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Welcome to the Heritage Podcast

A Complete Liberal Arts Education (in Podcast Form).


     The liberal arts education is the education of free individuals. It develops the mind and tempers the heart of the student by drawing on the entire history of human thought and experience: history, literature, philosophy, religion, the classics, the arts, and the sciences. These studies are our “heritage,” an inheritance forged by the thousands of years of the greatest minds in conversation with one another! Learning from them, students rise to the challenge of living as free moral agents, equipped for self-government as citizens of a free land.

     The plan for this podcast is to offer an entire liberal arts education to anyone, anywhere, free of charge. The end result should in some ways amount to a rigorous bachelor’s degree program from a small liberal arts college. This is an ambitious goal of which we will probably fall short! But by striving to embrace the entire sweeping epic of human thought, we hope to refine our intellects, furnish our understandings, and confer upon ourselves the abilities and wisdom necessary to lead full, humane lives.


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Comments (85)

  1. Nick Eustace

    I dropped out of school to take this course. Where is everything?

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      Ooooooh, bad decision. Guess I’ll have to make it worth your sacrifice. You can start by listening to our first episode under the “Episodes” tab. Alternatively, the feed has been submitted to iTunes and should be approved soon (…I hope!).

      Reply
  2. Sandusky Sweetheart

    Can we get some photos of this Will Webb? He sounds hot

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      He sure is! (Not sure about that sign-in name, though…yikes.) Check out the new “About the Host” page, accessible for the menu.

      Reply
  3. Krazykat1

    Fascinating, how do you find the time for such endeavors?

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      At the expense of many more important things. Thanks for the comment!

      Reply
  4. WT

    I really enjoy the podcast! I noticed, though, that the authors of your supplement are guilty of a subtle ad hominem within in their example of the slippery slope argument.

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      Good find there! You’re right, Colin Closet’s perceived closeted-ness would have no more bearing on his own argument than his slippery slope counter has against same-sex marriage!

      And thanks for listening! New episodes should be up this weekend!

      Reply
  5. Joe Reichert

    I’ll be pushing this Podcast to the folks in my computer classes at the McKinleyville Senior Center on California’s North Coast.

    Great job, Will.

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      It’s hard to turn down free advertising! Thanks a million for listening, and don’t hesitate to e-mail me with suggestions or comments!

      Reply
  6. Sam Hearne

    Now that I’m listening to this hot pod, there’s no need for me to go to high school! Thanks Will Webb!

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      No, thank you!

      Reply
  7. Randal Stadler

    I feel like I should thank you for doing this podcast. It is great and don’t give up on it.

    Oh, and what is it that you say at the end? “odd weary tottem”??? What does it mean?

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      I should thank you, actually! It’s short correspondence like yours that keep me motivated. My sign-off catchphrase is “Ad Veritatem” which means “Toward Truth” in Latin.

      Reply
  8. LLWill

    Love the podcast, hate the “sound-effects”. They are annoying!! Please no more cheesy dolphin sounds.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Hah! I was actually afraid of coming across as dull or pedantic, hence the sound effects. But I’ll certainly take that into consideration. Perhaps we can keep them to a minimum. Thanks for listening in spite of them!

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    2. Robert Gadd

      I love the Podcast AND the “cheesy” dolphin sounds – it lighten’s things up a bit! I vote for keeping them!

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      1. Will Webb (Post author)

        Hah! Glad somebody agrees! Thanks for listening!

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  9. Brett Beaty

    Thanks for doing this! I’m really enjoying the podcasts. They are perfect to listen to while I work out. For those of us with Business undergrad degrees (and careers), but also an unexplored passion for the Liberal Arts, they are a nice substitute.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      I’m glad to hear it! I actually got hooked on podcasts while working out, too. And don’t worry: we won’t neglect business entirely…no Liberal Arts Education would be complete without Adam Smith and the behavioral/philosophical underpinnings of economics. Thanks for listening!

