Christ and Pop Culture

Is the female voice having her day? Some would say yes, considering the recent pro-women movements and support for gender equality. Even so, the biggest voices have typically belonged to men, making it tough to hear what women have been saying all along. Both in decibels and weight, what men say has been valued over-and-above whatever women have said. Awareness of this imbalance has grown, as of late, causing men to seek out the perspectives, opinions, and expertise of women. A recent report in The Atlantic, for example, documented the good effort of a male scientist as he determined to give equal exposure to colleagues of both sexes. Such an effort backfired for another man, however, when he sought to split his reading between male and female authors. His account raised the ire of social media and plenty of reaction pieces. And it raises the question about intent in seeking out female voices. Is this merely a ploy to appear sensitive to the other half of the population? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss several recent happenings that expose faulty reasoning for turning toward women’s voices and consider a better way forward. 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: ADD QUESTION HERE.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:29am EST

Wade and Kevin journey to Wakanda this week as they review Ryan Coogler's trailblazing contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther. Much discussion follows about just how far outside the lines Coogler is able to color with his superhero film. The guys then turn their attention to the upcoming Oscar broadcast, discussing their hot-button categories and predictions about which films and filmmakers will be taking home trophies.

Music interlude by the Orange Rocket, "As Far as the Distortion." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

The 2018 Winter Olympics are keeping viewers enchanted, if not sleep deprived, as we cheer on our nation’s best athletes on the worldwide stage. News and primetime coverage is crafted, just the way we like it: loaded with underdogs, unbelievable feats, and swelling music. But that’s not all. The Olympics has it’s fair share of strange news too.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the side stories that bring the Olympics back into reality. There’s the Russian curling Bronze medalist that’s under investigation for doping, the American skier accused of cheating the system to compete for Hungary, and the Tongan who competed in cross country skiing after 12 weeks of training. These stories tell us a different side of the Olympics, one that has a hint of humor and a load of realism. Listen to some of the weird stories, 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: 12:21pm EST

Do you dream of winning the lottery? At some point, everyday money stressors inspire even the most practical among us to imagine what life would be like with an endless supply of cash. For a recent Powerball Lottery winner from New Hampshire, this dream is now reality: she’s won $570 million. She hasn’t claimed it yet though—because lottery rules require that she make her win public knowledge, and she doesn’t want to lose her anonymity. The case is now headed to court. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the life change that comes when you suddenly—and publicly—come into wealth. Is it possible to gain wealth without losing the life you hold dear? Do lottery players realize they are gambling with their very lives? 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 the question of the day: Would you sacrifice your privacy for half a billion dollars?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

It's evil alternate dimensions and marmalade on this week's show, as the guys review two films without much common ground. First up is The Cloverfield Paradox, fresh off its much-buzzed-about viral release immediately following the Super Bowl. As the continuation of the loosely interconnected Cloverfield franchise, Julius Onah's film has some big shoes to fill. Does it succeed in filling them? Wade and Kevin then travel to another alternate universeóone in which gentleness and good will reign supreme with their review of Paddington 2, one of the only films to have a perfect 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Will Seeing & Believing mess up that average? Listen to find out!

Music interlude by Tobago and d'Lime, "Love Thy Neighbor," from the Paddington 2 official soundtrack.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EST

Wade and Kevin take care of the last two Best Picture nominees not to have gotten a review on the show so far. First, Joe Wright returns to the World War II era with his biopic of Winston Churchill: the Gary Oldman starring Darkest Hour. Then the guys turn their attention to the sun-kissed environs of Italy as they review Luca Guadagnino's summer romance/coming-of-age story, Call Me by Your Name.

Music interlude by Sufjan Stevens, "Mystery of Love," from the official soundtrack for Call Me by Your Name.

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

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:16am EST

Drew and Tyler chat with Hal Koss about his recent article “Lady Bird Offers Us an Antidote for Our Cultural Homesickness.” We discuss the ultimately hopeful message of Lady Bird. We also chat about the impact our places of origin have had on us and the connection between love and attention.


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