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The Commonweal Podcast: Episode 3 

OCTOBER 4, 2018

EPISODE NOTES: In our third episode, the editors of Commonweal discuss Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and the subsequent hearing with Dr. Blasey Ford. Contributing writer Paul Moses chats about U.S. immigration policy with Donald Kerwin, Director of the Center for Migration Studies. Senior editor Matthew Boudway and Alan Jacobs discuss his new book, The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis. Assistant editor Griffin Oleynick and Julian Revie, a composer of sacred music at St. Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel at Yale, have wide-ranging conversation about liturgical music. And Commonweal staffers discuss the David Wojnarowicsz exhibition at The Whitney, which just closed. 



Each episode of The Commonweal Podcast features a mix of interviews, profiles, and compelling conversations on topics at the intersection of politics, religion, and culture. Hosted by Commonweal editor Dominic Preziosi, and featuring the magazine’s editors and contributing writers, the podcast takes you beyond the pages of the latest issue to shed fresh light on the news, books, movies, music, and political developments spurring debate and deserving of reflection. We invite listeners to join us as Commonweal journeys into audio-storytelling.

 "If I’m not careful, righteous anger becomes vindictive pettiness, that cardinal sin of pride.... I worry about indiscriminate female rage precisely because the moment is important, and self-righteousness makes it harder to speak convincingly, logically, justly, turns political power to mere personal animus."

      — Katherine Lucky 

Pilot Episode: The Inaugural Commonweal Podcast

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

EPISODE NOTES:  In our pilot episode, editor Dominic Preziosi interviews Massimo Faggioli and Kathleen Sprows Cummings about recent developments in the sex-abuse crisis, Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell discuss Jonah Goldberg's book Suicide of the West, Anthony Domestico interviews Micheal O'Siadhail about his book The Five Quintets, and several Commonweal staff discuss the recent Alberto Giacometti exhibit at The Guggenheim. 

 “Until we have public acknowledgment of bishops’ culpability in this larger scandal, I have doubts that we are going to see any of the wholesale reform I think is necessary. This is the time to come to terms with the gravity of this crisis, and before we can move forward, there has to be an admission of guilt, of collective guilt.” 

      — KATHLEEN SPROWS CUMMINGS 

The Commonweal Podcast: Episode 2 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

EPISODE NOTES: In our second installment, the Commonweal staff discusses the shape of future
podcasts. Matthew Boudway talks with theologian Paul J. Griffiths about Roger Scruton’s latest book
and Brexit. Griffin Oleynick sits down with Christine Emba to talk about the issues raised in "A Moral
Economy—Faith and the Free Market in an Age of Inequality," a conversation between Cardinal Tobin
and Jeffrey Sachs. And Matthew Sitman speaks with Cole Stangler about the populist turn in French
politics.

 "I think it's intrinsic and proper to being Catholic that one's loyalties (here below, that is, prior to the eschaton) can never be exhaustively accounted for by loyalty to a nation-state. That is to say, Catholics are members of Christ's body and therefore members of a transnational church. The Catholic church is the largest transnational entity there is, by most measures, and so there's always a sense of limited loyalty. And nation-states typically don't want limited loyalty, they want all of it."

      — Paul J. Griffiths