PZ's Podcast

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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 19: The Gothic

    October 20th, 2010  |  34 mins 28 secs

    The boys in the basement turn out to be... a dream.

  • Episode 17: The Hammer and the Cross

    September 29th, 2010  |  36 mins 48 secs

    Hammer Horror is a beautiful thing—everything movies should be, or almost everything. There is also this delightful religious dimension, in which the High Priest of Karnak prays in the language of the Book of Common Prayer and Peter Cushing is 'fighting evil every bit as much' as a Church of England etymologist/bishop in "House of the Baskervilles." Here is my little "National Geographic Society Lecture," on one of the nicest acres of filmdom and fandom. It was recorded at Constitution Hall in our Nation's Capital.

  • Episode 16: Irvin S. Cobb

    September 22nd, 2010  |  31 mins 40 secs

    Another unread author: But Wait! Hear me out.

  • Episode 15: Hot August Night

    September 16th, 2010  |  34 mins 58 secs

    But 1664, not 1969! -- Part Two on the Jansenists.

  • Episode 14: Paris When It Sizzles

    September 9th, 2010  |  32 mins 36 secs

    Jansenism: the fourth most interesting thing ever to happen in the history of Christianity. What was Pascal thinking? Et Racine?

  • Sunday Supplement: The Life of James Gould Cozzens

    August 29th, 2010  |  36 mins 33 secs

    A fascinating literary life, the story of a man who knew a great deal and wrote it all down.

  • Sneak Peek: "By Love Possessed"

    August 29th, 2010  |  32 mins 16 secs

    This 1957 novel is among the unsung greats. It is sometimes called a 'novel of resignation'. Is that a good thing?

  • BONUS Episode!:Giant Crab Movies

    August 20th, 2010  |  33 mins 49 secs

    In this amazing bonus episode, our hero claws his way through the history of giant-crab movies.

  • Episode Six - The Browning Version

    August 18th, 2010  |  38 mins 1 sec

    "Old Ancient Teaching". Dedicated to David Browder.

  • Episode Seven - "Man Gave Names to all the Animals"

    August 18th, 2010  |  45 mins 30 secs

    "Man Gave Names to all the Animals" (Bob Dylan). And he named them Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine, and John Steel.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody -- The Rite One

    August 10th, 2010  |  37 mins 7 secs

    The subject is preaching, an Achilles Heel in American religion. I turn to Jack Kerouac for some help.

  • Beatnik Beach

    August 10th, 2010  |  37 mins 48 secs

    The title of a song by the Go-Go's sets the stage for part two on preaching. Welcome to Beatnik Beach!

  • Episode Three - The Alcestiad, Act Three

    August 4th, 2010  |  39 mins 2 secs

    Our hero, again incarnated as the Queen of Thessaly, heads south, only to still find happiness.

  • Episode One - What's it all about, Alfie?

    August 4th, 2010  |  41 mins 51 secs

    In which our hero introduces you to his search. "For you the living, this Mash was meant, too."

  • Episode Two - The Alcestiad, Act One

    August 4th, 2010  |  37 mins 31 secs

    Our hero, incarnated as an ancient Greek princess, finds Love and Happiness, Thornton-Wilder style.