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First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society. Learn more: www.firstthings.com/learnmore

Episode Date
SCOTUS Redefines “Sex” - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7.9.20)
00:34:45
Hadley Arkes and Mark Bauerlein discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in “Bostock v. Clayton County.”
Jul 09, 2020
Israel and the Church - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7.6.20)
00:31:22
Benjamin Merkle discusses his book “Discontinuity to Continuity: A Survey of Dispensational and Covenantal Theologies.”
Jul 06, 2020
A Failure of Responsibility - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7.2.20)
00:31:50
On this episode, Yuval Levin discusses his book “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream.”
Jul 02, 2020
Driving and Democracy - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.29.20)
00:37:33
On this episode, Matthew B. Crawford discusses his new book, “Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road.”
Jun 29, 2020
Battles at the U.N. - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.25.20)
00:32:06
Austin Ruse joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss the work of C-Fam (the Center for Family & Human Rights)—including C-Fam's efforts at the U.N. to prevent the creation of an international right to abortion.
Jun 25, 2020
Free Speech in the Digital Public Square - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.22.20)
00:29:20
Jon Schweppe joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss the regulation of pornography, Big Tech censorship of free speech, and how to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Jun 22, 2020
The Decline of Journalism - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.18.20)
00:30:30
On this episode, Mark Hemingway addresses the uproar over Sen. Tom Cotton’s New York Times op-ed and discusses the state of investigative reporting today.
Jun 18, 2020
The Place of Science in Political Life - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.15.20)
00:33:02
Ari Schulman joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss COVID-19, the perils of social media, and the proper role of scientific expertise in politics.
Jun 15, 2020
Reporting on American Religion, Part Two - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.11.20)
00:30:23
Kenneth L. Woodward continues discussing his 2016 memoir “Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama.” In this episode, Woodward talks Billy Graham and the Berrigan Brothers.
Jun 11, 2020
Reporting on American Religion, Part One - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.8.20)
00:32:50
Kenneth L. Woodward discuses his 2016 memoir “Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama.”
Jun 08, 2020
A Vanishing Freedom - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.4.20)
00:35:52
Luke C. Sheahan discusses freedom of association and his book “Why Associations Matter: The Case for First Amendment Pluralism.”
Jun 04, 2020
The Corruption of Universities - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6.1.20)
00:31:11
John Ellis discusses the state of academia today and his book “The Breakdown of Higher Education: How It Happened, the Damage It Does, and What Can Be Done.”
Jun 01, 2020
The Rise of Anti-Art - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.28.20)
00:32:42
Michelle Kamhi discusses the contemporary artworld and her book “Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education & Theory.”
May 28, 2020
Truth and Religious Liberty - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.26.20)
00:33:01
Ryan T. Anderson and Mark discuss why conservatives shouldn’t limit themselves to procedural arguments in the culture war—we need to emphasize our substantive moral commitments as well as our religious-liberty protections.
May 26, 2020
Anti-Religious Studies - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.21.20)
00:30:12
Mark Pulliam explains why religion is disappearing from Religious Studies departments.
May 21, 2020
Common Sense For America - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein(5.18.20)
00:33:33
On this episode, Philip K. Howard discusses his book “Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left.”
May 18, 2020
The Consolation of Poetry - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.14.20)
00:34:12
Micah Mattix discusses his recent book, “The Soul Is a Stranger in This World: Essays on Poets and Poetry.”
May 14, 2020
Myth, Modernity, and Mr. Peterson - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.11.20)
00:30:58
Ron Dart, editor of the recent volume “Myth and Meaning in Jordan Peterson,” discusses Peterson’s work from a Christian perspective.
May 11, 2020
The Far Side of Suffering - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.7.20)
00:34:56
Clare Carlisle discusses her biography of Kierkegaard: “Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard.”
May 07, 2020
Debating Richard Dawkins - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5.4.20)
00:33:54
On this episode of “Conversations with Mark Bauerlein,” Rupert Shortt discusses his book “Outgrowing Dawkins: God for Grown-Ups.”
May 04, 2020
Nietzschean Puritans - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.30.20)
00:35:33
Mark T. Mitchell discusses his recent book, “Power and Purity: The Unholy Marriage that Spawned America's Social Justice Warriors.”
Apr 30, 2020
Who Was William Faulkner? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.27.20)
00:33:57
Carl Rollyson discusses his book “The Life of William Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934.“
Apr 27, 2020
Cardinal Pell, Innocent! - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.23.20)
00:33:05
George Weigel and Mark discuss Cardinal George Pell’s acquittal.
Apr 23, 2020
The Church and the Virus - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.20.20)
00:35:20
Mark and Fr. Peter Stravinskas discuss live-streamed Masses and the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 20, 2020
Religion and the Public Good - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.16.20)
00:33:37
William Haun joins Mark to discuss religious liberty trends today and a recent case involving the D.C. Metro’s ban on religious advertisements.
Apr 16, 2020
Faith and Worldview Aren’t the Same - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.13.20)
00:34:20
Featuring George Barna on why so few American Christians possess a biblical worldview.
Apr 13, 2020
America’s Moral Revolution - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.9.20)
00:35:50
C. Bradley Thompson discusses his recent book, “America's Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It.”
Apr 09, 2020
Coronavirus and Citizenship - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.6.20)
00:36:44
R. J. Snell joins Mark to discuss the present pandemic and what it has revealed about citizenship and individualism in our society.
Apr 06, 2020
Quarantine Homeschooling - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4.2.20)
00:36:48
Sam Sorbo makes the case for homeschooling and shares tips for teaching kids at home during coronavirus.
Apr 02, 2020
National Breakup? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.30.20)
00:31:45
F. H. Buckley joins the podcast to discuss his recent book, ”American Secession.”
Mar 30, 2020
Is There a Catholic Vote? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.26.20)
00:34:42
Matthew Bunson joins Mark to discuss Catholic voting patterns and the results of a recent survey examining the beliefs of U.S. Catholics.
Mar 26, 2020
Studying the Western Tradition in Wyoming - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.23.20)
00:31:42
Glenn Arbery, president of Wyoming Catholic College, discusses the college’s great books curriculum and outdoor program. He also talks about some of his favorite films.
Mar 23, 2020
Christ, Our Daily Bread - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.19.20)
00:34:25
How did Jesus teach us to pray? Wesley Hill discusses his recent book, “The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father.”
Mar 19, 2020
Ross Douthat On Decadence - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.16.20)
00:34:37
Ross Douthat discusses his new book, “The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.”
Mar 16, 2020
The Religion of Identity Politics - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.12.20)
00:36:48
David Azerrad discusses the quasi-religious rites and “preaching” of identity politics—and how all this wokeness is mostly performative.
Mar 12, 2020
Presidents and Their Books - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.9.20)
00:35:45
Craig Fehrman discusses his new book, “Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote.”
Mar 09, 2020
The Campaign to Curtail Speech - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.6.20)
00:32:19
Featuring: Arthur Milikh on the left's efforts to ban “hate speech.”
Mar 06, 2020
White House Rivalries - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.2.20)
00:42:31
Tevi Troy discusses his recent book, “Fight House.” https://www.amazon.com/Fight-House-Rivalries-White-Truman/dp/1621578364
Mar 02, 2020
Incarnational Realism - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.27.20)
00:31:07
Jessica Hooten Wilson discusses Flannery O’Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and her book “Giving the Devil His Due.”
