This week on the podcast, Casper and Vanessa read chapter eight of The Prisoner of Azkaban through the theme of Desperation. With the rest of the third years off to Hogsmeade and Harry stuck in the castle, things do feel pretty desperate to our young hero. Casper and Vanessa mull through his tête-à-tête with Professor Lupin, Hermione's deep dislike of Divination, and why Oliver Wood is such a drama queen.
- Nobody is that surprised about Oliver Wood, to tell the truth. Casper has been insisting that he's a queen for a long time.
Our story for the week comes from Casper's time living in Berlin. Above, a picture from that era. (No, not the picture of Oliver, above that.) Doesn't he look so handsome and European? Casper tells us about a trip he made to Berlin's Holocaust museum, and a letter he encountered there. The letter was written by Hannah-Helene Goldberg, thrown from a train on her way to Auschwitz. Casper reads the whole letter in the podcast, and you can read it for yourself here:
Throughout the episode they consider the question: How do you prevent desperation from going hand and hand with isolation? Casper introduces the idea of 'desperation tunnel vision' and Vanessa talks about the loneliness that goes along with that. In her explanation, she mentions a speech from Joe Biden, the entirety of which you can watch here:
Vanessa has ruffled a few feathers in the past few episodes by taking a harsh stand against Snape. However, in this chapter, he is actually decent towards Lupin - brewing a potion to deal with Lupin's mysterious illness. Thus, Vanessa is forced to admit that he can be kind of 'classy.'
This week is our last week with the spiritual practice of PaRDeS. Next week, we'll be doing Lectio Divina. For PaRDeS, Casper selects the below quote from the our beloved poltergeist, Peeves. The Fat Lady's painting has just been torn up by Sirius Black, and Vanessa and Casper talk about the nature of shame, body positivity, and domestic violence.
Our blessings this week are for Neville's grandmother and Professor Flitwick. Did you even remember that these who were in the chapter? Can you guess who blessed whom?
Next week we're reading chapter nine, Grim Defeat, through the theme of frustration. Our donor of the week is Mikhela Ungerleider and our voicemail this week is thanks to Sara Cochennet.
Finally, don't forget about our upcoming live tour! It's only a month away. (Pardon us while we run around like chickens like our heads cut off...) If you are in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia or Washington D.C., we will be coming your way! You can see dates and buy tickets on our Live Events page. We can't wait to see your beautiful faces!