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Chapter 2 (Loneliness: The Vanishing Glass): In the show, Casper cites a statistic that 25% of Americans have no one to confide in. You can read more about the associated study in this article from the Washington Post.
Chapter 7 (Vulnerability: The Sorting Hat): We give a trigger warning about sexual assault. If you skip to minute 5, you should miss the conversation.
Chapter 12 (White Privilege: The Mirror of Erised): Some resources recommended by Casper to continue thinking about White Privilege: The Fire Next Time by: James Baldwin and Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack a handout by Peggy McIntosh.
Chapter 13 (Hope: Nicolas Flamel): Casper and Vanessa discuss the complications of the hope in institutions like the lottery. Here’s a great NPR piece on the lottery.
Chapter 5 (Responsibility: The Whomping Willow): During Lectio Divina, Vanessa is reminded of the Mary Oliver poem “Peonies,” and Casper is reminded of the John O'Donohue blessing.
Chapter 11 (Excellence: The Dueling Club): Casper mentions that we all need help sometimes, so we want to say that amazing places like, Crisis Text Line are here for you.
Chapter 13 (Cowardice, The Very Secret Diary): If you are interested in learning more about Adolf Eichmann, here is the famous Hannah Arendt article about his trial and here is a link to the end of the documentary the trial of Adolf Eichmann.
Special Edition: Owl Post and Rabbi Scott Perlo: If you can't get enough of Rabbi Perlo, here's a great video of him, talking about ritual.
Chapter 6 (Forgiveness: Talons and Tealeaves): As promised in the episode, here's a sparknotes summary of the chapter to make up for Vanessa and Casper's mediocre 30-second recaps.
Also, Casper and Vanessa touch on the complicated case of forgiveness during the events surrounding the Emanuel African Methodist Church shootings in 2015. To read some different takes on the issue, here's some reading: Hatred and Forgiveness in Charleston by Matt Schiavenza and Why I Can't Forgive Dylann Roof by Roxanne Gay.
Chapter 8 (Desperation: The Flight of the Fat Lady): Casper tells us about a trip he made to Berlin's Holocaust museum, and reads a letter by Hannah-Helene Goldberg.
Chapter 9 (Frustration: Grim Defeat): Our voicemail on this episode is from Camyrn Kessler in Austin, Texas. She sent in her message on May 3rd, 2017, after the stabbings on the University of Texas campus. The Washington Post reported the events.
Chapter 10 (Escape: The Marauder’s Map): Here’s the Harriet Tubman tumblr post that Casper read.
Chapter 13 (Rivalry: Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw with Hank Green): Hank’s story was all about bullying, so we also wanted to provide some resources on bullying: https://www.stopbullying.gov/, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, Not in Our Town.
Also, when talking about productive rivalry, Casper mentions a book, Team of Rivals, about President Lincoln's cabinet.
Chapter 18 (Isolation, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs): Casper's opening story this week was about Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was detained for fourteen years in Guantanemo Bay without ever being charged. We highly recommend his book, Guantanamo Diary.
Also in his story, Casper made a passing reference to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For those who are unfamiliar: Bonhoeffer was a German theologian who tried (and failed) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. His Letters and Papers from Prisoner, written before his execution and published posthumously are a modern classic.
In talking about Lupin's isolation, Casper cites a study that says that loneliness is a higher cause of mortality than obesity. You can read more about that in this Boston Globe article.
Here's an article about those cool nuns who are building a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline.
Finally, Vanessa's favorite scene from Men and Black II.
Chapter 4 (Mystery: Back to the Burrow): We discuss the great episode of Radiolab that talks about trying to be good.
Special Edition: Owl Post and Marya Bangee: Our special guest, Marya Bangee, recites a piece of the Qur’an called Surat al-Fatiha. Link to a translation here.
Chapter 15 (Trauma, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang): Casper brings up a meditation practice he is currently doing and how he has used it to understand generational trauma.
Chapter 18 (Glory: The Weighing of the Wands): Casper quotes from Wilfred Owen’s poem: Dulce et Decorum Est.
Chapter 18 (Failure: Dumbledore's Army): Daph at Play!
Chapter 23 (Control: Christmas on the Closed Ward): 10 Ways to Untwist Your Thinking.
Chapter 35 (Home: Beyond the Veil): Vanessa tells a story about Frederick Douglass from Jill Lepore’s book These Truths. She also mentions Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny. Casper quotes Sarah Dessen from her book What Happened to Goodbye.
Owl Post with Matt Potts: Matt mentions the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who talks about the difference between tradition and convention in his book No Man Is an Island. He also talks about Jacques Derrida and Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love.
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Blessing McGonagall (with Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara): Special guests Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara host the podcast Reading Glasses. They mention the book Girl Squads by Sam Muggs. Vanessa mentions Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Committed, and specifically the chapter on being an aunt, which she talks more about in this interview.
Blessing McGonagall (with Margaret H. Willison): Margaret references this short story by Ursula K. LeGuin.