Feb 27, 2020
The Theology of Transubstantiation - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.24.20)
00:32:00
Brett Salkeld and Mark discuss Reformation-era debates over the Real Presence and what Catholics and Protestants believe about the Eucharist.
Feb 24, 2020
The Second Secularization - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.20.20)
00:35:24
Stanley Kurtz discusses how our culture lost faith in Western Civilization.
Feb 20, 2020
The War that Changed America in the World - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.18.20)
00:38:05
Clay Risen discusses his recent book, “The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century.”
Feb 18, 2020
Sweden Is on Edge - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.13.20)
00:28:13
In 2019, there were over 230 bombings in Sweden—more than in any other Western country. Paulina Neuding joins the podcast to help us understand the crisis.
Feb 13, 2020
A Striking State of the Union Address - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.10.20)
00:33:25
R. R. Reno joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss New York architecture, Trump’s State of the Union Address, and the future of the pro-life movement.
Feb 10, 2020
A Conversation with Douglas Murray - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.6.20)
00:37:42
Douglas Murray discusses his recent book, “The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity.”
Feb 06, 2020
Catholics and Inclusion Statements - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2.3.20)
00:30:10
Patrick Reilly discusses his recent First Things essay, “The Nondiscrimination Dance,” and why Catholic schools shouldn’t adopt “inclusion statements.”
Feb 03, 2020
Why Go To College? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.30.20)
00:30:43
Johann Neem joins the podcast to discuss his recent book, “What's the Point of College?: Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform.”
Jan 30, 2020
The Law of Liberty - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein(1.27.20)
00:30:03
Peter Leithart discusses his forthcoming book, “The Ten Commandments: A Guide to the Perfect Law of Liberty.”
Jan 27, 2020
The State of School Reform - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.23.20)
00:26:46
Mark and Michael Petrilli discuss the latest in K-12 education news.
Jan 23, 2020
How China Changed Hollywood - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.21.20)
00:38:59
Martha Bayles and Mark Bauerlein discuss the many ways the American film industry has caved to the demands of the Chinese market.
Jan 21, 2020
How to Think About the First Amendment - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.16.19)
00:38:41
On this episode, Stanley Fish discusses his recent book, “The First: How to Think About Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump.”
Jan 16, 2020
The Story of Billy Graham - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.13.19)
00:32:21
On this episode, Grant Wacker discusses his recent biography of Billy Graham, “One Soul At a Time.”
Jan 13, 2020
The Power of Public Policy - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.9.20)
00:30:08
Oren Cass discusses his recent First Things essay, “The Problem With the Culture Problem,” and his book “The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.”
Jan 09, 2020
The Case For Classical Education - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein
00:34:20
On this episode, Sheila Byrd Carmichael discusses the state of K-12 education in the United States and the growth of the classical school movement.
Jan 06, 2020
How Money Became Dangerous - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.2.20)
00:35:23
Chris Varelas joins the podcast to discuss his book “How Money Became Dangerous: The Inside Story of Our Turbulent Relationship with Modern Finance.”
Jan 02, 2020
Learning in the Fast Lane - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.30.19)
00:33:04
Chester Finn joins the podcast to discuss his book “Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement.”
Dec 30, 2019
The Corruption of Common Sense - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.27.19)
00:34:17
On this episode, Thomas Patterson discusses his recent book, “How America Lost Its Mind: The Assault on Reason That's Crippling Our Democracy.”
Dec 27, 2019
The Battle Over Religious Liberty - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.23.19)
00:32:34
In this episode, Luke Goodrich discusses his recent book “Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America.”
Dec 23, 2019
Rust Belt Catholics - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.19.19)
00:29:42
Charles McElwee joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss the decline of Catholicism in struggling Rust Belt communities—and attempts to revive Rust Belt parishes.
Dec 19, 2019
The Charter School Challenge - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.16.19)
00:34:55
Max Eden joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the charter school movement—particularly the success of the Great Hearts academies.
Dec 16, 2019
False Positive - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.12.19)
00:30:57
Theodore Dalrymple discusses his latest book, “False Positive: A Year of Error, Omission, and Political Correctness in the New England Journal of Medicine.”
Dec 12, 2019
The Christian Revolution - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.9.19)
00:35:01
Tom Holland joins the podcast to discuss his book “Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.”
Dec 09, 2019
Who Was Howard Zinn? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.6.19)
00:29:49
On this episode, Mary Grabar discusses her recent book, “Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America.”
Dec 06, 2019
On Camille Paglia - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12.4.19)
00:32:31
Emily Esfahani Smith joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss the work of Camille Paglia.
Dec 04, 2019
Kavanaugh and the Future of the Supreme Court - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.25.19)
00:34:40
Mollie Hemingway joins Mark to discuss her recent book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” co-written with Carrie Severino. https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Trial-Kavanaugh-Confirmation-Supreme/dp/1621579832
Nov 25, 2019
Antonin Scalia, Man of Faith - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.22.19)
00:34:57
Christopher Scalia joins the podcast to discuss a recent volume he edited: a collection of essays by his late father Justice Antonin Scalia, titled “On Faith: Lessons From an American Believer.”
Nov 22, 2019
Strong Gods and Weak Gods - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.15.19)
00:34:13
R. R. Reno discusses the dogmas and assumptions of the postwar consensus, the rise of populism, and his new book, “Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West.” https://www.amazon.com/Return-Strong-Gods-Nationalism-Populism/dp/1621578003
Nov 15, 2019
Great Christian Jurists - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.8.19)
00:33:24
Daniel Dreisbach discusses the history of church-state relations in the United States and a recent volume of essays he edited, “Great Christian Jurists in American History.”
Nov 13, 2019
American Power - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.7.19)
00:37:35
Lawrence Mead discusses his recent book, “Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Difference and American Power.”
Nov 13, 2019
The Tyranny of Virtue - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.1.19)
00:37:20
Robert Boyers discusses his latest book, “The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies.”
Nov 13, 2019
The Future of Religious Schools - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.28.19)
00:30:06
Ray Domanico joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the history of the Blaine Amendments, a recent challenge to Montana’s school choice program, and the future of religious schools in America.
Nov 13, 2019
Great Christian Jurists - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.8.19)
00:33:24
Daniel Dreisbach discusses the history of church-state relations in the United States and a recent volume of essays he edited, “Great Christian Jurists in American History.”
Nov 08, 2019
American Power - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.7.19)
00:37:35
Lawrence Mead discusses his recent book, “Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Difference and American Power.” https://www.amazon.com/Burdens-Freedom-Cultural-Difference-American/dp/1641770406
Nov 07, 2019
The Tyranny of Virtue - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 1. 19)
00:37:20
Robert Boyers discusses his latest book, “The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies.”
Nov 01, 2019
The Future of Religious Schools - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.28.19)
00:30:06
Ray Domanico joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the history of the Blaine Amendments, a recent challenge to Montana’s school choice program, and the future of religious schools in America.
Oct 28, 2019
Intellectual Diversity on Campus - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.25.19)
00:28:54
Stanley Kurtz joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss free speech on the college campus, academic freedom, and why a “Campus Intellectual Diversity Act” is a good idea.
Oct 25, 2019
Converting Modernity - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.21.19)
00:32:14
In this episode, George Weigel discusses his latest book, “The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform.”
Oct 21, 2019
Campus Radicals In the Trump Era - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.18.19)
00:34:09
On this episode, Robby Soave discusses his recent book, “Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump.”
Oct 18, 2019
American Breakdown - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.15.19)
00:29:56
David Bromwich discusses his book “American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us.”
