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The Classical Ideas Podcast

By Gregory Soden

Religion matters not only for personal reasons, but also for social, economic, political, and military purposes. Today, religion is implicated in nearly every major national and international issue. The goal of The Classical Ideas Podcast is to empower listeners with the core knowledge of major world religions to improve citizenship and agency in a diverse society.

  1. 1.
    EP 176: Pentecostals in America w/Dr. Arlene Sánchez Walsh09/12/2020
    53:00
  2. 2.
    EP 175 - Japanese Buddhist Art: KU Meets KU09/02/2020
    1:12:59
  3. 3.
    EP 174: Religion and Film with Dr. S. Brent Plate08/26/2020
    1:00:00
  4. 4.
    EP 173: "Lifeblood of the Parish" w/Dr. Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada08/17/2020
    56:00
  5. 5.
    EP 172: Teaching Classical Ideas w/Jonathan McFarland08/10/2020
    1:10:01
  6. 6.
    EP 171: In Memory of George Frissell08/03/2020
    1:32:52
  7. 7.
    Ep 170: What Mindfulness Is and Where It Comes From w/Dr. Sarah Shaw07/27/2020
    45:00
  8. 8.
    EP 169: "The Lover and The Jealous" w/Dr. Laury Silvers07/20/2020
    1:19:51
  1. 9.
    Ep 168: Ayahuasca and Icaros w/Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)07/13/2020
    45:19
  2. 10.
    EP 167: Tibetan Buddhism, Gender, and the Life of Mingyur Peldron w/Dr. Alison Melnick Dyer07/03/2020
    41:00
  3. 11.
    EP 166: Jewish Sexual Ethics w/Dr. Rebecca Epstein-Levi06/27/2020
    35:13
  4. 12.
    EP 165: "Dying to Be Normal," LGBTQ History, and The Revealer w/Dr. Brett Krutzsch06/23/2020
    30:01
  5. 13.
    EP 164: American Islam and the 2020 Election w/Dr. Sajida Jalalzai06/16/2020
    39:45
  6. 14.
    EP 163: Dr. Kayla Wheeler on Contemporary Black Islam and the Black Islam Syllabus06/09/2020
    40:57
  7. 15.
    EP 162: Yoga, Cultural Appropriation, and Racism w/Dr. Shreena Gandhi06/03/2020
    50:00
  8. 16.
    EP 161: Yoruba Christianity and Music w/Dr. Vicki Brennan05/27/2020
    1:01:22
  9. 17.
    EP 160: Catholic Sex Abuse w/Dr. Brian Clites05/21/2020
    41:00
  10. 18.
    Ep 159: Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt on African-American Catholic Identity, Sex Abuse, and Systemic Racism05/15/2020
    39:45
  11. 19.
    EP 158: Vodun, Voodoo, and the Movies with Emily Crews05/08/2020
    59:19
  12. 20.
    EP 157: Seasons of Moon and Flame w/Danielle Dulsky05/01/2020
    48:38
  13. 21.
    EP 156: Witchcraft in the Early Modern Period w/Dr. Julia Gossard04/27/2020
    58:58
  14. 22.
    EP 155: Mormon Fundamentalism w/Dr. Cristina Rosetti04/18/2020
    1:01:56
  15. 23.
    EP 154: "The Hungry Ghost" with Dalena Storm04/10/2020
    55:03
  16. 24.
    Ep 153: Apocalypse Stories w/ Dr. Kelly J. Baker04/02/2020
    1:10:10
  17. 25.
    Ep 152: The Clunky Oars (Oran Parker interviews Greg)04/01/2020
    1:53:56
  18. 26.
    Ep 151: Online Churches and Religion w/Dr. Tim Hutchings03/25/2020
    1:05:21
  19. 27.
    EP 150: Staying Grounded in Uncertain Times w/Deborah Eden Tull03/17/2020
    56:01
  20. 28.
