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 Grettelyn Darkey and Albert Saenz. Want to give us feedback? Email uncommonsense@chesterton.org

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert are joined by renowned author Joseph Pearce. Joseph talks about his upcoming talk at the 41st Annual Chesterton conference as well as the topics of America and freedom.

Direct download: US_41st_Joseph_Pearce.mp3
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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Susan Sucher joins the show to highlight her talk from the upcoming 41st Annual Chesterton Conference titled, The Emancipation of Domesticity: G.K. Chesterton and Motherhood. Susan talks with Grettelyn and Albert about how Chesterton has played a role in shaping her life as a wife and mother.
Direct download: US_41st_Conf_Susan_Sucher.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense Grettelyn and Albert discuss the Chesterton poem, "The Convert". They open up what's hiding inside of this beautiful poem and talk about how it is still a relevant poem in today's society.
Direct download: US_The_Convert.mp3
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On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Dale Ahlquist, the President of the Society of G.K. Chesterton, joins the show to talk about the upcoming 41st Annual Chesterton Conference with the theme Chesterton and Conversion: Learning How to Think Again. Dale talks about this year's theme and some of the conference highlights.

Direct download: US_41st_Conf_Dale_Ahlquist_Final.mp3
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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, meet the new hosts, Grettelyn Darkey and Albert Saenz. They take over the reins and continue the adventure of bringing everything Chesterton to light in the most "Uncommon" ways they can. They kick off their hosting with discussing some of their favorite Chesterton quotes.

Direct download: US_Favorite_Quotes_Mixdown.mp3
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The Romance of Orthodoxy

Christianity is the greatest romantic adventure!

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pintswithchesterton.org

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The Eternal Revolution

G.K.C. discusses the importance of Christ always making things new and Christians not becoming complacent. It is a revolution in the soul of the Christian every day in the journey toward our heavenly home.

chesterton.org

pintswithchesterton.com

Direct download: Pints_Orthodoxy_7_-_4_14_22_12.55_PM.mp3
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The Paradoxes of Christianity

G.K.C. explains how the critics and skeptics of Christianity did more to convert him than Christian apologists!

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pintswithchesterton.com

Direct download: Pints_Orthodoxy_Chpt_6_-_4_14_22_11.54_AM.mp3
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The Flag of the World

Chesterton claims that both optimists and pessimists are completely wrong in how they think about the world. How can this be? How does belonging to the world and being a citizen of it change us and where should it guide us?

chesterton.org

pintswithchesterton.com

Direct download: Pints_Ortho_Chapter_5_-_4_14_22_11.01_AM.mp3
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The Ethics of Elfland

This week we’re continuing Orthodoxy! We are discussing Chapter 4, The Ethics of Elfland.

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Marie and Grace discuss Chapter Three of Orthodoxy.

A joint project of Pints with Chesterton and UncommonSense.

pintswithchesterton.com

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Marie and Grace discuss Chapter Two of Orthodoxy.

A joint project of Pints with Chesterton and UncommonSense.

pintswithchesterton.com

chesterton.org

Direct download: Pints_Orthodoxy_Chapter_Two_-_3_21_22_11.42_AM.mp3
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Marie and Grace begin to discuss Orthodoxy, Chesterton's masterwork. This is Chapter One.

A joint project of Pints with Chesterton and UncommonSense.

pintswithchesterton.com

chesterton.org

Direct download: Pints_Orthodoxy_Chapter_One.mp3
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Father Howe reflects on Chesterton’s insights on the significance of birthdays and his affirmation of the goodness of existence.

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Direct download: Spencer_Howe_Conference_Good_to_be_Alive.mp3
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Marie and Grace discuss another Father Brown mystery written by G.K. Chesterton which is entitled “The Flying Stars”.

A joint project of Pints with Chesterton and UncommonSense.

pintswithchesterton.com

chesterton.org

Direct download: Flying_Stars_Pints_w_Chesterton.mp3
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Chesterton and Artificial Intelligence

Mark Matthews, Senior Software Engineer

Mark separates AI fact from fanciful extrapolation, and applies the timeless wisdom of Chesterton about man and technology to this rapidly advancing domain.

Conference, Summer 2021, Lisle, IL

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Direct download: Chesterton_Artificial_Intelligence_-_12_21_21_10.33_AM.mp3
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Marie and Grace discuss another Father Brown mystery written by G.K. Chesterton which is entitled “The Queer Feet”.

A joint project of Pints with Chesterton and UncommonSense.

pintswithchesterton.com

chesterton.org

Direct download: Pints_Queer_Feet_-_1_5_22_11.50_AM.mp3
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Marie and Grace discuss another Father Brown mystery written by G.K. Chesterton which is entitled “The Secret Garden”.

A joint project of Pints with Chesterton and UncommonSense.

pintswithchesterton.com

chesterton.org

Direct download: The_Secret_Garden_-_1_3_22_11.32_AM.mp3
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Marie and Grace from Pints with Chesterton jump into a Father Brown mystery written by G.K. Chesterton which is entitled “The Blue Cross”. 

pintswithchesterton.com

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Direct download: BlueCrossPintswC_-_12_20_21_1.46_PM.mp3
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Joseph Pearce, Director of Publishing, The Augustine Institute

Joseph Pearce shows how Chesterton’s virtue infuses his
sense of humour, his joie de vivre, his use of paradox and his Christian witness to the inextricable unity of faith and reason.

Summer Conference 2021 Lisle, IL

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Direct download: Humor_Humility_Joseph_Pearce_-_12_16_21_1.22_PM.mp3
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Nancy Brown is joined by Susan Sucher to discuss another of our favorite Chesterton essays, Babies and Distributism. 

This essay is found in the book The Well and the Shallows.

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

chesterton.org

Direct download: SusanNancyBabiesDistributism_-_1_28_22_2.50_PM.mp3
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Nancy Brown reads Babies and Distributism (or is it Babies and Localism?) from the G.K. Chesterton book The Well and the Shallows.

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

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Direct download: Babies_and_Distributism_Reading.mp3
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Eric DeMeuse, Headmaster, Chesterton Academy, Milwaukee Dr. DeMeuse describes the power that stories and healthy discourse have to teach people to encounter crisis with discernment and joy.

Summer Conference 2021, Lisle, IL

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Direct download: Education_Eric_DeMeuse_-_12_16_21_11.54_AM.mp3
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Host Nancy Brown is joined by co-host Noel Culbertson and guest 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

chesterton.org

Direct download: SusanNoelNancy1Emancipation_-_1_13_22_2.44_PM.mp3
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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!

chesterton.org

Direct download: Emancipation_Reading_-_1_10_22_3.01_PM.mp3
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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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Direct download: Satire_Kyle_Mann_-_12_16_21_11.40_AM.mp3
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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

 chesterton.org

Direct download: Irrational_Optimism_Lydia_Webster_-_12_16_21_10.48_AM.mp3
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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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