12Dec

(Re-Post) Essay Chat #20 – Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem? (Sarah Waters)

IN THIS REPEAT - The first NEW essay chat podcast in FIVE years...about an essay Lewis wrote on Hamlet. Dr. Sarah Waters shares her familiarity with Shakespeare to help understand this shorter work. 

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"Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?" is an essay from the academic side of C.S. Lewis. However, even if you are less interested in this type of material, you will still find some useful information from what he discusses.
This is part of an occasional podcast series of "essay chats." Dr. Sarah Waters speaks with William O'Flaherty about the essay. Currently, Sarah is an honorary junior research fellow at the University of Buckingham.
While this essay was first given as a talk in 1938, it was also a lecture he gave in 1942 at the Annual Shakespeare Lecture of the British Academy. Currently, it can be best found in Selected Literary Essays. As with other "essay chats," the purpose of focusing on a single essay is to encourage you to read (or re-read) it and other essays by him that are often neglected.

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9Dec

(Re-Post) COMPLETE Walter Hooper Interview 2016

IN THIS REPEAT: My interview with Walter Hooper from summer 2016.




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The following is the complete interview (nearly 60 minutes) with Walter Hooper. It was recording in his home on July 20, 2016. As you likely know, Walter has been the central figure since the death of C.S. Lewis in making sure Lewis' writing that were published in his life were reprinted and also Hooper has edited the majority of material from Lewis that was previously unpublished. His C.S. Lewis - A Companion and Guide gives the best single volume summary of the works of Lewis and key facts about his life.
 

2Dec

(Re-Post) FPA / Max McLean (Screwtape) 2019 Interview

IN THIS REPEAT: An interview with Max McLean, founder of Fellowship for Performing Arts and creator of the acclaimed play adaptation of The Screwtape Letters.

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FPA-Max_McLean_2019_Interview.jpgFellowship for Performing Arts (FPA) is a not-for-profit production company founded by Max McLean. It is known for adapting The Screwtape Letters for the stage, but there are many other excellent plays they have done. In this podcast interview (recorded March 2019), William O'Flaherty spoke with Max about the Screwtape production, the other Lewis-related plays, as well as other shows FPA has done. Hear Max reveal that his adaptation of The Great Divorce will be touring again soon and other interesting details, like how C.S. Lewis dramatically impacted his own life. 

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28Nov

(Re-Post) The Hobbit - Movies vs. the Book, Part 2

IN THIS REPEAT: 

Here's the second part of a repeat discussing the book vs. the movies based on The Hobbit



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There is no shortage of opinions about the three films based on The Hobbit. Whether you love them or hate them, have you considered if they are can be considered good movies even if they are not faithful adaptations? Also, how close do they come to presenting the core themes of the book itself? In this second and final part part William O'Flaherty is again joined by Dr. Charlie Starr, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Brenton Dickieson to discuss whether or not one can still enjoy the movies despite their imperfections.

26Nov

(Re-Post) The Hobbit - Movies vs. the Book, Part 1

IN THIS REPEAT: The first of a two-part round table discussion of The Hobbit - The book vs. The movies




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In book form The Hobbit has been available for nearly 80 years, but the third and final movie installment was just released late last year. No one suggests the three films are perfect adaptations, but how far off do they really miss the mark? William O’Flaherty is joined by Dr. Charlie Starr, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Brenton Dickieson to discuss whether or not one can still enjoy the movies despite their imperfections. This FIRST of two part discussion starts off with considering whether or not the three movies as a whole are better than the individual parts.

22Nov

(Re-Post) The A – Z of C.S. Lewis (Colin Duriez)

IN THE REPEAT: Another great resource from Colin Duriez from a few years ago. 




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Many books came out in 2013 on C.S. Lewis (the 50th anniversary of his death). Two alone actually came from Colin Duriez. I’m repeating the interview I did about his second because my previous place of hosting my audio files no longer has it there. The book is called The A – Z of C.S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings. It takes an encyclopedic approach to the topic and thus provides a person to aspects of Lewis’s life and writings that might be left unnoticed. In this interview Colin provides details about the layout of the book and shares some selections from it.
 

