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News, politics, history, poetry, philosophy, literature, life: A little university in the palm of your hand, an eloquent voice between your ears! Intended neither to inflame, nor to polarize, but to pursue truth. What end could be greater? Sapere Aude, my friends! Dare to think. Dare to seek. Dare to know.
 
To whom, for guidance, shall we turn? With whom, for want of equanimity, should we consult? To the wisest, I suggest. With the poets, I say. Here, on Pneuma, that’s precisely what we’ll do. Each meditation on wellness is inspired by their thought. Each conversation about the "good life" owes a debt of gratitude to their uncompensated gift. Let us profit from it still! Weekly episodes on themes as diverse as walking, sleeping, stretching, politics, worldly possessions, lunch hours, and mornin ...
 
Wondrous tales of heroes and myths for your child’s enlightenment (and your entertainment!) Gather your little ones, ready your minds, and join me, as we embark together (all of us!—parents included!) on fantastic adventures in distant lands. Here, on Finneran’s Wake, you’ll find THE greatest stories ever told, the stories passed down from one generation to the next since the dawn of time, by which our great culture has been raised, and your child will be too.
 
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Can you be happy in this life? Can anyone, for that matter, be happy (I mean truly happy) in this life? Join me, Aristotle, and St. Thomas Aquinas as we address this difficult question. Be sure to subscribe to and follow this channel. Leave a Five-star rating on it and share it with friends! Finneran’s Wake Listen to some fascinating conversations …
 
Hector Roos is a candidate representing the Libertarian Party in Florida’s gubernatorial race. For all intents and purposes, your choice of political party in America is binary: Republican or Democratic, or so you’re told. Doubtless, this preserves us from the pitfalls of a parliamentary system, but isn’t it frustrating to know that, in this freest…
 
An excerpt from Thomas De Quincey's intoxicating work, "Confessions of an English Opium Eater". The title, I think, says it all. De Quincey's confessional joins a timeless genre to which such luminary names as St. Augustine and Jean-Jacques Rousseau contributed. In this excerpt, you'll learn how the esteemed British author got hooked on the soporif…
 
Carrie Gibson is an American-born, Cambridge-trained historian, journalist, and author. America, a wild outpost for British Puritans, speculators, merchants, and malcontents began in the year 1776, no? And it wasn’t until the year 1863, on whose dawn Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, that we all began thinking about slavery, right? Whil…
 
Refine your aesthetic sense, heighten your appreciation for nature's splendor, learn what it means to experience the sublime and the beautiful. This episode, at whose center the great Irish philosopher Edmund Burke stands, is something of a didactic meditation. In it, you'll learn how to think about the sublime and the beautiful, and how to talk ab…
 
That bothersome, inescapable tension in which your sore neck is all "knotted up"...Well, it's about to be unravelled. If these simple stretches don't put your neck at ease, the buttery-smooth cooing of my voice just might. Check out my new YouTube channel, "Pneuma by Daniel Finneran", on which I'll post an accompanying video. And visit my sister ch…
 
Food, shelter, and clothing--these are the fundamental needs without which we can't long live, the biologic claims on us to which we can't be inattentive (lest we cease to exist!) We all know this to be true, but these things quickly become, once we detach ourselves from the modest demands of nature, ostentatious treasures, immoderate indulgences t…
 
Mil gracias to my brother and friend, Ernesto Crespo, for accompanying me on my first recorded and filmed interview/conversation (of which, in the coming weeks, I hope to have many more!) His remarkable story, to which hundreds of thousands of Americans can doubtless relate, will always be a source of inspiration to me. From him, you'll learn what …
 
Are you most decidedly NOT a morning "person"? Listen to this episode, inspired by the wisdom of Henry David Thoreau, and your affirmed dislike of the dawn might just change! “All memorable events transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere. The Vedas say, ‘All intelligences awake with the morning’. Poetry and art, and the fairest and mos…
 
"With malice toward none; with charity for all". It was with magnanimity, solemnity, and humility that President Abraham Lincoln addressed a wearied nation divided in two. He was careful not to cover his political opponents (of whom he had many) in opprobrium. He sought, instead, a higher, nobler road toward unity and reconciliation. President Bide…
 
