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.

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Reading with Joy — Orthodoxy, Week Two
44:42

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
37:56

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!
23:54

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
Boredom
56:53

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
52:51

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
48:16

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
01:00:03

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
38:09

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
01:00:46

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
35:53

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!
57:51

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
34:45

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
49:45

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!
23:03

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)
01:07:42

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
43:22

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
34:10

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)
56:38

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
26:13

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
39:37

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!
18:07

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)
33:30

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)
59:32

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)
50:00

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)
49:24

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
41:57

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
50:07

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
Disappointment
57:39

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
59:17

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
50:03

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)
23:06

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
42:10

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!
20:55

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)
26:18

Hell and Heaven and Universalism... Oh my! 

Jul 23, 2018
Reading with Joy - Giving and Needing Love
22:42

“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
25:27

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
20:09

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

Jul 17, 2018
Reading with Joy - All Who are In Hell Choose It (Chapter 9)
22:39

This week we meet Lewis' Virgil: George MacDonald. And we discover the core idea of the book, well summarized in this quote:

"Never fear. There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.' All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened."

Jul 12, 2018
Reading with Joy - On Being Seen (chapter 8)
12:26

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”

- Timothy Keller

This week we encounter a ghost who doesn't want to be seen, who reminds us that healing, learning, and growth must begin with vulnerability.

Jul 10, 2018
Reading with Joy - Hardbitten and Bowled Over
28:21

In chapter 6 and 7, we meet the man in a bowler hat and the hard bitten ghost and travel even further into heaven. Tune in for readings and discussions with Joy and Joel!

Jul 03, 2018
Reading with Joy - Sins of the Intellect (Week Three)
23:42

The Episcopalian ghost likes thinking about heaven so much that he'd rather not explore the actual place itself! Tune in for our third week of the summer book club on The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. (Chapters 6 & 7 next week).

Jun 28, 2018
Reading with Joy - Daisies as Hard as Diamonds
40:10

Why is the heavenly world as hard as diamonds? Will the sun ever rise? Why are the ghosts so lonely... and what does Augustine have to do with it all? Listen in to find out!

Jun 21, 2018
Reading with Joy - The Banality of Evil
26:39

William Blake, desire, the DMV... how do they all relate? Listen in to find out!

Jun 11, 2018
A Summer Book Club! - Reading with Joy
09:23

Hello, friends! After a short hiatus, I have an exciting announcement: I'll be hosting a summer book club on The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis! Listen in on this introductory episode to find out all about it! Find the show notes at joyclarkson.com

If you want to join in on the discussion, make sure to join either the Twitter Page ("Reading with Joy" @_readingwithjoy) or the Facebook page (Joy Clarkson).

Jun 03, 2018
Episode Twenty: The Impossible Task and the Peaceable Kingdom
29:42

How do you live in a world gone mad? How do you build a life of good things when it feels like an impossible task? Like the world might end? This is the question that many of the songwriters of the Sixties were dealing with, and it is the topic of this episode. Tune in for a magical old folk tune, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, and the same image painted 62 times.

Get the shownotes at joyclarkson.com.

May 07, 2018
Episode Nineteen: Do Something that Won't Compute
25:02

Wendell Berry thinks the world is more like a mystery than a machine. In his poem "The Mad Farmer's Liberation Front" he gives us a radical manifesto for lives that don't compute.

Apr 23, 2018
Episode Eighteen: Women's Friendships in Film and Television (feat. Elena Trueba!)
01:03:21

Women have friends...

In the third episode of a series on art by, about, and concerning women, this episode focuses on the theme of women's friendships as they are portrayed in film and television. I have the great delight of discussing this topic with my dearest friend Elena Trueba. Elena is a masters student in Religion and Politics at Harvard, and works in screenwriting. 

Listen to this episode for erudite diagnoses of women's friendship in film, stories about Elena's and my college days, and tips on friendship.

Apr 09, 2018
Episode Seventeen: The Philosophy of Tea
17:36

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” 

Lin YutangThe Importance of Living 

 

This week's episode explores how the ritual of tea creates moments of contemplation, calm, and community in our lives. Check out the show notes at joyclarkson.com

Apr 04, 2018
Easter Episode: Entering the Story of Holy Week
24:33

Bach is one of the greatest composers of all time, and the St. Matthew Passion is his greatest accomplishment. But it is not simply a masterpiece of music; it is a work of deep personal faith. 

So, whether you are a believer, someone who knows this story as your own, someone who does not believe, but perhaps sees some value in this story, or someone who wishes they could believe but struggles, I, with Bach, invite you into this story.

Mar 29, 2018
Episode Fifteen: Turning Darkness into Light
24:00

What do you do if vikings burn down your monastery 17 times in 15 years? Find out in today's poscast.

Mar 22, 2018
A St. Patrick's Day Podcast!
17:30

An impromptu podcast for this special day. I tell Saint Patrick's story and give you some scrumptious ideas for celebration! Sláinte!

Mar 17, 2018
Episode Thirteen: Judgement
57:06

We have complicated feelings about judgement. We don't want people to judge us, but we want evil people to be judged. Can we have one without the other? This week we'll talk about Judgement, Judges, and Courts. We examine A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin, Bleak House the novel by Charles Dickens, and the curious journey of the Dies Irae (day of wrath) from monasteries, to classical music halls, to almost every filmscore you've ever heard. 

