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 351 - "Been Invited to a Party"

    February 28th, 2023  |  15 mins 38 secs

    There is so little one knows. Here one thought one had a "deep bench" when it comes to foreign films, and yet I knew nothing of Julien Duvivier!

  • Episode 350 - Don't Sell Me a Semi-Automatic

    February 21st, 2023  |  22 mins 6 secs

    One's response to the Gospel is automatic. When you are "One-Way-LUV'd", you automatically wish to respond -- with love! Belovedness engenders loving back. That's the point of this 350th Episode of PZ's Podcast.

  • Episode 349 - Atlantic Twist

    February 21st, 2023  |  19 mins 29 secs

    This is a follow-up to "Joe Meek Is God", and observes the non sequiturs of one's life. I believe they are Providential, those decisive non sequiturs; and are best observed in the absence of a "narrative" or personal story-line.

  • Episode 348 - Joe Meek Is God

    February 17th, 2023  |  19 mins 14 secs

    I've talked about Joe Meek before, but think I've finally gotten to the spiritual wisdom that lies beneath his many records. (Meek was an English independent record producer in the 1950s and '60s.)

  • Episode 347 - Perpetual Motion

    February 15th, 2023  |  19 mins 4 secs

    What could really do it? What could actually revive the beneficent influence of the Christian Gospel on our current masochistic/sadistic world? "What Does It Take/To Win Your Love for Me" (Junior Walker, 1969).

  • Episode 346 - Dumb Head

    February 8th, 2023  |  20 mins 30 secs

    I'm not talking about dying these days in order to be a downer. What I am talking about now is the question of where one goes immediately after death.

  • Episode 345 - The KA of Gifford Hillary

    February 4th, 2023  |  22 mins 10 secs

    Dennis Wheatley was an author "on the margins". In other words, he was a flawed writer who was not taken seriously by most critics. But his distinctly marginal themes and observations gave him a kind of crossbow into truth that endow more than one of his novels with Inspiration.

  • Episode 344 - The Israelites

    January 30th, 2023  |  24 mins 22 secs

    The recent death of an old friend (i.e., of 52 years' standing) has brought vividly to mind a vital distinction: the distinction between what actually took place in one's life and the interpretation/s we place on events in retrospect. This cast proceeds to unlock the so-called "Synoptic Problem", let alone the historicity of ... the Israelites in the Old Testament, from Dan to Beersheba.

  • Episode 343 - Billion Dollar Brain

    December 15th, 2022  |  24 mins 6 secs

    People conceal so much about themselves. They don't always mean to, but in one area or another they are afraid to say what's really going on -- especially inside themselves. Then, over time, they -- we! -- become habituated to not ever saying what they/we are really thinking.

  • Episode 342 - Strange Conflict

    December 13th, 2022  |  25 mins 33 secs

    One was struck recently when someone announced, "Your problem's been solved". "Come again?", I said. He added, "Your problem's been solved on the astral plane." Well, normally, that would not have computed. 

  • Episode 341 - The Chinese Prime Minister

    December 4th, 2022  |  22 mins 38 secs

    Three recent sudden deaths of old friends have called forth this Christmas podcast.

  • Episode 340 - Tales of Hoffmann

    August 29th, 2022  |  23 mins 14 secs

    What do our favorite songs, movies, and shows -- and even places -- say about us? Why do we like the media we do? What draws us to one form of art rather than another -- to one sort of setting rather than another? Whatever the draw is, I think it has more to do with us than with the thing.

  • Episode 339 - Anglican/'Anglican'

    August 2nd, 2022  |  21 mins 1 sec

    The Gospel of God's One-Way Love can find an appealing, commodious platform within the Anglican tradition. But when the tradition becomes a "thing" rather than a fountain, it can desiccate the very soil on which it was first planted. In this cast PZ tells something of his own Anglican story, which goes back to 1960.

  • Episode 338 - Privilege (1967)

    June 15th, 2022  |  24 mins 14 secs

    The vehement secularism all around us is no secret. But you can learn something about yourself by studying what others dislike about you.

  • Episode 337 - Our M'bird Guest 2022

    May 3rd, 2022  |  23 mins 28 secs

    Mockingbird's 14th annual New York City conference, entitled "Hope for a Weary World", was a kind of summit for this utterly needed Word. I'll bet almost everyone there felt the same way.

  • Episode 336 - Death Star Portal

    March 11th, 2022  |  17 mins 38 secs

    It seems as if almost everybody is a little like the "Death Star" in Star Wars. There's a way in to our inner reality, but it's very small -- tiny, in fact -- and it takes a sure shot to get inside.