Oct 15, 2019
The Myth of the Lone Wolf - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.11.19)
00:31:09
Mary Eberstadt comes on the podcast to discuss her latest book, “Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.”
Oct 11, 2019
The Christian Roots of Religious Liberty - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.7.19)
00:40:17
Robert Wilken discusses his new book “Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom.”
Oct 07, 2019
The Myth of America - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10.4.19)
00:34:10
Alexander Riley discusses his book “Angel Patriots: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America.”
Oct 04, 2019
The Authority Vacuum - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 30. 19)
00:33:48
In this episode, Mark Bauerlein and Peter Skerry discuss political hierarchies, populism, and the power of the media.
Sep 30, 2019
Campus Coddling - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 27. 19)
00:30:28
Greg Lukianoff discusses “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure," the book he co-authored with Jonathan Haidt.
Sep 27, 2019
The Surrogacy Industry - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 20. 19)
00:28:27
Adeline Allen joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss how gestational surrogacy is dehumanizing—both for the child and for the birth mother.
Sep 20, 2019
Does God Exist? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 13. 19)
00:30:51
On this episode, Robert Delfino discusses his book “Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas.”
Sep 13, 2019
Chesterton and Trump - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 6. 19)
00:31:06
Dale Ahlquist joins Mark to discuss G. K. Chesterton’s life and legacy—and what he would have made of today’s populist movements.
Sep 06, 2019
Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 5. 19)
00:34:55
In this episode, Matthew Mehan discusses children’s literature, the power of poetry, and his recent book, “Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals.”
Sep 05, 2019
Becoming Robots - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8.30.19)
00:30:10
Marygrace Sexton joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the dangers of technology and how to combat smartphone addiction.
Aug 30, 2019
The War on Christian America - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 23. 19)
00:27:39
David Horowitz discusses his latest book, “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America.”
Aug 23, 2019
Climbing Parnassus - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 20. 19)
00:30:57
Tracy Lee Simmons joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the many benefits of studying Latin and the classics.
Aug 20, 2019
Aquinas for Evangelicals – Conversations with Mark Bauerlein
00:37:11
In this episode, Francis Beckwith discusses his book “Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant.”
Aug 16, 2019
The Household and the Cosmos - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 9. 19)
00:29:50
C. R. Wiley discusses his latest book, “The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family.”
Aug 09, 2019
Proselytizing, a Pelagian Temptation - From the Editor's Office (8. 9. 19)
00:32:39
Pastor Kevin Martin and Editor R. R. Reno discuss the proper role of missions in the church—and why missionary work and “proselytizing“ are two very different things.
Aug 09, 2019
Kinless and Lonely - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 6. 19)
00:32:36
Kay Hymowitz joins Mark to discuss the loneliness epidemic in America.
Aug 06, 2019
The Terror of Existence - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8.2.19)
00:34:58
Theodore Dalrymple discusses his book of essays “The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd,” co-authored with Kenneth Francis.
Aug 02, 2019
The Struggle for Western Civilization - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 26. 19)
00:35:00
Samuel Gregg discusses his latest book, “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization.”
Jul 26, 2019
American Restoration - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 19. 19)
00:34:30
On this episode, Timothy Goeglein discusses his book “American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation.”
Jul 19, 2019
Coming Home - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 18. 19.)
00:31:12
Bruce Frohnen discusses his book “Coming Home: Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul.”
Jul 18, 2019
The Lost Constitution - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 12. 19)
00:31:50
In this episode, Myron Magnet discusses his latest book, “Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution.”
Jul 12, 2019
A Concise Guide to Conservatism - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 3. 19)
00:32:04
Gerald Russello joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss “Russell Kirk’s Concise Guide to Conservatism.”
Jul 03, 2019
The Need For a Christian Society - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 28. 19)
00:31:51
In this episode, Mark Bauerlein asks R. R. Reno about his 2016 book, “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society.”
Jun 28, 2019
Educational Pluralism - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 21. 19)
00:31:15
Ashley Berner joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her book “Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School.”
Jun 21, 2019
The Rise of the Dones - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 14. 19)
00:32:02
David Moore discusses how Christians should talk about controversial topics in a polarized society, as well as how churches can reach out to those who consider themselves believers, but are also “done” with organized religion.
Jun 14, 2019
Why Trump Is Not a Fascist - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 13. 19)
00:32:35
Paul Gottfried discusses his book “Fascism: The Career of a Concept” and the defining characteristics of a fascist regime.
Jun 13, 2019
Sohrab’s Conservatism - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 7. 19)
00:27:35
Sohrab Ahmari discusses common good conservatism and his recent essay: “Against David French-ism.”
Jun 07, 2019
The Catholic Writer Today - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 6. 19)
00:34:16
Dana Gioia joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Elizabeth Jennings, and Gioia's latest collection of essays, “The Catholic Writer Today.”
Jun 06, 2019
Land of Hope - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 31. 19)
00:32:19
In this episode, Wilfred McClay discusses American history and his new book, “Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.”
May 31, 2019
The Brexit Mudslide - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 24. 19)
00:34:06
Dominic Green joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the aftermath of Brexit and the political situation in the United Kingdom.
May 24, 2019
The Memoirs of St. Peter - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 17. 19)
00:31:52
Michael Pakaluk discusses his new book: “The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark.”
May 17, 2019
Love Your Enemies - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 17. 19)
00:34:08
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein chats with Arthur Brooks about his latest book, “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from Our Culture of Contempt.“
May 17, 2019
A Vindication of Politics - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 10. 19)
00:30:46
Matthew Wright and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss Wright's latest book: “A Vindication of Politics: On the Common Good and Human Flourishing.”
May 10, 2019
Generation Z - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 10. 19)
00:29:42
High schooler Braeden Sorbo joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Gen Z.
May 10, 2019
Judicial Supremacy - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 3. 19)
00:31:07
Carson Holloway joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the proper role of the judicial branch in American political life.
May 03, 2019
Trouble in Tulsa - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 26. 19)
00:36:08
Jacob Howland joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the misguided elimination of many of the humanities programs at the University of Tulsa.
Apr 26, 2019
Cardinal Newman’s Canonization - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 19. 19)
00:31:05
Ryan Marr joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss John Henry Newman’s upcoming canonization and the theology of sainthood.
Apr 19, 2019
Campus Coercion - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 12. 19)
00:31:10
Charlie Copeland joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the decline of free speech on the college campus.
Apr 12, 2019
The Future of Catholic Education - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 5. 19)
00:31:18
Fr. Peter Stravinskas joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the fate of Catholic schools in America and the work of the Catholic Education Foundation.
Apr 05, 2019
Cultural Catholics - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3.29.19)
00:32:00
Tricia Bruce joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the large swath of Americans who self-identify as ”partially Catholic”—neither completely in nor completely out of the Church.
Mar 29, 2019
The Tyranny of Experts - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3. 22. 19)
00:29:25
Salvatore Babones joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss William Jennings Bryan, the populist tradition in American history, Donald Trump, and Babones's latest book: ”The New Authoritarianism."
