This pick is about Shinto and podcasts. It is the BBC’s podcast In Our Time with host Melvyn Bragg. This is one of my favorite podcasts.
In Our Time reminds me of the days when Christopher Lydon hosted The Connection on NPR. In Our Time offers shows that feature topics from a variety of historical, literary, philosophical, cultural, or scientific perspectives. Each show is a very accessible yet college level survey of its topic. As such, it features a discussion between academic experts on the featured topic. Fancy that, a show that offers accessible scholarly discussion. It’s crazy good.
Recent shows I have listened to covered the Muses, Jane Austen, phenomenology, William Blake, dark matter, Saturn, Zen, Hobbes, Frida Kahlo, Jane Eyre, Beowulf, and one of my favorite topics—Shinto.
As this show’s program info describes: “A religion without gods, scriptures or a founder, Shinto is perhaps better described as a system of beliefs.” This discussion offers an interesting and effective overview of Shinto with several points for further consideration. It is particularly effective getting at the non-dogmatic and life-practice aspects of Shinto. This Shinto discussion is a show I keep on my phone, so I can listen every now and again–and again. It’s that good.
In Our Time is masturbation for the soul, and I mean this in the best possible way. Check it out. It is free and freely available as a web stream and a podcast that can be found here and there.