SPLANCHNICS: The Society for the Preservation of Literature, the Arts, Numinosity, Culture, Humor, Nerdiness, Inspiration, Creativity & Storytelling

SPLANCHNICS: The Society for the Preservation of Literature, the Arts, Numinosity, Culture, Humor, Nerdiness, Inspiration, Creativity & Storytelling

We are a mother-daughter team of creative artists irreverently discussing books, movies, TV shows, theater, art, bad grammar, or whatever else has captured our imaginations. This is a very serious podcast!!

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July 15, 2022 27 min

Don't be fooled by the title. We're still talking about Shakespeare. This time Hannah and Clare talk about the elements of tragedy and comedy, why the Lancasters had to look good in the histories, and what kind of play The Tempest is anyway.

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Hannah finally uses her drama degree! In this episode, our mother-daughter duo discuss Shakespeare, its challenges, its beauty, and its relevance to us today.

This week's installment of "Splanchnics Math:" According to Clare (3:50), Shakespeare was born in 1864 and died in 1616 at the age of 52. This is, of course, incorrect. He lived to be 248 and lived his life going backwards in time. 


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June 10, 2022 41 min

Spanning 18 centuries, Walter M. Miller's "A Canticle for Leibowitz" follows a Catholic monastery's attempts to preserve knowledge through several apocalypses.

In this episode, Clare and Hannah talk about very serious topics like the cyclical nature of history, mankind's self-destructive nature, buzzards, and a random shark. We also mention C.S. Lewis, but that's a given at this point.

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Clare and Hannah share some of their favorite songs and explain why music is an essential part of character development. We manage to quote both Plato and Michael Jackson.

Hannah's picks:
I'm a Funny Dame (Eartha Kitt): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3l1K13naLM
Blue Healer (Birdtalker): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL4AP-n091M
Simple Man (Jason Manns With Friends cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKMbXOwX...

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In this episode, Clare and Hannah continue to geek out about robots, but to be honest we spend more time discussing humans. Typical humans, always talking about ourselves. We talk about the nature of beauty, being stewards of the earth, and something called an a priori  cognitive structure. I feel smarter already.

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"The humans, who can think, are so afraid of those who cannot think..."

In this episode, the first half of a two-part discussion, Clare and Hannah chat about the progress of robotics over the years, laying the groundwork for the second part, where we get super-duper philosophical and stuff. 

Intro and outro music (“Splanchnics Riff)” composed and performed by Clare T. Walker.

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January 30, 2022 23 min

In our second episode about Lord of the Flies, things go hog wild.

Intro and outro music (“Splanchnics Riff)” composed and performed by Clare T. Walker.

Special thanks to The Twilight and Donald Kozinski from AnimeRevProductions.

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January 21, 2022 32 min

Clare and Hannah discuss William Golding's classic 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. Like all civilized people, they pass the pig mug, and things get philosophical.

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Clare (Gen X) and Hannah (Millennial) talk about how different generations were shaped by technology, historical events, and in Clare's case, a whole lot of geopolitical mayhem.

Intro and outro music (“Splanchnics Riff)” composed and performed by Clare T. Walker.

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November 23, 2021 28 min

Clare and Hannah watch Denis Villeneuve's 2021 film adaptation of Dune and immediately sit down to talk about it. We're both big fans of Duke Leto, and Hannah keeps wanting to talk about the Gom Jabbar for some reason.

Dune by Frank Herbert

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November 6, 2021 18 min

Clare and Hannah continue to dive down the rabbit hole and talk about Richard Adam's 1972 adventure novel Watership Down. In Part 2 of this discussion, we talk about the qualities of a great leader: trusting your followers, offering peace to hostile neighbors, and saving the lives of random mice.

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October 19, 2021 38 min

Clare and Hannah talk about Clare's favorite childhood book: Watership Down! Spoiler alert: this book has nothing to do with sinking nautical vessels.

Intro and outro music (“Splanchnics Riff)” composed and performed by Clare T. Walker.

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September 4, 2021 35 min

Clare and Hannah may look exactly the same, but they're a lot different under the surface. One of them is introverted, and the other is extroverted. I wonder if you can guess which is which?

The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett. Not a personality test, but a way of discovering your temperament, which predicts the way you respond and react to the people and events of your life. 

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August 22, 2021 15 min

Clare and Hannah talk about the Plague, amputations, and blood spurting everywhere. Just your typical breakfast table conversation. 

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July 26, 2021 31 min

Clare and Hannah had so much to say about the Martian Chronicles, we decided to record another episode about it. We talk almost exclusively about Hannah's favorite story in the book, and we manage to sneak a C.S. Lewis reference in there, too. This one gets pretty existential (which it usually does if you let Hannah talk for too long).

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June 30, 2021 30 min

This episode, Clare and Hannah leave the planet!

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May 24, 2021 30 min

Clare and Hannah talk about the positive effects of handcrafts, gardening, cooking, and building your own home! 

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We've both been reading Tolkien recently! It's a different experience every time, so we decided to share what stood out to us. Hannah dissects the theme of power and corruption throughout the legendarium, from Feanor to Frodo. Clare shares her favorite passages from the Lord of the Rings about how beauty brings healing to the hardened heart.

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Clare and Hannah talk about the importance of art and creativity in our world.

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My dear chap, it is never a bad time to talk about Dorian Gray. He was made to be worshipped. He's a minor minor gentleman, you know.

Join Clare and Hannah for their first book club episode of Season 2. Join us as we discuss Oscar Wilde, Aestheticism, Hedonism, and other vocabulary words that will make you sound really really smart!

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