About

… the Wade Center podcast

The Wade Center podcast, hosted by the Wade’s co-directors Drs. David Downing and Crystal Downing, is a treasure trove of enthralling and insightful conversations about the seven authors The Wade Center collects:

  • C. S. Lewis
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Charles Williams
  • Owen Barfield
  • G. K. Chesterton
  • George MacDonald

You can also listen on YouTubeiTunes, and Spotify.

Podcast episodes indexed here so far are mainly devoted to works written by the seven authors themselves. These recordings convey David and Crystal’s expert commentary in a lively and humorous mode of informal discussion with one another and with producer Aaron Hill, as well as occasional guests such as Jerry Root.

Other podcast episodes (to be added to this index over coming months) feature interviews with scholars publishing books about the seven authors and conducting research at the Wade.

Visit the Wade Center on the campus of Wheaton College to learn more about the lives and work of these authors, and see The Lewis Family Wardrobe, J. R. R. Tolkien’s writing desk, and many other fascinating artifacts.


… this Index

Each book has its own dedicated page. All podcast episodes devoted to a particular book are listed together on that single book page. Each book page is dated according to the book’s original date of publication.

Menu links offer general information about the seven Wade authors.

Categories link to podcasts discussing original works by the Wade authors. Look for category links in the footers.

Tags indicate guest scholars participating in podcast episodes other than the three regular hosts: David, Crystal, and Aaron. Look for tags in the footers.

Use the Search field to search all content on the site. Searching for “Sayers” yields more hits than clicking on a Sayers link in the footer. The search results for “Sayers” include secondary studies about Sayers, while the footer categories link only to podcasts about original works by Sayers. Try it and see the difference. For the most comprehensive results, use Search. For podcasts about original works by the Wade’s seven authors, use the footer links.

In the future, we hope to enhance this site by considering the following steps:

  • Tweak the overall theme layout to support more efficient scanning of information.
  • At present, only episodes that discuss particular works by the Wade authors are listed. There are many more episodes which discuss works by visiting scholars, and these may be added when time permits (categorized as “Secondary studies”).
  • We are considering whether to embed the audio files within each record so that they may be listened to at this site, and also archived here for the future, supplementing the existing podcast page.
  • Might there be a benefit if additional book information were added to each book page, such as Wade Center call numbers, links to Wikipedia, Amazon or Goodreads, or other online resources?

This podcast index is created and maintained by Kerry Magruder (kerrysloft.com and kerrymagruder.com) and David Corbly (Open Door Creations) in support of the mission of the Wade Center and the exemplary work of its Co-Directors.

Christine Colón Crystal Downing David Hooker David McNutt Graham Shea Jerry Root Laura Schmidt Marjorie Mead