Magical Thinking

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February 17, 2018

"Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything — from ghosts and miracles to fortune tellers. But what if magic isn't pure fantasy? Maybe it's the gateway to wonder. We explore the many dimensions of magic — on stage, in religion and in fiction. Also, why millennials are obsessed with astrology.   

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Nate Staniforth spent thousands of hours learning the craft of stage magic. But he was really looking for wonder. And he says real magic is not smoke machines or stage tricks; it's creating a moment of genuine astonishment.

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11:03
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Religious scholar Michael Muhammad Knight thinks that most religions, including his own Islamic faith, have a secret history of magical practice.

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11:30
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Astrology, the Myers-Briggs test, and even Buzzfeed place you into the same archetype as thousands of other people. So why turn to them? It comes down to crafting a personal narrative using archetypes.

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10:05
Chloe Benjamin
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Author Chloe Benjamin on how the magical worlds of her novels are rooted in her daily life.

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15:50
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Airdates
February 17, 2018
September 22, 2018
Guests: 
Nate Staniforth

Nate Staniforth

Magician

Michael Muhammad Knight

Philosopher and religious scholar
Haleema Shah

Haleema Shah

Producer/Interviewer
Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin

Novelist
Last modified: 
September 21, 2018