Speaking with Joy

By Joy Clarkson

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A weekly podcast that explores a weekly theme through three pieces of great art (literary, musical, and visual). For hopers, creators, and learners.

Episode Date
A Christmas Carol

A special Christmas episode in which Joy's reflects on her yearly reading of Charles Dickens excellent novella A Christmas Carol.

Dec 23, 2020
Shadow and Light

Joy talks with Tsh Oxenreider about how to make the season of advent cozy and meaningful. 

Nov 30, 2020
Tolkien's Bookshelves

Have you ever wondered what books were on Tolkien's bookshelves? In this episode, Joy talks with Holly Ordway about her new book Tolkien's Modern Reading.

Nov 23, 2020
Sacred Strings

Joy talks with anthropologist Sabine Hyland about her adventures in the Andes, her decipherment of the lost meaning of khipus, and how life is more than money.

Nov 17, 2020
Remembered and Remembering

Joy talks with Professor John Swinton about theology, disability, and dementia. God never forgets anybody, and it is the church's job to remind us we are remembered. 

Nov 09, 2020
Bookish, Wise, and Tranquil

Joy talks with Dr Alan Jacobs about how reading old books can make us wise and tranquil.

Oct 26, 2020
An Exercise in Hope

Joy talks with Dr Esau McCaulley about his new book Reading While Black, his desire to give his children the gift of joy in a fearful world, and their mutual passion for gospel music. 

Oct 19, 2020
Good Conversations (with my mom)

A good conversation is one of life's greatest pleasures. Joy kicks off a series of conversational episodes by chatting with her mother about education as conversation, Christ as conversation partner, and the importance of honouring the voice of others.

Oct 12, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Twelve, featuring Charlotte Jones Voiklis

In this finale episode, Joy talks with Charlotte Jones Voiklis, the granddaughter of Madeleine L'Engle. They discuss how love calls us out of safety and into the fight for light.  

Aug 30, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Eleven

In this episode Joy talks with Elena Trueba about the difference between perception and vision, expensive candles, and the importance of treating people like special cupcakes and not uniform muffins.

Aug 23, 2020
Reading with Joy— Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Ten

Joy and Boze Herrington discuss chapter ten of Wrinkle in Time, and the importance of children's books for helping us feel at home in the world.

Aug 17, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Nine

In this episode, Joy and Dr. Matthew Rothaus Moser discuss the symbolism of Mrs Who's glasses and the innate horror regarding obscenely large disembodied brains.

Aug 10, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Eight

Joy and Brandee Knowles (cook extraordinaire!) discuss chapter eight of Wrinkle in time, living into our bravery, and the necessity of pain.

Aug 03, 2020
Reading with Joy— Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Seven

In this episode, Joy and L'Engle biographer Sarah Arthur discuss chapter seven, the creepiness of CENTRAL, the importance of names, and the insufficiencies of the intellect.

Jul 27, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Six

In this episode, Joy and her mother Sally Clarkson explore chapter six of Wrinkle in Time. They discuss how the ways we narrate our stories shape the way we live them, the violence of conformity, and Sally's new book Awaking Wonder.

Jul 20, 2020
Reading with Joy— Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Five

In this episode Joy and Sarah Clarkson ponder over the fourth dimension, proclaim the power of sorrow, and speculate about whether the Mrs. W's are angels. 

Jul 13, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Four

On this episode, Joy and Sarah Cozart discuss white flowers, The Dark Thing, and the strength of beauty

Jul 06, 2020
Reading with Joy— Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Three

On this week's episode Joy and Kaitlin Schiess discuss belonging, familiarity, and the 'making strange' of fantasy stories. Tune in and then chime in on this week's discussion.

Jun 28, 2020
Reading with Joy — Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Two

Today we discuss chapter two. Joining me for today’s episode, Haley Stewart and I discussed the way someone we hardly know can fee like home, quantum entanglement, the spiritual discernment of pets, and, as ever, the excellencies of Mrs. Murray.

Jun 22, 2020
Reading with Joy— Wrinkle in Time, Chapter One

In this episode, Sally Clarkson (Joy's mom) joins her to discuss chapter one of a Wrinkle in Time. They talk about difference, conformity, love, and the wonderful writing of Madeleine L'Engle.