An excerpt from Henry David Thoreau's enduring contribution to the great American canon: Walden.Picture yourself nestled in bed, encased in blankets, warmed by the embers of a fading fire. You're in a tiny cottage on the northern banks of Walden Pond, a cool, limpid body of water off whose pristine surface, a chilly breeze is now blowing. The chime…
 
Wisdom, according to Cicero, is the "Mother of all good things". Yet, wisdom, this benevolent benefactress, is evasive; she's not only difficult to obtain, but hard to define. Depending on the context, we crown her with the following names: prudence, phronesis, or, best of all, Sophia. In this episode, we'll explore our benevolent mother, Wisdom, i…
 
Given all the dysfunction, ineptitude, profligacy, venality, shortsightedness, and unscrupulousness with which our political institutions are rife, we have to ask ourselves: is government necessary? Can we get along just as well without it? In this episode, the first in a series on the “Great Ideas”, we address the question in a dispassionate, phil…
 
This one is a classic! The story of Diana and Actaeon features a remarkable young nobleman, Actaeon, whose skill as a hunter, fitness as a leader, and handsomeness as a royal lad were the envy of all; his aimless wandering into a mystical cave; his encounter with the owner of said cave, the chaste and beautiful goddess Diana, by whom, in a fit of r…
 
Join me as we meditate on the beach this fine day! Liberate your feet from those restrictive shoes in which they're cramped, and feel the warm, soft sand dance between your toes. Fix your gaze upon the blue ocean and the thin horizon, of whose imponderable depth and vastness we have only the faintest notion! As you do this, we'll spend some time th…
 
A reading of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible. Fall asleep to the most majestic tale ever told (or sacred truth revealed). IF you succeed in staying awake through this episode (a feat of which only the most caffeinated among you has any real chance!), you'll hear the timeless story of creation; day by day, how the vast cosmos came into being; the eart…
 
Behold! For those of us who want to eat like Titans, conquer like Olympians, think like philosophers, and thrive like the divine beings we were always meant to be, I introduce, for the first time, the “Promethean Diet”. A diet of which you’ve probably never heard, The Promethean Diet (trademark pending…!) has sustained our species from the very beg…
 
After a 10-mile run, join me as I cool down on my spin bike and air my thoughts! This episode covers the idea of "Unity in Multiplicity", a phrase to which the great Polish-American poet, Czeslaw Milosz makes reference. I expound upon this idea, which leads me to think about art, nature, personalities, God, and Parmenides--the Pre-Socratic philosop…
 
Works and Days, by which restful nights are made all the sweeter. You're going to love this super sleep-inducing tale first told by Hesiod, a Greek poet of the 7th-century BC, who was a contemporary of Homer, an inspiration to Plato, and a hero of mine. IF you succeed in staying awake through this episode (a feat of which only the most caffeinated …
 
How should we think about our manifold worldly possessions?--the cars, clothes, houses, boats, bags, and countless fancy electronic gadgets by which we’re everywhere surrounded (and, whether we notice their encroachment on us or not, increasingly consumed?) Do we submit to and agree to be enslaved by them? Or, resisting their claim on us, do we fig…
 
A book review of "Up From Liberalism" by famed Conservative thinker, William F. Buckley Jr. I spend a few minutes tracing my political inspirations: Aristotle, Cicero, Tocqueville, Jefferson, Hitchens and, yes, Buckley. Subscribe, leave a rating, and visit my sister podcast, Pneuma by Daniel Finneran and Finneran's Wake for Kids…
 
Your complete guide to establishing (and maintaining) an impeccable posture! Listen to this episode, incorporate its tips, and you'll be the envy of the slouching world. This episode has everything you need to know in order to stand in a strong, graceful, poised, and self-confident way. Above all, remember the words of Oscar Wilde: "Style is largel…
 
