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Will Webb is a graduate student pursuing two doctorates (an M.D. and a Ph.D.) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He graduated summa cum laude from Millsaps College, where he found his passion for education and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (the national liberal arts honor society). Will’s lifelong dream is to found a private liberal arts college that offers a world-class education, tuition-free. Unfortunately, that takes money. Fortunately—-and thanks to the internet and the wonders of the digital age—-knowledge is free-er than it has ever been in history, and a comprehensive liberal arts education can be achieved with little more than an internet connection at a public library. This realization, compounded by the insufferable boredom of medical school, led Will to create “The Heritage Podcast: A Complete Liberal Arts Education (in Podcast Form)”.

 

If the Heritage Podcast has broadened your horizons or has struck you as a particularly noble endeavor, feel free to offer him as job as a college president, nominate him for an honorary doctorate, or simply e-mail him at <<heritagepodcast@gmail.com>>. And remember, Ad Veritatem!

 

Will has also been known to engage in heroic acts of bravery, as seen below.

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Comments (36)

  1. Sandra K.

    I greatly enjoyed episode 006 as I’m fascinated by all things pre-historical. The recent archeological activity at Gobekli Tepe on the Anatolian plateau seems to cast doubt about the accepted orthodox timeline of paleolithic->Neolithic development. I highly recommend a review of the work been done at that sight via Wiki at:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe

    Sandra

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    1. heritagepodcast@gmail.com (Post author)

      Sandra, Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Some of my sources are far from cutting edge. This looks fascinating, and I’ll be sure to include it in the next C&C.

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  2. Mike K

    Will, I would like to thank you for taking on this very ambitious project. I have thoroughly enjoyed every episode. Your straight forward approachable style makes the subject matter come to life. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for the next episode. Happy Holidays. Mike.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Very kind words! Libsyn won’t let me upload any more episodes until December 23rd, but I am still recording and intend to keep it up. Comments like yours keep me extra motivated. Thanks for listening, and happy holidays to you, too!

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  3. Bobby P

    I agree with Mike. This is good stuff and well presented. As you indicated in one of the early lectures, if only our government leaders used a little more logic we would have a better country. Maybe this course will help future generations of leaders to lead well and all of us to think more clearly.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks! I suppose I was a little unfair there…our elected representatives act within the set of incentives they are given. If the voters demanded logic, then they would exercise it. Hopefully we can elevate the level of discourse across the board with education. That’s one thing I’m hoping to achieve with this podcast!

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  4. Martin

    This is an extremely ambitious project, thoroughly enjoyable, enlightening and thought provoking. Congratulations for taking it on and for the ability to keep me engaged.

    I love it!

    Thanks
    Martin

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Very encouraging words, Martin! Thank you!

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  5. Greg

    Love the heritage podcast and the most recent episode on hindiusm.

    Greg
    -another bored md/phd student

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Glad you liked it, and thanks for listening…it’s fun to have a hobby completely divorced from lab, as I’m sure you know!

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  6. Sally

    I love this podcast. Excellent, excellent, excellent. My only complaint is having to wait for the next episode! Thank you for your work.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      You are very kind! I’m sorry that I’ve had to take a hiatus, but I hope to be back recording soon! Thank you for listening!

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  7. Shem

    Hi Will,

    Thank you for putting this site together. I thoroughly enjoy each episode and can’t wait for listen to more.

    I do have one request, which I imagine you’ve receive countless times before, and that is to be able to download the actual podcast for each episode to my ipod so that I can enjoy these in the car without streaming via my cell phone. Is this something you’ve thought about providing?

    Thank you

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    1. Shem

      Please disregard my comment above. I obviously didn’t do a good enough job of checking out the rest of the site. Just found the link to the iTunes store where the podcasts are listed. Sorry for the unnecessary post.

      Thanks again

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      1. Will Webb (Post author)

        No worries, and thanks for listening! I’ll actually take this as feedback that I need to make a more conspicuous link to iTunes. You’re not the first person to ask me this. Cheers, Will

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  8. Andrea

    Hi Will!
    I’ve been binge-listening to this podcast starting with the first one. I thoroughly enjoy every minute! I look forward to your friendly voice and dry humorous remarks! I don’t want it to end!
    Has anyone ever told you, occasionally you have a “Wayne’s World” quality to your voice? It’s adorable! 🙂

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Wayne, or Garth?!
      Thanks for listening! And thanks for the message!

