Podcasts

The City Podcast: A Boring Film Is Actually a Gift

by Timothy Motte on February 23, 2015

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Want more hours in your day? Go watch an artsy film. It can make 2 hours seem like 5. Now you have a 27 hour day!

On this episode, filmmaker and HBU professor Josh Sikora, talks with Cate and John Mark about why that is. They discuss how time flows differently when you’re reading or watching a movie, the value of remakes and the tragedy of franchises, and two mistakes film and book snobs alike should avoid.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald, Josh Sikora

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The City Podcast: Deadly Romance

by Timothy Motte on February 16, 2015

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Sheldon Vanauken may very well have saved Dr. Reynolds’ life.

They were both susceptible to a kind of excess of romance. Eventually Vanauken’s life was transformed through pain as told in his book, A Severe Mercy. The lessons he learned from that experience he passed via correspondence directly to Dr. Reynolds, in order to keep him from making the same mistakes.

That’s what we’re talking about on this episode, and more. There are some critiques of Vanauken, the shining barrier, and total sharing. Unhealthy relationships are explored, in which the stronger of the two personalities becomes tyrannical. And we discuss what to do when we know something is wrong but we wish it weren’t, and what to do when we find out our heroes are flawed.

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

The City Podcast. Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

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The City Podcast: The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

by Timothy Motte on February 9, 2015

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Did you know that even though Sherlock Holmes says he is using deductive reasoning, in actuality he is using abductive reasoning to solve his cases?

In this episode of The City, Cate MacDonald and David Gilbert talk with Dr. Phil Tallon, editor of the book, The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. They explore why Sherlock Holmes remains so popular, what kind of superhero he is, his hyper-imaginative ability, the ethics of killing off a fictional character, and the nature of friendship and enmity.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, David Gilbert, Dr. Phil Tallon

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The City Podcast: Dehan on Fashion

by Timothy Motte on February 2, 2015

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This episode is about finding a balance between being attentive to your personal style and obsession about your appearance. Between attraction to beauty and addiction to shopping.

It also has a lot of practical advice for people who need to dress slightly better than they can afford.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds (provo[st]cateur), Dr. Holly Ordway (shield maid of Rohan), Megan Mueller (fashion correspondent), and Christina Dehan (almost-native Texan) 

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The City Podcast: YA Book Reviews and Cultural Apologetics

by Timothy Motte on January 26, 2015

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Continuing our conversation from last week with HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex, we begin with suggestions of some YA literature you should not read and some that you should. Then we move into how book reviews and cultural apologetics go hand in hand.

Dr. Reynolds also shares the one factor he has consistently seen, in all his years of being an educator, that all great students have in common.

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

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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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