    EP 149: Jukai and Zen training with Robert Schaefer03/14/2020
    57:55
  21. 29.
    EP 148: Roshi Grace Schireson on "Naked in the Zendo"02/29/2020
    57:01
  22. 30.
    EP 147: Religious Literacy and Teacher Education w/Chris Murray02/16/2020
    47:03
  23. 31.
    EP 146: The Krampus Conundrum w/Madison Tarleton02/01/2020
    1:02:19
  24. 32.
    EP 145: Tibetan Buddhist Vegetarianism w/ Dr. Geoffrey Barstow01/22/2020
    1:06:46
  25. 33.
    EP 144: Havamal with Dr. Jackson Crawford01/11/2020
    52:34
  26. 34.
    EP 143: Teaching and Sikh Visibility with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh12/27/2019
    56:02
  27. 35.
    EP 142: "Beyond Chrismukkah" with Dr. Samira Mehta12/16/2019
    1:06:42
  28. 36.
    EP 141: Pious Fashion and Muslim Women with Dr. Liz Bucar12/06/2019
    1:03:27
  29. 37.
    Black Friday Birthday Bonus Podcast with Dr. Liz Bucar11/29/2019
    17:38
  30. 38.
    EP 140: American Jews: How 1789 Created 2019 w/Dr. Shari Rabin11/24/2019
    44:52
  31. 39.
    EP 139: Brad Warner on Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen11/15/2019
    51:29
  32. 40.
    Ep 138: Undergraduate Religious Studies & Study Abroad w/ Jordan Baggs11/05/2019
    44:03
  33. 41.
    Cycling Through the End of History with Mike Dimkich of Bad Religion (BONUS EPISODE)11/02/2019
    31:48
  34. 42.
    Ep 137: America's Most Famous Catholic, Stephen Colbert (w/Dr. Stephanie Brehm)10/13/2019
    50:18
  35. 43.
    EP 136: Conversion Therapy w/ Dr. Chris Babits10/06/2019
    1:01:06
  36. 44.
    Ep 135: Dr. Amy Artman on Charismatic Christianity and the Life of Kathryn Kuhlman (Featuring Dan Jones)09/29/2019
    1:10:55
  37. 45.
    Ep134: From Suffering to Peace with Mark Coleman09/24/2019
    45:04
  38. 46.
    Ep 133: Charismatic Religions and the Vineyard Movement w/ Dr. Maren Freudenberg09/16/2019
    49:03
  39. 47.
    Ep 132: The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul with Dr. Alex Gardner09/08/2019
    51:25
  40. 48.
    Ep 131: Tonglen Meditation w/Lama Palden Drolma08/25/2019
    43:20
  41. 49.
    Ep 130: The First Amendment and "Our Non-Christian Nation" w/Jay Wexler08/17/2019
    58:10
  42. 50.
    Ep 129: Prescribing the Dharma w/Dr. Ira Helderman08/10/2019
    1:02:28
  43. 51.
    Ep 128: The Character Gap w/Dr. Christian Miller08/01/2019
    1:07:00
  44. 52.
    Ep 127: Gesshin Claire Greenwood on "Just Enough," Oryoki, and Japanese Cooking07/26/2019
    54:25
  45. 53.
    Ep 126: The Epic of Gilgamesh w/Dr. Stanley Lombardo07/22/2019
    54:10
  46. 54.
    Ep 125: The Myth of Disenchantment w/ Dr. Jason Storm07/15/2019
    1:08:33
  47. 55.
    Ep 124: The Enchanted Politics of Marianne Williamson and Jonathan Cahn w/Sam Kestenbaum07/11/2019
    52:22
  48. 56.
    Ep 123: Dr. Judith Weisenfeld on Black Religion and Racial Identity07/05/2019
    1:01:22
  49. 57.
    Ep 122: Dr. Brett Grainger on "Church In The Wild"06/30/2019
    44:37
  50. 58.