Quite a week! Ayman Al Zawahiri, the Egyptian physician-terrorist by whom Osama Bin Laden was succeded, was killed by an American drone strike. He was living large at the time in the heart of Kabul. Nancy Pelosi, undeterred by warnings from both the White House and the CCP, visited Taiwan. In Kansas, a ballot initiative to move the issue of abortio…
 
In this episode of “Jog Your Mind”, I share with you the strange, stimulating, and, above all, unscripted thoughts by which my little brain is filled while running. Immediately upon finishing my run, I hop on my spin bike, turn on my microphone, and record those very thoughts for your listening pleasure. In this episode, we cover the wonders of chi…
 
“In the deep heart of man, care builds her nest,Over secret woes she broodeth there,Sleepless she rocks herself and scareth joy and rest”Listen to this episode, and un-build care's brooding, scary nest. Quiet your cares, silence your worries, and enjoy a blissful night of sleep. Be sure to subscribe to this channel, leave a 5-star rating, and send …
 
In this inaugural episode of “Jog Your Mind”, I share with you the strange, stimulating, and, above all, unscripted thoughts by which my little brain is filled while running. Immediately upon finishing my run, I hop on my spin bike, turn on my microphone, and record those very thoughts for your listening pleasure. In this episode, we cover perfect …
 
While reading Thomas Jefferson's collected writings, I realized that, until the very end of his life, his mental acuity never suffered. The same brilliance with which he dazzled the Continental Congress in 1776 sustained itself (and perhaps grew even brighter) until the first quarter of the next century when, on the Fourth of July in 1826, he died.…
 
My advice to you this summer: Sun yourself like a Cynic! That's right--like a Cynic! Diogenes the Dog, founder of the Cynic school of philosophy, liked nothing better than to bask all day in the sun. Perhaps he didn't know that, by so doing, he was generating vitamin D, increasing his testosterone, heightening his serotonin, setting his Circadian c…
 
The second episode of my "Sleep Story" series, with which I hope to facilitate your transition to sleep. In this episode, I read to you an excerpt from Benjamin Disraeli's "Sybil". In it, we meet the titular character, Sybil, as she meditates on the deep, unbridgeable chasm in English society--the gap between the landed and landless, the rich and p…
 
We've witnessed two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth--a trend to which most honest economists once affixed the word, "recession". But honesty, it seems, no longer has currency, so long as a certain Party is in charge. And the army achieves only 40% of its recruitment goal. Why did this happen, and what does it portend?…
 
The inaugural episode of my "Sleep Story" series, with which I hope to facilitate your transition to sleep. In this episode, I read to you an excerpt from Jane Austen's finest work, "Pride and Prejudice". It's the moment in the story at which Lady Catherine (rather unsubtly, and with complete indecorum) tries to dissuade Elizabeth from pursuing Mr.…
 
This story features distraught king, whose noble son, Prince Cadmus, is tasked with finding and recovering Europa, his stolen sister; his failure to do so, and his consequent exile from the realm; his visit to the Oracle of Delphi and his founding of a new city, Thebes; the monster by whom that city was menaced, against whom our great hero waged a …
 
Venerated for his authorship of the Declaration of Independence, detested for his refusal, not only during, but after his life to emancipate his slaves, Thomas Jefferson inhabits, in the minds of many, an ambivalent place. He certainly does in mine. That said, I urge you to reserve your judgment on a man from whom, all these years later, so much go…
 
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”- Ralph Waldo EmersonCan a simple thought truly influence your destiny? Can a state of mind, so easily adopted, really make you into the person whom you want to be? Join me on this episode as we explo…
 
I grant you, it all sounds a little bit too "hippie" and "green", too earthy and primitive for you, my civilized and sophisticated listener, but you'll be absolutely AMAZED by how transcendent it can be to simply examine, admire, and celebrate a tree--that marvel of nature by which, almost everywhere you look, you're quietly surrounded (and, if you…
 
Jill Nagle, with whom I had the great pleasure to talk, is the founder of Evolutionary Workplace, a company based in California whose aim it is to “dismantle white supremacy” mythology. In her approach to “Anti-Racism”, she employs some fascinating techniques, about which you’ll want to learn much more. In this episode, Jill Nagle and I discuss def…
 
