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Childhood, published in 1852, is the first novel in Leo Tolstoy’s autobiographical trilogy, which also includes Boyhood, and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was twenty-three, the book gained immediate notice among Russian writers including Ivan Turgenev, and heralded the young Tolstoy as a major figure in Russian letters. Childhood is an expressionist exploration of the internal life of a young boy, Nikolenka, and was a new form in Russian writing, mixing fact, fiction and emotions to render t ...
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Book 1. Resurrection is the last of Tolstoy's major fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of institutionalized church. It was first published serially in the magazine Niva as an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Dukhobors. The story concerns a nobleman named Nekhlyudov, who seeks redemption for a sin committed years earlier. His brief affair with a maid resulted in her being fired a ...
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"The inner working of my soul, which I wish to speak of here, was not the result of a methodical investigation of doctrinal theology, or of the actual texts of the gospel; it was a sudden removal of all that hid the true meaning of the Christian doctrine – a momentary flash of light, which made everything clear to me. It was something like that which might happen to a man who, after vainly attempting, by a false plan, to build up a statue out of a confused heap of small pieces of marble, sud ...
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Although Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a wealthy landowner, in his later life he had what was considered a “religious awakening.” This experience went on to inform his writing and his lifestyle in profound ways. His views transcended the specifics of religion, as known in his day – so much so he came to be a helpful guide both to Mohandas Gandhi and to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The four stories in this collection ask profound questions and gently supply helpful, non-dogmatic hints to their an ...
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The Kingdom of God Is Within You

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When Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace was published in 1869, his genius was immediately recognized by people all over the world. In the later part of Leo Tolstoy's life, however, he began to share his deepest thoughts about Christianity in his writing. His definition of Christianity was not the same as the priests and bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church where there was so much pomp and pageantry. Tolstoy could care less for all that ceremony. He was a radical follower of Jesus Christ's teachin ...
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Leo Tolstoy’s psychological novel Anna Karenina follows the life of the enchanting and rebellious Anna who seeks to break free from the shackles of society. Set in late 19th century Russia, Anna is portrayed as an ideal, cultivated aristocratic wife, mother and model for women alike. Although at first glance she seems to have it all in life, Anna yearns for love and affection- something her cold diplomatic husband cannot provide. She grows discontent of their loveless relationship, and is ti ...
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Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace chronicles the lives of five Russian aristocratic families during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Many considered this book to be the best Russian work of literature of all time and it is massive in scale. The book is divided in four volumes and the chapters don't just contain the narrative of the plot to the novel but philosophical discussions as well. This may be intimidating to average book readers but they shouldn't be discouraged to try reading War and Peace. ...
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”War and Peace” is a panoramic novel: It is its own justification, and perhaps needs no introduction. It always reminds the translator of a broad and mighty river flowing onward with all the majesty of Fate. On its surface, float swiftly by logs and stumps, cakes of ice, perhaps drowned cattle or men from regions far above. These floating straws, insignificant in themselves, tell the current. Once embark upon it, and it is impossible to escape the onward force that moves you so relentlessly. ...
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Cyndi Peterson is an author and speaker, Navy Veteran and retired Dermatologist. This podcast shares her insights on the Catholic faith while inspiring and challenging her listeners to grow deeper in their spiritual lives. Cyndipeterson.com "Waiting for a Miracle: One Mother's Journey to Unshakable Faith" is available wherever books are sold
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Self? Help!

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Self? Help! is the podcast for anyone who's thought: Who the hell am I? What in god’s name am I doing? And how did I get here of all places? And then to figure it all out, you turned to a book—because you’re that kind of person, and so is your host, Moth Storyteller and creator of Memory Motel, Terence Mickey. He doesn't care from where you seek your guidance, whether it’s Leo Tolstoy or Dr. Seuss. He's a firm believer that we cannot get enough help in this life and that books are, indeed, m ...
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books

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Because understanding great literature is better than trying to read and understand (yet) another business book, Leadership Lessons From The Great Books leverages insights from the GREAT BOOKS of the Western canon to explain, dissect, and analyze leadership best practices for the post-modern leader.
