Avi's Conversational Corner

A podcast on culture, history, and politics in a broad perspective

About the show

Welcome! Here I will talk to a range of people on issues which interest me and I hope you, from religious slogans and wargaming to deeper political ideas to forgotten historical episodes. Bring up a chair, get comfortable, and enjoy!

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  • Episode 27 (Stumbling Collosus, 6): The Gilded Supreme Court

    February 28th, 2022  |  32 mins 31 secs

    Professor David Bernstein discusses the legal thinking of an often misunderstood Supreme Court ruling, and the "road not taken" in constitutional jurisprudence.

  • Episode 26 (Stumbling Collosus, 5): The US Army

    February 21st, 2022  |  36 mins 31 secs

    Professor Wayne Hsieh discusses the importance and struggles of the American Army throughout our era, including funding, training, and different kinds of missions.

  • Episode 25 (Stumbling Colossus, 4): Gold in the Hills

    February 7th, 2022  |  50 mins 22 secs

    Dr. Bob Hutton discusses the politics, society and economy of Appalachia in the Gilded and Progressive Ages.

  • Episode 24 (Stumbling Colossus, 3): Gilded, Dusty Texas

    January 31st, 2022  |  52 mins 15 secs

    Dr. Brian Cervantez discusses the diversity and change, ethos and mythos of Gilded and Progressive Age Texas.

  • Episode 23 (Stumbling Colossus, 2): For God and Country

    January 19th, 2022  |  42 mins 44 secs
    cities, gilded age, midwest, politics, race

    Dr. Miles Smith discusses how Protestant America went from elation at the end of the Civil War to dread over their future at the end of WWI.

  • Episode 22 (Stumbling Colossus, 1): The WASPs

    January 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 2 mins
    antisemitism, higher education, politics, protestantism, race

    Professor Samuel Goldman discusses the rise, fall, and legacy of one of America's great self-appointed elites.

  • Episode 21: Teaching the Founding Fathers

    December 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    1619 project, enlightenment, founding fathers

    Dr. Jay Cost discusses the pros and cons of the Founding Fathers and the American experiment more generally.

  • Episode 20: Conservatives and the University

    November 22nd, 2021  |  44 mins 3 secs

    Professor James Patterson discusses the challenges of conservative teachers and students in existing and potentially new universities.

  • Episode 19: Obedience in Our Time

    November 8th, 2021  |  44 mins 59 secs
    antigone, aristotle, just war theory, macintyre, obedience

    Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin discusses the meaning and imperative of obedience and morality in a postmodern age.

  • Episode 18: The Life, Death, and Future of Small Town America

    August 10th, 2021  |  30 mins 2 secs
    albany, carpet industry, mohawk valley, state university of new york

    Historian David Pietrusza discusses his hometown of Amsterdam, NY from its heyday to its decline to its possible revival.

  • Episode 17: West Virginia - Past, Present, Future

    June 7th, 2021  |  37 mins 46 secs
    kevin williamson, opioids, trump, west virginia

    Andrew Donaldson, West Virginia native, comes on to discuss the much misunderstood state, its problems and its prospects.

  • Episode 16: Charlie Brown's America

    May 24th, 2021  |  47 mins 41 secs

    Professor Blake Scott Ball discusses how Charles Schulz understood America - and how America understood his work in Peanuts.

  • Episode 15: Teaching in America

    October 10th, 2020  |  48 mins 17 secs

    Teacher and writer Daniel Buck discusses the challenges and promise of teaching in America from multiple perspectives.

  • Episode 14: Power, Freedom, and Jews

    August 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 38 mins

    I talk with Nathan Sharansky and Gil Troy about their new book Never Alone, a memoir and musing on power and freedom around the world and among Jews.

  • Episode 13: New Media - Promise and Peril

    August 11th, 2020  |  54 mins 43 secs

    Tech journalist and sociology grad student Hutton discusses the good and bad of political social media, gaming communities, podcasts, and more.

  • Episode 12: Evangelicals - The Next Generation

    July 7th, 2020  |  42 mins 49 secs

    Josh, a medical student and young Evangelical, discusses the past, present, and future of Evangelical Christianity