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Bridge Builder Podcast

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This week we're talking about the intersection of theology and the economy. We speak with, Dr. Mary Hirschfeld, a professor of economics and theology at Villanova University and Author of Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy. This w
We have two guests on this week’s show. Dr. Kirk Doran an associate economics professor at Notre Dame and Brian Boyd a doctoral student at Notre Dame. We’ll be discussing how pro-productivity reforms to the labor market could create better wag
This week we’re joined by Dr. John Cavadini a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame to discuss his reflections on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and the influences of St. Francis and St. Augustine on that document. This week
This week we're talking with, Zena Hitz, a tutor at St. John’s College and author of “Lost in Thought”. We’ll be talking about the state of education and get her thoughts on learning for the sake of learning. This week's action item: Continue
This week we speak with Ed Condon, Co-Founder, and Editor of The Pillar a Catholic news and analysis site. He reflects on the role of Catholic Journalism and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the failed nation-building attempt there. Th
This week we're joined by R.J. Snell, Editor-in-Chief of Public Discourse and Director of Academic Programs at the Witherspoon Institute to discuss his recent article, "Lost in the Chaos: The Danger of Total Politics" and his practical tips on
This week we’re joined by Patrick Brown of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He recently wrote a piece for The New York Times entitled, “Why Working-Class Parents Don’t Buy What D.C. Is Selling.” He'll discuss what pro-family economic polici
In this week's episode, we speak with Dr. Joseph Capizzi, about human ecology. We dig into what that is and how things like big tech and the emerging security state are impacting it. Dr. Capizzi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Hu
In today’s episode we’re talking about the debate over whether religion is simply a private matter or is it public and what the implications are for religious freedom and the future of civilization. In our mailbag segment we answer a question
In today’s episode we’re talking about living in truth and working ecumenically. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about a ruling in a Texas court and what it means for DACA recipients here in Minnesota and across the country. And o
In today’s episode we’re delving further in depth on an abortion case out of Mississippi going before the U.S. Supreme Court, “Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization” and what it could mean for the unborn and their mothers across the nati
In today’s episode we’re talking about pro-life apologetics. How you can start to have real dialogue with people who believe women should have a right to abortion. In our mailbag segment, we answer a question about an upcoming supreme court c
In today’s episode we’re talking about new medical technologies, such as gene editing, and the ability technology gives us to mold our bodies at will. We discuss the principles needed for discerning the use of such technologies. In our mailbag
In today’s episode we’re talking about the rise in people thinking of themselves not in terms of our physical being but instead placing primary importance on their interior being. What impacts does it have on society if one’s thoughts and feeli
In today’s episode we’re talking about the correct way to correct a bishop. Social media has enabled people to openly and widely air their grievances about Church hierarchy, but did you know that Canon Law actually gives us the principles of ho
In today’s episode we’re talking about bioethics in public policy and what should be considered when it comes to policies impacting the human body. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about special legislative sessions and why they see
In today’s episode we’re talking about America in crisis and how focusing on truth, beauty, and goodness can help revitalize our country. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about the relationship between our government leaders and Chu
In today’s episode, we’re talking about thinking for yourself and what a lack of critical thinking says about the current state and future of American politics. In our mailbag segment, we answer a question about meeting the needs of parents wh
In today’s episode we’re talking about our roots – the places we come from – and why so many people end up needing to uproot themselves to pursue education or careers. Could changes to public policy help enliven communities facing “brain drain”
In today’s episode we’re talking about elites and the challenges that their ideologies pose for proponents of marriage and the family. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about building relationships with Members of Congress without ev
In today’s episode we’re talking about the Church and the State and what history can teach us about how the Church can engage with liberal democracy. We're speaking with Dr. Andrew Jones of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and author o
In today’s episode, we’re talking about the role of Catholic higher education in providing thought leadership that is confident, comprehensive, steady, and humble and what impact this can have on the public square. In our mailbag segment we an
In today’s episode we’re talking about the landscape of school choice legislation across our country and how COVID has made that need more clear. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about how Catholic education is being supported in Mi
In today’s episode we’re talking about why for Christians the end result of something – no matter how good it is – is not justified by the way someone gets to that result. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about an effort by the gov
In today’s episode we’re talking about medical ethics and how it pertains to COVID-19 and other emerging bio-medical issues and how as Catholics we can apply our faith to decisions being made on these issues when it comes to policy. In our mai
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