  |  22 mins

    A few words about faith, and the future -- and your future, in particular, in individual terms.

  • Episode 289 - Saskatoon

    December 2nd, 2019  |  18 mins 36 secs

    The last third of life is characterized, or should be, by increasing dis-engagement, increasing observation of the past, and hopefully by increasing peace of mind.

  • Episode 288 - GPF

    November 25th, 2019  |  20 mins 30 secs

    This concerns the arrival of gratitude and peace at the end of life -- or, better, way before the end of life -- and the birth of faith for one's safe "arrival" after death.

  • Episode 287 - Julie, Do You Love Me

    November 18th, 2019  |  21 mins 37 secs

    My subject is the birth of love in human relationships. What causes a person to love (as opposed to being indifferent, or even hostile)? What causes you and me to love another (as opposed to being merely dutiful, or resentful, for that matter)?

  • Episode 286 - Sine Qua Non

    November 18th, 2019  |  19 mins 8 secs

    This podcast affirms three essentials, three sine qua nons, of the human heart -- really, the human self -- as we face death, whether "early", whether accidental, or whether "in the nature of things" in old age. Three essentials for a happy exit.

  • Episode 285 - Listen to the Music

    November 14th, 2019  |  23 mins 5 secs

    There is so much talk just now about the decline of Christianity in this country. But try to listen to the right music on that score. Or rather, the more accurate music!

  • Episode 284 - They Came From Beyond Space

    October 23rd, 2019  |  19 mins 9 secs

    The subject of the cast is inspiration: where it comes from and how to get it. That may sound a little ambitious, but lots of us are looking for it, whether in our family and our marriage or in the pulpit and our ministry or just in the Wee Wee Hours of a stressed-out life.

  • Episode 283 - Achilles Heel

    October 7th, 2019  |  22 mins 26 secs

    This episode reviews the doctrine of human nature, in broad terms, within the history of the American Episcopal Church. I see that doctrine as the key to understanding where we've been, where we are, and also where we could be. And I'm not without hope.

  • Episode 282 - Under a Cloud

    September 24th, 2019  |  22 mins 36 secs

    This is part two of a series on the arithmetic increase, as one grows older, in unchangeability within the human personality and yet the extraordinary palpable power of absolving grace to stop the decline!