By Greg Beam
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A podcast about art and its role in our lives. Artist and armchair aesthetic philosopher Greg Beam probes various topics in the arts, asking how art both reflects and shapes our perceptions of the world.
||CleanChoices | In the Waiting Room | Appetite for Distraction||The Hero's Journey, as described by Joseph Campbell, is one of the most influential ideas in modern storytelling. Every Hero's Journey starts with a call to adventure. But what happens when the call is confusing or contradictory... or when it never...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBoundaries||On Film and Moral Philosophy||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBoundaries Preview||After a bit of a delay, Episode 6: Boundaries, will be landing soon. In this episode, we wade into some of the murkiest terrain in modern moral philosophy, seen through the lens of movies. Forget your grandparents' moral dilemmas -- we're talking...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrames||Screenwriter Charlie Kaufmann couldn't figure out how to tell the story he was trying to tell... until he figured out how to frame it. A story about adaptations (framed as a story about frames), with reference to Stephen Belber, Richard Linklater,...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Rambo Effect | Heroes Part II||First Blood, the first installment in the iconic Rambo franchise, was released 35 years ago this fall. In this episode, I take a look at how the franchise has both reflected and influenced American culture--and question both the ethical and...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Dies Hardest | Heroes Part I||Eric Poulin, host of the political podcast The People's Soapbox, takes a look at the classic 1988 action movie Die Hard, asking what its development and continued popularity tell us American cultural--both then and now. Also, Eric and I...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterpretations||What do Anton Chekhov, Dr. Seuss, and Bruce Springsteen have in common (aside from similar haircuts)? Their work has been misunderstood and misconstrued--whether they knew it or not. Episode two kicks off a four-episode mini-arc about the ethics and...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLong Arcs||For our first episode, we zoom out to look at the long arcs of artistic expression. Bring to mind a painting. Then bring to mind a piece of instrumental music. Chances are, the painting depicts something in the world, while the musical piece doesn't....||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLong Arcs Bonus Material||Extended Interview with Melissa Warak||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Two Preview||Chekhov's Discontent||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Philosophy and Art
"There are more things in heave and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy." If you like philosophical persepctive on art, that's also still hip and funny, this is your jam. This guy has a way of bringing famous philosophical concepts to movies, art and other pop culture. Super smart. Very funny. Extremely charming. Good stuff.
I really enjoy this podcast! The subject matter is incredibly thought provoking, and the production is very high-quality. I'll be thinking about this podcast's topic all day now.