Inez Stepman speaks with Spencer Klavan, the associate editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the Claremont Institute’s online publication, The American Mind. He’s also the author of an academic publication, Music in Ancient Greece, as well as a translation of the Book of Isaiah. Klavan hosts a popular podcast, Young Heretics, where he explores, through the lens of the Western canon, “truth, beauty, and the stuff that matters.”


Stepman and Klavan discuss why the Western classics have fallen out of favor in the academy, America’s relationship to Western civilization at large, and what the canon has to teach us about our modern crises.


Do the classical virtues have a place of honor in modern life? Why are we suspended between cheering dysfunction and demanding perfection when it comes to our bodies, but not our souls? What do death, Aristotle, and Kim Kardashian have to say about one another? Tune in to find out.


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  1. colleenb Member

    I haven’t listened yet but just “Kim Kardashian” and “confronting death” in the title makes me eager to listen. Plus, of course, Spencer Klavan’s wonderful voice.

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  2. colleenb Member

    Fantastic interview. It is one of the good things about the internet is that it allows independent study and so many resources for studying the classics. 

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