Twenty Sessions: Podcasts & Questions

The following set of podcasts and discussion questions for studying Ayn Rand's epic novel Atlas Shrugged were created by philosopher Diana Hsieh of Philosophy in Action. They're intended for any fan of Atlas Shrugged seeking to explore the novel's events, characters, and ideas in depth, as well as for the leaders of and participants in Atlas Shrugged reading groups.

Session 1

  • Part 1: Chapter 1: The Theme
  • Part 1: Chapter 2: The Chain
  • Part 1: Chapter 3: The Top and the Bottom

Session 2

  • Part 1: Chapter 4: The Immovable Movers
  • Part 1: Chapter 5: The Climax of the d'Anconias

Session 3

  • Part 1: Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial
  • Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 1-4)

Session 4

  • Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 5-9)
  • Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line

Session 5

  • Part 1: Chapter 9: The Sacred and the Profane
  • Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt's Torch (Sections 1-4)

Session 6

  • Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt's Torch (Sections 5-9)
  • Part 2: Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth

Session 7

  • Part 2: Chapter 2: The Aristocracy of Pull
  • Part 2: Chapter 3: White Blackmail (Sections 1-3)

Session 8

  • Part 2: Chapter 3: White Blackmail (Sections 4-5)
  • Part 2: Chapter 4: The Sanction of the Victim

Session 9

  • Part 2: Chapter 5: Account Overdrawn
  • Part 2: Chapter 6: Miracle Metal

Session 10

  • Part 2: Chapter 7: The Moratorium on Brains
  • Part 2: Chapter 8: By Our Love

Session 11

  • Part 2: Chapter 9: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
  • Part 2: Chapter 10: The Sign of the Dollar

Session 12

  • Part 3: Chapter 1: Atlantis

Session 13

  • Part 3: Chapter 2: The Utopia of Greed

Session 14

  • Part 3: Chapter 3: Anti-Greed

Session 15

  • Part 3: Chapter 4: Anti-Life
  • Part 3: Chapter 5: Their Brothers' Keepers (Sections 1-2)

Session 16

  • Part 3: Chapter 5: Their Brothers' Keepers (Sections 3-4)
  • Part 3: Chapter 6: The Concerto of Deliverance

Sessions 17 and 18

  • Part 3: Chapter 7: "This is John Galt Speaking"

Session 19

  • Part 3: Chapter 8: The Egoist

Session 20

  • Part 3: Chapter 9: The Generator
  • Part 3: Chapter 10: In the Name of the Best Within Us

Note: The pagination of the two larger hardcover and softcover editions differs from that of the smaller mass market paperback. The discussion questions cite only the pagination from the larger editions.