Uncommon Sense
The Podcast of the Society of GKC, where we talk about everything, and everything else, with a Chestertonian perspective. The podcast is hosted by Nancy Brown. Want to give us feedback? Email podcast@chesterton.com

Host Nancy Brown is joined by co-host Noel Culbertson and agues Susan Sucher to discuss one of our favorite Chesterton essays, The Emancipation of Domesticity. 

This essay is found in the book What's Wrong with the World, in Part Three: Feminism, or, The Mistake about Woman.

Listen to this lively discussion. Feedback welcome at nancy@chesterton.org

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Nancy Brown reads The Emancipation of Domesticity (and fractures the French sentence it contains) from the G.K. Chesterton book What's Wrong with the World, Part III: Feminism, or, the Mistake about Woman.

Next week, Nancy, Noel and Susan will discuss this essay, so if you want to be prepared, listen to this first!

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Kyle Mann, Editor-in-Chief, The Babylon Bee

The secular left is killing satire by turning reality into a parody of itself and by censoring satirists they don’t like. And they accomplish the latter by mischaracterizing satire as misinformation. What would Chesterton say?

Summer Conference, 2021, Lisle, IL

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Irrational Optimism and Chesterton’s Theology of the Ordinary
Lydia Webster, Boyce College, Louisville, KY
This Chesterton scholar discusses how irrational optimism is not mere positive thinking, but a powerful manifestation of the Christian virtues of hope and love.

Summer 2021 Conference Lisle, IL

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Learn about the Archbishop’s exciting vision to save Christianity in post-ISIS Iraq by serving families who courageously remain in their homeland.

From the Annual Chesterton Conference in July, 2021 Lisle, IL

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This week Marie and Grace are finishing Book 2 of Manalive , reading the final chapters, “The Wild Weddings; or, the Polygamy Charge” and “How the Great Wind Went from Beacon House”.

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A joint project of the Society of G.K. Chesterton's UncommonSense podcast and Pints with Chesterton.

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Pints with Chesterton's Marie and Grace continue through Manalive… This week they read and discuss Book 2 Chapter 3, The Round Road; or, The Desertion Charge.

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Marie and Grace continue through Manalive… This week they read and discuss Book 2 Chapter 2, The Two Curates; or, The Burglary Charge.

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Grace and Marie are continuing through Manalive… This week they read and discuss Book 2 Chapter 1, The Eye of Death; or, The Murder Charge.

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This is a rebroadcast of the video located here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDDNzdFnwMI
 
The Transatlantic Chesterton: Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of Chesterton's Visit to America
 
We were honored to welcome Mr. Dale Ahlquist to deliver our 3rd Annual Notre Dame Chesterton Lecture. Dale, as is well-known, is a leading Chestertonian in the US, and perhaps the world. We were so grateful for his wonderful wit and wisdom in conveying not only the life and work of G.K. and Frances, but also Chesterton's spirit. It was a remarkable gift to all of us!
Dale reflected on the striking observations Chesterton made about America and the unique perspective of America he gave us. He also shared an update on the great and growing appreciation of Chesterton outside of his native England.
 
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Grace and Marie are continuing through Manalive… This week we’re reading Chapter Five, The Allegorical Practical Joker.

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Grace and Marie are still reading Manalive! This week we’re reading The Garden of the God, chapter four.

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Grace and Marie are back again reading Manalive! This week we’re reading The Banner of Beacon, chapter three.

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Continuing on their Manalive journey, Grace and Marie discuss the second chapter of Chesterton’s comedic novel, Manalive, The Luggage of an Optimist.

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Grace and Marie begin Chesterton’s comedic novel, Manalive, discussing the first chapter which is entitled “A Great Wind Came to Beacon House”.

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In this first episode of Manalive, Grace and Marie introduce themselves and explain why they liked this particular book of G.K. Chesterton and how you can read along with them.

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Jeremy Tate of the Classical Learning Test's Anchored podcast interviews Dale Ahlquist about a wide range of Chesterton topics and even quizzes Ahlquist on his knowledge of Chesterton quotes and their sources. Enjoy!