      Reply
  10. dmotexas@gmail.com

    Excellent podcast

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thank you very much! — Will

      Reply
  11. Allan Hogue

    Some parts seem to run too fast and the words run together, to quick for these old ears, Listen to episode 9

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Ah, my apologies. You’re also fighting an uphill battle against my lazy Southern drawl! (We tend to run our words together down here…hah!) I’ll see if I can’t re-upload the episode at .8-.9 speed, and I’ll definitely take more care in future episodes.

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  12. David Allen

    Just wanted to say thanks for your efforts. Great podcast.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thank you! Day made!

      Reply
  13. Robert Gadd

    I find this podcast both informative AND entertaining, and I enjoy listening to, and learning from, them! As someone stated previously, this appears to be a big undertaking, and I hope to see this podcast continue! Great job so far!

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve had to take a hiatus, but I don’t intend to abandon it, and messages like yours are very motivating!

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  14. Ryan

    Hey Will,

    I love listening to the podcast as a study break on weekends. Thanks for all the effort that you put into this. The result is very impressive! Hope to hear a new lecture soon. All the best.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thank you!!! I’m honored that you would choose to spend even a small part of your weekends listening to me ramble on! I look forward to starting recording again this Summer.

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      1. Sara B

        Oh No! I have to wait until Summer for the next episode? I love this podcast, sound effects, and all. Am sharing this with my Aunt and Uncle, both in their mid 90’s, with degrees in Economics and Mathematics (way back when), they are loving it. Thank you for giving us so much of your time.

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        1. Will Webb (Post author)

          Wow! I’m thrilled to hear that you guys are enjoying it. Where did your aunt and uncle earn their degrees?

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  15. Joe Green

    Great work! You provide a refreshing take on some of the most important but neglected subjects for study. An education without the liberal arts is not whole. This is not dated and useless material suitable only to impress at cocktail parties. Those thinking that need to read more and pay closer attention. For those who may have missed out on the liberal arts in school, you give an outstanding chance to “play catch-up” and rekindle the fire for learning more on their own. Your mission is indeed bold, but I think your approach works. Please keep it up.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks for the note! I agree, the liberal arts curriculum is not just an exercise in nostalgia and antiquarianism. I honestly think that drawing on the perspectives of thousands of years of human thought informs our thinking and encourages us to make better judgments. I can’t wait until we move past our survey of ancient civilizations and get into more Western philosophy. Thanks for listening, and I’ll look forward to recording again this Summer!

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  16. Susan Stewart

    I really enjoy your podcast and find the information very accessable, and keep the previous episodes as a sort of reference. It must be hugely demanding – I hope you enjoy your hiatus and come back soon.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thank you for the kind words! I’m glad it is striking the right balance between casual and informative. I’m looking forward to starting again this summer, and notes like yours keep me extra-motivated! Best wishes.

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  17. mike jones

    hi will,
    do you have a non-itunes feed?
    ta
    mike

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Hi Mike,
      Try going to this link http://heritagepodcast.com/feed and clicking on the RSS button.
      Does that work for you? Let me know, and thanks for listening.
      Will

      Reply
  18. Randal Stadler

    Loved episode 23. Kinda cheesey as usual, but you know how to pull it off.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks! If you have any ideas for other “concept episodes” like that, I’m all ears for suggestions.

      Reply
  19. Keith

    Great content. Really enjoyed the episodes that I have listened to so far – very informative. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks, Keith!

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  20. Michelle Woods

    I wish these had been around when I was an anthropology student! An ambitious project but you are doing an outstanding job, one of the best history podcasts out there. I’m hooked!

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks, Michelle! I just saw your website and will check it out over the holidays.

      Reply
  21. Nick Stubbs

    Hey there!

    My name is Nick and I’m reaching out to you because I am a casting producer with an international production company and we are in the early stages of developing a new TV series about seeking out historical landmarks across the country. We would love to feature someone who has a vast knowledge and passion for American history and who isn’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and get down to discovering!

    Our goal and hope as a production company is to document our hands-on-expert researching and discovering old buildings and landmarks, while educating our viewers through a relatable and entertaining approach.

