Every month, James McWilliams reviews the best educational podcasts, covering everything you missed in college.
Three outlets for the radically curious
by James McWilliams | Thursday, September 05, 2019
The Paradox of Poetry
A podcast from a leading poetry magazine helps demystify contemporary poems
by James McWilliams | Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Pessimists and Progress
Lessons from skeptics throughout history
by James McWilliams | Monday, June 10, 2019
Words Under Siege
How Big Tech’s intrusion into public and private life undermines the promise of democracy
by James McWilliams | Monday, May 06, 2019
Storytelling in the Podcast Age
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
Of Poets and a President
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
A Symphony of Sounds
The surprising storytelling powers of background noise
by James McWilliams | Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Podcasts To Get You Thinking
Our new Daily Scholar columnist reviews the best educational offerings
by James McWilliams | Monday, November 26, 2018
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
The Story of a Stare Down
by Penelope Rowlands
Hilary Mantel, one of Britain’s most revered novelists, died last year at the age of 70. She is beloved for her sweeping Wolf Hall trilogy, for which she won two Booker Prizes. But long before rehabilitating Thomas Cromwell’s reputation, Mantel was unparalleled in her crystalline dissections of power, whether between girls at the University of London or Dantonists in the French Revolution. In honor of Mantel’s enormous contributions to literature, dive back into her Tudor world with Penelope Rowlands’s essay about one of the key power dynamics Mantel explored: that between Cromwell and Sir Thomas More.