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The Hero Show, a weekly podcast of OSI, explores the lives and achievements of heroes who have shaped our world, with Andrew Bernstein and Robert Begley. From freedom fighters, to pathbreaking scientists and inventors, to entrepreneurs and industrialists, these men and women can enlighten us, inspire us, and help us to be the best versions of ourselves today and in the future.
 
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“No one could doubt that we had seen an achievement of man in his capacity as a rational being—an achievement of reason, of logic, of mathematics, of total dedication to the absolutism of reality.” —Ayn Rand on Apollo 11 Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be cove…
 
Justice Clarence Thomas is an American hero. He understands that the principle of justice applies to the term “equality” in one way: equality before the law. Thomas proudly defends the U.S. Constitution as “the very thing that protects our liberties.” His rise from the poverty-stricken backwoods of Georgia to becoming a supreme court judge in Washi…
 
I speak with Juilliard-trained musician F. F. Mormanni about the 19th-century Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin; his music in Prometheus, Tolkien, and Green Book; and what listening to such a virtuoso pianist adds to our lives. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objective…
 
After the lowest point in baseball history, the 1919 Chicago Black Sox gambling scandal, Babe Ruth stepped into the limelight and saved the sport. He became one of the primary figures who made the "Roaring 20s" roar, giving hope to millions of people during the Great Depression. His rise from an “incorrigible and vicious” youth—in an orphanage—to t…
 
I recently spoke with organizational psychologist and bestselling author Adam Grant, and our conversation highlighted the importance of spiritual values and how they impact success. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: https://twitter.com/ObjStdIn…
 
Clint Eastwood’s films boldly illustrate the virtue of justice. His character single-handedly prevents criminals from running rampant in places where laws are loosely enforced. Whether in his Westerns or his more contemporary films, we see a laconic individual who acts for his own sake. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re liste…
 
Rajshree Agarwal and I discuss how she became interested in helping people home in on a central purpose, the relation of purpose to independence, and how both of these enable people to create marketable values. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter:…
 
In 1809, though the two men had never met, President James Madison wrote to General John Stark in recognition of “the part you bore as a hero and a patriot in establishing the independence of our country.” More than a quarter century after the Revolutionary War, it was still common knowledge that Stark, as Madison put it, was “a champion in so glor…
 
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” —Shakespeare Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://w…
 
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” —Shakespeare Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://w…
 
I speak with F. F. Mormanni, a Juilliard trained musician, about what Mozart offers modern listeners and how to reap that value. TOS-Con details and registration: https://objectivestandard.org/tos-con Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever yo…
 
“It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.” —E. H. Harriman Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: https://twitter.com/…
 
I speak with Caitlyn Machiraju, an independent and ambitious young woman who not only landed a job, but also met her husband at our annual conference, TOS-Con: Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing. TOS-Con details and registration: https://objectivestandard.org/tos-con Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestand…
 
“All actual heroes are essential men, And all men possible heroes.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: ht…
 
“You must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.” —Richard Feynman Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: https://twit…
 
It is clarifying to periodically reflect on the various means-ends relationships in our lives, to re-evaluate whether we’re choosing the right means for our chosen ends, and to think about whether these add up to a worthwhile life. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Po…
 
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a he…
 
You don’t need a college degree or a stamp of approval to build a career you love. Praxis CEO Cameron Sorsby joins Jon to discuss the mindset and skills that anyone can apply to open doors of opportunity today. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or w…
 
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebo…
 
“A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.” —Andrew Carnegie Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. F…
 
Marvel’s WandaVision shows that to live a good life, we must accept the facts, even when painful, including the fact that individuals must be free to act on their own judgment in order to flourish. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’r…
 
Lenin crafted the one-party state and the killing machine that would carry out Russia’s Red Terror. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter…
 
Robert Begley joins Jon to discuss techniques for keeping your head above water and focusing on your most important work. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard …
 
“Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” —Jackie Robinson Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@Object…
 
With his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle aimed to create a guide for flourishing, and he brought a tremendous depth and breadth of knowledge to the task. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.f…
 
