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Episode 32: An Interview with John Bracey

Episode 32: An Interview with John Bracey

June 30, 2020

Welcome to a special episode of MythTake! Rather than bring you our usual format of myth analysis, we're doing something a little different. We're giving this episode over to talk about race in classics.

The Black Lives Matter movement has been gaining renewed momentum, and hashtags like #shutdownacademia and #blackintheivory are highlighting the experiences of Black people in academia. Classics itself is a predominately white whose area of research gets co-opted for white supremacist causes. To push back against this, and to help elevate Black voices in Classics, we put out a Twitter call for Black classicists to use our platform to share their stories. Today, we're pleased to bring you this interview with John Bracey.

John Bracey, aka @magisterbracey on Twitter, is a Latin teacher in Massachusetts teaching Latin using the Comprehensible Input technique.. He has an MA in Classics from Boston College and in 2016 he was named Latin Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. He leads workshops for teachers around the US on language teaching.

He has written in Eidolon about his experience trying to get hired as a Black Latin teacher and why students of color don’t take Latin.

Find John online at https://magisterbracey.com.

This episode is kindly sponsored by Our Voices in Classics, a not-for-profit organization that proactively seeks to amplify and uplift the voices of students and scholars at all levels whom the field of Classics has traditionally marginalized, ignored, or silenced.

 


Links

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Episode 31: Heroes in the Time of COVID

Episode 31: Heroes in the Time of COVID

May 18, 2020

We're baaack! We've been hearing a lot about heroes in the news lately and it's got us thinking. The word's being used to describe doctors, nurses, paramedics, delivery people, truck drivers, and grocery store workers-- all the people who are keeping our society going through the COVID-19 pandemic. But what do we really mean when we call someone a hero? Do our heroes today resemble the heroes of myth? Or are we using the label "hero" to escape societal responsibilities?

Join Darrin and Alison for this special pandemic issue of MythTake. Guest appearance by our new feline production manager!

 


Links:

Mattel Commemorates the Heroes of the Pandemic With New Line of Action Figures (Adweek)

America's Heroism Trap (Slate)

Healthcare Workers Deserve More than Hero Memes (Passage)

I’m An NHS Doctor. I Don’t Want To Be A Hero – I Want To Do My Job Without The Risks (Huffington Post)

Calling Healthcare Workers "Heroes" Sets Them Up to be Sacrificed (GQ)

'Hero' Rings Hollow (LA Times)

 


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Episode 30: MythTake at the Movies– Aquaman

Episode 30: MythTake at the Movies– Aquaman

January 27, 2019

This episode we head to the movies and apply our mythological skills to the recent release Aquaman (starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard and Directed by James Wan). Spoiler alerts! 


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Episode 29: From the Vault–Crossover Episode with Jeff Wright and Ryan Stitt

Episode 29: From the Vault–Crossover Episode with Jeff Wright and Ryan Stitt

January 1, 2019

It's New Year's Eve and that means out with the old and in with the new! While cleaning out the MythTake vault, we found this unreleased recording from earlier this year, so we're wrapping it up and giving it to you now.

In the summer of 2018, four intrepid podcasters-- Alison, Darrin, Ryan, and Jeff-- headed off to the Shaw Festival to watch Stephen Fry perform Heroes, the second part of his three-part trilogy Mythos, based on his book by the same name. Then we talked about it. Here is that conversation.

Mythos: A Trilogy--Gods. Heroes. Men. written and performed by Stephen Fry and directed by Tim Carroll at the Shaw Festival, 2018

Mythos by Stephen Fry, published 2017.

Special Podcast Guests

Jeff Wright of Trojan War Podcast

Ryan Stitt of The History of Ancient Greece 

 


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Episode 28: Antigone

Episode 28: Antigone

December 9, 2018

 

This episode is all about Antigone. We discuss a recent local production of Antigone that explores the current cultural significance of the play and explore a variety of themes. We also have a special free give away for our listeners!

Antigone, Adapted and Directed by Mike Griffin

Literature & History Episode 32 Antigone

History of Ancient Greece Episode 51 Sophocles

 


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Episode 27: A Bard and a Horse

Episode 27: A Bard and a Horse

January 21, 2018
 

We're back with a full-length episode! For episode 27, we crack open our shiny new copy of Emily Wilson's translation of Odyssey! After a chat about the challenges of accessing myths through translation, we  take a look at a small episode that makes up a big part of the Trojan War myth. We hope we do this beautiful translation justice!

We also have listener mail from Andrew, who asks us for some reading recommendations. Check out our recommended reading and listening!

 


Source Passages

Odyssey 8. 482- 520 (Trans. Wilson).


Translation Sources

Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Emily Wilson. 2018.

Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Richmond Lattimore. 1967.

 


Recommended Listening

Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram. The Endless Knot. Episode 50: Translating the Odyssey, with Emily Wilson. Jan. 3, 2018. 

Curtis Dozier. Mirror of Antiquity. Episode 1: Translating the Past, with Rachel Kitzinger. Jan. 2, 2018. 

Jeff Wright. Trojan War: The Podcast


Recommended Reading 

Bruce Meyer. Heroes: From Heracles to Superman. 2007.

Bruno Snell. The Discovery of the Mind in Greek Philosophy and Literature. 2011.

Christopher Logue. All Day Permanent Red: The First Battle Scenes of Homer's Iliad Rewritten. 2004. 

Joseph Campbell. Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. 2013.

Joseph Campbell. Hero of a Thousand Faces. 2008.

Terry Eagleton. Literary Theory: An Introduction. 2008.

Walter Ong. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. 1982. 


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Episode 26: The Bakkhai

Episode 26: The Bakkhai

October 23, 2017

Warning: This podcast discusses adult themes and theatre scenes of an erotic nature.

Blood. Violence. Passion. Wine. This episode has it all, as we discuss the Stratford Festival production of Bakkhai, a new translation of Euripides' Bacchae by Ann Carson. 

We apologize for a few audio glitches, especially around the eleven minute mark. We thought this episode was worth sharing anyway and hope you enjoy it.

Find out more about the Stratford Festival production of Bakkhai, including photos and a video trailer, on the production's website.

You can read more about the Twitches & Itches production of Euripides' Bacchae in January 2017 in the Brock News.

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Episode 25: The Perseids

Episode 25: The Perseids

August 31, 2017

What do you see when you look up at the night sky in August? The story of Perseus! The classicists return to thinking about outer space this episode when we talk about the Perseid meteor shower and the constellations around it.

 

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Episode 24: Wonder Woman

Episode 24: Wonder Woman

July 18, 2017
 

In this very special episode, we turn our talent for analysis to a modern myth: Wonder Woman!  

Wonder Woman. Dir. Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot. Warner Brothers, 2017. Film. http://wonderwomanfilm.com 

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Episode 23: Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Part 3)

Episode 23: Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Part 3)

June 13, 2017
 

We pick up the pace a bit and wrap up the second half of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo. Learn about the Apollo's connection with the ancient site at Delphi. 

Passage: Homeric Hymn to Apollo
 
Mentioned Reading: William J. Broad The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind its Lost Secrets
 
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