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      1. Andrea

        I guess either one… when they say “No way!” … “Way!” LOL I can just hear you saying “Way!”

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  9. John Carr, Dublin, Ireland

    Will,
    You question about Alexander, “Can he be great in a sense?” brought to mind a line I once read about Julius Caesar, that he was as great as a man could be without being good. Of all the rulers that I know of who have been called “the Great” only Ashoka, after he renounced violence, and Alfred, after he took it up, were, to my mind, both great and good. Of them, but not of Alexander, a contemporary might have said, as Sherman said of Lincoln, “Of all the men I ever met, he seemed to possess more of the elements of greatness, combined with goodness, than any other”. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      That’s really cool; I hadn’t heard that one…and I agree that there are too few great and good men to occasion such a quote! If I have a chance to talk about Ashoka, Alfred, or Lincoln, I’ll be sure to give you a shout out and read your thoughts on the air. Thanks for writing in, –Will.

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  10. Shannon

    Found the podcast a few days ago and its great. Please keep up the awesome work.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Thanks, Shannon! New episode soon!
      Best, Will

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  11. Steve in the OC

    Episode 17 is missing from your RSS feed. I love the show, but wish the reading list was a listening list as I am an auditory learner. I guess I will be checking out audible.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Steve, thanks for the note. I actually took the Job episode down deliberately until I can record a replacement. That should be happening soon. I’ll give some thought to working in audio sources/links for the reading list…it’s certainly more convenient! Best, Will

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  12. Sarah Ramsland

    So…a practical schooling question for you… What are your thoughts about teaching science from a classical model in elementary and middle school? THANKS!

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Sarah–thanks so much for writing in! I’m not a formally-trained educator (yet), but I will get in touch with you be e-mail shortly!

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  13. Mariela Valle

    As a Honduran immigrant, I can’t thank you enough for the creation of this podcast.
    It has really given me a great learning opportunity that I could not otherwise have.
    It will be interesting to have it translated to Spanish some day☺☺ so people all over Latin America could benefit from it.

    Many thanks,
    Mariela.

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Mariela, you’re too kind!

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  14. Christiane

    Will you be doing more podcasts?

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      I do plan on it! Things have been pretty busy over here, but I’ll be back at it as soon as possible! Thanks for listening,
      Will

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  15. Joseph W Kraft

    Keep going!

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  16. Joe Marsh

    Joe Marsh here again, I was so confused when my mom came home from her trip to Mexico and played part of your podcast which was talking about polarized donkeys XD, but then after that I was absolutely both totally caught off guard and PSYCHED to here your comment about my comment, she told me that on her flight home from Mexico, (which for someone who is stuck at his house with a broken air conditioner during summer seems like a verrryyyyy verrryyyyy loong and tragic time…..0.o good times….good times…..) she was listening to your podcast and was thinking about how much of a butt (PG version of the word she used…) was that person who called you a polarized donkey, and then she heard you read “Hi my name is Joseph Marsh” and she thought “wow what a coincidence, that’s my son’s name” and then, she heard “I am ten years old and from Dixon, California” and then she kinda started freaking out because she forgot that I had sent in a review to you guys a long while ago and anyway long story short she walked to the back of the plane and told my dad and my dad had pretty much the same reaction as me, so that’s really awesome of you to mention that to me and to be honest you should go more into depth with the Carthaginians and the Punic wars and the Berbers and all of that, thanks for acknowledging this, Joe.

    P.S. and his mom.

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  17. daniel

    wow, man… you ROCK!… stumbled across you podcast today so only on episode 3… glad to see the persistence to post 50+ episodes to date… you now my go to for earbuds at the gym… look forward to catching-up… keep on with your keep on, bro… a legit service to humanity

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  18. Jack

    Hi Will,

    I was wondering if it would be possible to use the image of the mask of agamemnon as my site icon?

    Thanks,

    Jack

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    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Hi Jack,
      I think Wikipedia has that image listed with a generic Creative Commons license, 2.0. I think that means you can share and/or adapt it if you attribute the author of the photograph. Apparently that’s Xuan Che, who took this particular photograph. I need to change that on my website, too.
      Good luck!
      Will

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  19. Michael Reinhard

    If I hadn’t of lost the job already I would say you were trying to put me out of a job!

    Reply

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