What is classical education? How can the liberal arts fortify children against anxiety, depression and addiction? What was Charlotte Mason’s contribution to classical education? These are some of the questions that Robin and Jason explore with this week’s guest, Michael d’Esterre. Michael is a clinical social worker in Spokane Washington, who is turning to the liberal arts to find answers to some of our society’s most pressing problems, including mental disorders and addiction.
Last summer I had the privilege of being visited by Jason Van Boom, who teaches history and philosophy at the University of Tartu in Estonia. During car journeys and meals, Jason and I would get into fascinating conversations. Once he commented that our conversations might form the basis for an interesting series of podcasts. I responded that a podcast sounded like a great idea and thought little more of it. Then, a few months later, Jason took up the idea in earnest and the result was “The Robin & Boom Show.”
There was quite a lot of behind the scenes work to get the show up and running, but it’s finally available wherever you listen to podcasts in both Apple and Andriod platforms. We also have our own YouTube channel.
Our niche is to explore issues about the flourishing of the soul from a classical Christian perspective.
In our beta episode, we discussed our plans for the podcast, as well as the continued relevance of philosophical debates that occurred during the Middle Age.
In our first official episode, Jason and I discussed the issue of children’s screen time and the impact technology is having on our youth.
In our second official episode, Jason and I talked about the politics, including the similarities and difference between the American and European political scene. We also explored the importance of symbols, metanarratives, tribalism, and operational philosophical assumptions that animate contemporary public discourse.
Episode #3 was a fascinating discussion with a guest from Portugal, Keith Pimental. We discussed parenting, politics and the importance of having a perspective that includes history stretching backwards and eternity stretching forwards.
Episode #4 continued our conversation with Keith Pimental, as we discussed tribalism, education, and how parents and teachers can develop critical thinking in the youth.
The great thing about this podcast is that you can be involved. If you have a question you would like us to address in a future episode of the show, simply post it on our Facebook Page.
Jason and Robin are joined by Keith Pimental to discuss tribalism. They explain what tribalism is and why it’s a problem in America today. During this conversation you will learn what parents and educators can do to develop critical thinking among the youth, what the difference is between critical thinking and wisdom, and why critical thinking by itself is not enough for human flourishing.
What happens when parents and politicians settle for intermediate goals without giving attention to the long-term end of human flourishing? What is the culture-wide impact of relativism? What happens when we neglect the importance of history and eternity? And what is “methodological Machiavellianism”? These are just some of the questions that Robin and Jason discuss in this episode with their guest from Portugal, Keith Pimental.
Jason Van Boom and Robin Phillips discuss the political climate in America and Europe, including areas of difference and cross-fertilization. During this conversation they explore the importance of symbols, metanarratives, tribalism, and operational philosophical assumptions that animate contemporary public discourse.
In this premier episode of their new podcast, Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom discuss a recent study showing no correlation between a child’s well-being and time spent on technology. But is this study really as conclusive as the media is making out? And what can we learn about the role of studies in our culture? Robin and Jason also discuss why they are launching this podcast and what they plan to discuss on future episodes.
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The Robin & Boom Show is your source for engaging the contemporary world with the Great Tradition. Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom explore some of the most pertinent issues of our time, drawing on classical Christian approaches to philosophy and society. Topics include technology, politics, education, aesthetics, literature, history, theology, health, science, metaphysics, current events, and much more!
Complete List of Episodes
- The Robin & Boom Show #00 – Test Episode
- The Robin & Boom Show #1 – Children and Screen Time
- The Robin & Boom Show #02 – Politics in America and Europe
- The Robin & Boom Show #03 – Discussion with Keith Pimental on Transmitting Values to Next Generation
- The Robin & Boom #04 – Discussion With Keith Pimental on Tribalism
Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom have some fun while discussing their plans to launch a podcast. They also discuss the continued relevance of philosophical debates that occurred during the Middle Age.