Uncommon Sense
The Podcast of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, where we talk about everything under the sun with a Chestertonian perspective, as well as the writings and legacy of G.K. Chesterton himself. The podcast is hosted by Grettelyn Darkey and Joe Grabowski. Want to give us feedback? Email podcast@chesterton.org.

In this episode, Grettelyn speaks with Brady Stiller, author of "Your Life is a Story" from Word on Fire publishing, and a speaker at this summer's Chesterton conference!

For Brady's book, visit https://bookstore.wordonfire.org/products/your-life-is-a-story 

For the Chesterton conference visit https://www.chesterton.org/43rd-annual-chesterton-conference/

Direct download: Stiller_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn speaks with Carrie Gress, author and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

To learn more about Carrie, visit her website: https://www.carriegress.com/

For the Chesterton conference this summer, visit https://www.chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Gress_Audio_Final.mp3
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Chris Check of Catholic Answers (https://catholic.com) joins Joe and Grettelyn to talk about his talk at this summer's Chesterton Conference (https://chesterton.org/conference) about Saint Gregory the Great and his tremendous influence on the history of Christianity.

Direct download: 24.24_Audio_Final.mp3
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Popular Catholic YouTuber and speaker Brian Holdsworth joins Grettelyn and Joe to talk about evangelizing online, good literature and culture, and more!

To learn more about Brian, visit his website: https://brianholdsworth.ca/

To register for this summer's Chesterton conference, visit https://www.chesterton.org/conference.

 

Direct download: 24.23_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Joe Grabowski chats with Joseph Pearce about the dynamic friendship between G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, which will be the topic of Joseph's talk at this summer's Chesterton Conference!

To learn more about Joseph, visit jpearce.co.

To register for this summer's Chesterton Conference, visit chesterton.org/conference.

Direct download: 24.22_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this special episode, Joe and Grettelyn talk about the Society of G.K. Chesterton's ambitious goal of recruiting 150 new members to the Knights and Ladies of the Apostolate of Common Sense, a special group of supporters who by their prayers and financial support help us bring Chesterton's wit and wisdom to a world direly in need of his joyful witness to the Gospel.

To learn more visit https://chesterton.org/knights.

To sign up for this year's Chesterton conference, visit https://www.chesterton.org/conference.

To join our Everlasting Man Online Book Club visit https://www.chesterton.org/everlastingman.

Thank you for your support, and may God bless you!

Direct download: 20.21_Episode_Audio.mp3
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In this episode, Dale Ahlquist joins Grettelyn and Joe to remember the great Chestertonian, Aidan Mackey, who passed away on May 4th at the age of 101. Please join the Society in praying for the happy repose of Aidan's soul, and the comfort of his loved ones and friends.

We also chat about the upcoming 43rd Annual Chesterton Conference and preview some of the great talks you'll hear if you join us, either in-person or online! To learn more, visit chesterton.org/conference.

Direct download: 24.20_Final_Audio.mp3
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For this week's episode, we have a special re-presentation of the kickoff meeting of our Everlasting Man Online Book Club! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to tackle one of Chesterton's greatest works with friends old and new!

To sign up and join us for future weeks' live events, visit https://www.chesterton.org/everlastingman/ today!

Direct download: 24.18_Final_Audio.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn get a preview of one of the upcoming talks at this year's Chesterton conference from speaker Joe Walsh, who will be looking at commonalities between G. K. Chesterton and Whittaker Chambers!

To register for the conference, visit https://www.chesterton.org/43rd-annual-chesterton-conference/ today!

Direct download: Walsh_Audio_Episode_Final.mp3
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Grettelyn and Joe speak with Amber Knorr, a sacred and fine artist whose portraiture work includes a painting of G. K. Chesterton. To learn more about Amber or to see or buy prints of her work, visit her website: amberknorrart.com/

Direct download: 24.17_-_Knorr_Audio.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn chat briefly about some news from the Society and an exciting new online Book Club that YOU can join.

To learn more or to sign up, visit chesterton.org/everlastingman.

 

Direct download: 24.16_Final_Audio.mp3
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In this episode, Joe talks with James Matthew Wilson - poet, author and scholar - about G.K. Chesterton, T.S. Eliot, modern poetry, and more. Plus, James shares some of his own work from his upcoming publication, "Saint Thomas and the Forbidden Birds." Don't miss it!

To get James's book or to learn more, visit jamesmatthewwilson.com.

To sign up for this year's Chesterton conference, visit chesterton.org/conference.

