60 pippa.io <![CDATA[CiRCE Institute Podcast Network]]> http://circenstitute.org en 2018 CiRCE Institute CiRCE Institute The CiRCE Institute Podcast Network is made up four regular shows:


  • FORMA, featuring interviews and conversations with educators, writers, and thinkers.
  • The Mason Jar featuring Cindy Rollins, all Charlotte Mason all the time.
  • Close Reads, a book club podcast, featuring Angelina Stanford and Tim McIntosh.
  • Ask Andrew, in which Andrew Kern answers listener questions about Christian classical education.


As well as various seasonal shows like The Commons with Brian Phillips, The Divided Line with Matt Bianco, and A Perpetual Feast with Andrew Kern and Wes Callihan.



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The CiRCE Institute Podcast Network is made up four regular shows:


  • FORMA, featuring interviews and conversations with educators, writers, and thinkers.
  • The Mason Jar featuring Cindy Rollins, all Charlotte Mason all the time.
  • Close Reads, a book club podcast, featuring Angelina Stanford and Tim McIntosh.
  • Ask Andrew, in which Andrew Kern answers listener questions about Christian classical education.


As well as various seasonal shows like The Commons with Brian Phillips, The Divided Line with Matt Bianco, and A Perpetual Feast with Andrew Kern and Wes Callihan.



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no CiRCE Institute Podcs info+5a8c994306c9cec7297078b9@mg.pippa.io episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/5a8c994306c9cec7297078b9/1519238360140-4703a619cbb9f38118a19056f1a82d19.jpeg http://circenstitute.org <![CDATA[CiRCE Institute Podcast Network]]> https://feed.pippa.io/public/shows/5a8c994306c9cec7297078b9 <![CDATA[Alan Noble on our distracted age and his new book "Disruptive Witness" (FORMA) ]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:36:20 GMT 1:05:19 5b4cbb74df68a5a337111c4a no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, David chats with Alan Noble, author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. Conversation touches on Alan's experiences in the homeschooling world, the reasons he wrote the book, the challenges of teaching and raising kids in an age like ours, and much, much more.


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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin, a four year Christian Liberal Arts college in Franklin, TN that is dedicated to excellent academics and discipling relationships among students and faculty.

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, David chats with Alan Noble, author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. Conversation touches on Alan's experiences in the homeschooling world, the reasons he wrote the book, the challenges of teaching and raising kids in an age like ours, and much, much more.


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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin, a four year Christian Liberal Arts college in Franklin, TN that is dedicated to excellent academics and discipling relationships among students and faculty.

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<![CDATA[On "Adequacy" (Ask Andrew) ]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:37:55 GMT 17:46 5b4678b3ca67694875202298 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew talks some more about the idea of "adequacy" - sometimes described as sufficiency - in education. In particular he contemplates the idea that a tool must be sufficient for it's purpose and what that means for our teaching.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew talks some more about the idea of "adequacy" - sometimes described as sufficiency - in education. In particular he contemplates the idea that a tool must be sufficient for it's purpose and what that means for our teaching.

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<![CDATA[On the Evolution of Achilles' Anger (A Perpetual Feast 2.5)]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:50:25 GMT 42:39 5b438441cd25e7f66fffc6b5 no full A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.5, Wes and Andrew chat about Achilles' ongoing rage, and how it evolves in the middle portion of the book, especially in Book 16.


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.5, Wes and Andrew chat about Achilles' ongoing rage, and how it evolves in the middle portion of the book, especially in Book 16.


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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<![CDATA[What are the Tools of Truth Perception? (Ask Andrew)]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:26:40 GMT 23:00 5b3bbfe02a11ee84130ba7a3 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew further contemplates the idea of "truth-fishing" - this time focusing on the tools for Truth perception and how they can be passed on to our students.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew further contemplates the idea of "truth-fishing" - this time focusing on the tools for Truth perception and how they can be passed on to our students.

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<![CDATA[ The Structure of the Iliad (A Perpetual Feast 2.4)]]> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 21:04:38 GMT 36:12 5b3a9366499f6bae41bb3c8a no full A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.4, Wes and Andrew discuss the structure of the Iliad, tracing whether it really makes sense to understand the book in three parts, as is traditionally done.


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.4, Wes and Andrew discuss the structure of the Iliad, tracing whether it really makes sense to understand the book in three parts, as is traditionally done.


***

This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What is the "Art of Truth-fishing"? ]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:40:02 GMT 18:32 5b357fe2c4073e1f2466c26f no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew answers a question about the idea of "truth-fishing" - a phrase he often uses (borrowing from Dante) to discuss the art of teaching and learning.

This episode is brought to you by IEW and their 100% lifetime guarantee. Learn more at IEW.COM.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew answers a question about the idea of "truth-fishing" - a phrase he often uses (borrowing from Dante) to discuss the art of teaching and learning.

This episode is brought to you by IEW and their 100% lifetime guarantee. Learn more at IEW.COM.

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<![CDATA[A Perpetual Feast 2.3: What is a Hero?]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:21:04 GMT 29:47 5b311670395bba070cc5d73c no full A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.3, Wes and Andrew attempt to define what a hero is - using Homer's models as their guide.


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.3, Wes and Andrew attempt to define what a hero is - using Homer's models as their guide.


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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<![CDATA[A Perpetual Feast 2.2: On the Art of Translation (and more)]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:48:17 GMT 33:35 5b27e251b3d482444789fe74 no full A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.1, Wes and Andrew discuss the unique challenges and goals that accompany the act and art of translation. Well, that's one of the things they discuss anyway.

 

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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.1, Wes and Andrew discuss the unique challenges and goals that accompany the act and art of translation. Well, that's one of the things they discuss anyway.

 

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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Why Is Astronomy Such an Important Part of the Quadrivium? ]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 16:13:25 GMT 20:07 5b2537255bfd5dda402d4ffb no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew answers a question about the preeminent role of astronomy (and the study of cosmology) in the quadrivium, and thus in a traditional classical education.


This episode is brought to you by IEW and their 100% lifetime guarantee. Learn more at IEW.COM.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew answers a question about the preeminent role of astronomy (and the study of cosmology) in the quadrivium, and thus in a traditional classical education.


This episode is brought to you by IEW and their 100% lifetime guarantee. Learn more at IEW.COM.

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar: On Recitation, with Maria Bell]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:49:54 GMT 53:46 5b2531a2a83cf7f47eccf929 no full In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Maria Bell about recitation. Topics include why Charlotte Mason's views on recitation were distinctive even in her own day, Shakespeare and recitation, the Bible and recitation, principles of recitation, and much more.


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Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!


If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.


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This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.

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In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Maria Bell about recitation. Topics include why Charlotte Mason's views on recitation were distinctive even in her own day, Shakespeare and recitation, the Bible and recitation, principles of recitation, and much more.


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Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!


If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.


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This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.

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<![CDATA[A Perpetual Feast 2.1: Introducing Season 2]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:40:17 GMT 32:48 5b1eb401cf1ded3845f4d4dd no full A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.1, Wes and Andrew introduce the new format, discuss their goals for the season, and review some of the ideas they covered in previous episodes. 


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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A Perpetual Feast is back for season 2! Join Wes Callihan and Andrew Kern as they continue to work through the incredible beauty and wonderful challenges that Homer's work offers. 


In episode 2.1, Wes and Andrew introduce the new format, discuss their goals for the season, and review some of the ideas they covered in previous episodes. 


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This season of A Perpetual Feast is presented by Roman Roads Media, purveyors of fine classical education curricula, including the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: How Do I Assess a Skill? ]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 15:37:33 GMT 21:00 5b058abdf27275be1cfbbabb no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 



In this episode, Andrew continues his contemplation of assessment by focusing on best practices for assessing ideas - a more abstract and difficult part of teaching well.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 



In this episode, Andrew continues his contemplation of assessment by focusing on best practices for assessing ideas - a more abstract and difficult part of teaching well.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: How Do I Assess a Skill? ]]> Wed, 16 May 2018 19:56:40 GMT 24:34 5afc8cf8c15f3ab353984034 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew continues his contemplation of assessment by focusing on best practices for assessing skills.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew continues his contemplation of assessment by focusing on best practices for assessing skills.

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: May 2018]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 19:22:08 GMT 49:58 5afb33602faeed8e04002ac3 no full In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include how to balance the demands your put on your kids and their own independent work, the relationship between writing programs and narration, whether kids should be rewarded for reading, Charlotte Mason for dummies, and much more (including baseball and Mother's Day talk).


Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include how to balance the demands your put on your kids and their own independent work, the relationship between writing programs and narration, whether kids should be rewarded for reading, Charlotte Mason for dummies, and much more (including baseball and Mother's Day talk).


Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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<![CDATA[FORMA: Why "Types" Matter So Much in Teaching]]> Sat, 12 May 2018 01:45:02 GMT 54:13 5af6471e73a893c525f84aaa no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, Andrew Kern and old friend Buck Holler, a head mentor in the CiRCE Institute Apprenticeship program, discuss what we mean when we talk about "types" - and why they matter so much in education.

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, Andrew Kern and old friend Buck Holler, a head mentor in the CiRCE Institute Apprenticeship program, discuss what we mean when we talk about "types" - and why they matter so much in education.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Do you have to love a subject to teach it well? ]]> Sat, 12 May 2018 01:35:12 GMT 26:05 5af644d073a893c525f84aa9 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew is joined by CiRCE friend, Heidi White, of the Journey School in Colorado (and a CiRCE conference speaker), to discuss whether you need to love a subject to teach it well.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. 


In this episode, Andrew is joined by CiRCE friend, Heidi White, of the Journey School in Colorado (and a CiRCE conference speaker), to discuss whether you need to love a subject to teach it well.

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<![CDATA[FORMA: A Brief Biography of Reason, Part 3]]> Fri, 04 May 2018 18:42:46 GMT 1:15:24 5aeca9a6a15c2dd1288787ed no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, continue their ongoing conversation about the history and biography of reason. This is part 3 of 3.

