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Leigh at Lunch

  • L@L: Mike Smith, President of HSLDA

    Attorney Mike Smith is the President of HSLDA, an organization that he helped found in 1983. Established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home, HSLDA now represents over 80,000 member families. Mike and his wife Elizabeth began homeschooling their children in 1981. He has been defending families for 28 years. Mike has been speaking to homeschool audiences for 23 years. His columns on home education appear regularly in the Washington Times, and he has been a guest on numerous television and radio programs, including Focus on the Family with Jim Dobson and Hannity and Colmes on Fox News. He believes that there is a revival taking place in America through the homeschool movement and that, through the second and third generation of homeschoolers, there is great potential to return America to its moral and religious foundation.

  • John M. Hodges & the Quadrivium (2013)
    This Leigh@Lunch episode is hosted by Matt Bianco and includes the wonderful guest John Hodges. We hope you enjoy this episode as Matt and John talk about music, the arts, and the Quadrivium. Hodges is a conductor and composer, holding degrees in Music from the University of Maryland, and Indiana University.  He served as Music Director for various symphony orchestras and church music programs in Memphis from 1983-2009.  He also held the position of Associate Professor of the Arts and Cultural Apologetics at Crichton College where he taught art and music history, philosophy of the Christian Faith, directed theater, and founded and directed the Institute for the Arts and Cultural Apologetics.
  • L@L: Thomas Woods (2011)

     Join Leigh Bortins as she sits down with Thomas E. Woods. Woods is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his master's, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets. We hope you enjoy the audio!

  • L@L: Wesley Callihan & Astronomy

     Join Leigh!@Lunch this week as Matt interviews Wesley J. Callihan about the Astronomy and the Quadrivium. Wesley J. Callihan is the Founder and Tutor of Schola Classical Tutorials. He grew up on a farm in Idaho and graduated in History from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has taught at Logos School, the University of Idaho, and New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and at Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has written curriculum for several ACCS and other Christian schools, such as Great Books study guides, and speaks regularly at Classical Christian education conferences for home educators and private schools, and teaches summer intensive Latin courses. He has written columns and short fiction for Credenda/Agenda and Antithesis, and contributed to the book Classical Education and the Home School, (published by Canon Press). We are excited to have Wesley J. Callihan on this week's show and we hope you join the conversation to learn more about astronomy and its importance to classical education.

  • The Liberal Arts (2012)

     Join Leigh!@Lunch in this episode as Leigh interviews Andrew Kern on the Liberal Arts and how to be a better teacher. Andrew has been directly involved in the establishment of three classical Christian schools, has trained teachers in over 50 states since 1996, and has been directing the CiRCE Institute full time since the summer of 2000.

  • Nancy Pearcey (2011)

     Join Leigh!@Lunch in this episode as Matt Bianco interviews Nancy Pearcey on worldview and the Arts. Nancy R. Pearcey, editor-at- large of The Pearcey Report, is scholar in residence and professor at Houston Baptist University. She is also a fellow at the Discovery Institute.

  • Advent, Christmas, and the Saints with Steve Wilkins (2010)

     Join Leigh!@Lunch in this episode as Matt Bianco interviews Pastor Steve Wilkins about Advent, Christmas, and the Saints. Steve Wilkins has served as the pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Louisiana since 1989. Pastor Wilkins is the author of Face to FAce: Meditations on Friendship & Hospitality, Calll of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee, and All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson. 

  • L@L: David Hicks

     Join Leigh!@Lunch! this week as Matt Bianco hosts this week's show to interview author David Hicks about his book, Norms & Nobility: A Treatise on Education. "First published in 1981 when it won the American Library Association's Outstanding Book Award, Norms & Nobility has become a classic text in the education reform movement. Beginning with the premise that any vital system of education must maintain the link between thought and action, knowing and doing, David Hicks offers a compelling argument on behalf of the classical tradition and its ongoing relevance to contemporary pedagogy. The large and loyal following that htis argument has attracted among administrators and teachers over the years bears witness to the practical wisdom of Hick'sideas." (back of Norms and Nobility)

  • L@L: Christopher Perrin (2012) 

    Please join Leigh@Lunch today as Leigh interviews Christopher Perrin on Classical Education. Dr. Perrin is a wonderful influence on the revitalization of an educational tradition still in need of recovering. The conversations will include Dr. Perrin's work with Classical Academic Press, Alcuin Fellowship, and his work with the Society for Classical Learning. Dr. Perrin is the vice-chairman for the Society of Classical Learning.

  • James D. Nickel (2012)

     Join Leigh!@Lunch in this episode as Leigh Bortins interviews author James D. Nickel mathematics and the Quadrivium. James D. Nickel is the author of Mathematics: Is God Silent? and Lift Up Your Eyes on High: Understanding the Stars.

  • Dr. Gene Edward Veith (2010)

     Join Leigh!@Lunch in this episode as Leigh Bortins interviews Dr. Veith about the heritage of Christian education. We hope you enjoy this audio to be encouraged and equipped to pursue education with more integrity. Christians no longer can imitate the culture in the "Christian way", but must lead in being biblical Christians.

  • Mike Huckabee (2008)

     In this episode Leigh interviews former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee. The episode is from 2008.

  • Anthony Esolen (2013)

     Please join Leigh!@Lunch this week as Leigh interviews Anthon Esolen, author of 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. Anthony M. Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, as well as writer for magazines including the Claremont Review and Touchstone, of which he is a senior editor. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. We are excited to have Dr. Esolen on this week's show to talk about his book, 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child.

  • Stanely Fish (2011)

     Join Leigh!@Lunch this week as Leigh interviews author, Stanley Fish as they discuss his most current book, How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One.His essays and articles have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York Times.

  • Andrew Pudewa (2011)

     Mr. Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a homeschooling father of seven. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor.

  • Andrew Kern (2010)

     Andrew Kern is president and founder of the CiRCE Institute. He graduated from Concordia University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was mentored by Dr. Gene Edward Veith and was graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts. Shortly afterward, Dr. Veith and Andrew co-authored the best-selling Classical Education, The Movement Sweeping America, now in its second edition. Andrew has been directly involved in the establishment of three classical Christian schools, has trained teachers in over 50 since 1996, has consulted with still more on institutional development and start-up, and has been directing the CiRCE Institute full time since the summer of 2000.

  • James B. Jordan (2011)

     James B. Jordan (born 1949) is a theologian and author. He is director of Biblical Horizons ministries, a think tank in Niceville, Florida that publishes books, essays and other media dealing with Bible commentary, Biblical Theology, and liturgy. Jordan currently works at Theopolis Institue in Birmingham, Alabama lecturing and serving on the board.