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January 31, 2018


Are you reluctant to give up a passion? When is it time to let go? Does giving up on one stage of your journey inevitable to moving toward the next?

These are some of the questions Stephanie Scheller and I discuss in our fun little conversation with the great poet Robe...

January 24, 2018

Why aren't people born in America a race, just as people born in Africa are a race?

For You O Democracy


Come, I will make the continent indissoluble,

I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon, 

I will make divine magnetic lands, 


January 22, 2018


Is it honorable to die for one's country?

War has always been sold to the public as an honorable and glorious thing. Is there anything honorable about death? Wilfred Owen in his famous anti-war poem draws a terrifying description of the realities of war in order to cou...

January 19, 2018

So an Atheist and a Catholic enter a podcast studio...


I had a great time and a great conversation with Eric Robert Morse, author of The Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save it. 

This poem by William Blake was great fodder for a much larger di...

January 15, 2018

My friend Sean Doherty and I discuss the famous WWI poem "I saw a man this morning" by Patrick Shaw Stewart.

Hopefully no one listening to this podcast, including the men reading it, will ever have to go to war. Yet, it is an activity that is apart of us. It was once be...

January 13, 2018


How do you tell a child that he is dying?

This poem terrified me. It made me never want to have a child. What if this were to happen to my child?

Literature cannot solve all of our problems, but it can be a salve to many of them.

In talking to my old high school friend,...

January 4, 2018

I’ve come across a perplexing problem in modern linguistics. Perhaps you can help me.

My all time favorite quote is actually two quotes. One is from Francis Bacon who said:

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

The other is an amende...

January 1, 2018


This was my first LIVE IN-PERSON interview and I had a blast. I hope Jake had a blast too!

We talked about a lot. Our poem was "A Poison Tree" by William Blake. (yaaay JAKE chose BLAKE!)

We opened the discussion with some spiked egg-nog and the mass exodus from blue sta...

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