Christ and Pop Culture

Wade and Kevin play catch-up this episode, reviewing two foreign releases from earlier in the year. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's procedural The Unknown Girl, about a young doctor playing detective in order to make up for a serious mistake, is first up. Will this film join the ranks of The Kid with a Bike; Two Days, One Night; and L'Enfant as one of the Dardennes' finest? The guys then turn their attention to the latest family drama from Hirokazu Kore-eda, After the Storm.

Music interlude by Lady Electric, "Who Has to Know." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Special guest Val Dunham returns to the show to talk about the atypical representation of love in the Netflix Original Atypical. There is phrase used in the community of autistic parents and family members, "If you know one person who has autism, you know one person who has autism." The disability is something that varies in presentation from person to person making the goal of representation in dramatic television a challenge. Drew and Tyler talk with Val about her review of the show and how the oversimplification of of "love is a verb" is detrimental to Christians and all viewers can be. While the show is far from perfect with critics praising and lambasting, Val finds merit in the characters and the nuance found within that she can relate to as the mother of an autistic child.

 


How is it that a fish can bring hope and a puppy can bring joy? There is something special about caring for and tending to animals that help us deal with the stresses of life. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share some of their most memorable animal stories as they explore the ways that animals are a true gift to our families and lives. We’d love to hear your animal stories, the animal Instagram accounts you scroll through, or the latest hedgehog video you have on repeat. And visit us on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to share a photo of your beloved pet!

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The guys tackle one of the most controversial films of 2017 in Darren Aronofsky's Mother!, an allegory about the darkness of the creative impulse ... or is it about God and the problem of evil? Interpretations abound as Wade and Kevin wrap their brains around this film. They then look ahead to the end of the year, counting down their five most-anticipated movies slated for release in the months ahead and sharing listeners' picks as well.

Music interlude by the Orange Rocket, "No Glamour." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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If women’s magazines are any clue, beauty is the primary concern among females. Magazines are stuffed with tips for fashion, makeup, diet, exercise, skin care, and more. And when those don’t work, there are the more extreme measures such as cosmetic surgery and extreme dieting, all to force our physical form into a certain predefined shape. Even without these extreme measures, most women are well aware of the ways their own body doesn’t meet the beauty standards of our culture. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the ways that women chase after beauty. Covering everything from negative self-talk to fitness challenges to the price of good health, Erin and Hannah explore the ways that unreasonable standards have us chasing a form of beauty that isn’t real. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day!

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Back from their two-week hiatus, Wade and Kevin are welcomed back by a sharp-toothed monster clown as they dive into the new adaptation of Stephen King's It. Does it sink under the weight of its mammoth source material, or does it ... float? Then the guys turn to (slightly) lighter fare with their review of the full first season of Marvel and Netflix's The Defenders, which brings together the four superheroes from their separate series for a big ol' punch-em-up.

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Our notions of house and home are elemental in how our approach to life. The modern age has made us more transient and outward focused, thereby weakening our rooted—to people and to places. At the same time, media entertainment, such as HGTV’s Fixer Upper, stokes our desire for a designer-like place to serve as the backdrop for our family’s memories. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Jen Pollock Michel to the conversation. Michel is author of Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home, and she has put considerable attention into the ways that home influences us individually and collectively. Whether our experiences of home have been positive or negative, our hearts desire a place of belonging and rest. This desire is really homesickness—a longing to be in the home God is preparing for His people even now. If you’ve ever wondered how gnosticism affects our sense of home or how Augustinian’s concept of rightly ordered loves checks nationalism or what the price is for seeing Church as family rather than home, this episode is for you. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What memory or emotion do you most associate with home?

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