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, continue their ongoing conversation about the history and biography of reason. This is part 3 of 3.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What does a good assessment look like? Part 2]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 21:51:45 GMT 25:17 5aeb847142e91ef36b231281 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew continues his contemplation on the nature of assessment, offering some thoughts on the principles of a quality assessment.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew continues his contemplation on the nature of assessment, offering some thoughts on the principles of a quality assessment.

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar: Dawn Garrett (on growing and evolving as a homeschooling family)]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:55:20 GMT 43:53 5ae73c680f535fa30383981f no full In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Dawn Garrett (also known online by the romantic moniker of Lady Dusk) about the ways she and her family have changed, grown, and evolved over the years - and why that kind of journey is good and healthy for any homeschooling family.


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Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!


If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.

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In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Dawn Garrett (also known online by the romantic moniker of Lady Dusk) about the ways she and her family have changed, grown, and evolved over the years - and why that kind of journey is good and healthy for any homeschooling family.


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Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!


If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What makes for a good assessment?]]> Sat, 28 Apr 2018 19:52:44 GMT 18:36 5ae4d10cf3d04dea45b263b0 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew contemplates the nature of assessment, offering some thoughts on the principles of a quality assessment.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew contemplates the nature of assessment, offering some thoughts on the principles of a quality assessment.

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<![CDATA[A Beginner's Guide to Dante (featuring Dr. Jason Baxter)]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:53:07 GMT 51:44 5adffba392dc15442ac83829 no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, David Kern chats with Jason Baxter, a professor and writer from Wyoming Catholic College, about his new books, A Beginner's Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy. This seeks to help "readers better appreciate and understand the complexity and layers of meaning of Dante's spiritual masterpiece." Topics of conversation include the challenges of teaching Dante today, Dante's modern moment, why the Divine Comedy is worth loving, and much more.


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Jason M. Baxter (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of fine arts and humanities at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he worked with the Distance Learning Program to produce an eighteen-part introduction to the Divine Comedy. Baxter also codirected the college's Rome Immersion Experience, designed to introduce students to the highlights of Roman art, architecture, history, and culture. He has been invited to speak at universities across the country on the modern relevance of the liberal arts and on topics pertaining to Dante.

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, David Kern chats with Jason Baxter, a professor and writer from Wyoming Catholic College, about his new books, A Beginner's Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy. This seeks to help "readers better appreciate and understand the complexity and layers of meaning of Dante's spiritual masterpiece." Topics of conversation include the challenges of teaching Dante today, Dante's modern moment, why the Divine Comedy is worth loving, and much more.


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Jason M. Baxter (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of fine arts and humanities at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he worked with the Distance Learning Program to produce an eighteen-part introduction to the Divine Comedy. Baxter also codirected the college's Rome Immersion Experience, designed to introduce students to the highlights of Roman art, architecture, history, and culture. He has been invited to speak at universities across the country on the modern relevance of the liberal arts and on topics pertaining to Dante.

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: April 2018 (The Rapid-Fire Edition)]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:40:49 GMT 52:52 5ad8e2b10086f45a5153bd15 no full In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include poems for little boys to memorize, favorite journals and art supplies, great baseball books, getting started with Shakespeare, moving from narration to writing more intentionally, homeschooling while pregnant, combining kids in Ambleside online, and how to determine which of the many amazing ideas out there are best for your situation and family.


Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!


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Resources Mentioned: 


  • 101 Famous Poems by Roy J. Cook
  • Barrel Pencils
  • Prismacolor Watercolors
  • Prima Watercolors
  • Greenleaf Press sketchbook/journal
  • The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams
  • Childhood of Famous Americans series
  • The Brothers K by David James Duncan
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream
  • The Tempest
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit
  • The Tempest by Marianna Mayer
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • LTW
  • Know and Tell by Karen Glass
  • Ambleside spine books: This Country of Ours, Island Story, English Literature for Boys and Girls


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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include poems for little boys to memorize, favorite journals and art supplies, great baseball books, getting started with Shakespeare, moving from narration to writing more intentionally, homeschooling while pregnant, combining kids in Ambleside online, and how to determine which of the many amazing ideas out there are best for your situation and family.


Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!


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Resources Mentioned: 


  • 101 Famous Poems by Roy J. Cook
  • Barrel Pencils
  • Prismacolor Watercolors
  • Prima Watercolors
  • Greenleaf Press sketchbook/journal
  • The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams
  • Childhood of Famous Americans series
  • The Brothers K by David James Duncan
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream
  • The Tempest
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit
  • The Tempest by Marianna Mayer
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • LTW
  • Know and Tell by Karen Glass
  • Ambleside spine books: This Country of Ours, Island Story, English Literature for Boys and Girls


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<![CDATA[FORMA: A Brief Biography of Reason (part 2), with Andrew Kern + Tim McIntosh]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:49:19 GMT 52:43 5ad89e5f880b2d57130961ad no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, continue their ongoing conversation about the history and biography of reason. This is part 2 of 3.

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, continue their ongoing conversation about the history and biography of reason. This is part 2 of 3.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What does it mean to assess classically? ]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:21:28 GMT 21:07 5ad78ca8bdb3f09f3a2462f4 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


This week, Andrew contemplates the nature of assessment, answering the age-old question, "what does a truly classical assessment look like?" Join the contemplation!

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


This week, Andrew contemplates the nature of assessment, answering the age-old question, "what does a truly classical assessment look like?" Join the contemplation!

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What is "the great dance" and why does it matter (feat. Greg Wilbur)]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:58:00 GMT 18:18 5ad03a9e72301e366cc6bd5a no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined by Greg Wilbur, president of New College Franklin in Franklin, TN to discuss the idea of the "great dance" - an idea that is often tossed around in classical education circles. What does it mean? Why is it important? Greg and Andrew dive in.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined by Greg Wilbur, president of New College Franklin in Franklin, TN to discuss the idea of the "great dance" - an idea that is often tossed around in classical education circles. What does it mean? Why is it important? Greg and Andrew dive in.

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<![CDATA[FORMA: Andrew Kern and Tim McIntosh on a Brief Biography of Reason]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:52:54 GMT 41:59 5ad037a600bd403b6c0a3d7b no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, we're bringing you a conversation between Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, about the history and biography of reason. 


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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.


In this episode, we're bringing you a conversation between Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, about the history and biography of reason. 


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<![CDATA[FORMA: Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco on How to Choose a Book ]]> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:28:29 GMT 1:00:22 5ab5717daf4e864052be9d1e no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 



In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco chat some more about how to choose what books to read. Topics include how to choose books for yourself, how to choose books for your children, and how to recommend books to others.


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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 



In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco chat some more about how to choose what books to read. Topics include how to choose books for yourself, how to choose books for your children, and how to recommend books to others.


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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Is There a Universal Curriculum That Is Good for All People?]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:20:20 GMT 25:08 5ab320f4add094863808133f no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss whether there is a classical education curriculum that is universally applicable (and good for) all people everywhere.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss whether there is a classical education curriculum that is universally applicable (and good for) all people everywhere.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar: Q&A for March 2018]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:43:27 GMT 37:27 5ab12c1fb5ca8014071e95b1 no full In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy Rollins answers listener questions. Topics include whether there should be a distinction between being a mom and being a teacher, overcoming school-choice insecurity, and the renaissance of the Danish Hygge. 


Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy Rollins answers listener questions. Topics include whether there should be a distinction between being a mom and being a teacher, overcoming school-choice insecurity, and the renaissance of the Danish Hygge. 


Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads: True Grit, Parts 1-3]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:50:19 GMT 1:21:56 5aac1ffc0c720fad52749958 no full Join Angelina, Tim, and David for the beginning of their conversation about Charles Portis' masterpiece, True Grit. Topics of conversation include the place of the Western genre in American literature, True Grit's unique approach the Western protagonist, and much more. Plus, they chat about the next few books and the Literary Leading Ladies Bracket.

 

If you enjoy this show, please consider supporting it on Patreon.

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Join Angelina, Tim, and David for the beginning of their conversation about Charles Portis' masterpiece, True Grit. Topics of conversation include the place of the Western genre in American literature, True Grit's unique approach the Western protagonist, and much more. Plus, they chat about the next few books and the Literary Leading Ladies Bracket.

 

If you enjoy this show, please consider supporting it on Patreon.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Does Classical Education Value African Culture Or Does It Want to Replace It (and others like it)?]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:20:38 GMT 20:42 5aa9922654112679291d82fe no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss whether classical education values African culture as opposed to seeking to replace it.


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This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss whether classical education values African culture as opposed to seeking to replace it.


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This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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<![CDATA[FORMA: Sarah Mackenzie on her new book, curating children's books, and more]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:31:31 GMT 54:12 5aa7fce3b46a2c1a64504987 no full Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 


In this episode Sarah Mackenzie, host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast, joins David to discuss her new book, The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, which is due out on March 27th. Topics of conversation include the challenges of curating books for her audience, teaching discernment, whether she would write a children's book herself, and much more.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 


In this episode Sarah Mackenzie, host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast, joins David to discuss her new book, The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, which is due out on March 27th. Topics of conversation include the challenges of curating books for her audience, teaching discernment, whether she would write a children's book herself, and much more.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Can the classical curriculum can include more than Western culture?]]> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:29:32 GMT 17:40 5aa059bde022de424a39fe45 no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss whether a classical curriculum can include more than Western culture.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss whether a classical curriculum can include more than Western culture.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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<![CDATA[FORMA: Previewing the upcoming issue of FORMA]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:54:45 GMT 37:36 5a9dbca5fe6a15cd5ba13786 no full Join David, Graeme Pitman, and Matt Bianco for a quick preview of the forthcoming issue of FORMA, which is headed to mailboxes this month. The guys discuss visiting Wendell Berry, designing the cover, and much more, including the themes of the issue and the articles.


To learn more about FORMA head to circemagazine.com.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT--the Classic Learning Test! Check out their alternative to the ACT and SAT at clt.org.

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Join David, Graeme Pitman, and Matt Bianco for a quick preview of the forthcoming issue of FORMA, which is headed to mailboxes this month. The guys discuss visiting Wendell Berry, designing the cover, and much more, including the themes of the issue and the articles.


To learn more about FORMA head to circemagazine.com.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT--the Classic Learning Test! Check out their alternative to the ACT and SAT at clt.org.

