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Podcast Profile: The New Thinkery

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212 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 64 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Political philosophy • Historical and Classical texts analysis • Guest scholars • Literature and film discussion • Philosophical themes in modern contexts • Socratic insights • Analysis of prominent philosophical works

The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to exploring political philosophy and its intricate connections to literature, film, and broader human experiences. Anchored by lively discussions, the podcast manages to strike a balance between the rigor of academic analysis and the relatability of casual conversations among friends.

Recurring themes include deep dives into the works of prominent philosophers and writers such as Leo Strauss, Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche. The hosts frequently engage with guest scholars to dissect complex texts, offering historical context and unpacking philosophical insights. A notable feature is the series on Leo Strauss' works, where the hosts systematically explore his enduring influence and critiques of modern political thought.

In addition to classical philosophy, the episodes often pivot to explore the intersections of philosophy with contemporary cultural artifacts. Films like Fritz Lang's "M" and Robert Bresson’s "A Man Escaped" are analyzed for their philosophical undertones and societal implications. The podcast also ventures into literature, breaking down seminal works like Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and works by Kafka and Dickens, focusing on themes of justice, power, and human nature.

Episodes are interspersed with discussions on the practical application of philosophical ideas to modern life. Topics like fitness and gratitude are explored from a philosophical angle, demonstrating the podcast's commitment to connecting theoretical ideas with everyday experiences. Discussions often return to the enduring relevance of ancient wisdom in contemporary governance and societal structures, examining how historical insights can inform present-day issues.

By covering a spectrum of topics from esoteric philosophy to mainstream cultural phenomena, The New Thinkery offers listeners a comprehensive view of political philosophy’s role in understanding both the past and the present.


Episodes:
CDC Reeve on Aristotle's Dialectic
2024-Jul-10
82 minutes
Paul Carrese on George Washington
2024-Jul-03
73 minutes
On Fitness
2024-Jun-26
62 minutes
Ariel Helfer on Plato's Letters
2024-Jun-19
80 minutes
Leo Strauss' What Is Political Philosophy?, Part III
2024-Jun-12
52 minutes
Leo Strauss' What is Political Philosophy?, Part II
2024-Jun-05
62 minutes
Leo Strauss' What is Political Philosophy?, Part I
2024-May-29
67 minutes
The New Thinkery at 200
2024-May-22
50 minutes
Marc Landy on America and Modernity
2024-May-15
80 minutes
Dustin Peone on Comedy and Philosophy
2024-May-08
70 minutes
Christopher Lynch on Machiavelli on War
2024-May-01
64 minutes
W. B. Allen on Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws
2024-Apr-24
62 minutes
Plato's Hipparchus
2024-Apr-17
59 minutes
Laurence Berns on Francis Bacon with Martin Yaffe and Nathan Dinneen
2024-Apr-10
70 minutes
Raúl Rodríguez on Strauss' View of Tocqueville and Nietzsche
2024-Apr-03
73 minutes
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act V
2024-Mar-27
54 minutes
Christopher Kelly on Rousseau's Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques, Part II
2024-Mar-20
38 minutes
Christopher Kelly on Rousseau's Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques, Part I
2024-Mar-13
47 minutes
Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped ft. Tom Cleveland & James Guess
2024-Mar-06
59 minutes
Douglas Kries on Augustine City of God
2024-Feb-28
75 minutes
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV
2024-Feb-21
51 minutes
Devin Stauffer on Leo Strauss' Natural Right & History, Chapter 5, Part 1 on Hobbes
2024-Feb-14
84 minutes
Kaishuo Chen on Confucius and Esotericism
2024-Feb-07
64 minutes
Xenophon's Apology
2024-Jan-31
53 minutes
Roundtable Discussion of Leo Strauss' Natural Right and History
2024-Jan-24
60 minutes
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act III
2024-Jan-17
50 minutes
Ronna Burger on Moses as Lawgiver and Founder
2024-Jan-10
82 minutes
Leo Strauss' Natural Right and History, Chapter 3
2024-Jan-03
69 minutes
Peter J. Ahrensdorf on Homer
2023-Dec-27
76 minutes
Dickens' A Christmas Carol
2023-Dec-20
76 minutes
Eric Adler on the New Humanism
2023-Dec-13
72 minutes
Tim Burns on Leo Strauss, Part II
2023-Dec-06
58 minutes
Tim Burns on Leo Strauss, Part I
2023-Nov-29
64 minutes
On Gratitude
2023-Nov-22
72 minutes
Kafka's In the Penal Colony
2023-Nov-15
56 minutes
Musings on Plato's Symposium Panel
2023-Nov-08
66 minutes
Fritz Lang's M
2023-Nov-01
60 minutes
Stripes & Coriolanus with B.J. Dobski
2023-Oct-25
64 minutes
Hesiod's "Works and Days," Part I
2023-Oct-18
55 minutes
Hannah Arendt's "Ideology and Terror" ft. Damian Jungerman
2023-Oct-11
60 minutes
Nasser Behnegar on Leo Strauss' Natural Right and History, Chapter 2
2023-Oct-04
82 minutes
Shilo Brooks on Nietzsche's "On the Use and Disadvantage of History for Life"
2023-Sep-27
75 minutes
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II
2023-Sep-20
52 minutes
Alex Priou's Musings on Plato's Symposium
2023-Sep-13
60 minutes
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I
2023-Sep-06
58 minutes
Jacob Howland on the Crisis of Higher Education and the University of Austin
2023-Aug-30
78 minutes
Ray Bradbury's The Veldt
2023-Aug-23
46 minutes
Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology
2023-Aug-16
63 minutes
Steven Hayward on David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"
2023-Aug-09
55 minutes
An Overview of Shakespeare's Hamlet
2023-Aug-02
60 minutes
Jacob Howland on Glaucon's Fate & Plato's Republic
2023-Jul-26
80 minutes
E. M. Forster's The Machine Stops
2023-Jul-19
64 minutes
Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor
2023-Jul-12
53 minutes
The Declaration of Independence
2023-Jul-04
64 minutes
Strauss on Euthyphro, Part II with Dr. Hannes Kerber & Dr. Svetozar Minkov
2023-Jun-28
87 minutes
Strauss on Euthyphro, Part I with Dr. Hannes Kerber & Dr. Svetozar Minkov
2023-Jun-21
63 minutes
Aristotle on Moral Responsibility (Nicomachean Ethics Book III.1–5)
2023-Jun-14
57 minutes
Eric Adler on The Big Lebowski
2023-Jun-07
47 minutes
Ortega y Gasset on Art with Daniel McDonald
2023-May-31
69 minutes
Charlie Thomas on Plato's Female Drama
2023-May-24
77 minutes
Eric Adler on Tacitus' Germania
2023-May-17
65 minutes
Thomas Cleveland on Aristotle's Metaphysics A 1–2
2023-May-11
75 minutes
Socrates as Family Man
2023-May-03
63 minutes
Spencer Klavan on Euripides' The Bacchae
2023-Apr-26
90 minutes
The Introduction to Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind
2023-Apr-19
65 minutes
Nietzsche on the Last Man
2023-Apr-12
69 minutes
Xenophon on Hunting with Dogs
2023-Apr-05
69 minutes
Leo Strauss' Natural Right and History, Chapter 1
2023-Mar-29
67 minutes
Jean Renoir's The Grand Illusion
2023-Mar-22
54 minutes
Jacob Klein's The Problem of Freedom
2023-Mar-15
58 minutes
Machiavelli's The Prince, Chapter 7
2023-Mar-08
49 minutes
Interview: Spencer Klavan on Diogenes Laërtius' The Life of Zeno
2023-Mar-01
80 minutes
Interview: Dr. Michael P. Zuckert on Lincoln's Views of Discoveries and Inventions
2023-Feb-20
60 minutes
Valentine's Day Love Poems
2023-Feb-14
49 minutes
Winston Churchill's Painting as a Pastime
2023-Feb-08
48 minutes
Aristotle's Politics 3.4
2023-Feb-01
59 minutes
Interview: Dr. Eric Adler on Plutarch's Life of Camillus
2023-Jan-25
53 minutes
Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones
2023-Jan-18
61 minutes
Interview: Samuel Stoner on Kant's What is Enlightenment?
2023-Jan-11
64 minutes
Interview: Dr. Bernard J. Dobski on Plutarch's Life of Themistocles
2023-Jan-04
65 minutes
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
2022-Dec-28
62 minutes
Interview: Dr. John Moser on It's a Wonderful Life
2022-Dec-21
61 minutes
John Locke on Property
2022-Dec-14
61 minutes
Interview: Dr. Waseem El-Rayes on Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah
2022-Dec-07
67 minutes
Interview: Lorraine Pangle on Aristotle & Natural Right
2022-Nov-30
69 minutes
Aristotle's Great Souled Man
2022-Nov-23
56 minutes
Democracy in America, Volume 2
2022-Nov-16
62 minutes
Interview: Dr. Gary Schmitt on High Noon
2022-Nov-09
64 minutes
Interview: Charles Butterworth on Al-Razi's Book of the Philosophic Life
2022-Nov-02
69 minutes
Happy Halloween from The New Thinkery!
