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Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

#244: Marlow Meets His Hero Kurtz, Part 2

Aired Monday, March 1, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guests Deborah Leap and Gabe Greaser discuss Marlow’s first meeting with Kurtz.

#243: Marlow Meets His Hero Kurtz, Part 1

Aired Monday, February 22, 2021   ·   10:16 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guests Deborah Leap and Gabe Greaser discuss Marlow’s surprising defense of Kurtz to his companions on the Nellie and Marlow’s story about meeting Kurtz.

#242: The Women in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Part 2

Aired Monday, February 15, 2021   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   33 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guests Deborah Leap and Hannah Worrell continue their discussion of Joseph Conrad’s use of women in his classic novella Heart of Darkness. In this episode, the panel focuses on the woman in Kurtz’s painting, the Mistress and the Intended.

#241: The Women in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Part 1

Aired Monday, February 8, 2021   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guests Deborah Leap and Hannah Worrell discuss Joseph Conrad's use of women in his classic novella Heart of Darkness.

#240: Marlow Learns About His Hero Kurtz, Part 2

Aired Monday, February 1, 2021   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, along with special guests Parker Campbell and Gabe Greaser, discusses Marlow’s education about Kurtz as he travels from station to station, entering the heart of darkness.

#239: Marlow Learns About His Hero Kurtz

Aired Monday, January 25, 2021   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, along with special guests Parker Campbell and Gabe Greaser, discusses Marlow’s education about Kurtz as he travels from station to station as he enters the heart of darkness.

#238: Marlow’s First Contact With the Dark Continent and the Company’s Decayed Outpost

Aired Monday, January 18, 2021   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses Marlow’s colorful descriptions of his first contact with Africa and the company’s outpost, supposedly established to bring civilization to the uncivilized natives.

#237: Marlow Ignores the Warning signs of Entering the Heart of Darkness, Part 2

Aired Monday, January 11, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   25 minutes

Host Dennis Leap finishes his discussion of the warning signs Marlow ignored prior to going to work for Belgian Congo Company. Dennis brings to light Conrad’s use of Psalm 74:20 which states “For the dark places of the earth are habitations of cruelty."

#236: Marlow Ignores the Warning Signs of Entering the Heart of Darkness, Part 1

Aired Monday, January 4, 2021   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap begins discussing the evidence of the main flaw in Marlow’s character as revealed in Book 1 of Jospeh Conrad’s novella The Heart of Darkness.

#235: Hidden Keys to Understanding Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Part 2

Aired Monday, December 28, 2020   ·   05:39 PM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap continue discussing Heart of Darkness, Book 1. They discuss whether colonialism is violent conquest or the spread of civilization.