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A conversation about rebuilding community and creating a moral economy. Catholic-flavored but ecumenical, kinda radical, lots of books mentioned. Intro/outro: Nobody's Fault but Mine (RocknRolla Soundsystem edit)

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Episode #28: Pete talks about Pragmatism

Sep 27 • 32:24
Pete describes himself as a capital P pragmatist (and a small D democrat) and offers us his take on this school of thought. In this chat we take a quick tour starting (naturally) with William James before getting to two of Pete's former teachers, both pragmatists: Cornel West and Roberto Mangabeira Unger (the guy in the headshot). Let's hear it for "democratic experimental...

Episode #27: Arizmendi's Reflections and the Making of Mondragon

Aug 10 • 54:22
A conversation about Solidarity Hall's new translation of the Reflections of Fr. Josemaria Arizmendi, the founder of the Mondragon cooperatives. Elias and Pete talk about the nature of Arizmendi's social vision, the power of cooperative culture, and the workplace as a center of social transformation.
To download a free PDF of the new translation, go here: https://solidarity...

Episode #26: Pete Davis on his new book Dedicated

Apr 29 • 44:10

Episode #25: Bob Elder on Calhoun: American Heretic

Mar 10 • 58:27

Episode #24: Daphna Levit on Wrestling with Zionism

Feb 8 • 52:28

Episode #22: Nate Tinner-Williams on Black Catholicism

Oct 26 • 49:42
This country's 3 million Black Catholics in the U.S. recently got the news that Archbishop Wilton Gregory (Washington DC) has become the first African American cardinal. Why then have the U.S. bishops not publicly acknowledged the Black Lives Matters movement? We talk to Black Catholic seminarian and musician Nate Tinner-Williams about this question and his move from evang...

Episode #21: Fred Dewey on Recovering Public Life

Aug 3 • 01:00:16
Pete's back and he joins Elias in interviewing Fred Dewey, author of The School of Public Life and a political/cultural activist. In the aftermath of the Rodney King riots, Fred helped lead a decade-long effort to establish neighborhood councils, now about one hundred, for the City of Los Angeles. Until 2010, he was director of Beyond Baroque, a poetry and cultural center ...

Episode #20: Dan Walden on the Joys of Classical Greek

Jun 4 • 57:11
Why has the literature of ancient Greece always cast such a spell over modern readers? I dust off my own rusty skills in Greek with Dan Walden, a member of the classics department at the University of Michigan, as we discuss the Iliad, Sappho's poetry, and Plato’s Symposium—and why we share an enthusiasm for them in the original Greek.
Along the way, we somehow manage to t...

Episode #19: Novelist Cadwell Turnbull on his widely-acclaimed The Lesson

Mar 18 • 43:02

Episode #18: Scott Beauchamp on his Iraq memoir, Did You Kill Anyone?

Feb 17 • 57:28
The subtitle of the latest book from the wonderfully literate Scott Beauchamp is "Reunderstanding My Military Experience as a Critique of Modern Culture." In this conversation, Scott and I talk about boredom, ritual, community, honor, and the symbolism of cigarettes. Other topics are the war poetry of David Jones, the philosophy of Byung-Chul Han, and his new book about de...

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