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53 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
The Unsettled and Unsettling Science of Gender Identity
Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and Senior Fellow of the Austin Institute Mark Regnerus discusses the science behind current issues around gender identity, such as affirmative care and the rise of gender dysphoria among youth. Especially in the United States, medical research has been affected by external political pressure and predetermined conclusions. Dr. Regnerus challenges what so much of culture is telling us to believe and encourages us to talk about these issues. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW1vetSl1rc
43 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
The State of Sex Ed
In this episode, we interview April Readlinger, Executive Director of CanaVox, on a recent article published in Public Discourse about the inclusion of gender ideology in K-12 public education in New Jersey. Mrs. Readlinger here discusses some of the troubles regarding the legislation that introduced this issue into the state’s public school curriculum and specifically explores the challenges it presents for teachers and parents alike in the instruction of their children. We hope that you find this podcast timely and useful when thinking about the education of your own children and the state of American public education in general.
19 minutes | May 27, 2022
The Jeweler’s Shop and the Anthropological Need for Marriage
Warsaw, Poland, May 18th, 2022: On the day that would have marked Karol Wojtyła's 102nd birthday and in the context of the international conference on John Paul II’s Natural Law Legacy & International Human Rights organized by Ave Maria School of Law, Dr. Marianna Orlandi delivered a talk focused on a play that the young Karol Wojtyła wrote long before becoming a Pope: "The Jeweler’s Shop." Tune in for some interesting insights and reflections on our age of no-fault divorce, on the beauty and true meaning of marriage, and on the way forward. Ave Maria Law website on the event: https://www.avemarialaw.edu/john-paul-iis-natural-law-legacy-international-human-rights/ YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/yAdX97aiKm0 Purchase the play via Ignatius Press: https://ignatius.com/the-jewelers-shop-jshh/
31 minutes | May 13, 2022
Doing Business in a Post-Apocalyptic World
In this podcast, Dr. James Poulos discusses technology, media, and alternatives to the current technocratic-political order by a union between branding, patriotism, and an alternative theological vision, all the while exploring the link between modern gnosticism and transhumanism. Dr. James Poulos is the Executive Editor of The American Mind, the Claremont Institute's online publication devoted to driving the conversation about the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Dr. Poulos graduated from Duke University with distinction in Political Science and received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. The author of The Art of Being Free (St. Martin's Press, 2017), a study of Tocqueville's Democracy in America, he is also the contributing editor of American Affairs and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx_rQAkV_s0 Dr. Poulos's latest book: https://humanforever.us/
20 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
In today’s world, we talk of time as a possession. It is a commodity that can be gained, spent, or lost. But before the invention of the clock, people understood time as God’s time, something too big to own or use. Days, lunar cycles, and seasons marked the turning of a cosmos; they reflected a sometimes scary and mysterious universe whose time we inhabit rather than control. In a moment, the pandemic grounded to a halt the daily hum of our ordered sense of time. And even though much of daily life returned to normal, a sense of uncertainty hung over us like a cloud, or like a broken clock. Forces, in some cases too mysterious to name, are reducing certainties. These forces bring to a halt many of the myths that previously sustained our collective life. Organic farmer, Steven Hebbard, believes that good farming, like many traditional crafts, can reorient us to a larger sense of time: something we can humbly receive, embody, and even celebrate. Uncertain times demand a new orientation, or perhaps a very old one. "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16 This episode was recorded in the fall of 2021. Moving into a home a few blocks from one of Austin's most notorious intersections, Steven discovered a thriving community centered around a garden. Where the scene might have communicated hopelessness, on trips to his neighborhood community garden, Steven found a passion tending both the local culture and agriculture. After an internship up the road at the Austin's landmark, Boggy Creek Farm, Steven decided to take his new found knowledge of neighborliness and farming to create a program that actively knit the two together. In 2009 he founded Genesis Gardens, a program within Mobile Loaves & Fishes Inc. dedicated to providing meaningful work, a stable paycheck, and food for the largest community for the homeless in the country. He has since built a career farming with communities in poverty. He is a passionate advocate of local, organic, and dignified work, and continues to study the way agriculture and urban life can work together to create a humane and thriving environment for all people.
