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Welcome to Unlimited Opinions! Have you ever wanted to listen to a lawyer and his teenage son discuss philosophy, mythology, politics and more? No? Well, Mark and Adam Bishop are here to discuss it all the same! In Season 1, they covered Anthony Kenny's "A New History of Western Philosophy," in Season 2, they delved into Jake Jackson's "Myths & Legends," and in Season 3, they read Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth!" Now in Season 4, they're diving into politics with Alan Ryan's "On Politi ...
 
For the fans of Adam Carolla and his friends family and co-workers (past and present). Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Bishop, Teresa Strasser, Mike Dawson, Christie Hemme, Big Tad, Anderson, Kyle, Tara, Billy West, David Allen Grier, Aaron Hamill, Cousin Sal, Jeffery Ross, Dave Dameshek, Rachel Sterling, Jaron, Julie Costello, Shawnie Costello, Rich Banks, Joanna Krupa, Dani Lee, Danny Bonaduce, Nicole Pulliam, Paula Harrison, Dr. Bruce, Ray Oldhafer, Oswaldo Castillo, Daniel Ke ...
 
“Leading in the City” is a podcast that talks urban politics, spirituality, and methodology from pioneers around the globe. Hosted by LEAD.NYC Executive Director Adam Durso and others. Join the conversation as we hear from top faith leaders based in NYC and around the world! New episodes available bi-weekly. Brought to you by LEAD.NYC.
 
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These are some authors we really agree with! Join us as we look at the foundational republican thinkers: James Harrington, Algernon Sidney, and Montesquieu. We discuss Harrington's economic-based republicanism of Oceana, with the ability of freeholders to form militias and defend themselves against the government. We also talk about Sidney's aristo…
 
John Locke may just be our favorite political theorist yet! Join us as we cover Locke's political theories, including the peaceful state of nature, religious toleration, and the idea of a very limited government. We discuss in detail our natural rights, how moral foundations are important for any society, when one can engage in a revolution, and wh…
 
We give consent to those who govern us, but after that, they can kinda just do whatever they want except kill us. At least, according to the 17th century political theorist Thomas Hobbes! In this episode, we break down all of Hobbes' political theories, particularly how his nominalism relates to politics, the role of the sovereign, the state of hum…
 
Machiavelli and nuclear bombs! Those are just two of the many topics we cover on this episode of Unlimited Opinions! We break down who Machiavelli was, the political history of Renaissance Florence, and his The Prince and Discourses on Livy. We discuss whether one can be a truly moral politician, the nature of political families, whether one should…
 
As punishment for believing that infants shouldn't be baptized, you should be immediately drowned! At least according to Ulrich Zwingli, that is. In this episode, we look at the Reformation, and how the ideas of Martin Luther, Jean Calvin, and various radicals played into the discussion of church and state in Europe. We discuss the economic roots o…
 
Our plans for the immediate future are to write 901 theses on every topic imaginable, with many of them focusing on how much utopias suck and how bad tattoos will look in the future! Along with this, we discuss humanism in the fifteenth century, looking at how various thinkers valued education and classical literature in order to argue for peace an…
 
"The Catholic Church hierarchy is corrupt." - Dante, Marsilius of Padua, and Mark & Adam Bishop. In this episode, we look at the thoughts of three major figures in the fourteenth century: Dante Alighieri, Marsilius of Padua, and Bartolus of Sassoferrato. The biggest political issue in the fourteenth century was the administrative functioning of the…
 
A half-hour long rant on the role of morals in the government! What else could you ask for from an episode of Unlimited Opinions? Join us as we continue in the Middle Ages, looking at how Aquinas ingeniously combined the pagan philosophy of Aristotle with the increasingly complex faith of Christianity. We talk about the rise of universities in Euro…
 
We are now the People's Podcast, producing the REAL People's Paper! In this episode, aside from our lengthy rants about communism on college campuses, we focus on the wide time period between the writings of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. We look primarily at the political role of the church in medieval Western Europe, looking at the relatio…
 
