Interview with Jerry Lenaburg on the Splendid and the Vile

In this Primer Plus Episode, Melissa Rihl interviews Jerry Lenaburg about the historical nonfiction book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.

Written by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson, this book goes into the life of Winston Churchill precisely when he becomes the “Churchill” that history remembers. Melissa and Jerry discuss Churchill’s quirks, the impact of his family on his decisions, his ability to choose “the right man for the job,” and lasting lessons in leadership.

Interview with Scott Hambrick, founder of Online Great Books

Charley talks to Scott Hambrick the founder of and the host of The Online Great Books and Music and Ideas podcasts. They dig into some of the hurdles to approaching these epic texts and the immense wisdom that they still offer. 

Interview with Chris Juen, Producer for The Chosen

In today’s episode, Melissa sits down with Chris Juen, a producer for The Chosen. Chris comes from an animation and visual effects background and has been a part of bringing this show to life from near the very beginning.

They discuss the unique aspects of this show, now filming it’s second season, and the impact that it is having around the world.

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The Chosen is the first multi-season television series about the life of Christ, as witnessed through the eyes of those He impacted. Directed by Dallas Jenkins (The Resurrection of Gavin Stone) and distributed by VidAngel Studios, The Chosen has grown to become the largest crowdfunded TV series of all time.

Interview with Father Jacques Philippe

In this interview, Melissa Rihl speaks with Father Jacques Philippe about the many difficulties of mental prayer. With references from his work, Time for God, and the wisdom of Carmelite Saints, Father Jacques offers wisdom and guidance of how to pray, how to achieve mental prayer without being discouraged, and to advance in a friendship with God. Whether you have never tried to pray or have been praying for a long time, there is something of reflection for everyone. “Mental Prayer is a question of heart!”

Interview with Interview with Joe Byerly on the life of Ulysses S. Grant

In this short interview, Charley Thornton talks with Joe Byerly, an officer in the U.S. Army. He’s also the founder and biggest contributor to From The Green Notebook. They talk about one military leader who has frequently been misunderstood in modern history, Ulysses S. Grant. Most of us know him as the civil war hero and a two-term president, but many people don’t know his backstory and struggle with alcohol. Tune in for a fascinating conversation on one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Interview with Dr. Gerard Wegemer on the life of St. Thomas More

Dr. Gerard Wegemer is a professor at the University of Dallas and a foremost expert on the life of the English martyr, St. Thomas More (1478-1535). In this short interview, we discuss why his life and reputation are still widely unknown outside of Catholic circles. St. Thomas More was a prominent figure in the renaissance, yet his abundant writings, literary achievements, personal and political trials, profound sanctity and undisputable impact on humanity are yet to be widely discovered. Indeed, St. Thomas More was a man for all seasons.;