Mar 22, 2019
American Priest with Rev. Wilson Miscamble
00:55:56
Author and Notre Dame priest-professor Wilson D. Miscamble tracks how Father Ted Hesburgh, longtime president of Notre Dame, transformed Catholic higher education in the postwar era and explores how he became a much-celebrated voice in America at large. Yet, beyond the hagiography that often surrounds Hesburgh’s legacy lies another more complex and challenging story. What exactly were his contributions to higher learning; what was his involvement in the civil rights movement; and what was the nature of his role as adviser to popes and presidents? Reverend Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C. joined the permanent faculty in the History Department at Notre Dame in 1988. He chaired the History Department from 1993 to 1998. He also served as Rector and Superior of Moreau Seminary (2000–2004), the principal formation site for the Congregation of Holy Cross in North America. Fr. Miscamble’s primary research interests are American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in twentieth-century U.S. foreign relations.
Mar 21, 2019
Aristopopulism with Patrick Deneen
01:06:45
In a liberal democratic age, two words are widely used to contrast what liberal democracy is not: aristocracy and populism. Yet, we have both political factions emerging today in new and caustic forms that pit an increasingly corrupt elite against an increasingly coarse and angry populace. Both are morally adrift and engaged in politics as an assertion of power, albeit for different reasons. While the current trajectory of the West would appear to be an ongoing and inconclusive battle between these two factions, classical political theory understood that only an appropriately mixed regime could correct and even elevate the shortcomings of an opposing faction. In an age in which monarchy and inherited titles are rightly suspect, is there nevertheless a prospect for a mixed regime in the modern age that goes beyond pitting elite against populace and vice-versa, and which might instead give rise to a fruitful combination? In this lecture, Patrick Deneen will envision the prospects for an ennobled aristoi and a more refined populace. He will at once acknowledge the persistence of class and inequality even in a democratic age (denying a path forward lies in a growing sympathy for socialism), but will propose that only a well-formed elite can support a humane condition of the populace, and only a well-formed populace can fruitfully restrain the hubris of a liberal elite and even orient them toward virtue. Through such a mixed regime, practices supporting a common good might emerge, correcting the core weakness of a liberal order designed to forestall such a possibility.
Mar 21, 2019
After Identity Politics - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3. 18. 19)
00:34:17
Mark Lilla joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss identitarianism in America and his book ”The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.”
Mar 18, 2019
The Future of Christian Marriage - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3. 8. 19)
00:30:34
Mark Regnerus and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss worldwide trends in marriage and Regnerus's forthcoming book: "The Future of Christian Marriage."
Mar 08, 2019
After the Flight 93 Election - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 1. 19)
00:34:58
Michael Anton joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss his recent book, ”After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote That Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose.”
Mar 01, 2019
Diversity Without Tears - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 22. 19)
00:31:49
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein interviews Darel E. Paul about his book ”From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage.”
Feb 22, 2019
An Unlikely Catholic Conversion - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 21. 19)
00:29:19
Abigail Rine Favale joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her book “Into the Deep,” a memoir recounting her journey from radical secular feminism to the Catholic Church.
Feb 21, 2019
Future of the Family - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 15. 19)
00:28:39
Glenn Stanton joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the work of Focus on the Family.
Feb 15, 2019
Bringing Civics Back - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 14. 19)
00:34:18
Peter Levine joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss voter turnout and civics engagement among young Americans.
Feb 14, 2019
The Hardest Course You’ll Ever Take - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 8. 19)
00:22:40
At Hillsdale College, Eric Hutchinson is teaching a humanities course that W. H. Auden originally designed and taught at the University of Michigan in 1941. Hutchinson joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss.
Feb 08, 2019
The Diversity Delusion - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 1. 19)
00:31:47
Heather Mac Donald joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her latest book, “The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.”
Feb 01, 2019
The Idol of Our Age - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 25. 19)
00:33:11
In this episode, Mark interviews Daniel J. Mahoney about his latest book, ”The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity.”
Jan 25, 2019
The Covington Catholic Debacle - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 24. 19)
00:30:23
Robby Soave and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss media dishonesty and what really happened between Nathan Phillips and the boys from Covington Catholic High School.
Jan 24, 2019
Joy at the March for Life - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 18. 19)
00:32:44
Kathryn Jean Lopez joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the March for Life 2019 and the state of the pro-life movement today.
Jan 18, 2019
The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 11. 19)
00:24:21
Father Thomas Guarino joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Guarino’s book “The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II: Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine.”
Jan 11, 2019
Lionel Trilling and the Great Tradition - From the Editor’s Office (1. 10. 19)
00:31:46
Michael Aeschliman joins Editor R. R. Reno to discuss the legacy of Lionel Trilling.
Jan 10, 2019
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 4. 19) - Recovering the Moral Imagination
00:34:06
On this episode, senior editor Mark Bauerlein talks classical education with Robert Jackson of Great Hearts Academies.
Jan 04, 2019
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12. 14. 18) - The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
00:32:12
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein chats with Richard Brookhiser about his new biography, ”John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court.”
Dec 14, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 12. 18) - Ivan Illich and “The Powerless Church”
00:30:05
Sajay Samuel joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the legacy of philosopher and Catholic priest Ivan Illich.
Dec 07, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 30. 18) - Victory at Veritas
00:31:52
Keith Nix joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss classical education and the work of the Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia.
Nov 30, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 21. 18) - Impure Play
00:39:34
Alexander Riley and Mark discuss Émile Durkheim on religion and Riley’s book “Impure Play: Sacredness, Transgression, and the Tragic in Popular Culture.”
Nov 21, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 16. 18) - Campus Confidential
00:33:23
Jacques Berlinerblau joins Mark to discuss his latest book: “Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students.”
Nov 16, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 9. 18) - Guardians of Culture
00:31:43
Claudia MacMillan joins Mark to discuss liberal education and the work of the Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
Nov 09, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 2. 18) - The Politics of Fear
00:32:42
Mark interviews Frank Furedi about his latest book, “How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century.”
Nov 02, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10. 26. 18) - Liberal Suppression
00:39:09
Mark and Philip Hamburger discuss Hamburger’s new book, “Liberal Suppression.”
Oct 26, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10. 19. 18) - Americans and the Arts
00:38:54
Sunil Iyengar of the National Endowment for the Arts joins Mark to discuss current trends in Americans’ engagement with theater, visual arts, music, and literature.
Oct 19, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10. 12. 18) - Lessons from Peter Damian
00:40:16
Charlotte Allen joins Mark to discuss the 11th-century monastic Peter Damian and what the Catholic Church today should learn from his “Liber Gomorrhianus.”
Oct 12, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10. 5. 18) - Looking for Fathers
00:31:46
C. C. Pecknold joins Mark to discuss the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
Oct 05, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 28. 18) - Conservatives and Moral Relativism
00:47:13
Hadley Arkes joins Mark to discuss why it’s a mistake for conservatives to adopt an absolutist position on free speech.
Sep 28, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 21. 18) - The Republican Workers Party
00:34:46
Mark interviews F. H. Buckley about his latest book, “The Republican Workers Party.”
Sep 21, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 14. 18) - Against a Naked Public Square
00:35:13
John Witte joins Mark to discuss the Cambridge Law and Christianity series and the relationship between law and religion.
Sep 14, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 31. 18) - Modernism and the Control of Nature
00:35:05
Michael Hanby joins Mark to discuss his 2016 First Things article “A More Perfect Absolutism.”
Aug 31, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 17. 18)- Preserving the Church of Saint Germain des Près
00:31:23
David Sheppe joins Mark to discuss the work of the organization American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Près Church
Aug 24, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 14. 18) - Renewal in Catholic Schools
00:34:42
Chris Weir and Elisabeth Sullivan join Mark to discuss their work with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, an organization dedicated to revitalizing Catholic schools through the classical tradition of the liberal arts
Aug 24, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 24. 18) - A Crisis of Credibility
00:35:50
Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, joins Mark to discuss the chief problems in higher education today.