“There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation—veneer isn't worth anything.” —George Washington Carver Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook…
 
Elliott Hill joins Jon for a discussion of his new website, Enlightenmore.com, which brings together arguments for and against various philosophic, economic, and political positions. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening rig…
 
Never to make a line I have not heard in my own heart; yet, with all modesty To say: “My soul, be satisfied with flowers, with fruit, with weeds even; but gather them in the one garden you may call your own.” —Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest…
 
Hannah Frankman talks about her early introduction to alternative education and how it helped her develop a mindset and skills for creating value and getting paid for her work. Check out her upcoming course, “The Art of Finding and Creating Opportunity,” here: https://objectivestandard.org/product/the-art-of-opportunity-april-2021 Get your free cop…
 
George Westinghouse made train travel safe, harnessed the energy of natural gas, and revolutionized the electricity industry, this last with the help of brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to J…
 
Clearly formulating our thoughts is a challenge we all face, and it affects all aspects of our lives. Here’s a standing order for thinking more clearly, whether about our own thoughts or those of others. Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever…
 
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” —Thomas Edison Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: https://twitter.c…
 
“Genetic modification is not some kind of witchcraft; rather, it is the progressive harnessing of the forces of nature to the benefit of feeding the human race.” —Norman Borlaug Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@Objec…
 
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” —Thomas Jefferson Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like …
 
“All honor to Jefferson—to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a…
 
“It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.” —Galileo Galilei Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: ht…
 
Michelangelo devoted every fiber of his being to the arts, becoming not only one of history’s greatest sculptors, but also one its most notable painters and architects. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStand…
 
It is a plain fact that to get from point A to point B, we must progress one step at a time. But what else can we pull from the principle of incremental progress? Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: ht…
 
Leonardo da Vinci was not only one of history’s most innovative painters, he was proficient in practically every area of intellectual and cultural achievement, including mathematics, geometry, physics, engineering, anatomy, botany, geology, geography, cartography, music, sculpture, and architecture. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever…
 
What is free speech? What is censorship? How does understanding these concepts impact one’s evaluations of social media companies and their policies? Get your free copy of Loving Life by Craig Biddle here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.fac…
 
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” —Thomas Sowell Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/…
 
“We had vision. We saw the vast possibilities of the oil industry, stood at the center of it, and brought our knowledge and imagination and business experience to bear in a dozen, in twenty, in thirty directions.” —John D. Rockefeller Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic fig…
 
Ayn Rand said that man is a “being of self-made soul.” In the new year, what will you do to build your moral character? Get your free copy of Loving Life here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: https://t…
 
Cecilia Payne broke open the male-dominated field of astronomy, inspiring young women to pursue scientific careers. Vivien Thomas pioneered life-saving surgical techniques, despite racial prejudices that unjustly deprived him of financial rewards and due praise. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d …
 
Francis Bacon was one of the first truly modern thinkers insofar as he systematically outlined key aspects of scientific methodology and shunned slavish idolatry of the past. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@Objectiv…
 
Some 130+ years after his debut, Sherlock Holmes remains a literary symbol of man’s reasoning mind. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter…
 
Policy proposals of all sorts depend on both moral and economic arguments, yet some claim that these disciplines should not—or cannot—be integrated. Raymond Niles begs to differ. Get your free copy of Loving Life here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: ht…
 
For centuries, they said it couldn’t be done. Then, two bicycle entrepreneurs did it. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. If you’d like to suggest a heroic figure to be covered on the show, send an email to Jon@ObjectiveStandard.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandard Twitter: https://twit…
 
Why is knowing history vital to living a flourishing life today? What is the proper approach to studying it, and what are the most important events and ideas to understand? Learn more in this wide-ranging discussion with Eric Daniels, assistant director of Clemson University’s Institute for the Study of Capitalism. Get your free copy of Loving Life…
 
Christmas is a celebration of the rational, selfish desire to make your own life great, which includes spreading joy among those you value. Get your free copy of Loving Life here: https://objectivestandard.org/lovinglife Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objectivestandar…
 
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