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Nancy Brown and Noel Culbertson welcome Grace Krause and Marie Bates of Pints with Chesterton to talk about their Chesterton journey. Find out the best way to read Orthodoxy and more.

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Welcome back! We start a new season with Nancy Brown, our original host, and her new co-host, Noel Culbertson. Find out how they each got involved with G.K. Chesterton himself, with his writing, the Society and more on this episode of UncommonSense.

Get ready to read Manalive with our friends Grace and Marie of Pints with Chesterton by ordering your book today from: https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/manalive-ignatius/

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We welcome back host Nancy Brown as she turns the tables and interviews Adrian Ahlquist. In this episode, we talk about Uncommon Sense, favorite Chesterton quotes, and so much more.

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Back by popular demand! If there’s one thing we love about G.K. Chesterton, it’s his quotes. Chesterton is perhaps the most quotable writer there is. So we thought we’d pull from the archives an episode where Dale Ahlquist reveals what his favorite Chesterton quotes are and what makes them so inspirational.

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Back by popular demand! If there’s one thing we love about G.K. Chesterton, it’s his quotes. Chesterton is perhaps the most quotable writer there is. So we thought we’d pull from the archives an episode where Dale Ahlquist reveals what his favorite Chesterton quotes are and what makes them so inspirational.

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What do you think Chesterton’s IQ was? Fellow Chestertonian Henry Haverstock has a good guess. Henry is a member of Mensa, which is the oldest high IQ society in the world. In this episode, we explore the intellect of G.K. Chesterton and how it may have affected his spiritual virtue.

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Most of you probably don’t know about the G.K. Chesterton Collection at the University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway. It is a magnificent collection of Chesterton’s writings and personal items. In this episode, Nancy Brown and Adrian Ahlquist interview the priest who provides oversight to the collection, Fr. Jim Lies. You won’t want to miss this episode of Uncommon Sense!

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Even though the Covid shutdown days were extremely difficult and dark times for many people, God was at work. Listen to the story of Lee Sondeno, a former Pentecostal, whose conversion began through watching Mass online only airing because of the pandemic.

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What does a theology professor have to say about humor? In this episode of Uncommon Sense, find out from Dr. David Deavel how humor is connected to morality and why it is essential in today’s world. David Deavel is a Catholic Studies professor at the University of St. Thomas and a frequent contributor to Gilbert Magazine.

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We should all know by now that C.S. Lewis was deeply influenced by G.K. Chesterton. But there is another renowned English writer who looked to Chesterton for inspiration: Poet, crime writer, and translator Dorothy L. Sayers. Listen to Crystal Downing, director of the Marion E. Wade Center, give a fascinating history of how Chesterton affected the philosophy and writings of Dorothy Sayers.

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Listen to Dale Ahlquist’s journey from reading Chesterton for the first time to becoming the world’s leading expert on him. We are returning to the archives for this episode of Uncommon Sense. This is an interview of Dale on the Wade Center Podcast, hosted by David and Crystal Downing.

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Alan C. Duncan returns to Uncommon Sense, but instead of talking about C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, this time we will be trying to figure out what Chesterton would have thought of modern rap music. Join us for this extremely entertaining and surprisingly insightful episode of Uncommon Sense!

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Our 40th Annual Chesterton Conference is this Thursday through Saturday in Lisle, IL. Don’t worry, if you can’t join us in person, you can attend the conference virtually. Register at www.chesterton.org/conference. In this episode, Nancy Brown is back with us to share why the Chesterton Conference will be one of the greatest experiences of your life!

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Actor, singer, and songwriter Jeromy Darling is back and he is one of our guest speakers at the 40th Annual Chesterton conference on July 29-31. In this episode, get a sneak peek of his talk, “On Becoming a Boy Again.”

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Chesterton has something to say about everything, right? What about the world of medicine? Virginia de la Lastra, a medical doctor and infectious disease specialist from Chile, reveals that Chesterton has been secretly a doctor this whole time. He has a diagnosis for a world that is sick, but he also has the cure. Find out what it is on this episode of Uncommon Sense.

