The Brazilian Cat. A Tale Of Terror By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Podcast)

This podcast is a reading of A. Conan Doyle’s terrifying tale “The Brazilian Cat.”  First published in 1898, the story describes the ordeal of a young heir to a fortune who is deliberately locked in a cage with a ferocious jungle cat by a sinister relative determined to murder him.

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The Flowering Of The Strange Orchid (Podcast)

In this podcast, I read H.G. Wells’s short story The Flowering of the Strange Orchid.  It relates the weird tale of a mild-mannered orchid enthusiast who buys an unknown species of jungle orchid.  As he cultivates it, he finds out that he got more than he bargained for.  This story was first published in Pearson’s Magazine in 1905 and remains a potent tale of unease.

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A Sudden Punch To Shatter Glacial Rigmarole (Podcast)

When things have reached a state of paralysis or gridlock, it is often necessary to shatter the paralysis by taking decisive, muscular action.  Real leaders do not sit on their hands and wait to test the prevailing winds of opinion.  Have the moral courage to act.  Many today who call themselves “leaders” ignore or have forgotten this principle.  This podcast discusses three historical examples taken from Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis.  They show how he harnessed this concept in 1919 to break through the paralysis that had come to surround several difficult issues.

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You Will Be Judged (Podcast)

This is a crucial moment.  You will be judged by how you conduct yourself over the next few months.  As for philosophy, you want to talk the talk, but have you really internalized the messages of the philosophers?  We discuss shipwrecks in the ancient world, some lessons from the movie The Edge, and the crucial importance of maintaining a rigorous, disciplined schedule.  More than ever before, you have to be self-starter.  Your time is now.  You will not fail, because we will not permit you to fail.

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Captain Adolf Von Schell On Leadership And Composure In Adversity (Podcast)

Captain Adolf Von Schell was an infantry officer in the German Army during the First World War.  In 1930 he gave a series of lectures on battle leadership to American officers at the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia.  These presentations were later collected into a book called Battle Leadership.  In this podcast, I read a short selection from Capt. Von Schell’s book, and discuss its relevance for today.

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The Complete Lecture Series On “Stoic Paradoxes” And “On Moral Ends”

In 2015 and 2018, I made a series of podcasts discussing Cicero’s Stoic Paradoxes and On Moral Ends.  In response to continuing interest and questions, I thought it would be useful to provide all the links to these lectures in one place.  Having all of them consolidated can be a real convenience, and I want to do everything I can to assist students and general readers.  The most benefit can be gained from these podcasts if listeners also have the texts of my translations of these works.

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