2022-Oct-31
10 minutes
Edgar Allen Poe's Most Famous Works
2022-Oct-26
67 minutes
Rousseau on Heroic Virtue
2022-Oct-19
58 minutes
Interview: Professor Devin Stauffer on Hobbes' View of Human Nature
2022-Oct-12
65 minutes
Strauss' Natural Right and History, Part 1
2022-Oct-05
65 minutes
Interview: Tom Cleveland on Aristotle and Prophecy
2022-Sep-28
80 minutes
Interview: BJ Dobski on Thucydides' Archaeology
2022-Sep-21
80 minutes
Interview: Fereshteh Priou on Proust, In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1: Swann's Way
2022-Sep-14
62 minutes
Interview: Damian Jungerman on the Value of Great Books
2022-Sep-07
79 minutes
Herbert Storing's Liberal Education and the Common Man
2022-Aug-31
54 minutes
Interview: Jerry Weinberger on Ben Franklin's Autobiography
2022-Aug-24
68 minutes
Plato's Republic Book IV Through 429b
2022-Aug-17
65 minutes
Interview: Professor Adam Carrington on Fort Apache
2022-Aug-10
73 minutes
Leo Strauss' Crisis of Our Time
2022-Aug-03
61 minutes
Interview: Eric Adler on Plutarch's Life of Romulus
2022-Jul-27
71 minutes
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby
2022-Jul-20
52 minutes
Xenophon's Hiero
2022-Jul-13
67 minutes
Michael Anton on Montesquieu
2022-Jul-06
92 minutes
George Anastaplo on Television
2022-Jun-29
57 minutes
Interview: Dr. Paul Diduch on Technological Moderation
2022-Jun-22
79 minutes
Aristotle on Friendship ft. Producer Jake
2022-Jun-15
74 minutes
Plutarch's Life of Theseus
2022-Jun-08
57 minutes
Nietzsche on Truth and Lies
2022-Jun-01
56 minutes
Aristotle on Slavery
2022-May-25
56 minutes
Interview: Joshua Parens on Leo Strauss on Natural Law
2022-May-18
82 minutes
Winchester 73 | The New Thinkery Ep. 95
2022-May-11
50 minutes
The Noble Lie | The New Thinkery Ep. 94
2022-May-04
49 minutes
Interview: Steve Hayward on Weber's Politics as a Vocation
2022-Apr-27
56 minutes
Homer's Iliad, Books 1 and 2 | The New Thinkery Ep. 92
2022-Apr-20
51 minutes
Interview: Dr. Catherine Zuckert on Augustine's Confessions | The New Thinkery Ep. 91
2022-Apr-13
74 minutes
Interview: Dr. Lee Ward on Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost | The New Thinkery Ep. 90
2022-Apr-06
70 minutes
Interview: Dr. David Lowenthal on Orwell's 1984
2022-Mar-30
82 minutes
Grab Bag | The New Thinkery Ep. 88
2022-Mar-23
61 minutes
Interview: Professor James Carey on Indian Philosophy | The New Thinkery Ep. 87
2022-Mar-16
78 minutes
Plato's Republic and the Problem of Justice | The New Thinkery Ep. 86
2022-Mar-09
57 minutes
Hitchcock's Rope | The New Thinkery Ep. 85
2022-Mar-02
63 minutes
Interview: Diana Schaub on Lincoln's Lyceum Address | The New Thinkery Ep. 84
2022-Feb-23
80 minutes
Interview: Dr. Michael P. Zuckert on Lincoln's Statecraft | The New Thinkery Ep. 83
2022-Feb-16
78 minutes
Machiavelli's Four Most Excellent Princes | The New Thinkery Ep. 82
2022-Feb-09
52 minutes
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave | The New Thinkery Ep. 81
2022-Feb-02
60 minutes
Anna Schmidt on Maimonides' Letter on Astrology | The New Thinkery Ep. 80
2022-Jan-26
72 minutes
Aristotle's Politics, 1.1-2 | The New Thinkery Ep. 79
2022-Jan-19
71 minutes
Leo Strauss on German Nihilism | The New Thinkery Ep. 78
2022-Jan-12
55 minutes
Plato's Republic, Book I | The New Thinkery Ep. 77
2022-Jan-05
69 minutes
Interview: Harvey Mansfield on Machiavelli's Mandragola | The New Thinkery Ep. 76
2021-Dec-29
77 minutes
Hawthorne's The Christmas Banquet | The New Thinkery Ep. 75
2021-Dec-25
39 minutes
Dickens' A Christmas Carol | The New Thinkery Ep. 74
2021-Dec-22
76 minutes