Direct download: Wilson_Episode_Audio_Edit.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn speak with Noelle Mering about her book, "Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology," as well as the "Theology of Home" initiative.

To buy the book or learn more, visit https://theologyofhome.com/.

IN THIS VIDEO:

0:00 Introduction

1:39 What is Wokeism?

3:25 The Mechanisms of Manipulation

6:31 Chesterton and the Breakdown of Society

10:15 Confusion and Compassion

12:38 "The Capture of the Institutions"

15:55 Needing a "Manalive" Moment

17:46 Chesterton a Helpful Antidote

19:48 The Absence of Teleology & The Problem of Progress

23:19 A Movement of Destruction

27:43 The Curse of Babel

29:28 The Theology of Home

36:58 The Importance of Reconciliation 45:40 Wrapping Up

Direct download: Mering_Episode_Audio.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn speak with Chris Stefanick about spreading the love of Christ, helping people live holier lives and marriages, and more!

Chris is the founder and president of Real Life Catholic. Real Life Catholic is an organization that shares the love of Jesus and helps others do the same. Go check out their life-changing courses today coaching.reallifecatholic.com.

For the new marriage course mentioned in the video, visit reallifecatholic.com/marriage.

For Dale Ahlquist's book, The Story of the Family, visit chesterton.org/store/product/the-story-of-the-family.

For the Annual Chesterton Conference, visit chesterton.org/conference.

For the Chesterton Schools Network: chestertonschoolsnetwork.org.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

0:00 Introduction
1:20 Focusing on the local
3:09 What is Real Life Catholic?
4:09 Back to basics
6:38 The transforming love of Christ
8:25 Quoting Chesterton!
10:57 Chris's experience of the Chesterton Schools Network
12:29 The mystery of the Incarnation (and no heresy)
14:25 Renewed: Real Life Catholic's new marriage initiative
17:36 The gift of marriage
19:09 The importance of renewing marriage commitments
21:37 How God forms us in marriage
25:20 Signing off

Direct download: Stefanick_Episode_Audio.mp3
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In this first "Conference Preview" episode of the season, Grettelyn and Joe discuss this summer's event, and in particular Joe's talk about the changing state of friendship. Don't miss it!

\To register today visit chesterton.org/conference.

Direct download: Joe_Conference_Prevoew_Episode_Audio.mp3
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In this episode Grettelyn and Joe speak with Father Ryan, a former Chesterton Schools Network headmaster and a Chesterton enthusiast, about how Chesterton's insights and spirituality can impact anyone, at any stage of life!

Direct download: Father_Ryan_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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Grettelyn and Joe interview Katie (a.k.a. "Mrs. Ruvi"), the founder of The Good Egg Fund. Learn about this fascinating and inspiring initiative, and chip in if you want to help. Visit goodeggfund.org today.

Direct download: Mrs_Ruvi_Episode.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn interviews Thomas Banks of the Literary Life podcast about Chesterton and Dickens.

https://www.theliterary.life/

Direct download: Banks_Episode.mp3
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Joe and Grettelyn talk about this year's Lenten reflections (chesterton.org/lent) and how Chesterton's appreciation for paradox can assist in a more meaningful approach to the season.

Direct download: Chesterton_on_Lent.mp3
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In today's episode, Grettelyn speaks with Jeanette Flood, a freelance writer who worked as an editor for Ignatius Press on several of the volumes of the Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton!

Jeanette's book: https://ignatius.com/eight-ways-of-loving-god-ewlgp/

Direct download: Flood_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn speaks with Thomas Finke, a Latin teacher for Chesterton Academy of the Twin Cities and the Latin curriculum author for the Chesterton Schools Network.

Direct download: Finke_Audio.mp3
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Grettelyn talks to Susan Sucher, the Local Societies Coordinator for the Society of G.K. Chesterton, about the great gift of our local societies and how she's helping people form and sustain ones of their own. 

To learn more, to find a local society near you, or to inquire into getting one started in your area, visit https://www.chesterton.org/local-societies/.

To learn about the Frances Chesterton Rosary League, visit https://www.chesterton.org/frances-chesterton-rosary-league/.

For the essay discussed in today's episode, visit https://library.chesterton.org/the-extension-of-the-family-33027/

Direct download: Susan_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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This week on Uncommon Sense, we are proud to present a recording of a talk given last year to the Chesterton School's Network conference by our president, Dale Ahlquist, entitled "Why G. K. Chesterton is Classical... and Why Classical Education is Chestertonian."

