Season 1, Episode 3: A List of Heroes?

As we’re digging deeper into the concept of heroes, Sarah shares about how she made a “list of heroes” in her childhood and how thinking back to that moment is important for considering the rise and fall of heroes. We’ll also explore definitions for the word “hero”, laying the groundwork for future episodes.

P.S. We know we missed a few weeks of posting in March, and we apologize. Sometimes, mental health and wellness is more important than the “next episode.” Things are better now, and we look forward to resuming our weekly podcast schedule. Thank you.


  • What is the definition of “hero”?

HE’ROnoun [Latin heros; Gr. a demigod.]

1. A man of distinguished valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger; as a hero in arms.

2. A great, illustrious or extraordinary person; as a hero in learning. [Little Used.]

3. In a poem, or romance, the principal personage, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Aeneas in the Aeneid.

4. In pagan mythology, a hero was an illustrious person, mortal indeed, but supposed by the populace to partake of immortality, and after his death to be placed among the gods.

Noah Webster’s Dictionary, 1828 (Accessed Online:
  • The word is used in similar, but different ways in modern language.
  • Do we mix our concept of heroes in the modern time?
  • SUPER Heroes…they take a step beyond humanity. Perhaps modern “demigods” like the Ancient Greeks?
  • When I was about 9 or 10, there was a conversation with my brothers about “heroes.” Did we want superheroes or real-heroes?
  • The list of heroes, according to the Bierle kids…
  • Re-thinking the List of Heroes later in life.
  • I needed people to look up to and that’s how my list of heroes was born.
  • We want heroes.
  • Thinking about how we CREATE heroes.

Episode Questions:

  • Who is your favorite hero? Historic, legendary, mythical, etc.?

Published by Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, author, speaker, and researcher. Past and present, everyone has a story. What will we discover and discuss?

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