Sunday, April 17, 2011

Listening ideas for 17 April 2011

Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation Podcasts
The Future of the Synagogue
Rabbi Chalom explores in further detail the institution of the synagogue by looking towards the future and theorizing the role it will play in modern Jewish life.
(review, feed)

What the Buddha Taught
Dharma teaching by Gil Fronsdal
(review, feed)

Coming up: Passover Week on Anne is a Man


This week we have Passover break, which keeps us busy with organizing a Seder, activities with the children, a desert trip, and also, my birthday. All of this means I am going to be on-line very infrequently and probably not going to be able to give you my every day listening ideas. I have, however, a number of podcast reviews lined up, so here is a list of what you can expect in the coming days:

A new course at UCLA formally called History 182G, about the history of secular Judaism. (feed) In case you think such a course might start with Spinoza, at the earliest, you are wrong. It goes way back to the beginning and had me hooked when discussing Hellenism and its effect on Jews and a figure such as Philo of Alexandria.

While on the subject of Secular Judaism, I am going to recommend, once more, Rabbi Adam Chalom, the Secular, Humanist Rabbi. This time on a great guest lecture at Georgetown University. Kol Hadash (feed)

A couple of guest postings in my favorite podcast New Books in History, put me on the trail of another podcast: Thoughtcast on which Jenny Attiyeh interviews authors (feed). One particular issue, almost a year old, is a very interesting interview with Rebecca Goldstein - with very interesting thoughts on Atheism and religious roots in general, Jewish roots in particular.

And now for something different. Julie and Scott, two Catholics let their Catholic perspective shine on the movie (that I loved) Stranger than fiction, on their podcast A good story is hard to find (feed)

Robbert Harrison, Entitled Opinions will be off on a long sabbatical, but left us with this season's ultimate show giving a wonderful monologue about Samuel Beckett. (feed)

Many readers have picked up on my combined review of a number of podcast appearances by Joseph Lelyveld on his latest book about Gandhi and I want to point to yet another of those interviews, a very good one on KQED's Forum (feed)

Last but not least, one of the readers of the blog pointed me to a philosophy podcast that I am enjoying a lot: The Partially Examined Life (feed) My first review will be about their show in which they discussed my beloved author Albert Camus.

So this is going to give you at least something near the one post a day frequency and if I get the chance, I will throw listening ideas in as well.

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