Direct download: Dales_CSN_Talk.mp3
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Joe talks with Dr. Robert L. Jackson, an expert in classical education and the new Senior Fellow for the Chesterton Schools Network (CSN). Hear about the new renaissance in classical education, the origins of the movement, and the difference that Chesterton makes.

Links:

https://chestertonschoolsnetwork.org/careers

https://chesterton.org/give

IN THIS VIDEO:

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 1:17 Rob's background
  • 3:57 Joining the CSN
  • 4:52 What is a classical education?
  • 5:46 The liberal arts
  • 8:30 What we mean by classical
  • 10:12 G.K. Chesterton's education
  • 11:50 What changed in education?
  • 12:35 The rise of Pragmatism
  • 17:27 The recovery of classical
  • 22:20 Rob's work with CSN
  • 30:36 Importance of this work
  • 33:42 The CSN is hiring!
  • 38:21 We need your help
  • 41:13 The Chesterton difference
  • 47:20 Closing thoughts
Direct download: Rob_Jackson_Episode.mp3
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This week, we are proud to air an encore presentation of a Virtual Open House for the Chesterton Schools Network hosted by Dale Ahlquist and featuring Andrew Youngblood, author of the new book from Word on Fire "Know Thyself." We hope you enjoy!

Direct download: Know_Thyself_Encore.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn speaks with Ted Janiszewski of St. Irenaeus Ministries about Saint Irenaeus Ministries and about how to winsomely present Catholic truth in its full historical and joyful dimensions.

https://siministries.org/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzV2YYCue4QaJNhm7uoYnZg

Direct download: Ted_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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This Christmas, the Society of G.K. Chesterton celebrates "The Gift of Chesterton." Join us for this special episode, as a few members of our community reflect upon the difference Chesterton has made in their own lives and how he has helped lead them closer to Christ.

Thank you for letting us share the gift of Chesterton with you.

God bless you, and Merry Christmas!

Direct download: Audio_for_Review.mp3
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Dale Ahlquist joins Joe and Grettelyn to look at some of the highlights for the Society of GK Chesterton in the coming year!

Please support our work! Visit chesterton.org/give today.

Direct download: Dale_Episode_Audio.mp3
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Grettelyn and Joe interview Dr. Mark Nowakowski about being a Catholic composer and making a beautiful piece of a simple Chesterton Christmas poem.

Direct download: NOWAKOWSKI_AUDIO.mp3
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Grettelyn and Joe speak to Holly Ordway, author of a brand new spiritual biography of the beloved author, J.R.R. Tolkien, published by Word on Fire.

To buy Holly's books, visit https://bookstore.wordonfire.org/pages/holly-ordway.

Direct download: Ordway_Audio_Episode_Final.mp3
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Grettelyn and Joe speak to John Sharp, co-founding director and publisher with IHS Press, which seeks to bring back classic works on economic, political, and social thought by Chesterton and his contemporaries.

Direct download: Sharp_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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Grettelyn speaks Dr. James Breen about the Benedict Medicine Consortium, an attempt to bring the practice of medicine back into line with the Social Teachings of the Church.

For more info, visit benedictmedicine.org.

Direct download: Breen_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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Joe and Grettelyn speak with Andrew Youngblood about his exciting new popular book from Word on Fire, "Know Thyself: Classical Catholic Education and the Discovery of Self." Learn more about the exciting momentum in the classical education movement!

To register for November 15th's Virtual Open House visit here: https://chestertonschoolsnetwork.org/virtual-open-house-november-2023

To buy Andrew's book (on backorder) write to orders@chesterton.org.

Direct download: Youngblood_Episode.mp3
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Joe and Grettelyn speak with Alan Harrelson of Pipe Cottage about his journey to the Catholic Church, his experience reading Chesterton, his love nature, and more!

To learn more about Alan, visit pipecottage.com or his channel.

To learn more about the Southern Agrarians, visit Wikipedia.

Our past interview about Father Vincent McNabb.

Alan Cornett's talk on Russell Kirk.

Direct download: Harrelson_Episode_Final.mp3
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Nancy joins Grettelyn to discuss her newest book, and a great present for this Christmas: The Chestertons and the Top Meadow Troupe!

To get Nancy's book, visit chesterton.org/tmt (for "Top Meadow Troupe"). 

For the first volume, The Chestertons and the Golden Key, visit chesterton.org/goldenkey today!

