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PZ’s Podcast: A Disease I Do Not Have the Courage to Name

EPISODE 239: A Disease I Do Not Have the Courage to Name

This Christmas cast is about communication between people, and God. Moreover, it’s about the cost of poor communication, which can be suicide, let alone habitual alienation. And the rich advantage of good communication, which can be the difference between life and death, let alone satisfaction and personal happiness.

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PZ’s Podcast: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

Episode 144: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff This is about the outer limits of compassion. Is it possible to have compassion that somehow doesn’t avail, or doesn’t work? Well, in principle, no. In practice, fairly often. No American playwright understood his characters more compassionately than William Inge, who died exactly 40 years ago. Inge’s prefaces to […]

Area 51 — PZ’s Podcast: William Inge

EPISODE 51 William Inge (1913-1973) was a Middle Western American playwright who wrote hopeful psychological plays about matriarchal small-town families under the stress of unexpected crisis. That crisis is often the intrusion of a male character whose sexual persona unglues the fragile artifice of a damaged family. Why Mockingbird — and PZ — for William […]

Episode 50 (!) of PZ’s Podcast: Human Nature

Sometimes I get so frustrated I could just scream, at the general portrait of human nature that one seems to get these days on almost every front. Whether it’s the innumerable “Commencement” speeches telling graduates to live their dreams, or the conviction stated by most of our public leaders that we can overcome our problems […]

My Son Is A Splendid Driver: William Inge on the Church and Alcoholics Anonymous

William Inge was an American playwright who wrote successful plays (and movies), such as Picnic, Bus Stop, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Splendor in the Grass. He was influenced by the Christianity of his childhood, and kept hoping it would ‘work’ for him. It didn’t quite, but he understood what the […]