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Piloted by its Oxford-educated host Spencer Klavan, “Young Heretics” explores the concepts of truth, beauty, and everything that makes Western culture great in the face of an increasingly hostile academia, media, and culture through which liberals guard the great works of the West behind lock and key to “protect” the next generation from the supposed racism, sexism, and homophobia of those that came before. "Young Heretics," in direct contrast to this, provides an open forum for exploring, understanding, and enjoying the great works of Western literature.

14 Episodes
As cancel culture is on the rise, freedom of speech is all over the news. Why do we even believe in freedom of speech in the first place? Take a look at John Milton, the revolutionary firebrand whose writing nearly cost him his life. In this episode of "Young Heretics," Spencer Klavan explores the connections between Milton's views on speech, sin, and revolution in "Areopagitica."
America is not only a great nation, it is also the inheritor of the best the West has to offer. In this special episode of "Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan sits down with Senator Ted Cruz to talk through the enduring principles of the United States Constitution, their roots in English law, and their relevance for all time.
Does this story from the fall of the Roman republic hold wisdom for America in her troubled moment? In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan explores how Gaius Gracchus tries and fails to propose an entirely new constitution. But it's more fun than that! An unsolved murder mystery, a trip to Africa, and a deadly riot later, we will find our takeaway from this story.
To prevent our own republic from failing, we must look to the wisdom of Western history and find insights from moments similar to our own. If only our elite professors would pay attention! In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan explores the "Gracchan disturbance," a turbulent and dramatic period in Roman history, to find wisdom for our own unsettled times.
Sometimes, you have to face up to despair before you can find an honest way to hope. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan returns to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land to uncover the surprising hope that waits just beyond the edges of Eliot's dark vision.
On this momentous Fourth of July, as civil unrest threatens to tear the country apart, Spencer Klavan offers a special Young Heretics message of hope and pride in our heritage. From Cicero to John Adams to us, the long march of liberty reminds us to keep fighting for the West and the USA—no matter what.
T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land is known as one of the most depressing poems ever. Eliot refuses to offer any BS or happy talk: his spare, cold look at the woes of modernity can help us understand where hope lives when everything else goes dark. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan argues that this work also contains the seeds of Eliot's eventual conversion to Christianity and hope for us in our own depressing age.
The victory of Greece over Persia at Salamis blew everybody's mind. In Persians, the great tragedian Aeschylus looks back on the wars he fought and questions what makes a civilization great. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan walks listeners through the play, the genius of tragedy, and the Western tradition of honoring your enemies.
Was C.S. Lewis the 20th century’s greatest thinker? Lewis was a war veteran, the unofficial pastor of the West in its darkest hour, and a supremely gifted philosopher with a masterfully light touch. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan takes the audience through a close look at Lewis’s The Abolition of Man to prove that those who dismiss Lewis as “just the Narnia guy” are just plain wrong.
Ep. 4: What is Love?

Ep. 4: What is Love?


It's more than sex. In fact, sex is just the beginning. Plato's Symposium is the hilarious, weird, and profound story of one magical night on which the erotic secrets of the universe were unveiled. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan does a deep dive into the world of Socrates and the mysteries of love.
At the Battle of Actium, the fabled lovers Antony and Cleopatra made a doomed last stand against Julius Caesar's heir, Octavian. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan and Cornell historian Barry Strauss talk through the battle that ended the Roman republic, and the sex, treachery, and feuding that transformed the world.
The Prophecy of Isaiah is so much more than the excerpts you hear at Christmas. It's a story of war and politics, of defiance in the face of utter despair, and of faith when everything you believed in—even the city of God—comes crumbling to the ground. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan tells the story of this enigmatic genius from the 8th century BC.
It all starts with Homer: the man, the myth, the musician. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan walks through the glorious tale of valor, tragedy, and heroism known as the Iliad, reading aloud from the rhythms of the original Greek and recounting this ancient tale of the war for the most beautiful woman in the world.
Is reading Shakespeare racist? Is it too exclusive to study Homer? On Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan has only one thing to say about identity politics: it's crap. Why not leave it in the garbage where it belongs? Young Heretics does just that, instead focusing on the enormous wealth of wisdom that is found in Western culture.
Comments (11)

Donna Warren

I'm thrilled to find Young Heretics. Unlike many podcasts that I listen to while multi-tasking I sit, focus,and think. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy a reflective moment.

Jul 26th
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Violet Watt

enjoying the podcast. thanks for the thought provoking content.

Jul 15th

Bradley Frost

baby dont hurt me. dont hurt me. no more.

Jul 9th
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Aaron Britton

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts. Keep up the excellent work 👏

Jul 1st

Aaron Britton

The best episode yet.

Jun 12th

Aaron Britton

Awesome a longer than average episode 👏

Jun 10th

Brian Gee

This is awesome stuff! Cant wait to hear more!

May 23rd
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Aaron Britton

Great way to start off the podcast. Looking forward to more.

May 22nd
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