The Oak Tree Almanac podcast
Episode 12: Mark Edwards

Episode 12: Mark Edwards

May 6, 2020

Jack and Robbie are joined by friend and colleague, Mark Edwards. Mark recently published his second book, Faith and Foreign Affairs in the American Century. They discussed his book, Twitter, the Philadelphia Eagles, and discovered that Mark has too many nightstands.

Connect with us on Twitter @oaktreealmanac or at www.theoaktreealmanac.org

Original music by Chase Ockerse @chaseockerse

Episode 11: Jen Pollock Michel

Episode 11: Jen Pollock Michel

March 24, 2020

Although our 2020 Focus series had to be postponed due to the coronavirus, Jeff conversed with one of our scheduled speakers, Jen Pollock Michel, over the phone. They talk about her three books--Teach Us to Want, Keeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox--the role of habits in shaping our desires, and what to read while in isolation. Consider this a preview for Focus 2021!

Episode 10: Jeff Bilbro

Episode 10: Jeff Bilbro

March 19, 2020

As the United States and the world go into quarantine to help dim the spread of the coronavirus, many schools, colleges, and universities moved classroom instruction to remote/online instruction. Jeff Bilbro shares a brief reflection on the importance of learning in the middle of a pandemic. 

Jeff draws on this sermon preached by C.S. Lewis at Oxford in 1939.

Connect with us on Twitter @oaktreealmanac or at www.theoaktreealmanac.org

Original music by Chase Ockerse @chaseockerse

Episode 09: Mark and Chelsea Wagenaar

Episode 09: Mark and Chelsea Wagenaar

November 13, 2019

Mark and Chelsea Wagenaar visited Spring Arbor this fall to read their poetry and talk with students. They sat down with Jeff to discuss their approach to the poetic craft, to learning new places, and to raising children.

Episode 08: Joe Weil

Episode 08: Joe Weil

April 26, 2019

Joe Weil is from Elizabeth, New Jersey and has spent over two decades working in factories in that area while writing poems and playing music. He is now an Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University. He and Micah Towery joined Jeff Bilbro to discuss poetry, place, religion, and politics. 

Episode 07: Mary Darling

Episode 07: Mary Darling

December 11, 2018

Jack Baker sits down with Mary Darling, a professor of communications at Spring Arbor University. They discuss Jack’s obsession with Wendell Berry, the rewards of collaborative writing, spiritual practices in a digital age, and much more. 

Episode 06: Dale Ahlquist

Episode 06: Dale Ahlquist

November 27, 2018

Guest hosts Cameron Moore and Robert Moore-Jumonville talk with Dale Ahlquist, the President of the American Chesterton Society and author of several books about Chesterton. Dale discusses Chesterton's worldwide popularity, how his wide-ranging interests fit together, and clerihews.

Episode 05: Bill Cavanaugh

Episode 05: Bill Cavanaugh

November 13, 2018

William Cavanaugh is a professor of Catholic studies and the director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University. During his conversation with Jack and Jeff, he talked about how Christians should think about topics relating to vocation, economics, and the Eucharist.

 

Episode 04: Timothy Wegner

Episode 04: Timothy Wegner

October 26, 2018

This year, Spring Arbor University’s Focus topic was “Chaos and Order.” We just wrapped up a rich week of presentations and discussions around this topic. To give you a taste of our Focus series, we asked math professor Tim Wegner to join us for a conversation about chaos, fractals, the liberal arts, and his favorite kind of fantasy.

Episode 03: Alan Noble

Episode 03: Alan Noble

October 4, 2018

Alan Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University and the editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He’s the author of a new book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. He joins Jeff and Robbie to talk about his book.