Jun 15, 2020
Summer Book Club!

This summer Speaking with Joy's online summer book club will be exploring the suspenseful, captivating, scientific young adult novel a Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. 

May 27, 2020
The Soul in Paraphrase

A conversation with Dr Matthew Rothaus Moser about the transformation of love in Dante's Divine Comedy.

May 18, 2020
May Magnificat

Join Joy on the stoop of her Scottish flat to listen to birdsong and read three poems celebrating the glory of Spring.

May 11, 2020
Good Stories of Good Men

From Poirot to Aragorn, Joy and Nathan Clarkson discuss the best heroes of film and literature, and discuss the qualities of good men. Check out Nathan's new book Good Man, released today!

May 04, 2020
Golden Fury

Did you know modern chemistry began as an attempt to turn lead into gold? Enjoy this delightful conversation with historical fiction author Samantha Cohoe about alchemy, story telling, and lipstick!

May 01, 2020
Going on a Quest!

Escape into the stories about people who go places (while we cannot!) and explore role of narrative in developing virtue.

Apr 27, 2020
Places to Belong

A conversation with Gracy Olmstead about exodus, homecoming, landscapes, walking, and Wendell Berry.

Apr 20, 2020
The Perfect Cup of Tea!

Join me in my kitchen while I make french toast blintzes and contemplate the excellencies of tea.

Apr 15, 2020
Philosophy of Doodling

An interview with artist and illustrator Mariah Ziemer about her philosophy of doodling, being a happy artist, and her new children's book about the Australian outback. 

Apr 13, 2020
Help Me Lament!

Enter into the story of the Passion through one of the greatest works of western music: Bach's Saint Matthew Passion.

Apr 10, 2020
Lenten Reflections

Women, Art, Friendship... Three Phd students band together to create a devotional project to help people meditate through the season of Lent with beautiful art.

Apr 01, 2020
The Escapecast!

An hour of happy, wholesome distraction with Haley Stewart.

Mar 30, 2020
The Consolation of Mystery Novels

Why are murder mysteries so comforting? Boze Herrington and Joy Clarkson discuss the spiritual depths and dark delights of their favourite genre.

Mar 26, 2020
Havens of Happiness

Listen into a mother daughter (Sally and Joy) Facetime about habits and havens of happiness, ways to keep your soul alive. 

Mar 24, 2020
Jane Austen the Moral Philosopher — Karen Swallow Prior

A conversation with Karen Swallow Prior about the great moral philosopher of the 19th century: Jane Austen.

Mar 22, 2020
When Death Visits

Coronavirus, medieval morality plays, and Harry Potter.

Mar 19, 2020
Women of the One Thousand

Meg, the daughter of two academic historians herself, is troubled by the unimaginative story told about women throughout history: that they were always oppressed, quiet, and un-influential until feminism arrived on the stage to set us all free.

Mar 09, 2020
A Hidden Life

Why does it matter to live a faithful life, to resist evil, when it costs everything and seems to accomplish nothing? This episode reviews A Hidden Life, by Terrence Malick.

Mar 01, 2020
Church Mothers (Oliver B. Langworthy)

Who were the women of the early church? What do they have to teach us about vocation, the Holy Spirit, and being transformed into the image of Christ?

Feb 17, 2020
The Ragamuffin Bard

Welcome back to a brand new season of Speaking with Joy! This episode sings the praises of Rich Mullins, an artist steeped in scripture, with a heart like an open wound, and eyes that saw glory in creation.

Feb 02, 2020
Advent — Week Three (Christmasing with Sally Mama!)

A Christmas chat with my dear Sally-Mama!

Dec 23, 2019
Advent — Week Three (The Shepherd)

Christ comes as the ruling King, but he also comes as the gentle Shepherd. 

Dec 16, 2019
Advent — Week Two (the Mother)

Mary is the first Christian, the first person in whom Christ dwelled. Her life and song teach us to bear Christ too.

Dec 08, 2019
Advent — Week One (the Coming)

Welcome to a special series on the season of advent. Sit in the dark, wait for the light, prepare for his coming.

