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Uncommon Sense

Official podcast of the Society G.K. Chesterton!

Latest Episodes

Forming Saints for a Brighter Future

This week on Uncommon Sense, Dr. Eric DeMeuse, a Chesterton Schools Network Academic Dean, returns to the show to talk about all things Chesterton Academy. We get his take on the importance of forming saints for a brighter future and how a classical education modeled after G.K. Chesterton plays a role in that formation. It will be a truly educational experience!

Chesterton with the Chaplain: An Interview With Fr. Spencer Howe

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk with Fr. Spencer Howe, Pastor at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Minneapolis as well as Chaplain to the Society of G.K. Chesterton. They talk with Father Spencer about his early discovery of Chesterton, his own journey of faith and the importance of G.K. Chesterton’s spirituality.

Star of Wonder: Our Advent 2022 Campaign

Advent is almost upon us! Join Grettelyn and Albert as they take a sneak peek into the 2022 Advent Campaign for the Society of G.K. Chesterton. They talk about Chesterton’s own thoughts on the importance of wonder as well as pick out a few of the reflections to discuss. Please enjoy this preparation for the coming Advent season as we ready ourselves for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ. chesterton.org/advent

A Proper Friendship: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk Chesterton and friendship. They will look at some of Chesterton’s quotations on friendship and open them up for discussion. If you are feeling friendly, this a good episode to tune into.

Headmaster Highlight, Dr. Joshual Russell

In this epsiode of Uncommon Sense, we feature in our Headmaster Highlight, Dr. Joshua Russell, the Headmaster of Chesterton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Peoria, IL. We talk to this once commercial-pilot-turned-headmaster about what it’s like to lead a Chesterton Academy. Dr. Russell also talks about the importance of music in the lives of the students. All that and more coming up in this episode.

Talking Tolkien, With Joseph Pearce

In this fantastical episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert talk with author, Joseph Pearce about J.R.R. Tolkien and all things Middle Earth. They discuss the connections to Christ and Chesterton and much more. Tune in to this episode to hear all the details!

A Fall 2022 Society Update With Dale Ahlqist

On this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettely and Albert catch up with Dale Ahlquist and get the latest updates for the Society of G.K. Chesterton as well as the Chesterton Schools Network. From celebrations to conferences, there is a lot going on and Dale fills in all the blanks. Tune in!

The Squires of The Society of G.K. Chesterton

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettelyn and Albert interview Gregory K. Martin, the founder of the Squires, a new part of the Society of G.K. Chesterton that involves teenagers in the mission to pray, read and support the mission of The Society with G.K. Chesterton as their guide. Tune in to this episode to hear this energetic youth who is paving the way for future Chestertonian youth.

The Pursuit of Pilfered Cheese, A New Book by Haley Stewart

In this episode of Uncommon Sense, Grettely and Albert interview Haley Stewart, an author who has released her first children’s fiction story, entitled, The Pursuit of Pilfered Cheese. They talk with Haley about her inspiration for creating these wonderful characters that just happen to live under the floor of G.K. Chesterton’s house. We find out more about Haley and her love of literature, all in this episode of Uncommon Sense. Tune in!

Popular Episodes

C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton – Alan C. Duncan

Did you know that G.K. Chesterton had a profound influence on C.S. Lewis? Much of what Lewis wrote was inspired by what he read by Chesterton. Alan C. Duncan has gone through Lewis’ original manuscripts and documented the proof! In this episode of Uncommon Sense, we get to discuss with Alan the book he recently completed, Gilbert & Jack: What C.S. Lewis Found Reading G.K. Chesterton.

The Medical History of G.K. Chesterton – William Griffiths

What do we actually know about G.K. Chesterton’s cause of death? What illnesses did Chesterton have, physical or mental? And in the end, was Chesterton healthy or not? These are the questions that William Griffiths sought to answer in his medical research on Chesterton. Find out his official diagnosis.

Chesterton’s Jewish Convert – Robert Asch

There are many people who converted to Catholicism because of G.K. Chesterton. Each story is unique, but Robert Asch’s may be the most surprising. Robert was an Reform Jew who was devout and highly educated in his faith. He converted after reading Chesterton. He even went on to cofound the St. Austin Review with Joseph Pearce. What was it that Chesterton said? Listen to Robert’s story on this episode of Uncommon Sense.

The Theology of Mary Poppins – Julian Ahlquist

Could the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins be about the Holy Mother of God? Julian Ahlquist explains his intricate theory about this cinematic masterpiece, and it’s practically perfect in every way.

Practical Localism – David Cooney

David Cooney, writer of the blog Practical Distributism, joins us to explain the principles of Distributism and what he thinks of the new name, Localism. We also discuss the GameStop phenomenon and what the stock market would look like in a localist society.

Race with the Devil – Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is a Catholic apologist who has written bestselling books on G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Shakespeare. In this episode, Joseph takes us on a journey through his past, his present and his future. The debt he owes to Chesterton plays a large part. We talk about everything from his knowledge on Shakespeare to his interview with Solzhenitsyn to how much he can bench press.

Chesterton in the US – Dale Ahlquist

It is the 100th year anniversary of G.K. Chesterton visiting the United States. In this episode of the Uncommon Sense podcast, Dale Ahlquist gives all the details of Chesterton’s trip, including which states he visited, who he met, what messages he delivered, and how Americans responded to him.

A New Name for Distributism – Dale Ahlquist

The moment all Catholic economists have been waiting for. We finally have a new name to replace Distributism. Learn what this social economic theory is, how it’s tied to Chesterton, and what the new name is.

The Election – Dale Ahlquist

Adrian and Dale Ahlquist discuss the 2020 election, and more importantly, what’s next for our world.

Saint Chesterton – Dale Ahlquist

Dale Ahlquist explains why Chesterton is a saint, responds to the objections, and gives an update on the status of his cause for sainthood.

The Battle of Lepanto – Christopher Check

In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, Christopher Check, the president of Catholic Answers, describes in beautiful detail the significance of the battle and Chesterton’s glorious poem.

The Professional Magician – Brent Forrest

Brent Forrest is a former professional magician, who has performed at thousands of shows. One time he even drove a car blindfolded. In this episode, he reveals the magic that led to his conversion. Brent’s story is featured in My Name is Lazarus. Buy the book here!