Interview: Professor Richard Velkley on Heidegger and Nazism | The New Thinkery Ep. 73
2021-Dec-15
83 minutes
Interview: Dr. Christopher Burkett on Westerns | The New Thinkery Ep. 72
2021-Dec-08
81 minutes
Descartes' Discourse on Method | The New Thinkery Ep. 71
2021-Dec-01
67 minutes
Interview: Glenn Ellmers on The Soul of Politics | The New Thinkery Ep. 70
2021-Nov-24
88 minutes
Interview: Dr. Michael P. Zuckert on the Gettysburg Address | The New Thinkery Ep. 69
2021-Nov-17
82 minutes
Interview: Dr. Eric Adler on Battle of the Classics | The New Thinkery Ep. 68
2021-Nov-10
92 minutes
Introduction to Plato's Republic | The New Thinkery Ep. 67
2021-Nov-03
76 minutes
Interview: Dr. Justin Gottschalk on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein | The New Thinkery Ep. 66
2021-Oct-27
64 minutes
Interview: Jan Blits on Macbeth | The New Thinkery Ep. 65
2021-Oct-20
60 minutes
Mark Twain's Extracts from Adam's Diary | The New Thinkery Ep. 64
2021-Oct-13
64 minutes
Interview: Drs. Christopher Lynch and Nathan Tarcov on The Complete Tales and Poems of Niccolò Machiavelli | The New Thinkery Ep. 63
2021-Oct-06
77 minutes
Interview: Dr. Wayne Ambler on Tacitus' Dialogue on Oratory | The New Thinkery Ep. 62
2021-Sep-29
92 minutes
Interview: Nick Buccola on Frederick Douglass | The New Thinkery Ep. 61
2021-Sep-22
76 minutes
Interview: Ben Kleinerman on the Federalist Papers | The New Thinkery Ep. 60
2021-Sep-15
57 minutes
Aristophanes' Assemblywomen | The New Thinkery Ep. 59
2021-Sep-08
85 minutes
Interview: Dr. Laurence Cooper on Alcibiades' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 58
2021-Sep-01
75 minutes
Interview: Professor Steven Smith on Oakeshott's "Political Education" | The New Thinkery Ep. 57
2021-Aug-25
57 minutes
The Death of Ivan Ilyich | The New Thinkery Ep. 56
2021-Aug-18
69 minutes
Interview: Dr. Arlene Saxonhouse on Women in Plato's Republic | The New Thinkery Ep. 55
2021-Aug-11
85 minutes
Interview: Dr. Michael Grenke on Warspeak | The New Thinkery Ep. 54
2021-Aug-04
88 minutes
Aristophanes' The Clouds | The New Thinkery Ep. 53
2021-Jul-28
76 minutes
Socrates' Speech Continued: Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part VIII | The New Thinkery Ep. 52
2021-Jul-21
81 minutes
Interview: Dr. Joshua Parens on the Philosophy of Maimonides | The New Thinkery Ep. 51
2021-Jul-14
88 minutes
Interview: Dr. Thomas Cleveland on Minos | The New Thinkery Ep. 50
2021-Jul-07
83 minutes
Interview: Dr. Michael P. Zuckert on Abraham Lincoln | The New Thinkery Ep. 49
2021-Jun-30
71 minutes
Plutarch on Coriolanus | The New Thinkery Ep. 48
2021-Jun-23
50 minutes
Plutarch on Alcibiades | The New Thinkery Ep. 47
2021-Jun-16
65 minutes
Strauss' Persecution and the Art of Writing | The New Thinkery Ep. 46
2021-Jun-09
79 minutes
Interview with Bill Kristol | The New Thinkery Ep. 45
2021-Jun-02
81 minutes
Conrad's Typhoon | The New Thinkery Ep. 44
2021-May-26
56 minutes
Socrates' Speech: Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part VII | The New Thinkery Ep. 43
2021-May-19
61 minutes
Interview: Professor Jeff Sikkenga on Tocqueville | The New Thinkery Ep. 42
2021-May-12
66 minutes
Interview: Dr. Charles Butterworth on Alfarabi's Book of Religion | The New Thinkery Ep. 41
2021-May-05
60 minutes
Rousseau's First Discourse Live at ACTC | The New Thinkery Ep. 40
2021-Apr-28
90 minutes
Tacitus' Argicola | The New Thinkery Ep. 39
2021-Apr-21
52 minutes
Epictetus' The Handbook | The New Thinkery Ep. 38
2021-Apr-14
43 minutes
Special Announcement: The New Thinkery LIVE this Wednesday!
