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Young Heretics

The classical education you never knew you were missing. Join scholar and writer Spencer Klavan on a tour through the great works of the West. In a world gone mad, we're not alone: the great men and women who went before us have wisdom to guide us. With their help, we can recover truth, beauty, and the stuff that matters.

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Recent Episodes of Young Heretics


Interview: Discovering the Great Books with Johnathan Bi

Interview: Discovering the Great Books with Johnathan Bi

I really enjoyed comparing notes with Johnathan Bi, whose journey in some ways mirrors my own: whereas I moved from a humanities background into an interest in science, Johnathan started in the science and tech world, then came to appreciate the importance of great literature. Together we discuss the rise of generalism, the promise and perils of the AI age, and what the canon has to teach us in our unusual times.

Take a look at Johnathan's website: http://greatbooks.io/

And his new lecture series: https://youtu.be/M0w2eQ-FcEA

Check o...

Episode 7 June 2024 37m and 29s


World's Wildest Travel Blog: Dr. Fauci, the Science, and the Return of the Pagan Gods

World's Wildest Travel Blog: Dr. Fauci, the Science, and the Return of the Pagan Gods

Will we ever get to stop hearing about Dr. Fauci? Does anyone even remember COVID anymore? These are the sorts of profound questions that define our times. I will not be answering them. Instead, I want to tell you a Very Young Heretics story about how the pagan gods found their way into modern science--and why they might be finding their way back out again in the age of "The Science" (TM). Plus: is listening to audiobooks the same as reading? No, but you should still do it anyway.

Check out our sponsor, the Ancient Language Institute: h...

Episode 191 4 June 2024 1h, 2m and 48s


Words, Words, Words 14: The Father of English Literature

Words, Words, Words 14: The Father of English Literature

The prologue of The Canterbury Tales used to be part of a standard-issue training set in English courses. Today I'm RETVRNing to tradition and rebooting the old practice of memorizing--or at least reciting--the first few lines of this defining English poem in Middle English. Plus: should whisky be spelled with an -ey, or a -y? The answer will show you just what a carnival the English language is.

Check out our sponsor, the Ancient Language Institute (now offering Old English instruction!): https://ancientlanguage.com/youngheretics/

Pre-order my new book, Light of the Mind, Light of the...

Episode 31 May 2024 27m and 15s


Beyond Cultural Christianity

Beyond Cultural Christianity

Can Europe survive without its Christian spirit? Can the West? It's a question that's weighing on more and more intelligent people's minds, and Novalis helps us to grapple with it in a unique way. In this episode I look at three key areas--science, religion, and politics--where the secular spirit of Enlightenment humanism has exhausted itself and needs a new source of inspiration. Perhaps those sources are to be found in the middle ages, and perhaps Novalis can help us find them.

Check out our sponsor, the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/youngheretics/

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Episode 28 May 2024 1h, 1m and 16s


A Brief History of Absolutely Everything

A Brief History of Absolutely Everything

Are we on the brink of a return to Medieval wonder? A collapse into total warfare? Both? Bear with me while I present my Unified Field Theory of Human History in thirty minutes or less, by way of introduction to the mind-blowing essay "Christendom or Europe," by Novalis. He's the most important figure you've never heard of in Western literature, and now is the perfect time to get to know him, because he's going to be with us in the years ahead.

Check out our sponsor, the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/youngheretics/

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Episode 189 21 May 2024 58m and 35s


Words Words Words 13: Viking Visibility Week

Words Words Words 13: Viking Visibility Week

This week we're going still further back in time, and further north, to read some Middle English from the tale of Gawain and the Green Knight. It's a galloping adventure that's been translated by some of the greats--including J.R.R. Tolkien--and reading the original is a good chance to practice dipping your toe into the more obscure forms of English that make the past feel like another country. Plus: how we appropriated Viking culture.

Pre-order my new book, Light of the Mind, Light of the World: https://a.co/d/2QccOfM

Check out our s...

Episode 17 May 2024 34m and 42s


Why Read? iPads, Culture Wars, and the Point of the Canon

Why Read? iPads, Culture Wars, and the Point of the Canon

So you want to defend the Western canon, huh? Why, exactly? In this episode I take a step back and ask why, outside of politics, we should care about books. Especially in the age of podcasts and digital media, with the publishing industry bleeding profits, it's easy to think of books as obsolete. But that might be exactly why we need them most--to hold ourselves together in a world of digital dissolution.

Check out our sponsor, the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/youngheretics/

Pre-order my new book, Light of the Mind, Light of the Wo...

Episode 188 14 May 2024 59m and 31s


Words, Words, Words 12: English is a Foreign Language

Words, Words, Words 12: English is a Foreign Language

Have you ever thought about how weird it is that our oldest English literature is somehow...in another language? If you want to become a better communicator, understand your own history better, and just generally have an awesome time reading cool stories about knights and stuff, you could do no better than to read the great chivalric tales of the English past. But how to start? Today I'm embarking on a new Friday series that will answer that very question, for busy people who want to read Aurthurian romances and have time to play Prince of Persia.

Pre...

Episode 10 May 2024 41m and 25s


Doin' It Live: How to Read a Poem for the First Time

Doin' It Live: How to Read a Poem for the First Time

If you've never read a great work of literature before...where do you start? This week, in response to a listener request, I'm taking a poem I had never read before and walking through my process of getting to know it with you step by step. Hopefully, this will help give you some tips and pointers for getting acquainted with new authors and new ideas. If nothing else, by the time we're done you'll know which English queen helped make Shakespeare's career possible, what sorts of romantic entanglements can end you up in the Tower of London, and how...

Episode 187 7 May 2024 1h, 4m and 2s


Words, Words, Words 11: The Translation Cinematic Universe

Words, Words, Words 11: The Translation Cinematic Universe

When it comes to picking a translation, which brands can you trust? Like streaming services and video game consoles, publishers are always competing for eyeballs, which means no one imprint is going to be able to gather all the best authors and translators under one roof. But here are some good rules of thumb to help you understand the lay of the land when it comes to choosing a translation or series of translations, so you always know what you're getting yourself into.

Pre-order my new book, Light of the Mind, Light of the World: https://a.c...

Episode 3 May 2024 34m and 14s

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