Some Endorsements for Episode 2 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast

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If you are new to the podcast, listen to Episode 0 first.  It serves as a general introduction. In Episode 1 we introduce the concept of “historical thinking” and sit down with James Grossman, the Executive Director of the American Historical Association.

Yesterday we released Episode 2: “The Culture Wars.”  Our guest is Daniel K. Williams, author of Defenders of the Unborn: A History of the Pro-Live Movement before Roe v. Wade.  Dan makes a compelling historical case that the pro-life movement in the United States began as a progressive project.

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In the meantime, here are some endorsements from our listeners:

From a physical therapist and trainer in Pennsylvania:

Over the course of this year, I think many of us are going to be in the same boat. “I’m so sick of, and dissilusioned with all this… politics.”

Episode two of John Fea’s podcast is a typical “fair and honest job on a controversial topic.” His specialty is the intersection of American history, faith, and politics. May I suggest that you give up some of the typical right/left wing news in favor of this?

I’m gradually learning the value of what they call “thinking historically.” This is not merely knowledge of trivia facts and dates, but real insight into contemporary issues.

I’m learning how the past is often nuanced and complex. The “heroes” are almost always flawed, and the “villians” often have some redemptive qualities. 

The historians in general seem to be very up-front regarding what topics are in their wheel house and what is beyond the scope of their profession. But the claims they do make often have the “ring of truth” to them. I usually walk away feeling humbled and encouraged rather than prideful and angry.

Here is an English professor from Virginia:

As always, I count on John Fea for thoughtful treatments of complex issues. Here, he explores the history of the pro-life movement.

Here is a high school teacher from California:

I’m going to save a specific, detailed review of this podcast for later, when more have had the chance to listen to it. But for now, I will say that it is fascinating discussion of the history of the pro-life movement in America and its evolution. Being a history podcast, created by academics, it does not argue for or against the pro-life movement, but instead provides a historical context for what is probably one of the most divisive issues in our nation today. I am sure that wherever you stand on the issue of abortion, this podcast will be enlightening…

This episode is only the second in the series of thoughtful and easily accessible discussions on American History. Prof. Fea is a rare treasure in that he is capable of strong scholarship for fellow academics and accessible narratives for history enthusiasts, especially K-12 teachers. He is even teaching a seminar this summer about the thirteen colonies at Princeton University designed especially for K-8 teachers through the GLI teacher seminar program. (Message me if you want more info on this as it is not only free, but sure to be AMAZING!!!)

Here is Communications professor from California:

Narratives like historical fact are almost always more nuanced and complex than we realize.

The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast is quickly becoming one of my go to listens.  John Fea does great work to bring the complexity and nuance to a more robust truth.

The Culture Wars have claimed many casualties. Listen and glean.

Here is an event planner in Pennsylvania:

As we enter into the 2016 election calendar, America enters another time of intense cultural change. New ideas are coming in and personal opinions are being challenged. In this podcast Dr. John Fea, Drew Hermeling, and Daniel K. Williams discuss the history of the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate in Williams’ new book “Defenders of the Unborn: the Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade”.

As with everything, learning the past of a particular topic gives us an incredibly important understanding of the present state of the conversation so I highly recommend listening in.

Thanks for your support!