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On this Independence Day Special, Dale Ahlquist shares what Chesterton had to say about the Declaration of Independence and the founding of America. Happy Independence Day!

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John Walker, a professional Hollywood actor, portrays G.K. Chesterton in a new show on EWTN. This fascinating tale of how he imitates Chesterton both on stage and in life is not to be missed.

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You might know something about relics of the saints and other holy people, but would you be able to tell if a relic is real or fake? Sean Pilcher, a uniquely qualified expert, is one of the few individuals in this country that can verify relics. In this episode, Sean explains how he actually verifies a relic, why we venerate them, and at the end of the episode, we'll look at some relics of G.K. Chesterton, which are in Dale Ahlquist's possession.

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Have you ever wondered what the connection is between Star Wars and the Vatican II? That would be surprising if you have. Julian Ahlquist is here to present the case that the Star Wars saga could be an apt analogy for the history of Vatican II. In this episode of Uncommon Sense, you’ll get an entertaining way to learn about this important event in Church history.

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We are right between Chesterton’s birthday and future Feast Day, so why not talk about both? Dale Ahlquist joins again to give us all the details about the bookends of Chesterton’s life. He’ll tell us what Chesterton said about his own birthday, he’ll tell what the reactions were to his death, and he’ll reveal which famous figures were present at his funeral.

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Have you signed up for our 40th Annual Chesterton conference this summer? Find out about our fascinating speakers, joyful fun, face-to-face conversations and the famous AfterGlows await those who will attend. Returning on this episode of Uncommon Sense is our beloved former host, Nancy Brown!

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There are many people who converted to Catholicism because of G.K. Chesterton. Each story is unique, but Robert Asch’s may be the most surprising. Robert was an Reform Jew who was devout and highly educated in his faith. He converted after reading Chesterton. He even went on to cofound the St. Austin Review with Joseph Pearce. What was it that Chesterton said? Listen to Robert's story on this episode of Uncommon Sense.

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What do we actually know about G.K. Chesterton’s cause of death? What illnesses did Chesterton have, physical or mental? And in the end, was Chesterton healthy or not? These are the questions that William Griffiths sought to answer in his medical research on Chesterton. Find out his official diagnosis.

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What causes someone to go from being a radical right-wing nationalist to a faithful Catholic and charitable fundraiser? The answer is G.K. Chesterton. This is the story of Stuart McCullough, who went on to found the Catholic G.K. Chesterton Society. Listen to Stuart's inspirational story of how Chesterton changed his life.

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ChesterCon21 is LIVE and back in person (and virtual) this summer! The theme of the 40th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference is The Laughing Prophet: Finding Hope and Joy in this Crazy World. Why this theme? And what will you experience at this year’s conference? Dale Ahlquist answers these questions and more in this episode of Uncommon Sense.

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Did you know that G.K. Chesterton had a profound influence on C.S. Lewis? Much of what Lewis wrote was inspired by what he read by Chesterton. Alan C. Duncan has gone through Lewis’ original manuscripts and documented the proof! In this episode of Uncommon Sense, we get to discuss with Alan the book he recently completed, Gilbert & Jack: What C.S. Lewis Found Reading G.K. Chesterton.

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Have you ever asked yourself why God allows evil? Do you have an answer but you just can’t articulate it? In this episode, we seek the help of a brilliant Chesterton headmaster, Eric DeMeuse, from the Chesterton Academy of Milwaukee where he also teaches theology. In our conversation, we not only explore tough theological mysteries, we show how theology can be taught through literature.

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Meet our new Director of Development, John Smith. John is passionate about creating a culture of gift. What does that mean exactly? In this episode, we break down the philosophy of giving and why it plays a significant role in Christian life.

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The Easter mystery, the Resurrection of the Body, and Chesterton’s short poem, “The Donkey," are all part of this Uncommon Sense episode featuring Chesterton Society President Dale Ahlquist.

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Why is music so important that we require it at Chesterton? And how does it relate to anything else? Dr. Joshua Russell may have an answer for you. Joshua is the headmaster of Chesterton Academy of the Sacred Heart where he also teaches courses in history, literature, music, and writing. On top of all of that, he is a concert pianist. Listen to how Joshua explains how music reflects culture and how it’s tied to everything else.

