Yesterday, I was interviewed by Matthew Mausner – the host of the “Left In Podcast.” Our conversation was a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere he creates in his podcast is conducive to real, honest conversation. We both believe that open conversations on podcasts can bring us to places we’ve never been. In today’s world – where most conversation is pre-digested though social and political group think – we are looking for something fresh and new. Like Socratic, wandering philosophers, we are looking for some kind of truth that can emerge out of dialogue.
The podcast is broken into two parts.
In the first part, we discuss my personal experiences in the academy. Has the new socio-politcal aspect that has become the lens through which to read most – if not all – subjects in the humanities? Has it overshadowed a lot of scholarship? What has happened to what once was called the “diversity of thought,” socratic conversations (in search of truth), and the importance of freedom and singularity in our institutions of higher learning? Is everything political?
In the second part of the podcast, we discuss a new kind of litmus test for testing the dogma circulating these days all around us. Laughter at oneself is the best place to start; it is the bar of all bars in our post-post-modern culture. Are people who can’t laugh at themselves our greatest challenge today?