Ethics and Culture Cast

From the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

About the show

Lively conversations with professors, fellows, scholars, and friends of the University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. The Center is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and public engagement, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines. For more information visit

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  • Episode 66: Hon. Dan Lipinski

    March 17th, 2022  |  27 mins 35 secs
    abortion, government, law, politics, prolife

    Daniel Lipinski is the former US Representative for the 3rd Congressional District in Illinois.

  • Episode 65: Abigail Favale

    February 24th, 2022  |  35 mins 28 secs
    catholic, feminism, gender, saint

    Abigail Favale, Ph.D., is a writer, professor, and speaker. She is Dean of the College of Humanities at George Fox University, and previously directed and taught in the William Penn Honors Program, a Great Books curriculum at George Fox.

  • Episode 64: Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC

    January 14th, 2022  |  26 mins 35 secs
    bioethics, moral theology, morals, privacy, social media, theology

    Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC is a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, currently writing a dissertation on issues of informational privacy and the Church. We chat about how the Church engages secular thinkers on these important questions, and how he has used social media as a channel of evangelization.

  • Episode 63: Christopher Beha

    November 18th, 2021  |  34 mins 42 secs
    author, catholic, memoir, novel, writing

    Christopher Beha is the author of a memoir, The Whole Five Feet, and the novels Arts & Entertainments and What Happened to Sophie Wilder. His latest novel, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, was nominated for the 2020 National Book Award. He is the editor of Harper’s Magazine.

  • Episode 62: Alex Jones of Hallow

    November 4th, 2021  |  31 mins 43 secs
    catholic, prayer, technology

    A chat with Alex Jones, co-founder and CEO of Hallow, the #1 Catholic app for prayer, meditation, music, and sleep

  • Episode 61: Petra Farrell

    October 29th, 2021  |  28 mins 58 secs
    abortion, dcec, pro-life, prolife

    Petra Farrell is the Culture of Life Program Manager at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

  • Episode 60: Kirk Doran

    October 7th, 2021  |  29 mins 56 secs
    economics, education, innovation, professor

    In this episode, we chat with Kirk Doran, Henkels Family Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor of Economics at Notre Dame. We chat about the delight that economists find in discovering unintended consequences, about how professional prizes affect their recipients' future output, and the joys of a classical education for children.

  • Episode 59: Christina Bambrick

    September 23rd, 2021  |  17 mins 49 secs
    constitution, polisci, political science

    Christina Bambrick is assistant professor of political science at Notre Dame.

  • Episode 58: Brian Mulholland

    September 9th, 2021  |  22 mins 59 secs
    fellow, math, mission, pedagogy

    Dr. Brian Mulholland is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Mathematics Department at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Episode 57: Vicki Thorn

    August 26th, 2021  |  39 mins 28 secs
    abortion, healing, mercy, ministry

    Vicki Thorn is the founder of the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel and executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.

  • Episode 56: Joshua Hren

    June 17th, 2021  |  50 mins 45 secs
    beauty, dante, flannery, imagination, o'connor, writing

    Joshua Hren is the founder and publisher of Wiseblood Books, author of "How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic," and cofounder of a new MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of St. Thomas that focuses on the Catholic imagination.

  • Episode 55: Carter Snead and "What It Means to Be Human"

    May 27th, 2021  |  29 mins 18 secs
    abortion, anthropology, art, euthanasia, ivf

    dCEC Director O. Carter Snead returns to the podcast to discuss his recent book, "What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics."