Entitled Opinions (about Life and Literature)

Reviews For Entitled Opinions (about Life and Literature)

I have been looking for something like this for years only to find it’s been here all along!
Thank you for coming back. I feel smarter each time I listen to one of your podcasts.
Robert gets to the heart and depth of the topic quickly and stays in that zone where the conversation moves effortlessly from point to point, depth to depth with lively, poignant and incisive questions and smooth, warm vocal delivery. As with almost all academics, however, his extremist liberal inculcation precludes him from offering a truly authentic ‘opinion’ when it comes to matters relating to politics. Other than that there’s is no better show on the net for depth, great topics, and great production. He is very very thoughtful, insightful, and very well-spoken.
Awesome interview with Maxwell. Loved his sweetness and humility. Looking forward to future episodes! Great job
For years this has been my favorite podcast. Incredible range of topics, intelligent and thoughtful guests -- a real antidote to what passes for discourse these days. Truly a pleasure. Would I change anything? Well, I'd like more new episodes! But then again, there are still so many shows to go back to and re-listen and find new and engaging ideas.
One of the most thoughtful and well thought out podcasts
I've only recently discovered this great podcast. Stanford University Professor Harrison combines hip and insightful rock and roll deconstruction with meditations on Humanity's greatest minds. One show on Pink Floyd, and then one on Foucault; One show on Jimi Hendrix, and then another on Hegel; or maybe Dante, Elliot, Margaret Fuller, Keats, Thoreau. As a working guy living far from any great university, it's gratifying to have access to these talks. Thankfully, the several years backlog of programing enables to me to be able to listen to them daily. Sometimes Harrison feels like he could be a brother from whom I was separated at birth, but was able both play in a rock band and teach Italian Renaissance literature at Stanford. Get this material out there to us within the masses is important work. From the bottom of my heart, thank-you Robert.
What a magnificent display of the adventurous life of the mind!
There are many shows like this one, where you really want to listen to them because the topics and guests are really interesting, but the host is an insufferable, pseudo-intellectual d-bag.
This is the show that got me listening to podcasts. A fellow grad school student suggested I check out the episodes on Heidegger while we were both taking a seminar on him. Those episodes are pure gold, but I always find that when I think I'll be least interested in the subject of the episode, I end up fascinated. And I'll always be in Harrison's debt for introducing me to Orhan Pamuk.
Best podcast since Plato.
I met Robert in the early 90s over a proposed radio show for public radio show that ended up not being funded, and I remember thinking his approach to the topics before him (at that time the brilliant Forests book) is as a guide amid the thorns of academic research to find gems of understanding of human experience to benefit us all. It would have been perfect for that show. So, it makes me very glad to discover his podcast and that he found radio to share his needed insights.
Mr. Harrison, with his smooth cadence and avuncular charm, is one of the brightest and most interesting voices in podcasting. Each show is a gem, but I especially adore his forays into classic literature and philosophy. The episodes on Nietzsche and Heidegger are required listening for anyone who admires their work. As a humanities and philosophy instructor, listening to EO is an essential part of my class prep routine.
Every episode will make you smarter.
This is the best podcast I've ever encountered. It is enlightening, educational, intellectual, spiritual, scientific, artistic. It is an exquisite feast for the mind.


