Ever want to know what life at a small college is like? Or perhaps what the tales of its inhabitants are? Here at Tales of Hope, we want to spread these stories to the rest of the world. Join alum and current Hope College custodian Nick McNamara, as he sits down and learns the tales of members of the Hope College community. Listen in and hear what they have gone through to reach where they are today!Facebook: Tales of Hope PodcastTwitter and Instagram: @talesofhopepodYoutube: Tales of Hope PodcastMusic - first episodes: "Wings-II Animato" by Aitua.Music - rest: made online Become a supporter of this podcast:


  • We Have To Talk

    We Have To Talk

    05/12/2019 Duração: 15min

    This was not an easy decision to make, but it was one I needed to make. Please stay with us on social media to learn when we may return. This is an indefinite hiatus from the podcasting world, not a permanent one.

  • This Week In Hope: Dec 1-7

    This Week In Hope: Dec 1-7

    01/12/2019 Duração: 29min

    Two episodes a week??? I think so!! Starting a new weekly show called This Week in Hope where I talk about some of the upcoming events on campus that YOU should be checking out. This week we have events ranging from departmental information meetings regarding majors, an art show, and films including one being put on by past guest Kory Lafontant! Also, a healthy dose of athletics including a men's basketball road trip to Wisconsin, Notre Dame hockey, and the first edition of The Rivalry: Basketball Style at Calvin.

  • Music, Podcasts, and Community: The Tale of Sharee Nurse

    Music, Podcasts, and Community: The Tale of Sharee Nurse

    18/11/2019 Duração: 44min

    The echo is fixed!! Just in time for a big episode this week. Sit down with Sharee Nurse, Kollen Hall RD and the host of the I Think This Is Love podcast. We talk about how her show came to be, how she was once in a band, and what it has been like finding community in Holland. Sharee's site! -

  • The Path Not Thought Of: The Tale of Lauren Thorne 20

    The Path Not Thought Of: The Tale of Lauren Thorne '20

    11/11/2019 Duração: 54min

    (Apologies for the echo, looking into possibly a new place to record) Sit down with Lauren Thorne and I as we talk about her life and how things have gone in ways she never thought of. From ballet in New York, to coming to Hope for basketball and leaving that behind, to majoring and minoring in subjects that were never on her radar, life has been wild for her.

  • What We Never Expect: The Tale of Kworweinski Kory LaFontant 21 Pt. 2

    What We Never Expect: The Tale of Kworweinski "Kory" LaFontant '21 Pt. 2

    04/11/2019 Duração: 37min

    *Show notes found at* Part 2 of the amazing interview with Kory! This time we continue talking about life after basketball, his relationship with God, and the culture shock of coming from Florida and how people don't travel to "his Florida" when they go there on vacation.

  • What We Never Expect: The Tale of Kworweinski Kory LaFontant 21 Pt. 1

    What We Never Expect: The Tale of Kworweinski "Kory" LaFontant '21 Pt. 1

    28/10/2019 Duração: 37min

    (Show Notes can be found at We're back baby! Season 2 of Tales of Hope kicks off with a deep two-parter featuring one of our social media followers, Kory. In part one, we get into growing up, being a pro gamer for a bit, and how he got to Hope only to be "bamboozled by God." Part 2 will be out next week! 

  • Hope History Minute: Hockey

    Hope History Minute: Hockey

    21/10/2019 Duração: 21min

    We're back!! This is a short episode, as we talk about the relatively young hockey program at Hope. Not playing on campus hasn't stopped them from being champions. Also, I talk about what has been going on with me recently and why I feel I haven't been doing a good job with the show.

  • My Hope Scary Stories

    My Hope Scary Stories

    07/10/2019 Duração: 34min

    (Sorry for the cold open, realize I forgot to include the intro music!) This week, I talk about the creepy paranormal experiences I have had at Hope. From motion-activated lights randomly turning on to ghosts running on the track, I've experienced a lot at Hope!