Direct download: Nancy_Audio_Final.mp3
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Joe and Grettelyn look at Chesterton's historic newsmaking trip to Notre Dame University in October, 1930.

For a sample of Father O'Donnell's poetry, see https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=13532.

To hear Notre Dame's recent podcast episode about Chesterton, visit https://stories.nd.edu/podcasts/g-k-chesterton-and-notre-dame/.

Direct download: GKC_at_ND_Audio.mp3
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Joe and Grettelyn talk about the call issued by the Bishops of the United States, in solidarity with that of the Bishops of the Holy Land, for a day of prayer and fasting for peace.

Episode resources:

ِA Call for Prayer and Fasting for Peace from Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land

Salvifici Doloris - on Human Suffering, by Pope Saint John Paul II

Hope through Suffering by Karlo Broussard (Catholic Answers Magazine)

Fatima Shrine Boston (Prayers and Resources)

The Queen of Seven Swords by G.K. Chesterton

Message for the 46th World Day of Peace by Pope Benedict XVI

Saint Francis's Prayer for Peace

Psalm 83, Psalm 85, and Psalm 90

Direct download: Fasting_for_Peace.mp3
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Joe and Grettelyn talk about some news and updates from the Society of GK Chesterton. To catch the Virtual Society LIVE this week, visit https://www.youtube.com/@AmCHESTERTONsoc/live.

 

Direct download: Episode_for_10-9-2023.mp3
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In honor of this coming Saturday's feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, we are re-airing this interview from the archives with Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers.

 

Buy Chesterton's poem Lepanto with Dale Ahlquist's commentary here: https://www.chesterton.org/shop/lepanto/

Chris's longer talk on the battle with his recitation of the poem: https://shop.catholic.com/lepanto-the-battle-that-saved-the-west-mp3/

Direct download: Lepanto_Archive.mp3
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On this special episode, we feature the keynote address from this year's Chesterton conference, where His Excellency, Most Rev. Robert Barron, of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and of Word on Fire Ministries, provides a fresh reading of Chesterton's great book on Saint Francis of Assisi!

Direct download: Uncommon_Sense_Bishop_Barron_Keynote.mp3
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In this episode, Joe speaks with Matthew Kelly, the drummer of the Dropkick Murphys about keeping the faith while rockin' around the world. Don't miss it!

Direct download: Final_Audio_Kelly.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn speak with W. Joseph DeReuil, Editor Emeritus of The Irish Rover, an independent student newspaper at the University of Notre Dame.

 

To learn more about Joseph, the Rover, and the lawsuit mentioned in this episode - or to donate to help - visit:

https://irishrover.net/author/joe-dereuil/

https://irishrover.net/2023/07/we-will-not-be-silenced/

https://irishrover.net/2023/07/donate/

Direct download: DeReuil_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn speak with Collin Konetzke about his part-time work as an iconographer and his membership in the Brotherhood of Saint Joseph.

Links:

https://www.catholicicons.com/

https://www.brotherhoodofsaintjoseph.com/

https://ignatius.com/the-spirit-of-the-liturgy-commemorative-edition-splcep/

 

Direct download: Collin_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn speak with Andrew McNabb, a lay Dominican and the great-grandnephew of Father Vincent McNabb, OP, the great Distributist and contemporary of Chesterton. Andrew's new book, Walking with Father Vincent, is on sale now!

Links:

chesterton.org/mcnabb

andrew-mcnabb.com

Direct download: McNabb_Audio_Cut_Final.mp3
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President of the Society of GK Chesterton Dale Ahlquist joins us to recap this year's Chesterton conference!

Direct download: Dale_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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In honor of the Solemnity of the Assumption, we present a special encore of our recording of an interview with author Nancy Brown on her book on G.K. Chesterton and the Mother of God. 

Buy the book today! https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/g-k-chesterton-and-our-lady/

 

Direct download: Encore_US_Nancy_Brown_Chesterton_Our_Lady.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn speaks with Michael Steele from We Are One Body Catholic Radio about appreciating Chesterton's unique philosophical perspective.

 https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

https://www.waob.org/

Direct download: Steele_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn interviews Katherine Kersten, Society Board Member and Senior Policy Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, about her work advocating in education and the promise she finds in the Chesterton Schools Network model.

 https://www.americanexperiment.org/

https://www.chesterton.org/

https://www.chesterton.org/42nd-annual-chesterton-conference/

https://chestertonschoolsnetwork.org/

 

Direct download: Kersten_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this special episode, we revisit the interviews over the past several weeks with guests who will be speaking at this year's Chesterton conference and let them make the case, in their own words, as to why YOU should come!

https://www.chesterton.org/42nd-annual-chesterton-conference/

Direct download: Conference_Hype_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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Join us for this short special episode as we share some quotations from Chesterton about patriotism, politics, and liberty, along with music and images celebrating the heritage of the United States of America. Happy Fourth of July!