On this week’s Concise Recap, we cover the following: 1.) Unrest in Akron after the release of police footage (of Jayland Walker’s Death) 2.) A mass shooting carried out in Highland Park, and a mass shooting averted in Richmond3.) Boris Johnson steps down, and Shinzo Abe is shot down. Subscribe and leave a five-star rating and review! Visit my newe…
 
"Slowly, slowly down the broad dry beach, first in the shallow waves the great god set his spurious hooves, then sauntered further out till in the open sea he bore his prize. Fear filled her heart, as, gazing back, she saw the fast receding sands..."Did you ever wonder where "Europe" got its name? Or how the Minoan civilization came to be? Or why J…
 
“The lips that Jove so praised were now hideous Jaws! And lest her prayers prevail, her power of speech was quenched; a fearful growl, angry and menacing, came from her throat. She was a BEAR!--but, beneath her grisly exterior, she kept her woman’s heart”. The myth of Callisto, who now twinkles high above us as the constellation Ursa Major, feature…
 
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.” - John Adams Today, the 2nd of July 2022, we comm…
 
An extraordinary week! The three items you must know: 1. 53 Migrants Die in a Semi Truck in San Antonio Texas2. The January 6th Committee Welcomes a New Witness3. Religious Freedom Prevails (Again) in the Supreme CourtVisit my new podcast, "Finneran's Wake, For Kid's" for wonderful family-friendly content and my wellness podcast, "Pneuma".…
 
"Dangerous is your choice! You seek a privilege that ill suits your growing years and strength so boyish still. Mortal your lot--not mortal your desire; this, to which even the gods may not aspire, in ignorance you claim!" This story, in which many useful lessons abound, features a reckless, arrogant, boastful boy whose high-placed father promised …
 
"From his quiver's laden armory, Cupid drew two arrows of opposing power: one shaft, tipped with gold, rouses love, while the second, forged of iron, smothers all affection".The following story, with which I've the great pleasure to inaugurate this enchanted channel, is one of my favorites! It features boastful and wrathful gods, bows and arrows, a…
 
Wow...what a week! Here are its three most important news items of which you MUST be aware! 1. Uvalde shooting update (plus, the passage of Gun legislation) 2. The Supreme Court sluice gates open, three monumental decisions pour out3. President Biden falls off his bicycle...as the economy falls off a cliff Subscribe to this growing channel! Show me…
 
Part II to my fascinating interview with Olga. Here, Olga reflects on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a humanitarian crisis about which, sadly, the western world is quickly forgetting. As an American born in Russia, her perspective is invaluable. You'll not want to miss what she has to say.By Daniel Ethan Finneran
 
Upon her graduation from high school, when, with unalloyed excitement, most young men and women look hopefully toward the future, Olga’s home country of Russia—in whose greatness and infallibility she was, from a very young age, propagandized to believe—collapsed. All that she’d known, every doctrine whose truth she’d been conditioned to accept, di…
 
“O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?” - Shakespeare Let’s reacquaint ourselves with gentle sleep. Let’s return to Nature’s soft nurse, into whose cozy bosom we hasten when the night is near. Beginning at sunrise, ending at bedtime,…
 
The one writer under whose influence William Shakespeare squirmed: Christopher Marlowe. Born in the same year, Marlowe and Shakespeare were two of history's greatest geniuses. Of Shakespeare's genius, we need never be reminded. But that of Marlowe too often escapes our approbation. We will assess him, and praise him, in this book review. Enjoy! If …
 
An honest book review of Andrew Klavan's latest work, "The Truth and Beauty", in which the quick-witted, bald-headed conservative satirist marries the Romantic poets and the sacred Gospels--a union worthy of your consideration. If there are any books of which you'd like me to do a review, hesitate not! Send me their titles. E-mail me at finneranswa…
 
A concise recap of this week's news! The three most important news items of which you should be aware, with which you should be fluent, all brought to you in a half-hour's time: 1.) A California man threatens to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh 2.) January 6th goes prime time3.) Gun Legislation moves through the House (To be stymied by the Senate) Subs…
 
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