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Welcome. Literary Odyssey: Embarking on a lifelong odyssey through the boundless expanse of books, I'm a seeker of eBooks, Audiobooks, ePub, Mobi and Kindle. Powered by Firstory Hosting
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Hosted by Lebanese artist Nadia Hassan, Essentia Readings podcasts high-quality but accessible essays on philosophy of mind, metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, mythology, foundations of physics and much more. This podcast is produced by Essentia Foundation (www.essentiafoundation.org).
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Veritas Christian Academy

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Welcome to The Voices of Veritas Podcast! Veritas Christian Academy is an independent, non-denominational, PreK - 12, college preparatory school with an educational culture built on the classical Trivium and historic Biblical Christianity. VCA is located in Fletcher, NC.
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #104 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Part One) w/Tom Libby --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Part One) w/Tom Libby. 02:20 War and Peace as a Complex, Hard to read, and THematically Drived Book for Leaders. 06:53 Anna Pavlovna's Soirre was in Full Swing... 11:58 Women Controlle…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #106 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. 05:00 Tom's Birthday and the Passing of a Few Summers. 08:25 Little Women and Bonding with irascible Aunt March. 12:44 Louisa May Alcott: Transcendentalism, poverty, and writing. 28:43 Surprised t…
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In 1908, when Winston Churchill shoots his mouth off about women during an election cycle the suffragists in town are not having it, and Mary Moloney puts on her boots, grabs her dinner bell and becomes Churchill's greatest nightmare: A silencer of his voice. Mary rings her bell for a whole week during by elections in Dundee Scotland, following Chu…
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Ok, so there's one giant bag and inside that bag there are 9 sub-bags. Each of these 9 sub-bags, apart from bag 9, has other smaller bags inside them - think of them as sub-sub-bags. Oh, and these bags are filled with people and each bag, including sub-bags and maybe sub-sub-bags, are in competition with each other. What are the bags and their many…
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Leaders know that "no" is a sentence. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check out HSCT Publishing a…
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Cyndi led 29 people on Pilgrimage to Medjugorje this April. This is a recording of a talk given during her pilgrimage by Fr. Leon, the Chaplain to the English speaking Pilgrims to Medjurgorje. Fr. Leon shares his encounter with Mary, The Mother of God. To schedule Cyndi to speak to your group, contact Cyndi at TheCyndiPetersonShow@gmail.com. Cyndi'…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #105 - Seven Gothic Tales by Baroness Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen). --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - Seven Gothic Tales by Baroness Karen Blixen 01:00 Karen Blixen, World Traveler, and Old Money Aristocratic Gatekeeper 03:00 Leaders Man the Gates of Culture 05:00 "The Deluge at Norderney" - Part One 08:00 …
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Chloe joins Sara this week to talk about the laugh of the century: Why men can't figure out why a woman thinks bears are less dangerous than them and how deeply upset they are about it. They cover this latest viral TikTok, as well as the latest in women's rights in the US, the temptation of protest voting, Nikki Glaser's brilliant roast of Tom Brad…
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Leaders, man the gates. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check out HSCT Publishing at: https://www…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books - (Bonus) - A Conversation with Peter Ainley --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction to Peter Ainley. 05:00 Peter Ainley - Background and Personal Story. 15:00 Left Brain versus Right Brain in Leadership. 20:38 "Features" versus "Bugs" in the Leadership Experience. 21:08 How Does a Leader 'Get Things Done?' 26:38 …
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This week, Chloe Skye returns to bring us the story of Beate Gordon! When Beate's Ukrainian-born Jewish parents fled Russia in the 1920's, eventually landing in Japan, Beate fell in love with the Japanese people and culture, but WWII leaves Beate in the US, separated from her parents and unable to contact them. Beate uses her incredible ployglot sk…
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Leaders, stop writing books to "win" the search game. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check out H…
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This week, Sara brings us the story of Kadambini Ganguly, the first woman to graduate college, first woman admitted to an Indian medical school and the first female medical doctor in India! Her work wasn't limited to medicine, either. A champion for women's and worker's rights, Kadambini's socio-political impact on India was undeniably incredible. …
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Leaders know your locus of control. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check out HSCT Publishing at:…
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A second episode talking with Tasmanian vert skating champion Shane Yost.In this episode we answer a few questions from the metaphorical mailbag, talk about building a backyard vert ramp, the World Rollerblading Titles, the Launceston Toilet Bowl skatepark, opposite 1080s, forward 1260s and more.By Mikey Lynch