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Bringing classical education to Africa]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:22:28 GMT 17:25 5a96e55487a9aa0c5921a3ad no full Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss her experiences bringing classical Christian education to Africa.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.


In this episode, Andrew is joined once again by his daughter, Katerina, who teaches in a classical school in Uganda, to discuss her experiences bringing classical Christian education to Africa.


This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT - the Classic Learning Test - an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at clt.com.

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: February 2018]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:48:18 GMT 36:34 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Setting high expectations
  • The day-to-day for large families
  • and  more

Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Setting high expectations
  • The day-to-day for large families
  • and  more

Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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<![CDATA[The Commons 2.8: The Great Awakening (feat. George Grant)]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:38:04 GMT 40:54 no Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode seven of season two, Brian Phillips chats with author, speaker, and pastor, Dr. George Grant about the lives, motivations, and influences of some of the key figures of the Great Awakening.

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode seven of season two, Brian Phillips chats with author, speaker, and pastor, Dr. George Grant about the lives, motivations, and influences of some of the key figures of the Great Awakening.

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What is the classical pedagogy?]]> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:54:26 GMT 21:17 no Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew and Karen answer the question, "what is the classical pedagogy?" 

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew and Karen answer the question, "what is the classical pedagogy?" 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What is the Classical Curriculum?]]> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:25:06 GMT 18:22 no Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew and Karen answer the question, "what is the classical curriculum?" 

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew and Karen answer the question, "what is the classical curriculum?" 

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<![CDATA[The Commons 2.7: The Reformers (with Gerald Bray)]]> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:49:13 GMT 33:25 no Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode seven of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest Gerald Bray, professor at Beeson Divinity School and Knox Theological Seminary, about the lives, motivations, and influences of some of the key figures of the Reformation, including many of the forerunners of the movement. 

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode seven of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest Gerald Bray, professor at Beeson Divinity School and Knox Theological Seminary, about the lives, motivations, and influences of some of the key figures of the Reformation, including many of the forerunners of the movement. 

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[FORMA: Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco on Teaching Reading]]> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:39:29 GMT 35:05 no Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco chat about the challenges of teaching reading. Topics include how easy it is to corrupt reading for kids, why some people hate reading, universal questions that can help anyone read well, and much more. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco chat about the challenges of teaching reading. Topics include how easy it is to corrupt reading for kids, why some people hate reading, universal questions that can help anyone read well, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads: Howards End, Chapters 16-20]]> Sun, 04 Feb 2018 02:59:15 GMT 1:07:48 no Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue their conversation about E.M. Forster's novel, Howards End. Topics of conversation include the differences between Mr. Wilcox and Margaret, capital "R" Romance vs. lower-case "r" romance, Forster's energetic writing, the awkward Wilcox-Shlegel kiss, and much more. 

If you like this show please consider supporting it on Patreon. 

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Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue their conversation about E.M. Forster's novel, Howards End. Topics of conversation include the differences between Mr. Wilcox and Margaret, capital "R" Romance vs. lower-case "r" romance, Forster's energetic writing, the awkward Wilcox-Shlegel kiss, and much more. 

If you like this show please consider supporting it on Patreon. 

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<![CDATA[The Commons 2.6: Francis and Clare of Assisi (with Karen Marsh)]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:36:03 GMT 39:18 no Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode six of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest Karen Marsh, author of Saints and Sinner: 25 Christian Who Transformed My Faith, about the amazing life and incredible influence of Francis and Clare of Assisi, two of the most venerated religious figures in history.

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode six of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest Karen Marsh, author of Saints and Sinner: 25 Christian Who Transformed My Faith, about the amazing life and incredible influence of Francis and Clare of Assisi, two of the most venerated religious figures in history.

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar: What does it mean that children are "born persons"?]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:39:30 GMT 39:18 no Join Cindy and David as they chat about Charlotte Mason's belief that "children are born persons," focusing, in particular, on the idea that children are not things to be "molded" or "shaped." How does literature and the way that great stories form the moral imagination play into this concept? What about discipline? Would Vigen Guroian's classic book, Tending the Heart of Virtue jive with Mason's ideas? And much more!

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This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College, a Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. Learn more at gcc.edu! 

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Join Cindy and David as they chat about Charlotte Mason's belief that "children are born persons," focusing, in particular, on the idea that children are not things to be "molded" or "shaped." How does literature and the way that great stories form the moral imagination play into this concept? What about discipline? Would Vigen Guroian's classic book, Tending the Heart of Virtue jive with Mason's ideas? And much more!

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This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College, a Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. Learn more at gcc.edu! 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Why did Dorothy Sayers' interpretation of the trivium become so popular?]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:16:38 GMT 16:03 no Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew (and a special guest) discuss the reasons why Dorothy Sayer's interpretation of the trivium has become so popular and influential. 

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew (and a special guest) discuss the reasons why Dorothy Sayer's interpretation of the trivium has become so popular and influential. 

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<![CDATA[FORMA: John Hodges on Cultivating a Love of Music]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:24:02 GMT 1:06:26 no Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode, David chats with John Hodges, our friend from the Center for Western Studies, about ways of cultivating a love of music. Topics include teaching music when you are "musically limited," self-education in music, composer study, musical pieces that children love, pop music, and much more. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode, David chats with John Hodges, our friend from the Center for Western Studies, about ways of cultivating a love of music. Topics include teaching music when you are "musically limited," self-education in music, composer study, musical pieces that children love, pop music, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads: Howards End, Chapters 11-15]]> Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:18:24 GMT 1:06:21 no Howards End. Topics of conversation include whether this book is about anything, Forster's instance on keeping his characters at arms-length, an Angelina reversal, Margaret's affection for Mr. Wilcox, the Downton Abbey-ness of the story, and much more. ]]> Howards End. Topics of conversation include whether this book is about anything, Forster's instance on keeping his characters at arms-length, an Angelina reversal, Margaret's affection for Mr. Wilcox, the Downton Abbey-ness of the story, and much more. ]]> <![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What is Wisdom (and how is it cultivated)?]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:40:32 GMT 18:25 no Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew defines "wisdom" and reflects on the ways that it is cultivated. 

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew defines "wisdom" and reflects on the ways that it is cultivated. 

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<![CDATA[FORMA: James Daniels on Cultivating Human-ness in Our Students]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:27:11 GMT 1:07:39 no Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode, we are re-running a conversation David had on the old Quiddity podcast with our friend James Daniels, in which they discussed how to cultivate human-ness in our students and children.

Topics of conversation include common places in the classroom, habits vs. subjects, how the seven liberal arts cultivate humans, how to avoid teaching gnostically, seeing the world as children, and much, much more.  We think it's the perfect conversation for this time of year when the school year is feeling long and the winter months are lingering. 

Money quote: "I'm not teaching content, I'm teaching students." 

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode, we are re-running a conversation David had on the old Quiddity podcast with our friend James Daniels, in which they discussed how to cultivate human-ness in our students and children.

Topics of conversation include common places in the classroom, habits vs. subjects, how the seven liberal arts cultivate humans, how to avoid teaching gnostically, seeing the world as children, and much, much more.  We think it's the perfect conversation for this time of year when the school year is feeling long and the winter months are lingering. 

Money quote: "I'm not teaching content, I'm teaching students." 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads: Howards End, Chapters 6-10]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:00:28 GMT 1:06:42 no Howards End. Topics of conversation include whether Mrs. Wilcox is meant to a type of a mystic character, the odd relationship between Mrs. Wilcox and Margaret, Leonard's strange chapter (and role in the book), and much, much more. ]]> Howards End. Topics of conversation include whether Mrs. Wilcox is meant to a type of a mystic character, the odd relationship between Mrs. Wilcox and Margaret, Leonard's strange chapter (and role in the book), and much, much more. ]]> <![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What is Virtue (and how is it cultivated)?]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:10:06 GMT 15:27 no Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew defines "virtue" and reflects on the ways that it is cultivated. 

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern (President of the CiRCE Institute and co-author of the book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America) contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew defines "virtue" and reflects on the ways that it is cultivated. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: January 2018]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:50:40 GMT 1:02:00 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Homeschooling through upheaval
  • Good age to start nature notebooks
  • Cindy's approach to the overwhelming mountain of classic books out there
  • 2017 in reading
  • and much more

 Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Homeschooling through upheaval
  • Good age to start nature notebooks
  • Cindy's approach to the overwhelming mountain of classic books out there
  • 2017 in reading
  • and much more

 Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads: Howards End, chapters 1-5]]> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:33:39 GMT 1:12:11 no Howards End. Topics of conversation include Angelina's secret sports-life, which Schlegel sister Tim and Angelina see most in themselves, 19th-century European politics, the Bloomsbury group that Forster was a part of, his interesting use of pace and voice, and much more. ]]> Howards End. Topics of conversation include Angelina's secret sports-life, which Schlegel sister Tim and Angelina see most in themselves, 19th-century European politics, the Bloomsbury group that Forster was a part of, his interesting use of pace and voice, and much more. ]]> <![CDATA[Close Reads: Recapping 2017 in Reading]]> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:43:03 GMT 58:18 no Welcome back to Close Reads, where David, Angelina, and Tim are discussing their 2017 in reading and their reading goals for 2018. Plus, Angelina gets ambushed by a special guest. 

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If you like this podcast, please consider supporting it via Patreon. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads. 

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Welcome back to Close Reads, where David, Angelina, and Tim are discussing their 2017 in reading and their reading goals for 2018. Plus, Angelina gets ambushed by a special guest. 

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If you like this podcast, please consider supporting it via Patreon. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads. 

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<![CDATA[Forma: Susan Wise Bauer, Part 2]]> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:47:51 GMT 50:12 no Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode Andrew Kern continues his conversation with Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind) about her new book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education, which is now from Norton. 

Topics include the reasons she wrote the book, kids who don't have a place in the system, schooling towards vocation, and much more. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode Andrew Kern continues his conversation with Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind) about her new book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education, which is now from Norton. 

