Literature

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While Young Adult Literature is very popular with both adults and children, there are some very strong reactions against it. (See the links below.)

But this is a complex issue and there are so many questions that beg to be answered.

Is YA even a legitimate genre? Is is just a marketing gimmick? Did you know that Harry Potter was released with two different covers–one for children and one for adults? What differentiates children’s literature from adult literature: the age of the protagonists, the themes, the vocabulary? What about the Chronicles of Narnia? Even if YA is a distinct genre, does it actually follow that adults should not read it for themselves?

To help answer these questions, we’ve brought to the podcast HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex. She has reviewed scores, if not hundreds, of YA books and has a lot of insights to bring to the conversation. 

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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The City Podcast Special: Back to Barterra

by Timothy Motte on December 17, 2014

Invasion!

The infamous Hunter Baker (ostensibly identified as our only listener, though you are now disproving that) has taken control of this episode.

He is insisting on talking about Dr. Reynolds’ excursion into fiction writing, namely, Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra.

Since he’s such a loyal listener, I guess we will let him proceed.

So imagine that the universe has to have a place where all our fictions dwell…

Featuring: Dr. Hunter Baker, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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This podcast was recorded on location at the CiRCE Institute’s 2014 Classical Education Conference.

CiRCE president, Andrew Kern, discusses with Dr. Reynolds and Cate MacDonald what classical education is, the difference between imperial education and classical education, the principle that children are persons, the importance of challenges, the necessity of Christ, and when Socrates would run away from a discussion.

Featuring: Andrew Kern, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald

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Here are the authors and books in the order they are mentioned on the podcast. Feel free to explore the links as you listen. There’s so much more in the conversation than a mere list can convey.

And a final piece of advice: It’s ok to stop reading a book if you’re not obligated to read it and you’re not enjoying it.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Fr. Micah Snell

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The City Podcast: On CGI

by Timothy Motte on February 3, 2014

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Featuring: Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Will we ever be able to be in a movie the way we can be in a story when we read a book?

We love movies. And we love stories. So here we are, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of CGI versus models versus imagination.

Spoiler: Imagination wins.

Recommended in this podcast: On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Featuring: Dr. Barbara Elliott, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Many of you may have a hard time caring about politics because it seems unintelligent, uncharitable, and irrelevant to how you live your day to day life.

What if we told you that this was not always the case?

Enter Dr. Barbara Elliott. She is the founder of the Russell Kirk Forum for Cultural Renewal at HBU, and she was able, to the delight and mild surprise of our regular podcasters, to show how the Conservative movement is not a political ideology, but an entire approach to life (including politics). Russell Kirk is the influential author who put all the pieces together in the middle of the 20th century.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Imaginative Conservative
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk
The Work-Faith Connection