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #103 - Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev w/Libby Unger --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. 04:00 The Challenges of InterGenerational Communication During Social Unraveling. 11:03 The Literary Life of Ivan Turgenev. 12:31 Serfdom in Russia and American Slavery: A Comparative…
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Mary Baker Eddy did not have things easy. As a young girl, she was plagued with fits and ill health and then later much family tragedy made life even harder to bear. Mary found much comfort, though, in the scriptures and her study of them and this love of the the Bible would lead to her becoming one of the only women in modern history to have forme…
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Cyndi Shares a short story by Leo Tolstoly: Where Love Is, God Is. A beautiful reminder that we truly share love and welcome God when we treat each other with simple love and kindness. To schedule Cyndi to speak to your group, contact Cyndi at TheCyndiPetersonShow@gmail.com. Cyndi's book, Waiting for a Miracle: One Mother's Journey to Unshakable Fa…
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Leaders, intergenerational change is upon us, as it has always been. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscr…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #102 - Power of the Powerless by Vaclav Havel w/Libby Unger --- --- Opening and closing themes composed by Brian Sanyshyn of Brian Sanyshyn Music. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcas…
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Napoleon, we've seen him wild with anger, we've seen him quiver with rage, we've seen him snuff with impunity. Now it's time to see Napoleon calm as a clam - a clam that also happens to control one of the world's most significant military forces. Fresh from a light ride, and with his full-bodied narcissistic fury bottled safely and healthily inside…
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Cyndi and Aimee discuss the Academy Award winning movie Zone of Interest, awarded Oscars for Best International Film and Best Sound. Uniquely filmed from the view of the perpetrators of The Holocaust, rather than the victims, this is film that will stay with you, and cause deep reflection. The extremes of what humanity can look past, and exactly wh…
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When Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina showed up on the doorstep of Fyodor Dostoyevsky to serve as his stenographer, helping him complete his next deadline, she had no idea that that life was about to change big time. What follows is an unusual courtship and unexpected happiness for both of them, despite Dostovesky's significant challenges, physical, famil…
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Leaders better get their worldviews straight in a post-Christian nation. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSu…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #101 - City of God by Augustine of Hippo (Books Four and Five) --- 01:00 Welcome and Introduction - City of God by Augustine of Hippo - Books Four and Five. 04:12 There are Many False Gods Worshipped in this World. 09:36 St. Augustine of Hippo versus The Roman World: A Study in Theology. 12:27 Pushing the Ant…
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Sophia Tolstaya never got a lot of fame or credit for all her accomplishments, in fact, she is generally reviled as famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's b*tchy wife, but she was a brilliant talent and bright businesswoman herself. In fact, without her, Leo's work likely would never have been circulated so widely and successfully, nor would Leo hav…
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Cyndi shares her visit to Santarém Portugal, where she visited the Church of St. Stephen, now known as the Church of the Holy Miracle. There she saw up close the actual documented and approved Eucharistic Miracle that has been present since the 13th century. To schedule Cyndi to speak to your group, contact Cyndi at TheCyndiPetersonShow@gmail.com. …
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Bring back the unlikeable leaders. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check out HSCT Publishing at: …
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Cyndi and Aimee discuss their thoughts at the conclusion of the Hallow App's 40 Day Lenten Challenge and how all Christians are called to live such that they glorify God by trusting and surrendering to the Will of God in their daily lives. What that looks like is sometimes very confusing and requires a lifelong journey and commitment to constant pr…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books - (Bonus) - The End of the Fourth Turning is Just the Beginning w/Brian Bagley --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - The End of the Fourth Turning is Just the Beginning w/Brian Bagley 02:56 On Leadership Lessons From the Great Books Getting to 100 Episodes. 11:00 Brian Bagley's Exposure to William Strauss and …
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Before Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, even before Edgar Allen Poe wrote his Tell-Tale Heart, the genre of gothic horror was brought forth out of the incredible mind of a 21-year-old woman name MARY SHELLEY. Mary had already suffered quite a bit of loss in her first 21 years and her connection to death, grief, and the existential human story created not…