All music is in the public domain.

Works cited:

  • "To the Americans" (1917)
  • "Revolutions in History," Illustrated London News 7-21-1928
  • "Some American Cities" in What I Saw in America (1922)
  • "The Future of Democracy" in What I Saw in America (1922)
  • "A Defence of Patriotism" in The Defendant (1901)
  • "Patriotic Poetry: What Is Patriotism?," Illustrated London News 11-11-1901
  • "What Is America?" in What I Saw in America (1922)
  • "The American King and the English President," The New Witness 7-29-1921
  • "Publicity and the Psycho-Analyst," G.K.'s Weekly, 8-18-1928
  • "The Story of the Family" in The Superstition of Divorce (1920)
Direct download: Fourth_of_July_Final_Audio.mp3
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We speak with Haley Stewart, Author and Editor of Word on Fire Spark and of the Sister Seraphina mysteries, about children's literature, detective fiction, our upcoming conference, and more!

LINKS:

This year's Chesterton conference: https://www.chesterton.org/conference

Haley's Pauline media author page: https://paulinestore.com/books/featured-authors/haley-stewart.html

Haley's website: https://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/

Haley's previous UncommonSense interview: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/24654408

Word on Fire Spark: https://books.wordonfire.org/sparkwaitlist

 

Direct download: Stewart_Audio_Final.mp3
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We speak with Father Spencer Howe, Chaplain of the Society of GK Chesterton, about Chesterton's spirituality, Saint Francis of Assisi, our upcoming conference, and more!

 

LINKS:

This year's Chesterton conference:

https://www.chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Final_Audio.mp3
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We speak with Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers, about the power of storytelling in evangelization and apologetics, and more!

LINKS:

This year's Chesterton conference: https://www.chesterton.org/conference

Catholic Answers: https://www.catholic.com/

Catholic Answers Conference: https://www.catholicanswersconference.com

Dan Burke Conversion Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHuouyFQ2GQ

Direct download: Check_Audio_Final.mp3
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We speak with Gilbert columnist and upcoming conference speaker Susan Sucher about the vocation of a "Domestic Empress." Don't miss it!

LINKS:

Susan's 2022 conference talk: https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/the-emancipation-of-domesticity/

This year's Chesterton conference: https://www.chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Sucher_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn and Joe wrap up their two-part discussion of Chesterton's book, Saint Francis of Assisi, in preparation for the summer Chesterton conference!

LINKS:

https://chesterton.org/conference

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

The book: https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/st-francis-of-assisi/

Direct download: Saint_Francis_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Joe and Grettelyn begin a two-part discussion of Chesterton's book, Saint Francis of Assisi, in preparation for the summer Chesterton conference!

LINKS:

https://chesterton.org/conference

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

The book: https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/st-francis-of-assisi/

 

Direct download: Saint_Francis_Pt_1_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode, Grettelyn speaks with Joseph Pearce about his upcoming talk at the 42nd Annual Chesterton Conference.

Links:

https://jpearce.co/
https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense
https://chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Pearce_Full_Audio_Final.mp3
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On this episode, we speak with Society President, Dale Ahlquist, about the Society and our upcoming summer conference!

chesterton.org/uncommonsense

chesterton.org/conference

chestertonschoolsnetwork.org

Direct download: Ahlquist_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, we speak to Deacon Tom Martin about his upcoming talk at this year's Chesterton Conference on Chesterton and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

UncommonSense: https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Annual Chesterton Conference: https://chesterton.org/conference

 
Direct download: Martin_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn speaks with Maria Jansen, co-founded of Chesterton Academy of St. Louis, about the difference the Chesterton model makes and how the Chesterton Schools Network guides parents to success. 

LINKS:

UncommonSense: https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Chesterton Schools Network (CSN) https://chestertonschoolsnetwork.org

Annual Chesterton Conference: https://chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Jansen_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, we talk with Troubadour Dan Kerr, President of St. Martin's Academy, about the unique boarding school experience offered there and how it helps to shape young men.

