Episode 175: Is Acting Selfish?

As acting has persisted as a vessel of storytelling, expression, catharsis and so much more, its allure has also grown over the centuries. Pursuing a career as an actor is one of the quintessential risks taken by creative types. But how does this career path, so tied to individual skill, identity and appearance, relate to selfish behavior? Does the arrogance that some actors exhibit come from the field or from another source? How does the public clamor for great performances feed the egos of actors?

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Episode 174: Between These Eyes of Ink I

The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

This week, the beginning of a new series entitled "Between These Eyes of Ink," which dissects and considers quotations and the insights they contain. For our inaugural episode, we're looking at the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., who said "The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons". Is Holmes referring to all people? Does the word "persons" have particular significance? What does this perspective say about human empathy over time?

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Episode 173: Christ on the Cross

Imagery plays a powerful role across all cultures. Whether sculpted, painted, drawn or woven, human creations are often detailed in ways that capture the imagination and the spirit. This week, we look at the visual qualities of Christianity's central image, Christ on the cross. Widely-spread and recognized by billions of people around the world, it is powerful and meaningful in a myriad of ways. How might it strike discomfort in some where many find inspiration and hope? How does it serve as an example of symbol interpretation and meaning reversal?

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Episode 172: "Honesty is the Best Policy"

The phrase "honesty is the best policy" has been a common utterance of parents, teachers and other moral guides in society. It points to a tendency and belief system many hope we might adopt and employ in our daily lives. But what is the philosophy behind the saying and what does it actually request of the individual? This week, we welcome Gabe Brison-Trezise to explore some of the morality and practicality behind the saying. Why does the word policy appear here? What values or behaviors might be more fitting than honesty? How do truth and falsehood permeate our lives in more subtle ways?

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Episode 171: Nice vs. Kind

We all face choices in how we deal with those around us. Your options can include apathy, hostility, curiosity and countless other variations. When it comes to showing differing levels of courtesy or respect, how might they differ? This week, we welcome Kathleen Duffy to examine the distinctions between being nice and being kind. What can we glean about interpersonal priorities through either expression? Does our society encourage one approach over the other? How do they require different energy, thought and sincerity from each of us?

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