the inspired minds podcast

Join Sam and Rick as they go in search of ideas for restoring American civic virtue.

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EPISODE THREE – THE POWER OF STORIES

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam begin with a discussion about the role that stories and storytelling play in our lives, particularly that stories express virtue and help us make sense of our world. They are joined by Joseph Bruchac, renowned storyteller and writer, who elaborates on the power storytelling has on us and those around us. 

A big thank you to guest Joe Bruchac! For over forty years Joe has been creating literature and music that reflect his indigenous heritage and traditions. He is a proud Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected elder among his people. As an award-winning storyteller, Joe has shared tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands around the world. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults, and in 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West

EPISODE TWO – WISDOM & JOURNALISM

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam continue their discussion of American civic virtue, highlighting wisdom and its role in American media and culture. The conversation continues as they are joined by guest host, Rusty Cunningham. Please join them as they contemplate journalism and its relationship to wisdom. 

A big thank you to guest host, Rusty Cunningham! Rusty recently retired as executive editor of the La Crosse Tribune and River Valley. He has been a journalist for more than four decades — the last 41 with Lee Enterprises — and is the fourth consecutive member of his family to serve as a journalist. He and wife Gail have a son, Corey, a doctor of musical arts from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West

Episode One – Indigenuity

Join Sam and Rick as they kick off their first episode of the Inspired Minds Podcast, as they search for ideas to restore American civic virtue.  In today’s episode, Rick and Sam discuss the meaning of values and virtue and their relationship to American civics, as well as the connection between civic virtue and climate change. Later, they are joined by guest speaker Daniel Wildcat for a discussion about “indigenuity” (indigenous ingenuity) – drawing on ancient wisdom to solve contemporary problems. 

A big thank you to guest speaker Daniel Wildcat! Dan is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. He is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center and member of the Indigenous & American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Wildcat has been an invited speaker on American Indian worldviews at Goddard Space Flight Center, National Museum of the American Indian. Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth College, University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas State University, University of California (Riverside) and many other institutions. He is the author and editor of several books, including Power and Place: Indian Education In America, with Vine Deloria, Jr.; and Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West