New Podcast Exploring Contemporary Politics and Culture
A new podcast was announced this week that explores contemporary politics and culture through a lens of wisdom in brief doses. “6 Minutes with Brad Hirschfield” is chock full of wisdom dispensed by Brad Hirschfield, all within six minutes or less. Starting with four episodes on contemporary politics and culture, “6 Minutes with Brad Hirschfield” is, according to the announcement, “exactly what it sounds like: a short exploration into the topics Brad tends to love digging into in order to find their spiritual wisdom. Politics and culture are what infuse this podcast, but which in no way define it.”
These podcast episodes are full of lovely nuggets and morsels of wisdom. The first episode, “McDonald’s Gets Fresh”, is simultaneously about McDonald’s announcement to use fresh meat as well as using that as a lens to understand people’s varying opinions on the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare). The second episode, “What Trump’s Dismal Job Approval Says About Us”, is less about what President Trump’s record-setting low approval ratings than what it says about the American public. The third episode, “Why Are We Obsessed With Bill O’Reilly?”, is an opportunity for Hirschfield to express his frustration on the news media’s disproportionate attention (as well as the public’s equal attention) on Bill O’Reilly’s dismissal from Fox News. The fourth and most recent episode, “Pope Francis’s Controversial Holocaust Comparison”, is both about Pope Francis’ insensitive comments comparing refugee camps to Nazi concentration camps, as well as it is about Hirschfield’s own uncomfortability with that and his realizing that “suffering is not zero-sum.”
While it is unclear how frequently “6 Minutes with Brad Hirschfield” will be published, it seems that it may be every few days. Fascinatingly, they announced that they “will be sharing these with transcripts as they launch”, which will make it more easily digestible. While transcripts for the first three episodes have yet to appear, the transcript for the latest episode is available already.
“6 Minutes with Brad Hirschfield” is one of two new podcasts announced this week by The Wisdom Daily, accompanied by “Cracking the Echo Chamber”, a fuller-length podcast, with the first episode coming in at nearly an hour. “Cracking the Echo Chamber” is also hosted by Hirschfield, where he is accompanied by Elad Nehorai.