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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 1st, 2020 | 2 mins 5 secs
A preview of our first episode of the sophomore season, which will be dropping soon!
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.
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.
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.
March 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 48 mins
Life in the time of Coronavirus/The Loneliness Epidemic/St. Thomas and JPII on Community
Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Catherine, Elise, and Trey talk life in the time of the coronavirus pandemic, then share stories of loneliness and trying to form community. Dr. Meinert sheds a little wisdom via St. Thomas on friendship, and Dr. Pedraza sets the record straight on JPII's anthropology while emphasizing the pontiff's understanding of solitude and participation in community. Finally, the crew offers advice on how to live in these potentially isolating times.
March 6th, 2020 | 29 mins 13 secs
B-Side: A None Among Us
Lanie and her journey.
February 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
Lenten Penances/ Why You Can't Feast without Fasting/ Lenten Would-You-Rather Game
Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Brady, Catherine, Hunter, and Trey talk about how to do Mardi Gras, how to avoid haphazard Lenten plans, the four ways you can relate to created goods, and making Lent a training for love. Then they play a Lenten version of "would you rather." Episode comes with a dose of St. Francis and a side of fried squirrel.
February 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
conversion, feminism, gender, theology
Dr. Favale's Conversion/ Student Questions/ Wives' Questions / Either-Or Game
Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Catherine, Ansleigh, and Brady welcome Dr. Favale to the show to talk about her journey from Protestantism to Postmodern Feminism to the Catholic Church. Then they force her to be a heretic.
January 23rd, 2020 | 59 mins 28 secs
evangelization, nones, theology
Introducing the Dunces / How I Got into Theology / Bishop Duca / Evangelizing the Nones
Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Catherine, Elise, Ansleigh, and Ally talk about the "Nones," why they stayed in the Church when so many of their peers are leaving, and what to do about it.