Aug 24, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 3. 18) - Leo Strauss’s Catholic Readers
00:33:49
Geoffrey Vaughan, editor of the recent volume “Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers,” joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Strauss’s understanding of religion and Catholic Social Thought.
Aug 03, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 27. 18) - Who is Brett Kavanaugh?
00:36:36
Mark Movsesian joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Jul 27, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 20. 18) - Kennedy Retires
00:41:31
Matthew Franck joins Mark to discuss Justice Kennedy’s retirement, “NIFLA v. Becerra,” and the implications of the “Masterpiece Cakeshop” ruling.
Jul 20, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 13. 18) - The Fate of Classical Music
00:36:56
Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the state of classical music in America today.
Jul 13, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 29. 18) - Reno’s Books
00:33:42
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein asks editor R. R. Reno about the books that formed him in youth.
Jun 29, 2018
From the Editor's Office (6. 27. 18) - The Paris Statement
00:31:48
Matthias Storme and Diederik Boomsma join editor R. R. Reno to discuss the Paris Statement and the future of Europe.
Jun 27, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 22. 18) - Mary and the Art of Prayer
00:38:00
Rachel Fulton Brown joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her new book, “Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought.”
Jun 22, 2018
From the Editor's Office (6. 20. 18) - June/July 2018
00:25:35
In the inaugural episode of "From the Editor's Office," editor R. R. Reno discusses the June/July print edition.
Jun 20, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 15. 18) - The Dangers of Common Core
00:30:49
Mark and Nicholas Tampio discuss Tampio's book “Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy.”
Jun 15, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 1. 18) – Tragedy in Ireland
00:32:37
Fr. Peter Stravinskas joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Ireland’s abortion referendum. He also weighs in on recent events in Philadelphia, where the city government has cut ties with Catholic foster care providers that refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
Jun 01, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 30. 18) – Teaching Great Books in the Bronx
00:33:52
Hostos Community College professors Andrea Fabrizio and Gregory Marks join senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss teaching the great books to a diverse student body in the Bronx.
May 30, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (5. 14. 18) – Introducing the Classic Learning Test
00:31:04
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein is joined by Jeremy Tate, president and co-founder of the Classic Learning Test, to discuss the revitalization of standardized testing and American education.
May 14, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 30. 18) – Three American Poets
00:31:26
Mark Bauerlein discusses three poems about winter by American greats Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens.
Apr 30, 2018
The Theological Roots of Foreign Policy, Presented by Michael Doran
01:07:39
Michael Doran delivers the 2018 First Things Lecture in Washington, D.C. This lecture is also available in the pages of First Things and on firstthings.com.
Apr 12, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 4. 18) - The Dangers of Economism
00:31:06
Richard Spady discusses his essay "Economics as Ideology," published in the April 2018 issue of First Things.
Apr 04, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3. 21. 18) - Inside the Mind of Thomas More
00:48:08
David Oakley and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss Oakley’s book “Inside the Mind of Thomas More: The Witness of His Writings.”
Mar 21, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 27. 18) – In Praise of Bourgeois Culture
00:28:58
Amy Wax joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss how our society’s abandonment of bourgeois norms and values has resulted in widespread behavioral dysfunction.
Feb 27, 2018
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 12. 18)– The Administrative Threat
00:26:06
Philip Hamburger and Mark Bauerlein discuss Hamburger’s new book, “The Administrative Threat,” and the ways in which today’s administrative state curtails Americans’ basic constitutional freedoms.
Feb 12, 2018
Episode 35 – The Fall of Gender Neutrality (12. 23. 17)
00:42:03
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno talks with senior editor Julia Yost about the allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct that occupied Americans all this fall. Are we actually just re-learning that men and women are different? Then, Julia examines the function of nostalgia in the great American Christmas songs, especially those composed by Jewish songwriters.
Dec 23, 2017
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12. 18. 17) – Justice Kennedy and “Masterpiece Cakeshop”
00:33:59
Mark Movsesian and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss the Supreme Court’s oral argument session regarding “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.”
Dec 18, 2017
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12. 7. 17) – Failure of Fatherhood
00:41:18
Heather Mac Donald joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss how America’s high out-of-wedlock birthrate is at the heart of inner-city violence today.
Dec 07, 2017
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11. 9. 17) – The Decline and Fall of Catholic Schools
00:38:48
Peter Meyer joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the history of Catholic education in the United States from its heyday in the 1960s to its virtual dissolution in the twenty-first century.
Nov 09, 2017
Episode 34 – Reformation! (11. 2. 17)
00:39:40
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Senior editor Julia Yost talks with Carl Trueman about Martin Luther, the German monk who argued against the practice of indulgences, and in the process changed the world. Carl explains why Luther remains important, to Lutherans and other Protestants; whether Luther ushered in the secular age; which of the heroic Reformers would be best to be stranded on an island with; why Luther’s vernacular Bible was so revolutionary; how Protestants and Catholics of today should talk to each other; and more.
Nov 02, 2017
From the Print Edition: “The Myth of Scientific Objectivity,” by William A. Wilson (November 2017)
00:35:27
The purported objectivity of scientific inquiry is a damaging myth. Science has been ideologically captured since its birth, and “value-laden inquiry” is not a recent deviation but is rather fundamental to its successful practice. Read the text version here: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2017/11/the-myth-of-scientific-objectivity For more recordings of essays and articles like this, download the Audm app for iPhone.
Oct 27, 2017
Episode 33 – The Truth About Dogs (10. 25. 17)
00:45:34
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Senior editor Julia Yost talks with Leah Libresco Sargeant about Harvey Weinstein, whose record of sexual harassment and assault was an open secret in Hollywood for years. Is his exposure an indictment of the film industry, or of all of us? Then, editor Rusty Reno and senior editor Matthew Schmitz join Julia to discuss dogs—as pets, as “emotional support animals,” and as substitute children. Are they man’s best friend, or stalking horses for the culture of death? Julia circles back to these issues with special guest Lucy Reno.
Oct 25, 2017
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (10. 12. 17) – The Revolt Against the Masses
00:46:27
Fred Siegel joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the origins of contemporary conflicts between mass and elite in American history.
Oct 12, 2017
From the Print Edition: “Dress Up,” by G. Bruce Boyer (June 2017)
00:26:30
A society hospitable to the down and out will not be afraid to dress up. Read the text version here: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2017/06/dress-up For more recordings of essays and articles like this, download the Audm app for iPhone.
Oct 04, 2017
Episode 32 – A Song of Vice and Fire (9. 14. 17)
00:31:57
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Senior editor Julia Yost talks with former assistant editor Alexi Sargeant about HBO’s Game of Thrones. Subtopics include dragons and zombies, monarchy and neoconservatism—and the virtues and vices* of the most popular series on television. *Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Sep 14, 2017
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 6. 17) – Religion on the College Campus
00:24:11
Drew Trotter joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the renewal of religion in higher education through his work with the Center for Christian Study and its network of campus chapters.
Sep 06, 2017
Episode 31 – Welcome to Post-Christian Society (8. 25. 17)
00:50:32
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno talks with associate editor Julia Yost about the violence in Charlottesville. Rusty observes that racial unrest has changed since the Civil Rights era: The right has cribbed a sociopolitical critique from the left, and the left has learned paramilitary tactics from the right. The replications are ominous. Then, senior editor Matthew Schmitz talks with Julia about Convertgate, the recent dust-up in which liberal cradle Catholics instructed converts not to criticize the pope. Julia points out the incongruity of this spasm of liberal ultramontanism.