Topics include the reasons she wrote the book, kids who don't have a place in the system, schooling towards vocation, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: What does Classical Education have to do with "Knowing, Glorifying, and Enjoying God"]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:59:58 GMT 16:26 no Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew contemplates what classical education has to do with "knowing, glorifying, and enjoying God."

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Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew contemplates what classical education has to do with "knowing, glorifying, and enjoying God."

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar: Karen Glass on Narration]]> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 03:12:37 GMT 44:14 no On this episode of the Mason Jar, Cindy Rollins is joined by Karen Glass, author of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, to discuss the topic of Narration and her forthcoming book, Know and Tell.  

This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler! 

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On this episode of the Mason Jar, Cindy Rollins is joined by Karen Glass, author of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, to discuss the topic of Narration and her forthcoming book, Know and Tell.  

This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler! 

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<![CDATA[The Commons 2.5: St. Benedict (feat. David Hicks)]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:25:16 GMT 1:00:52 no Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode five of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest David Hicks, author of Norms and Nobility, about the amazing life and incredible influence of St. Benedict, perhaps the most important monk of all time.  

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons, which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode five of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest David Hicks, author of Norms and Nobility, about the amazing life and incredible influence of St. Benedict, perhaps the most important monk of all time.  

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads: The Twelfth Night Q&A Episode]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:37:53 GMT 1:18:46 no Twelfth Night. Topics include lots of talk about Feste, strong women in Shakespeare, whether the ending is satisfying, the alternate title, Shakespeare as political rabble-rouser, and, of course, some Christmas-themed banter. ]]> Twelfth Night. Topics include lots of talk about Feste, strong women in Shakespeare, whether the ending is satisfying, the alternate title, Shakespeare as political rabble-rouser, and, of course, some Christmas-themed banter. ]]> <![CDATA[Close Reads: Twelfth Night, Act 5]]> Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:46:08 GMT 1:11:44 no Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue to discuss William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Topics include where Twelfth Night belongs in Shakespeare's canon, the somewhat abrupt ending, the lack of change in the characters, the subtitle, and the poem that ends the play. 

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If you like Close Reads, please support us at patreon.com/closereads. 

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Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue to discuss William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Topics include where Twelfth Night belongs in Shakespeare's canon, the somewhat abrupt ending, the lack of change in the characters, the subtitle, and the poem that ends the play. 

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If you like Close Reads, please support us at patreon.com/closereads. 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew: Why Are the Liberal Arts So Important?]]> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:21:05 GMT 16:04 no Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew contemplates why the 7 Liberal Arts are such a crucial part of the classical curriculum. 

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Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

In this episode, Andrew contemplates why the 7 Liberal Arts are such a crucial part of the classical curriculum. 

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<![CDATA[Forma: Susan Wise Bauer on "Rethinking School"]]> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:34:20 GMT 1:06:59 no Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode Andrew Kern chats with Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind) about her new book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education, which is due out in January from Norton. 

Topics include the way we do school today and why it doesn't work, how parents are looking for ways to adapt, what to do for kids for whom there is no place in the current system, and much more. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In this episode Andrew Kern chats with Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind) about her new book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education, which is due out in January from Norton. 

Topics include the way we do school today and why it doesn't work, how parents are looking for ways to adapt, what to do for kids for whom there is no place in the current system, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #79: Twelfth Night (Act 4)]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:56:29 GMT 1:20:25 no Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue to discuss William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Topics include Shakespeare's innovation (and subversion) of dramatic form, the Shakespearean authorship question and whether it matters, the way the shape of the stage comes alive in the play, and much more. 

 

 

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Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue to discuss William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Topics include Shakespeare's innovation (and subversion) of dramatic form, the Shakespearean authorship question and whether it matters, the way the shape of the stage comes alive in the play, and much more. 

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Commons 2.4: St. Augustine (feat. Karen Wright Marsh)]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:14:12 GMT 33:01 no Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode four of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest Karen Wright Marsh, author of Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith, about the miraculous life of St. Augustine. Topics include his place in Church history, his struggles, and the influence of his devout, Godly, praying mother. 

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode four of season two, Brian Phillips chats with guest Karen Wright Marsh, author of Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith, about the miraculous life of St. Augustine. Topics include his place in Church history, his struggles, and the influence of his devout, Godly, praying mother. 

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew Ep 5: What do we mean when we say our students are imitations?]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:55:34 GMT 14:43 no Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

Here in episode five, Andrew explores the myriad ways imitation is key to education - both in the ways our children are imitations, and in the way we teach them to imitate. 

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Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

Here in episode five, Andrew explores the myriad ways imitation is key to education - both in the ways our children are imitations, and in the way we teach them to imitate. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #51: Q&A for December 2017]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:52:19 GMT 49:11 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • what to do with little kids when older kids are studying
  • When to start morning time everyday
  • Independent reading lists
  • and much more

 Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler! 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • what to do with little kids when older kids are studying
  • When to start morning time everyday
  • Independent reading lists
  • and much more

 Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler! 

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<![CDATA[Forma #8: Chris Perrin on How the Monastics Preserved Western Culture]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:58:05 GMT 57:44 no Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In episode 8, David chats with Christopher Perrin, founder of Classical Academic Press, about the role the early and medieval monastics played in preserving Western culture, Christian and secular alike. Topics include the evolution of Dr. Perrin's interest in the subject, ways the monastics made the Western canon possible, and how the monastics can instruct us as teachers in 2017. 

Subscribe to FORMA on iTunes here. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In episode 8, David chats with Christopher Perrin, founder of Classical Academic Press, about the role the early and medieval monastics played in preserving Western culture, Christian and secular alike. Topics include the evolution of Dr. Perrin's interest in the subject, ways the monastics made the Western canon possible, and how the monastics can instruct us as teachers in 2017. 

Subscribe to FORMA on iTunes here. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #78: Twelfth Night (Act 3)]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:54:39 GMT 1:13:26 no Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue to discuss William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Topics include Shakespeare's approach to structure, identity (and the motif of disguise), and comedic reversals. Plus, Tim tells another story about classroom hijinks. 

 

 

 

 

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Join Angelina, Tim, and David as they continue to discuss William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Topics include Shakespeare's approach to structure, identity (and the motif of disguise), and comedic reversals. Plus, Tim tells another story about classroom hijinks. 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Commons 2.3: The Cappadocian Fathers]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:39:01 GMT 40:50 no Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode 2 of season three, Brian Phillips chats with guest Wes Callihan about the lives and times of the Cappadocian Fathers: Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Naziansus, and Basil the Great. 

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode 2 of season three, Brian Phillips chats with guest Wes Callihan about the lives and times of the Cappadocian Fathers: Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Naziansus, and Basil the Great. 

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This season of The Commons is brought to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[Ask andrew Ep. 4: What is the Quadrivium?]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:54:49 GMT 16:01 no Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

Here in episode four, Andrew provides a quick and big-picture answer to the question, "what is the Quadrivium?" (with an emphasis on explaining the four mathematical arts). 

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Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

Here in episode four, Andrew provides a quick and big-picture answer to the question, "what is the Quadrivium?" (with an emphasis on explaining the four mathematical arts). 

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<![CDATA[Forma #7: Emily Wilson (on translating the Odyssey)]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:55:08 GMT 36:29 no Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In episode 7, David chats with Emily Wilson, translator of a brand new and much-lauded edition of the Odyssey. Dr. Wilson, the first woman to translate Homer's epic, is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Conversation touches on her childhood love of the poem, the myriad challenges of translation, and tips for teaching Homer. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education. 

In episode 7, David chats with Emily Wilson, translator of a brand new and much-lauded edition of the Odyssey. Dr. Wilson, the first woman to translate Homer's epic, is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Conversation touches on her childhood love of the poem, the myriad challenges of translation, and tips for teaching Homer. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #77: Twelfth Night (Act 1)]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:17:48 GMT 1:26:24 no Twelfth Night. Topics include the number of lines dedicated to the "foolish" characters, the nature of Soliloquy in Shakespeare, and much, much more. ]]> Twelfth Night. Topics include the number of lines dedicated to the "foolish" characters, the nature of Soliloquy in Shakespeare, and much, much more. ]]> <![CDATA[The Commons 2.2: St. Ambrose (feat. Greg Wilbur)]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:53:12 GMT 50:46 no Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode 2.2 Brian Phillips chats with guest Greg Wilbur about the life and times of St. Ambrose, with a particular consideration of Ambrose's role in developing the hymnography (and modes of worship) of the Christian faith. 

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This season of The Commons is bright to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on ten key figures and movements in church history!

Here in episode 2.2 Brian Phillips chats with guest Greg Wilbur about the life and times of St. Ambrose, with a particular consideration of Ambrose's role in developing the hymnography (and modes of worship) of the Christian faith. 

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This season of The Commons is bright to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew Ep 3: What are the seven liberal arts?]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:08:00 GMT 11:51 no Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

Here in episode three, Andrew provides a quick and big-picture answer to the question, "what are the seven liberal arts?".

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Click here to subscribe (or leave a review)!

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Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning.

Here in episode three, Andrew provides a quick and big-picture answer to the question, "what are the seven liberal arts?".

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Click here to subscribe (or leave a review)!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #76: Twelfth Night Ep. 1]]> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:34:58 GMT 1:40:00 no Twelfth Night. Topics include different approaches to Shakespeare, Renaissance metaphors that are key in the play, and much, much more (this episode is long!). ]]> Twelfth Night. Topics include different approaches to Shakespeare, Renaissance metaphors that are key in the play, and much, much more (this episode is long!). ]]> <![CDATA[The Commons, Season 2, Episode 1: John Chrysostom (feat. Wes Callahan)]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:12:20 GMT 36:12 no Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on the key figures and movements in church history.

Here in episode 2.1 Brian Phillips chats with guest Wes Callihan about John Chrysostom's unforgettable role in the early church. 

This season of The Commons is bright to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons which focuses on the key figures and movements in church history.

Here in episode 2.1 Brian Phillips chats with guest Wes Callihan about John Chrysostom's unforgettable role in the early church. 

This season of The Commons is bright to you by New College Franklin. Learn more at newcollegefranklin.org. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #50: Pam Barnhill Cross-over Episode!]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:50:51 GMT 50:00 no Join Cindy Rollins and special guest Pam Barnhill for this special cross-over episode between Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast and the Mason Jar. Drawing on their vast experience, Cindy and Pam chat about which subjects are best for Morning Time plus a whole lot more. 