 

Show notes can be found at joyclarkson.com

Mar 13, 2018
Episode Twelve: Humor and Humility
41:26

What might humor have to do with humility? Find out in today's podcast featuring, P.G. Wodehouse, Charles Dickens, and Regina Spektor.

Feb 20, 2018
Episode Eleven: We're All Going to Die
43:42

This is the first in a series of Lenten themed episodes which seek to help listeners explore the themes of Lent through art. I examine the question “How can we live in preparation for a good death?” We’ll explore this question through the isenheim altarpiece by Matthias Grunewald, Edward Elgar's unstaged opera "Dream of Gerontius" based on the poem by Cardinal Henry Newman (with my brother Clarkson as a guest!), and John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud." Bonus: Harry Potter!

Shownotes can be found at joyclarkson.com.

Feb 13, 2018
Poetry of Wonder (and a give away!!)
41:42

A special episode dedicated to poetry. I look at the theme of wonder in e.e.cummings, Sylvia Plath, and Wendell Berry. And I also announce a very special give away! To enter do three things: 1. rate and review the podcast on iTunes. 2. Share your favourite episode of Speaking with Joy (instagram, twitter, facebook, or email!) 3. Send me an email telling me you've done those two things (thejoynessthebrave@gmail.com). Entries accepted until Feb 20th.

Feb 06, 2018
Episode Nine: Fairy Stories in a Secular Age
01:00:43

Charles Taylor wrote that we live in the Secular Age. It often seems that our default setting is to see nature as an intricate machine, the self as isolated and individualistic, and time as linear and not meaningful. But sometimes we all find this description of the world stiffling and cramped. We need something to help us escape into the deeper reality that lays all around us, and to reawaken us to the wonder of the world. In today's podcast, I talk with Boze Herrington about how Fairy Stories might help us do just that. We talk about Chesterton, Tolkien, The Oh Hellos, Madeleine L'Engle and everything in between! For show notes and links to books mentioned in the podcast, visit joyclarkson.com.

(P.S. Apologies for the wonky audio)

Jan 30, 2018
Episode Eight: Women Decide Things
46:55

Agency is our capacity to choose and act in ways that meaningfully shape our lives. But what limits our agency? And when we have the capacity to choose, will we choose well? Today's podcast explores these questions through the eyes of Jane Eyre, Mary and Eve, and the Wailin' Jenny's. Shownotes here.

Jan 16, 2018
Episode Seven: Technology and Time
42:04

How does technology shape our experience of time? Today's episode dives into this question, looking at the medieval calendars, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and "We Used to Wait" by Arcade Fire. For show notes, click here.

Jan 04, 2018
Episode Six: Christmas Cheer!
28:20

A short Christmas episode in which I ramble about my favourite Christmas traditions, share a Christmas playlist, and talk about three pieces of art that draw us into the mystery of the incarnation. Show notes here!

Dec 23, 2017
Episode Five: Home
41:19

Christmas is nearly upon us, and I'm thinking homeward thoughts. I think home is wound deep in the human psyche. The oldest stories are about homeward journeys. The oldest grief is exile. The most primal need, is the safety, warmth, and food of home. Today we'll look at the question: Where is home? Oh, and I forgot to say this in the podcast, but the movement from the New World Symphony I play is by the Prague Festival Orchestra with Pavel Urbanek, which I encourage you to look up on iTunes! For the shownotes, click here.

Dec 06, 2017
Episode Four: Women Know Things
46:20

This is the first in a series of once a month episodes featuring art and topics concerning women, about women, and by women. This week we'll be looking at the tradition of Lady Wisdom in music, art and story. We'll think about the ways women have been portrayed as counsellors, instructors, and scholars. We'll be looking at an ancient archetype, two women in the English countryside, an overlooked mama and daughter scholarly pair, and a remarkable woman who composed, healed, wrote, and even made up her own language. For show notes and other fun links, click here.

Nov 28, 2017
Episode Three: Thanksgiving (i.e. Food!)
27:54

Food, family, and celebration... these are the words of the hour! This quick episode is all about food, and features a very special guest... Mama Clarkson! Tune in to hear a poem about cheese, talk about the bonding magic of food in Lord of the Rings, a painting about defending food from sneaky nibblers, and a song about all the storms of life we bring to the table. For shownotes and further links, check out this link.

Nov 21, 2017
Episode Two: Creation and Chaos
49:41

Why do we look to nature for comfort and context in experiences of catastrophe? And is creation really comforting, or just another source of chaos? This week's episode asks just that question and looks to four pieces of art to see what they say. This week I talk about being a phd mole (and never seeing the light of day being burried, as I am, in libraries), about how Haydn captured the best of the enlightenment, how Sufjan Stevens embraces the dichotomy of nature's beauty and brokenness, how "The Tree of Life" awakens our wonder at existing, and how Gerard Manley Hopkins captures the hope of a creation longing for rebirth. Tune in, and for further resources and links, check out this link.

Nov 16, 2017
Episode One: Introduction
23:24

Welcome to Speaking with Joy! This week is a short episode to introduce what this podcast will be all about. I'll tell you what to expect out of a week episode (spoiler: discussion of ideas, art, and my Scottish adventures), and what inspired me to begin this project. So cuddle in for a cup of tea and let's begin!

Nov 09, 2017