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The Ahlquist Agenda

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The Ahlquist Agenda

The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice & Innovation

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The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation is the policy and advocacy arm of Children's Home & Aid, one of the largest providers of social services in Illinois. The Center advocates for robust, antiracist, equitable policies and social supports that create social capital, economic mobility, and systems designed to ensure children, families, and communities thrive.In this podcast, we invite you to take an inside look at how we think about policy: why it matters, how it impacts yo ...
 
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Wade Center

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Wade Center

Wade Center at Wheaton College (IL)

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The Wade Center Podcast features interviews and discussions with scholars and figures related to Wade Center and our authors: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams.
 
In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist - digital leadership author, researcher and speaker - connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders, but laugh a little as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.
 
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Higher Ed Social

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Higher Ed Social

Lougan Bishop & Jenna Spinelle

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Hosted by Lougan Bishop and Jenna Spinelle, Higher Ed Social is a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to those that work in higher education. In each episode, we dive into the lives and careers of people who help make colleges and universities work. So sit back, relax and get ready for some fun conversation.
 
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In today’s episode, we talk about the important role fathers play in family strengthening. Ed Davies, Director of Community and Family Engagement at Children’s Home & Aid, joins us to talk about Children Home & Aid’s past and present work with fathers, the significant barriers fathers in our programs face, and the similarities and differences worki…
 
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 you…
 
In this second installment of the Wade Center Podcast's six-part series on The Lord of the Rings," Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron M. Hill, dare to delve too deep into the darkening world that is Book II. Follow along as Crystal, Aaron, and David deem the doom of Sauron's ring and discuss the themes, character developme…
 
The Wade Center Podcast's six-part, in-depth exploration of The Lord of the Rings has arrived precisely when it was meant to—just in time for Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day! In this first installment, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron M. Hill, discuss many of the major themes, characters, and opening chapters of J.R.R. Tolki…
 
During his labor to create The Lord of the Rings, an allegorical and autobiographical story came to J.R.R. Tolkien "like a dream." Some have described this short story, titled Leaf by Niggle (1945), as the "the hidden nucleus of Tolkien's work." As the Wade Center Podcast prepares to kick off a six-part, in-depth series on The Lord of the Rings, Dr…
 
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 t…
 
In today’s episode, we dive into reimagining the child welfare system. Continuing our discussion from Breaking Barriers. Transforming Systems. Centering Families, guests Jen Agosti and Amanda Whitlock join the show to talk about what centering families in child welfare truly means, and what other social and governmental supports families need to th…
 
Almost everything we read or "write" today is digital. Words and even books are typed, not written by hand like C.S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. In this week's episode, Dr. Charlie W. Starr joins Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing to discuss C.S. Lewis's "villainous handwriting." Charlie explain how we can l…
 
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 p…
 
G.K. Chesterton said that being born is like stepping "into a fairy-tale"—for "we step into a world we have not made" with its own laws and a cast of characters. In this week's episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Dr. Crystal Hurd to explore her work on C.S. Lewis as a transformational leader as well Lewis's family influences—wi…
 
G.K. Chesterton has impacted the lives of countless Christians. That list includes not only C.S. Lewis but also this week's guest, Dale Ahlquist, the President and Co-founder of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. In this episode, Dale sits down with Drs. David and Crystal Downing to discuss how G.K. Chesterton turned not only Dale's life upsi…
 
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 lif…
 
Ever wondered what it would be like attend an Inklings meeting with C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams? In this week's episode, our very own Dr. David C Downing discusses the Arthurian lore and spiritual inspiration behind his novel Looking for the King—a page-turning tale about two Americans, Tom McCord and Laura Hartman, who find th…
 
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 episod…
 
Dorothy L. Sayers describe autobiography as “dangerous business” in The Mind of the Maker. To write one is either “a mark of great insensitiveness to danger or of an almost supernatural courage.” In this week’s episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer Aaron Hill to discuss the autobiographies written by three and half of th…
 
In the debut episode of the Ahlquist Agenda, we focus on putting more cash in the hands of those who need it the most through the Earned Income Credit. Amber Wilson, State Coalition Manager of Economic Security for Illinois joins our conversation to give an update on two bills that seek to expand the credit and talk about the significant impact it …
 
Earning a driver’s license is a key milestone to adulthood. Yet for youth in care, there are many barriers to earning that license. In the second episode of the Ahlquist Agenda, we’re joined by Gerry Glynn and Keri Flynn from Embrace Families in Florida, which runs a nationally renowned program called Keys to Independence that helps Florida foster …
 
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…
 
Are miracles merely "a series of disconnected raids on Nature" or are they "the various steps of a strategically coherent invasion?" C.S. Lewis explores philosophical and historical arguments surrounding Biblical and contemporary accounts of signs and wonders in Miracles: A Preliminary Study (1947). In this week's episode, Drs. Crystal and David C.…
 
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 …
 
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 h…
 
Less than a year after his conversion, C.S. Lewis wrote The Pilgrim's Regress in only two weeks while visiting his friend Arthur Greeves in Ireland. Lewis's thick landscape of literary allusions, quotes, and philosophical criticism has long thwarted interested readers. In this week's episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer…
 
These days, discussions about demons and temptation are an uncommon occurrence—at least sober ones. In this week’s episode, Dr. Jerry Root sits down with Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing to discuss The Screwtape Letters (1942) by C.S. Lewis. What inspired Lewis to write this series of letters from Screwtape to his nephew. Wormwood? And what can we…
 
"Come further up and further in." After telling us of first things in The Magician's Nephew, Lewis finally reveals the last things—the end times—of Narnia. Join Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing as they conclude a seven-part series on The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. In this final episode, David and Crystal explore profound truths in The Las…
 
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.…
 
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. …
 
The Magician's Nephew was one of the most difficult books for Lewis to finish in the Narnia series. Why? In this sixth Into Narnia episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing explore the wonder and dangers contained within The Magician's Nephew. What inspired Lewis to write about Uncle Andrew, Jadis (the White Witch), the dying world of Charn, the D…
 
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