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

St. Martin's Academy: https://saintmartinsacademy.org/

The Troubadours: https://saintmartinsacademy.org/troubadours/

42nd Annual Chesterton Conference: https://chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Kerr_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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Alan Cornett of the Cultural Debris Podcast joins us on this episode of Uncommon Sense to talk about Russell Kirk's conservative vision and its Chestertonian resonances.

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Cultural Debris Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultural-debris/id1535399801

Cultural Debris Twitter: https://twitter.com/culturaldebris

Cultural Debris excursions: https://bgcts.com/the-leadership-experience/

Annual Chesterton Conference: https://chesterton.org/conference

Direct download: Cornett_Episode_Final_Audio.mp3
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In this episode, we speak with Jacob Imam, co-editor of New Polity and co-founder of the College of St. Joseph the Worker in Steubenville, OH. We speak about economics, almsgiving, and the importance of friendship and localism.

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

New Polity website: https://newpolity.com/

New Polity "Redeeming Politics" conference: https://newpolity.com/events/redeeming-politics-2023

Annual Chesterton Conference: https://chesterton.org/conference

 

Direct download: Imam_Episode_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, we talk with John Walker, Associate Professor of Theater and Fine Arts at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, and star of EWTN's "Chesterton Station."

 https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

https://www.encountergkchesterton.com/home.html

Direct download: Walker_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, we talk with one of the Troubadours, Professor William Fahey, President of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (https://thomasmorecollege.edu/), about how he came to Chesterton and what he most appreciates in reading him.

 https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

 

 

Direct download: Fahey_Audio_Final.mp3
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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert interview Tim Streiff, the Program Director of Catholic Rural Life. We talk about how Catholic Rural Life relates to Chesterton's thoughts on social economy. All of that and more on this episode of Uncommon Sense!

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Catholic Rural Life
https://catholicrurallife.org/

Direct download: Streiff_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert interview JonMarc Grodi, the Executive Director of The Coming Home Network. JonMarc discusses how he discovered Chesterton and the great Chesterton adventure that brings so much joy to his own life. All of that on this episode of Uncommon Sense.

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

The Coming Home Network

https://chnetwork.org/

 

Direct download: US_JonMarc_Grodi_Final.mp3
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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert speak with Eileen Douglass, the Head of School of Chesterton Academy of the St. Croix Valley. She talks about her journey to leading a Chesterton Academy as well as the important role that the classical education plays in the lives of the high school students. Tune in to this episode!

Direct download: US_Eileen_Douglass_Final.mp3
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Take a Lenten journey with G.K. Chesterton. Grettelyn and Albert look at the 2023 Lenten Campaign, Mercy Triumphs. They will take a some of their favorite relfections from the campaign and share their thoughts on Chesterton and what it means for us today.
You are invited to join the Lenten campaign and have those reflections emailed to your inbox everyday. Please find the link below and tune in to this episode!

Lent 2023 Campaign:
https://chesterton.org/lent

Direct download: US_Lent_2023_Audio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:42am EDT

On this episode of Uncommon Sense Grettelyn and Albert interview Matt Swaim, the Director of Outreach for the Coming Home Network. Matt talks about his own conversion and the role that Chesterton played. This rocker turned radio host shares all that and more on this episode!

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

41st Annual Conference Talk featuring Matt Swaim:
https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/chestertonian-conversions-panel/

Direct download: US_Matt_Swaim_Audio_Final.mp3
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Join the Uncommon Sense team as they make a triumphant return to video! For this special episode Grettely and Albert have Dale Ahlquist back on the show to take a look at the year ahead as well as some very special celebrations that rounded out the last year. Tune in to this episode of Uncommon Sense!

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

https://chesterton.org/conference

 

Direct download: US_Dale_Feb23_Audio_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn takes some time to get to know the staff of The Society of G.K. Chesterton. She talks with Jen Finke, the Media Specialist for the society and finds out more about who she is and what she does. Tune in!

Our 2023 Lenten Campaign Sign-Up
https://chesterton.org/lent

Direct download: US_Jen_Finke_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

In this episode of Uncommon Sense Grettelyn and Albert read and discuss "A Hymn: O God of Earth and Altar." Once again, Chesterton's words take a prophetic stance in the world and find much relevance in modern times. Tune in for this poetic episode!