Dec 01, 2019
Yes, And

How do we tell a good story with our lives? How do we sing a good song? Begin where you are. Grieve what you must. Do what you can. 

Nov 25, 2019
Sea Watching

Can watching the sea lead us close to God? This was a question Welsh poet R.S. Thomas contemplated often in his poetry. In this episode Joy explores the poetry of R.S. Thomas with Shanti Daffern.

Nov 18, 2019
Wintering Scotland

There is a wisdom to the season of winter. But how does one wile away the long winter evenings in Scotland? By telling stories, singing songs, and dancing reels. 

Nov 11, 2019

What heritage were you given? What legacy will you leave behind? These are the questions discussed in this episode.

Nov 04, 2019

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Memory shapes our sense of who we are, where we come from, and where we're going. It's fundamental, and it's flawed. What are we to make of it?

Oct 29, 2019
Modern Day Monasticism
How can we incorporate rhythms of prayer into our every day lives, dedicating our work, play, and rest to God?
Oct 14, 2019
Freedom and Restraint

This episode explores Bach fugues, improvisational jazz, poetry, and a kid's cartoon to suggest the idea that true freedom necessitates restraint. 

Oct 08, 2019
The Heart's Necessities

How do we live well in a complicated world? This episode seeks the words of a poet from the past and a musician for the present to explore this timeless question. This episode features an interview with Veery Huleatt, editor of a new volume of poetry by Jane Tyson Clement.

Sep 30, 2019

To be a human is to have a body, and to have a body is to touch and be touched. This episode explores our desire to touch creation, each other, and God. 

Sep 24, 2019
New Season — Speaking with Joy Live!

Speaking with Joy welcomes a new season with this special episode featuring the talks from the Speaking with Joy live events and music from Two Benedictions. Enjoy!

Sep 17, 2019
A Refuge, a Resource, a Response

Speaking with Joy is celebrating its second anniversary! Many thanks to everyone who has joined in on the journey.

Aug 23, 2019
Reading with Joy — Chapter Nine

There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.

Aug 13, 2019
Blessed, Broken, Given — Featuring Glenn Packiam

Joy chats with Glenn Packiam about how our stories because sacred in the hands of Jesus.

Aug 06, 2019
Reading with Joy — Chapter Eight

"The chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness and fatigue; and the fact is that the real laziness is the cause of the apparent bustle."

Aug 05, 2019
Reading with Joy — Week Seven

Is the world getting better and better? This week we discuss the myth of progress and the eternal revolution. Join in!

Jul 30, 2019
Reading with Joy — Week Six

Boze Herrington joins Joy to discuss the beautiful paradoxes of Christianity as it has tumbled through history.

Jul 23, 2019
Reading with Joy, Week Four

How is it possible that we both feel at home in the world and homesick in it?

Jul 15, 2019
Reading with Joy, Week Four

Can fairy tales help us understand the world better than modern philosophy? 

Jul 09, 2019
Reading with Joy— Orthodoxy, Week Three

From her new flat in St Andres, surrounded by boxes, Joy rambles about chapter three of Orthodoxy and the unraveling of the modern mind. Listen in!

Jul 01, 2019
Reading with Joy — Orthodoxy, Week Two

What do sin, madness, and rationalism have to do with each other? Tune into this week's episode about Chapter Two of Chesterton's book Orthodoxy to find out!

Jun 24, 2019
Reading with Joy - Orthodoxy, Week One

Welcome to Reading with Joy, a summer book club on G.K. Chesterton's excellent book of essays Orthodoxy. Join me this week for our first episode, diving into Chapter One "In Defence of Everything Else."

Jun 17, 2019
Summering with Joy!

After a short (and unexpected!) break, Speaking with Joy is back. Listen to this podcast to hear about my summer book club, live Speaking with Joy events near you, and more. I hope you'll spend the summer with me!

Jun 03, 2019

The modern world is both overstimulating and excessively boring. In this episode, featuring Boredom expert Dr. Rebekah Lamb, we explore the social, literary, and spiritual dimensions of boredom. I promise, you will not find this episode a bore.