St. Paul's letters: a good addition to the Bible or more of an optional editorial? In St. Augustine's eyes, absolutely essential! Join us as we discuss everything there is to know about St. Augustine's political theory. We start with the problem of evil and St. Augustine's temporary solution in Manichaenism, his conversion to Christianity, and the …
 
Away from the idealized theories of the Greeks and into the practical wisdom of the Romans! In this episode, we look at two of Rome's most influential authors: Polybius and Cicero. Through Polybius' historical accounts and Cicero's assorted works, we are able to look at the structure of the Roman Republic and how it differed from all previous forms…
 
Mark has a change of ideals and has become a Marxist! Join us as we look at Aristotle's political thought in The Politics, as we look at the teleology of politics. What is the goal of the government, how should we examine the world around us, how do economics affect political stability, and what is the ideal state? We also realize that a random lot…
 
Everyone's favorite philosopher who gives no specifics on how to achieve his utopia: Karl Marx! And Plato, too! In this episode, we look at two of Plato's political (or antipolitical) dialogues: Gorgias and Republic. We look at the varying definitions of justice, whether it's just to act according to your power, and how Plato's ideal society was st…
 
The failures of radical democracy! In this episode, we look at Chapter 1 of Alan Ryan's On Politics, beginning with the emergence and rule of Athenian radical democracy. We look at the origins of the Greek city-state, the functioning of the Athenian Assembly, the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, the Trial of Socrates, and more! We also break down wh…
 
This is the start to potentially the most rant-filled season of all time! For Season 4, we are reading Alan Ryan's On Politics, a book discussing the history of political theory from Herodotus to the modern day. In this episode, we discuss the introduction as well as give an introduction for this season as a whole. We discuss the Athenian and Roman…
 
The finale to Season 3! We discuss Joseph Campbell's philosophies on God, metaphysics, and ethics, which are all framed in the idea that all people are of the same energy. Join us as we break down whether or not you and the other are truly one, why we have so many different images of God, what it means to live an ethical life, and much, much more! …
 
Listeners beware: skip to 11:40 to avoid a very lovely rant! In this episode, we discuss Joseph Campbell's views on love and meaningful relationships. Campbell takes a slight break from mythology and really dives into his philosophies on love, including how the 12th century troubadors transformed the nature of love, the necessity of compassion, and…
 
Listen to the worst mythological joke of all time in this episode of Unlimited Opinions! Join us as we discuss Joseph Campbell's thoughts on the development of the goddess in myths and how this relates to masculine and feminine characteristics, as well as society as a whole. We discuss our own thoughts on gender roles, the importance of a mother an…
 
What makes a hero a hero? In this episode, we look at Joseph Campbell's theory of the Hero's Journey as he discusses it with the journalist Bill Moyers. We look at what the Hero's Journey entails, why life is full of suffering, and how one becomes a hero in their own life. We also discuss theology, the ego, and J.R.R. Tolkien's thoughts on life and…
 
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? What is the moral way to live your live? Who would order peas at a restaurant? These are the critical questions we are asking in this episode as we break down Joseph Campbell's thoughts on how spirituality should be practiced in your life. We discuss the importance of taking a break from the outside world, th…
 
What began humanity's mythological stories? Death or something else? In this episode, we break down the third chapter of The Power of Myth, discussing Joseph Campbell's theories on how myths began, amongst other concepts, including whether or not humans make beautiful things instinctually and how the self relates to society. As may be expected, we …
 
Is this the first chapter that Adam does not particularly like? In this episode, we look at much of Joseph Campbell's personal philosophies and largely disagree with them. We discuss how humans now are the same as 30,000 years ago, how dreams and myths relate, transcendence, the use of allegory, and much more. We also return to our season-spanning …
 
"I'm fed up! I'm about to start caring!" - Mark Bishop, 2022. What issues prompted this radical turn to caring? Find out in this episode as we discuss the first chapter of The Power of Myth: "Myth and the Modern World." We discuss the importance to studying mythology, the experience of being alive, generalists vs. specialists, whether or not we sho…
 
