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Conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.
 
The CiRCE Institute Podcast Network is made up four regular shows: FORMA, featuring interviews and conversations with educators, writers, and thinkers. The Mason Jar featuring Cindy Rollins, all Charlotte Mason all the time. Close Reads, a book club podcast, featuring Angelina Stanford and Tim McIntosh. Ask Andrew, in which Andrew Kern answers listener questions about Christian classical education. As well as various seasonal shows like The Commons with Brian Phillips, The Divided Line with ...
 
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Close Reads
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From the Close Reads Podcast Network, Close Reads is a book-club podcast hosted by David Kern and featuring an array of contributors, including Tim McIntosh, Heidi White, and others. We read Great Books and talk about them. A NOTE ABOUT OLDER EPISODES: Since most podcast apps don't go further back than 100 episodes, you'll need to click here to listen to anything further back than that. And our first 32 episodes can be found here, on the original CiRCE Institute feed.
 
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The Mason Jar
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From the CiRCE Institute, this re-freshed version of The Mason Jar will feature a variety of voices that hope to explore the intersection of Charlotte Mason's important work with the application of classical thought, primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) within the context of home-education.
 
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Proverbial
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On every episode of Proverbial, teacher and author Joshua Gibbs (How to Be Unlucky: Reflections on the Pursuit of Virtue and Something They Will Not Forget: A Handbook for Classical Teachers) explores a single proverb, some old bit of wisdom, and tries to discern what it means for modern men.
 
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The Commons
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The Commons, hosted by Brian Phillips, features conversations and contemplations about school life and leadership. Whether you are a headmaster or a homeschooling mom, these conversations are here to help your vocation with purpose, wisdom, and virtue.
 
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Ask Andrew
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The Ask Andrew Podcast features weekly reflections on the purpose and nature of classical education from Andrew Kern, author of Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping American, and President of the CiRCE Institute. Each week Andrew will tackle a key idea, term, or theme in classical education, briefly defining it and explaining its purpose and place within classical pedagogy.
 
Ancient Worlds is the audio series of the Ancient Art Podcast where we choose a single work of art as a launchpad for inspiration. Here we unpack the stories, history, myths, and culture from antiquity through a modern lens and with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The Ancient Art Podcast explores the art and culture of the Ancient Mediterranean World with host Lucas Livingston. Uncover the truths and unravel the mysteries of the civilizations that shaped our modern world. Each episode featur ...
 
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Welcome back to Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs. In this episode, Joshua contemplates a proverb from Cicero, who said that he was " . . . never less idle than when wholly idle, never less alone than when wholly alone." Joshua contemplates the implications of this proverb for modern man. Remember: when you subscribe, rate, and review you help sprea ...…
 
Join Heidi White (managing editor of FORMA) as she chats with David Hicks, author of Norms and Nobility, about the value of Plutarch and his new translation of two of Plutarch's Lives, The Lawgivers. They discuss Plutarch's legacy, his motivations, the process of translating him, why he can be difficult to read, and much more.…
 
In this week's episode, Joshua Gibbs contemplates a proverb from Horace: "our fathers age was worse than ours grandfathers, we, worse than they, bring forth an offspring still more advanced than ourselves in evil."
 
Unfortunately we had a scheduling snafu with recording for this week, so we are sharing a bonus episode that we sent to our Patrons a few months back. It's a conversation between David, Tim, and Heidi about Hemingway's famous story, "A Clean Well-lighted Place." Conversation touched on the difficulty with Hemingway and his particular craftsmans ...…
 
Join Renee Mathis as she chats with her old friend, Andrea Lipinski, the director of the CiRCE Apprenticeship program, as she shares how mentors helped her become a better teacher (at home and in the classroom) and how their influence impacted her life as a working mom. Remember: if you like this podcast you can rate and review it and help us s ...…
 
Welcome back to Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs. In this episode, Joshua contemplates a proverb from Cicero, who said that he was " . . . never less idle than when wholly idle, never less alone than when wholly alone." Joshua contemplates the implications of this proverb for modern man. Remember: when you subscribe, rate, and review you help sprea ...…
 
Maurice Manning is an award-winning poet from Kentucky whose new collection, Railsplitter, is written from the perspective of the posthumous Abraham Lincoln, recently assassinated and looking back at his life and death. It's out next week and it's wonderful. Manning joined David Kern recently for a conversation in his writing shed about his int ...…
 
Maurice Manning is an award-winning poet from Kentucky whose new collection, Railsplitter, is written from the perspective of the posthumous Abraham Lincoln, recently assassinated and looking back at his life and death. It's out next week and it's wonderful. Manning joined David Kern recently for a conversation in his writing shed about his int ...…
 
Welcome back to Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs. In this episode, Joshua contemplates a proverb from Jesus Christ who said that, "a Prophet is not without honor except within his own country." Joshua contemplates the context of this proverb and what it means for common contemporary people. Subscribe to the Proverbial feed today for direct access a ...…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs, a brand new weekly podcast from the CiRCE Podcast Network. In episode one, Joshua contemplates a proverb from the Roman poet, Horace. He wrote, "You may drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps coming back." Josh explores the origin of this quote, why he has been living his li ...…
 
Author of the recently released book Sufficient Hope, Christina Fox joins Renee Mathis to discuss some of the important issues facing moms and how the gospel has the answer for each of them. Remember: when you rate and review the show it helps us spread the word!
 
