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The Classical Ideas Podcast

May 29, 2018

TWIN TEMPLE dwells within a dark legacy of classic American music; from the funeral jazz & Voodoo of New Orleans, to the haunting sounds of Delta blues murder ballads, to the noir-1920’s big band sounds of smoky Prohibition speakeasies. And yet, they inject America's hallowed musical heritage with a surprising...

May 22, 2018

Dr. Carrie Duncan is an Assistant Professor of ancient Mediterranean religions at the University of Missouri. She is a senior staff member on the following projects in Jordan: the Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project, the Petra North Ridge Project, and the Madaba Plains’ excavation. She teaches courses on the Hebrew...

May 14, 2018

Mary DeMocker is cofounder and creative director of’s Eugene, Oregon, chapter. She has written about conscious parenting and climate activism for the SunEcoWatch,, Spirituality & HealthOregon Quarterly, and the Oregonian. She lives with her family in Eugene, Oregon.

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May 8, 2018

Dr. Francis Stewart completed her doctoral thesis on punk rock as a surrogate for religion, with a particular emphasis on Straight Edge punk, in 2011 at the University of Stirling. 

Within the thesis, Stewart examined the notions of community, authenticity, integrity, DIY, and salvation. She also engaged with the...

May 2, 2018

Michael R. Cohen is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he holds a Sizeler Professorship. He is the author of the newly published"Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era from NYU Press, as well as The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's...