Make sure you search out Your Morning Basket on your favorite podcast app to get the rest of the story!

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Join Cindy Rollins and special guest Pam Barnhill for this special cross-over episode between Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast and the Mason Jar. Drawing on their vast experience, Cindy and Pam chat about which subjects are best for Morning Time plus a whole lot more. 

Make sure you search out Your Morning Basket on your favorite podcast app to get the rest of the story!

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<![CDATA[Ask Andrew #2: So What is Christian Classical Education?]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:39:04 GMT 11:44 no <![CDATA[The Mason Jar #49: Gayle Boss & Megan Hoyt on Advent and Nature Study]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:01:43 GMT 41:46 no We know you've got errands to run and a ton of cooking to take care of this week, so this Thanksgiving week we'll be bringing you two episode of the Mason Jar!

Up first: Cindy chats with Gayle Boss and friend of the show, Megan Hoyt, about Gayle's new Advent resource which combines Advent and Nature Study. It's called All Creation Waits, and is available now. 

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We know you've got errands to run and a ton of cooking to take care of this week, so this Thanksgiving week we'll be bringing you two episode of the Mason Jar!

Up first: Cindy chats with Gayle Boss and friend of the show, Megan Hoyt, about Gayle's new Advent resource which combines Advent and Nature Study. It's called All Creation Waits, and is available now. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #75: Murder on the Orient Express: The Movie]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:36:25 GMT 1:15:59 no It took a few takes (and some persistent in the face of tech issue), but Angelina, Tim, and David are back with another episode of Close Reads. This week they discuss Kenneth Branaugh's film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

 

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It took a few takes (and some persistent in the face of tech issue), but Angelina, Tim, and David are back with another episode of Close Reads. This week they discuss Kenneth Branaugh's film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

 

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<![CDATA[The Commons Season 2 is here!]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:01:24 GMT 3:03 no Welcome to season two of The Commons which, as Brian Phillips explains in this short preview, will focus on the key figures and movements in church history.

Every Thursday for the next ten weeks we'll be releasing a new episode exploring the lives and work of people like St. Augustine, the Cappadocian Fathers, St. Benedict, Thomas Aquinas, and the Puritans. Join us!

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Subscribe now - just search "The Commons"! 

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Welcome to season two of The Commons which, as Brian Phillips explains in this short preview, will focus on the key figures and movements in church history.

Every Thursday for the next ten weeks we'll be releasing a new episode exploring the lives and work of people like St. Augustine, the Cappadocian Fathers, St. Benedict, Thomas Aquinas, and the Puritans. Join us!

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Subscribe now - just search "The Commons"! 

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<![CDATA[Welcome to the new Ask Andrew Podcast: Episode 1]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:47:52 GMT 11:59 no Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew Podcast, a weekly show where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. Here in episode one, Andrew discusses the show's new direction and what he hopes it will be for listeners. 

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Click here to subscribe (or leave a review)!

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Welcome to the brand new Ask Andrew Podcast, a weekly show where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education - and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. Here in episode one, Andrew discusses the show's new direction and what he hopes it will be for listeners. 

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Click here to subscribe (or leave a review)!

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<![CDATA[Forma #6: Ty and Jenny Rallens on growing up in classical education - and the way forward]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:23:51 GMT 58:14 no Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

In episode 6, David chats with Ty and Jenny Rallens about what it was like growing up in the world of classical education, their studies in classical languages at Oxford, and the way forward in the classical renewal. 

 

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After homeschooling through high school, Jenny Rallens studied piano performance before earning her B.A. in 2008 from New St. Andrews College. She is a Master Teacher at The Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho and has spent the last six years speaking at education conferences and teacher training, teaching 5th and 8th grade, directing plays, and writing curricula. She is also currently finishing her Masters degree from the University of Oxford in Literature and Arts, investigating the relationship between memory arts, literature, and virtue.

Ty Rallens was homeschooled from third grade through high school, spending 9th-12th grade in Andrew Kern’s humanities and rhetoric classes in Boise, Idaho. Ty went on to simultaneously attend both New St. Andrews College and the University of Idaho, earning a B.A. in liberal arts and cultures and a B.S. in computer engineering. Since then, he has worked as an engineer at Hewlett Packard, taught medieval humanities and rhetoric courses for homeschoolers, and taught 10th-grade classical humanities, rhetoric, and logic at The Ambrose School where he also served part-time as the academic dean. Ty currently works as a program manager at Hewlett Packard, coaches Mock Trial at the Ambrose school, and is finishing a Masters in Literature and Arts from Oxford University. In his free time, he enjoys roasting coffee, rock climbing, and training for triathlons. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

In episode 6, David chats with Ty and Jenny Rallens about what it was like growing up in the world of classical education, their studies in classical languages at Oxford, and the way forward in the classical renewal. 

 

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After homeschooling through high school, Jenny Rallens studied piano performance before earning her B.A. in 2008 from New St. Andrews College. She is a Master Teacher at The Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho and has spent the last six years speaking at education conferences and teacher training, teaching 5th and 8th grade, directing plays, and writing curricula. She is also currently finishing her Masters degree from the University of Oxford in Literature and Arts, investigating the relationship between memory arts, literature, and virtue.

Ty Rallens was homeschooled from third grade through high school, spending 9th-12th grade in Andrew Kern’s humanities and rhetoric classes in Boise, Idaho. Ty went on to simultaneously attend both New St. Andrews College and the University of Idaho, earning a B.A. in liberal arts and cultures and a B.S. in computer engineering. Since then, he has worked as an engineer at Hewlett Packard, taught medieval humanities and rhetoric courses for homeschoolers, and taught 10th-grade classical humanities, rhetoric, and logic at The Ambrose School where he also served part-time as the academic dean. Ty currently works as a program manager at Hewlett Packard, coaches Mock Trial at the Ambrose school, and is finishing a Masters in Literature and Arts from Oxford University. In his free time, he enjoys roasting coffee, rock climbing, and training for triathlons. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #74: Murder on the Orient Express Q&A]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 02:33:12 GMT 1:19:58 no Join Angelina, Tim, and David for another episode of literary debate, witty banter, and all around frivolity as they answer several listener questions and debate the overall artistic quality of Agatha Christie's "masterpiece." 

Topics includes (more on) justice, considering literary world's for their own sake, P.D. James take on Christie (and other mystery writers), the grandeur of red-leafed trees, and much more. 

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Join Angelina, Tim, and David for another episode of literary debate, witty banter, and all around frivolity as they answer several listener questions and debate the overall artistic quality of Agatha Christie's "masterpiece." 

Topics includes (more on) justice, considering literary world's for their own sake, P.D. James take on Christie (and other mystery writers), the grandeur of red-leafed trees, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Forma #5: Josh Larsen on how movies are prayers]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:21:09 GMT 44:13 no Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

In episode 5, David chats with film critic, Josh Larsen, about his new book,  Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings. 

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Josh Larsen is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting, as well as editor and film critic at Think Christian, a faith and culture website. He’s been writing and speaking about movies professionally for more than two decades.

Josh’s career began in the mainstream newspaper business, where he started out as a beat reporter for a weekly community newspaper and went on to become the film critic for the Chicago-based Sun-Times Media for more than ten years. In 2011, he joined the Christian media landscape as editor of Think Christian, and in 2012 he joined the long-running weekly podcast Filmspotting, aired on WBEZ in Chicago.

A veteran of the Sundance, Toronto, and Chicago International Film Festivals, Josh has given talks on film and faith at various Christian colleges. He also led the “Ebert Interruptus,” a tradition established by Roger Ebert that analyzes a single film scene by scene over several days, at the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs. Josh lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters. 

Read Josh's movie reviews at his website, larsenonfilm.com.

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Click here to subscribe. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

In episode 5, David chats with film critic, Josh Larsen, about his new book,  Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings. 

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Josh Larsen is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting, as well as editor and film critic at Think Christian, a faith and culture website. He’s been writing and speaking about movies professionally for more than two decades.

Josh’s career began in the mainstream newspaper business, where he started out as a beat reporter for a weekly community newspaper and went on to become the film critic for the Chicago-based Sun-Times Media for more than ten years. In 2011, he joined the Christian media landscape as editor of Think Christian, and in 2012 he joined the long-running weekly podcast Filmspotting, aired on WBEZ in Chicago.

A veteran of the Sundance, Toronto, and Chicago International Film Festivals, Josh has given talks on film and faith at various Christian colleges. He also led the “Ebert Interruptus,” a tradition established by Roger Ebert that analyzes a single film scene by scene over several days, at the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs. Josh lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters. 

Read Josh's movie reviews at his website, larsenonfilm.com.

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Click here to subscribe. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #73: Murder on the Orient Express (part 3)]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:30:24 GMT 1:18:49 no On this episode of Close Reads Angelina, Tim, and David discuss the finale of Agatha Christie's beloved mystery story, Murder on the Orient Express.

Topics include: The Great Candy Wars of 2017, the detective as a trope, the question of justice in the ending, Poirot's punting, Tim's inner struggle. 

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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On this episode of Close Reads Angelina, Tim, and David discuss the finale of Agatha Christie's beloved mystery story, Murder on the Orient Express.

Topics include: The Great Candy Wars of 2017, the detective as a trope, the question of justice in the ending, Poirot's punting, Tim's inner struggle. 

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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<![CDATA[Bonus Mason Jar: Introducing our new Advent Guide!]]> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:10:53 GMT 20:14 no Messiah. ]]> Messiah. ]]> <![CDATA[The Mason Jar #28: Mary Jo Tate on Books to Nourish A Mom's Soul]]> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:04:40 GMT 1:07:52 no In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. Like Cindy, Mary Jo is a major book enthusiast, so they discussed all sorts of books to nourish a mom's soul, from classic fiction to modern non-fiction and everything in between. 

You can learn more about Mary Jo at flourishathome.com. 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. Like Cindy, Mary Jo is a major book enthusiast, so they discussed all sorts of books to nourish a mom's soul, from classic fiction to modern non-fiction and everything in between. 

