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ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST
93 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
EPISODE 1 PENELOPE
STORY 0:00 – 1:15:00 Odysseus – “the polytropus man” – sets sail for home. Adventures at Ismarus and in the Land of the Lotus Eaters follow. A detailed flashback takes us to Ithaka, to explore Penelope’s three duties in her husband’s absence: stewardship, sexual fidelity, and raising an heir. The episode concludes with Odysseus and... The post EPISODE 1 PENELOPE appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
86 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
EPISODE 2 CYCLOPS
STORY 0:00 – 1:03:45 This episode includes all of the adventures – the horror, the comedy, and the strategy – inside the cyclops Polyphemus’ cave. The episode concludes with Odysseus being cursed, followed by a short primer on how to curse one’s enemies, Bronze Age style. POST-STORY COMMENTARY: UNDERSTANDING XENIA 1:03:45 – 1:25:37 The Odyssey’s... The post EPISODE 2 CYCLOPS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
73 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
EPISODE 3 AEOLUS and THE LASTRYGONIANS
STORY 0:00 – 45:00 The Great Wanderings continue, and disaster follows disaster. First Odysseus squanders opportunity for easy homecoming via King Aeolus’ magical bag of wind. And then Odysseus loses most of his ships and crew, in the Lastrygonian harbor of death. POST-STORY COMMENTARY: THE ODYSSEY AS LITERATURE’S DEFINING QUEST STORY 45:00 – 1:13:00 I... The post EPISODE 3 AEOLUS and THE LASTRYGONIANS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
89 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
EPISODE 4 CIRCE
STORY 0:00 – 56:00 Odysseus’ crew arrive on Circe’s island, where they are transformed into pigs (most likely for behaving like pigs). After rescuing his crew, Odysseus decides to postpone his homecoming a full year, unwilling to resist the pleasures of the Circe’s “gorgeous bed”. POST-STORY COMMENTARY: MARITAL FIDELITY IN THE BRONZE AGE 56:00 –... The post EPISODE 4 CIRCE appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
73 minutes | Jul 31, 2019
EPISODE 5 ODYSSEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD
STORY 0:00 – 53:00 Odysseus visits the underworld and has some interesting conversations with the dead. His mom warns him about the deteriorating situation in Ithaka; Agamemnon warns him about the fidelity of wives (an Odyssey “recurring theme); and Achilles shares his post-life existential crisis: “was all of my earthly kleos really worth anything?”. POST-STORY... The post EPISODE 5 ODYSSEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
127 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
EPISODE 6 SIRENS, SCYLLA, CHARYBDIS and SOME COWS
STORY 0:00 – 58:55 Odysseus listens to the Sirens. I pause to provide a historical review of how Sirens evolved over time, following Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus then chooses between Charybdis and Scylla, and I pause to relate a seriously twisted “Scylla back-story”. And finally, we witness the incredibly disturbing deaths of all of Odysseus’ remaining... The post EPISODE 6 SIRENS, SCYLLA, CHARYBDIS and SOME COWS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
91 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
EPISODE 7 CALYPSO
STORY 0:00 – 54:30 The episode opens in year seven of Odysseus’ long, largely undocumented sojourn on Calypso’s island. Odysseus is longing for home, apparently unmoved by the promise of immortality with a goddess. Up on Mount Olympus: Athena pleads Odysseus’ case, Zeus relents, and Hermes is sent to Calypso’s island with orders that “Odysseus... The post EPISODE 7 CALYPSO appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
111 minutes | Jul 28, 2019
EPISODE 8 TELEMACHUS
STORY 0:00 – 53:15 At the same time as Hermes takes flight to Calypso’ island, in order to rescue Odysseus, Athena takes flight to Ithaka, in order to “rescue” 20-year old Telemachus: from his remarkable immaturity. This episode picks up the story in the twentieth year of Odysseus’ absence, and details the “Ithacan constitutional crisis”... The post EPISODE 8 TELEMACHUS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
96 minutes | Jul 27, 2019
EPISODE 9 TELEMACHUS, MENELAUS, and HELEN OF TROY
STORY 0:00 – 53:45 Athena sends Telemachus off on his first ever “road trip” – to Pylos and to Sparta – in the hopes that it might help the milquetoast young man to “grow a pair”. Telemachus meets some familiar characters from Iliad: windy old king Nestor, blustery Menelaus, and the “enigmatic-as-ever” Helen of Troy... The post EPISODE 9 TELEMACHUS, MENELAUS, and HELEN OF TROY appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
90 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
EPISODE 10 NAUSICAA
STORY 0:00 – 1:04:45 At the same time as Athena is in Ithaka – “mentoring” Telemachus – Odysseus washes ashore the land of the Phaeacians: badly beat up, half-starved, and totally naked. And his only hope of receiving the xenia that he needs, is to somehow find a way to supplicate a feisty young teenage... The post EPISODE 10 NAUSICAA appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
99 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
EPISODE 11 DEMODOCUS and THE PHAECIANS
STORY 0:00 – 1:18:30 Odysseus – his identity still a secret – spends a very full day as the guest of the King Alcinous and Queen Arete. Most of the day is spent in Odysseus doing his best to NOT reveal his identity. But songs sung by the bard Demodocus, and an ugly incident on... The post EPISODE 11 DEMODOCUS and THE PHAECIANS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
149 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
EPISODE 12 HOMECOMING
STORY 0:00 – 1:33:40 Odysseus – after twenty years away – wakes up on the shores of his own dear Ithaka. Athena provides her boy with an intelligence briefing, a reconnoiter strategy, and, of course, a disguise. And then Odysseus launches into the most dangerous part of his homecoming journey yet: figuring a way to... The post EPISODE 12 HOMECOMING appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
151 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
EPISODE 13 RECOGNITION AND REVENGE
STORY 0:00 – 1:36:40 Our story opens with possible “recognition”. Penelope and a homeless beggar (Odysseus) have a long conversation, and take turns decoding a dream. Does Penelope know that the beggar is Odysseus? The next day Penelope announces that her husband is dead, and now is the day to choose a new husband. Penelope... The post EPISODE 13 RECOGNITION AND REVENGE appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
92 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
EPISODE 14 REUNION
STORY 0:00 – 1:03:05 And finally, Penelope and Odysseus (no longer in disguise) meet. Penelope sets one final test, Odysseus passes it, and certain recognition ensues. Following that, Homer attempts to tie up a few lose ends in his plot – and leaves even more dangling – and The Odyssey comes to a close. POST-STORY... The post EPISODE 14 REUNION appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
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