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Entitled Opinions (about Life and Literature)

Entitled Opinions is a literary talk show on Stanford University Radio, KZSU, in which Professor Robert Harrison interviews guests about issues that range from literature and philosophy to politics and sports.

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W.H. Auden - Nicholas Jenkins

September 30, 2008--A conversation with literary historian Nicholas Jenkins about the life and work of poet W.H. Auden

1hr 3mins

30 Sep 2008

Rank #1

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The Existentialism of Sartre - Lanier Anderson

April 14, 2009--A conversation with Professor Lanier Anderson about the Existential philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

1hr 1min

14 Apr 2009

Rank #2

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Vocation of the Humanities - Hayden White

February 19, 2008--A conversation with historian and literary theorist Hayden White about the vocation of the humanities

1hr 1min

19 Feb 2008

Rank #3

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Andrei Linde on the Birth of the Universe (Re-Broadcast)

August 9, 2013--Robert Harrison discusses cosmology and inflationary theory with Stanford physicist Andrei Linde.

1hr 2mins

9 Aug 2013

Rank #4

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Hannah Arendt pt. 1 - A conversation with Karen Feldman

May 15, 2007--A conversation with Professor Karen Feldman of Berkeley on the philosophy of Hannah Arendt.


15 May 2007

Rank #5

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Michel Foucault - Hans Sluga

April 18, 2012--Robert Harrison speaks with Hans Sluga about the life and work of Michel Foucault.

1hr 3mins

18 Apr 2012

Rank #6

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Freud & Psychoanalysis Pt 1 - A conversation with Charitini Douvaldzi

May 29, 2007--Part 1 of a conversation with Stanford Professor Charitini Douvaldzi about what is dead and what is alive in psychoanalysis.


29 May 2007

Rank #7

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Language and Thought - Lera Boroditsky

November 4, 2008--Guest host Joshua Landy, Professor of French at Stanford University, speaks with Lera Boroditsky, Professor of Psychology about language and thought.

1hr 1min

4 Nov 2008

Rank #8

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Walking in Ice with Werner Herzog

May 28, 2019-- In this episode filmmaker and author Werner Herzog discusses his remarkable book Of Walking in Ice, first published in 1978. The audio in this show is a recording of a live event that took place at Stanford University on May 7, 2019.

1hr 2mins

28 May 2019

Rank #9

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Origins of Agriculture Pt 1 - Michael Shanks

February 5, 2008--The first of a two part conversation with archaeologist Michael Shanks about the origins of agriculture


5 Feb 2008

Rank #10

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Hans Sluga on Wittgenstein

October 7, 2015--A conversation with Hans Sluga, professor of philosophy at UC-Berkeley, about the life and work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

1hr 3mins

7 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Dante and Prufrock - A Coda

June 19, 2007--A monologue by Robert Harrison on T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and its connections with Dante's "Inferno."

1hr 4mins

19 Jun 2007

Rank #12

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Beauty - Alexander Nehamas (part 1)

February 15, 2011--Joshua Landy speaks with professor of philosophy at Princeton University Alexander Nehamas about beauty.


15 Feb 2011

Rank #13

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Peter Sloterdijk on Friedrich Nietzsche

December 15, 2016--A conversation with writer, philosopher, and cultural theorist Peter Sloterdijk on Friedrich Nietzsche.

1hr 13mins

15 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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A Monologue on Machiavelli

December 7, 2009--Robert Harrison discusses Machiavelli's The Prince


7 Dec 2009

Rank #15

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Monika Greenleaf on Dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov

May 21, 2014--A conversation with Monika Greenleaf, Stanford professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, on Dostoevsky and his masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov.

1hr 1min

21 May 2014

Rank #16

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Poetry and Thinking - A conversation with Andrew Mitchell

June 12, 2007--A conversation with Andrew Mitchell about poetry and thinking in the later work of Martin Heidegger.

1hr 3mins

12 Jun 2007

Rank #17

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Aristotle's Poetics - Blair Hoxby

March 8, 2011--Robert Harrison speaks with Blair Hoxby, Stanford Professor of English literature about Aristotle's Poetics.

1hr 1min

8 Mar 2011

Rank #18

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Samuel Beckett - Robert Harrison

April 12, 2011--Robert Harrison speaks about Samuel Beckett.

1hr 10mins

12 Apr 2011

Rank #19

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Phenomenology - Thomas Sheehan

October 5, 2011--Robert Harrison speaks with Thomas Sheehan, Stanford Professor of Religious Studies, about phenomenology.

1hr 4mins

5 Oct 2011

Rank #20