18Nov

(Re-Post) Discussing Mere Christianity (Dr. Devin Brown)

IN THIS REPEAT: Details about an eight-week guide to Mere Christianity 




DiscussingMereChristianity.jpgSaying Mere Christianity is a book that has influence millions of people would not only be obvious, but also an understatement! Yet, despite it's a nearly universal appeal, there are those who have difficulty "getting into it." This might be because the material is over 70 years old (they were first radio talks in the 1940's) and they were mostly aimed at a British audience. That was part of the motivation behind the creation of Discussing Mere Christianity that is available as an eight-part video and study guide (each can be purchased separately or together). The DVD is hosted by Eric Metaxas and the study guide was written by Dr. Devin Brown. While not an in-depth study, it focuses on key aspects of Lewis's landmark book. Various experts lead the actual sessions that are just under 25 minutes. They are Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Jerry Root, Philip Yancey, Dr. Diana Glyer, Dr. Joseph Pearce and Dr. Devin Brown.

 

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14Nov

Essay Chat #20 – Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem? (Sarah Waters)

"Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?" is an essay from the academic side of C.S. Lewis. However, even if you are less interested in this type of material, you will still find some useful information from what he discusses.
This is part of an occasional podcast series of "essay chats." Dr. Sarah Waters speaks with William O'Flaherty about the essay. Currently, Sarah is an honorary junior research fellow at the University of Buckingham.
While this essay was first given as a talk in 1938, it was also a lecture he gave in 1942 at the Annual Shakespeare Lecture of the British Academy. Currently, it can be best found in Selected Literary Essays. As with other "essay chats," the purpose of focusing on a single essay is to encourage you to read (or re-read) it and other essays by him that are often neglected.

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8Nov

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 07 The Last Battle

IN THIS REPEAT: A discussion of THE LAST BATTLE, from the final installment of the series looking at each Narnia book.





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This is the seventh and final show in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Dr. Crystal Hurd and Paul Martin. Kevin Belmonte (author of The Quotable Chesterton, D.L. Moody: A Life and and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Last Battle. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. As noted above, this is the last episode in this series.
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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5Nov

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 06 The Magician’s Nephew

IN THIS REPEAT: Chatting about The Magician's Nephew from a podcast series on the Narnia books.




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This is the sixth of seven shows in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host is Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Lou Markos (author of On the Shoulders of Hobbits, Restoring Beauty and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Horse and His Boy. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time The Last Battle will be discussed with Kevin Belmonte. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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2Nov

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 05 The Horse and His Boy

IN THIS REPEAT: The Horse and His Boy is explored in the fifth of seven podcasts that discuss the BOOKS on Narnia. 



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This is the fifth in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Charlie Starr (author of Light: C.S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Horse and His Boy. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time The Magician's Nephew will be discussed with Dr. Louis Markos. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
  • The Story Behind the Story
  • Short Summary of the Book
  • Favorite Characters Discussion
  • Unique Aspects of this Story
  • General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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31Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 04 The Silver Chair

IN THIS REPEAT: A look at the fourth published book in the Narnia series, The Silver Chair.



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This is the fourth in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. David Downing (author of Into the Wardrobe and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Silver Chair. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Horse and His Boy will be discussed with Dr. Charlie Starr. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 

26Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 03 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

IN THIS REPEAT: It's another Narnia book focus! The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is discussed.




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This is the third is a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Will Vaus (author of The Hidden Story of Narnia and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Silver Chair will be discussed with Dr. David Downing. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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20Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 02 Prince Caspian

IN THIS REPEAT: While movie versions of the Narnia BOOKS are useful, let not forget how great the books books are...this show explores PRINCE CASPIAN.




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This is the second is a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this podcast had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Devin Brown (author of Inside Prince Caspian and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book Prince Caspian. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be tackled with Will Vaus. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)

16Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 01 LWW

IN THIS REPEAT: A special podcast devoted to the book version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe




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Back in 2013 I did a miniseries on The Chronicles of Narnia. For it there was one show for each of the seven books and a different special guest. Co-hosting with me for nearly all of the shows were Paul Martin from NarniaFans.com and Dr. Crystal Hurd.  Dr. Bruce Edwards discusses The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in this premiere episode. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next week Dr. Devin Brown will tackle Prince Caspian.
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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