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Many of us learn about famous literature in our high school classes and textbooks – Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Plato’s "Apology of Socrates," Bible’s Genesis, Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex," Homer’s "Odyssey"... But is it so simple to know what these texts mean? In each episode of Re-Readings, high school senior Hank Lin hosts conversations with three leading Academic scholars about how they make sense of our most talked-about texts. Afterwards, the Podcast community are able to join the conversation, voting about which methods they find most inspiring.

Many of us learn about famous literature in our high school classes and textbooks – Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Plato’s "Apology of Socrates," Bible’s Genesis, Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex," Homer’s "Odyssey"... But is it so simple to know what these texts mean? In each episode of Re-Readings, high school senior Hank Lin hosts conversations with three leading Academic scholars about how they make sense of our most talked-about texts. Afterwards, the Podcast community are able to join the conversation, voting about which methods they find most inspiring.
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Many of us learn about famous literature in our high school classes and textbooks – Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Plato’s "Apology of Socrates," Bible’s Genesis, Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex," Homer’s "Odyssey"... But is it so simple to know what these texts mean? In each episode of Re-Readings, high school senior Hank Lin hosts conversations with three leading Academic scholars about how they make sense of our most talked-about texts. Afterwards, the Podcast community are able to join the conversation, voting about which methods they find most inspiring.

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Episodes

Professor David Bevington on Shakespeare’s 'Macbeth'

10/14/2019
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This special episode features Professor David Bevington, who passed away on August 2, 2019. In the episode, Professor Bevington talks about his profound understanding of Macbeth as a tragic character who is driven by fate while also having his own choice. He also shares his interpretation of the power of evil in Macbeth with us as he analyzes Macbeth’s characteristics. By dedicating the whole special episode to Professor Bevington, we hope that more people will listen to and benefit from...

Duration:00:32:20

The Tragedy of 'Macbeth'

10/14/2019
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This week we are excited to welcome 2 experts to discuss their views on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Professor Louis Petrich, a professional Shakespearean actor and a Great Books tutor at St. John’s College, discusses the ubiquitous “doubleness” in Macbeth and recreates the troubled tragic hero by the end of the play with his magnificent reading of the famous “tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” soliloquy. Next, Nick Utzig, a Harvard English PhD student who focuses on the study of war and...

Duration:00:47:55

Plato's 'The Apology'

10/14/2019
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This week we are excited to welcome three experts to discuss their views on Plato’s Apology. Professor of Political Philosophy Steven Smith at Yale University joins us to describe the political importance of the dramatic moment of the trial of Socrates. Next, Katja Vogt, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia, talks about her understanding of Socrates’ famous quote: “I know that I know nothing.” Finally, Alexander Nehamas, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton, discusses what true Socratic irony...

Duration:00:56:31

Re-Readings Season 1 Preview

9/24/2019
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The “high school classics”: Oedipus, Great Gatsby, Macbeth, etc. Most of us have read them... but did we really read them? High school senior Hank Lin takes one famous text per episode and invites three prominent experts to share their way of reading in each episode of Re-readings. Pop in your earbuds and discover the side of English class you never knew. Access “uncut” interviews and sign-up to participate in on-air Roundtable discussions at rereadingspodcast.com and @rereadingspod.

Duration:00:01:47