Monday, June 13, 2011

Today in Podcast - 13 June 2011

The History of Rome
Wash Away Your Sins
Constantine was baptized on his deathbed after arranging a plan for succession.
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The Tolkien Professor
WC Faerie Course, Session 16
Andrew Lang Session 1, in which we discuss "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," and "Aladdin."
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Buchholz on Competition, Stress, and the Rat Race
Todd Buchholz, author of Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book. Buchholz argues that competition and striving for excellence is part of our evolutionary inheritance. He criticizes attempts to remake human beings into gentle creatures who long to return to an Eden-like serenity. He argues that it is action, creativity, and planning for the future that makes us happy. The discussion includes the implications of our interest in the future for theater and story-telling.
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