    Ep 121: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of the Religious Left w/ Dr. L. Benjamin Rolsky06/26/2019
    1:01:25
  51. 59.
    EP 120: Dr. Anthony Kaldellis on Byzantium and "Romanland"06/22/2019
    1:04:17
  52. 60.
    Ep 119: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness w/Ben Connelly06/17/2019
    50:18
  53. 61.
    Ep 118: Taoism, Martial Arts, and Mad Monk Manifesto with Monk Yun Rou06/12/2019
    56:59
  54. 62.
    Ep 117: A Discussion on Plural Marriage w/Philippa J. Meek06/06/2019
    58:39
  55. 63.
    Ep 116: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People w/ Dr. Duane Bidwell05/30/2019
    53:14
  56. 64.
    Ep 115: Mitch Horowitz on The New Age and Gnosticism05/24/2019
    47:22
  57. 65.
    Ep 114: WWII, Religious Freedom, and the Occupation of Japan w/Dr. Jolyon Thomas05/19/2019
    1:03:08
  58. 66.
    Ep 113: Religion, Food, and Eating with Dr. Nora Rubel and Dr. Ben Zeller05/12/2019
    51:37
  59. 67.
    Ep 112: Eric Ripert on Buddhism, Adventures, and Cooking Ethics05/05/2019
    45:38
  60. 68.
    Ep 111: Early American Yoga w/Philip Deslippe05/02/2019
    58:00
  61. 69.
    Ep 110: Exorcism w/Dr. Kate Kingsbury and Dr. Andrew Chesnut04/25/2019
    56:28
  62. 70.
    Ep 109: Dr. Ann Gleig and Buddhism Beyond Modernity04/23/2019
    59:07
  63. 71.
    Ep 108: Koans with Corey Ichigen Hess04/17/2019
    52:40
  64. 72.
    Ep 107: Should you do a PhD? with Michael Van Hartingsveldt04/14/2019
    52:15
  65. 73.
    Ep 106: Dr. Rachel Lindsey on "Communion of Shadows" and Arch City Religion04/10/2019
    49:05
  66. 74.
    Ep 105: Teaching College Religious Studies w/Dr. Chris Jones04/05/2019
    45:06
  67. 75.
    Ep 104: Myth of Divine Chosenness w/Dr. Michael Coogan04/02/2019
    53:05
  68. 76.
    Ep 103: Wanamaker's Temple w/Dr. Nicole Kirk03/30/2019
    48:10
  69. 77.
    EP 102: Santa Muerte w/ Dr. Andrew Chesnut03/24/2019
    58:28
  70. 78.
    Ep 101: The Saint John's Illuminated Bible w/ Jonathan Homrighausen03/20/2019
    53:56
  71. 79.
    Ep 100: The Epistle of James with Dr. Alicia Batten03/14/2019
    48:40
  72. 80.
    Ep 99: Rima Fujita on Nibiiro Art, the Dalai Lama, and Buddhism03/10/2019
    43:44
  73. 81.
    Ep 98: Inter-religious Diplomacy and Jain Plurality w/ Dr. Melanie Barbato03/04/2019
    42:37
  74. 82.
    Ep 97: Ásatrúarfélagið w/Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson02/27/2019
    41:30
  75. 83.
    Ep 96: "Blogging My Religion" and Media w/ Dr. Giulia Evolvi02/23/2019
    57:35
  76. 84.
    Ep 95: Japanese Buddhist WWII Internment w/Duncan Ryūken Williams02/16/2019
    55:24
  77. 85.
    Ep 94: "Gurdjieff Reconsidered" with Dr. Roger Lipsey02/12/2019
    1:03:03
  78. 86.
    EP 93: Tao Te Ching with Sean Michael Wilson02/06/2019
    1:13:57
  79. 87.
    Ep 92: Gyotaku w/Dwight Hwang and Michael Vanhartingsveldt02/01/2019
    59:57
  80. 88.