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This is, by far, the most intellectually stimulating podcast around. One need only glance over the episode titles. The range of topics and depth in which they're discussed can not be bested.
Nothing new in 2013? Can't wait for your return Professor Harrison.
Is the show coming back? Is it dead? I miss it. I need it. I still have questions.
Even on a limited listening list, this show is always necessary.
My favorite podcast. Keep up the excellent work professor harrison.
I wish someone would go through this and edit out Robert, leaving just the guests, who are often fascinating. Robert is pretentious, not very well informed, and grates horrendously.
keep em coming
I look forward to each podcast. the subjects are as interesting as the fluid perspective and power to verbally illustrate associations which are stimulating.
Robert Harrison seems to be having a great time, so I don't feel guilty getting this for free.
I am grateful that a few years ago, Robert Harrison jumped into this podcast pond and starting swimming and thinking and sharing with us. So much of media today is produced and packaged out even when there is not much, if anything, substantive to say. The real test of a podcast, like a book, is whether you come back to it again and again. I have listened to some of these podcasts several times. Moreover, I have been enthralled by subjects and people I would not have bothered with or were intellectually prejudiced against; that alone is a great gift that this show has given me. p.s. some of these iTunes reviews are very old. everything about the show has gotten better and better. p.p.s. I now like all things Stanford because they give this intellectual podcast their own big field to play on!
As a Master's Student of French Literature, and an avid enthusiast of literary theory and criticism, I enjoy this program very much. It is wonderful to listen to knowledgable people who, as the title of the podcast suggests, have an entitled opinion. Great work! On a different note, the podcast in which you spoke with René Girard was amazing; I felt as though this conversation could have happened at a café, with me listening in at the table but saying nothing, just sitting in awe, mesmerized by the subject and the interest I have in the mimesis desire for my master's thesis! Can't wait to hear the other podcast with M. Girard!
I love it. It is inspiring and intelligent. If you love literature, philosophy, and the humanities in general this is liquid from the grail right here.
This podcast talks with you as though you are an intelligent adult, willing to take the time and enrgy to meet with people who have spent enormous amounts of time understanding a subject deeply so you don't have to. Sometimes you may find you are not interested in the subject after all. Sometimes you will find yourself transported to a world you really didn't know. Sometimes you find yourself interested in a subject you thought you had no interest in. But if you want to listen to adults grappling with complex issues in an informed and interesting way, by a host that is always respectful and in true listening mode -- try this podcast.
What began as a casual gander has become a wonderful obsession. If you're used to reading the literature they review, then you'll accept the high-brow lingo that comes with the territory. Prof. Harrison is truly, madly, deeply moved by the subject matter he explores and his adoration is redolent throughout these discussions ( see? I'm picking up some of the lingo). After repeated hearings, I've begun to share in his unabashed derring do! I've rediscovered Plato, his little brother Nietzsche, and their hapless cousin, Marty Heidegger. I'm very grateful to have been welcomed into this once forbidding family circle! I guess I'm just as hooked as he is now. Sincerely, Jonny Canales.
Wow, I feel like I have entered a Woody Allen nightmare listening to these podcasts. Utter pretention, pseudo-intellectual, self-indulgent, rambling and often even uniformed. Remarkable for a university broadcast. Some of the literary discussions are ok, but Harrison's insistence on literary models for a broader understanding of the world falls flat on its face in some of the scientific and historical conversations. Lots of strange new words pop up in the conversations.
I just discovered this podcast via iTunes U and am working my way through the archives. Please keep up the good work. And how about some more professors from the law school?
I don't always know what he's talking about but I always learn something. I wish he'd do a second Albert Camus episode.
Harrison's podcasts are alternately enlightening and maddening, sometimes filled with insight but more often than not unstructured and riddled with loose, rambling, Romantic digressions. The show on Byzantine culture is a good example: where a program like In Our Time would give an amateur listener a fair picture of the subject, start to finish, the Entitled Opinions approach resulted in a jumble of the two academics' favorite areas; detours into University-sanctioned hot topics (religious identity, administration); and a dismayingly small amount of historical information. Harrison clearly loves the sound of his own voice and his own opinions, which can be rewarding--but only when he attempts to meet the listener halfway.
The best episodes are the interviews with guests who really know their subjects. There are plenty of these. Skip the ones on science: the host is painfully out of his depth. The strangest and least satisfactory podcasts, given that this comes from the French and Italian department of Stanford University, are the ones about modern Europe. There is a marked tendency in many of the podcasts to use pedantically pronounced polysyllabic jargon as a substitute for erudition.
"Entitled Opinions" should give you a clue to the self-regard that oozes out of this guy's pores. This podcast takes me back to when I was working on a Masters in English (at Stanford -- Mr. Harrison's hang-out). And it reminds me of all the reasons I fled, screaming, from academia. If pompous, egocentric, and -- worst of all -- tedious academics are your cup of tea, this is the podcast for you.
Good long podcasts that are well worth the effort of sticking with. Simply one of the best podcasts out today.
A truly enchanting and superior production. It even redeems itself occasionally of its terrible intro and exit music (usually by Prof. Harrison declaiming Dante over the intro music "MA QUI LA MORTE POESI RESURGA"). Am eagerly awaiting Fall 2008 revival of Entitled Opinions--will there be one?
Insightful and comfortably dark. The monologues are already classics and I would be seriously turned off if a committee were to vet them. Personally I feel very lucky to have fallen upon a podcast like this--a rare star among the vastness of insightless darkness that separates.
entitled is right. this is a great program (podcast)... the moment i turned on "martin heidegger", shuddered by the music, i was drawn to his introduction. "the growing and unacknowledged anxiety in the face of thinking no longer allows insight into the oblivion of being which determines the age." heidegger '73. wow. i personally like the dramatic musical entry, it adds emotion and tone to the impending brilliance. the bbc does a great job of getting right to the point, but they have such limited time to do what they need, this is more relaxed and a bit more informal. i commend the style. (good choices of music, too!) he really allows an elementary foundation through which to access these philosophers who are both foundational and controversial. makes me realize why i love academia when it's coupled with thoughtfulness. kudos! i hope to keep hearing more.
This is a remarkable podcast, filled with guests and topics that normally require access to university classrooms and literary audiences. Well worth the listen. Most shows give both depth and an excellent survey.
The conversations here are among the most thought provoking and satisfying I have ever encountered. It is a priviledge to listen to Dr. Harrison engage his guests and himself--especially on the subject of books! The Seth Lerer program is a favorite.
This is an excellent series of conversations. The guests are often outspoken and innovative, the philosophy at the "front end" can be excessivly fuzzy and the mix makes for a thinking person's program. Fascinating, enlightening... and irritating.
Someone listened when I wrote last week that I was going to miss my favorite podcast series.... We were treated with an extra episode!! Please return soon...listening to "Entitled Opinions" transports me to different places, opens new worlds and gives me new insights...a fresh perspective. Thank you for making my world more diverse, for giving my mind a stretch and for helping me to escape to places I did not know existed.
This podcast is excellent. Robert Harrison brings together the most intelligent and fascinating guests to discuss the arts and their ramifications in our daily lives. It provides fabulous insights not only into various aspects of history, philosophy, and art, but also humanity at large.
The BBC's In Our Time is the gold standard, so four stars here is a great ranking. There are two things I hope they'll do. The intro music is kind of overdone, the BBC just starts talking. I prefer the BBC's approach. Too many podcasts have overly dramatic intros. Also, the podcast feed lists the name of the interviewee in the title, and the topic in the description. This does not display well on the iPod. I'd prefer if the topic were brief and thus viewable on the iPod, and the interviewee name was in the description.