27 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Attitudes in the U.S. toward Transgenderism
In this episode, Dr. Mark Regnerus, Professor of Sociology at UT Austin and Senior Fellow and founder of the Austin Institute, joins us to discuss a recent study he carried out concerning the approval and disapproval of medical-surgical interventions to treat gender dysphoria by Americans. The study uncovered some interesting information on links between the number of children one has, religiosity, and political alignment and one’s attitude toward these sorts of procedures related to gender transition. Dr. Regnerus also discusses here the legality of hormone treatment and the philosophical underpinnings of the problem of transgenderism. We hope you join us to find out more about this pressing and timely cultural issue.
37 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Conservatism in the EU and the U.S.
In this episode, Alvino-Mario Fantini, Editor-in-Chief of "The European Conservative," joins us to discuss his quarterly journal which features news articles and reviews concerning the state of Europe and European conservatism, as well as essays on philosophy and the arts. Mr. Fantini here explores the status of the European conservative movement, his philosophy of conservatism as non-ideological, his background, and his influences in developing The European Conservative. We hope you join us in learning more about conservatism in Europe and invite you to look into "The European Conservative" as a source of news concerning what’s occurring now on the continent. The European Conservative: https://europeanconservative.com/
43 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Does Liberalism Have Anything to Teach Us about Happiness?
Conservatism today, whether animated by concern for lost political greatness or by dismay over the evisceration of traditional morality, has grown skeptical of the case for personal liberty and for market freedom. Individual liberty is condemned on account of the excesses of radical autonomy, the free market on account of corrupt practices of wealthy corporations. Drawing on insights from leading figures in the liberal tradition, Professor James Stoner will argue that a balanced account of human happiness and the common good includes ample room for personal freedom and free enterprise, in the context of moral law and political right. Professor James R. Stoner, Jr., is the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at LSU. He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 1992), as well as a number of articles and essays. In 2009 he was named a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey; he has co-edited three books published by Witherspoon, The Thriving Society: On the Social Conditions of Human Flourishing (with Harold James, 2015), The Social Costs of Pornography: A Collection of Papers (with Donna M. Hughes, 2010), and Rethinking Business Management: Examining the Foundations of Business Education (with Samuel Gregg, 2008). He was the 2010 recipient of the Honors College Sternberg Professorship at LSU. He is a senior fellow of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. Dr. Stoner has taught at LSU since 1988, chaired the Department of Political Science from 2007 to 2013, and served as Acting Dean of the Honors College in fall 2010. He was a member of the National Council on the Humanities from 2002 to 2006. In 2002-03 he was a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where he returned in the 2013-14 academic year as Garwood Visiting Professor in the fall and Visiting Fellow in the spring. He has teaching and research interests in political theory, English common law, and American constitutionalism. YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyz0LbSp1WU
39 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Susan Yoshihara on Women, War, and Mothers
In this episode, Dr. Susan Yoshihara, President of the American Council on Women, Peace, and Security, joins us to discuss war as it relates to women in the context of her own background as a former Naval officer, the conflict in Ukraine, as well as humanitarian efforts in war. Dr. Yoshihara here also discusses foreign intervention and the nature of just war theory. We invite you to listen to this podcast to consider these matters more deeply and to meditate on the role of women in warfare in the modern world.
27 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
War Highlights Sex Differences and Family Ties
As the war in Ukraine is raging on, we are seeing how a nation responds to the roles of its men and women in a time of great crisis. In this episode, UT Professor and AI Senior Fellow Mark Regnerus shares key insights about his latest Public Discourse article, “War Highlights Sex Differences and Family Ties." “A nation could recover from the loss of scores of men, as the twentieth century’s postwar societies all did. But it has no future without women and children and the moral order of the family and society that these not only represent but constitute. Civilization hinges on women.” Join us for this timely episode! https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2022/03/80876/
47 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
How and How Not to be Happy
In this episode, J. Budziszewski, Professor of Philosophy and Government at the University of Texas at Austin and Senior Fellow of the Austin Institute, joins us to discuss his latest book, How and How Not to Be Happy. Prof. J. Budziszewski reflects here on his motivations for writing the book as well as the following questions: What is the meaning of happiness? Do such things as pleasure, honor, or power constitute happiness? We invite you to join us in listening to this podcast to consider some problems with modern and ancient theories of happiness and to think about what happiness actually might be.
