What are you reading? is a podcast dedicated to inspiring a culture of scholarship and lifelong learning in the Armed Forces. This podcast is in partnership with DODReads.com
The views presented in this podcast are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.
Dr. Nancy Sherman, PhD
In Episode 50, Ryder Ashcraft interviews Dr. Nancy Sherman, a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, where she specializes in ethics, the history of moral philosophy, moral psychology, military ethics, and emotions. They discuss Dr. Sherman's experience as the inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy and her work creating the ethics program and Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. They also discuss her new book, Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience, and how lessons from ancient texts from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca can influence the application of stoicism in military profession.
Major General Bruce Scott, USA (Ret.)
In episode 49, Ryder Ashcraft sits down with Major General Bruce Scott, United States Army (Ret.). MG Scott is the president and CEO of the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, a scholarship program that sends active duty officers overseas for a cultural immersion tour. They discuss the benefits of earning a graduate degree abroad and the military's diplomatic mission.
Admiral Mike Rogers, USN (Ret.)
In episode 48, Ryder Ashcraft interviews Admiral Mike Rogers, USN (Ret.), the former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. They discuss how a lifelong commitment to reading influenced his career, the future of U.S. cyber capabilities, and implications for collaboration between the government and private sector in the cyber domain.
Episode 47: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
In episode 47, Brigid Calhoun interviews Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. Ashley’s War is currently being developed into a major motion picture at Universal Studios. Her most recent book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage and Justice, tells the story of Kurdish women who served as America’s ground force partners in the fight to defeat ISIS in Syria.
They discuss women’s role in combat, working “by, with, and through” allies, and how women can strike the balance between careers and motherhood.
Mr. Brian Murphy
In episode 46, Eugene Yang interviews Mr. Brian Murphy of the Department of Homeland Security. They discuss his depth of experience in counterterrorism both abroad and domestic, the intersection of law enforcement and the Intelligence Community, and the importance of continued education throughout a career. Before being appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Murphy spent 20 years as a Special Agent in the FBI.
Lieutenant General Tom Spoehr, USA (Ret.)
In episode 45, Brigid Calhoun interviews Lieutenant General Tom Spoehr, USA (Ret.) director of the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. They discuss LTG Spoehr’s baptism by fire as a platoon leader in Grenada in 1983, his role in the 2011 U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq, and David L. Roll’s biography George Marshall: Defender of the Republic.
More than it seems
Interviews are excellent. Starts off with senior leader reading but it’s so much more than that. These short and insightful episodes are packed with gems about leadership and life. A perfect commute or exercise pod to get some diverse knowledge.
Keep up the great work!
I really like this podcast. Great interviews and the guests are given space to speak. Its not all about the interviewer. I started reading fiction again. I would politely suggest they include the book names recommended by guests in the show notes.
Good Prof Dev
I feel like I’ve become a better officer listening to the podcast. My favorite part is hearing what everyone’s reading. I wish the show notes had what each person recommended though.