    Ep 91: The Lessons We Learn From Animals w/ Dr. Margaret Winslow01/23/2019
    51:47
  81. 89.
    Ep 90: Teaching High School Religious Studies with George Coe (Teaching Series)01/20/2019
    50:40
  82. 90.
    Ep 89: Travels in Haiti with Allison Coffelt01/13/2019
    57:27
  83. 91.
    Ep 88: Hiking as Pilgrimage with Dr. Chris Ives01/06/2019
    1:10:17
  84. 92.
    Ep 87: Sam Kestenbaum and Religion Journalism01/01/2019
    52:13
  85. 93.
    Ep 86: Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik on "Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam"12/22/2018
    59:46
  86. 94.
    Ep 85: Dr. Charles Haynes on the Religious Freedom Center and the First Amendment12/18/2018
    1:05:25
  87. 95.
    Ep 84: A Conversation with Chris Grosso12/11/2018
    58:42
  88. 96.
    Ep 83: Andrea Miller on Children's Books, Pilgrimage, and Lion's Roar12/05/2018
    48:18
  89. 97.
    Ep 82: Religion for Breakfast with Andrew M. Henry11/28/2018
    43:23
  90. 98.
    Ep 81: Impermanence, Embodiment, and Conscious Intention with Deborah Eden Tull11/21/2018
    47:38
  91. 99.
    Ep 80: A Rinzai Zen Life in Japan w/ Corey Ichigen Hess11/18/2018
    1:04:42
  92. 100.
    Ep 79: Interfaith Activism, Sikhism, and Hinduism w/Tahil Sharma11/14/2018
    55:24
  93. 101.
    Ep 78: "Christian: The Politics of a Word in America" w/ Dr. Matthew Bowman11/07/2018
    58:14
  94. 102.
    Ep 77: Witchcraft and The Holy Wild w/Danielle Dulsky10/31/2018
    53:44
  95. 103.
    Ep 76: Mary Magdalene w/Dr. Margaret Arnold10/25/2018
    39:06
  96. 104.
    Ep 75: Mark Van Buren and "A Fool's Guide to Actual Happiness"10/17/2018
    52:51
  97. 105.
    EP 74: An Introduction to Sikhism with Special Guests10/12/2018
    36:48
  98. 106.
    EP 73: Ben Marcus on Religious Literacy in American Education10/07/2018
    57:51
  99. 107.
    Ep 72: Deborah Eden Tull on Relational Mindfulness09/28/2018
    45:34
  100. 108.
    Ep 71: Dr. Daniel Hummel on Evangelical Christian Nationalism in the Cold War09/20/2018
    33:33
  101. 109.
    Ep 70: "The Devil's Music" w/ Dr. Randall J. Stephens09/10/2018
    52:11
  102. 110.
    Ep 69: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on Sanctuary and San Francisco Zen Center08/30/2018
    31:46
  103. 111.
    Ep 68: High School Religious Studies w/ John Camardella08/16/2018
    55:30
  104. 112.
    EP 67: Living With Pain w/ Sarah Anne Shockley08/08/2018
    1:04:28
  105. 113.
    Gospel of Mark (BONUS EPISODE)08/05/2018
    1:28:11
  106. 114.
    Ep 66: An Introduction to Shinto with Eric Lancaster07/28/2018
    38:56
  107. 115.
    Ep 65: Sita's Ramayana with Samhita Arni07/18/2018
    42:56
  108. 116.
    Ep 64: Sanctuary Churches and the Role of Christianity with Rev. Sarah Klaassen07/06/2018
    49:24
  109. 117.
    Ep 63: Why Socrates Died and the Context of Ancient Athens w/ Robin Waterfield06/25/2018
    48:59
  110. 118.
    Ep 62: "Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?" w/ Dr. Preston Jones06/15/2018
    53:43
  111. 119.
