16Oct

Most Reluctant Convert Movie (Max McLean)

MRC_Movie_Max_McLean_Interview9zjpk.jpgFellowship for Performing Arts (FPA) has produced its first movie (in conjunction with 1A Productions). Hear Max McLean talk with William O'Flaherty about the motion picture in this podcast interview. The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, stars Max and is an adaption of his popular stage play. The Movie debuts in the US on November 3, 2021.
Max addresses the question of why only one night and when it will be shown in other places, as well as talking about the process of making the film in Oxford and how Norman Stone (the Director) helped make The Most Reluctant Convert a reality. 

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15Oct

(Re-Post) The Heart of Light (Dr. Charlie Starr)

IN THIS REPEAT: I usually don't stray too far from material related to Lewis, but here's somewhat of an exception. A fictional work by a Lewis scholar that had inspiration from him.


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I'm sharing an interview from respected C.S. Lewis scholar Dr. Charlie Starr, but it's not directly about Lewis. However, Charlie does announce news about upcoming articles related to Lewis towards the end of the show. However, the main focus is on a brand new fictional book that is influenced in part by Lewis and done in the vein of his Science Fiction trilogy. The book is called The Heart of Light: A Tale of Solomon Star and it is the first of what should be many great adventures. This is also different in another way, I had Dr. Crystal Hurd, a frequent guest on All About Jack conduct the interview. As you may remember she actually did another interview for me in 2013. It was a brief visit with Dr. Malcolm Guite.

 

13Oct

(Re-Post) An Evening with C.S. LEWIS (David Payne)

IN THIS REPEAT: Learn about David Payne and the variety of plays he has done, including "An Evening with C.S. Lewis."

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Evening_w_CSL_David_Payne_79eon.jpgMany people wish they could meet someone famous like C.S. Lewis in order to learn about their life firsthand. But, because he died back in 1963 (on the same day U.S. President Kennedy was killed) that's not possible, or is it? The following is a podcast interview with David Payne who has portrayed Lewis on stage for over 20 years. "An Evening with C.S. Lewis," is actually only one of several plays David has produced (follow the link to his main website to learn about the others). David covers Lewis's life in an entertaining way and has done over 1,000 performances of the one-man show. 

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11Oct

Faun‘s Bookshelf Mini-series - Episode 5

Fauns_Bkshelf_Mini_-_59xoju.jpgThe following is the fifth show in a mini-series of podcast interviews on The Faun's Bookshelf. The previous episode gave you an overview of the last half of the book. This show goes into more detail about the third part of the book; chapters seven to nine. As before, Dr. Charlie Starr, the author of The Faun's Bookshelf returns to talk with Dr. Sarah Waters and William O'Flaherty. In this episode you will gain a better understanding of how Lewis's views on myth changed over time, the difference between allegory and myth, and whether or not man should be considered a myth. 

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9Oct

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis at Home (Christian History magazine)

IN THIS REPEAT: A recent preview about the forthcoming magazine Christian History issue on C.S. Lewis (new for 2021). 

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CHI_-_CSL_at_Home61chv.jpgThe magazine Christian History usually releases four issues a year and it has been a while since they did an entire magazine just on C.S. Lewis. This podcast interview with Dr. Jennifer Woodruff Tait explores their new for 2021"C.S. Lewis at Home." As the title suggests, the focus is on the home life of Lewis, so the spotlight is more on his family; his brother Warnie, his wife, Joy, and his parents. Articles written in this issue include those by Crystal Hurd, Paul E. Michelson, Abigail Santamaria, Harry Lee Poe, Andrew Lazo, and Joe Ricke.

6Oct

(Re-Post) From Spare Oom to War Drobe (Katherine Langrish)

IN THIS REPEAT: An interview with Katherine Langrish about From Spare Oom to War Drobe.

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Spare_Oom_Langrish_8m114.jpgDo you remember what it was like reading one of the Narnia stories as a child? Was it twenty, thirty, or more years ago? Award-winning author Katherine Langrish (whose works include the Viking Trilogy) vividly remembers reading her first Narnia adventure when she was nine years old. She shares her thoughts in this podcast interview with guest host Dr. Sarah Waters. Learn why The Chronicles of Narnia plays such a special place in Katherine's heart as she reflects on each of the stories in her book and highlights of these thoughts are in this interview. Special thanks to Sarah for hosting this podcast episode.

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4Oct

Faun’s Bookshelf Mini-series – Episode 4

Fauns_Bkshelf_Mini_-_47ue58.jpgThe following is the fourth show in a mini-series of podcast interviews on The Faun's Bookshelf. The previous episode went into detail about chapters four to six of the book. This show provides an overview of the last half of the book (chapters seven to twelve). As before, Dr. Charlie Starr, the author of the book returns to talk with Dr. Sarah Waters and William O'Flaherty. Get a taste of how myth is defined, what monks have to do with Narnia, and how Lewis view "the North."

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2Oct

(Re-Post) Faun‘s Bookshelf Mini-series - Episode 3

IN THIS REPEAT: The third episode in the six-part series on The Faun's Bookshelf. Part FOUR releases 10/4/21.