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Chesterton in Iraq? The last place anyone imagined there could be a Chesterton Academy, let alone, to find out there is devotion to G.K. Chesterton in Iraq! But yes—the Kurdish regional Ministry of Education has approved a Chesterton Academy to open in Erbil, Kurdistan, an autonomous region within Iraq. Listen to the story of the exciting trip to Erbil from Laura Hassan, Director of International Programs for the Society of GK Chesterton, and Andrew Youngblood, the Director of Curriculum for the Chesterton Schools Network.

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Join the Apostolate in prayer by starting a group within the Frances Chesterton Rosary League (FCRL). Victoria Darkey, our coordinator of the FCRL, explains how easy it is and how important this mission is to the Apostolate of Common Sense. Learn why Gilbert’s wife Frances is the patron of the Rosary League and the significant role she played in her husband’s spiritual life.

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A professor of economics at Rawls College of Business—Texas Tech University, Alex Salter leads us on a fast-paced defense of Distributism and the main idea economists miss about it. We also discuss his up coming book on the topic, Property and Liberty.

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Could the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins be about the Holy Mother of God? Julian Ahlquist explains his intricate theory about this cinematic masterpiece, and it’s practically perfect in every way.

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Alyssa Bormes, author or The Catechism of Hockey, teaches theology at Chesterton Academy, and she gets a front row seat to watching miracles happen.

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This Lent, we go on a very different journey – with St. Joseph. But how can we journey with St. Joseph, when he wasn't even alive when Jesus suffered and died? Chesterton connects Joseph with Jesus in his usual paradoxical way. Find out more with our guest, Dale Ahlquist.

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David Cooney, writer of the blog Practical Distributism, joins us to explain the principles of Distributism and what he thinks of the new name, Localism. We also discuss the GameStop phenomenon and what the stock market would look like in a localist society.

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If you’re a longtime fan of the podcast, you’ll recognize the voice of our next guest, Nancy Brown, who hosted our Uncommon Sense podcast for over ten years. Nancy talks about her book, The Woman Who Was Chesterton, her current role as project manager for our online school, Chesterton Cor Jesu, and the Frances Chesterton Rosary League. Join us!

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Joseph Pearce is a Catholic apologist who has written bestselling books on G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Shakespeare. In this episode, Joseph takes us on a journey through his past, his present and his future. The debt he owes to Chesterton plays a large part. We talk about everything from his knowledge on Shakespeare to his interview with Solzhenitsyn to how much he can bench press.

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Did you know the Chesterton Schools Networks has an online high school called Chesterton Cor Jesu? Andrew Youngblood, the headmaster of Chesterton Cor Jesu and Director of Curriculum for the network, explains how our online Chesterton Academy works and what makes our curriculum so great.

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It is the 100th year anniversary of G.K. Chesterton visiting the United States. In this episode of the Uncommon Sense podcast, Dale Ahlquist gives all the details of Chesterton’s trip, including which states he visited, who he met, what messages he delivered, and how Americans responded to him.

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Father Brown Investigations: The Death of Sir Percy Coldwell, is a tabletop card game based on the beloved priest-detective created by G. K. Chesterton. We talk to the creator of FBI Nikola Bolšec of the Croatian Chesterton Society about his detective game you will not want to miss. Joining us is Joe Grabowski, a partner in marketing for this entrepreneurial adventure. Consider supporting this venture by donating to their Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fbi-game/father-brown-investigations-the-death-of-sir-percy-coldwell?ref=2raq1y

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Host Adrian Ahlquist talks with Richard Vigilante, Board Chairman of Teach for Christ. Richard and Adrian discuss developing a Mission Culture. Teach for Christ’s mission is to support struggling Catholic schools in socio-economically challenged areas.

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Dale Ahlquist reads a lovely Christmas poem by G.K. Chesterton called "The Wise Men"

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The moment all Catholic economists have been waiting for. We finally have a new name to replace Distributism. Learn what this social economic theory is, how it’s tied to Chesterton, and what the new name is.

