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 311 - Crescendo

    November 19th, 2020  |  27 mins 22 secs

    This cast looks at the current drama/s unfolding in the aftermath of November 3rd in unseen rather than in seen terms. Not that I know personally what is happening -- but rather, what one sees is seldom what one gets.

  • Episode 310 - New Prince, New Pomp (c. 1605)

    October 28th, 2020  |  22 mins 49 secs

    I'm trying to understand, in Romans 7 and Mockingbird terms, a phenomenon I currently observe -- and feel -- all around me. It is as if the more control, medically and in terms of hospitalizations, that we are getting over COVID19, the more insistent and pressing are the visible measures a good citizen is supposed to be taking against it.

  • Episode 309 - Little Bit O'Soul

    October 22nd, 2020  |  23 mins 41 secs

    When you reach a certain age, say from 55 or so on, if you don't move forward, you move backward.

  • Episode 308 - Phosphorus

    September 5th, 2020  |  22 mins 59 secs

    If you want to find out the truth about yourself, follow the phosphorus!

  • Episode 307 - Sacred Space

    September 4th, 2020  |  21 mins 51 secs

    My and your emotional, heart experiences are connected not just to a person, but to a place where we were with that person.

  • Episode 306 - For Our Dear Margary

    August 27th, 2020  |  28 mins 8 secs

    This cast concerns Margery Lawrence (1889-1969), an English writer of supernatural short stories, as well as popular novels. She was also a committed spiritualist, who wrote within an explicitly Christian (tho' anti-clerical) world-view.

  • Episode 305 - 'Wear a Mask' (Los Straitjackets)

    August 24th, 2020  |  22 mins 29 secs

    I heard something very helpful recently in a sermon by John Zahl. He said that sometimes in life what seems like the end is really the middle. I think JAZ meant that when your situation feels like -- maybe is -- the end of the world, it may really be the hinge point to "A Whole New World" (Aladdin, 1992).

  • Episode 304 - Speed Bump

    July 6th, 2020  |  23 mins 33 secs

    A speed bump is when an obstacle or blockage on the road on which you are traveling causes you -- if you are going too fast or not looking where you're going -- to crash, or at least shock you out of yourself.

  • Episode 303 - Jimmy Loves Mary Anne

    July 1st, 2020  |  18 mins 42 secs

    This is a further thought on "narratives", tho' with a Biblical example (from Jeremiah) and a recent public incident that has me both "stunned and amazed" (Pretenders, 'My City Was Gone', 1984).

  • Episode 302 - Narrative Schmarrative

    June 29th, 2020  |  18 mins 41 secs

    "Narratives", which used to be called "paradigms", and before that, "preconceptions", are like shackles on human necks. They force one to look down from what is before you, rather than at it.

  • Episode 301 - Emotional Rescue

    June 7th, 2020  |  24 mins 20 secs

    Feelings cover both the personal and the general. They cover both the individual and the collective. So you feel deeply when you are loved and loved back, and you feel deeply when a cause -- political, social, or cultural -- captures your heart's allegiance. We are seeing this dramatically within the current mood and its fiery passions.

  • Episode 300 - (You're) Having My Baby

    March 30th, 2020  |  21 mins 41 secs

    This new cast, which is the 300th, talks about the supernatural Power of God in relation to the scourge that is whipping us all.

  • Episode 299 - Kolchak and Corona

    March 16th, 2020  |  23 mins 31 secs

    In the middle of what may be the worst week, or close to it, this cast offers hope of a real breakthrough -- and not just in mental attitude or "approach", but in the substance of the pandemic.

  • Episode 298 - Outer Ashen Limits

    February 29th, 2020  |  23 mins 59 secs

    Our parish's Ash Wednesday service this year made me think of an old "Outer Limits" episode entitled 'Cry of Silence'. That episode concerned alien tumbleweeds -- no kidding -- and a scientist's attempts to communicate with them.

  • 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.