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Fauns_Bkshelf_Mini_-_3a0qh2.jpgThis is the third show in a mini-series of podcast interviews on The Faun's Bookshelf. The previous show went into detail about chapters one to three of the book. This episode goes in-depth into chapters four to six (the second part of The Faun's Bookshelf, entitled "Narnian Reality, Terran Myth.") As before, Dr. Charlie Starr, the author of the book is back to talk with Dr. Sarah Waters and William O'Flaherty. Be prepared to learn about The Life and Letters of Silenus, why fauns are men and nymphs are women (and what that means), as well as "Why Sylvan Myths Matter."

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1Oct

(Re-Post) Faun‘s Bookshelf Mini-series - Episode 2

IN THIS REPEAT: The second episode in the six-part series on The Faun's Bookshelf. 

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Fauns_Bkshelf_Mini_-_2885kb.jpgThis is the second show in a mini-series of podcast interviews on "The Faun's Bookshelf." The previous show provided an overview of first half of the book and this episode dives deeper into chapters one to three (part one of the book, "Folios and Fauns"). As before, Dr. Charlie Starr, the author of the book is back to talk with Dr. Sarah Waters and William O'Flaherty. Learn about "the making of many (fake) books," "fauns and their fantasies" and the possibility that myths could be real. 

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30Sep

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis at War Interview (Paul McCusker) 2016r

IN THIS REPEAT: Lewis was a veteran of WWi and he was informally involved in WWII. Learn more about the in this interview with Paul McCusker.

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Paul McCusker is the Creative Director at Focus on the Family. Many know him for his involvement in Adventures in Odyssey where he has written over 300 shows; and of course he helped create the Radio Theatre Production of The Chronicles of Narnia. In 2013, they released C.S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity. This is the focus on this podcast with William O'Flaherty.

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27Sep

An Evening with C.S. LEWIS (David Payne)

Evening_w_CSL_David_Payne_79eon.jpgMany people wish they could meet someone famous like C.S. Lewis in order to learn about their life firsthand. But, because he died back in 1963 (on the same day U.S. President Kennedy was killed) that's not possible, or is it? The following is a podcast interview with David Payne who has portrayed Lewis on stage for over 20 years. "An Evening with C.S. Lewis," is actually only one of several plays David has produced (follow the link to his main website to learn about the others). David covers Lewis's life in an entertaining way and has done over 1,000 performances of the one-man show. 

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24Sep

(Re-Post) Teaching Screwtape to a New Generation (Brenton Dickieson)

IN THIS REPEAT: Another "Screwtape" feature. This one is not an interview, but a short talk.




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Various editions of The Screwtape Letters was released over the years during the month of February. In light of that an encore of a previous podcast related to Screwtape is posted today. Back in 2012 Brenton Dickieson was one of several individuals who read a paper at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University.  For his presentation he read the highlights of  "The Pedagogical Value of The Screwtape Letters for a New Generation" (see link below to read the complete paper). He also shared a Prezi presentation during the talk (that you can watch by following the link below).

 

22Sep

(Re-post) Discussion of Tolkien Biopic (Glyer and Dickieson)

IN THIS REPEAT: The DVD/Blu-Ray of Tolkien is OUT! Here are some reflections on just the movie release with Diana Glyer and Brenton Dickieson.

Tolkien_Biopic_Diana_and_Brenton_.jpgIn May 2019 a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien, simply entitled Tolkien was released. While there has been no shortage of opinions on the film, I wanted to add some thoughts on it for those who follow this podcast. Two guests join me to share a hopeful perspective about the movie while acknowledging its shortcomings. They are Dr. Diana Glyer, a respected scholar on Tolkien and Lewis, and Brenton Dickieson who is a Lewis scholar nearing his completion of Ph.D. studies on Lewis.

 

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20Sep

From Spare Oom to War Drobe (Katherine Langrish)

Spare_Oom_Langrish_8m114.jpgDo you remember what it was like reading one of the Narnia stories as a child? Was it twenty, thirty, or more years ago? Award-winning author Katherine Langrish (whose works include the Viking Trilogy) vividly remembers reading her first Narnia adventure when she was nine years old. She shares her thoughts in this podcast interview with guest host Dr. Sarah Waters. Learn why The Chronicles of Narnia plays such a special place in Katherine's heart as she reflects on each of the stories in her book and highlights of these thoughts are in this interview. Special thanks to Sarah for hosting this podcast episode.

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17Sep

(Re-Post) Faun‘s Bookshelf Mini-series - Episode 1

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IN THIS REPEAT: The first episode in the six-part series on The Faun's Bookshelf. 

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This is the first show in a mini-series of podcast interviews on "The Faun's Bookshelf." Previously a single interview was done with the author, Dr. Charlie Starr (see link below to hear it). Dr. Sarah Waters joins William O'Flaherty as a guest co-host to help explore "why myth matters" from the perspective of C.S. Lewis. The debut episode provides an overview of the first half of Charlie's book and includes understanding why myths are worth exploring and how Lewis used them as a gateway to knowing truth.

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