November 26

Ep. 0126: The Story of Squanto

Tisquantum (or Squanto, as he’s better known today) was a Patuxet Indian with an incredible, complex life story that  very few people have an inkling of today; and when you look at the story of early seventeenth-century New England from his perspective, it’s a very different tale than what you get from standard American mythology.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Squanto’s early life as a Wampanoag in Dawnland, and his abduction & transportation (possibly more than once) to England as a young man
  • How he finally made it home after years of absence only to find his community had been wiped out by European diseases while he was gone
  • His uneasy relationship with the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit
  • How Squanto used his knowledge of the English language & culture to make himself indispensable to the Pilgrims who began settling on the former site of his village, and tried to leverage that for his own ambition, but ultimately died before any of his ambitions came to pass.

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November 8

Ep. 0124: 2016 Election Day Special: The American Civil Religion

Ever get the sense that the government and politics in the United States is kinda cult-y? If so, CJ thinks your spidey sense is justifiably tingling, and what you’re picking up on is the phenomenon known as the civil religion.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The concept of civil religion
  • The origins of the American civil religion, and a brief word on the scholarship on the concept
  • Some of the overtly religious elements that can be found in American government and politics, including: dogmas, rituals, sacred texts, holy places, sermons, sacrifices, sacred days, spells/mantras/incantations/prayers, music, sacred histories/narratives, temples, symbols/totems, priests, and saints
  • The ways in which people of different cultural and ideological predilections can — just like with conventional religion — interpret the civil religion in order to make it fit their preferences
  • How voting fits into this civil religion, and why CJ thinks a reasonable person should reject the civil religion — whether they are theists or not

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October 30

Ep. 0123: 2016 DHP Halloween Special, Part 1

(BTW, the picture above is CJ’s Jack o’ Lantern from 2014, lovingly hand-carved using only good old-fashioned knives, no namby-pamby power tools.)

I love holidays, and Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of all.  To share the spirit of the season, I decided this year to do a 2-part Halloween special.  I hope you’ll find this fun, enjoyable, and different.

Join CJ as he reads the following scary stories & poems from the 19th and early 20th century:

  • “Alone” by Edgar Allen Poe
  • “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft
  • “Darkness” by Lord Byron

Part 2 of the Halloween Special will be a Patreon Bonus Episode with even more great scary stories & poems, just for supporters of the show.

Happy Halloween!

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Danse Macabre – Violin Hook Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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December 24

Ep. 0089: The Christmas Truce

One-hundred-and-one Christmases ago, in the cold, damp, muddy ditches of the Western Front, the rank-and-file of the Allied and German armies spontaneously set aside their hatreds to take a break from mass-murdering each other, much to the dismay of their so-called ‘leaders.’

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The context of the Christmas Truce
  • How it happened
  • The aftermath, legacy, and lessons to be learned from it

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November 23

Ep. 0042: Thanksgiving Special: Merrymount (A Pilgrim Story They Didn’t Tell You)

Thought the Pilgrims came to Plymouth because they valued freedom?  Think again.  The only freedom they valued was the freedom to conform to their rules and beliefs.

Prof CJ tells the story of the Merrymount colony, a happy-go-lucky settlement of pagan party animals forcibly ended by Plymouth Pilgrims.

“Jollity and gloom were contending for an empire,” as Nathaniel Hawthorne put it.

Here’s a (sort of) Thanksgiving special; even though the story doesn’t relate directly to Thanksgiving, I thought it was appropriate timing since it does involve our good friends, those buckle-hat-wearing uptight people known as Pilgrims.

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  • A brief discussion of the Pilgrims and Puritans (and the meanings of those terms) who founded the better-known colonies in the Massachusetts Bay area in the seventeenth century)
  • The Merrymount colony founded by Thomas Morton just up the road from Plymouth, and how this non-Puritan colony embraced High Church Anglicanism and even paganism
  • The destruction of Merrymount
  • The legacy of Puritanism in the American mindset, and the tensions between those who, like the Puritans, wish to impose their “morality” on others and those who, like the Merrymounters, wish to live free and pleasurably
  • Prof CJ’s reading of “The Maypole of Merrymount” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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