    I came across your contact information in my outreach and I thought that you may be perfect for our show. However, if you are not interested, perhaps you know of someone who may be and could pass along our information.

    Thank you!

    Nick A. Stubbs
    (212) 905-1768
    nick.stubbs12@gmail.com

    Reply
    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Hi Nick,
      I’ll be happy to help however I can. That said, I don’t know how much expertise I can bring to the table. Let me follow up with you by e-mail.
      will

      Reply
  22. Petr

    Hey Will,
    I just want you to know, that you guys are doing an outstanding job. Keep it up and good luck in the future. I’m sold 🙂

    Petr

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks for the note, Petr! Looking forward to recording more soon!

      Reply
  23. David

    Hi guys, really enjoying the podcast, just one issue i like to download and listen to you as i walk, however downloading is not possible from this site, so i used to you from Podfeed.net however that seem to stop at episode 29!!!, is there another way to get you out side of Itunes?

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Hi David,
      I think there are some direct download links on these websites:
      http://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/the-heritage-podcast
      http://podbay.fm/show/738012203
      http://historypodcasters.com/2014/05/07/the-heritage-podcast/
      Thanks for listening, and let me know if any of these works for you! If worse comes to worst, I’ll e-mail you some direct download links.
      –Will

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  24. Diggity doc diggity

    Great podcast, keep up the tremendous work.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks! New episode in the next day or so!

      Reply
  25. Linda

    Hi Will,
    I have been studying Greek history and mythology and I am so very happy to have found The Heritage Podcast. Thank you so much for producing something that is very enjoyable to listen to and adds a bit of fun to the content.

    Linda (Melbourne, Australia)

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks Linda! Glad to hear that the show is finding some ears outside of the states. Happy studying!

      Reply
  26. Jody

    Hi there ! Chanced upon this podcast through Reddit while I was searching for answers to “When do we know to stop when we say that there are forms and super forms of forms etc.?” which is a question my professor asked me during my consultation with her for my report tomorrow on Idealism in Education (fingers crossed it goes well!).

    Just wanted to say that I think what you’re doing here is really great. I came here with the intention of not looking completely stupid in front of my class and professor tomorrow, but I’m leaving with the intention to come back and start from Episode 1.

    Hope that to see the syllabus filled with even more check marks in the future. Thanks very much for sharing all this knowledge.

    Jody

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Jody, thanks for the kind note. Good luck with your meeting! If you want to send your report on Idealism in Education to heritagepodcast@gmail.com, I’d be very curious to read it!

      Reply
  27. Freddy

    Hi Will,
    thank you so much, I really enjoy listening to this podcast. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks for the note! I’m looking forward to recording more soon!

      Reply
  28. Bradley Downs

    G’day Will.

    Was recommended this podcast by a host of another History podcast. Absolutely love this concept and the content. Really hope you have the strength to keep going as it is really hard to find such great information in one convenient place, knowledge that would otherwise go unexplored if not for this podcast.

    Please keep it going.

    Deus, gratias ago viri fortes

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Et gratias ago tibi, Brad! I’m glad you like the show, and I hope to keep it going. I’ll be writing as many episodes as I can during the holidays! May I ask, which podcast host put you on to my show? I owe him/her some thanks as well.

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      1. Bradley Downs

        G’day Will,

        Appreciate the reply. The recommendation came from the host of the “History of the Crusades” podcast, Sharyn Eastaugh, a fellow Aussie! She commented that your podcast was very ambitious and thoroughly worth exploring. Her podcast is also fantastic, she got me hooked on the history of the Dark Ages.

        Enjoy the holidays and looking forward to the next episodes, but hope you manage to take a break also!

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  29. Gary B

    Hi Will,

    I too came upon your podcast thanks to Sharyn Eastaugh’s “History of the Crusades” recommendation and I’m really enjoying it. Thanks so much!

