The Dunces' Corner

Theology. Community. Dunceness.

About the show

Theology professors and their students talk about faith, reason, and culture. The conversation is sometimes erudite, sometimes humorous, not explicit though usually mature, always authentic. B-Side episodes give a closer look at people in the local community who give flesh to the topics discussed. *Views expressed belong solely to the speaker and, sometimes, only temporarily.


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    21: TFE 2024

    July 10th, 2024  |  1 hr 4 mins

    TFE 2024 Live Show/Ask Us Anything/Air Horns Everywhere
    The Dunces are back live at The Franciscan Experience 2024.

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    20B: Called by Name: The Vocation Story of Fr. Andrew Merrick

    January 31st, 2024  |  1 hr 1 min
    catholic, priesthood, vocation

    B-Side: Called by Name
    From Ordinary Guy to Priest of Jesus Christ

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    19: Dr. Joe Vukov and A.I. vs. Meat Computing Machines

    October 31st, 2023  |  1 hr 15 mins
    artificial intelligence, catholic, philosophy, technology, theology

    Dr. Vukov/Feast of St. Francis/A.I. and Humanizing Technology or Technologizing Humans/A.I. vs. Meat Computers
    Dr. Joe Vukov visits the duncepod from Loyola Chicago. The Dunces tackle A.I. and whether technology can be humanized or if humanity gets technologized.

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    18: TFE 2023

    August 17th, 2023  |  57 mins 57 secs
    bucc-ee's, immaculate conception, problem of evil, tfe, theology

    TFE 2023 Live Show/Ask Us Anything/Buc-ee's
    The Dunces record a live show at The Franciscan Experience 2023. Rock Star high-schoolers get to ask us anything about theology, spirituality, and Taylor Swift.

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    17: The Eras (Cosmic History) Tour

    July 21st, 2023  |  1 hr 12 mins
    eras, taylor swift, theology

    Eras of Church History/Tay-Tay vs. Mayer/Mouth Sounds
    The Dunces take us on a time-traveling tour through Church history with greatest hits from Anthony of the Desert, Augustine, Benedict and Anselm, Francis, Thomas Aquinas, John Henry Newman, and Bishop Sheen.

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    16: Vulnerable before the Vulnerable God, w/ the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

    April 14th, 2023  |  1 hr 10 mins
    catholic, community, st. francis, theology

    Becoming Men and Women of Communion/Vulnerability and True Community/Either-Or Game
    The Dunces and the CFRS take it poco a poco moving from our malformation in loneliness and isolation to our formation as a true community.

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    15: It's a Man's World... and That Kinda Stinks

    March 28th, 2023  |  59 mins 14 secs
    bioethics, catholic, gender, theology, women's studies

    Dr. Angela Franks on Misogyny and the Feminine Genius/Gender in a Man's World/Which is the Worse Penance?
    The Dunces talk womanhood, misogyny, the feminine genius, and gender. Then they play a hilarious game.

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    14: The Divine Physician with Dr. Kristin Collier

    April 3rd, 2022  |  1 hr 26 mins
    bioethics, catholic, healthcare, theology

    Dr. Collier on the Christian Renewal of Healthcare/Lenty Lent/Worse Penance Game
    The Dunces welcome Dr. Kristin Collier who shares her conversion from secular humanist to Christian and the difference this makes as a doctor.

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    13: The Franciscan Option

    April 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 18 mins
    catholic, franciscan, humor, professors, students, theology

    Fr. Agustino on The Franciscan Option/The Secret of Franciscan Poverty/Emptiness and Humility/Trivia
    Corruption in the clergy. Financial scandal. The need for a New Evangelization. Our time? Try the 12th century. It's time for the Franciscan Option.

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    12: Going on Vocation

    March 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 29 mins
    catholic, discernment, marriage, priesthood, professors, religious life, students, theology, vocation

    SNES vs. N64/What is a Vocation/The Counsels and the Married Life/Advice for Discerning Vocation
    The Dunces try to release some steam for those caught in the vocation discernment pressure cooker.

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    11: The Scary but Not So Scary End of the World (aka the Halloween episode)

    October 31st, 2020  |  1 hr 41 mins
    candy, catholic, death, halloween, heaven hell, saints, theology

    Musings on the Last Things/Saints and Martyrdom/The Halloween Candy Power Ranking
    The Dunces tackle topics related to eschatology and get you ready for All Saints, All Souls, and the Candy Triduum.

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    10: The Election Apocalypse

    October 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 26 mins
    catholic, election, politics, social teaching, theology

    The Political Landscape/Principles to Guide Engagement in Politics
    Dr. Meinert's growing peas. Catherine's engaged. Daniel and Avera join the show. The Dunces shine the light of the faith on the current political landscape.

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    9: Coming Soon (2nd Season Preview)

    October 1st, 2020  |  2 mins 5 secs

    A preview of our first episode of the sophomore season, which will be dropping soon!

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    8: The Dunces Do Netflix, part 2

    May 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    catholic, culture, hollywood, media, movies, netflix, streaming, the good place, theology, tv

    The Dunces on the Good Place/"Guess the Plot" Game
    In the concluding half of the special double-episode, Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Catherine, Brady, Elise, and Trey analyze the Good Place by giving out various awards; they talk philosophical ethics; and Dr. Meinert and Trey play the "Guess the Plot" game.

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    7: The Dunces Do Netflix, part 1

    April 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    catholic, culture, hollywood, media, movies, netflix, streaming, theology, tv

    How Catholics Should Approach Media/Our Favorite Movies and Shows
    Amidst procrastination, Catherine stumbles upon a video about how Catholics should approach movies and TV shows and it lights her on fire. She, Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Brady, Elise, and Trey talk about it, and then they offer some of their favorite picks. Part 1 of 2.

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    6B: I Will Not Leave You Orphans

    April 6th, 2020  |  27 mins 31 secs
    bishops, catholic, coronavirus, dunces, priests, sacraments, theology

    B-Side: I Will Not Leave You Orphans
    Fr. Brad Doyle and priestly fatherhood during the coronavirus.