  • Faces of Hope: A.J. Muste Pt. 2 - Pacificism and Peace

    Faces of Hope: A.J. Muste Pt. 2 - Pacificism and Peace

    30/09/2019 Duração: 28min

    This week, we take a look at A.J.'s impact on wartime protests and promotions of peace. Learn about how he helped textile workers get better conditions by not retaliating to the violence they faced, how he organized a march to Moscow, and how the Vietnam War could've been ended with a response from our president. A. J. Muste – Digital Holland, Michigan - site used in this series

  • Faces of Hope: A.J. Muste Pt. 1 - Early Life

    Faces of Hope: A.J. Muste Pt. 1 - Early Life

    23/09/2019 Duração: 21min

    Part 1 of a 2 part series on the life of Abraham Johannes Muste. This week, we touch on his early life. From growing up in actual Holland, to moving to Grand Rapids when he was 6, to his education at Hope College. We also learn about his life post-graduation, as well as how his views on his religious beliefs changed after studying at a seminary.

  • Special Episode: 9/11 Memories

    Special Episode: 9/11 Memories

    11/09/2019 Duração: 26min

    Impromptu special episode this week and it's a somber one. I spoke with five faculty and staff, one alum, and one student about their memories of 9/11 and what thy could remember of the day. I also talk about my memory of the day. If you have a memory of that day 18 years ago, please feel free to share it with us on social media.

  • Partner Episode: AD Creatives

    Partner Episode: A&D Creatives

    09/09/2019 Duração: 22min

    We're back, and this week breaking our rules a bit. Not an interview with someone from Hope, but rather an interview with supporter of the show, high school classmate, and new partner of the show Ashley DeJonge! Hear the story of how I came to contact her about creating our logo, how she got into the world of marketing, and what she wants her business to achieve when all is said and done. Ashley texted me after the show to say she forgot to mention she also does social media managing for businesses as well!)

  • To The Class of 2023...

    To The Class of 2023...

    26/08/2019 Duração: 27min

    Going a little different route this week. Listen as I pass on some advice to the incoming freshman of Hope College, both from myself and from two friends of the show. Plus, hear about the newest partner of the show A & D Creatives!

  • Hope History Minute: The Van Andel Family

    Hope History Minute: The Van Andel Family

    19/08/2019 Duração: 23min

    Jump in your time machines, because we are going back almost 100 years to the beginnings of a West Michigan powerhouse family! This week we take a look at the Van Andel's, one of the founding families of Amway and a family who has left their mark at Hope. From Amway's start as a small basement business, to it's rise to global name, as well as the other things patriarch Jay Van Andel has done to help the world, it can all be found in this episode!

  • Hope History Minute: Volleyball

    Hope History Minute: Volleyball

    12/08/2019 Duração: 24min

    This week, let's go a little bit back in time to see the rise of the volleyball program! From a slow start to a national powerhouse, see the rise of the program through the years. Also hear how the current coach impacted the team before she took over, and why the 2014 season was so special.

  • State of the Show

    State of the Show

    05/08/2019 Duração: 25min

    Different kind of show this week, as I talk about where we've come from, where we are today, and some of what to expect in the future.

  • Faces of Hope: Coach Glenn Van Wieren

    Faces of Hope: Coach Glenn Van Wieren

    29/07/2019 Duração: 23min

    Another past coach episode! This week, let's talk about Glenn Van Wieren, the greatest men's basketball coach in Hope history. From his years as a player, to being hired as the youngest faculty member, to his illustrious 33 year coaching career. Also hear his connections to the show, as well as my own encounter with Glenn! Visit and use code "Summer" at checkout for FREE shipping!

  • Faces Of Hope: Coach Karla Wolters

    Faces Of Hope: Coach Karla Wolters

    22/07/2019 Duração: 24min

    This week, we take a look at one of the most successful coaches in all of Division III collegiate sports and a person who impacted Hope in many ways: former softball coach Karla Wolters! Hear her astonishing record, how many sports she coached, as well as the manner in which she won her 500th game at Hope!

  • Partner Episode: Intervention X

    Partner Episode: Intervention X

    15/07/2019 Duração: 26min

    We have a partner of the show! The Intervention X, created by Hope grad David Lenzi '16, is now partnered with Tales of Hope. In this episode, I go over why I support the program as well as go through and break down what the program offers David Lenzi: X:

  • Hope History Minute: Mens Basketball

    Hope History Minute: Men's Basketball

    01/07/2019 Duração: 28min

    Time for another jump in our time machines, this time to learn about the men's basketball program! From playing YMCA and high school teams to having an exhibition game against Indiana University, the program has done it all. Also hear about how no coach has left the program with a losing record and how successful it has been in conference play. Finally, we learn how yet another sports team has a big connection to the show.

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