13 episodes

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.

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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.

    Ray LaHood - Bold Reasoning

    Ray LaHood - Bold Reasoning

    During this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, we’ll learn how a humble civics teacher from Peoria became one of the most admired members of the U.S. Congress.



    Ray LaHood represented Illinois’ 18th district in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. Inspired by his admiration for our 16th president, LaHood passionately spread his bi-partisan ideals as a driving force in legislation.

    Our guest host for this Lincoln Laureates conversation is award-winning broadcast journalist, Chris Bury.

    • 30 min
    John Borling - Keep Marching

    John Borling - Keep Marching

    Major General John Borling did something unimaginable. He crafted poetry out of the seemingly endless years as a POW at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. From Borling's first airborne experience in a jet, he knew he "had to be a fighter pilot."

    In this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, you'll hear how 'taps on the wall' were the key to surviving Borling's imprisonment. Plus, why he feels deeply connected to Memorial Day through its creator, John A. Logan.

    Our guest host for this conversation is award-winning broadcast journalist, Ron Claiborne.

    • 36 min
    Orion Samuelson - You Can't Dream Big Enough

    Orion Samuelson - You Can't Dream Big Enough

    Orion Samuelson's birthright was a 200-acre dairy farm, but a leg disease became his wake-up call in 8th grade. When he could not 'be' a farmer, he set his sights on being a 'vocal' advocate for every farmer he ever met. In the process, Orion bent the ear of more than a dozen U.S. Presidents, and toured farms in more than 40 nations.

    In this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, you'll learn exactly how this booming baritone became the "Voice of American Agriculture" -- and how he passionately connected the rural spirit with urban sprawl through Illinois' role in feeding the planet.

    Our guest host for this conversation with the Lincoln Laureates is award-winning broadcast journalist, Jim Bohannon.

    • 26 min
    Frank Clark - Your Word Is Your Bond

    Frank Clark - Your Word Is Your Bond

    Frank Clark's story is not a fabrication for film. It is a reality saga that took him from the mailroom to the corner office. In this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, you'll hear what drove Frank Clark to become the first African-American CEO of the Fortune 100 energy company, ComEd.

    As a native of Chicago's Woodlawn and West Chatham neighborhoods, Mr. Clark lived the realities of racial division and injustice. In this dialogue, we'll get to the heart of that experience. You'll also hear what Abraham Lincoln's life has to teach us about educating equality.

    Our guest host for this conversation is award-winning broadcast journalist, Jim Bohannon.

    • 22 min
    Doug Collins - Resiliency Prevails

    Doug Collins - Resiliency Prevails

    Doug Collins' life has revolved around a sphere filled with eight pounds of air. His working class roots in Benton, Illinois have taken his passion for basketball to the rarest of global stages -- from the Olympics Games to the NBA Finals.

    In this episode of the Lincoln Laureates, Doug Collins shares what fueled his bond with NBA superstar Michael Jordan and why trust gives birth to truth. You'll also hear how a tragic accident re-shaped his life's journey.

    Our guest host for this conversation is award-winning broadcast journalist Ron Claiborne.

    • 25 min
    Ryne Sandberg - The Hall of Respect

    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.

    • 25 min