The Ralston College Podcast

The Ralston College Podcast


Latest Episodes

Ep. 27 - Alan Charles Kors: Voltaire’s ‘Philosophical Letters,’ Part II
August 03, 2022

Ralston College presents a lecture by Alan Charles Kors on Voltaire's great work 'The Philosophical Letters.' Profoundly impressed by the English scientific and philosophical revolutions of the sevent

Ep. 26 - Alan Charles Kors: Voltaire’s ‘Philosophical Letters,’ Part I
June 28, 2022

Ralston College presents a two-part series of lectures by Alan Charles Kors on Voltaire's great work 'The Philosophical Letters.' Profoundly impressed by the English scientific and philosophical revol

Ep. 25 - Theodore Dalrymple on H. G. Wells's 'The Time Machine'
April 13, 2022

Ralston College presents a lecture delivered on March 17th, 2022 by Theodore Dalrymple (aka Anthony Daniels) on H. G. Wells’s extraordinary 'scientific romance,' 'The Time Machine'.  A brilliant seer

Ep. 24 - Vernon Smith: Self-Interest Reconsidered
January 11, 2022

Stephen Blackwood speaks with the Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Vernon L. Smith. They begin by defining and exploring commonly misunderstood economic terms—markets, capitalism, equilibrium—and

Ep. 23 - Iain McGilchrist: The Coincidence of Opposites
November 20, 2021

Ralston College presents a lecture delivered on October 26th, 2021 by Dr Iain McGilchrist followed by a discussion with Dr Stephen Blackwood and questions from the audience. In his lecture Dr McGilchr

Ep. 22 - Marwa Al-Sabouni: Architecture as a Matter of Life or Death
July 19, 2021

Ralston College presents a conversation between Stephen Blackwood and award-winning architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni, followed by an audience Q&A. A voice of penetrating clarity and prophetic pow

Ep. 21 - Alexander Stoddart: Culture as Communion with the Dead
June 02, 2021

In Part II of their discussion Stephen Blackwood and Alexander Stoddart speak about the transhistorical community of past, present, and future. Stoddart explicates his Schopenhauerian view of art as life-denying and thus paradoxically able to help us...

Ep. 20 - On Becoming Alan Dershowitz
May 22, 2021

Ralston College presents a conversation between Stephen Blackwood and Alan Dershowitz, followed by an audience Q & A. The discussion begins with Professor Dershowitz describing the early influences that awakened his appreciation for civil...

Ep. 19 - Victor Davis Hanson on Who Killed Homer
April 15, 2021

Have we killed Homer for good? Stephen Blackwood and historian-farmer Victor Davis Hanson examine the state of the contemporary West by returning to its ancient Greek origins. They explore the richness of its first principles, including self-critique,...

Ep. 18 – Andrew Doyle on Free Speech and Why It Matters
March 30, 2021

Ralston College presents a lecture with Andrew Doyle followed by a discussion and audience Q & A with Stephen Blackwood. Doyle discusses his new book, ‘Free Speech and Why it Matters,’ and offers trenchant examples of recent curtailment of the...