    One comment on Episode 6. When talking about extracting metals from their ores, I got the impression that the pure metal was somehow trapped inside the ore and that heating it up allowed it to flow out. Just for completeness, this is rarely the case. Usually the metal is found combined with other elements such as oxygen and sulfur to form an ore such as copper sulfide or iron oxide. Once extracted, these ores must be heated and reacted with other elements (often oxygen from the air, or carbon in the form of coke or charcoal) to remove the unwanted substances leaving the relatively pure metal.

    Sorry to be a pedant, but I’ve got a degree in metallurgy! Once again, I really do appreciate all your efforts, and keep up the good work!

    Best wishes,

    Gary

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Not pedantic at all! I can’t wait to read this on the air! Once again, it looks like I’m indebted to Sharyn Eastaugh for the publicity (…I really feel like I should be paying her some kind of ad fees at this point), and now I’m indebted to you for the correction!

      Reply
  30. Smudge

    This podcast and associated materials, is everything i hoped the internet would be back in the day. In general, the internet revolution has just bombarded is with inane content and yet more advertising, but every now and then you find a real gem and this is one of the very best.

    I hope Will, that if this becomes too much trouble for you and too time consuming as a hobby, that you would consider raising cash through kickstarter or some such and try to see this through to its natural conclusion, as it is without doubt a most valuable and worthwhile endeavour. Even at this stage, if you had a Paypal donate button, I would have clicked it, you should add one of those.

    Thank you and well done, I love it.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Smudge–thanks for the kind words! I’ve had plenty of doubts about continuing with the show, but messages like yours keep me motivated.
      If you really want to pay me back, the best way you can do so is just to tell your friends and family about the podcast! All the best, Will

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  31. Glen

    Will,

    Amazing work, thank you. I don’t know how you can balance all of the demands in your life, but this is a great legacy that you are creating. BTW, my daughter is a St. John’s graduate and the merits of a classical education are obvious in her analysis and thinking about the world. I’ve introduced her to the Podcast.

    I wanted to note that iTunes is missing episode 17.

    Keep up the great work.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Glen, thanks for the note! Episode 17 is actually under revision, so hopefully it will be back up soon. I’ve never had the show described as (nor have I thought of it as) a legacy, but I appreciate your saying that. That’s a thought that’s going to keep me going as I get tired of working on it.
      And thanks for sharing the show with your daughter! In fact, do you think she’d mind my shooting her an e-mail? I’d love to hear more about her experience with the program at St. John’s. If so, I’ll send you a private message!

      Reply
  32. Kenneth G. Miller

    I am retired Biology prof, from Millersville Univ. now working on “the Story of Lime” . A picture showing reconstructed Knossos painting pub. In “Ancient Pages” credits “The Heritage Podcast”. I would like to use that image in my book. Could you please tell me who owns that image. Thank you.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Cool book idea! I honestly don’t know who owns the picture…and I definitely should not have been credited. The truth is, I found it myself on somebody else’s Tumblr, and when I performed a reverse image search, nobody else had credited it to an original publisher or disclosed any copyright information. I’m sorry…I wish I could be more help.

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  33. Kit Rivers

    Hello will,

    I just want to say thank you for this. I am a sewing machineist, and work from home on piece work. I have just found your podcast and am very excited. I am not stupid, but I am under educated. I am in my mid 50’s. I have just started to teach myself Latin with a book from the library. I have decided to give my self a classical education, and your podcast is a great treat because I can listen whilst I sew.

    So, just saying thank you
    Kit

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Kit, thanks so much for your kind note! Sounds like you have a great mission, and I’m honored that you consider my podcast a good resource. I’m an amateur if ever there were one…but even if I spark some interest and direct people to better teachers, I’ll consider it a success. There are many other resources for people who are interested in self-education. You might also check out some of these!

      http://selfmadescholar.com/b/self-education-resource-list/
      http://www.diygenius.com
      https://www.reddit.com/r/autodidact/
      And of course, iTunesU, MOOCs, etc!

