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Literature and History

Doug Metzger

This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.


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Latest Episodes

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 1.7k ratings
  • Deserving of the highest praise 🙌🏻🙌🏻

    Doug Metzger requests reviews that rhyme more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Page_

    Wonderful. Unique and thorough; very occasionally perfect.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • The podcast is exceptional. Doug Metzger is extremely talented. He tells the stories well, but he adds so many other things to the experience, like a walk through ancient Athens and commentary that's in turns insightful and very funny. Plus, there's a silly little ditty at the end of every episode, preceded by "... I got to thinking..." There's a rap battle between the heroes of the Illiad (and a cartoon to go with it!), and a song about Ajax's weasel hat. The episodes are amazing.

    Podcast Addict
    3 months ago
  • A double standard perhaps

    Doug metzger is very good at summarizing a source. He talks about not reading that ancient piece of literature through a modern lens and judging it. I agree with this. I wish he would extend that generosity to Christian and Hebrew texts, however, which he appears to read through a modern lens, thus labeling them as “unsophisticated and backwards.” When people do things like this it is more proof to me that Christianity and the ancient Hebrews were and are correct (because of the world’s bias aga... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Excellent podcast

    The podcast I didn’t know I needed. Amazingly detailed, intelligent and entertaining. The songs are weird but only add to the charm. I hope he keeps making episodes as this pod is a keeper.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada3 months ago

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