Chapter & Verse
By Scott Saul
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From UC Berkeley, a books-and-arts podcast about the cultural imagination — what Joan Didion once called the stories we tell ourselves to live. C&V delves into novels, nonfiction, poems, music, film, and other touchstones of our culture, with an eye to the spells they cast and the questions they raise. Sponsored by Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities and hosted by Scott Saul, Chapter & Verse features artists, critics, historians and journalists, with a guest list that radiates outward from the ranks of the Berkeley faculty to the larger cultural community of the Bay Area and beyond.
||CleanC&V #7: Hua Hsu & Jeff Chang on Music, Race & the Craft of Writing||Hua Hsu (The New Yorker) and Jeff Chang (We Gon' …||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC&V Ep #6: Namwali Serpell on "The Sack"||Novelist Namwali Serpell reads from, and explores…||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC&V Episode #5: Adam Hochschild on the moral drama of the Spanish Civil War||Historian Adam Hochschild discusses Spain in Our …||6/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC&V Episode #4: Mark Bittman on Writing and the Food Revolution||Mark Bittman -- a key player in 'how we eat today…||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC&V Episode #3: Katrina Dodson on Clarice Lispector, "Brazil's Kafka"||In this episode, Katrina Dodson reads two Clarice…||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC&V Episode #2: The Bible at Its Most Unorthodox||Here we discuss -- with Robert Alter, the Hebrew …||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC&V Episode #1: Yoko Ono's 1960s||In this episode we explore Yoko Ono's involvement…||12/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Off to a great start!
The topics covered are
eclectic in the best way -- covering areas I would never have the time to read about otherwise, but fascinating to learn about in an hour.
Saul also does a nice job having casual, yet smart conversations that allow experts to talk about what they know best, in a way that is accessible and interesting to someone (like me) with basically no knowledge of the topic.
off to a great start!
Chapter & Verse is eclectic in the best way possible — so far, covering topics that I would never have the time or wherewithal to stumble upon on my own, yet found myself fascinated by. Saul also does a nice job having casual, but very smart conversations with experts, giving them space to talk about what they know best in a way that is accessible to people (like me) who otherwise have little to no knowledge off areas like 60s feminist art or translations of the Hebrew bible. Looking forward to future episodes!
Eclectic, engaging conversations
Part of the attraction of this podcast is the range of topics: the host, Scott Saul, allows his eclectic interests and curiosity to guide his choice of subjects—Yoko Ono, obscure books of the Old Testament, the Brazilian modernist, Clarice Lispector. But what really makes this podcast is that Saul is such a great conversationalist—he’s an astute reader and critic in his own right, so his take on these subjects is always interesting, but he also finds really interesting guests, and he lets them talk.