IM RICHARD DUGAN, HOST OF TELL ME YOUR STORY,
William Linn s MYTHOSOPHIA program blends story with wisdom, animating our understanding of what it means to be human. In conversations that are not exercises in abstractions but lively exchanges that quicken our appetites for the stories by which we live, Linn reminds us of the collective cultural heritage we share. The program has launched with stellar interviews, and it has featured guests committed to a shared intellectual odyssey. Adventurous and fearless, William Linn thinks in terms that are both global and interdisciplinary, challenging his listeners to develop an imagination as capacious and expansive as his own.
I truly enjoyed the morning I spent being interviewed for the MYTHOSOPHIA program. It provided me a wonderful opportunity to share my love of Greek mythology with a much wider and more varied audience than is available to me through my academic connections. The interviewer was astonishingly well prepared to ask questions that elicited thoughtful and sometimes surprising even to me responses. I also appreciated how the interview centered on me fit in with earlier, and I imagine later, episodes to create an amazingly rich overall exploration of the role that story and symbol play in human life.
By creating the Mythosophia series of radio-broadcast interviews with major figures in the field of mythological studies, Will Linn has managed to reach the kind of broader audience that Bill Moyers aspired to when he produced his series of conversations with Joseph Campbell. This audience is in need of the kind of deepening of our cultural narratives communicated in a variety of contemporary media, such as film, graphic novels, and video games—that the perspectives of myth can provide.
Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D.
It was an enriching experience in being a part of the Mythosophia. William and Richard conducted my interview in a well-researched manner. Firstly, their aims and objectives behind conducting the interview are very clear. At the outset, they submitted a draft of the interview, which helped me in preparing myself for the same. The questions and inputs as well as discussions are very precise, to the point, structured and systematic. They took keen interest in Indian Mythology and framed questions in such a way that I was comfortable and could speak up in detail. They were aware of the distance, time frame and constraints of technology. But they successfully overcame these odds to conduct the interview smoothly.
Moreover, the title 'Mythosophia' is very creative as it indicates love or passion for Mythological insight. The work of the duo, William and Richard is befitting this title. I strongly support the team for the Peabody Awards.
I am writing in support of Mythosophia, a monthly series presented by Will Linn as part of Richard Dugan s weekly Tell Me Your Story program broadcast over KZBN a local program with a global reach.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation encourages the study of mythology, comparative religion, and the creative imagination. Mythosophia knocks the ball out of the park in each of these categories! This series not only touches on topics traditionally associated with mythology such as classical Greek and Indian myth but also explores myth-making in contemporary fields, from film to sports. The guests are stellar, the conversations both profound and engaging. Yet no matter how deep they delve, Will Linn and Richard Dugan make sure the listener is not lost in the process.
Mythosophia is an example of broadcast radio at its best: informative, educational, entertaining, and thought provoking and worthy of the Peabody Committee’s consideration.
Mythosophia, part of the Tell Me Your Story” series hosted by Richard Duggan and Will Linn, is a wonderful forum for discussing leading edge ideas concerning systems of meaning and value in a pluralistic world. The show has great personal and cultural salience: as individuals, the interviews help us clarify and expand our own worldview; and, of equal or greater importance, the discussions help us understand ourselves in relation to cultures and systems of meaning that differ from our own.
Dr. Patrick Mahaffey
Will Linn has brought together his impressive scholarly erudition and infectious enthusiasm to create Mythosophia, a radio program of deep significance for the people around the world interested in myth and related fields. The broadcast carries ideas and insights of critical value for those seeking life meaning and self-understanding in our secular age. It has its finger on the pulse of myth-making today, and, through engaging interviews with experts in the field, communicates its message with competence and verve.
William and thus Mythosophia are beacons of young energy and innovative thinking. This symbolism is backed up by professional ethics and moral character. There is a feeling of “Global welfare (As we say in Sanskrit Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam entire globe as one family) deeply rooted in their vision, which is thoroughly equipped with accurate research methodology.
I am wishing you and Richard all the best. Each show was engaging and, taken as a whole, the season was a valuable piece of mythic discourse for the public. We hardly get the opportunity to talk about myth through such a medium, nor still find shows willing to do so. However, you have, and I am very honored and grateful to have been a part of it.
Will and Richard have forged something special here. The premise was simple: explore the depths and contours of myth and her wisdom. The result, however, is a show that has delivered quality content that continues the important mythic tradition of revealing the timeliness of the timeless. Few shows, if any, are willing to give the space and time needed to capture the variety of ways myth impacts our lives.
Robert Guyker MA
Mythosophia is a unique radio program opening the world of myth and mythological studies to a broad audience. Will Linn and Richard Dugan do a masterful job of introducing insightful and scholarly musings on mythology and its applications. From mythic epics to ecopsychology and imagery, Will and Richard explore the intrinsic power of narrative in personal and cultural settings, while keeping the individual topics interesting, accessible and approachable for all their varied listeners. Further, the availability of Mythosophia.com gives us all a valuable online resource for maintaining and expanding the study of mythology.
Mary Diggin MA
When I had the opportunity to join William and Richard for the second episode of Mythosophia, the team s synergy and professionalism was apparent. When we recorded, topics such as ritual gaming, symbolic graffiti and the potential for sustainable agriculture in urban areas were synthesized in what I experienced as a mythopoetic process that created a delightful show. I look forward to the potential social impact of Mythosophia.
I was fortunate enough to be one of Dr. Will Linn's guests on the Mythosophia show on KZSB. I was delighted with the structure and with the expertise that Dr. Linn showed in the questions he asked me. I believe this medium, radio, to contact many more individuals is both effective and vital. To allow audience members to hear a conversation on the spot is much more dynamic than listening to one read a paper or offer a lecture.
I found the entire experience professionally organized and challenging. It deserves to be considered as a serious contender for the Peabody Award. It has added immeasurably to the intellectual and cultural life of the community of Santa Barbara and surrounding area. Many thanks for considering this excellent series.
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