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How the Hillsdale Dialogues with Hugh Hewitt and Larry P. Arnn & Company Saved My Sanity During Virus Crisis
Brad Butler --Public Relations Professional Brad Butler --Public Relations Professional
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, June 8, 2020

Hugh Hewitt & Larry P. Arnn Creating Hillsdale Dialogues

During the recent craziness with the virus I decided to completely tune out all news stations and only kept up with the barest updates online. I stopped listening to talk radio and radio news unless in the car, which was practically never. While hunkered down and concentrating on my work, luckily done at home, I was thus left with streaming movies and TV shows and the wonderful Hillsdale Dialogues with radio host Hugh Hewitt and Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. For years now Hugh Hewitt has devoted one-hour a week to interviewing Arnn, and many of the professors from Hillsdale, about the History of Everything.

There are now over six-hundred podcasts on the Hillsdale Dialogues Sound Cloud Channel and the range of topics and detail in which they are explored is fantastic. From Alexander the Great to Winston Churchill; from Aristotle to Hegel; from Homer to Shakespeare to Machiavelli to Aquinas to Augustine and so many topics it seems to touch on everything. I simply cued up Dialogues on my Sound Cloud Channel on the phone and let them run constantly in the background as they played again and again. I left it on while working, resting, cooking, sleeping, sometimes even while watching movies.   

Those voices talking about everything from Greece to current events came to resemble audio wallpaper in my quarantined life and increased my knowledge and kept me from getting too wound up from media coverage. Friends and family called and I refused to talk with them about the virus crisis, politely cutting them off after a cursory discussion. There was nothing I could do and I sought to protect my personal sanity and the Hilldale Dialogues helped to achieve that.

Evidence of my successful strategy is the many I know who are still bouncing off the walls and so worried they might need therapy for years. I suspect they will become voluntary "bubble people" with little persuasion. Granted it was not good for many, but I suspected all the really dire predictions of so-called "experts" wouldn't come to pass.   

Playing in the background while I write this is Larry Arnn talking about the American Revolution and George Washington. This particular podcast is going through U.S. history and Arnn, a professor of politics and history, is loaded with amazing stories which even surprise the well informed and well-read Hugh Hewitt. This series started in the wake of 9/11 with a six-hour History of Western Civilization and morphed into one of Hewitt's most popular segments on his widely syndicated radio show.  

Thank you Hillsdale Dialogues!

Larry P. Arnn is the 12th president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. In 1996, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting, and admissions.

Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of The Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Philadelphia Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years, for which he earned the Department of the Army's "Outstanding Civilian Service Medal" In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Dr. Arnn is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders' Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It; and Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.

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