Firefighting and Public Ministry: An Expanded Understanding of Vocation

July 18, 2016

In this episode Dr. Largen chats with Jono Adams, Seminary student and volunteer firefighter.  They discuss his sense of calling as a member of the Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department, and how that enhances and expands his calling to public ministry.

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Is the Private Practice Physician a Dinosaur?

July 11, 2016

Recorded live at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, long time host, Dr. Gerald Christianson, talks with Dr. Elizabeth Wood, retired physician in private practice, about the decline of private practice in medicine.  Dr. Wood expresses concern that some important values are in danger of being lost: a single physician’s knowledge of the whole person; drug over-dose or contradicting prescriptions; lack of communication among specialists.  Much has been gained as well, but two universal issues remain open to debate: the delivery of quality care for all and end of life decisions.

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“Left Unsaid”: The Secret to the Longevity of our Constitution

July 4, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Mott, Professor of Political Science, Gettysburg College; author of “The Supreme Court and the Living Constitution” takes us on a tour of the U.S. Constitution.  In addition to a structure and a process for an American government, the Constitution assumes a distinction between permanent principles and occasional demands, between the “permanent” will of the people and the “whim” of frequent change. Thus what is left unsaid is the key to the endurance of the Constitution. The role of the Supreme Court becomes critical in keeping this dialogue alive and well.
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The Fourth of July, the Founding Fathers and the First Peoples of this Country

July 4, 2016

Think you know everything there is to know about the founding of this country?  Think again!  This year, to celebrate July 4th, listen to this fascinating conversation with Gettysburg College history professor Tim Shannon as he talks about the role of Native Americans during the Revolutionary War, and their varied relationships with the British, the French and the Colonists.  Don’t miss the discussion of Jefferson and his views of Native Americans.

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Traces: A Gathering Up

June 27, 2016

Sculptor Marlene Alt and Katy Giebenhain from Seminary Ridge Review talk about Alt’s sited sculpture outside the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center in Gettysburg. “Traces: A Gathering Up” features wax imprints of horse hooves. How do we pay tribute? What is the difference between land and home? How can we imagine the scope of the Battle of Gettysburg? Aside from human casualties there were over 1,000 horses and mules killed here. Alt describes her installation project and her approach to other historical themes in her artwork. She is the May-June 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park.


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A Conversation with the Early-rising, Prolific Author Gary Fincke

June 20, 2016
Author Gary Fincke talks with Katy Giebenhain about the work of writing. His poems have appeared in Seminary Ridge Review and many other journals. He is an award-winning writer of short fiction, nonfiction and poetry (30 books and counting). Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University. He was in town for a poetry reading in Gettysburg’s First Friday series.  

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Inside Organic Farming Today

June 13, 2016

Mary Ann Oyler of Oyler’s Organic Farms and Market discusses the process of converting a 6th generation family fruit farm into an organic farm.  She explains the motivations and challenges of organic farming.  Mary Ann also  details the day to day operations that make an organic farm different from a traditional non-organic farm. 

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The Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia and Slovakia

June 6, 2016

Former Gettysburg Seminary student Ivan Belanji discusses the Lutheran church in Serbia and Slovakia, and describes his study at the seminary in Bratislava.

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The Ins and Outs of ELW, from Someone who was There!

May 23, 2016

In this episode Mark Mummert takes us behind the scenes of the creation of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, explaining why certain decisions were made [The Lord’s Prayer!  The hymns!  The Psalter!], and how ELW serves as a window onto who we are as a church today, past, present and future, both locally and globally.

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How we See: Facial Recognition, Make-up, and Beauty

May 9, 2016
In this episode, Dr. Richard Russell, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Gettysburg College discusses his work on prosopagnosia [facial blindness] and super-recognizers, and how differently we all “see.”  He also shares some of his current work that involves standards of beauty, the use of make-up, and both cultural differences and similarities.  His work raises larger questions about what we view as “normal,” and how we view ourselves in relationship to others.  Don’t miss this interesting episode!
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