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Meanwhile at Temple

J.D. Flynn, Mike Kraus, and Bill Kraus

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If you’re looking for a deep, thought provoking, intelligent podcast, then you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re looking for a podcast about everyday things that the geeks down at the coffee shop are always talking about, then welcome to Meanwhile at Temple. What happens when a few guys at a coffee shop start talking about movies, comics, games, music, life, and other important stuff?Join J.D., Mike, and Bill as we talk about whatever topic is on our mind at the moment. We’re a few life- ...
 
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This week on The Pillar Podcast, JD and Ed reflect on how Christian community and the Christian family are antidotes to the culture of death. Then, Ed seeks parenting advice. This episode of The Pillar Podcast was brought to you by the 2022 World Congress of Catholic Nurses, August 2-4 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown…
 
Bestselling husband-wife team Lars Kepler knows a thing or two about writing with your spouse. In writing as in marriage, the Kepler duo must routinely navigate around indecision, such as compromising on important plot points, in order to maintain an efficient and fun writing environment. Kepler is an international bestseller, having sold 16 millio…
 
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is barred from receiving the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, according to a May 20 statement from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. This week on The Pillar Podcast, JD and Ed talk about the announcement and what may follow. This episode of The Pillar Podcast is brought to you by the 2022 Petrus Develo…
 
Poetry and Persistence with NYT Bestseller Don Winslow Stephen King called Don Winslow, “one of America’s greatest storytellers,” and for good reason. For decades, Winslow has consistently produced international bestselling works. His newest release, “City on Fire,” is no exception. Don writes daily, sometimes reading poetry for inspiration. “City …
 
In this episode of The Pillar Podcast, JD and Ed address common misconceptions about latae sententiae penalties. They talk about justice and women who undergo abortions. Then, the implications of the arrest of Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong. This episode of The Pillar Podcast was sponsored by the University of Dallas, the Catholic university for indepen…
 
In this bonus episode of The Pillar Podcast, JD and Ed talk about politics and the end of Roe v. Wade in America. Then they get in a big spicy fight about canon law. This episode of The Pillar Podcast was sponsored by Holy Donors, a new podcast from Petrus Development. For stories of generosity that transforms the world check out Holy Donors at hol…
 
Jennie Nash has a blueprint for any successful book. By focusing on the pure fundamentals of writing and gaining marketing experience through pitching or proposing, she helps both fiction and nonfiction authors tell their best stories while earning a profit. Jennie is the author of eleven books and founder of Author Accelerator book coaching. To pr…
 
In this episode, Ed and JD discuss Cardinal Pell’s response to Cardnial Becciu and the Vatican finance trial, and Ed ranks “Hallmark holidays.” This episode of The Pillar Podcast was brought to you by 2022 World Congress of Catholic Nurses, August 2-4 at the National Shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. For more informatio…
 
Meg Bowles of The Moth knows the secrets to telling a good story. The Moth is an international organization that helps everyday people master storytelling through public speaking by focusing on authenticity, vulnerability, and confidence. They host public speaking events and workshops all over the world, and community events like The Moth Education…
 
On this week’s episode of The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD talk about the Eucharistic revival, Ed’s need for a hobby, JD’s need to delegate, and the renewal of Vos estis lux mundi. — This episode of The Pillar Podcast was sponsored by the Petrus Development Conference 2022, June 13-15 in Naples, Florida. To register, use coupon code PILLAR at petrusde…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author. Join New Yor…
 
On this week’s episode of The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD discuss Cardinal J. Francis Stafford’s vision of the parish, and the newly approved Program for Priestly Formation. Then they play a game of Ed’s devising, which JD didn’t completely understand. This episode of The Pillar Podcast is brought to you by the University of Dallas, “The Catholic Uni…
 
Kingdom of Bones, the sixteenth book in James Rollins’ Sigma Force series, put the bestselling author to the test. From drafting the book during the rise of COVID-19 to managing the complexities of maintaining a long-standing series, he used decades of marketing and storybuilding experience to overcome the difficulties of writing and publishing a n…
 
In this episode The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD discuss the strangeness of time during the Sacred Triduum, JD’s trip to New York, Josh Groban and Cyndi Lauper, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, and the Vatican finance trial. And JD endeavors not to speak over Ed. — This episode of The Pillar Podcast was sponsored by the Petrus Development Conference 2022, June…
 
Bestseller Carter Wilson never writes the same book twice. By choosing to write standalone novels instead of series, he keeps his worldbuilding skills sharp, forcing himself to write new, unique characters in new settings for each book. Carter is a bestselling author of eight standalone psychological thrillers, including The Dead Girl in 2A and Rev…
 
This week on The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD talk about war in Ukraine, what it means to oppose abortion, and Hands Across America. And just a little bit of baseball. — This episode of The Pillar Podcast is brought to you by the University of Dallas, “The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers.” The University of Dallas invites you to check out…
 
Elissa Sussman knows how to keep her writing on schedule. Drawing from her past experience as a ghost writer and manager, she maintains a strict working regimen with set writing hours each day to maximize her productivity and availability. Elissa was a ghost writer of 15 young adult novels before writing adult novels under her own name. To preorder…
 
In this episode of The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD discuss a new Vatican instruction on Catholic schools. Plus “Palm Sunday Yes or No.” This episode of The Pillar Podcast was sponsored by the Petrus Development Conference 2022, June 13-15 in Naples, Florida. To register, use coupon code PILLAR at petrusdevelopment.com/pdc22 Get full access to The Pil…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author. Join New Yor…
 
