This week we have a special guest! Mark Oppenheimer of Tablet Magazine, the LA Times and the fantastic panoply podcast, Unorthodox tells our opening story about excellence. \
Mark questions what it is that we think of as excellence. Is it Ivy League degrees and awards? Or do we only consider those things signs of excellence because they are quantifiable? Because isn't it our values that should define our excellence? And while it is true that there are a lot of Nobel prize winners who are Jewish, it's not quite as high as Mark jokes.
Major spoiler alert: GILDEROY LOCKHART IS WEARING PLUM COLORED ROBES IN THIS CHAPTER.
Casper and Vanessa wonder in this episode: Is Snape an excellent teacher? Is Lockhart excellent at anything? What does it mean for Harry to excel at parseltoungue if he doesn't want it? Is excellence value neutral?
Also; why are Vanessa and Casper so behind on Brad Pitt's love life?
Casper mentions that we all need help sometimes, so we want to say that amazing places like, Crisis Text Line are here for you.
This week's episode is sponsored by LifeAfter and Wordporess. This week's voicemail is thanks to Meghan Cooper.