41 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
From D.C. to Detroit: A Story of the Feminist Dream
In this episode, Kate Bryan, author of the recent book Living the Feminist Dream, joins us to talk about her book and her project 1 Girl Revolution. Ms. Bryan discusses with us such topics as her background, her interest in the stories of various women in modern society and how they change the world around us, the importance of women in community, the failures of the contemporary secular feminist movement, and beyond. We hope that you enjoy this episode of our podcast and find something to take away and consider concerning the meaning of femininity in the present culture. 1 Girl Revolution website and podcast: https://1girlrevolution.com "I’m a 32-year-old virgin, and I’m living the feminist dream" article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/09/08/im-a-32-year-old-virgin-and-im-living-the-feminist-dream/ The Girl Inside: Official Documentary: https://1girlrevolution.com/the-girl-inside/ "Living the Feminist Dream" (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Living-Feminist-Dream-Faithful-English/dp/1565485165
34 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
It’s Not Selfish to Pursue One’s Own Happiness (Rightly Understood): Reconciling Platonic Eros with Christian Agape
Can the Christian ethic of selfless, self-sacrificial Agape be reconciled with the classical eudaemonism of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle? Thomas Aquinas attempted such a reconciliation, agreeing with the Greeks that one’s own happiness (eudaemonia/beatitude) is the ultimate end of all human action, and that self-love (eros) is the foundation of all other loves, while insisting (with the Christian tradition) that we are called to love God above self, and even to love oneself only for God’s sake. I will defend Aquinas’s harmonization against the charge of inconsistency, by distinguishing two ways in which something can be an “ultimate end." About our Scholar: Professor Robert Koons, University of Texas at Austin Professor Robert Koons specializes in philosophical logic and in the application of logic to long-standing philosophical problems, including metaphysics, philosophy of mind and intentionality, semantics, political philosophy and metaethics, and philosophy of religion. His book Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality (Cambridge, 1992) received the Aarlt Prize from the Council of Graduate Schools in 1994. He is the author of Realism Regained (OUP, 2000) and the co-editor (with George Bealer) of The Waning of Materialism (OUP, 2010). He is at work with Tim Pickavance on a textbook on metaphysics. He is working on analytic Aristotelianism and social ontology.
33 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
"The Unbroken [Academic] Thread" Part 4: Sohrab Ahmari and Professor Mark Regnerus
In this podcast special, Sohrab Ahmari, best-selling author and editor of the New York Post, discusses his most recent book, "The Unbroken Thread," with Dr. Mark Regnerus, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and Senior Fellow of the Austin Institute. Mr. Ahmari and Dr. Regnerus specifically discuss Question Ten of the book: Is Sex a Private Matter? Mr. Ahmari explains the background for the chapter in reading the work of John Cavadini and his attempt to reconcile St Augustine and Andrea Dworkin on the troubling nature of sex, and Dr. Regnerus relates Ahmari’s writing to the problems of “deformed sexual learning” and pornography. We welcome you in joining us for this special and hope it provides some substantial ideas for reflection about the nature of sex and state of the modern sexual culture.
30 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
"The Unbroken [Academic] Thread" Part 3: Sohrab Ahmari and Professor Robert Koons
In this podcast special, Sohrab Ahmari, best-selling author and editor of the New York Post, discusses his most recent book, The Unbroken Thread, with Dr. Robert Koons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and Senior Fellow of the Austin Institute. Mr. Ahmari and Dr. Koons specifically discuss Question Nine of the book: What is Freedom For? Mr. Ahmari explains the background for the chapter in the 1978 Harvard commencement speech given by Alexander Solzhenitsyn concerning the shortcomings of the liberal democratic west, and Dr. Koons poses questions concerning the “eclectic” nature of Ahmari’s book and broader political project. We welcome you in joining us for this special and hope it provides some substantial ideas for reflection about the nature of freedom and the state of western politics.
