The American Age

What if your favorite college professors were willing to talk about everything from philosophy and politics to pop culture and love with the same kind of consideration and enthusiasm? Each week C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss life, culture, and art, and challenge their listeners to take fewer things for granted and all things more seriously.

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Episodes

Monday Sep 26, 2022

220 - Steven and Travis talk movies, cities, and more. Their favorite things and why they love them. Get ready for Russian Sci-fi and Mel Brooks.

Tuesday Sep 20, 2022

028 - The hosts reflect on podcast episode 219 - “Strange Beliefs: Flirting with the Limits of What We Know.” Travis reads a passage from a Stephen King novel to remind us that certainty is ultimately an illusion. Steven shares intriguing beliefs revealed in letters written by H.P. Lovecraft.

Wednesday Sep 14, 2022

219 - This week on the podcast Steven and Travis discuss the crazy ideas they've ever believed, or maybe kind of still believe. Get ready for UFOs and the apocalypse.

Tuesday Sep 06, 2022

027 - The hosts reflect on podcast episode 218 - “Gratitude.” Steven details his reasons and gratitude for choosing to live in New York City. Seph shares his thoughts about the Information Age in light of the adolescent mental health crisis we face in the United States. Travis expresses his gratitude for being alive.

Gratitude

Monday Aug 29, 2022

Monday Aug 29, 2022

218 - The hosts take a break from fretting about the world to discuss the things they’re most grateful for, both personally and historically.

Monday Aug 22, 2022

026 - The hosts reflect on podcast episode 217 - “Institutional Trust: Faith vs Naivete.” Seph explains his disappointment in the promise of “self-evident” American values expressed by the founding fathers. Steven discusses his views on institutional trust through his recent recent experience at the the hospital and a book he read by Matt Colquhoun. Travis highlights recent efforts of institutions to simplify American history.

Monday Aug 15, 2022

217 - With the country’s long history of injustices, is it naive to have faith in US institutions? Is there reason to believe that democracies yield better results for the people who live in them. The hosts explore these and other aspects of institutional faith and skepticism.

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

025 - The hosts reflect on podcast episode 216 - “Staying Close to Home.” Seph addresses Travis’ assertions about humanity in relation to Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us. Travis discusses our natural inclinations to fear the unknown and gravitate toward the familiar.

Staying Close to Home

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Monday Aug 01, 2022

216 - The hosts discuss their own histories of migration and reflect on what motivates us to move away from home. Freedom, privation, hope, and fear all intermingle with the unfamiliar and create our unique experiences of difference.
 

Monday Jul 25, 2022

024 - The hosts reflect on podcast episode 215 - “Elite Capture: Olúfémi Táíwò and the Politics of Privilege.” Steven talks about how Táíwò’s article has caused him to rethink how he engages with the community and issues he supports. Travis deconstructs episteme as it us currently used to define personhood. Seph shares an anecdote  from his time at Hyperallergic related to the concepts presented by Táíwò.

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Why does the American flag look like this?

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We believe in the American idea that all men and women are equal before the law and enjoy rights that are intrinsic and inalienable. We also believe, along with Thomas Jefferson, that because men and women are imperfect, and their wisdom is limited and fleeting, that this idea must be renewed periodically in order to remain vital...

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The American Age is a salutary response to the disease at the core of American civic culture. It is a rejection of intellectual cynicism, historical amnesia, and the politics of dread. It is a rooster call to stir our fellow humanists awake.

 

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