May 21, 2019
The Enchanted Heavens

Is the modern world disenchanted? Today we will explore this question with the night sky as our conversation partner. My hunch is that the cosmos is not any less wondrous, mysterious, or enchanted than it was in the twelfth century. The world is not disenchanted, we've only grown blind to its wonder.

May 14, 2019
Narnia and the Seven Heavens

For a long time, most people regarded the Chronicles of Narnia as the charming side project of a Oxford don too busy to double check which mythological creatures belonged in which story. But what if there is a golden string running through each story, so that they hang together like pearls on a necklace… or like planets in the night sky? Dr. Michael Ward solved the mystery. 

May 06, 2019
Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Blood is the stuff of life. In our antiseptic world, it can be hard to hear and understand the words of Jesus: This is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28). In this Holy Week episode, we explore the theme of Christ's blood.

Apr 16, 2019
You Did Not Speak Steadfastly to Me

The book of Job has always fascinated and exasperated me. That's why I loved getting to explore this poetic and complicated book with my friend Tobias, a scholar of Biblical languages. Enjoy this episode on the relational nature of Job and the importance of addressing our theology at God!

Apr 08, 2019
Wrestling with God Through Art

The difference between Job and his friends was not theological but personal: Job raged, wept, and prayed to God while his friends spoke about God. Even in our darkest moments, God invites us into relationship. This week, we look at the lives of three artists who struggled well with God.

Apr 01, 2019
Tending Your Garden

To grow in wellness, we must start thinking of ourselves less like cars to tune up, and more like gardens to nurture. On today's episode, Joy chats with Kristyn Emmer, who shares her insights on cultivating wellness of body, soul, and heart. 

Mar 25, 2019
We're All Romantics!

This episode explores the most important historic movement you never learned about. Tune in to hear how Romanticism shapes art, industry, and psychology, by looking at Wordsworth, Brahms, and the Pre-Raphaelites.

Mar 18, 2019
Calling All Artists
The world needs artists, craftsmen and women, workers of wonder and beauty. So, today I talked with my brother Joel, a composer, author, and audiobook reader about the calling of the artist in the modern world. This podcast is full of practical wisdom and heartfelt encouragement for anyone who feels called to be an artist. I hope you love it.
Mar 11, 2019
Souls and Screens

Screens play a huge role in our life, and almost all of our relationships are mediated in some way through social media. How can we live connected, authentic, purposeful lives in a world of screens?

Mar 04, 2019
Speaking with Joy is back!

After a book launch, travel, conferences, and a break, Speaking with Joy comes back with new episodes every Tuesday. Tune in here for a (re)introduction to the vision behind the podcast and updates galore!

Feb 27, 2019
Girls' Club (Elena Trueba) — Dear Joylena, the Advice Episode (pt. 2)

Part two of Joy Clarkson and Elena Trueba's advice podcast, discussing life choices, lipstick, and literature. Tune in!

Feb 12, 2019
Girls' Club (Boze Herrington) — The Inklings and Literary Friendship

On this special launch day episode, Joy and Boze Herrington discuss one of the most famous groups of friends in the last century: the Inklings!  

Feb 05, 2019
Girls' Club (Karen Swallow Prior) — Friendship Through Hard Times

In this episode, Joy and Sally talk with Karen Swallow Prior, an author and professor at Liberty University, about what friendship looks like during difficult times— like getting hit by a bus!

Jan 31, 2019
Girls' Club (Elena Trueba) — Dear Joylena, the Advice Episode (pt. 1)

Joy and her best friend/college roommate Elena fulfil their true callings by giving advice to anyone who wants it. In this episode, they questions sent in by listeners about friendship.

Jan 29, 2019
Girls' Club (Ashlee Cowles) — Personality Differences in Friendship

How can we accept each other's personality quirks and help each other grow? That is what Joy and Ashlee discuss in this week's podcast which touches on friendship between extroverts and introverts, Enneagram, Myers Briggs, and so much more! 

