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 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!

  • Episode 281 - Downhill Racer

    September 24th, 2019  |  22 mins 16 secs

    The downhill momentum of inertia and prior woundedness in people begins early but seems to pick up speed the older you get. In other words, the more time elapses since an early rejection or early hurt was sustained, the more impact it seems to have on you as you age.

  • Episode 280 - Susan

    September 6th, 2019  |  17 mins 23 secs

    This cast understands most people as balancing their lives, both inwardly and outwardly, as if they were Charles Blondin, the celebrated French tightrope walker. At any point, we can get distracted or interfered with, lose our balance, and go plunging to our death. I believe we are sometimes closer to the edge than we think.

  • Episode 279 - The Ballad of Marianne and Paula

    September 6th, 2019  |  22 mins 20 secs

    This podcast is a personal summons to out-of-bounds faith.

  • Episode 278 - Bonaparte's Retreat

    July 29th, 2019  |  25 mins 42 secs

    Core truths of life are often suppressed, masked, covered over, hidden. But when the truth about anything, from ill-anchored relationships to cultural captivities to urban blight, comes out, "Some People" (Belois Some,1985) become threatened. And more than threatened.

  • Episode 277 - Running a Losing Race

    July 24th, 2019  |  25 mins 37 secs

    The secret of wisdom, as you get older, would be to bring a perspective that embodies an accurate disillusionment with false hopes and inevitably disappointing projects while at the same offering hope in "the things that remain". To do that -- to portray life in its "True Colors" while at the same providing a better Palette -- well, such is the ambition of this podcast.

  • Episode 276 - Widow's Pique

    July 8th, 2019  |  23 mins 35 secs

    This particular cast concerns widowhood. Accurate statistics tell us that when you look out from the pulpit at your congregation, at least in most "main-line" churches, the number of widows likely to be present far outnumbers the number of widowers. And yet, I know of no more verboten subject in the pulpit than the disparity in life expectancy between men and women.

  • Episode 275 - How, Exactly, Does Love Come Down?

    June 24th, 2019  |  18 mins 42 secs

    We all want to know, when we are down -- I mean, when we are really down -- where we can turn for help. "Where Do I Go" ('Hair', 1969), when I have nowhere else to go? Specifically, where do I go to find God? Or rather, where is God located that I might find him?

  • Episode 274 - Tyrone Davis and the Future of Mankind

    May 28th, 2019  |  22 mins 50 secs

    People who come to church for the first time -- and most of us, probably -- are looking for relief from personal pain. We come to God -- when we really come to Him -- for relief and help in the now! This is an empirical fact from experience.

  • Episode 273 - The Treasure

    May 16th, 2019  |  18 mins 29 secs

    Only one or two relationships that you have had will be on your mind at the end. It will be a person, not a thing; an intimate connection, not an idea or "narrative".