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The McConnell Center Podcast offers thought-provoking conversations with authors, scholars, leaders in the U.S. military, and political professionals focusing on leadership, literature, history, education, politics and life.

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Mar 22, 2022

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg is joined by Melanie Kirkpatrick, a writer-journalist and a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute, to discuss her latest book, Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman. The two explore Hale's influence on America, her role as an editor of...

Mar 8, 2022

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg is joined by John Granger, the "Dean of Harry Potter Scholars" and a PhD candidate at Swansea University, to discuss how he discovered Harry Potter, what exactly literary alchemy is, and how Rowling's books communicate timeless truths.

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Feb 22, 2022

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg is joined by school teacher, salmon fisherman, and UofL PhD candidate David M. Wright. The two discuss the rigors of fishing for sockeye salmon in the Bering Sea and David's work in classical education.

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Feb 8, 2022

This episode was originally a Zoom event hosted by the McConnell Center and the UofL President's Office and Military Initiatives on March 15, 2021. McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg interviewed Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass about her career and perspectives on leadership challenges and...

Jan 25, 2022

In this episode, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg is joined by Lieutenant General James B. Hecker, Commander and President of Air University, and Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air University. The three discuss the role of Air University in the United States Air...