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Title: A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 9: Vanity of Vanities

A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 4: Women’s Coats and Beach Cabanas

June 30th, 2020

In this episode, we examine the rivalry/friendship between Eisler and the great scholar of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem and reassess Eisler’s infamous… Go to Episode

James M. Lundberg, "Horace Greeley: Print, Politics, and the Failure of American Nationhood" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)

June 30th, 2020

During his nearly four decades as a newspaper editor and politician, Horace Greeley embraced a range of controversial causes. In his book Horace Greeley:… Go to Episode

Zachary Carter, "Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes" (Random House, 2020)

June 30th, 2020

Keynes was not only an economist but the preeminent anti-authoritarian thinker of the 20th century, one who devoted his life to the belief that art and… Go to Episode

Yitzhak Lewis, "Permanent Beginning: R. Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity" (SUNY Press, 2020)

June 29th, 2020

The Hasidic leader R. Nachman of Braslav (1772–1810) has held a place in the Jewish popular imagination for more than two centuries. Some see him as… Go to Episode