Aug 25, 2017
Episode 30 – Two Deaths in England (8. 10. 17)
00:45:46
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Associate editor Julia Yost discusses the death of Charlie Gard with Charles Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham and author of “Learning from Charlie Gard.” Camosy argues that the removal of Charlie’s ventilator constituted an act of euthanasia. We need to call this act what it is—as hospitals increasingly aim at the death by omission, on the basis of quality-of-life judgments. Then, Julia marks the 200th anniversary summer of the death of Jane Austen, with a reflection on sin and death in Austen’s novels.
Aug 10, 2017
Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (7. 31. 17) – Supreme Court Round-up
00:35:46
Mark Movsesian joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss recent cases appearing before the Supreme Court related to religious liberty. This is the first in an ongoing series of interviews on religion and culture.
Jul 31, 2017
Episode 29 – A Militant Church (7. 24. 17)
00:39:21
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno and literary editor Matthew Schmitz talk to associate editor Julia Yost about a recent article in the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. According to the authors, both of whom are advisers to Pope Francis, American Evangelicals and Catholics are warmongers and apocalyptic cultists bent on establishing a theocratic state. What does the article reveal about American religious conservatives—and about its authors? Then, Julia reflects on her experience reviewing Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell.
Jul 24, 2017
Episode 28 – A Toast to Silence (5. 23. 17)
00:41:55
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Matthew Walther, associate editor of the Washington Free Beacon, drops by the FIRST THINGS offices with a bottle of Louis Roederer non-vintage champagne. He talks with Matthew Schmitz and Julia Yost about his plan for champagne socialism, outlined in a recent review for FIRST THINGS—and why fake champagnes, like Barefoot Bubbly, are very, very bad. Then, Schmitz and Julia discuss The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, the new book by Robert Cardinal Sarah. Find out why The Power of Silence is impressing people, including the pope emeritus.
May 23, 2017
Episode 27 – Conservatism’s New Terms (4. 17. 17)
00:48:35
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno talks to associate editor Julia Yost about a shift in the terms that govern our political debates. He argues that the primacy once given to “freedom” in American conservatism now is given to “nationalism”—or should be. Then, literary editor Matthew Schmitz joins Julia to discuss a few recent news items: the curious case of Boston’s re-frocked priest; Mike Pence’s rules for a happy marriage; and the cautionary tale of the professor who practiced “radical inclusion.”
Apr 17, 2017
Episode 26 – Suburban Coercion (3. 31. 17)
00:29:15
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Literary editor Matthew Schmitz and associate editor Julia Yost discuss The Americans—the Cold War spy drama that raises the question, Whose approach to sex is more dehumanizing? The KGB’s, or the average American parent’s? Then, Matthew and Julia discuss John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress—the Puritan classic that, Matthew argues, anticipated all our American stories, whether we know it or not.
Mar 31, 2017
Episode 25 – Faith and Fatherhood on Film (3. 16. 17)
00:38:26
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Associate editor Julia Yost talks to junior fellows Veery Huleatt and Connor Grubaugh about The Shack—the bestselling novel by William Paul Young, now a major feature film. In it, a bereaved father finds his way back to faith. But an unorthodox vision of the Holy Trinity compels us to discuss: Is it best to imagine the triune godhead according to biblical tradition, or according to personal taste? Then, Julia talks to assistant editor Alexi Sargeant and journalist Leah Libresco Sargeant about Logan, the newest installment in Marvel’s Wolverine franchise. Themes of faith and fatherhood animate this film, in which we observe the maturation of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and of the superhero genre.
Mar 16, 2017
Episode 24 – Spirit and Form (2. 27. 17)
00:46:29
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno and associate editor Julia Yost are joined by Midge Decter in a conversation about Michael Novak, who died on February 17. A theologian, social theorist, sports fan, and member of the founding generation of FIRST THINGS, Novak saw his way through the neocon transition from left to right. In his masterpiece, “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism,” he made an influential case for the morality of free markets. Then, Julia talks with literary editor Matthew Schmitz about a feature article in the forthcoming April issue of FIRST THINGS: “Return to Form,” a defense of traditional Catholic liturgy by the distinguished German writer Martin Mosebach. Matthew also overviews his own analysis of the post–Vatican II class divide in Catholic liturgy and practice, appearing recently in the Catholic Herald.
Feb 27, 2017
Episode 23 – Life on the Line in Ireland (2. 14. 17)
00:48:20
Associate editor Julia Yost talks with Senator Rónán Mullen of the Irish Parliament about the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The Eighth Amendment, which guarantees the legal protection of unborn human life, is currently threatened by a repeal campaign. Learn about George Soros’s scheme to interfere in the affairs of a small Catholic country—and learn what Americans can do to help the pro-life cause in Ireland (hint: cherishlifeireland.org). Then, Julia gets editor Rusty Reno’s take on recent developments in Church, politics, sports, and fashion.
Feb 14, 2017
Episode 22 – This American Carnage (1. 29. 17)
00:38:30
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein talks with associate editor Julia Yost about Donald Trump’s first week in office, from the inauguration speech to the Women’s Marches to the March for Life. Then Julia conjures the spirit of the William Peter Blatty, who died earlier this month. They discuss The Exorcist—that very Catholic work of horror, for which Blatty authored both novel and screenplay.
Jan 30, 2017
Episode 21 – Silence & Sherlock (1. 13. 17)
00:53:44
On this spoiler-filled episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Associate editor Julia Yost talks with assistant editor Alexi Sargeant about Silence—the 1966 novel by Shusako Endo, newly adapted as a film by Martin Scorsese. Is the film better than the book? Will it win all the Oscars? Will it convert you to Death of God Theology? Then, Leah Libresco joins for a discussion of Sherlock, the BBC’s update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Great Detective, returning now for its fourth season. Is the series better or worse now than when it began? Is an iPhone cooler than a pocketwatch? Is Sherlock an addict, or isn’t he? What’s up with the fandom? And what do we want to see in the season finale?
Jan 13, 2017
Episode 20 – A Wonderful(?) Life (12. 22. 16)
00:40:46
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein and associate editor Julia Yost discuss the Christmas movie everyone either loves, or loves to hate—Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Points of contention include: whether Aristotle would approve of the film’s plot; whether Henry F. Potter’s banking practices would have forestalled the 2008 financial crisis; whether George Bailey should be blamed for American suburbia; and whether Jimmy Stewart’s voice can be tolerated. Plus: Learn how you can advance the FIRST THINGS mission during this season of giving. (Every time you hit the donate button, an angel gets his wings.)
Dec 22, 2016
Episode 19 – Therapeutic Culture (12. 13. 16)
00:56:17
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno introduces Philip Rieff’s The Triumph of the Therapeutic: The Uses of Faith after Freud. Published in 1966 and still fresh today, Rieff’s book (we particularly recommend the introduction) is the original and best critique of our therapeutic culture. Then, Senior editor Mark Bauerlein and associate editor Julia Yost discuss the 2016 season in college football.