You can learn more about Mary Jo at flourishathome.com. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #72: Murder on the Orient Express (part 2)]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:03:59 GMT 1:15:52 no On this episode of Close Reads Angelina, Tim, and David discuss part two of Agatha Christie's beloved mystery story, Murder on the Orient Express.

Topics include: Some (fascinating) listener theories on the book, Poirot's approach and personality, the role of the reader in a good mystery, Tim shenanigans, and much more. 

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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On this episode of Close Reads Angelina, Tim, and David discuss part two of Agatha Christie's beloved mystery story, Murder on the Orient Express.

Topics include: Some (fascinating) listener theories on the book, Poirot's approach and personality, the role of the reader in a good mystery, Tim shenanigans, and much more. 

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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<![CDATA[Forma #4: Brett McCracken on "Uncomfortable" Church]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:27:42 GMT 51:45 no Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

In episode 4, David chats with culture critic, Brett McCracken, about his new book,  Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian CommunityTopics include: why we need to be less concerned with finding a church that makes us feel comfortable, Brett's journey to this book, and much more. 

Brett is a senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of Hipster Christianity and Gray Matters. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, The Gospel Coalition, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Converge, Mere Orthodoxy, ERLC, Canon & Culture and Q Ideas. He speaks and lectures frequently at universities, churches, & conferences. He blogs at brettmccracken.com.

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Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

In episode 4, David chats with culture critic, Brett McCracken, about his new book,  Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian CommunityTopics include: why we need to be less concerned with finding a church that makes us feel comfortable, Brett's journey to this book, and much more. 

Brett is a senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of Hipster Christianity and Gray Matters. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, The Gospel Coalition, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Converge, Mere Orthodoxy, ERLC, Canon & Culture and Q Ideas. He speaks and lectures frequently at universities, churches, & conferences. He blogs at brettmccracken.com.

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #71: Murder On the Orient Express (Part 1)]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:46:06 GMT 1:14:06 no On this episodes of Close Reads Angelina, Tim, and David kick off their discussion of Agatha's Christie classic mystery story, Murder on the Orient Express. This week they chat about part one. Topics include the way Christie plays with the form of the mystery story, Hercule Poirot's character, the nature of justice in the story, and MUCH more. 

 

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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On this episodes of Close Reads Angelina, Tim, and David kick off their discussion of Agatha's Christie classic mystery story, Murder on the Orient Express. This week they chat about part one. Topics include the way Christie plays with the form of the mystery story, Hercule Poirot's character, the nature of justice in the story, and MUCH more. 

 

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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<![CDATA[Forma #3: Adam Andrews on the Classical Refrain of the "Great Gatsby"]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:48:04 GMT 50:12 no Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast from the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

Here, in episode three David chats with Adam Andrews, director of the Center for Lit and a highly sought-after speaker on all things literature, about the value of the Great Gatsby. Topics include questionable content in literature, why Gatsby says some of the same things that the ancient epics said, how Jay Gatsby is similar to King Lear, and much more. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast from the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

Here, in episode three David chats with Adam Andrews, director of the Center for Lit and a highly sought-after speaker on all things literature, about the value of the Great Gatsby. Topics include questionable content in literature, why Gatsby says some of the same things that the ancient epics said, how Jay Gatsby is similar to King Lear, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: October 2017]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:21:50 GMT 47:58 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Goal setting for moms
  • The purpose of memory work
  • Bible study in morning time
  • and more

 

Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Goal setting for moms
  • The purpose of memory work
  • Bible study in morning time
  • and more

 

Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!

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<![CDATA[Forma, episode 2: Leigh Bortins on the 20th Anniversary of Classical Conversations]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:10:33 GMT 32:33 no  Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

Here, in episode two, David chats with author and speaker Leigh Bortins who founded Classical Conversations 20 years ago. Topics included the C.C. origin story, the growth of classical education in recent decades, and advice for homeschooling parents. 

Join CC to celebrate their 20th anniversary on October 18th at their nationwide birthday party! learn more at eventbrite.com/classicalconversations. 

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 Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

Here, in episode two, David chats with author and speaker Leigh Bortins who founded Classical Conversations 20 years ago. Topics included the C.C. origin story, the growth of classical education in recent decades, and advice for homeschooling parents. 

Join CC to celebrate their 20th anniversary on October 18th at their nationwide birthday party! learn more at eventbrite.com/classicalconversations. 

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<![CDATA[Forma Episode 1: Angelina Stanford on Why Mystery Stories Are the Cure for What Ails Us]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:32:32 GMT 44:34 no Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

Here in episode one, David chats with Angelina Stanford about her recent article on the ways that mystery stories are the cure for what ails our modern times. 

Topics include why mystery stories became popular when they did, why their traditional form of is freeing and not constricting, and much more. 

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Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. 

Here in episode one, David chats with Angelina Stanford about her recent article on the ways that mystery stories are the cure for what ails our modern times. 

Topics include why mystery stories became popular when they did, why their traditional form of is freeing and not constricting, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #70: Gilead (ep. #8)]]> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 04:28:25 GMT 1:10:28 no On this episode of Close Reads, Tim and David conclude their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. include whether Jack should have left town, whether Jack is a bad guy, and much, much more. This episode covers pages 215 through the end of the book. 

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Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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On this episode of Close Reads, Tim and David conclude their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. include whether Jack should have left town, whether Jack is a bad guy, and much, much more. This episode covers pages 215 through the end of the book. 

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Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #27: Lesli Richards of The Homegrown Preschooler]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 04:26:06 GMT 1:04:34 no In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Lesli Richards of The Homegrown Preschooler, a company dedicated to providing books, curriculum and educational tools for young learners. Topics include new brain research on young kids, teaching math and reading, and much, much more. 

Learn more at thehomegrownpreschooler.com. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Lesli Richards of The Homegrown Preschooler, a company dedicated to providing books, curriculum and educational tools for young learners. Topics include new brain research on young kids, teaching math and reading, and much, much more. 

Learn more at thehomegrownpreschooler.com. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #69: Gilead (ep. 7)]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 03:53:01 GMT 1:08:38 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include Angelina's strong feelings about the book (and David's pushback), whether Robinson misfired with the Boughton/Ames scene, and much more. This episode covers pages 188-215. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include Angelina's strong feelings about the book (and David's pushback), whether Robinson misfired with the Boughton/Ames scene, and much more. This episode covers pages 188-215. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #68: Gilead (ep. 6)]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:21:37 GMT 1:03:01 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include ways the parable of the prodigal son show up in the book, Jack Boughton's concerns about being "elect," rejection vs. restoration, Jack's loneliness, and much more. This episode covers pages 160-188. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include ways the parable of the prodigal son show up in the book, Jack Boughton's concerns about being "elect," rejection vs. restoration, Jack's loneliness, and much more. This episode covers pages 160-188. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast. Learn more at patreon.com/closereads. 

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<![CDATA[Introducing FORMA, a new weekly interview podcast]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:29:14 GMT 4:44 no In this "preview" episode of Forma, our new weekly interview podcast, David Kern explains some of the new things that will be happening on the CiRCE Podcast Network. 

 

Remember to subscribe to FORMA too!

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In this "preview" episode of Forma, our new weekly interview podcast, David Kern explains some of the new things that will be happening on the CiRCE Podcast Network. 

 

Remember to subscribe to FORMA too!

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: September 2017]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:57:45 GMT 45:27 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Teaching current events in the homeschool
  • Scheduling subjects
  • Charlotte's motto changing over time
  • and more

 

Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group! 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Teaching current events in the homeschool
  • Scheduling subjects
  • Charlotte's motto changing over time
  • and more

 

Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group! 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #67: Christine Perrin on Learning to Love Marilynne Robinson]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:37:52 GMT 1:02:09 no On this bonus episode of Close Reads, David discusses Marilynne Robinson with poet, teacher, and speaker Christine Perrin, who explains why it took her a while to learn to love Gilead, why Lila is her "heart book," and much, much more. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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On this bonus episode of Close Reads, David discusses Marilynne Robinson with poet, teacher, and speaker Christine Perrin, who explains why it took her a while to learn to love Gilead, why Lila is her "heart book," and much, much more. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #66: Gilead (ep. 5)]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:16:49 GMT 1:27:18 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include how easy it is to focus on the wrong things when you read, the mystery of reading a book, the lack of a problem to be solved in this book, the Jack Boughton revelation, and much more. This episode covers pages 128-160. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include how easy it is to focus on the wrong things when you read, the mystery of reading a book, the lack of a problem to be solved in this book, the Jack Boughton revelation, and much more. This episode covers pages 128-160. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[The Mason jar #26: On AmblesideOnline for Groups]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:26:15 GMT 49:30 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Donna Jean Breckenridge and Leslie Lorio about AmblesideOnline for Groups, a brand new offering from Ambleside Online intended for co-ops, large families, and other homeschooling communities.  

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

It's also brought to you by  our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Donna Jean Breckenridge and Leslie Lorio about AmblesideOnline for Groups, a brand new offering from Ambleside Online intended for co-ops, large families, and other homeschooling communities.  

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

**

This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

It's also brought to you by  our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #65: Gilead (ep. 4)]]> Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:01:25 GMT 1:11:33 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include all the baseball in the book, the mystery of Jack Boughton, the remembrance of sorrow, and much more. This episode covers pages 97-128. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include all the baseball in the book, the mystery of Jack Boughton, the remembrance of sorrow, and much more. This episode covers pages 97-128. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #64: Gilead (ep. 3)]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:02:09 GMT 1:10:42 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include the book's lack of plot, the various father/son relationships, mroe on theology and suffering, and more. This episode covers pages 68-97. 

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This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Topics include the book's lack of plot, the various father/son relationships, mroe on theology and suffering, and more. This episode covers pages 68-97. 

***

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[A Perpetual Feast #12]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:29:54 GMT 36:45 no Welcome to episode 12 of A Perpetual Feast, where Andrew Kern and Wes Callihan discuss Homer and all of the things that Homer makes them think about. 

In this episode, they discuss the importance of the setting in the Iliad, Christ fulfillment of the Greek ideals, and much more. 