    Ep 61: St. Francis of Assisi, Sultan Malik al-Kamil, and the Crusades with Paul Moses06/05/2018
    35:25
  112. 120.
    Ep 60: A Conversation with Twin Temple05/29/2018
    46:53
  113. 121.
    Ep 59: Middle Eastern Archaeology and the Historical Jesus with Dr. Carrie Duncan05/22/2018
    41:26
  114. 122.
    Ep 58: Mary Democker on Climate Change, Spirituality, and Parenting05/14/2018
    52:54
  115. 123.
    Ep 57: Dr. Francis Stewart on the Religious Surrogacy of Straight Edge Punk05/08/2018
    44:05
  116. 124.
    Ep 56: Dr. Michael R. Cohen and "Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era"05/02/2018
    44:18
  117. 125.
    Ep 55: Dr. Pablo Mendoza on Taoist Practice04/26/2018
    50:09
  118. 126.
    Ep 54: Michael Downing on Zen in America, Shunryu Suzuki, and S.F. Zen Center04/20/2018
    59:48
  119. 127.
    Ep 53: Linda K. Wertheimer and Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance04/13/2018
    56:35
  120. 128.
    Ep 52: Raghunath on ashram life, the Bhagavad Gita, and teaching yoga04/10/2018
    1:02:05
  121. 129.
    Ep 51: Shulem Deen on leaving Hasidism and "All Who Go Do Not Return"04/06/2018
    54:59
  122. 130.
    Ep 50: The Death Penalty With Griffin Hardy (MADP)04/01/2018
    51:02
  123. 131.
    Ep 49: Dr. Daniel Hummel on Israel, Palestine, and Christian Zionism03/28/2018
    54:24
  124. 132.
    Ep 48 Meido Moore Roshi on the Rinzai Way and Korinji Monastery03/23/2018
    51:05
  125. 133.
    Ep 47: Japanese Buddhist art with Michael Vanhartingsveldt03/16/2018
    50:00
  126. 134.
    Ep 46: Hugo Bernard on "Naked Monk," Diligence, and Buddhist Practice03/13/2018
    53:10
  127. 135.
    Ep 45: Dr. Rabia Gregory on Medieval Christianity and Monastic Worlds03/11/2018
    54:44
  128. 136.
    Ep 44: Sonny Zaide of The Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine03/07/2018
    50:19
  129. 137.
    Ep 43: Dr. Peter Adamson and the History of Philosophy...Without Any Gaps!03/01/2018
    55:02
  130. 138.
    Ep 42: Janica Anderson on the Zen Odyssey of Ruth and Sokei-an Sasaki02/24/2018
    47:55
  131. 139.
    Ep 41: Miguel Chen on "I Wanna Be Well," punk, meditation, and yoga02/20/2018
    44:12
  132. 140.
    Ep 40: Shozan Jack Haubner on the Writing and Monk Life02/17/2018
    59:22
  133. 141.
    Ep 39: Honest conversations about American Evangelicalism w/ Kevin Singer02/15/2018
    57:21
  134. 142.
    Ep 38: Fr. Robert Kennedy, Roshi, on the meeting place of the Jesuits and Zen02/10/2018
    55:19
  135. 143.
    Ep 37: Yujiro Seki on Bushi sculpting, Filmmaking, and "Carving the Divine"02/06/2018
    34:10
  136. 144.
    Ep 36: Guo Gu on Chan Buddhism and NYHC02/02/2018
    52:23
  137. 145.
    Ep 35: Linda Kohanov on Master Herders and Pastoral Social Roles01/28/2018
    52:06
  138. 146.
    Ep 34: Queer and Feminist Religious Studies with Dr. Melissa Wilcox01/23/2018
    36:52
  139. 147.
    Ep 33: The Life of Alan Watts (Part Two with Anne Watts)01/18/2018
    1:05:51
  140. 148.
