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RockneCAST is a podcast by Rockne Cole focusing on Fasting, Habits, and the Ancients. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. For books featured on the RockneCAST, check out https://rocknecole.com

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RockneCAST is a podcast by Rockne Cole focusing on Fasting, Habits, and the Ancients. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. For books featured on the RockneCAST, check out https://rocknecole.com

    Robert Waller at 50 - Living and Daily Practice of the Liberal Arts (Episode #31, 3 Apr. 2021)

    Robert Waller at 50 - Living and Daily Practice of the Liberal Arts (Episode #31, 3 Apr. 2021)

    In this episode, I discuss the awesomeness of Iowan Robert Waller through his essay, "The Turning of 50", an essay in this non-fiction book, "One Good Road is Enough."  He released One Road in 1989, just three years before his phenomenal best seller, "The Bridges of Madison County."  Waller seamlessly wove so many threads into his dynamic life: business, math, music, emotion, logic, and of course, writing, something he did on the side of his career as an academic in the business college at the University of Northern Iowa.  



    Waller sold over 60 million books with Bridges and made a Madison County a literary destination, much in the same way that Twain made a Hannibal a permanent stop in the American literary trail.  He did that by following his passion and by living and breathing the liberal arts in everything he did.    



    I share a personal connection to Waller through a high school English teacher, a moment that significantly changed my life.  I also discuss exuberant stoicism, the joy that comes with the acknowledgement of our mortality, the driving force to live to the fullest while we are here.  I thought of Waller as the embodiment of what liberal arts means and the power it can give in helping us to weave threads into the fabric of our own lives.    



    Waller represents not schmaltz or sentimentality as some critics have suggested.  He lived in unity with the inner voice, damn what the critics thought of him.    Next week, we will be featuring Brad Lund, a master polymath, actor, lawyer, programmer, comedian, musician, philosopher, and incredibly talented life force.   We will discuss the power of liberal arts and give our views on the past, present and future of liberal arts education for small colleges.


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    • 31 min
    Dr. Josh White - Co-Founder of Community Health Initiative in Haiti (Episode #30, 27 Mar. 2021)

    Dr. Josh White - Co-Founder of Community Health Initiative in Haiti (Episode #30, 27 Mar. 2021)

    In this episode, I interview Dr. Josh White, co-founder of the Community Health Initiative along with Dr. Chris Buresh.  They met at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and later co-foundered this incredible medical non-profit whose mission is to provide high quality medicine to Haitian residents.  We discuss the challenges of non-profits and the learn more about the incredible Haitian people and culture.  Dr. White is also from my hometown of Decorah and is a fellow Luther College graduate.

    Check out Dr. White's book recommendations at rocknecole.com and the donation link for this awesome non-profit.

    This was a fun one to do!!


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Lynn Begay and Ozzie Winger - The Incredible Story of Coach, an Athlete, and Opportunity in Decorah (Episode #29, 12 Mar. 2021)

    Lynn Begay and Ozzie Winger - The Incredible Story of Coach, an Athlete, and Opportunity in Decorah (Episode #29, 12 Mar. 2021)

    Incredibly grateful that Lynn Begay took time to join me for an interview about his inspiring life story.   In the late 1980s, Lynn and his family met a dynamic teacher named Ozzie Winger while Ozzie was coaching on a Navajo reservation in northwest New Mexico. Ozzie was an inspiring coach, cheerleader, learner and mentor to so many Navajo Youth.  As he reached retirement age, Ozzie invited Lynn and his siblings to spend some summers in his and my hometown of Decorah, IA.  Lynn accepted that invitation and so began the incredible story of growing up Navajo in Decorah, Iowa.  Lynn was a star athlete, friend, and inspired so many with his positive example.  Ozzie died in 2007.  We celebrate Ozzie's life and the impact that he made upon Lynn and his family.  Ozzie was a fierce defender of not only Lynn, but also Navajo culture and peoples.  

    We discussed Navajo language, culture, code talkers, and what it was like to grow up as a proud member of the Navajo Nation in Decorah, Iowa.

    We also discussed book and movie recommendations for people interested in Native culture. You can find the links at rocknecole.com.

    If you're ever in Crete, Nebraska, check out Lynn's sport bar, Elle's on Main, one of the top sport's bars in Eastern Nebraska.  

    Lynn is a good vibe person.   You will love this interview!




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    • 59 min
    Cory Grimm - A Year of Transformation and Renewal in Haiti (Episode #28, 9 Mar. 2021)

    Cory Grimm - A Year of Transformation and Renewal in Haiti (Episode #28, 9 Mar. 2021)

    In this episode, I interview my brother in law Cory Grimm about his year of transformation in Haiti.  We discuss the sun, the sounds, water, Haitian recipes, books, and music from this inspiring culture.  

    Finally, we feature a new release from Cory Grimm!

    Check out books and music at rocknecole.com.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Billingsleas in Singapore (Episode #27, 2 Mar. 2021)

    The Billingsleas in Singapore (Episode #27, 2 Mar. 2021)

    In this episode, I interview my friends Stacy and Kevin Billingslea about their transition from Missoula, Montana to international education in Guadalajara, Mexico, Bangladesh, and most recently Singapore.  They explore their decision making process in deciding to make the leap from Missoula, their challenges once they made the leap and their reflections on living abroad for almost 8 years.  They also describe a trip that made with Bedouins on the Arabian Peninsula.  We even discussed the great stoics Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus.  Finally, we discussed the power of the liberal arts in shaping their professional lives.  

    This one was a lot of fun to do!!


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    • 41 min
    Levy Lee Simon on Haitian Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture (Episode #26, 16 Feb. 2021)

    Levy Lee Simon on Haitian Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture (Episode #26, 16 Feb. 2021)

    I had a ton of fun on this episode.  I interviewed award winning playwright Levy Lee Simon.  Currently, an actor and playwright in Los Angeles, California, Simon received his MFA from the University of Iowa Theater Program in the late 90's.  During that time, he finished a play on the great Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture, who led the only successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere.  We also discuss how he became interested in Toussaint Louverture and the other Big Three of the Haitian Revolution, Jean Dessalines and Henry Christophe.



    I also was intrigued by Defile (Marie Sainte Dédé Bazile), one of the key women warriors of the Haitian Revolution.  Her story will make you wanting to learn more.  



    I am absolutely fascinated Haiti and this interview made me even more interested in traveling to Haiti someday.  I learned so much about Haiti, Louverture, and why this revolution resonates so strongly even 230 years later.  










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    • 1 hr 16 min

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