Welcome to Season 3 of Unlimited Opinions! In this episode, we look at journalist Bill Moyers' introduction to The Power of Myth, a text edition of the conversations held between Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell. We look at many of the big topics that are to come in the rest of the book, including why mythology is relevant today, the use of r…
 
In this finale for Season 2 of Unlimited Opinions, we look at Scottish legends for children and stories of Fionn mac Cumhaill. We discuss the Ainsel, the story of Ossian and the Crow, the legend of how Fionn got his sword Mac an Luinne, and much more! We also talk about the importance of mythology overall and why it's important today, and how this …
 
Porridge: the cure-all food of Scotland, apparently! In this episode, we look at Scottish stories about ghosts, tales of how things came to be, and fables instructing you how to live your life. We discuss the Fiddler of Gord, Dubh u'Giubhais, Luran, the Three Questions of King James, and much more! We also somehow end up on many tangents, including…
 
In this episode, Mark begins his descent into becoming a cartoon supervillain! Amidst many tangents and asides, we discuss the rather cheerful stories of Scottish fairies and sea-folk. We look at the legend of the Selkie, several stories about Changelings (including the story of Wee Johnnie in the Cradle), and the tale of how you should always acce…
 
The beginning of Scottish mythology! In this episode, we cover various tales of witchcraft, including the legend of the brownie, the three knots, the daughter of Duart, and the cauldron. We also discuss what distinguishes Scottish mythology from other Celtic traditions in its role in primarily oral storytelling. As is par for the course, we ramble …
 
In this epic conclusion to Norse mythology, we cover the entire story of Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world. We tell the whole story, from Balder's death to Loki's punishment, and the battle itself on the field of Vigrid, and the renewed world. We also discuss the dichotomies represented by each of the gods and their enemies, and discuss our thou…
 
Tangents, many connections to other writings, and rants! The quintessential Unlimited Opinions episode! We look at Freyja and Odur's love story, the tale of how Tyr lost his hand, the passing of the dwarfs, and much more! In this episode, Tolkien references abound and off-topic conversations run rampant. We're also looking for suggestions for a boo…
 
Thor: hero of Norse mythology or kinda just a jerk? In this episode, we look at various legends of Thor's exploits in the Norse myths, including how Thor's hammer was made and later stolen, his fishing adventure, and the page-turner that is the story of Thor's journey to the hall of Utgard-loki. As always, this episode is full of tangents and other…
 
In this episode packed full of information about the Norse myths, we cover some of the most famous stories of Norse mythology! We look at the halls of Asgard, Heimdall's visits to Midgard, several of Loki's trickster stories, the tales of the Norns, Idunn's apples of immortality, and a very abridged version of the Sigurd Saga. We also narrowly avoi…
 
Mark's Manifesto, an undocumented Berber language, and the plot of John Wick: our favorite trinity in Norse mythology! In this episode, we break down the Norse creation myths, including the creation of Ymir in Ginnungagap, the shaping of the earth by Odin, Vili, and Ve, the chariots of Nott and Dag, the first humans, and the founding of Asgard in Y…
 
Don't we all just wish that we had a Cone of Buffalo Protection? It would definitely make my trips to Yellowstone a lot less hazardous. In this episode, we discuss legends from various Native American peoples, including how the sun was ensnared, how the Pawnee are able to hunt buffalo, and the Seminole account of the origin of the three races. We a…
 
If someone rejects you, it might just be a little overboard to make a sentient snowman to lead them to their doom. But what do I know, I'm no judge! On this episode, we look at Algonquian myths and legends, including the tale of Michabo and his role in the creation of the world, the journey to the Land of Souls, Moowis the Snow-husband, and the leg…
 
Rants, rants, and more Mark Bishop rants! In this episode, we begin looking at Native American mythology, starting with the Iroquois people. We talk about the creation myth of how Atahensic created the Good Mind and the Bad Mind, the origin of medicine, the legend of Hiawatha, the story of the stone giant Ganusquah, the mysterious tale of Great Hea…
 
