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Episode 133 with Nicholas Buccola, Keen and Reflective and Innovative Political Scientist, Historian, and Author of The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr. and The Debate...

The Chills at Will Podcast

Episode 133 Notes and Links to Nick Buccola’s Work      On Episode 133 of The Chills at Will Podcast, Pete welcomes Nick Buccola, and the two discuss, among other topics, Nick’s early love of story and history, formative and inspiring assignments and teachers in his early education, the effects of the innovative and supportive and brilliant educators at Santa Clara University that nudged him towards his studies in political science and history, ideas of objectivity in writing, his book on Frederick Douglass, and his seminal work on the famous debate between William F. Buckley, Jr. and James Baldwin, with all of its attendant themes and connections to today’s world.       Nick Buccola is a writer, lecturer, and teacher who specializes in the area of American political thought. He is author of The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America, as well as a fellow Santa Clara University alum. Nick Buccola's Website William F. Buckley and James Baldwin’s Legendary Debate Buy The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America The Atlantic Article-Review of Book: “The Famous Baldwin-Buckley Debate Still Matters Today” Nick summarizes the book in a video for Linfield University Nick speaks about the book with the Notre Dame Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Gov. At about 1:40, Nick talks about his relationship with words and language and story At about 4:40, Nick discusses key moments in his reading and literary life throughout school, including Ms. Kraut’s spirited reading aloud in class, and Ms. Crawford, the “politically pugnacious” junior high teacher At about 7:15, Nick cites some transformational and inspirational teachers along his educational journey, particularly those who helped him foster a love of history and political science At about 9:20, Nick shares a cool fact about his Ph. D. invitation list  At about 9:45, Nick gives background on his early writing as he worked toward graduate degrees and publication; he shouts out Santa Clara University Professor Terri Perretti’s encouragement  At about 13:15, The two discuss the impact of the Jesuits and their sense of inquiry; Nick cites a shared professor, Father Mark Ravizza, and his innovation and brilliance At about 16:00, The two nerd out about the Decalog, a movie series explored through a class at SCU At about 16:45, Nick and Pete agree on the power of class discussion  At about 18:00, Nick provides background for his writing on Frederick Douglass At about 21:25, Pete asks Nick about “seeds” for his book on the famous debate between William F. Buckley and James Baldwin At about 25:30, The two discuss the effects of Baldwin’s speeches on their respective students  At about 26:50, Nick discusses ideas of objectivity and subjectivity in his writing of the book At about 32:25, Nick discusses a debating technique that Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts highlighted-”The Jimmy” At about 33:40, Pete and Nick detail the book’s structure that serves to lead up to the debate itself, as well as the characterizations of Buckley and Baldwin that informed the scenes  At about 35:55, Nick dips a toe into the water in giving his experience with the book and lessons learned on craft At about 39:30, The fathers/stepfathers of the two debaters are discussed as written about in the book and how these fathers affected their sons’ worldviews   At about 43:50, The two lay out Baldwin’s “cosmopolitan” lifestyle and formative years in his 20s and Buckley’s Yale experience and its effect on his writing and later ideas At about 45:20, Nick speaks to the ideas expressed in Buckley’s writing about Yale and today’s ideas of “liberalization” on college campuses At about 49:20, Nick sets out Baldwin’s views of debate and knowledge and questioning At about 50:20, The two discuss Baldwin and Buckley’s actions in the 1950s, especially their publications, that help them crystallize some of their signature ideas and ideals   At about 52:50, Nick discusses Buckley’s attempts to distance himself from white supremacy in some ways while also espousing clearly racist views At about 55:45, Nick compares ideas espoused by Buckley and comparisons to modern-day political coverage  At about 56:45, Nick puts Baldwin’s political outlook in perspective  At about 57:20, George Wallace and his connection to the book’s events is discussed  At about 1:01:00, Some generalities of the debate itself are discussed, with Baldwin’s strong start and debating style and subject matter particularly emphasized, including the book’s Epilogue  At about 1:03:40, Nick shares some concluding remarks about “coming to terms with history” as inspired by James Baldwin At about 1:05:00, Nick shouts out bookstores like Powell’s and Bookshop to buy the book and gives contact information/social media information At about 1:06:15, Pete highlights book endorsements by Whoopi Goldberg, The Atlantic (writer Gabrielle Bellot), and Ibram X. Kendi     You can now subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, and leave me a five-star review. You can also ask for the podcast by name using Alexa, and find the pod on Stitcher, Spotify, and on Amazon Music. Follow me on IG, where I’m @chillsatwillpodcast, or on Twitter, where I’m @chillsatwillpo1. You can watch other episodes on YouTube-watch and subscribe to The Chills at Will Podcast Channel. Please subscribe to both my YouTube Channel and my podcast while you’re checking out this episode.  This is a passion project of mine, a DIY operation, and I’d love for your help in promoting what I’m convinced is a unique and spirited look at an often-ignored art form.     The intro song for The Chills at Will Podcast is “Wind Down” (Instrumental Version), and the other song played on this episode was “Hoops” (Instrumental)” by Matt Weidauer, and both songs are used through ArchesAudio.com.     Please tune in for Episode 134 with Kirstin Chen, professor of creative writing at the University of San Francisco and in Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. She is The New York Times best-selling author of three novels, and her latest, Counterfeit, out now, is the June ’22 Reese’s Book Club pick     The episode will air on July 18.

