Every month, James McWilliams reviews the best educational podcasts, covering everything you missed in college.
Lessons from skeptics throughout history
by James McWilliams | Monday, June 10, 2019
How Big Tech’s intrusion into public and private life undermines the promise of democracy
by James McWilliams | Monday, May 06, 2019
Critics allege that the Fourth Estate is biased and out of touch. Here’s how one band of podcasters breaks down barriers between journalists and their audience.
by James McWilliams | Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Frank Delaney and the nearing tide
by James McWilliams | Thursday, February 28, 2019
Was Walt Whitman right when he said that America’s “common referee” is not its presidents but its poets?
by James McWilliams | Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The surprising storytelling powers of background noise
by James McWilliams | Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Our new Daily Scholar columnist reviews the best educational offerings
by James McWilliams | Monday, November 26, 2018
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by James McConkey
“Could we have been better parents?” At 87, Cornell emeritus professor James McConkey reflects on the inadvertent ways that parents—especially fathers—shape their children. “Most parents don’t want their children to suffer the kind of grief inflicted on them by their own parents,” he says in this essay from our Spring 2008 issue. “By saving them from that, though, they may inflict upon their children difficulties of another kind.” As the father to three sons, McConkey is acutely aware of how his relationship with his own father informed his relationship with his children. His essay “What Kind of Father Am I?” is a meditation on aging, parenthood, and the bond between fathers and sons.