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 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.

  • Episode 335 - The Big Street

    March 11th, 2022  |  20 mins 27 secs

    Can you ever "over"-impute? Can you treat a person as they actually are not to such an extent that you lose yourself and are ultimately taken advantage of?

  • Episode 334 - Animotion II

    February 15th, 2022  |  22 mins 35 secs

    The inborn primordial framework of our personhood does not prevent God from working for our good. He is always doing something, even if it looks at first like the "back story".

  • Episode 333 - Animotion I

    February 15th, 2022  |  23 mins 54 secs

    In this podcast, I read a seminal passage from the Karl Jung's Collected Works that concerns the embedded archetypes of anima and animus. What he wrote is clarifying and surgical. "Read, Mark, Learn and Inwardly Digest".

  • Episode 332 - What Church Means to Me

    January 27th, 2022  |  22 mins 33 secs

    This is one's ecclesiology, one's doctrine of the Church, after a lifetime's involvement with it and 47 years' ordained ministry within it. For what it's worth, I think I've "got it now" ("One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", The Animals, 1966).

  • Episode 331 - Robert Nathan (So There!)

    January 24th, 2022  |  21 mins 33 secs

    You remember Robert Nathan. He wrote The Bishop's Wife and Portrait of Jennie, to name just two of his roughly 40 or so fantasy novels. But the thing is, Robert Nathan's novels are all short -- more like novellas -- and they read like pudding, because he was an excellent and simple narrator. This cast updates you on this charming "Mid-Century" author.

  • Episode 330 - Tulsa Turnaround

    January 24th, 2022  |  21 mins 7 secs

    Most "celebrations of life" that I attend seem to almost capitalize on false encomium. You come away feeling that the person you knew wouldn't recognize himself if he had been there. I'm not arguing for negativity, but I am pleading for accuracy, with humor and compassion -- Christ's compassion.

  • Episode 329 - Rice Is Nice

    December 15th, 2021  |  20 mins 3 secs

    This cast concerns long-term marriage and its possibility and also its enabling word. What makes it possible? How can you keep loving the same person you first met 30 years ago, or 40 or 50? I mean, people change, right?! [To respond to the opening appeal and support the work of Mockingbird, please visit mbird.com/support. All gifts are tax-deductible.]

  • Episode 328 - The Face Behind the Mask

    December 10th, 2021  |  23 mins 27 secs

    As Joseph von Sternberg, the director of at least ten great movies, observed: "The average human being lives behind an impenetrable veil and will disclose his deep emotions only in a crisis which robs him of control." That is a supremely important sentence from the great man.

  • Episode 327 - Magic Carpet Ride

    December 7th, 2021  |  22 mins 48 secs

    This podcast is about sudden transformation. We are sometimes taught that change is gradual. I don't believe it, at least not in most cases. Transformation takes place when the vice (i.e., grip) of conflicting forces in our lives, both outwardly and inwardly, becomes so great that we simply have to make a decision.

  • Episode 326 - Kingdom of Heaven

    October 25th, 2021  |  24 mins 4 secs

    Why do people seize on secondary things for help/support in everyday life? Especially when almost all of those things literally vanish into thin air when real stress hits. This podcast tries to take the listener to the rock-like essentials of human survival.

  • Episode 325 - Charade

    September 2nd, 2021  |  23 mins 32 secs

    When people ask you "How's it going?" or "Hey, what's on your mind these days?", I'd be surprised if you always give an honest answer. In fact, even if you decide to sound honest and authentic, you may be covering over the real facts. And under the "real" facts of your outward -- and more importantly, your inward -- life, you may even be covering something else. It's "Human Nature".

  • Episode 324 - 'Apparently She Thought Not': Tyrone Davis and the End of the World

    August 21st, 2021  |  22 mins 41 secs

    This new podcast explores the element of humor in resourcing one's detachment from the "boxing ring" of everyday life. I want to say that when you "lose your life and thereby gain it back" -- in the New Testament view of the world -- humor takes on an almost crucial role in smoothing the uncomfortable edges of withdrawal.

  • Episode 323 - I Put a Spell on You

    July 22nd, 2021  |  23 mins 52 secs

    In this podcast, I look at "zero-case" policy in its high(est) bar of risk aversion; in its seemingly complete disbarring of models for human fulfillment outside of physical survival of the body; and its implacable and surprising use of the "civil arm" to enforce the details of the average person's locked-down life.