This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

 

 

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Welcome to episode 12 of A Perpetual Feast, where Andrew Kern and Wes Callihan discuss Homer and all of the things that Homer makes them think about. 

In this episode, they discuss the importance of the setting in the Iliad, Christ fulfillment of the Greek ideals, and much more. 

This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

 

 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #63: Gilead (ep. 2)]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:09:49 GMT 1:08:39 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead (while Tim vacations in Aruba). Topics include John Ames' observations of humanity, the goodness of growing old, contemplation of heaven (and the beauty of perishability), and more. This episode covers pages 37-68. 

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This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina and David continue their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead (while Tim vacations in Aruba). Topics include John Ames' observations of humanity, the goodness of growing old, contemplation of heaven (and the beauty of perishability), and more. This episode covers pages 37-68. 

***

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #25: A Morning Time Immersion]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:57:30 GMT 1:11:39 no In this episode of The Mason Jar, we're bringing Cindy's Morning Time immersion talk that she presented at the 2017 CiRCE conference, held in July in Austin, Texas. 

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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In this episode of The Mason Jar, we're bringing Cindy's Morning Time immersion talk that she presented at the 2017 CiRCE conference, held in July in Austin, Texas. 

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[Quiddity #75: Josh Gibbs on Cultivating Wise Movie Watchers]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:03:45 GMT 1:16:08 no In this episode of Quiddity, David chats with circeinstitute.com columnist, Joshua Gibbs (who also is the editor of FilmFisher.com) about the challenges and goals of helping our students and children become wise movie-viewers.

Topics include: When to let kids make their own decisions about movies, why the MPAA ratings aren't useful guidelines, why the philosophies in films are often more important to avoid than things like sex, violence, and language, movies and filmmakers that will help students learn to watch wisely, & much more

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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In this episode of Quiddity, David chats with circeinstitute.com columnist, Joshua Gibbs (who also is the editor of FilmFisher.com) about the challenges and goals of helping our students and children become wise movie-viewers.

Topics include: When to let kids make their own decisions about movies, why the MPAA ratings aren't useful guidelines, why the philosophies in films are often more important to avoid than things like sex, violence, and language, movies and filmmakers that will help students learn to watch wisely, & much more

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #62: "Gilead" Kick-off Show]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:14:18 GMT 57:33 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David kick off their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead (2004). Topics include whether this is a sad book, a bit on Robinson's biography, John Ames's joy in the face of suffering, and  more.

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This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David kick off their discussion of Marilynne Robinson's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead (2004). Topics include whether this is a sad book, a bit on Robinson's biography, John Ames's joy in the face of suffering, and  more.

***

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #61: Brideshead Revisited Q&A]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:28:17 GMT 1:15:57 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, David, and Andrew conclude their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited by answering listener questions. 

Topics include:

  • The BBC miniseries and Jeremy Irons' audio book 
  • The effect of Charles immaturity on his perspectives
  • Whether it's a true conversion story
  • Which characters display true faith
  • Symbolism and conversion
  • and much more

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, David, and Andrew conclude their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited by answering listener questions. 

Topics include:

  • The BBC miniseries and Jeremy Irons' audio book 
  • The effect of Charles immaturity on his perspectives
  • Whether it's a true conversion story
  • Which characters display true faith
  • Symbolism and conversion
  • and much more

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #24: Elsie Iudicello on Charlotte Mason and the Young Mom]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:16:52 GMT 57:19 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Elsie Iudicello of FarmhouseSchoolhouse.com about how young moms can navigate the world of Charlotte Mason. Topics include teaching students of all ages in the same home, giving your kids what you missed out on, keeping Charlotte Mason in context, keeping rhythm in your homeschool, habit training and preparation, and much more!

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

It's also brought to you by  our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Elsie Iudicello of FarmhouseSchoolhouse.com about how young moms can navigate the world of Charlotte Mason. Topics include teaching students of all ages in the same home, giving your kids what you missed out on, keeping Charlotte Mason in context, keeping rhythm in your homeschool, habit training and preparation, and much more!

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

It's also brought to you by  our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now

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<![CDATA[The Commons #18: Further Thoughts on Building Sturdy Children (with Keith McCurdy)]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:14:08 GMT 56:54 no In this episode of The Commons, Brian Phillips chats with Dr. Keith McCurdy (M.A., Ed.S.) of Total Life Counseling, about raising sturdy kids. Topics include why parents are so interested in this topic, why struggle is good for children, advice for parent/teacher relationships, the value of academic struggle, growing sturdy children in the homeschool, children and technology, and more. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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In this episode of The Commons, Brian Phillips chats with Dr. Keith McCurdy (M.A., Ed.S.) of Total Life Counseling, about raising sturdy kids. Topics include why parents are so interested in this topic, why struggle is good for children, advice for parent/teacher relationships, the value of academic struggle, growing sturdy children in the homeschool, children and technology, and more. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #60: Brideshead Revisited Conclusion (LIVE EPISODE)]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:29:11 GMT 1:41:37 no On this special LIVE episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, David, and their special guest conclude their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited, focusing on the final chapters. 

This episode was recorded at the 2017 CiRCE Conference.

Topics include:

  • The love story
  • Whether this story is tragedy
  • Whether people wanted Julia and Charles to stay together
  • The sign of the cross and aesthetic theology
  • The ongoing thread twitches
  • Listener comments
  • and much more

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this special LIVE episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, David, and their special guest conclude their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited, focusing on the final chapters. 

This episode was recorded at the 2017 CiRCE Conference.

Topics include:

  • The love story
  • Whether this story is tragedy
  • Whether people wanted Julia and Charles to stay together
  • The sign of the cross and aesthetic theology
  • The ongoing thread twitches
  • Listener comments
  • and much more

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #59: Brideshead Revisited (part 2, chapters 2-3)]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:50:06 GMT 1:22:05 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 9. 

Topics include:

  • Julia's prescience
  • Julia's guilty conscience
  • Bridey's strong words
  • Ryder's skepticism
  • and much more

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

*** 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 9. 

Topics include:

  • Julia's prescience
  • Julia's guilty conscience
  • Bridey's strong words
  • Ryder's skepticism
  • and much more

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: July 2017]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:28:52 GMT 38:56 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Introducing morning time to pre-schoolers
  • How to use written narration with a formal writing curriculum
  • Advice on teaching boys to read
  • Charlotte Mason and Classical Education

***

This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Introducing morning time to pre-schoolers
  • How to use written narration with a formal writing curriculum
  • Advice on teaching boys to read
  • Charlotte Mason and Classical Education

***

This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

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<![CDATA[The Commons #17: On J.R.R. Tolkien Sacramental Vision, with Craig Bernthal]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:16:24 GMT 43:58 no In this episode of The Commons, Brian Phillips chats with Dr. Craigh Bernthal, professor of English at Cal State Fullerton, about J.R.R. Tolkien. Dr. Bernthal is the author of Tolkien's Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth.

Topics include: 

- How Dr. Bernthal discovered a love of Tolkien - What a sacramental vision is and how Tolkien captures it - Tolkien as medievel in a modern world - Tolkien's interesting story - and much more

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In this episode of The Commons, Brian Phillips chats with Dr. Craigh Bernthal, professor of English at Cal State Fullerton, about J.R.R. Tolkien. Dr. Bernthal is the author of Tolkien's Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth.

Topics include: 

- How Dr. Bernthal discovered a love of Tolkien - What a sacramental vision is and how Tolkien captures it - Tolkien as medievel in a modern world - Tolkien's interesting story - and much more

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #58: Brideshead Revisited Chapter 9]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 02:10:27 GMT 1:27:45 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 9. 

Topics include:

  • The interesting structure of the chapter
  • Celia's infedelity
  • Much more on perspective
  • The metaphor of the storm
  • Characters repeating patterns
  • Whether this first chapter where anything actually happens
  • and much more...

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 9. 

Topics include:

  • The interesting structure of the chapter
  • Celia's infedelity
  • Much more on perspective
  • The metaphor of the storm
  • Characters repeating patterns
  • Whether this first chapter where anything actually happens
  • and much more...

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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<![CDATA[Quiddity #74: Bibliotheca founder Adam Greene and Devin O'Donnell]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:33:50 GMT 1:27:45 no In this episode of our flagship podcast, David chats with Adam Greene and Devin O'Donnell of Bibliotheca, a typographically elegant multivolume edition of the entire biblical library.

Topics include:

- The challenges of Bible translation  - Seeing the Scriptures as poetry - The non-traditional experience of reading Scripture without notes and verses - Typography and book design - And music more

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In this episode of our flagship podcast, David chats with Adam Greene and Devin O'Donnell of Bibliotheca, a typographically elegant multivolume edition of the entire biblical library.

Topics include:

- The challenges of Bible translation  - Seeing the Scriptures as poetry - The non-traditional experience of reading Scripture without notes and verses - Typography and book design - And music more

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #23: On Sloyd, with Camille Malucci]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:01:53 GMT 48:22 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Camille Malucci (of the Charlotte Mason Institute) about a handicraft called sloyd,  in which Charlotte Mason was a believer. 

Topics include: 

  • What sloyd is
  • Where it came from
  • Why Mason believed in it
  • And how to do it in your homes

***

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Camille Malucci (of the Charlotte Mason Institute) about a handicraft called sloyd,  in which Charlotte Mason was a believer. 

Topics include: 

  • What sloyd is
  • Where it came from
  • Why Mason believed in it
  • And how to do it in your homes

***

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #57: Brideshead Revisited chapter 8]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:40:39 GMT 1:18:26 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 7. 

Topics include:

  • Getting to know Julia
  • Rex's ignorance
  • Why Charles is attracted to Julia
  • "Modern" education
  • Perspective and Waugh
  • and more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 7. 

Topics include:

  • Getting to know Julia
  • Rex's ignorance
  • Why Charles is attracted to Julia
  • "Modern" education
  • Perspective and Waugh
  • and more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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<![CDATA[Quiddity #73: Andrew Pudewa on Memorization]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:44:38 GMT 41:38 no Join David Kern and guest Andrew Pudewa, of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, for a conversation about the importance of memorization -  and how to be a good memorizer. 