Dec 13, 2016
Episode 18 – Post-Castro, Post-Truth (12. 5. 16)
00:53:40
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno talks with associate editor Julia Yost about the life, death, and meaning of Fidel Castro. 1:18 The enduring allure of the bearded revolutionary 6:45 Why young Cubans are post-Castro 15:16 The past and future of Cuban-American relations Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year for 2016 is “post-truth.” Senior editor Mark Bauerlein joins Rusty and Julia to discuss the wisdom and significance of this pick. 19:39 “Post-truth” as Word of the Year—yay or nay? 27:05 Post-truth politics as populist politics 37:35 Reality’s well-known liberal bias 42:13 The evolution of English: descriptivism vs. prescriptivism
Dec 05, 2016
Episode 17 – Poetry and Popery (11. 21. 16)
00:49:27
1:34 Poetry has gone viral on social media in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. Senior editor Mark Bauerlein and associate editor Julia Yost discuss what role poetry should play in public life, in this time of political tension and attention deficits. 30:12 Four cardinals have presented five ”dubia” to Pope Francis, concerning the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Deputy editor Elliot Milco talks with Julia about what this move portends, why schism remains highly unlikely, and why Cardinal Burke inspires so much schadenfreude in Catholic liberals. 46:40 A special Thanksgiving message from the FIRST THINGS editorial staff, courtesy of assistant editor Alexi Sargeant.
Nov 21, 2016
Episode 16 - Post-Election Roundtable (11. 12. 16)
00:44:06
On this episode of the First Things Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno, senior editor Mark Bauerlein, associate editor Julia Yost, and deputy editor Elliot Milco gather on the morning after Donald Trump’s election victory to sort out how it happened and what it means. 0:50 Shock, awe, and the failure of Big Data 8:00 Taking Trump seriously but not literally 11:20 Implications for the Religious Right and the Catholic Church 24:10 What happened to fusion conservatism? 33:50 Trumpism in the global and globalist context 37:25 A permanent Republican majority?
Nov 12, 2016
Episode 15 – Cowboys, Robots, and Private Eyes (11. 4. 16)
00:56:15
1:10 – Senior editor Mark Bauerlein explains how classic hardboiled detective novels turn boys into men. And he does it while maintaining the lines between high culture, popular culture, and mass culture. 28:40 – Associate editor Julia Yost talks to deputy editor Elliot Milco about the buzzy new HBO series Westworld. What is producer Jonathan Nolan trying to tell us about human nature? And video games? And porn? And prestige-drama fan theories?
Nov 04, 2016
Can the Religious Right Be Saved? Presented by Russell D. Moore
01:17:06
Now in its 29th year, the Erasmus Lecture brings world-renowned speakers to New York—including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Gilbert Meilaender, and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks—to address an audience of First Things friends and subscribers each year. The lecture also appears in the pages of First Things and on firstthings.com.
Oct 31, 2016
Episode 14 – Ashes to Ashes (10. 31. 16)
00:45:51
1:25 – Rusty comments on the Vatican’s new guidelines for cremation. Why has the Catholic Church traditionally favored intact burial? And why are people, including Catholics, increasingly opting for cremation? 18:30 – Alexi Sargeant reflects on the life and legacy of Jack Chick, the evangelical comic book artist who died last week. The “Chick Tracts” sought to scare people to Jesus—and away from Catholicism, Halloween, Dungeons & Dragons, and a few other things. What should we make of this earnest and inventive evangelist, who was also rather feverish and offensive? 30:55 – Mark observes the one-year anniversary of the Halloween horror show at Yale, when students lost their minds over culturally insensitive costumes. This year, college administrators across America are designing programs to prevent offense from being given or taken. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Mark argues that rather than micromanaging students’ social interactions, administrators should be offering positive moral guidance.
Oct 31, 2016
A Night of Poetry with Dana Gioia
00:52:39
First Things is pleased to host the second annual Poetry Reading with Dana Gioia. Learn more about this event at firstthings.com/poetry.
Oct 24, 2016
Episode 13 – A Day in Court (10. 24. 16)
00:34:08
Literary editor Matthew Schmitz recounts his day in a Manhattan jury pool. He failed to be selected for the jury, but he made many colorful friends. Now he argues, in the spirit of Tocqueville, for fewer plea bargains, more jury trials, and the death penalty. Then, Matthew talks to associate editor Julia Yost about his Back Page column in the November issue. He argues, in the spirit of Confucius, against the utilitarian ethos that prevails at elite universities. What would the Master say about Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy?
Oct 24, 2016
Episode 12 – A Catholic Spring? (10. 14. 16)
00:39:09
Matthew responds to criticisms of his New York Times op-ed, “Has Pope Francis Failed?,” and reminds liberal Catholics of their claim that liberalizing doctrine and rhetoric would bring alienated believers back to the Church. Plus: What do the three new American cardinals tell us about Francis’s agenda? Then, First Things staffers stage a dramatic reading of the Clintonites’ Catholic-themed emails, revealed by WikiLeaks this week. Matthew and Julia discuss the proper response. Finally, Bob Dylan has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Matthew reflects on Dylan’s legacy and achievements, and why Bill Gothard was right about secular music.
Oct 14, 2016
Episode 11 – American Caesar (9. 23. 16)
00:41:19
Helen Andrews provides some historical perspective on the choice Americans must make this November—between two styles of dictator, the personalist (Trump) and the clientelist (Clinton). She looks back on the last president who combined these two styles, as an illustration of how momentous a dictatorial presidency can be. Then, Matthew Walther previews a new edition of T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” a novel that contains more metaphysics, and less fantasy, than you think. Finally, Walther takes aim at E. B. White (no relation), explaining why “Elements of Style” is overrated and the passive voice is underrated.
Sep 23, 2016
Episode 10 – Against Gender (9. 16. 16)
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Remember that time Slate alerted the civilized world to our terrifying feature article on “gay denialism”? Michael W. Hannon was the author of that feature, “Against Heterosexuality,” and he sits down with Matthew and Julia to recall his bombshell and reflect on its consistency with his present life with the Norbertine Fathers. On sexuality and gender, he has opinions to spare. Facebook’s seventy-one gender options: Too much? Or not enough? Then Rusty joins, fresh off his victory (or was it?) in a debate over Catholic perspectives on immigration. Should our preferential option be for immigrants, or for those who are already our neighbors?
Sep 16, 2016
Episode 9 – Trigger Warning! (9. 9. 16)
00:43:26
Phyllis Schlafly, anti-feminist icon and foe of the Equal Rights Amendment, died this week. Rusty, Mark, and Julia discuss her legacy—with the help of their special guest, journalist and editor and all-around legend Midge Decter. Then, it’s time to head back to campus—and that means getting up to speed on the new rules for avoiding microaggressions. Is it still okay to say “you guys”? Rusty has sympathy for the special snowflakes; Mark and Julia have stories from the trenches.
Sep 09, 2016
Episode 8 – Mother Teresa, Ineffective Altruist (9. 2. 16)
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Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on Sunday. Why is her service to the poor so much more inspiring than that of secular “effective altruists”? Rusty and Matthew explain their takes, and Julia freaks out her colleagues by half-agreeing with Christopher Hitchens. Then: If you were the mayor of a French town with a beachfront, what would you do about the burkini? Think carefully, because “the soul of France” is in question. But does France have a secular soul, or a Christian one? Finally, Julia reads a famous passage from literature, containing a prediction about saints named Teresa. Rusty and Matthew try to source it. Maybe you can beat them!
Sep 02, 2016
Episode 7 – The Francis Effect? (8. 26. 16)
00:43:20
New survey findings from Georgetown University update us on rates of ritual participation among American Catholics. Do they show a “Francis Effect”? If so, is the effect positive or negative? Rusty, Matthew, and Julia discuss why millennial Catholics need more, not less, incense. Then, Broadway’s “Hamilton” is up for debate: Is it “a pack of tricks we play on the dead”—retrojecting multicultural ideology onto the Founding? Or does it benignly correct our postmodern suspicion of the American past? Assistant editor Alexi Sargeant and junior fellow Connor Grubaugh debate. Finally, the Marquis de Lafayette speaks through Alexi, rapping very fast about guns and ships.