Gillian Flynn never expected GONE GIRL to become an international bestseller, or for the movie directed by David Fincher to become a Hollywood blockbuster. Instead of chasing trends or trying to anticipate the market, Flynn wrote the kind of story she wanted to read. It wasn’t supposed to work. And yet it did. Gillian writes with a cinematic flair,…
 
In this week’s episode of The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD talk about the beauty of canon law, the historic trial of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, and just war. To celebrate St. Joseph, they play “Which Joe am I?” And if you like The Pillar Podcast, don’t forget to subscribe. We’re counting on you: Get full access to The Pillar at www.pillarcatholic.com/sub…
 
Book bans, terrorist plots, and topping the New York Times Bestseller lists. Brad Meltzer has seen it all. His newest book, “The Lightning Rod” explodes onto the page with thrilling action and complex characters, exactly what readers of the Zig and Nola Escape Artist series expect. Meltzer goes deep on his research, lending an unmistakable authenti…
 
Producer Scott Steindorff knows that emotion is everything to any good book, show, or movie. By writing characters that are round, relatable, and emotionally involved, he commands the attention of his audience and keeps them coming back for more. Scott is a TV and film producer well known for projects like “The Lincoln Lawyer," “Las Vegas," and “St…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author. Join New Yor…
 
Eliza Jane Brazier knows the benefit of pivoting your story at the right time. When her latest book, Good Rich People, wasn’t living up to her expectations, she put in the effort to rewrite her entire manuscript twice in order to achieve a rounder, more complex story that she could be proud of. Eliza is well known for her thriller, If I Disappear, …
 
As Archbishop Joseph Kurtz prepares for retirement, he talked with JD about 50 years of priesthood, and more than two decades of episcopal ministry, including a stint as president of the USCCB. The archbishop talked especially about his brother George, one of the most influential people in his life. Get full access to The Pillar at www.pillarcathol…
 
Bestseller Jonathan Kellerman knows how to find time to write. From raising children for almost thirty-two years to practicing psychology professionally to maintaining a dedication to playing and collecting guitars, he still finds time in his schedule to pursue his love of writing. Jonathan wrote his first book, When the Bough Breaks, in 1985 and h…
 
Bestseller Gregg Hurwitz knows the importance of writing complicated characters. By blurring the lines of good and evil, choosing to write protagonists and antagonists rather than heroes and villains, and incorporating complex moral dilemmas into his plots, he creates characters whose moral vagueness is both interesting and relatable. Gregg is an i…
 
Father Frank Cancro has the most unusual priestly apostolate you’ve ever heard of: He is America’s official circus priest. In this bonus episode of The Pillar Podcast, Fr. Cancro talked with JD about his unusual ministry, his unusual background, and the history of clowning around. Get full access to The Pillar at www.pillarcatholic.com/subscribe…
 
In this episode, legendary author Dean Koontz shares his secrets to success; from sticking to a rigorous daily writing routine to writing across genres, he shares his tried and tested tips and techniques for becoming a better author. One of the most well known authors in the world, Dean has been writing for over fifty years and has sold over 500 mi…
 
Lisa Gardner loves to draw inspiration from real life when writing her books. Whether she’s using her favorite hiking trail as a setting, reading a fascinating true crime article, or interviewing field experts for accurate information, her commitment to the realistic and plausible makes her stories all the more thrilling. Lisa is a NYT bestselling …
 
In this feature-length double episode, they talk about the independent report on the Archdiocese of Munich, and what it means for the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI. Then they go over the whole Knights of Malta thing, because seriously, it matters. Also, two things: We know that half of you don’t like it when we chat among themselves at the beginning …
 
Wendy Corsi Staub knows how to keep things interesting after writing so many novels. By switching up her writing routine and process, branching out into areas like screenwriting, and reminding herself of why she’s writing in the first place, she maintains her enthusiasm for her work and always looks forward to conquering a new challenge. Wendy is a…
 
In this week’s episode of The Pillar Podcast, Ed and JD are joined by The Pillar’s contributing editor Brendan Hodge. They talk about data, and then they talk about Data. And for some reason, we talked about the “Vatican Rag,” so here it is: Get full access to The Pillar at www.pillarcatholic.com/subscribe…
 
Bookshop.org is an amazing way to support local bookstores through COVID-19 and beyond. By providing store owners with a unique way to market their books online and paying them 30% of each sale, Bookshop has raised millions to help support these small businesses through the pandemic. Elle McKenzie has been with Bookshop since its early days in May …
 
Bestseller Hugh Howey is fascinated by the behind-the-scenes production of the Wool TV series. With actors reshooting scene after scene, putting themselves on the line for stunts and fight scenes, and whole teams of designers and other specialists working to enhance the show, he’s gotten to see his writing adapted into something just as spectacular…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author. Join New Yor…
 
In a special Christmas Eve episode, Ed talks to Bishop Richard Umbers of the Archdiocese of Sydney about which Christmas Mass is the worst, the impossible banality of meetings, and the new evangelization. Fair warning, the first seven and a half minutes are about cricket, so either fast forward, or just deal with it. Get full access to The Pillar a…
 
In Reckless Road, author Jason Porath unveils the true stories behind Guns N’ Roses. Through a collaboration with Marc Canter, a close friend of the band for many years, he used his writing expertise to turn an archive of photos, videos, and interviews into a captivating narrative history of the early days of one of rock and roll’s biggest bands. T…
 
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