1hr 8mins

15 Jul 2022

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Ep 6: In the Classroom with Patrick Cottrell's LEAD Course (feat. Dr. Nicholas Buccola)

PoliTalks

In this episode of PoliTalks: In the Classroom, we are joined by Dr. Patrick Cottrell and Dr. Nicholas Buccola of Linfield University's Political Science Department, as well as students Katie Jones '24 and Cecilio Peña '24, to discuss the Leadership and Ethics Across Disciplines (LEAD) introductory course. We feature a short recording from the class led by Dr. Buccola on the life and legacy of Medgar Evers, as well as a Q&A portion with all of our guests.  This episode was recorded on 2/24/2021, 3/4/2021, and 3/5/2021, through Zoom. All thoughts, beliefs, and ideas shared on PoliTalks belong solely to the individual and are not representative of the official policy or position of Linfield University or any Linfield University departments.

59mins

6 Mar 2021

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Episode 22: Nicholas Buccola

AWM Author Talks

This week, we present an excerpt from a previously recorded conversation with author and historian Nicholas Buccola about his recent book The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America. To watch the full program as well as view an accompanying photo slideshow, visit the American Writers Museum YouTube channel. We hope you enjoy entering the mind of a writer. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS “For Baldwin this is the human conundrum. If you want to understand racism, homophobia, xenophobia, any ideology of exclusion, at the core is that human paradox, that fear that we have.” “Baldwin and Buckley were born in the same city, but they might as well have been born on two different planets.” “What Baldwin concludes about human nature is that most of us most of the time are in a state of identity crisis. That we really don’t want to come to terms with who we really are. So what we tend to do is create identities that make us feel safe, which are fundamentally false.” “Baldwin is somebody who sets out to find a way to escape that fate [of poverty] and the way he does that is through words." “At the bottom of all of Buckley’s views is an assumption that some lives matter more than others. That’s one of the things that I argue in the book is that there is this explicit white supremacy you can see, but there’s kind of an implicit white supremacy in all sorts of arguments that Buckley makes.”

30mins

26 Oct 2020

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Interview with Nicholas Buccola, author of The Fire Is Upon Us

Hugos There Podcast

And now for something completely different. Science Fiction isn’t really on the menu this time. Instead, Seth is joined by Nicholas Buccola to discuss his fantastic book The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America. We also discuss where to start with James Baldwin’s writing. … Continue reading "Interview with Nicholas Buccola, author of The Fire Is Upon Us"

54mins

10 Oct 2020

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Interview with Nicholas Buccola, author of The Fire Is Upon Us

Hugos There Podcast

And now for something completely different. Science Fiction isn’t really on the menu this time. Instead, Seth is joined by Nicholas Buccola to discuss his fantastic book The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America. We also discuss where to start with James Baldwin’s writing. … Continue reading "Interview with Nicholas Buccola, author of The Fire Is Upon Us"

54mins

10 Oct 2020

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Where Past Meets Present: A Conversation with Nicholas Buccola

Conversations with Chanda

Nicholas Buccola’s background in American political thought led him to write his book, “The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America.” Nicholas connected with Chanda to talk about how James Baldwin and William Buckley’s infamous debate came to fruition, the fortress of white supremacy, and why we need to come to terms with our history in order to move forward with justice.

1hr 18mins

24 Jul 2020

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The Fire Is Upon Us By Nicholas Buccola

Reader's Corner

This is an encore presentation. On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Union at England’s Cambridge University to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., America's most influential conservative intellectual.

30mins

12 Jun 2020

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Episode 192: The Fire Is Upon Us, with Nicholas Buccola

Give and Take

My guest is Nicholas Buccola. His new book is The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America. On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America's most influential conservative intellectual. The topic was "the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro," and no one who has seen the debate can soon forget it. Nicholas Buccola's The Fire Is upon Us is the first book to tell the full story of the event, the radically different paths that led Baldwin and Buckley to it, the controversies that followed, and how the debate and the decades-long clash between the men continues to illuminate America's racial divide today. Born in New York City only fifteen months apart, the Harlem-raised Baldwin and the privileged Buckley could not have been more different, but they both rose to the height of American intellectual life during the civil rights movement. By the time they met in Cambridge, Buckley was determined to sound the alarm about a man he considered an "eloquent menace." For his part, Baldwin viewed Buckley as a deluded reactionary whose popularity revealed the sickness of the American soul. The stage was set for an epic confrontation that pitted Baldwin's call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley's unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy. A remarkable story of race and the American dream, The Fire Is upon Us reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of a conflict that continues to haunt our politics.Special Guest: Nicholas Buccola .

55mins

29 Oct 2019