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On todays episode we continue in the vein from last week's Graduation Special II, but move to the idea of Architecture and Cityscapes, both literal and figurative.  We discuss the history of architecture, primarily city planning, in history (with a hat tip to some rad work done by Margaret Foreman), and in our lives.  What does our city say about our collective selves, and how does our live resemble a city.  Sound strange? We promise it's not.  And Dan teases an idea at the beginning of the show that ultimately the show is how to not die alone. Enjoy the Show.

 
 
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Well, Here we are again.  Graduation season 2015.  Last year, on the eve of the graduation of our institution we did a "graduation special" that was intended not only for our graduating seniors, but for all graduates of any level.  But it is also a show about opening your eyes to the opportunities we have around us, and learning to live with a sense of purpose and understanding our callings.  We riff heavily on a speech given by David Foster Wallace "This is Water".  In some ways, he has so much to say, we could have just let this speech do the show for us.  But we add some particular advice, and contextualization for the present day.  

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We are still talking a bit about being "on the wrong side of history", and for today's show we've decided to tackle something a little more complicated than a "good guy, bad guy" scenario (but then again, those are pretty rare).  We've decided to tackle the Crusades (those in the High Middle Ages when Christians fought Muslims and all sorts of folk were fighting with other guys that had stuff they wanted).  To help us work through this issue we have brought our good friend Dr. Adam Francisco on the show.  Adam received his D.Phil from Oxford on Christian and Muslim relations.  The guy travels everywhere, speaking on these issues, and is generally one of the most sober minded (but not milquetoast) guys speaking on the subject today.  We also talk about other fights (mostly involving ourselves, and get Adam involved in some good natured banter). Enjoy the show!



Click on the images below for a link to the books that Dr. Francisco recommended
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On this episode we continue a conversation from last week's show about group identity.  Focusing today on religious identity we bring in our pal the Rev. Dr. CJ Armstrong to help us think through the idea of religious taboos, confessions and the particular religious body of which we are members- the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  If LCMS talk doesn't excite you, come for all of the half baked metaphors and discussion of Alasdair Macintyre, Sigmund Freud, and Culty behaviors.

 
 
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Would you rather be the most conservative guy in a room of progressives, or the most progressive guy in the room of conservatives? Recently Jeff posted a blog on a site in which he suggested something akin to the former. When does a belief turn into what Jeff suggested might be xenophobic sectarianism?  Jeff and Dan have posted the first part of a conversation about the peculiar groups we find ourselves in, why we might feel comfortable in them, and when they might become dangerous ideologies.  This continues some of our thoughts about being on the "wrong side of history".  Part two of this conversation will be released soon. Enjoy the show!

 
 
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"Careful the things you say, children will listen..." On this episode we talk about the stories we tell.  The ones we tell to ourselves, to our children and to posterity.  Dan was fresh off a trip to the East Coast where he delivered a paper to the Association of Core Texts and Courses on "To Follow Our Father's Bright Example: George Washington, Cato and the American Appropriation of Roman Republican Ideals".  It's a stuffy title, but basically, it's about the curious event in 1778 when George Washington had his troops, exhausted and underfed, watch a production of Joseph Addison's play "Cato".  Having researched and thought about why the watching of a play would be so important, we decided to talk about the various stories we tell in our various communities.  We discuss Casey Abrams, Into the Woods (the quote above is from the musical), John Milbank, Postmodernism and Postliberalism among other things. Enjoy!

 
 
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Three fathers chat about dating and adolescence. We are joined by Rev. Dr. C.J. Armstrong, Faithful Masks Fellow. This picture was the homework assignment Aidan completed for the public schools. We are experts.  We've been on dates and have offspring.

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Really? A show on what? Well, Jeff has been doing work on virtue and sexuality and we decided to do a show on one aspect of this.  What is the sin of Onan? Does this have anything to do with... you know. Maybe this show isn't for everyone (or 5% of men and 13% of women according to some studies).  Maybe this isn't the show to blast from your speakers at work, or with the kids nearby.  This might be a controversial topic, but certainly relevant. We address the history and social responses to masturbation, especially with respect to the way it has been addressed in the church.  This is the the first in a series of shows we're calling "The Wrong Side of History."

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Here is a link from an article Jeff wrote on sexuality and youth.
Here is a link from our friends at Relevant magazine

 
 
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On today's show Jeff and Dan get out into the great wide open to have a chat outside about a grab bag of topics.  We discuss some books we've read recently, and more importantly, get to a number of questions that YOU the listener have asked over the past few months.  It's an informal show- maybe not for a first time listener, but maybe it's for you,  the fan of the show (that may or may not be referenced on this episode) (See links below for some of the books we reference)

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On the 50th anniversary of the March on Montgomery from Selma Dan and good friend of the show, Dr. Kristen Koenig, and a group of students flew to Alabama and made the trek to Selma to commemorate the event and experience a bit of history.  Needless to say, it was an amazing event.  On today's show we invited Kristen, and 4 of the students that traveled to Selma to come talk about their experience.  We discuss the history of the Selma march and Civil Rights, our experience as mostly upper Middle Class Californians in the deep south commemorating something that we perhaps thought was remote from own experience.  Now, if you are of a conservative stripe (like Dan!) you might be surprised to hear our take on Obama's speech as well as what we found to be one of the most powerful moments of the weekend.  The show is released, as always, on Monday at 5pm.

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ClickHERE for the PBS documentary on Youtube

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Click HERE to order the book we reference on the show