This is a collection of rare conversations with the authors, artists, scientists, and visionaries who have been bestowed with the Order of Lincoln Medallion. "The Lincoln Laureates" represent the most revered Illinoisans through the mission of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Ryne Sandberg - The Hall of Respect
Ryne Sandberg changed an unwritten baseball rule: "Second basemen don't hit home runs."
In this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, we'll learn who and what changed him into a power hitter who still excelled at the short game. We also discover what inspired this sand lot player from Spokane to make Illinois his forever home.
Our guest host for this conversation with the Lincoln Laureates is award-winning broadcast journalist Jim Bohannon.
Stephanie Pace Marshall - Students as Teachers
"Mind shaping is world shaping." Inspiring words from a globally renowned educator. Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall is the founding president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
In this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, we learn how 'listening' to students inspired Dr. Marshall to re-imagine the way we teach.
Our guest host for this conversation is award-winning broadcast journalist Chris Bury.
James C. Lovell - The Science of Fantasy
During this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, we’ll hear inspiring humility from a true American hero.
Only 24 humans have travelled to the Moon. James C. Lovell was the first to go there TWICE. Lovell’s cool demeanor and brilliant crisis leadership skills brought the Apollo 13 crew safely back to Earth in 1970. These observations are packed with lessons for navigating the impossible.
Our guest host for this Lincoln Laureates conversation is award-winning broadcast journalist, Mort Crim.
Sheila C. Johnson - The Art of Leadership
For Sheila C. Johnson, leading is orchestral. As she describes, great leaders are like violin players. You must listen and perform both alternately and simultaneously.
In this episode, you'll learn the secret behind Sheila's creation of Black Entertainment Television. Plus, she shares how the stories of Abraham Lincoln have fueled her path to success as CEO of Salamander resorts.
Our guest host for this episode is award winning broadcast journalist Ron Claiborne.
Bill Kurtis - Service Through Truth
Bill Kurtis might have been an attorney arguing for victim's rights. But a deadly Kansas twister taught him that a great journalist can reduce the number of victims.
In this episode, we hear the powerful journey that inspired his investigative passion. From covering infamous trials to finding the facts behind a whistleblower's story. Bill Kurtis discovered that a story crafted with detail can impact a greater cause. On a lighter note, you'll learn why he feared "Ron Burgundy."
Our guest host for this episode is award winning broadcast journalist Bill Plante.
Emily Bear - 12 Tones Tell The Story
Emily Bear is drawn to every aspect of music. AND, every genre of music. This is a conversation that goes beyond her unimaginable talent to reveal her powerful curiosity and compassion.
Emily is a renowned composer(published first at age 4). Quincy Jones has been Emily's mentor since she was 11. In this conversation, you'll be swept away by Emily's ability to make this all seem like every day life. You'll hear the "Lincoln" traits of honesty and trust, come alive in her passion to tell stories through music.
Our guest host for this episode is award winning broadcast journalist Jim Bohannon.