It's time for listener questions! In this episode, David, Tim, and Heidi answer your questions about topics like why Athena is gray-eyed, other great translations, whether Odysseus broke the hospitality code when visiting the cyclops, what first-time readers should glean from this epic poem, and much, much more. Remember: when you rate and revi ...…
 
Welcome back to Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs. In this episode, Joshua contemplates a proverb from Jesus Christ who said that, "a Prophet is not without honor except within his own country." Joshua contemplates the context of this proverb and what it means for common contemporary people.
 
Welcome to the first episode of Proverbial with Joshua Gibbs. In episode one, Joshua contemplates a proverb from the Roman poet, Horace. He wrote, "You may drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps coming back." Josh explores the origin of this quote, why he has been living his life according to it, and what it means for normal, average p ...…
 
Join David, Tim, and Heidi as they arrive at the end of the Odyssey. Conversation touches on Telemachus' evolution, the way the various themes come together, the stories behind stories, modes of reading, and much more. Don't forget to send in your questions for next episode!
 
Proverbial is a new podcast from the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network featuring Joshua Gibbs. Weekly, coming in October.
 
It's time to discuss the battle and the bloodshed. In this episode, David, Heidi, and Tim chat about whether Odysseus is after justice or revenge (and all the ramifications of that question) . . . and much more, of course.
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Renee Mathis chats with Josh Krebs, a counselor, therapist, and homeschooling dad of 4. They chat about husbands, wives, moms, dads, and the power of great communication.
 
In this episode of the FORMA Podcast, the audio companion to FORMA Journal and the FORMA Review, Managing Editor Heidi White chats with old friend, Tim McIntosh, a playwright, actor, and teacher, about the intersection of classical thought and contemporary theater.
 
In this episode of the FORMA Podcast, the audio companion to FORMA Journal and the FORMA Review, Managing Editor Heidi White chats with old friend, Tim McIntosh, a playwright, actor, and teacher, about the intersection of classical thought and contemporary theater.
 
And we're back with more conversation about Homer's famous epic poem. This week, David, Heidi, and Tim discuss Penelope's evolving character, the way the poet is comparing Odysseus and Penelope in the text, the building tension, and much more. Remember: if you like this show you can help spread the word by rating and reviewing it. And don't for ...…
 
Join Renee Mathis for another conversation here on The Mason Jar with homeschooling mom and co-op leader, Jamie Rives. Jamie leads a Charlotte Mason co-op of 25 families in the Houston area. Find out the surprising truth of who is benefitting most!
 
The saga continues. On this week's episode, David, Heidi, and a very special guest discuss books XVII and XVIII of the Odyssey. Conversation touches on the patience of Odysseus and Telemachus, Athena's role in the story, whether the suitors are worthy adversaries, and Penelope's beauty.
 
Welcome back to the Mason Jar season 3! In this episode, Renee is joined by author and mom of 7, Rachel Jankovic. Rachel’s book You Who? addresses why moms matter -- and what that means practically speaking. She also has a great solution for countering the wrong voices with the right truth. If you like this show, please be sure to rate and review!…
 
And we're back with more discussion of Homer's Odyssey! David, Heidi, and Tim explore the fascinating character of Eumaeus the swineherd; Poseidon, the anti-xenia god; the Western-y nature of the second of half of the poem; and much more.
 
Welcome back! In this episode, season three host Renee Mathis is joined by two homeschooling sisters, Jami Marstall and Jodi Shell. Join in as they talk about homeschooling and family relationship (including dynamics between sisters, siblings, and cousins, oh my!).
 
In this episode of the FORMA Podcast, audio companion to FORMA JOURNAL, managing editor Heidi White chats with noted poet and translator, A.E. Stallings about her poetry, her recent translation of Hesiod's Works and Days, and life in ancient and modern Greece (where she lives). Be sure to check out Stallings' newest collection of verse, Like, w ...…
 
In this episode of the FORMA Podcast, audio companion to FORMA JOURNAL, managing editor Heidi White chats with noted poet and translator, A.E. Stallings about her poetry, her recent translation of Hesiod's Works and Days, and life in ancient and modern Greece (where she lives). Be sure to check out Stallings' newest collection of verse, Like, w ...…
 
Join David, Heidi, and Tim as they continue their journey with Odysseus. In this episode they discuss books XI and XII, focusing on Odysseus' virtues, the allegorical aspects of the poem, the popularity of the story of the sirens, and much more.
 
The Mason Jar is back with a new series of episodes with Renee Mathis, a longtime homeschooling mother, conference speaker, and a head mentor in the CiRCE Institute's apprenticeship program. In episode 3.1 she is joined by her daughter Katie Krebs, a 2nd generation homeschooler, to discuss the kind of encouragement is needed for mom's who are “ ...…
 
It's time for books IX and X of Homer's Odyssey! Join David, Heidi, and Tim for a discussion about the cyclopes, Circe, and the degree to which Odysseus is truly virtuous. And, remember, it helps the show out a whole lot when you leave reviews on whatever app you use to listen to podcasts.
 
