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Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

#215: A Quick Trip to Orwell’s Animal Farm, Part 2

Aired Monday, July 27, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, along with special S.E.P. camper guests Aiden, Issac, Heidi and Nicole, discuss the first five chapters of George Orwell’s creative and humorous classic fable, Animal Farm.

#214: A Quick Trip to Orwell’s Animal Farm, Part 1

Aired Monday, July 20, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses why he’s interrupting discussion of Orwell’s classic 1984 to discuss his creative and humorous classic fable Animal Farm.

#213: 1984 "Book 2”: Winston, Julia and O’Brien, Part 2

Aired Monday, July 13, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guests Deborah Leap and Emma Moore discuss the characters Winston, Julia and O’Brien and their prescient symbolic relevance to today’s current events.

#212: 1984 “Book 2”: Winston, Julia and O’Brien, Part 1

Aired Monday, July 6, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guests Deborah Leap and Emma Moore discuss the unique aspects of the characters Winston, Julia and O’Brien.

#211: 1984: The World of Winston Smith, Part 2

Aired Monday, June 29, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guests Grant Turgeon and James Brandon discuss highlights from Book 1 of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. They discuss Winston Smith’s job in the Ministry of Truth, modern media’s use of fake news, lying permitted on television, Newspeak and the control of others’ thoughts, activist journalists, Syme and the elimination of classic literature, and the people closest to Winston—O’Brien, Julia, Katharine and the Parsons.

#210: 1984: The World of Winston Smith, Part 1

Aired Monday, June 22, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guests Grant Turgeon and James Brandon discuss highlights from Book 1 of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Topics discussed include telescreens, Winston’s diary, propaganda, the destruction of language, the two minutes of hate, and today’s mainstream news.

#209: George Orwell: A Conversation With Michael Shelden

Aired Monday, June 15, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   53 minutes

In this extended length program, host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap hold a conversation with Michael Sheldon, author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography. Michael shares his insights on why George Orwell wrote his famous novel 1984.

#208: Why Eric Arthur Blair Became George Orwell, Part 2

Aired Monday, June 8, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses Eric Blair's adolescent years, his dysfunctional family life, his idyllic boyhood home in the picturesque setting of Henley-on-Thames, his difficulty making friends, and his tough years at St. Cyprian’s boarding school.

#207: Why Eric Arthur Blair Became George Orwell, Part 1

Aired Monday, June 1, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap opens the JBL summer book discussion series, "Blast From the Past,” with a biographical sketch on the man who became George Orwell, author of the prescient novel 1984.

#206: Charles Krauthammer—Essayist Extraordinaire

Aired Monday, May 25, 2020   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

Host Dennis Leap gives his final thoughts on the life and writings of Charles Krauthammer.