Ari and Matt welcome Ilan Emanuel back to the show. Ilan shares the sermon he presented on Yom Kippur to a group of young teenagers and their parents with a focus on heroism. We talk about the effectiveness of using superheroes are models of heroism and Ari once again admits his lack of comic knowledge.
Ari and Matt welcome ex-cyclist, Steve Jennings to discuss what doping by Lance Armstrong does to his hero status. There are many issues involved, such as beating cancer, the prevalence of doping in the sport, the work of the Livestrong Foundation, and the role of celebrity.
Ari and Matt explore the idea of what the perfect novel for teaching heroism would look like. What needs to be included? Would a modern novel be successful using ancient ideals of heroism?
Ari and Matt break down the three types of heroes described in Ari’s book. Particular attention is paid to the type exemplified by Socrates and the name it should be given. Selfless, sacrificial, moral? You tell us.