Aug 26, 2016
Episode 6 – Asexual Millennials (8. 19. 16)
00:37:04
A surprising new study reveals that members of the Millennial Generation are avoiding sex—and for all the wrong reasons. Rusty, Mark, and Julia discuss the impact of careerism, pornography, and the fear of “catching feelings,” and what it all means for Christian morality. Then, Rusty uses the “Elephant Graph” to explain why, in this age of globalization, there is no longer a harmony of economic interests between elites in the West and the middle classes they are elected to lead. Can the nation-state survive? Finally, Rusty and Mark try to guess the authors of three aphorisms, each on the subject of “Youth and Age.”
Aug 19, 2016
Episode 5 – Is God Still Dead? (8. 12. 16)
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God was pronounced dead by Time Magazine fifty years ago—and now He’s deader than ever, according to Matthew Rose. Joining Rusty and Julia, Matt argues that our present age was heralded in 1966 by the Death of God theologians, who viewed secularity as the highest development of Christian ethics. Julia then interviews Rusty about his new book, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. Our culture is falling apart—which is good news and bad news, according to Rusty. Why is he optimistic that Christians will be the leaven in an increasingly decadent society? Finally, Julia hosts a game of “Stump the Editors” with Rusty, Mark, and Matthew. Play along and test your knowledge of literature! Musical credit: Dave Brubeck.
Aug 12, 2016
Episode 4 – NFP vs. Sex Ed (8. 3. 16)
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What can natural family planning teach you about the body that sex ed won’t? Catholic writer and "science nerd" Leah Libresco guests on this segment, as does her fiancé, assistant editor Alexi Sargeant. Then, why are Catholic and Evangelical Republicans parting ways over Trump? Leah crunches the numbers, and Rusty envisions life for religious conservatives during a Trump presidency. Finally, Matthew and Julia discuss this week’s news from Rome, and conclude that ordaining women as deacons not only makes no sense, but would set women back. Musical credits: The Losers, Chad Crouch.
Aug 05, 2016
Episode 3 – Death of a Country Priest
00:29:52
Was the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel by Islamic State militants an act of “absurd violence,” as Pope Francis suggests, or did it have clear religious motivations and implications? Matthew disagrees with First Things senior fellow Francesca Aran Murphy. Then, what are we to make of the two new vice-presidential nominees, each of whom is Catholic in his own way—Mike Pence the “Evangelical Catholic” and Tim Kaine the “Pope Francis Catholic”? Finally, Julia hosts a session of “Ask a Theologian.” Find out whether all dogs go to heaven, why the Pope Emeritus wears white, which way is liturgical East—and more! This episode features music by Sergey Cheremisinov, Scott Holmes, and Unthunk.
Jul 29, 2016
Episode 2 – Does Liberal Catholicism Have a Future?
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Liberal Catholics are growing impatient. What if Pope Francis fails to institutionalize his reforms? Editors Rusty, Mark, Matthew, and Julia discuss, and are politely opposed by their guest, Commonweal editor Matthew Boudway. Then assistant editor Alexi Sargeant drops in to evangelize for Pokémon Go. Finally, the editors reflect on the feelings of insecurity that seem to be motivating Americans in both parties (and no party) during this political season. Musical credits: “OST 01 Tutorial” by Sawsquarenoise, “Generic Falling Blocks Puzzle” by Mathgrant, “Shrine” by Visager, and “Final Sacrifice” by Visager. All four are used under Creative Commons licenses, which can be found with the full tracks at FreeMusicArchive.org.
Jul 22, 2016
Episode 1 – Inside the August/September Issue (7/15/16)
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Is Donald Trump a disciple of the power-mad Nietzsche, or of positive-thinking guru Norman Vincent Peale? Editors Rusty, Mark, Matthew, and Julia discuss. Then Carl Trueman Skypes in and disputes mildly with Rusty about the meaning of the recent "bigot-baiting" in Bakersfield, California. Finally, the editors are joined by attorney Darren Geist, a critic of Amnesty International's dehumanizing new policy on prostitution.
Jul 15, 2016
The Meaning Of Marriage: A Podcast with R. R. Reno
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The Meaning Of Marriage: A Podcast with R. R. Reno by First Things
Dec 07, 2015
Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying The Wisdom And Vision Of Carl F. H. Henry
00:26:44
Gregory Alan Thornbury was recently installed as the sixth president of The King's College of New York City. Before his appointment, he was professor of philosophy, dean of the School of Theology and Missions, and vice president for Spiritual Life at Union University in Tennessee. Thornbury is a senior fellow at the Kairos Journal and serves as a visiting professor teaching philosophy at Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole in Norway and at Southern Seminary. He is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Theological Society.
Aug 07, 2015
The Catholic Writer in America: A Podcast with Dana Gioia
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Dana Gioia may be best known to our audience for his essay in First Things last year entitled “The Catholic Writer Today.” The essay began with a dismaying regret that while 50 years ago one could scan the American literary scene and find Catholicism and Catholic writers playing a formative role, today that role has disappeared. As Gioia put it, “the religion of one-quarter of the U.S. population has retreated to the point of invisibility in the fine arts.” As you may imagine, the essay sparked heated responses both among First Things readers and in the literary world. In February USC and the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies hosted a conference on the topic, entitled “The Future of Catholic Literary Imagination,” and it included some of the leading Catholic writers and critics in America. Last month, Gioia sat down for an interview with First Things to discuss the topic.
Apr 02, 2015
Randy Boyogoda on the Thought and Character of Father Neuhaus: A Podcast
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​Randy Boyogoda’s biography of Father Richard John Neuhaus, ​Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square came out last month and has already received significant notice. A few weeks ago, Boyogoda himself took up a central theme of Neuhaus’ in an op-ed in the ​Wall Street Journal, underscoring the delicate relationship of religion and politics in the United States throughout American history. Last week, he sat down for an interview with First Things to continue the discussion of the life and significance of Father Neuhaus. We have recorded the discussion as a podcast, which you can listen to below.
Mar 23, 2015
Podcast: The Marriage Statement
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Podcast: The Marriage Statement by First Things
Feb 09, 2015
Raising Kids In A Digital Age featuring Mark Bauerlein on Relevant Radio
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Raising Kids In A Digital Age featuring Mark Bauerlein on Relevant Radio by First Things
Dec 08, 2014
Archbishop Chaput & R.R Reno on Spirit Catholic Radio
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Chaput details both the history of the threats and possible responses in “A Charitable Endeavor,” published in First Things (November, 2009). In their conversation about this essay on Spirit Catholic Radio, R. R. Reno and Chaput discussed militant secularism, the need for mediating institutions, and the historical collaboration between Church and state on issues of poverty.
Oct 08, 2014
R. R. Reno and Mary Eberstadt on Spirit Catholic Radio
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Mary Eberstadt and editor R. R. Reno discuss the current state of marriage on Spirit Catholic Radio. In 2009, there were a series of tell-all articles by women, published in New York Times and The Atlantic among others,that lamented the woes of marriage. Eberstadt, observing the trend, wrote up an analysis, “What Does Woman Want: The war between sexless,” published in the October 2009 of First Things.
Sep 24, 2014