On today's show we have Dr. Wade Johston, a real mensch, to talk about Michigan sports, the superioroty of Ohio, as well as ealry controversies in the Reformation and how they shaped who we are today. We also find other analogs for these kinds of controversies and idenitity crises today. Dig it.Read More
I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.
- Bruce Springsteen.
Ok Bruce, we know, you are all about the guys out of work, in the darkness on the edge of town or in the Badlands. But, the idea still makes us pause. What is the American dream? This is harder to discern than we may think. But how is it both a dream and a catastrophe? Well... empty promises, unchecked greed, and exploitation. And the kind that victims tend to run towards... what?! Yeah. Check it out.Read More
On this episode you get double the virtue and very little wasteland. You see, Jeff (the virtue ethicist) is flying solo while his wasteland-y pal stayed in California. But you don't get one guest in his place, but on this Labor Day, on which we celebrate mattress sales and Toyotathons, we give you TWICE the guests. And they may have lived the lives of a dozen people between the two of them.Read More
This week gets a little deep. And I think it is a really important listen, and this because it isn't primarily me or Jeff flapping our gums, but rather our friend Shannon. Shannon is candid, honest, and a lot of fun to have on the show (despite the subject matter)Read More
This isn't a show about statues or the president or anything else that might get you riled up. But it kind of is... now stay with us here, Dan is an actual historian who brings some knowledge to drop. And it gets tricky, and we can't make our way out of this mess with statues and interpretations of the Civil War etc... So Dan answers some basic questions, Jeff helps us puzzle through the issue of public monuments and we may or may not have a good bit of fun (hint: we do)Read More
There is a scene in the Life of Brian in which Brian, a supposed messianic character, tries to dispel his followers by encouraging them all to think of themselves as individuals. As he says to them, exasperated by their herd mentality, "You are all individuals!" and in response they say in unison, "we are all individuals!". Wait a second.... here... look at thisRead More
Everything is broken. And nobody can talk with one another. And political issues tear well meaning people apart. And theory and ideology has killed any sense of true and false and instead helpful or pleasurable becomes the benchmark for success. And, well... there's got to be a way forward in our fractured society, from health to politics and religion.Read More
Micah is not afraid. He is not afraid of some fans who will tell him to "stick with religious topics" or will bemoan that he is being "too political". Micah is not afraid to pull on his personal and family history to draw out themes he has played with on his previous albums. Micah is not afraid to make us uncomfortable. But, he is also a lot of fun. Listen up....Read More
Sometimes the inbox fills up. Sometimes the texts and Facebook messages are bursting with wonderful messages read, but to which we have not yet responded. Enter this show.
We knock big questions down to size and answer them with a grace and aplomb not seen since the tandem figure skating duel for the Gold medal at Grenoble '68. We make light of trivial matters with the winsomeness and puckish charm of Maynard and Johannsen's "Big Laughs at Even Bigger Maypoles" from the film of the same name. This is no hyperbole, this is....Read More
Medieval Catholic? Founder of a new religion? Creator of the modern world? Anti-semite? Crude puppet of the state? Political misfit and revolutionary? The quintessential conservative? Ask a Luther scholar and they are likely to give you at least one of these....Read More
All good ideas are born out of controversy. All philosophy is born of poor the thinking. All theology comes from heresy. So.... that makes the latter thing good? No. Don't be dumb, of course not. But...Read More
Uwe is serious. Kurt is serious. We are extra serious. Want to know why? Seriously. You have no idea. Look at that picture? Our guests look friendly enough. But we ARE SERIOUS. Why?Read More
Happy Days wasn't live. but it was "recorded live before a studio audience". That was fine, but I think they piped some of the "oohs" and "aahs" when Fonzi came on stage. You know what I bet they didn't pipe music in for? Tom Bosley's entrance and round of applause. That dude was awesome. Even better?Read More
On today's show we talk little more about our boy, Hieronymous and his crazy Garden of Earthly Delights (see all the links on the show page) as well as Plato, St. Vincent, Jesus, Donald Glover and others... bottles and cans? That's right.Read More
A bonus show! You may have heard the show a few weeks ago with us on tour in Miami. We did two shows, and we made sure they were different for some coming for a second time.Read More
Warning: this show might cause cognitive dissonance. Or maybe not. We had thought about this topic for some time and decided that we wanted to talk to someone about these things who has had personal experience as well as wisdom in discussing a (possibly) curious trio of things....Read More
Holy cats, you're going to go out into this mess again? Trump is off limits, yes? Are we suffering from Trump overload in the media? Haven't you guys made fools of yourselves by talking about Trump? Yes to all of them! But this isn't your normal show lambasting or spoofing the president. It is (hopefully) a sober approach to what might really matter with our current presidentRead More
The college experience for young adults in America is becoming an assumed right. Whether at a prestigious school or local junior college, everyone seems to be going, at least in certain parts of the country, and way more parts of the country that didn't used to be college crazy. So, you have to go, right? College grads make more than people with no degree, right? It is "good" debt, right?Read More