 

Topics include: 

  • The habits of good memorizers
  • The new science of memory
  • Tips and advice for memorization with young kids
  • and much more. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

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This episode is brought to you by our good friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Learn more about their powerful writing, speaking, and thinking tools at iew.com. 

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Join David Kern and guest Andrew Pudewa, of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, for a conversation about the importance of memorization -  and how to be a good memorizer. 

 

Topics include: 

  • The habits of good memorizers
  • The new science of memory
  • Tips and advice for memorization with young kids
  • and much more. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

***

This episode is brought to you by our good friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Learn more about their powerful writing, speaking, and thinking tools at iew.com. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #56: Brideshead Revisited, Chapter 7]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:12:35 GMT 1:09:07 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 7. 

Topics include:

  • Getting to know Julia
  • Rex's ignorance
  • Why Charles is attracted to Julia
  • "Modern" education
  • Perspective and Waugh
  • and more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 7. 

Topics include:

  • Getting to know Julia
  • Rex's ignorance
  • Why Charles is attracted to Julia
  • "Modern" education
  • Perspective and Waugh
  • and more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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<![CDATA[Quiddity #72: Adam Andrews on Teaching Literature (Part 2)]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:36:12 GMT 35:51 no Join David Kern and guest Adam Andrews, of the Center for Lit, for part two of our their conversation about teaching literature. In this episode they focus on the challenges (and rewards) of teaching contemporary literature. 

Topics include: 

  • A summary of Adam's article in our forthcoming summer magazine
  • why it's important to read the literature of our own time to help us understand the times in which we live
  • how writer's say "ecce homo"
  • choosing books specifically for the classroom
  • focusing on learning to read well rather than on what we read
  • the value of reading fewer books well 
  • and much more. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

***

This episode is brought to you by our good friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Learn more about their powerful writing, speaking, and thinking tools at iew.com. 

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Join David Kern and guest Adam Andrews, of the Center for Lit, for part two of our their conversation about teaching literature. In this episode they focus on the challenges (and rewards) of teaching contemporary literature. 

Topics include: 

  • A summary of Adam's article in our forthcoming summer magazine
  • why it's important to read the literature of our own time to help us understand the times in which we live
  • how writer's say "ecce homo"
  • choosing books specifically for the classroom
  • focusing on learning to read well rather than on what we read
  • the value of reading fewer books well 
  • and much more. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

***

This episode is brought to you by our good friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Learn more about their powerful writing, speaking, and thinking tools at iew.com. 

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<![CDATA[The Commons #16: Gregory Thornbury on Life in the City for the Christian College]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:37:34 GMT 32:23 no In this episode of The Commons, Brian Phillips chats with Dr. Gregory Thornbury, President of The King's College in New York City, about the challenges of running a Christian, Liberal Arts-driven college in a place like New York City. 

Topics include: 

  • What it's like being known as "America's first hipster college president"
  • Why The King's College has embraced the challenge of being in NYC
  • The challenges of that sort of existence
  • The place of the Liberal Arts at TKC
  • The challenges facing Christian higher education nationwide
  • Advice for making college choices

***

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

***

As always, press the arrow above to listen. Or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  

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In this episode of The Commons, Brian Phillips chats with Dr. Gregory Thornbury, President of The King's College in New York City, about the challenges of running a Christian, Liberal Arts-driven college in a place like New York City. 

Topics include: 

  • What it's like being known as "America's first hipster college president"
  • Why The King's College has embraced the challenge of being in NYC
  • The challenges of that sort of existence
  • The place of the Liberal Arts at TKC
  • The challenges facing Christian higher education nationwide
  • Advice for making college choices

***

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

***

As always, press the arrow above to listen. Or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #56: Brideshead Revisited Chapter 6]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:07:20 GMT 1:31:38 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, David, and a special guest continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 6. 

Topics include:

  • The greatest sentence of the 20th century
  • What's wrong with Sebastian
  • Whether Sebastian's family is being fair
  • More on the aesthetic theology of the book
  • and much, much more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is also brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, David, and a special guest continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 6. 

Topics include:

  • The greatest sentence of the 20th century
  • What's wrong with Sebastian
  • Whether Sebastian's family is being fair
  • More on the aesthetic theology of the book
  • and much, much more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is also brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

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<![CDATA[Quiddity #71: Adam Andrews (Part 1)]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:40:32 GMT 40:20 no In this episode of our flagship podcast, Adam Andrews, of the Center for Lit, joins David to chat about approaches to teaching literature. 

Topics include: 

The difference between academic interpretation and "reading well," when themes should matter in lit teaching, how to balance teaching compoentns of literature with letting books be what they are, the habits all great readers share, common practices in literature education that Andrew opposes, and much more. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

***

This episode is brough to you by our good friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Learn more about their writing, speaking, and thinking tools at iew.com. 

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In this episode of our flagship podcast, Adam Andrews, of the Center for Lit, joins David to chat about approaches to teaching literature. 

Topics include: 

The difference between academic interpretation and "reading well," when themes should matter in lit teaching, how to balance teaching compoentns of literature with letting books be what they are, the habits all great readers share, common practices in literature education that Andrew opposes, and much more. 

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

***

This episode is brough to you by our good friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Learn more about their writing, speaking, and thinking tools at iew.com. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #54: Brideshead Revisited #54]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:14:21 GMT 1:27:07 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 5. 

Topics include:

  • Charles' father
  • Sebastian's malaise
  • The fate of young men during the era
  • Religion at Brideshead
  • More on the aesthetic theology of the book
  • and more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

***

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapter 5. 

Topics include:

  • Charles' father
  • Sebastian's malaise
  • The fate of young men during the era
  • Religion at Brideshead
  • More on the aesthetic theology of the book
  • and more...

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, purveyors of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. Learn more here. 

This episode is brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

***

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar #22: Making the Best of Summer]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:09:54 GMT 35:25 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy and David chat about ways to use summer effectively. 

Topics include: 

  • Finishing school work during the summer
  • Whether vacations should be educational
  • Personal development during the summer break
  • and much more!

***

This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy and David chat about ways to use summer effectively. 

Topics include: 

  • Finishing school work during the summer
  • Whether vacations should be educational
  • Personal development during the summer break
  • and much more!

***

This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #53: Brideshead Revisted, Chapters 3-4]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:48:16 GMT 1:16:02 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapters 3-4. 

Topics include:

  • Tim's upcoming vacation
  • A comparison of Charles family and Sebastian's family
  • Sebastian's faith and Charles lack thereof
  • Sebastian and Charles' youth and what it means
  • The aesthetic theology of the book
  • Aesthetics as a road to faith
  • and more...

It's also brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David continue their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on chapters 3-4. 

Topics include:

  • Tim's upcoming vacation
  • A comparison of Charles family and Sebastian's family
  • Sebastian's faith and Charles lack thereof
  • Sebastian and Charles' youth and what it means
  • The aesthetic theology of the book
  • Aesthetics as a road to faith
  • and more...

It's also brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #53: Brideshead Revisted, Chapters 1-2]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 14:28:31 GMT 1:06:14 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David kick off their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on the prologue and chapters one and two.  

Topics include:

  • First experiences with Waugh
  • Waugh's nostalgia
  • The prologue
  • The book's various juxtapositions
  • The sacred and the profane
  • The book's spiritual hauntings
  • 3 key decaying institutions
  • and more...

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

It's also brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David kick off their discussion of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, focusing on the prologue and chapters one and two.  

Topics include:

  • First experiences with Waugh
  • Waugh's nostalgia
  • The prologue
  • The book's various juxtapositions
  • The sacred and the profane
  • The book's spiritual hauntings
  • 3 key decaying institutions
  • and more...

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

It's also brought to you by Schole Academy from Classical Academic Press, featuring new literature courses taught by Close Reads co-star, Tim McIntosh. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[The Mason Jar Q&A: May 2017]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:44:33 GMT 30:49 no In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Whether Charlotte Mason's volumes should be reading a particular order
  • Whether morning time is necessary for a true Charlotte Mason (or classical) approach to education
  • Whether morning time is too heavy on what is called "the riches"

***

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. ​​​​​​​

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In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.

Topics include: 

  • Whether Charlotte Mason's volumes should be reading a particular order
  • Whether morning time is necessary for a true Charlotte Mason (or classical) approach to education
  • Whether morning time is too heavy on what is called "the riches"

***

As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. ​​​​​​​

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #52: Narnia Nostalgia]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 13:25:17 GMT 59:00 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David discuss C.S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and it's victory in our Great Books Bracket this spring. 

Topics include:

  • Why the Narnia stories have maintained their reputation for so long
  • The differences in reading it for the first time as a child as opposed to as an adult
  • Which Narnia book should be read first
  • Lewis's philosophies on reading
  • and more...

Plus, they kick the show off by discussing how to know if dislike of a book is because of the book itself or because of the reader. 

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David discuss C.S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and it's victory in our Great Books Bracket this spring. 

Topics include:

  • Why the Narnia stories have maintained their reputation for so long
  • The differences in reading it for the first time as a child as opposed to as an adult
  • Which Narnia book should be read first
  • Lewis's philosophies on reading
  • and more...

Plus, they kick the show off by discussing how to know if dislike of a book is because of the book itself or because of the reader. 

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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<![CDATA[Close Reads #51: O'Connor Q&A]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 17:18:52 GMT 1:21:25 no On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David conclude their conversation on Flannery O'Connor's collection of stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge, by answering listener questions. 

Topics include:

  • How O'Connor's contemporaries viewed her work
  • Angelina and Tim's Amazon-style reviews of O'Connor
  • Anagogical/allegorical reading
  • O'Connor's appeal to non-Christians
  • Rapid-fire questions 

and much more...

***

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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On this episode of Close Reads, Angelina, Tim, and David conclude their conversation on Flannery O'Connor's collection of stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge, by answering listener questions. 

Topics include:

  • How O'Connor's contemporaries viewed her work
  • Angelina and Tim's Amazon-style reviews of O'Connor
  • Anagogical/allegorical reading
  • O'Connor's appeal to non-Christians
  • Rapid-fire questions 

and much more...

***

This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

*** 

Click here to join the Close Reads Facebook group. 

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