    Ep 32: The Life of Alan Watts (Part One With Joan Watts)01/12/2018
    54:45
  141. 149.
    Ep 31: Korean (Soen) Zen Buddhism with Anita Feng (Jeong Ji)01/07/2018
    52:26
  142. 150.
    Ep 30: Sufism, Mysticism, and Esoteric Practices with Patricia Riely01/04/2018
    43:51
  143. 151.
    Ep 29: Ian Johnson on resurgence of Taoism and Christianity in China12/29/2017
    1:10:05
  144. 152.
    Ep 28: Dr. Max Perry Mueller on Mormonism, Race, and Politics12/22/2017
    57:30
  145. 153.
    Ep 27: Dinty W. Moore on Accidental Buddhism and the Writer's Life12/16/2017
    44:58
  146. 154.
    Ep 26: Leaving Apocalyptic Splinter Groups12/12/2017
    22:41
  147. 155.
    Ep 25: Podcasting, Publishing, and New World Library with Kim "Skipper" Corbin12/07/2017
    34:21
  148. 156.
    Ep 24: Gregg Deal on Indigenous America, Art, Activism, & Stereotypes12/04/2017
    59:59
  149. 157.
    Ep 23: Confucius and Confucian Values with Dr. Li Dan11/30/2017
    43:41
  150. 158.
    Ep 22: Brad Warner on Soto Zen, Writing, and Dogen11/25/2017
    57:08
  151. 159.
    Ep 21: Unitarian Universalism with Rev. Molly Housh Gordon11/18/2017
    42:26
  152. 160.
    Ep 19: Indigenous American Religion with Dr. Dennis Kelley11/05/2017
    40:07
  153. 161.
    Ep 18: United Church of Christ, Liberation, Theology, and Ferguson with Rev. Josh Privitt10/31/2017
    32:27
  154. 162.
    Ep 17: Baha'u'llah 200th birthday with Dr. Sahba Jalali & Kurt Saxton10/26/2017
    19:12
  155. 163.
    Ep 16: Rinzai Zen Buddhism with Seido Ray Ronci10/20/2017
    36:33
  156. 164.
    Ep 15: Brahma Kumaris with Dr. Sheetal Dharmadhikari10/14/2017
    18:34
  157. 165.
    Ep 14: Hinduism with Dr. Gopal and Anantha Gopalaratnam10/07/2017
    43:05
  158. 166.
    EP 13: Discussing Quakers with Jessie Starbuck10/01/2017
    28:21
  159. 167.
    Ep 12: Islam, Palestinians, Al-Aqsa, and Peace Fellowship09/22/2017
    37:22
  160. 168.
    EP 11: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints & Mormonism with Ryan Jenkins09/18/2017
    40:06
  161. 169.
    EP 10: Travel, Teaching, Exploration, and Spirituality with Dr. Gabrielle Malfatti09/14/2017
    54:21
  162. 170.
    Ep 9: Jainism and Ahimsa with Nishant Jain09/08/2017
    41:02
  163. 171.
    EP 8: Discussing Judaism, Conversion, and Israel with Mary Hartigan09/03/2017
    43:25
  164. 172.
    Ep 7: Brahma and Sarasvati (Hindu Creation)09/01/2017
    10:06
  165. 173.
    Ep 6: The Euthyphro Dilemma w/ Mackenzie Everett-Kennedy08/26/2017
    43:05
  166. 174.
    Ep 5: Talking about Baha'i with Kurt Saxton08/20/2017
    40:23
  167. 175.
    Ep 4: African Indigenous religions with Dr. David Amponsah08/17/2017
    43:28
  168. 176.
    Ep 3: Teaching religious studies w/ Eric Lancaster08/13/2017
    34:31
  169. 177.
    Ep 2: Teaching religion in public school w/ George Frissell08/10/2017
    31:46
  170. 178.
    Ep 1: An Introduction to the Classical Ideas Podcast08/08/2017
    8:43

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