The UnCommon Good with Bo Bonner and Dr. Bud Marr

The UnCommon Good with Bo Bonner and Dr. Bud Marr

A show about the Common Good (which is an uncommon topic--get it?), the Social Teaching of the Church, Servant Leadership, and the Social Reign of Jesus Christ.
Weekly Wednesday at 10:00 am and 11:00 am on Iowa Catholic Radio!

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    Hildebrand and the Everyday Extraordinary -- John Henry Crosby -- 05/16/18

    Hildebrand and the Everyday Extraordinary, an interview with John Henry Crosby, Founder and Director of the Hildebrand Project. John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to the legacy of Catholic Philosopher and Intellectual Dietrich von Hildebrand. We explore not only the fascinating story of Hildebrand's life, early and vigorous resistance to the Nazis in his native Germany, and subsequent intellectual life--we also dive into his practical considerations regarding how to be a Catholic in the midst of such trial and difficulty.

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    Fear and Longing For Eternity -- Dr. David Deavel -- 05/09/18

    Fear and Longing For Eternity -- Dr. David Deavel -- 05/09/18. An Interview with Dr. David Deavel, Editor of LOGOS and Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. We talk about the concept of Eternity, why it stokes fear for some (both young and old alike!), how understanding Eternity in a new way gives us new perspectives not only on the afterlife, but the her and now, and finally, how education is first and foremost a "preparation for Eternity."

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    Happiness, Virtue, and the Beautiful Life -- Dr. Sheryl Overmyer -- 05/02/18

    Happiness, Virtue, and the Beautiful Life, an interview with Dr. Sheryl Overmyer, Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. We discuss modern misunderstandings surrounding happiness, the connection between happiness and virtue for ancient Philosophers, and the Catholic flowering of happiness and virtue into Our Lord's teaching in the Beatitudes. We look into insight from St. Thomas Aquinas, and, for the FIRST TIME EVER ON THE SHOW, our guest asks US a question!!! The answer we give: joy--so hopefully we passed the test!

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    Hope Among The Long Defeat - Adam Storey and John Huynh - 04/25/18

    Hope Among The Long Defeat: We bring back UCG All-Stars Adam Storey (Marriage and Family Life Director and Vice Chancellor) and John Huynh (Director of Faith Journey), both from the Diocese of Des Moines, to talk about J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of "The Long Defeat." We talk about the difference between optimism and hope, the Crosses necessary for us to have Resurrection in our lives, and how this changes the scope and shape of our work in the Church, for the Church, and with the Church.

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    Medical Research In A Catholic Key -- Dr. Alan Moy -- 04/18/18

    An interview with Dr. Alan Moy, MD, Founder and Scientific Director, John Paul II Medical Research Institute. Dr. Moy speaks with us about Stem Cell Research and Implications for Catholic Health Care, the difficulties of creating space for Catholic Biomedical research, and how the Common Good directs endeavors toward medical progress.

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    Excarnation vs. Incarnation -- An Interview with Dr. William Cavanaugh -- 04/11/18

    Excarnation vs. Incarnation -- An Interview with Dr. William Cavanaugh -- 04/11/18. We speak with Dr. William Cavanaugh, the director of Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and author of many wonderful books. We expound on his concept of "excarnation," the inverse of the Christian insistence on the "materiality" of the faith. We celebrate the Risen Body of Jesus Christ this Eastertide as a Church, so it makes sense to ask, what takes us away from our bodies and the hope that they will be Resurrected at the end of time?

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    He Is Risen -- Bo & Bud -- 04/04/18

    He Is Risen -- Bo & Bud -- 04/04/18. Bo and Bud talk about the radical social implications stemming from Jesus Christ's Resurrection at Easter.

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    Moral Problems in Medicine -- Dr. William English -- 03/2/18

    An Interview With Dr. William English, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. It is one thing to talk about the moral claims individuals have and make on one another, or to speak about what society as a whole should aim for in matters of the Common Good. But what about the murkier "middle waters" of complicated systems as they exist "on the ground"? Dr. English explores these questions, specifically in the Medical Field, and how these issues may begin to be solved.

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    Here Comes the Living Church -- David Mills -- 03/14/18

    An Interview with David Mills, Editorial Director of Ethika Politika and Columnist for Aleteia. We welcome David back to the show as he stops by to tell us what it is really like to live with the those that make up the Church--namely, US!!! From One-issue Catholics, to those barely hanging on, to those in the midst of suffering, death, and rebirth, what does it mean to concretely live with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ?

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    At The Hour Of Our Death -- Fr. David Poecking -- 03/07/18

    Fr. David Poecking is the Pastor of St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton Parish in Carnegie, PA. His writings can be found at -- in today's interview, Fr. David and the guys explore the societal and pastoral "burden" of caring for the dead, the way in which the living, dying, and dead form a "common good" more complete than when those groups are considered separately, the width of gravesites in Bo's family, the fact that only Oklahomans get hit by space debris (its a FACT), and more on this episode of the UnCommon Good!

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