The Organist's Verbal Virtuosos

11 EpisodesProduced by Radiotopia

Radio storytelling has a way of getting you to ingest complicated ideas without quite realizing what’s happening — like stuffing a pill into a glob of peanut butter to get your dog to swallow it. (In this example, the peanut butter is narrative, and you are the dog.) But ideas and arguments don’t ne… read more

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Which car is superior?

February 15th, 2017

13:53

Erica Heilman’s show is a genre of podcast we might call the “wandering ear”: an omnivorously curious producer roaming the earth, interrogating whatever crosses her path, from lentil beans to the criminal justice …

Beginning to process the election

February 15th, 2017

48:11

In the NY Times Magazine, Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are both weekly practitioners of the art of criticism, and their podcast, “Still Processing,” translates their intelligence (which is sharpened on the one side …

Driving around Morocco with Paul Bowles

February 15th, 2017

29:04

Our season four opener starts out as an album review, then decides to stop being an album review in order to tell an incredible story about the …

Tracing the circuits of global capitalism

February 15th, 2017

36:02

Anshuman Iddamsetty produced 51 episodes of “The Arcade” for the Canadian literary magazine Hazlitt before moving on in 2015. To call it a literary interview podcast is to miss the remarkable things Iddamsetty …

The birth of an art form

February 15th, 2017

40:10

Benjamen Walker works (with Erica Heilman’s Rumble Strip, above) in the “wandering ear” tradition. I think he might have even invented it — though I’m no podcast historian. So maybe I need to re-listen to this episode, …

Why did Manson seem like a normal guy?

February 15th, 2017

37:44

The film critic Karina Longworth laces her addictive essays on “Hollywood’s first century” with music, movie clips, reenactments, and other dramatic …

On philosophy and eugenics

February 15th, 2017

1:03:06

You could argue that standup comedy is a form of criticism as art: the best comics riff on contemporary culture in elaborate, incisive verbal essays. …

The safety myth of black colleges

February 15th, 2017

52:55

Podcasting was invented in the fourth century BCE, in Athens, by the Greek philosopher Socrates and his student Plato, who argued that philosophy was best understood not through books but in real-life dialogue, …

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