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In which the CenterForLit staff embarks on a quest to discover the Great Ideas of literature in books of every description: ancient classics to fresh bestsellers; epic poems to bedtime stories. This podcast is a production of The Center for Literary Education and is a reading companion for teachers, homeschoolers, and readers of all stripes.
 
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Books Are Great

Jeff Brandwein and Joe Arko

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Books Are Great is an audio show by Jeff Brandwein and Joe Arko. They sit down and discuss usually one book per episode, with the purpose of finding the valuable ideas inside. Joe and Jeff generally read nonfiction books about personal growth, goal setting, habit formation, psychology and many other practical topics. The conversations are unscripted.
 
Free, high quality audiobooks by audiobook narrator/producer and voice actor RJ Bayley. I'd greatly appreciate if you could leave a review of this podcast where you found it. If you'd like to advertise on this podcast, commission me to to make an audiobook or hire me as a voice actor, please get in touch via the means below: Website: www.rjbayley.com/contact Twitter @RJBayley: www.twitter.com/RJBayley/ Facebook: www.Facebook.com/RJBayleyVoiceArtist Instagram: www.instagram.com/robertjbayley/
 
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Where are all the grown-ups? --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptoolbox.us/ Contact HSCT for more information…
 
‘Hm, but you are hasty folk, I see,’ said Treebeard. ‘I am honoured by your confidence; but you should not be too free all at once. […] I’ll call you Merry and Pippin if you please – nice names. For I am not going to tell you my name, not yet at any rate. […] For one thing it would take a long while: my name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived …
 
In this episode, Missy presents the CenterForLit crew with what is, in her opinion, a bad film adaptation: the visually stunning 2008 rendition of The Tale of Despereaux. We try to pinpoint what it is that actually causes an adaptation to fail, even when the cinematic elements are on point. Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3…
 
Scott and Karl are back after a brief hiatus to finish their discussion of Dean Koontz's 2003 thriller, Odd Thomas. While the ending might make you emotional, this book satisfies its genre— it's suspenseful, memorable, and thoroughly entertaining. Still, Scott points out that reading this type of fiction in the present times is getting harder and h…
 
1919 (Volume Two of the USA Trilogy) by John Dos Passos --- Welcome and Introduction - 00:30 Joe Wiliams's Second-Hand Suit - 01:00 I Believe in America - 04:00 John Dewey's Hunchback - 11:00 The Boundaries of History - 17:00 Benny Wasn't a Jew - 22:33 Leadership is Not Designed to Make You Happy - 27:24 Eveline Hutchins Swam Better Than Anyone - 3…
 
Intentional acts of leadership do equate to happiness. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptoolbox.us/ Contact…
 
“I want to know everything, everything,” screeched Harriet suddenly, lying back and bouncing up and down on the bed. “Everything in the world, everything, everything. I will be a spy and know everything.” [Ole Golly said,] “It won’t do you a bit of good to know everything if you don’t do anything with it. Now get up, Miss Harriet the Spy, you’re go…
 
In this episode of BiblioFiles: At the Movies, Emily takes a shot at defending a work of responsive art. Thus far the CenterForLit crew has said that a good film adaptation at least echoes the themes of the original, but what happens when a director uses a story to say something different from the author? Learn more about Teaching the Classics. Joi…
 
There are more than just the forces of evil operating in the world at large today. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://l…
 
Missy takes centerstage in this episode of BiblioFiles to discuss what is arguably the best film adaptation of all time: the 1962 rendition of To Kill a Mockingbird. The crew discusses what makes this classic so great, and takes a chance to hash out the differences between the mediums of novel and film. Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook…
 
The discourse around Amazon’s Rings of Power has been fraught. So in this special crossover episode between Close Reads and BiblioFiles, David Kern and Ian Andrews try to figure out what works, what doesn’t, and why the conversation has been they way it is. Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/333790777396633 Shop BiblioFiles: w…
 
The 42nd Parallel (Volume One of the USA Trilogy) by John Dos Passos --- Welcome and Introduction - 00:30 Fainy Lived 10 Years in Chicago - 01:30 On Being Unremarkable to the Future - 05:00 "Big" Bill Haywood - 10:45 On Viewing Every Event Through A Political Lens - 16:45 Eleanore Stoddard Hated Everything When She Was Small - 24:15 The Tension Bet…
 
