The Imperative Of Discovery: Charles Sturt’s Australian Explorations (Podcast)

After saying a few words about the great explorers and travelers of the past, and explaining why a study of their exploits is more important for us than ever before, I give a podcast reading of my most recent article, Charles Sturt: A Pioneer Of Australian Exploration.

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David Mamet’s Film “Redbelt” (2008) (Podcast)

In this podcast we discuss David Mamet’s 2008 film Redbelt.  This is a great movie, and a worthy addition to his long line of films that explore the moral and ethical problems that men face as they try to reconcile their personal creeds with the world’s corrupting influences.  How we resolve this struggle will define what kind of man we are.  Mamet instinctively understands the necessity of masculine virtus in a world characterized by shifting loyalties, fair-weather friends, and moral corruption; this makes him, in a sense, the most “virtuous” filmmaker today.

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Six Points About Balancing Passion And Practicality In Educational Choices (Podcast)

A reader has some questions about giving his son advice on educational and career choices. He is torn between emphasizing what is “practical” and what he feels “passionate” about. Which one is more important? And if given the option, which one should be emphasized?

I offer six points that might help him in coming to his own conclusions.

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A Dialogue With James Maverick

I recently had a great conversation with my good friend James Maverick, an accomplished traveler and entrepreneur, who is also the proprietor of the site MaverickTraveler.com.  It’s always a great feeling to be talking to people with whom you have something in common, and we were able to cover an amazing amount of ground in the areas of travel, culture, and books.  As James himself says:

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