Direct download: US_A_Hymn_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, it's a Headmaster Highlight. Grettelyn and Albert talk with Fr. Ryan Adorjan, the Headmaster of Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family in Lisle, IL. They both talk with Fr. Ryan about his journey of faith and how the role of being a priest impacts his role as a headmaster. All that and more on this episode!

https://www.chestertonschoolsnetwork.org/

https://www.chesterton.org/uncommonsense

 

Direct download: US_Fr_Ryan_Adorjan_Final.mp3
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Grettelyn and Albert take on Chesterton's essay regarding the Book of Job. Together they dicuss how Chesterton saw Job in a way that many do not. Tune in and listen!

Introduction to the Book of Job (chesterton.org)

https://www.chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Direct download: US_Chesterton_Job_Final.mp3
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On this special bonus episode of Uncommon Sense, Albert and Grettelyn are joined by Joe Grabowski, VP of Evangelization and Mission for the Society, and Father Spencer Howe, the Society's chaplain. 
Together, they discuss the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI and how he touched their lives, along the way noting some Chestertonian connections. You don't want to miss it!

Uncommon Sense Website

Direct download: US_BXVI_Final.mp3
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Start your New Year, with and old and reliable friend. Who might that be? G.K. Chesterton of course! For the first Uncommon Sense episode of 2023, Grettelyn and Albert expand upon commentary from Chesterton on the New Year and find out that there is much more to consider than waiting for a shiny ball to drop. Tune in to this episode of Uncommon Sense. Happy New Year!

https://www.chesterton.org/january-one-essay/

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Direct download: US_New_Year_Old_Chesterton_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert share favorite Christmas stories and traditions from the staff at the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Cozy up to this warm and memorable episode that will be sure to leave a smile on your face and fill your heart with the true meaning of Christmas!

Direct download: US_Christmas_Memories_Final_V2.mp3
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It’s a Chestertonian Christmas Carol! Joe Grabowski joins the show to lead us down the path of G.K. Chesterton’s take on Charles Dickens and his love of Christmas. It’s a very, merry episode with no Scrooges allowed. Tune in to this episode!

https://chesterton.org/uncommonsense

Direct download: US_Chesterton_Dickens_Final.mp3
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We raise our glasses and enjoy a pint or two with David Bates, the host of the podcast dedicated to C.S. Lewis, Pints With Jack. We open the conversation about C.S. Lewis and ask the ultimate question, where does Chesterton fit in? All that and more on this episode!

https://pintswithjack.com

Direct download: US_David_Bates_Final.mp3
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This week on Uncommon Sense, Dr. Eric DeMeuse, a Chesterton Schools Network Academic Dean, returns to the show to talk about all things Chesterton Academy. We get his take on the importance of forming saints for a brighter future and how a classical education modeled after G.K. Chesterton plays a role in that formation. It will be a truly educational experience!

https://chestertonschoolsnetwork.org

Direct download: US_Eric_DeMeuse_Fall2022_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk with Fr. Spencer Howe, Pastor at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Minneapolis  as well as Chaplain to the Society of G.K. Chesterton. They talk with Father Spencer about his early discovery of Chesterton, his own journey of faith and the importance of G.K. Chesterton’s spirituality.

Direct download: US_Fr_Howe_Final.mp3
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Advent is almost upon us! Join Grettelyn and Albert as they take a sneak peek into the 2022 Advent Campaign for the Society of G.K. Chesterton. They talk about Chesterton's own thoughts on the importance of wonder as well as pick out a few of the reflections to discuss. Please enjoy this preparation for the coming Advent season as we ready ourselves for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

To sign up for the campaign, please visit: chesterton.org/advent

Direct download: US_Advent_2022_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk Chesterton and friendship. They will look at some of Chesterton's quotations on friendship and open them up for discussion. If you are feeling friendly, this a good episode to tune into.

https://www.chesterton.org/quotations/friendship

Direct download: US_Chesterton_Friendship_Final.mp3
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In this epsiode of Uncommon Sense, we feature in our Headmaster Highlight, Dr. Joshua Russell, the Headmaster of Chesterton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Peoria, IL. We talk to this once commercial-pilot-turned-headmaster about what it's like to lead a Chesterton Academy. Dr. Russell also talks about the importance of music in the lives of the students. All that and more coming up in this episode.

