Good Question! is a podcast by John Farrell and Alex Rajczi. You can click the episode titles and they'll open in Google Drive.You can listen to them there, or you can download them by using the download button at the top of the Google Drive page. We don't have an RSS feed and we aren't on iTunes (yet), but we'll notify you of new episodes if you enter your email 

We started this podcast because our students said they like hearing professors present different sides of an issue. We also love talking with each other, and podcasting has pushed us into new and interesting forms of conversation. We hope you enjoy listening.

We'd love to hear feedback and suggestions for topics, especially from our students: rajczifarrellpodcast@gmail.com. Enjoy!   



SEASON TWO


EPISODE 20: Hemingway, McCarthy, and Moral Criticism.  Critics disagree sharply about whether The Old Man and the Sea is a good book. Is that because they evaluate books based on their own moral outlooks? And should they? Along the way we discuss an essay by Katherine Jobes and the works of Cormac McCarthy.  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Teller of the Tales (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 US license.)


EPISODE 19: What Does Ishiguro Think of Ishiguro?  Earlier this year, Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.  The critics have their opinion of Ishiguro's work, but what does Ishiguro say is the point of his work?  Why does he think it has significance?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Love (edited) by PC-ONE, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0 US license.)


EPISODE 18: What Was Freud All About?  Sigmund Freud's work had a vast influence on psychology, art, and popular culture.  But what did Freud's theory say?  Is it backed by the evidence?  Why does Freudian theory continue to fascinate people?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Haul Away Joe by Howie Mitchell, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 US license.)


EPISODE 17: Is Reality a Social Construction?  Philosophers like Bruno Latour have maintained that important aspects of human life are just "social constructions."  But what is a social construction?  And should we think that some key parts of life are constructions of the human mind?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Love is Dying ft. Fliss (edited) by Agenda 23, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0 US license.)


EPISODE 16: How Can We Find Meaning in Life?  In Meaning in Life and Why It Matters, the philosopher Susan Wolf offers a theory of how to live a meaningful life.  Is Wolf right?  And can her ideas help us live more meaningful lives?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: City of Dreams by Mise, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0 US license.)


EPISODE 15: The Varieties of Authorial Intention (A New Book by John Farrell).  For decades a strange taboo has haunted literary critics, keeping them from referring to the intentions of authors.  In this episode, we discuss John Farrell's new book explaining why that happened and why it matters.  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Arabion Dream by Naran, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0 license.)


EPISODE 14: Is There Something Profound About Cosmic Horror?  Our previous discussion of H.P. Lovecraft leads to bigger questions:  Is there something terrifying about modern science?  Should we fear superior alien life?  Does fiction require us to paint some people as evil?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: The Face of God (edited) by The Agrarians, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US license.)


EPISODE 13: Should We Love Lovecraft?  Was H.P. Lovecraft a talented writer of cosmic horror fiction, or should we be horrified by the stories themselves?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Violins and Tea, Instrumental (edited) by Loch Lomond, from The Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.)
 

EPISODE 12: Can a Urinal be a Work of Art?  Marcel Duchamp submitted a urinal to an art competition, and it became the most influential artwork of the 20th century.  But is it any good?  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Jellyfish in Space (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.)
 
  
EPISODE 11: Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize.  Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Did he deserve it?  Along the way we talk about Adam Kirsch's article "The Meaning of Bob Dylan's Silence."  Minor Correction: Sigmund Freud didn't win the Nobel Prize, though he was nominated many times.  Sorry for the slip!  (Intro: Cold Funk (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Porch Blues (edited) by Kevin MacLeod, from Incompetech.com, CC BY 3.0 license.)


SEASON ONE

EPISODE 10: Politics and the English Language.  George Orwell said that politicians use vague language to cover up policies that are "too brutal for most people to face," and that political language infects all of us and makes us have "foolish thoughts."  Was he right?  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Dance of the Stargazer (edited) by US Army Blues, from the Free Music Archive, Public Domain Mark 1.0 license.)


EPISODE 09: Did Harper Lee Kill Her Mockingbird?  Harper Lee's second novel Go Set A Watchman has caused a literary uproar.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson looks like a model of racial justice. However, in the new novel, Atticus seems to be a racist.  Is he?  And if so, can we still admire the Atticus that we knew in Mockingbird?  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Something by Kai Engel, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0 license.)


EPISODE 08: A Cultural Mount Rushmore.  Together with our special guest Seth Lobis, we ask: which four artists should be on a new monument to American culture?  We got the idea from a segment on the Slate Culture Gabfest.  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: RSPN by Blank & Kytt, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.)


EPISODE 07: Taylor Swift Again.  On our second try, can we actually manage to discuss Taylor Swift's 1989?   We get a little help from Nathaniel Rich's article "Hit Charade."   (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Moon Child by Karissa Hobbs, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.)