Jan 24, 2019
Girls' Club (Katelyn Beaty) — Singleness, Calling, and Covenant Friendship

Singleness, calling, and covenant friendships... these are just a few of the topics discussed in this podcast with Katelyn Beaty, an author, speaker, and editor. This is the first in a series of podcasts on the profound importance of friendship. Tune in to hear more!

Jan 22, 2019
I wrote a book!

Happy New Year! This podcast is full of exciting announcements: the release of Girls' Club, a series of interviews with admirable women on the topic of friendship, and a new season just around the corner! Tune in! :)

Jan 15, 2019
Advent—The Light (Week Four)

The final installation of our advent series meditating on these three truths: God is light, God sent His light into the world through Christ, we are called to walk as children of the light.

Dec 24, 2018
Advent—The Shepherd (Week Three)

Christmas is a joyful, but also a tender time. For many, this season brings up feelings of guilt, grief, & sadness. Therefore, as we prepare our hearts for Christmas, it is good to remember that Christ comes both as a king and shepherd. His heart toward us is tender, loving, & patient. This week, I explore the theme of Christ as the promised shepherd with my dear Gwennie through Isaiah, Hinds Feet on High Places, Handel's Messiah, and Manchester by the sea. 

Dec 16, 2018
Advent - The Mother (Week Two)

Mary, the God-bearer, shows us what it looks like to receive Christ. Join me this week as we meditate on the Magnificat, the Consolation of Eve, and Thomas Tallis' beautiful setting of her words.

Dec 09, 2018
Advent - The Coming (week one)

Join me in our journey through advent! I explain the history of advent, the theme of advent, and some ways you can celebrate it, all through the lens of beautiful art.

Dec 02, 2018
Feasting and Fasting

Happy Thanksgiving! An episode on Babette's Feast and the spiritual profundity of feasting, cohosted with David Bennet. 

Nov 18, 2018
The Celtic Way - feat. Sarah Clarkson

Longing, cosmos, beauty, words... all the gifts given by Celtic culture. Listen in to hear Joy and Sarah's thoughts on what they love about Celtic music, art, and prayers. 

Nov 04, 2018

How do we move past disappointment? How do we live with it? The 1975, Ladies in Lavendar, and Hannah Coulter help us figure out how to live well when disappointment strikes. 

Oct 21, 2018
Decent Men in Indecent Times

Why are there so many books and movies about World War Two? It has something to do with evil, bravery, and the hope that people can still be good even in impossible times.

Oct 07, 2018
The Wisdom of Whimsy

In a world as dark and difficult as ours, is there a place for lightheartedness? Can whimsical, lovely, humorous art be good art? And, perhaps more importantly, can it be good for us?

Find the show notes at joyclarkson.com

Sep 23, 2018
Heroes and Anti-heroes (feat. Nathan Clarkson)

Can we believe in heroes anymore? This week I discuss that question with my brother Nathan, an author, actor, and artist. We talked about the prevalance of anti-heroes in modern films and what it says about us as a culture. You can find the show notes at joyclarkson.com.

Sep 09, 2018
The Army of Emotions

Welcome to a new season of Speaking with Joy! Emotions are a powerful force in our lives. Is it possible to have a rich emotional life, and not be overwhelmed or ruled by our emotions? We'll ask this question of three unlikely teachers: Saint Macrina, Fred Rogers, and Saoirse the Selkie. 

Aug 27, 2018
Reading with Joy - Checkmate ...Finale!

In this final episode, I share my biggest take aways from the book: desire is good, choices matter, and everyone can be redeemed.

Jul 30, 2018
Reading with Joy - Out of Love I Will Not Go (Chapter 12)

Hell and Heaven and Universalism... Oh my! 

Jul 23, 2018
Reading with Joy - Giving and Needing Love

“Need-love says of a woman, “I cannot live without her”; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection...appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him.”

Jul 23, 2018
Reading with Joy - High and Holy Feelings

Could a mother's love keep her out of heaven? Could a man's erotic desire draw him in?

Tune in to this week's episode to find out!

Jul 19, 2018
Reading with Joy - To Set Another Before You

This week we meet a ghost who's self-centredness blinds her, making her incapable of self knowledge and of love. 

Jul 17, 2018