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Dale and Adrian Ahlquist read their favorite Chesterton quotes about Advent and Christmas and discuss the practical wisdom he had to share.

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Jason Adkins, the executive director for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, gives his inside take on how our government operates, what’s wrong with it, and what we can as individuals can do to fix it.

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We are wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving! Tune into this week’s episode with our very own Dale Ahlquist as he explains the significance of Thanksgiving and why it’s more than just an American holiday. Please consider supporting the Society in its mission to promote education, evangelization, and Catholic Social Teaching by donating at www.chesterton.org/donate

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Clark Durant is a board member of the Society of GK Chesterton with a background in politics. Clark uses his political experience to weigh in on the ongoing election. Join us in this episode of Uncommon Sense as we discuss what the United States is missing, but also the hope we have for our country’s future. Clark's story is also featured in My Name is Lazarus, which is a collection of conversion stories influenced by G.K. Chesterton. Go to chesterton.org/shop/my-name-is-lazarus/ to pick up a copy.

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Adrian and Dale Ahlquist discuss the 2020 election, and more importantly, what's next for our world.

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Dale Ahlquist explains why Chesterton is a saint, responds to the objections, and gives an update on the status of his cause for sainthood.

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Carl Olson, editor of the Catholic World Report, explains The Da Vinci Hoax, his book that exposes the Da Vinci Code as an erroneous and deceitful piece of anti-Catholic literature. We also have an in depth conversation about jazz!

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Tod Worner gives fascinating insights into the world of medicine and where morality fits in. Tod is the managing editor of Bishop Barron’s Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute. He is also an Internal Medicine Physician & Teaching Faculty of the Abbott Northwestern Internal Medicine Residency Program.

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Noel Culbertson is the graphic designer and social media director for our Society. She is the one in charge of every single Chesterton quote that appears on Facebook and Instagram. Her conversion story is also featured in My Name is Lazarus.

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In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, Christopher Check, the president of Catholic Answers, describes in beautiful detail the significance of the battle and Chesterton's glorious poem.

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This week we discuss the connection between theater and the Catholic faith with Kevin O'Brien. Kevin is a brilliant actor, writer, and Chestertonian. He is also a Catholic convert whose story is featured in My Name is Lazarus, available on our website.

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In this episode we get into what is needed to implement Ditributism and combat Globalism. Joseph Grabowski is the head of of the Southeast Pennsylvania Chesterton Society and also a prominent voice on the topic of Distributism.

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Brother Titus, a Chesterton alumni and good friend of Adrian Ahlquist, is visiting us from St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County, California. In this episode, he describes what it is like to be a Norbertine.

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Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt are the hosts of The Online Great Books Podcast. Listen to our conversation about the problems with our political and economic systems and how to fix them.

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Amy Hunt is the Director of Formation for our Chesterton Schools Network. Amy served in the US Navy for over 24 years. She has directed military planning and operational training for the Navy SEALs, and has even served as the Commanding Officer of a Navy and Marine Corps Reserve installation. Listen to why she decided to retire from the Navy and help us deliver a classical education to our Society.


Stuart Kolner explains how he went from being a scientistic atheist, who swore he would never become Catholic, to being a devout Catholic. Just like Brandon Vogt and Brent Forrest, Stuart is both a board member for the Society of GKC and a convert whose story is featured in My Name is Lazarus.

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Actor/singer/songwriter Jeromy Darling shares how the deeply Catholic art of theater has impacted his life and faith.

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Jeromy Darling is an amazing actor/singer/songwriter. Listen to his moving story about his life and his conversion to Catholicism.

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Brent Forrest is a former professional magician, and has performed thousands at thousands of shows. One time he even drove a car blindfolded. In this episode, he reveals the magic that led to his conversion.

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Brandon Vogt is back to discuss how young people in our culture can connect with G.K. Chesterton.

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Our special guest, Brandon Vogt, lends his expertise on how to talk about the Catholic Faith in our modern culture. Next week, Brandon will be back to discuss how millennials and gen z can relate to G.K. Chesterton.

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Adrian grills Dale Ahlquist with tough questions about Chesterton.