What does your mind jump to when learning about various important tales from India? If your answer is the soundtrack to the 1978 movie Convoy, you might be Mark Bishop! In this last episode focusing on Indian mythology, we look at various important tales from India, such as the Birth of Ganga, in which King Sagara's 60,000 sons are turned to ash an…
 
Back in person and with more rambling than ever! On this episode, we look at some legends about the Hindu god Shiva, and his role as destroyer in the triumvirate of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. We look at Shiva's birth, his wedding to Sati, and his dance of change. We also talk about the nature of destruction and preservation, the importance of a spo…
 
Was the Empire in Star Wars on the right side? - and other topics that can be vaguely related to the Mahabharata, the longest epic poem ever written! On this episode, we break down some summaries of the stories of the origin of Arjuna, the warrior prince of the Pandavas. We look at how the Pandavas met their mentor Drona, how Arjuna and his rival K…
 
Reincarnation: a wise philosophy or nonsense? We attempt to answer that question and more as we look at some legends about Buddha. We look at Guatama Buddha's conversion, life, and death, the story of how Sumedha became a disciple of Buddha, and the tale of the six-tusked elephant. We also look at the nature of desire as the root of all evil, the p…
 
Krishna's major accomplishments: battling a monstrous snake, lifting an entire mountain with the tip of his finger, and...stealing clothes? In this episode, we continue our look at Indian mythology, covering the legends of Krishna's early life, from his birth and prophesy to defeat Kansa, his mischievous and powerful adventures as a boy, his battle…
 
In this episode, we look at tales from the Ramayana, one of the epic Hindu poems. It tells the story of Rama and his brothers Bharata, Lakshman, Sutrughna, all embodiments of the great god Vishnu. We look at Rama's youth and exile, and how he rescued his wife Sita from the terrible evil of the rakshasa Ravana. We break down the morality tales and l…
 
Join us for a discussion of some of the most famous Greek myths, such as Eros and Psyche, Persephone and Hades, Orpheus and Eurydice, Echo and Narcissus, Perseus, Daedalus, and Icarus. We talk about how love and the mind work together, how myths develop from the values that a culture holds, and how power leads to corruption. Also included is a worl…
 
You know you're a good king when you have a giant bronze jar made specifically to hide in out of your own fear and cowardice! At least, that seemed to work for King Eurystheus as he sent Heracles out on his twelve famous labors. In this episode, we look at all twelve labors, including the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra, the Cretan Bull, the captur…
 
Join us in this episode of Unlimited Opinions as we look at the real Avengers of the Ancient Greeks: Jason and the Argonauts. We discuss every part of the journey, from how the quest to capture the Golden Fleece was begun, the members of the Argonauts, the trials they faced along the journey, and how Medea is just absolutely terrifying. Follow us o…
 
We now come to the conclusion of Odysseus' story as he makes it back to his home of Ithaca. However, he still has many trials to face, as we discuss in this episode! Join us as we look at the reunion of Odysseus and Telemachus, Penelope's plan to keep the suitors away, the battle in Odysseus' palace, and much more! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpini…
 
In this episode, we break down Odysseus' famous journey to Ithaca from Troy. Every scene in this story is famous, from the Lotus-Eaters to the Cyclopes. from the sorceress Circe to the House of Hades, and from the Sirens to the Flock of Helius. Join us as we look at all of these famous adventures and discuss what to admire in Odysseus and what you …
 
The Trojan War: just an Ancient Greek Avengers? Join us as we look at the stories surrounding the city of Troy, including the judgement of Paris, all the events leading up to the Trojan War, and the war itself, which is really a lot of miniature battles in one big battle. We also talk about the Latin language, the nature of warfare, and how the Sie…
 
If I had a nickel for every story in this episode that featured a man stealing clothes from a woman and forcing her to marry him, I'd have two nickels! Which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice. In this last episode focusing on Chinese mythology, we look at an assortment tales, including the story of how the silkworm came to be, the …
 
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