Direct download: US_Joshua_Russell_Final.mp3
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In this fantastical episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk with author, Joseph Pearce about J.R.R. Tolkien and all things Middle Earth.  They discuss the connections to Christ and Chesterton and much more. Tune in to this episode to hear all the details!

https://jpearce.co

Direct download: US_Joseph_Pearce_Tolkien_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert catch up with Dale Ahlquist and get the latest updates for the Society of G.K. Chesterton as well as the Chesterton Schools Network. From celebrations to conferences, there is a lot going on and Dale fills in all the blanks. Tune in!

https://www.chesterton.org/store/membership

Direct download: US_Dale_Ahlquist_Fall_2022_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert interview Gregory K. Martin, the founder of the Squires, a new part of the Society of G.K. Chesterton that involves teenagers in the mission to pray, read and support the mission of The Society with G.K. Chesterton as their guide. Tune in to this episode to hear this energetic youth who is paving the way for future Chestertonian youth.

Direct download: US_Gregory_Martin_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettely and Albert interview Haley Stewart, an author who has released her first children's fiction story, entitled, The Pursuit of Pilfered Cheese. They talk with Haley about her inspiration for creating these wonderful characters that just happen to live under the floor of G.K. Chesterton's house. We find out more about Haley and her love of literature, all in this episode of Uncommon Sense. Tune in!

The Pursuit of the Pilfered Cheese | Pauline Books and Media (paulinestore.com)

Direct download: US_Haley_Stewart_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

In this episode, Grettelyn and Albert interview Brent Forrest, a long time member of the Society of G.K. Chesterton. They discuss with Brent his time of being a member and why the work of The Society is so needed in today's world. Tune in to hear more!

https://chesterton.org/knights

Direct download: US_Brent_Forrest_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk with Joe Grabowski, the new VP of Evangelization and Mission for the Society of G.K. Chesterton. They discuss with Joe the plans in store to help the community of Chestertonians that are engaged with The Society. Great things ahead! Tune in to find out more!

https://chesterton.org
https://chesterton.org/knights

 

Direct download: US_Joe_Grabowski_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this episode Grettelyn and Albert talk with Maria Romine, the founder of Swords and Roses, a stage-combat show. They talk with Maria about the talk that she gave at the 41st Annual Chesterton Conference regarding Chesterton and Our Lady. That's all coming up in this episode.

Nancy Brown's book, G.K. Chesterton and Our Lady:
https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/g-k-chesterton-and-our-lady/

Direct download: US_Maria_Romine.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert welcome back Nancy Brown to discuss her newest book, G.K. Chesterton and Our Lady. They discuss why the book was written and open up some of the writings on the inside. It is a wonderful insight into Chesterton's admiration of The Blessed Mother.

The book is available at:
G.K. Chesterton and Our Lady – Store | Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

JOIN THE KNIGHTS!!

Interested in Nancy's new book, Chesterton and Our Lady? Now through October 7, 2022, receive a free copy when you sign up to be a Knight of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Learn more at chesterton.org/knights

 

Direct download: US_Nancy_Brown_Chesterton_Our_Lady.mp3
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For this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert take a break to let the ladies from the Pints With Chesterton podcast lead the way with their own review from attending the 41st Annual Chesterton Conference that took place in Milwaukee, WI this past July 2022. Tune in!

Direct download: Pints_Review_41st_Conference.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert discuss the Chesterton essay, A Piece of Chalk. They look at Chesterton's view on these small, colored artistic tools and how that unique view is so very important and relevant to all of us today.

A Piece of Chalk-American Chesterton Society

Direct download: US_Piece_Chalk_Final.mp3
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In this episode Grettelyn and Albert talk with Michael Lavrisha, a volunteer who is using his talents and his love for Chesterton to work on a project that involves digitizing all of Chesterton's written works. Tune in!

Direct download: US_Michael_Lavrisha.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this "not-so-live" episode, Albert and Grettelyn were in Milwaukee for the 41st Annual Chesterton Conference. They talked about their time at the conference, favorite talks, great people and much more. Tune in for this conference wrap-up on this edition of Uncommon Sense.

Direct download: US_41st_From_The_Conference.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this episode Albert will be asking Grettelyn all the "new guy" questions he can come up with about the upcoming 41st Annual Chesterton Conference. They'll talk about everything from keynotes to after glows. The new guy gets taught by the veteran on the is episode of Uncommon Sense.

Direct download: US_41st_Conf_Overview_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

John Walker, a professional actor, joins this episode of Uncommon Sense and talks about his own journey through Hollywood and how he eventually ended up taking up the role of playing G.K. Chesterton himself.

Direct download: US_41st_Conf_John_Walker_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Christopher Check, the President of Catholic Answers, talks with Albert about the upcoming 41st Annual Chesterton Conference and his presentation on Christopher Columbus and the important role he played in the founding of this country.
Direct download: US_41st_Conf_Chris_Check_Final.mp3
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