It’s a disastrous mistake that most universities are abandoning the departments for classics. It’s a monumental mistake – because we are robbing ourselves of the roots of our cultural identity, of a deeper understanding of who we are and we are heading.

Werner Herzog in conversation with the New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengräber about his fascination with Ancient Greece and what his extraordinary grandfather taught him about life. The NYPL podcast is one of these 9 favorite podcasts for a fuller life

Complement with Herzog’s no-nonsense advice to aspiring filmmakers, which applies to all artists.