Leaders, Red Queens are everywhere. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptoolbox.us/ Contact HSCT for more info…
 
Adam compares notes on the 1974 and 2013 adaptations of The Great Gatsby. Then the CenterForLit crew considers whether or not a director has a responsibility to stay faithful to the text, and the extent to which a classic story can be effectively updated for contemporary audiences. Learn more about CenterForLit’s Online Academy. Join the Facebook g…
 
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll w/Matthew Westgate Welcome and Open - 1:30 Very Few Things Are Really Impossible - 11:00 The Difference Between Hearing and Listening - 20:00 The Cheshire Cat and Planning What Direction YoU Want to Go - 43:00 Teachers as Cheshire Cats - 51:00 Being a Better Leader Through Agency - 1:02:00 The Red Queen and Blin…
 
The past is a different country. We need to revisit there. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptoolbox.us/ Con…
 
In the South everyone knew you, but coming North was a jump into the unknown. How many days could you walk the streets of the big city without encountering anyone who knew you, and how many nights? You could actually make yourself anew. The notion was frightening, for now the world seemed to flow before my eyes. All boundaries down, freedom was not…
 
Megan is first in the hot seat to give us her rankings of three Little Women film adaptations. We talk about the relative values of the different movies and, to our own peril, discuss whether or not it’s possible to improve on a work of literature without doing violence to it. Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/333790777396633…
 
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad w/Professor Moumin Quazi --- Welcome and Introduction - 00:30 Why Heart of Darkness? - 08:00 Critiquing Chinua Achebe and "Things Fall Apart" - 18:00 Leaders and Identity - 20:00 Geography, Rivers, and Culture - 25:00 Leading Followers with Different Worldviews - 29:00 Avoiding The Seduction of Easy Answers to Har…
 
Leading people with different worldviews has always been a challenge. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptool…
 
BiblioFiles is back! In the first episode of our new season, the CenterForLit crew sits down to wrap their heads around what makes a good film adaptation. What distinguishes the mediums of film and literature? And what does a movie version need to do to appease the angry mob of book lovers? Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3…
 
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One by Friedrich Nietzsche (translated by Walter Kaufmann) --- Welcome and Introduction- 01:30 God is Dead! - 05:32 My First Thought Was, He Lied in Every Word - 10:30 The Last Man - 15:30 The Tragedy of the Last Man - 22:00 Creating a Theology of Morals Without God - 30:00 A Critique of the State …
 
We don’t really know you. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptoolbox.us/ Contact HSCT for more information at…
 
Ian and Emily tease the upcoming season of BiblioFiles, set to begin airing on Friday August 26th. We’ll be talking all about the process of adapting books for the big screen: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Shop BiblioFiles: www.centerforlit.com/the-bibliofiles-shop We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing i.and…
 
The Odyssey by Homer translation by T.E. Shaw (Lawrence of Arabia) --- Welcome - 0:30 Who Will Carry The Logs? - 5:00 Choosing to Live an Epic Life - 15:00 Every Idea Nietzsche Every Had Was a Lie - 30:00 Exchanging the Truth of Responsibilities for the Lie of Rights - 50:00 Staying on the Path - 1:00:00 Music: Russian Easter Festival, Overture, Op…
 
Western man needs heroism, not another fancy app. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check out Leadership ToolBox at: https://leadershiptoolbox.us/ Contact HSCT…
 
Surprise! We’re jumping into your podcast feed with a special bonus episode this week. Ian recently interviewed Leslie and Carey Bustard, the masterminds behind the recently published essay collection, Wild Things and Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children from Square Halo Books. Leslie and Carey talk about their vision…
 
Everything Nietzsche ever wrote was a lie, but it was close enough to the truth to create problems leaders are dealing with now. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.c…
 
Karen Jaw-Madson - Author, Speaker, Teacher, Advisor to Executives and Boards on the Future of Work --- Welcome - 0:30 Introduction to Karen Jaw-Madson - 2:00 Complex Thinking vs. Reductive Thinking - 10:00 Leaders Know Why Diversity Training Doesn't Work - 11:30 Culture is the Thing Behind Everything - 18:00 The Problem of Scale - 22:00 The Future…
 
Followers in the 21st century—and beyond—need to see, not just with their hearts and minds, but also with their eyes. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! --- Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www.hsctpublishing.com/. Check out LeadingKeys at: https://www.leadingkeys.com/ Check o…
 
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