Jonathan Judaken

Leora Batnitzky

From her first book about the Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, Leora Batnitzky has been heralded as a rising star in contemporary Jewish thought and the philosophy of religion.

Xolela Mangcu

Host Jonathan Judaken speaks with biographer Xolela Mangcu about the life and murder of South African activist Steve Biko, as well as the struggle for equality in South Africa under apartheid rule, and how it relates to the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Steve Biko was an inspirational leader and a pivotal figure in South African history. As a leading anti-apartheid activist and thinker, Biko created the Black Consciousness Movement, the grassroots organization which would mobilize a large proportion of the black urban population.

UNC Press

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with author and professor Amy Wood about her book, Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940.  In her book, "Wood examines how lynching, as a spectacle, borrowed much from the practice of public executions that still occurred in the early 1900s. Lynching was also shaped by the traditions of evangelical Christianity.

Dr. Steven Schlozman

Dr. Steven Schlozman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of Training for Child and Adolescent Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is an avid fan of culture and horror films, writing about movies, books, pop songs, and sports, as well as blogging for the Boston Globe, Psychology Today, and various academic journals.

Oxford Press

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with Christopher Morris, author of The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its People.

Randall Fuller

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with with author Professor Randall Fuller about what symbolic role the Civil War ought to play in our imaginations or in our cultural landscape.

The Civil War: America's epic battle with itself, transformed every aspect of American culture, including its great writers like Whitman, Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Frederick Douglass.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf / Copyright World Economic Forum

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with “Ground Zero” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about the similarities between the Abrahamic religions, the perceived conflict between the West and Muslims in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and how American Muslims can be a beacon of hope for spreading an American Islam, or Western Islam, with a moderate, tolerant form of worship that can gain worldwide popularity throughout the world.

Imam Rauf spoke in late February at Calvary Episcopal Church and Rhodes College in Memphis.

Dr. Jonathan Judaken talks with author and professor Alice Kaplan about post-WWII France, philosophy, and her newest book Dreaming in French: the Paris years of Jacqueline Bouvier, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis.

James Miller is Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. Miller's work unusually combines publications on the history of rock and roll, as well as renowned studies of intellectual history.

His most recent book is called Examined Lives, which will form the basis of the public lecture he will give as part of the "Communities in Conversation" series at Rhodes College on January 22, 2013.

Pete Helme /

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with philosopher Roger Scruton, author of more than thirty books, including several novels, and the composer of two operas. 

Starting his academic career as a philosopher of aesthetics, Scruton emerged as a major voice for traditional conservatism in Britain, with The Meaning of Conservatism in 1980. He has published a steady stream of works explicating both modern philosophy and his brand of traditional conservatism since then.