Narnia from A to Z
By Hugh Duncan
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The world is full of mystery and joy. The writing of C.S. Lewis will help you recognize it. We will help you get to know the writing of C.S. Lewis. Find out how the ideas behind The Chronicles of Narnia relate to Lewis?s other work and why they?re meaningful today.
||CleanThis is Home||Take a behind the scenes look at “This is Home,” one of the songs from the Prince Caspian soundtrack, from a musician and the dad who used to read him The Chronicles of Narnia. Guests: Mark Foreman, author of Wholly Jesus Jon Foreman, musician, Switch||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZ is for Zoo||We think of the nature as a “resource.” Hear why C.S. Lewis would probably have chosen a different word to describe the natural world. Hear how his view of nature – influenced by his study of the Middle Ages – led him to some views of animals that||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanY is for Yggrasil||How did trees become such important characters in the fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? Guests: Louis Markos, author of From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Peter Schakel, author of Is Your Lord Large Enough: How||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanX is for Caspian X||Does the movie that opens today effectively capture C.S. Lewis’s novel Prince Caspian? Guests: Peter Schakel, author of The Way Into Narnia Colin Duriez, author of A Field Guide to Narnia Rilian, host of NarniaWeb Podcast Gymfan, contributor to Narniaw||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanW is for Wood Between the Worlds||The image that best captures the travel between universes described in The Chronicles of Narnia. Guests: Steven Yandell, assistant professor of English at Xavier University||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanV is for Valley of a Thousand Perfumes||One of the main characters from the first book in the Chronicles is absent from the last book. Does this character’s drift away from the world of Narnia betray some kind of prejudice Lewis had against women, or is there a different point? Guests: Robert||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanU is for Universalism||Are the world’s religions just different paths to the same God? Would a loving God send people to Hell? What did C.S. Lewis believe about these things? Guests: Kurt Bruner, co-author of Finding God in the Land of Narnia Robert Velarde, author of A Conv||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanT is for Turkish Delight||If some movie studios had gotten their way, we would have seen Edmund being tempted by a cheeseburger in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In the book by C.S. Lewis (and the version of the movie that was eventually made) Edmund is tempted by a candy t||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS is for Shadowlands||How do you imagine Heaven? C.S. Lewis invites you to expect more from eternity than floating on a cloud, strumming a harp. Guests: Phil Vischer, author of Me, Myself and Bob; Screenwriter and co-producer of The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything Jerry Walls||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanR is for Reepicheep||The most courageous of C.S. Lewis’s talking animals is also one of the smallest. Consider why this contrast works so well, as we look at one of the most beloved characters in The Chronicles of Narnia. Guests: Marjorie Lamp Mead, co – author of A Reade||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ is for Quiddity||Familiar objects your see every day are actually great treasures. There is a wonder to the “thingness” of things that C.S. Lewis will help you recognize. Guests: Jerry Walls, editor of C.S. Lewis as Philosopher Peter Schakel, author of Is Your Lord L||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanP is for Plato||The picture we get of Heaven in C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle owes a lot to the philosopher, Plato. He suggested that all the things we see around us are just shadows – they aren’t really real. Plato affects the way many people interpret the Bible, w||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanO is for Ogre||What exactly is an ogre? Hear a brief explanation, along with an analysis of the work of a film director known for his work with ogres, Andrew Adamson. How did he do directing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Is there anything in the movie you wish h||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanN is for Numinous||Why do we think of the words “awful” and “awesome” so differently? C.S. Lewis and our guests invite you to think about the opposing responses we should have toward things that are holy. And, was J.R.R. Tolkien inspired by a twentieth – century w||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanM is for Miracle (and Mermaids)||Hear the connection between one of C.S. Lewis’s most challenging books and his most accessible. Explore his fictional connection between disconnected worlds, including the worlds of sea and land. Guests: David Downing, author of Into the Wardrobe Music||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanL is for Lion||Does it ever seem like the most colorful, interesting characters in books or movies are the villains? Depicting a character as both interesting and