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 261 - Mountain of Love

    November 12th, 2018  |  20 mins 51 secs

    The issue of romantic love is to the fore again, but the question is other: Why is there general radio silence on the vital point; or rather, why is there not more active concurrence in relation to it?

  • Episode 259 - Revenge of the Creature

    November 6th, 2018  |  23 mins 59 secs

    We're talking about love today -- wouldn't ya know -- and the relation of divine love to romantic love. It's a familiar, but one that remains very fresh, at least as long as human memory and human loss remain conscious.

  • Episode 258 - Sunshine of Your Love

    October 3rd, 2018  |  23 mins 6 secs

    Everyone was young once.

  • Episode 257 - T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)

    September 17th, 2018  |  23 mins 28 secs

    Mrs. Zahl recently used the word "periphery" to describe our attitude, mine and hers, to increasing numbers of institutions, groups, and schools of thought to which we have been attached and for which we have been engaged for a long time.

  • Episode 256 - My Antediluvian Baby

    August 15th, 2018  |  21 mins 35 secs

    Donovan's odd and brilliant song from 1970 entitled "Atlantis" is a good example of what PZ's Podcast is all about.

  • Episode 255 - The Letter

    July 31st, 2018  |  21 mins 30 secs

    Pastorally -- and generally -- it is easy to miss the core of what's going on with a person in pain. You may see some symptoms -- tho' sometimes even the symptoms are hidden -- and may sub-rationally understand that something bad is taking place under the surface. But when it comes to the "Heart of Darkness" inside a sufferer, it may be very hard to fathom and to surface.

  • Episode 254 - Tupper

    July 30th, 2018  |  20 mins 18 secs

    Life's a wholly engaged existential search for God, and it's quite dangerous, because "in the dark", which is life in the world, you can think you've found it but you haven't.

  • Episode 253 - Facing the Cannons (NOT!)

    July 23rd, 2018  |  20 mins 53 secs

    Shibboleth's are often true in part. Maxims are true in part. But they are never, or at least rarely, wholly true. One such maxim is a current fashionable imperative, Face the Cannons.

  • Episode 252 - Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life

    July 19th, 2018  |  25 mins 22 secs

    "When we encounter the words of Jesus in history, we do not judge them by a philosophical system with reference to their rational validity; they meet us with the question of how we are to interpret our own mode of existence. That we ourselves be deeply disturbed by the problem of our own life is the indispensable condition of our inquiry."

  • Episode 251 - The Spider and the Fly

    July 4th, 2018  |  22 mins 50 secs

    There is little in 20th Century theater to rival the third redemptive act of "Johnson over Jordan", except maybe "A Christmas Carol" from the century before.

  • Episode 250 - Bells Are Ringing

    June 21st, 2018  |  22 mins 57 secs

    This is a short riposte to the politicization of basically everything just now; but not in the way of taking sides, but rather in the way of digging deeper.

  • Episode 249 - Sanctification (Is Making Me Late)

    June 3rd, 2018  |  22 mins 50 secs

    The moment we begin to think we have it, or have made it, it is completely nullified. In other words, the only actual sanctification at which one ever arrives is un-self-conscious.

  • Episode 248 - Dead Reckoning

    May 25th, 2018  |  24 mins 10 secs

    Pastoral experience in hospital pre-op units provides abundant evidence for the existence of the soul.

  • Episode 247 - Shoe Horn

    May 11th, 2018  |  22 mins 54 secs

    People are constantly trying to shoe horn their search for God into containers too tight for the Object of the search.

  • Episode 246 - Welcome to the Club

    May 2nd, 2018  |  24 mins 38 secs

    One of the best things about the recent Mockingbird conference in NYC was its unerring focus on universals and primary factors in human destiny and identity, rather than on contingencies and elements in life that do not endure, but pass away.

  • Episode 245 - How U Break a Soul-Tie

    April 22nd, 2018  |  23 mins 29 secs

    Well, the short answer, tho' not the whole answer, is: you can't. But one thing I can say. And mean it! "Once I was blind, now I see."