EPISODE 06: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  Does the Constitution guarantee an individual right to own guns?  We discuss the interpretive methods used by Justices Scalia and Stevens in District of Columbia v. Heller.  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: White Flag by Karissa Hobbs, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.)


EPISODE 05: James Patterson Inc.   Why is James Patterson the world's most successful novelist?  Are we snobs for not liking him? Our discussion is inspired by a great New York Times article by Jonathan Mahler.  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: In the Dark by BrokeMC, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.)


EPISODE 04: Taylor Swift, 1989.  Is Taylor Swift's new album as great as people say?  Is taste in art entirely subjective anyway? (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Scott Joplin's Ragtime Dance, anonymous piano roll, from the Free Music Archive, Public Domain Mark 1.0 license.)


EPISODE 03: This is Water.  Is there wisdom in David Foster Wallace's famous commencement address to Kenyon College? (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Little Black Balloon by Fog Lake, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 4.0 license.)


EPISODE 02: Heart of Darkness.  Was Chinua Achebe right that Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a racist book?  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: Views of the Holy & Divine by The Agrarians, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC 3.0 US license.)


EPISODE 01: The Cannibal of Ajax.  Was Luis Suarez's handball in the 2010 World Cup contest between Uruguay and Ghana just part of the game, or was it something more?  We discuss the ethics of sports.  This was our first try at podcasting, so the audio quality isn't great. Hang in there -- the sound gets better over the next few episodes!  (Intro: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0 license.  Outro: I am a Monster by Tinyfolk, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY-SA 3.0 license.)


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On 4/24/18, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast titled "Hemingway, McCarthy, and Moral Criticism" Enjoy!

posted Apr 24, 2018, 5:29 PM by Alex Rajczi

Critics disagree sharply about whether The Old Man and the Sea is a good book. Is that because they evaluate books based on their own moral outlooks? And should they? Along the way we discuss an essay by Katherine Jobes and the works of Cormac McCarthy.

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 2/20/18, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast titled "What does Ishiguro Think of Ishiguro?" Enjoy!

posted Feb 20, 2018, 6:41 PM by Alex Rajczi

Earlier this year, Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.  The critics have their opinion of Ishiguro's work, but what does Ishiguro say is the point of his work?  Why does he think it has significance?

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 9/4/17, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast titled "What Was Freud All About?" Enjoy!

posted Sep 4, 2017, 7:00 PM by Alex Rajczi

Sigmund Freud's work had a vast influence over psychology, art, and popular culture.  But what did Freud's theory say?  Is it backed by the evidence?  Why does Freudian theory continue to fascinate people?

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 8/7/17, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast titled "Is Reality a Social Construction?" Enjoy!

posted Aug 7, 2017, 4:48 PM by Alex Rajczi

Philosophers like Bruno Latour have maintained that important aspects of human life are just "social constructions."  But what is a social construction?  And should we think that some key parts of life are constructions of the human mind?

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 5/28/17, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast titled "How Can We Find Meaning in Life?" Enjoy!

posted May 28, 2017, 8:00 AM by Alex Rajczi

In Meaning in Life and Why It Matters, the philosopher Susan Wolf offers a theory of how to live a meaningful life.  Is Wolf right?  And can her ideas help us live more meaningful lives? 

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 5/15/17, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast titled "The Varieties of Authorial Intention (A New Book by John Farrell)". Enjoy!

posted May 15, 2017, 12:37 PM by Alex Rajczi

For decades a strange taboo has haunted literary critics, keeping them from referring to the intentions of authors.  In this episode, we discuss John Farrell's new book explaining why that happened and why it matters. 

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 3/25/17, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast: "Is There Something Profound about Cosmic Horror?" Enjoy!

posted Mar 25, 2017, 3:18 PM by Alex Rajczi   [ updated Mar 25, 2017, 3:19 PM ]

Our previous discussion of H.P. Lovecraft leads to bigger questions:  Is there something terrifying about modern science?  Should we fear superior alien life?  Does fiction require us to paint some people as evil?

 You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 3/7/17, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast: "Should We Love Lovecraft?" Enjoy!

posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:39 PM by Alex Rajczi   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 3:39 PM ]

Was H.P. Lovecraft a talented writer of cosmic horror fiction, or should we be horrified by the stories themselves?

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 11/21/16, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast: "Can a Urinal be a Work of Art?" Enjoy!

posted Nov 21, 2016, 6:47 PM by Alex Rajczi

Marcel Duchamp submitted a urinal to an art competition, and it became the most influential artwork of the 20th century.  But is it any good?
 

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

On 11/12/2016, John Farrell and Alex Rajczi posted a new podcast: "Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize." Enjoy!

posted Nov 12, 2016, 7:36 PM by Alex Rajczi

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Did he deserve it?  
 

You can listen here: https://sites.google.com/site/farrellrajczipodcast/, or click the "good question" link above.

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