37 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
The Porn Gap
In this episode, Dr. Brian Willoughby, assistant professor at the School for Family Life at BYU, discusses his recent research conducted with the support of the Wheatley Institute and Austin Institute on the effects of pornography on relationships. Dr. Willoughby details some of the methods and categories used in carrying out this survey, explaining some controversies in modern social science on these topics along the way. In what way exactly does porn harm relationships? Does it make a difference whether it’s used by both partners? We hope that you join us in finding out the answers to these questions and find something useful that you can apply to your own relationships and marriage. National Couples and Pornography Survey 2021: https://wheatley.byu.edu/National-Couples-and-Pornography-Survey2021/ The Porn Gap How is Pornography Impacting Relationships Between Men and Women Today? https://wheatley.byu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/The-Porn-Gap-Wheatley-2021.pdf
33 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
"The Unbroken [Academic] Thread" Part 2: Sohrab Ahmari and Professor J. Budziszewski
On Saturday, November 20th, 2021, three scholars and senior fellows of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture conversed with journalist and author Sohrab Ahmari. Focusing on three chapters of his most recent book and on the figures of Thomas Aquinas, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Andrea Dworkin, the speakers engaged in conversations about the reasonableness of God, the purpose of human freedom and the meaning of sex. These videos are broken into three parts. This is part two. About our Speakers Sohrab Ahmari is a contributing editor of The American Conservative and a visiting fellow of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University. Previously, he spent nearly a decade at News Corp., as op-ed editor of the New York Post and as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London. Dr. J. Budziszewski is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His main area of research is the natural moral law, in which he is best known for his work on moral self-deception. His most recent books include Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Happiness and Ultimate Purpose (2020), and Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Divine Law (2021).
20 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
The Benefits of Reading to Your Child
In this episode, Dr. Joseph Price, Professor of Economics at BYU and Senior Fellow for the Austin Institute, discusses a recent study he conducted on the benefits of mothers reading to their children. He also discusses difficulties in drawing a line of causation between the activity of mothers reading to their children and the overall benefits for those children later in life. How does this activity change outcomes for children? Does it change the children in any way or is it something else? Does it make your child smarter? We hope that you join us for this podcast to find answers to these questions and perhaps find something that can be applied to your own life and parenting, now or in the future.
88 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
"The Unbroken [Academic] Thread" Part 1: Sohrab Ahmari and Fr. Jonathan Raia
"As a young father and a self-proclaimed 'radically assimilated immigrant,' Sohrab Ahmari realized that when it comes to shaping his young son's moral fiber, today's America comes up short." During this talk, journalist and author Sohrab Ahmari will share some of his ideas about the direness of the crisis we currently face and about the ways forward (which might actually require some looking back). Enjoy this conversation! About Our Speakers Sohrab Ahmari is a contributing editor of The American Conservative and a visiting fellow of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University. Previously, he spent nearly a decade at News Corp., as op-ed editor of the New York Post and as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Spectator, the Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent and America, among many others. His books include From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith (Ignatius, 2019) and The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos (Convergent/Random House, 2021). He has testified before the British Parliament and appears regularly on broadcast media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC, Sky News, France 24, Deutsche Welle, EWTN and Fox News. Fr. Jonathan Raia was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He came to know Jesus Christ through his parents' faith, and he grew in relationship with the Lord through Catholic school and various opportunities for service and leadership. He was also inspired by the example of holiness he witnessed in the priests at his parish and began to consider the priesthood as a young boy. His four years as a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a B.A. in Plan II (Liberal Arts) and Spanish in 2002, were pivotal for his faith because of the friends he made at the University Catholic Center. The call to the priesthood grew stronger during his years at the UCC, and he entered seminary for the Diocese of Austin upon graduation. He was ordained a priest in 2009 and served for four years as parochial vicar at St. William Parish in Round Rock, then for a year as parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University, before beginning as Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin in July 2014. Six years later, he was named Chaplain/Director of the University Catholic Center. Fr. Jonathan holds a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, where he also received training in spiritual direction, a ministry that has been an important part of his priesthood. Ministry to college students has been a consistent source of joy for him, and he considers it an honor to return to his alma mater and to take on the mission of bringing Christ to the students of UT.
60 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Time to Think and Thoughts About Time
In this episode, UT Professor of Philosophy Dr. Daniel Bonevac joins us to discuss the contents of a recent seminar he presented at Stumberg Hall on the philosophy of time. He discusses and explains some of the authors he selected for the seminar including Augustine, Boethius, Borges, and McTaggart. An eclectic selection to be sure, but one that makes sense given the implications of time Dr. Bonevac wished to explore for the seminar. Is time real? How does time bear on memory, identity, human freedom, fate, or ethics? These are some of the questions that will be explored here at length, and we hope you find it edifying and even helpful for better understanding the role of time in your own life.
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