good can be very difficult. Hear how C.S. Lewis did it as we explore one of the most – quoted phrases fro||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanK is for Kirke||Explore the logic and imagination that existed simultaneously in C.S. Lewis. It’s rare to find someone who approaches writing with such a balance of wonder and intellect. It could be that the ability to combine the two made C.S. Lewis the greatest apolo||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJ is for Joy||If one word could sum up all of the writings of C.S. Lewis, it might be “joy.” For him, this word described more than pleasant emotions, but conveyed a sense of longing for something outside this world. Hear more about this idea that influenced so muc||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI is for Inklings||Plans have been announced for a Peter Jackson - produced film adaptation of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel that introduced Middle Earth and led into the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. C.S. Lewis heard and critiqued parts of The Hobbit when the two write||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanH is for Hwin||Find out what two horses can show you about the battle between pride and humility that goes on in your heart. It’s a discussion about two characters from The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. Guests: Paulo Ribeiro, Professor of Electrical Engineering at||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanG is for Generosity||Find out why C.S. Lewis once described life as “a bumpy bed in a bad hotel.” Lewis’s godson, Laurence Harwood, shares a side of the author most of us have never known, explaining how Lewis used a lot of the income from his successful books. Guests:||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanF is for Faun||Hear how The Chronicles of Narnia began with a single image that came to C.S. Lewis while walking in a snowy wood. Guests such as Paul Ford and Colin Duriez also address the question, “In what order should I read The Chronicles of Narnia?” Guests: Co||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE is for Eustace||One of the most moving images in The Chronicles of Narnia involves a dragon trying to scratch off his own skin. Guests: David Downing, author of Into the Wardrobe Dan Allender, author of To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future Phil Vischer, writer||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanD is for Door||The Chronicles of Narnia begins and ends with stories of magic doorways. Why is this image so significant to these books? Guests: Peter Schakel, author of The Way Into Narnia Steven Yandell, assistant professor of English at Xavier University Louis Marko||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC is for Calormen||Some present - day critics accuse C.S. Lewis of prejudice. Hear a discussion about the fairness of this accusation, and find out why one of Narnia's beloved heroes could have been named after a brand of cigarettes. Guests: Paulo Ribeiro, Professor of Eng||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Insightful and interesting - couldn't stop listening!
This podcast is a wonderfully varied and fascinating look at the world of Narnia and it's creator, C.S. Lewis. In fact, a lot of the focus is on Lewis and his inspiration and goal in creating Narnia. The topics are discussed through interviews of popular authors, musicians, important people from the animation and film industry, and even other podcasters. The explanation of some of the mythology, philosophy, and theology behind Narnia is engaging and gives a much deeper appreciation and respect for the books and author. Highly recommended for fans of all C.S. Lewis' work, not just Narnia. Don't let the wandering in the first episode confuse you, the editing once you get into the actual letters is excellent! I downloaded and listened to A through W all in one day!
i used to be obsessed w/ this movie, so i got everything having to do with it! they should put the movies on iTunes!!!!
Episodes 'A is for Allegory' and 'B is for Bacchus'??
Narnia fans should definitely get this podcast. It looks into CS Lewis himself as well as the books... My personal favorite I think has gotta be the 'I is for Inklings' episode, where it covers Lewis' literary group that he held in his house (they would also often go to a pub called the Eagle and the Child) called the Inklings. In case you didn't know, JRR Tolkein was one of Lewis' best friends at some point in life, and he was at the meetings. Tolkein and Lewis in the same room *GENIUS MOMENT* *laffs* T is for Turkish Delight! ^^ Did you know some movie producers wanted Edmund to be tempted by a cheeseburger? LOL!! Anyway, this is a GREAT podcast, and his other podcast, Nuclearity, sounds great, too (I started to preview one of the episodes but didn't finish... it was time for dinner lol. Also he talks a lot about it during Narnia from A to Z) Thanks much for bringing us Narnia fans something new, refreshing, interesting, and satisfyingly in line with the ideas of Narnia fans themselves (I find myself agreeing with everything Hugh Duncan says!). Keep up the good work! One thing... no A or B :( I looked for those on nuclearity.org and found them, but I'd love to have them on my itouch in case they mysteriously disappear from there... Thanks again! -*my name is none of your business* Narnia fan!