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This Week on the CiRCE Podcast Network

This week, CiRCE podcasts contemplated fundamental literary skills and the book of Proverbs, Latin and the New Testament, prayer and study, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, tradition and the modern man, Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus, and more!

This week, CiRCE podcasts contemplated fundamental literary skills and the book of Proverbs, Latin and the New Testament, prayer and study, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, tradition and the modern man, Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus, technology in the classroom, and life and death during Queen Victoria’s reign. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review, wherever you like to listen to podcasts!

Ask Andrew

Ep, 57: What Are the Basic Fundamental Literary Skills?In this episode, Andrew Kern contemplates some of the most essential, fundamental literary skills (with a literary help from the book of Proverbs). Then he takes some rapid-fire questions, including one about this issues with “subjects” and the value of Latin.

Ep. 56: How should we use “the should question”?

Ep. 55: On Tools for Making Connections


Dale Grote + Wes Callihan on Latin and the book of ActsDale Grote is the author of a new Latin reader of the Acts of the Apostles which includes a foreword by historian and teacher Wes Callihan and in this episode they join Heidi White for a conversation about the process of translation, the relationship between Latin and the New Testament, and much more.

Café Scholé

Episode 10 – Study as Prayer and Love for GodIn this episode, Dr. Perrin discusses an essay by Simone Weil that reveals the relationship between attentive study and prayer that should lead us to love both God and neighbor. Can study be rightfully understood as prayer or leading to prayer?

Episode 9 – Schole and Ecstasy

Episode 8 – Order and Solitude

Episode 7 – Order and Rest

Episode 6 – Christ, the Teacher

Episode 5 – Finding Scholé without Seeking It

Episode 4 – Scholé in the Scriptural Tradition

Episode 3 – Scholé in the Ecclesial/Church Tradition

Episode 2 – Schole in the Classical Tradition

Episode 1 – Searching for Scholé, Sabbath, and Shalom

Close Reads

Frankenstein: The Final ChaptersIn this episode, David, Heidi, and special guests Karen Swallow Prior and Joshua Gibbs discuss the final pages of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Topics of conversation include whether justice was served in the story, whether the ending is satisfying, the eery similarities between Shelley’s life and the book’s ending, and much more!

Frankenstein: Volume III: Chapters 1-4

Frankenstein: Volume II: Chapters 6-9

Frankenstein: Volume II, chapters 1-5

Frankenstein: Chapters III-VII

Frankenstein: Letter I – Chapter II


Episode 33: Candy CanesThis week’s proverb comes from composer Gustav Mahler, who said that “tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” Join Joshua Gibbs as he contemplates what this proverb has to say to modern men and women.

Episode 32: Anthology

Episode 31: The Witching Hour

Episode 30: Stuck in the Middle

The Daily Poem

Friday, July 24: Emily Dickinson’s “Of Bronze and Blaze”

Thursday, July 23: Robert Frost’s “The Tuft of Flowers”

Wednesday, July 22: William Cullen Bryant’s “Summer Winds”

Tuesday, July 21: Camille Dungy’s “Trophic Cascade”

Monday, July 20: Malcolm Guite’s “The Singing Bowl”

The Play’s the Thing

Coriolanus: Act IVIn this episode Tim and Sarah-Jane discuss Act IV of Coriolanus, focusing in particular on some ancient Roman history (especially the Roman Republic), the complexity of the plot in this act, and much more. Get ready to dig deep!

Coriolanus: Act III

Coriolanus: Act II

Coriolanus: Act I

The Commons

Season 4, Ep. 6: The Problem of Quiet Classrooms: Technology & Isolation

Season 4, Ep. 5: Understanding Hollywood’s “War” on Family

Season 4, Ep. 4: Loving the Natural Sciences: An Interview with Gordon Wilson

Season 4, Ep. 3: Dealing with Difficult People

Season 4, Ep. 2: A Spirit of Inquiry: An Interview with Dr. Pano Kanelos (President of St. John’s College

Season 4, Ep. 1: Classical Educators & the Church: An Interview with Dana Gage

Victoria’s World

A History of the Royal Navy (Part 2)

A History of the Royal Navy (Part 1)

Inventors & Inventions of Victorian England

The Weapons that Forged an Empire

The Greedy Queen: Eating with Queen Victoria

The Charge of the Light Brigade

British Raids in East Africa: The Story of Wituland

The Boer War: Costly Lessons for the British Empire

The Siege of Khartoum – Radical Islam Encounters the British Empire

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – A Victorian Sensation

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift – A Last Stand Against the Zulus

The Victorian Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson

A Tour of Victorian London Through the Eyes of Charles Dickens

Music in the Victorian Era

Everyday Life in the Victorian Age

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