Christ and Pop Culture

Wade and Kevin close out 2017 with reviews of two of this winter’s most anticipated films. First up is The Post, Steven Spielberg’s star-studded, timely retelling of the true-life confrontation between the Nixon administration and the Washington Post over news coverage of the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers. Then the guys dive into Guillermo Del Toro’s splashy new film, The Shape of Water, a fairy-tale-like story about the unlikely connection between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-man. Merry Christmas from S&B, and thanks to our listeners for tuning in during 2017!

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How’s your Christmas joy holding up? There are only days remaining before Christmas, but for many, the most wonderful time of the year isn’t always merry and bright. It’s full of extra pressures to create the sort of Christmas that wows on in crafting and baking and decorating. Which is great, if you are naturally gifted in these arts. If this isn’t your thing, you may wonder if you are ruining Christmas for your loved ones. Is it still Christmas if your gifts aren’t wrapped to match this year’s Christmas decor theme? What if your outside lights aren’t synched to blink with a custom song selection? And what if your gingerbread house is a hot mess and collapses into a heap? These may be ancillary, but so much of our celebrating employs skills many of us crack out only once a year, which can pile on stress in the middle of a season that should be filled with joy.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss ways we put less pressure on ourselves to have a picture-perfect Christmas as well as how we can appreciate those who naturally shine in making Christmas celebrations beautiful. Learn answers to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

The most revered film franchise in history joins forces with the most ridiculed movie in history to rule the galaxyóor at least the podcastóthis week. Wade and Kevin review the long-awaited second installment in Disney's new Star Wars trilogy; they also take a look at James Franco's movie about the so-called "worst film ever made" and the oddball behind it. Whether you prefer samurai-wizards in space or long-haired weirdos with a tenuous grasp of human behavior, Seeing & Believing has you covered!

Music interlude by Monplaisir Showcase, "Bleu." 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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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

Everyone knows about Santa’s Naughty or Nice List. If you are Nice, you get presents. If you are Naughty, you get coal. This tale is repeated every Christmas without fail, woven into our movies and books. It’s even perpetuated by the Elf on the Shelf phenomena, which traps parents into 24 days of elaborate elf happenings (mostly on the Naughty side, I might add), all to convince their children that the elf is track Naughty and Nice behavior for Santa. But what happens to those on the Naughty List? Are you stuck there forever? Does the slate get cleared every Christmas so we can start anew?

Such questions form the basis of this episode Persuasion. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss their own childhood experiences with the Naughty/Nice List and then compare that to the truth of God’s grace that changes us from the inside out. We embrace this hope for change for ourselves, but often we struggle to allow those we deem Naughty the same space for transformation. Is it possible those we place on the Naughty List don’t deserve to be? NPR’s Invisibilia builds a case that our behavior and personality are highly regulated by situation, and since we interact with others in the same contexts, we presume to know which list to put them on. What if people can not only change but are also actually much more layered and complex than we allow them to be? What if we are putting people on the wrong list? Learn answers 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 changes have you seen in yourself in 2017?

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The Deep South circa World War II and Los Angeles circa 2017 meet in this week's episode. First up is Mudbound, Dee Rees's film for Netflix about the entangled lives of two Southern families. Then Wade and Kevin turn their attention to Dan Gilroy's follow-up to Nightcrawler, the Denzel Washington-starring Roman J. Israel, Esq. How does Gilroy and Washington's legal drama stack up against 2017's best?

Music interlude by Ababwa, "Humidity." 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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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

Big news broke from the British royal family: Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, who is a U.S. citizen, actress, and humanitarian. The announcement produced an immediate frenzy of excitement from commoners wanting to know all the details, and news outlets were happy to oblige.

You may be wondering why this important when so much is wrong in the world today, so Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share their hot takes in this episode of Persuasion. Is the British royal engagement watch a shallow distraction, akin to U.S. paparazzi celebrity stalking? How is Megan similar to her future sister-in-law Catherine and her finance’s late mother, Diana? Why does a successful royal marriage benefit society as a whole? Learn answers 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: Is it appropriate to join in the royal engagement watch?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

In the wake of family get-togethers at Thanksgiving, Wade and Kevin review a pair of movies in which families figure prominently ... though that's about all they share in common. First up is Pixar's latest offering Coco, about a Mexican boy who makes a journey to the land of the dead. The guys then turn their attention to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the star-studded, gleefully profane film from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).

Music interlude from the Coco official soundtrack, La Llorona.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

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