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  34. Dan

    Listened to them all so far. Great job, and an enormous amount of work (I imagine). Such a really good idea. I do hope you continue. A nit-picky comment: the badinage is SOMETIMES too “popular” for my taste, but that pales in comparison to all the fantastic work you’ve done.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks, Dan! Your point is well taken. I’ve been trying to view history through a relatable (and sometimes whacky) lens, and at the end of the day, I’m definitely an amateur. I’m glad you still enjoy the show, and I imagine the tone will become more serious as we get into subjects that hit a little bit closer to home / to the present! Best, Will

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  35. Cheri

    I too came to this podcast through Sharyn Eastaugh’s “History of the Crusades”, another fun and fascinating podcast! I love this wonderful podcast community! You all have given me hours of enjoyment and I look forward to much more! Thank you Will!!

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  36. Jeff Wright

    Hi Will: I just stumbled across your brave and brilliant venture while researching my next episode of Trojan War: The Podcast (trojanwarpodcast.com). So I could not help but listen in to Episodes 20-22 — on all things Homer and Greek mythology. Nicely done, especially given the scope of your overall project. Not sure if it is of use to you or your listeners, but I’ll briefly tell you what I have set out to do in Trojan War: The Podcast. Over appoximately 21 hour long episodes I tell the entire Trojan War epic story arc (all the foundational and linkage stories, plus Iliad). My language is contemporary and literate, and my tone (I hope) balances wit with an academic respect for the material. Each episode offers about 45 minutes of pure story, followed by 15 minutes of Post-Story Commentary, in which I “geek out” on all things Homer, myth and Bronze Age. Both sections of my podcast are carefully researched for solid academic content, and I have spent considerable years working with this material, then finding ways to make it accessible for the casual listener.
    My website offers detailed show notes for each episode and a written synopsis of each episode’s Post- Story Commentary, along with artwork, literature links, etc. The podcast serial is free via ITUNES and multiple other platforms.
    I released Episode #1: The Apple of Discord back about 70 days ago, and since then have been releasing an episode per week (#11: Achilles Dishonoured, released today). Currently I have over 12000 unique IP address downloads, in over 60 nations, and I am gaining about 2000 new unique subscibers per week.

    Should you find it useful and helpful to your project please feel free to offer links, ect to my podcast from your podcast website (I can send you podcast art, et. if your like). And I would be happy to include a shout out on my social media platforms of you ambitious project. Just send me the artwork,etc.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Jeff

    (I really admire what you are doing. Prior to my current podcasting venture, I offered a touring live lecture series titled “A Whirlwind History of Western Thought”: 12 one-hour installments on the “big ideas, where they came from, and how they changed how we think” from Classical Greece to the late 20th C. It was a ton of fun, and a very well-recieved entertainment for students.)

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Jeff, thanks for the long and thoughtful note. That’s the first time I’ve ever been remotely connected to the adjectives “brave” and “brilliant,” but I’ll take your word for it!

      Your show sounds great. I just checked out your website. Let me tell you what I’ll do. First of all, I’m planning on creating a page (or maybe just using my Supplement page) to link to other, more in-depth podcasts as they relate to my episodes. I’ll be sure to showcase “Trojan War: The Podcast” for my episodes 20-22. Furthermore, I’ll give you a longer shout out in my next Corrections and Correspondence episode. That should give me enough time listen to a few of your episodes and give you a solid on-the-air advertisement! Obviously, if you want to reciprocate, I’ll gratefully accept any traffic you can send my way!

      More importantly, is there any way I can get a hold of some recordings for your lecture series? That sounds awesome! And how did you arrange those lectures!?

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  37. Joe Marsh

    Hi my name is joe marsh I am 10 years old and live in Dixon California, could you guys make more episodes on all the history and warfare. I enjoy your episodes A LOT especially because I love learning, I also Really like them because there is a lot of details and because me and my mom listen to them in our car while we are going on trips like going to Washington and other places.
    Me and my mom really enjoy your series on history and quotes and old warfare and old stories and it is just so much fun listening to your podcast thank you so much for making these and I really really really hope that you make more because me and my mom already listened to all of them.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Marsh (and his mom)

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      You got it, Joe! I’m glad to hear that you and your mom are enjoying the show. I like listening to podcasts during long car rides, too! It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, but I should be back to writing new episodes this weekend. I agree, the stories about ancient battles and whacky characters make history a lot of fun. Next up, I was going to cover the last century of the Roman Republic, a century that was full of crazy generals and battles!