David, Heidi, and Tim are back with more conversation about The Odyssey. They discuss the question of Odysseus' faithfulness, they compare Nausikaa and Calypso, and they discuss the role of this section in the grand scheme of the poem. Remember: if you like this series on the Odyssey we could use your help. Rate and review the show to spread th ...…
 
Join Karen Kern and her guests, Emily Hill and Heidi White for a discussion about the power of literature to provide children with what Charlotte Mason described as a "sense of the spaciousness of days" and "living pictures." They chat about choosing the best books, what engaging discussion looks like, narration, and reading aloud. Thanks for l ...…
 
Join David, Heidi, and Tim for more conversation about Homer's classic epic poem. in this episode they chat about the role of the gods in the story, the complicated nature of ancient Greek paganism, whether the characters in the book have "faith," and much, much more. Remember: if you love this show, please subscribe, rate, and review it. It go ...…
 
It's time for a new book! Join David, Heidi, and Tim as they dive into Homer's Odyssey, books one and two. Discussion touches on the purpose of these early books, Telemachus' journey, the relationship between the gods and humans, Penelope's wisdom, and much more. Remember: if you like this show it really goes a long way when you leave starred o ...…
 
In this episode of the FORMA podcast, the audio companion to FORMA Journal, managing editor Heidi White talks to Brian Brown, founder and director of the Anselm Society, about the redeemed Christian imagination and the differences between sacred art and common art. If you like this episode be sure to rate and review the podcast!…
 
Join David, Heidi, and Karen Swallow Prior as they answer your questions about Jane Austen's novel. And if you like this episode be sure to leave a review. Those 5-star reviews go a long way.
 
In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with historian, Christopher Hull, about his new book Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Green's Cold War Novel. Although he's obviously best known for his many wonderful novels (and screenplays), Greene spent most of his adult life working for Great Britain ...…
 
Join Karen Kern and Elsie Iudicello as they discuss what Charlotte Mason wrote about the importance of play and getting outdoors, how the beauty of nature restores and refreshes, the difference between recreation and amusement, and how to guard our families against the negative influences of technology. Remember: subscribe, rate, review! And be ...…
 
Classical educators frequently discuss Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, but of these three, Beauty is the most misunderstood. In this episode of The Commons, a podcast about school leadership, Dr. Brian Phillips is joined by Brian Daigle of Mud House Art for a conversation about Beauty and aesthetics in our schools and homeschools.…
 
Join David, Heidi, and special guest Karen Swallow Prior as they discuss the final chapters of Sense and Sensibility. Conversation touches on whether Edward deserved Elinor, Marianne's evolution, Elinor's most of catharsis, and the reversal of the book's beginning. Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
 
Join managing editor Heidi White as she talks to Baylor’s Dr. Junius Johnson on how and why Christians can enjoy big-budget blockbuster films and franchises. Covering particular film franchises and universal points of discussion and evaluation, Heidi and Dr. Johnson discuss how (and how not) to go to the movies this summer. Remember: subscribe, ...…
 
Join managing editor Heidi White as she talks to Baylor’s Dr. Junius Johnson on how and why Christians can enjoy big-budget blockbuster films and franchises. Covering particular film franchises and universal points of discussion and evaluation, Heidi and Dr. Johnson discuss how (and how not) to go to the movies this summer. Remember: subscribe, ...…
 
In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with novelist David Joy about what it's like to be a regional novelist and whether that was something he set out to be when he first started writing fiction. They discuss the authors that influenced his work, how his neighbors have responded to his novels, and much more ...…
 
In this sixth episode of this season of The Mason Jar, Karen Kern and Emily Hill chat about how the experience of the beauty in nature contributes crucially to any family's culture. They discuss Charlotte Mason's essential teaching on getting children outside everyday and how she does with her own kids. She describes her three kinds of nature b ...…
 
Join David, Heidi, and special guest Karen Swallow Prior for a conversation about Marianne's growth, Willougby's villainy, Edward's issues, and the balance of satire and pathos in a book like this. Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
 
Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. In this episode, Andrew offers some additional thoughts in response to question about the place and purpose of catechism in educati ...…
 
Welcome to Ask Andrew, a weekly podcast where Andrew Kern contemplates important ideas, essential terms, and unavoidable themes in classical education–and what they mean for the day-to-day of teaching and learning. In this episode, Andrew offers some additional thoughts in response to question about the place and purpose of catechism in educati ...…
 
Join David, Heidi, and very special guest, Karen Swallow Prior, as they chat about volume 2 of Jane Austen's classic novel. Conversation focuses on which character most bears the essence of the novel, whether there are any ideal types in the book, and the characterization that makes Austen so important (and amazing). Remember: Subscribe, rate, ...…
 
David, Heidi, and special guest, Karen Swallow Prior are back with more conversation about Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility. Conversation touches on the differences between Elinor and Marianne, the similarities in their situations and responses, Edward and Willougby, and much more. Remember: subscribe, RATE, review!…
 
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