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Leaders, character building starts at home. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check out HSCT Publis…
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Cyndi sits down with Aimee to share their thoughts on our need to focus on the needs of others instead of ourselves. Topics of judging, mercy, and the hospitality of listening are discussed while referencing entries from Henri Nouwen's enlightening book: Bread For The Journey available on Amazon. To schedule Cyndi to speak to your group, contact Cy…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books - Our 100th Episode Panel Discussion - --- A Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Panel Discussion with Richard Messing, Tom Libby, and Libby Unger. --- The opening theme is composed by Brian Sanyshyn of Brian Sanyshyn Music. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Lead…
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This week, Sara brings us the story of Alexya Salvador, the first transgender pastor in Brazil and all of Latin America, and the first transgender person to adopt a child in Brazil. As a young child, Alexya found great solace and belonging in the Catholic Church, so much so, that she entered seminary to begin a path to priesthood. But as her studie…
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Leaders lead with contrition, commitment, and consistency. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe Check …
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We start with three noble Barry’s: Barry the Bugler, Barry the Bodyguard and Barry the Burger (horse). Will the Barry’s successfully escort their leader, who might also be called Barry, along the yellow brick road to find out who’s behind the curtain? Will they succeed? Will they successfully stop the war? Or will they each get a faceful of snuff? …
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #99 - A Ninety-Ninth Episode Q & A Discussion w/Tom Libby - --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - Tom Libby & Jesan Sorrells. 01:30 Jesan's Rant on Large Language Algorithms. 04:00 How Tom Libby Nagivates the Podcast. 09:00 The Art, Science, Skill and Innate Aspects of Leadership Development. 11:15 Interpretin…
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This week, Sara brings us Sarah Winchester! When Sarah Winchester inherits the vast fortune of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company she decides to spend her fortune warding off the vengeful spirits of the victims of the Winchester rifle and builds the Winchester Mystery House - known widely as one of the most famous supernatural/haunted places in …
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Leaders, it's time for men to take on accountability in their homes to begin to solve the leadership problems outside their homes. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Les…
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Cyndi was invited to speak at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Washington, Indiana. This is a recording of her talk on Forgiveness. The YouTube video referenced in the talk can be found by clicking here - or following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGpSfVdPBiE&t=77s To schedule Cyndi to speak to your group, contact Cyndi at TheCyndiPe…
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #98 - True Grit by Charles Portis w/John Hill aka Small Mountain --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - True Grit by Charles Portis w/John Hill aka Small Mountain. 02:56 On Leadership Lessons From the Great Books Getting to 100 Episodes. 07:00 Exposed by the Large Language Algorithms. 08:30 On Not Being Succinc…
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This week, Sara brings us the Mongolian Warrior Princess, Khutulun Khan! Her remarkable battlefield prowess was only eclipsed by her mad skills in the wrestling arena. This Princess-who-would-be-Khan (Great-great Granddaughter of Genghis Khan and cousin of Kublai Khan) wrestled & defeated hundreds of men to avoid arranged marriage. She helped her f…
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Leadership begins with accountability in the home and the family. --- Pick up your copy of 12 Rules for Leaders: The Foundation of Intentional Leadership NOW on AMAZON! Check out the 2022 Leadership Lessons From the Great Books podcast reading list! --- Subscribe to the Leadership Lessons From The Great Books Podcast: https://bit.ly/LLFTGBSubscribe…
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Cyndi sits down with Aimee to discuss the article written by Fr. Paul Scalia, "Blessed Are The Woke of Heart." The article can be found at : ecatholicthing.org/2021/11/28/blessed-are-the-woke-of-heart/ Jesus advises us : "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of life" in Luke 21:34. Cyndi and …
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Leadership Lessons From The Great Books #97 - Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements. George Breitman, ed. w/Dorollo Nixon --- 00:00 Welcome and Introduction - Discussion of Malcolm X's speeches and Statements with Dorollo Nixon. 02:00 "Black Revolution" by Malcolm X. 06:30 The Literary Life of Malcolm X. 08:43 Malcolm X's Impact on Lea…
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We're wrapping up Black History Month with the story of Carrie Johnson! During the 1919 race riots of Washington D.C., Carrie and her dad were holed up at home trying to stay out of trouble, but when white policemen barge into their home and their .38 rifle hits and kills one of the detectives, Carrie and her dad are carted off to jail and put on t…
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