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      1. Joe Marsh

        Thank you so much!

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  38. Andrew

    Just started the podcast and am excited to continue, you should add a tipping feature, this seems like such an ambitious undertaking and I’d be happy to contribute. Thanks for doing this!

    Question: I am a programmer, but was never formally educated, and I now have a desire for a classical liberal arts education much like you have laid out here. While I am definitely willing to self-educate myself through channels like this, I’d like to find a good online BA program to formalize it. Do you have any thoughts on which schools are teaching good classical liberal arts these days that offer an online degree? If not, no worries, keep up the good work.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Andrew, sorry for the extremely late reply. First of all, I’m really glad you enjoy the show! Thanks for listening! As for your question: I didn’t know of any programs off the top of my head when I first read your message. That said, I did some snooping, as I’m sure you’ve been doing, too! Your IP address suggests that you’re in the United States, so I will answer with that assumption.
      If you’re aiming for a 100% online B.A. degree, probably the most important thing you can do is limit yourself to programs that have “regional accreditation.” In the United States, that would mean bachelors programs that are accredited by one of the regional agencies listed here (http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp).
      This is far and away the most important indicator that the institution you’re paying is not a degree mill, that it’s credits will transfer, and that anybody who matters will view your degree as legitimate as a brick-and-mortar institution. Rightly or wrongly, there’s a lot of snobbery with regard to online degrees (and some of it is warranted); you wouldn’t want to go into any debt for something that will be seen as a worthless piece of paper! Of course, if you’re doing this purely for your own enjoyment, then you can disregard this suggestion. The liberal arts cultivate the soul, but they are not, and nor were they ever intended to be, a moneymaking trade! (Unlike programming, which is a fantastic trade!) Still, there may be some programs that fit your description if you judiciously explore a resource like this:
      http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/liberal-studies
      After just a few minutes of browsing it, I found some very reputable institutions!

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      1. Andrew

        Thanks so much for the reply. After thinking and researching about it more, I have decided to stick with a DIY education for now. I don’t have a particular desire to teach at an academic level. This is for my own self-enrichment, and to be a more informed citizen. I just finished reading “The Great Conversation” and started down the path of reading the books listed in “The Great Books of the Western World”, so thank you much for that suggestion. I also signed up with a Coursera class on critical thinking after listening to your episode on logic. I will continue to listen as I work my way through the history of civilization. Thanks again!

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        1. Will Webb (Post author)

          Good luck!

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  39. Nat

    What’s the song that you play for the C&C ep intros and outros? I know that I know it, but I can’t name it, and it’s driving me bonkers!

    I’m glad to see a podcast such as this–due to huge tuition fees and a pair of emergency surgeries, I had to stop college and ended up working in a clerk’s office. $50k in debt, and very little to show for it on paper, despite being an avid reader, grammarian, and general knowledge sponge. About the only thing I can’t do is math, thanks to dyscalculia. It’s nice to be able to pick up on the stuff I couldn’t afford to get while I was at school. Thanks!

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Hey Nat! That piece of music is actually the interlude portion of Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter,” from his musical suite called “the Planets.” The tune itself has been taken out of context and goes by the name “Thaxted,” named for the town in England where Holst grew up. Under that name it has been used for numerous songs, hymns, and patriotic anthems. Outside of Classical music circles, it is probably more famous as the tune for the British patriotic song “I Vow to Thee My Country,” or the hymn “Oh God Beyond All Praising.”
      I’m sorry to hear about your surgery and your debt problems. Healthcare and student debt are going to be huge problems for this next generation, and I hate that you were a casualty of other people’s terrible policy decisions. 🙁
      Thanks for listening to the show, and don’t hesitate to write in in the future!

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