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Dale and Adrian discuss what Chesterton had to say about fathers, fatherhood and the role of the father in society.

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Dale discusses the value of hope during our desperate times.

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Matt Martinusen interviews our new Director of Evangelization, Adrian Ahlquist.

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A conversation with Dale Ahlquist and his son, Adrian, about Chesterton's wisdom for our times.

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This is a rebroadcast of a talk from Nancy Brown from the 2014 Chesterton Conference.

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Nancy Brown joins to talk about what the Chestertons might be doing in a quarantine pandemic and things that we can be doing with our time!

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G.K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker

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Dale recites poetry by Chesterton and it the poetry is amazing.

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The poem's read in the podcast:

Elegy in a Country Churchyard
By G.K. Chesterton

The men that worked for England
They have their graves at home;
And bees and birds of England
About the cross can roam.

By they that fought for England,
Following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
They have their graves afar.

And they that rule in England,
In stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England
They have no graves as yet.

 

The Happy Man
By G.K. Chesterton

To teach the grey earth like a child,
To bid the heavens repent,
I only ask from Fate the gift
Of one man well content.

Him will I find: though when in vain
I search the feast and mart,
The fading flowers of liberty,
The painted masks of art,

I only find him at the last,
On one old hill where nod
Golgotha's ghastly trinity –
Three persons and one god.

 

A Chord Of Colour
By G.K. Chesterton

My Lady clad herself in grey,
That caught and clung about her throat;
Then all the long grey winter day
On me a living splendour smote;
And why grey palmers holy are,
And why grey minsters great in story,
And grey skies ring the morning star,
And grey hairs are a crown of glory.

My Lady clad herself in green,
Like meadows where the wind-waves pass;
Then round my spirit spread, I ween,
A splendour of forgotten grass.
Then all that dropped of stem or sod,
Hoarded as emeralds might be,
I bowed to every bush, and trod
Amid the live grass fearfully.

My Lady clad herself in blue,
Then on me, like the seer long gone,
The likeness of a sapphire grew,
The throne of him that sat thereon.
Then knew I why the Fashioner
Splashed reckless blue on sky and sea;
And ere 'twas good enough for her,
He tried it on Eternity.

Beneath the gnarled old Knowledge-tree
Sat, like an owl, the evil sage:
'The World's a bubble,' solemnly
He read, and turned a second page.
'A bubble, then, old crow,' I cried,
'God keep you in your weary wit!
'A bubble - Have you ever spied
The colours I have seen on it ?'

 

Fantasia
By G.K. Chesterton

The happy men that lose their heads
They find their heads in heaven
As cherub heads with cherub wings,
And cherub haloes even:
Out of the infinite evening lands
Along the sunset sea,
Leaving the purple fields behind,
The cherub wings beat down the wind
Back to the groping body and blind
As the bird back to the tree.

Whether the plumes be passion-red
For him that truly dies
By headsman's blade or battle-axe,
Or blue like butterflies,
For him that lost it in a lane
In April's fits and starts,
His folly is forgiven then:
But higher, and far beyond our ken,
Is the healing of the unhappy men,
The men that lost their hearts.

Is there not pardon for the brave
And broad release above,
Who lost their heads for liberty
Or lost their hearts for love?
Or is the wise man wise indeed
Whom larger thoughts keep whole?
Who sees life equal like a chart,
Made strong to play the saner part,
And keep his head and keep his heart,
And only lose his soul.

Direct download: Poetry.mp3
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Dale and Matt discuss an article: Common Sense Apostle & Cigar Smoking Mystic

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Dale and Matt go back and forth with more Great, Knowledgable Chesterton quotes.

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Dale Ahlquist talks about what GK Chesterton wrote about Easter and the Resurrection  of Christ. 

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Brandon Vogt gives a talk from the 2018 Chesterton Conference on 5 things Chesterton would have loved about the internet, and 5 things he would have despised about the internet.

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The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton presents: Uncommon Sense

In this episode, Dale Ahlquist and Matt Martinusen discuss the many, many, many prophecies the Chesterton wrote about and that came true!

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