2021-Apr-12
3 minutes
Interview with Professor Michael Davis on Sophocles' Electra | The New Thinkery Ep. 37
2021-Apr-07
81 minutes
Agathon’s Speech: Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part VI | The New Thinkery Ep. 36
2021-Mar-31
52 minutes
Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols | The New Thinkery Ep. 35
2021-Mar-24
61 minutes
Pericles' Funeral Oration | The New Thinkery Ep. 34
2021-Mar-17
56 minutes
Philosophy and Film 2: Love and Death (1975) | The New Thinkery Ep. 33
2021-Mar-10
46 minutes
Aristophanes’ Speech: Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part V | The New Thinkery Ep. 32
2021-Mar-03
49 minutes
Interview with Professor Flagg Taylor on "Loss of the Creature" | The New Thinkery Ep. 31
2021-Feb-24
57 minutes
Interview with Professor Steve Hayward on Executive Power | The New Thinkery Ep. 30
2021-Feb-17
62 minutes
Francis Bacon's New Atlantis | The New Thinkery Ep. 29
2021-Feb-10
76 minutes
Interview with Professor Jan Blits on Shakespeare's Coriolanus | The New Thinkery Ep. 28
2021-Feb-03
67 minutes
Jonathan Swift's Battle of the Books | The New Thinkery Ep. 27
2021-Jan-27
54 minutes
Jacob Klein's The Idea of Liberal Education | The New Thinkery Ep. 26
2021-Jan-20
85 minutes
William James' The Moral Equivalent of War | The New Thinkery Ep. 25
2021-Jan-13
48 minutes
Interview with Professor Richard Velkley on Heidegger and Strauss | The New Thinkery Ep. 24
2021-Jan-06
68 minutes
Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part IV: Eryximachus' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 23
2020-Dec-30
57 minutes
Dickens' A Christmas Carol | The New Thinkery Ep. 22
2020-Dec-23
72 minutes
Aristotle on Virtue | The New Thinkery Ep. 21
2020-Dec-16
62 minutes
Winston Churchill on the Modern World | The New Thinkery Ep. 20
2020-Dec-09
57 minutes
Interview with Professor Robert Faulkner on Francis Bacon | The New Thinkery Ep. 19
2020-Dec-02
66 minutes
Special Edition: The New Thankery
2020-Nov-26
14 minutes
Plutarch's Life of Lycurgus | The New Thinkery Ep. 18
2020-Nov-25
72 minutes
Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part III: Pausanias' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 17
2020-Nov-18
53 minutes
Francis Bacon's Great Instauration | The New Thinkery Ep. 16
2020-Nov-11
55 minutes
The Nature of Foundings ft. James Ceaser | The New Thinkery Ep. 15
2020-Nov-04
61 minutes
Shakespeare's Macbeth | The New Thinkery Ep. 14
2020-Oct-28
72 minutes
Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part II: Phaedrus' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 13
2020-Oct-21
55 minutes
Aristotle on Courage | The New Thinkery Ep. 12
2020-Oct-14
66 minutes
Philosophy & Film 1: Zulu (1964) | The New Thinkery Ep. 11
2020-Oct-07
53 minutes
Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part I | The New Thinkery Ep. 10
2020-Sep-30
67 minutes
Interview with Prof. Robert C. Bartlett | The New Thinkery Ep. 9
2020-Sep-23
57 minutes
Plato's Gorgias | The New Thinkery Ep. 8
2020-Sep-16
61 minutes
Interview with Professor Charles Butterworth | The New Thinkery Ep. 7
2020-Sep-09
77 minutes
Teaching Political Philosophy | The New Thinkery Ep. 6
2020-Sep-02
69 minutes
Shakespeare's Measure for Measure | The New Thinkery Ep. 5
2020-Aug-26
70 minutes
Reading Plato | The New Thinkery Ep. 4
2020-Aug-17
70 minutes
Episode Image A Close Reading of Machiavelli's Prince Ch. 15 | The New Thinkery Ep. 3
2020-Aug-12
76 minutes
Episode Image Machiavelli's The Prince and Modernity | The New Thinkery Ep. 2
2020-Aug-05
66 minutes
Episode Image Averroes and al-Ghazali | The New Thinkery Ep. 1
2020-Jul-27
67 minutes
Welcome to The New Thinkery
2020-Jul-22
3 minutes