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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.

#16: JBL’s Man on the Street, Dennis Leap, Talks Shakespeare With Visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon

Aired Monday, June 20, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap invites Stratford-upon-Avon locals to talk about Shakespeare—his plays, his sketchy biography,
and the current controversy over how to produce his plays for modern audiences.

#15: Final Thoughts From the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Aired Monday, June 13, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   23 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses why Ben Franklin’s “bold and arduous project” to attain moral perfection is the most important part of the book.

#14: Ben Franklin on Moral Perfection and Proper Use of Time

Aired Monday, June 6, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

The 60-plus panel—host Dennis Leap, Robert Harmon and Deborah Leap—discuss Ben Franklin’s plan to achieve moral perfection and his daily schedule for getting things done.

#13: The Instructor’s Panel Part 2

Aired Monday, May 30, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

#12: The Literature Instructor's Panel Discusses Ben Franklin's Early Education Part 1

Aired Monday, May 23, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, James Brandon and Brandon Nice discuss Ben Franklin's early education. Besides learning the printing trade with his brother James, Ben taught himself to write as well as two of the best English essayists of his time, beginning at age 12 in his off hours!

Ben Franklin's self-motivation is truly amazing. This is proof that parents can expect more of their teens today and get positive results; America's founding generation did. Parents need to follow the same example.

#11: The Franklins vs. the Mathers

Aired Monday, May 16, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap gives scintillating background about how Ben Franklin and his brother James struggled to establish freedom of speech (and the press) in colonial Boston, Massachusetts. Ben leaves these details out of his autobiography.

#10: Ben Franklin's Independent Spirit

Aired Monday, May 9, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   38 minutes

Dennis Leap takes you into the fascinating background behind young Ben Franklin's independent spirit.

#9: Introducing Ben Franklin, Printer

Aired Monday, May 2, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses fascinating facts about Benjamin Franklin not covered in his autobiography.

#8: Final Thoughts on The Old Man and the Sea

Aired Monday, April 25, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses Hemingway’s philosophy of life as spoken through the character Santiago

#7: The Old Man and the Sea: the Final Panel Discussion

Aired Monday, April 18, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and James Brandon discuss pride, sin and suffering as seen with the character Santiago.