The Ralston College Podcast

The Ralston College Podcast

Latest Episodes

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...

Ep. 17 - Alexander Stoddart: A Conversation in His Studio
March 16, 2021

Should art be beautiful? This forbidden question guides Stephen Blackwood’s conversation with eminent sculptor and aesthetic luminary, Alexander Stoddart. Stoddart describes, in his usual incandescent fashion, his aesthetic awakening and his views...

Ep. 16 - Harry Lewis and Stephen Blackwood: What's an Education For?
February 05, 2021

Stephen Blackwood speaks with Harry Lewis, legendary Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University (where he taught both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg). They discuss the tragic limits of narrowly vocational approaches to education—with which...

Ep. 15 – Theodore Dalrymple on Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons”
January 29, 2021

Ralston College presents a lecture by Dr Anthony Daniels (aka Theodore Dalrymple) on Ivan Turgenev’s 1862 “Fathers and Sons”, followed by a conversation about the novel with Dr Stephen Blackwood. Daniels illuminates the depth of Turgenev’s...

Ep. 14 - The Morality of Satire: Andrew Doyle and Stephen Blackwood
January 06, 2021

How does humor work and why is it needed more than ever? Stephen Blackwood talks with comedian and political satirist Andrew Doyle (aka, Titania McGrath) as they explore the sovereignty of truth, the metaphysical implications of satire, the role of...

Ep. 13 - On the Freedom of Thought and Nature: Freeman Dyson and Stephen Blackwood
December 07, 2020

Stephen Blackwood speaks with Freeman Dyson, the late mathematical-physicist and renowned free thinker. They begin with a discussion of education and of the formative experiences that inspired Dyson's intellectual curiosity and courage. The...