Christ and Pop Culture

As summer draws to a close, Seeing & Believing offers a little something for everyone. For the auteurist, we've got a review of the latest Spike Lee joint, BlacKkKlansman, which tells the true story of the first black detective in Colorado Springs and the 1979 sting operation he led against the Ku Klux Klan. If frothy escapism is more your thing, we take a look at the much-buzzed-about romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan's novel about an American economics professor who discovers her boyfriend is both the scion of a fabulously rich Singapore family and the most eligible bachelor in the country.

Music interlude by Gordon Victor, "Spell." 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: 11:08am EDT

This summer marked the ten-year anniversary of the release of a film that reshaped the way filmgoers thought of superheroes: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Wade and Kevin commemorate the occasion by revisiting that film with a review. Does it still hold up? The guys then keep the 2008 train rolling by offering their picks for the best movies of that year.

Music interlude by Nicolai Heidlas, “Roadtrip.” 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:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

You can learn a lot about a person by how regularly his or her phone battery dips into the single-digit red zone. Because in this day, a dead phone battery can leave you helplessly detached from all crucial life details: your map, your schedule, your work, your contacts, and more. A draining battery prompts fear and frustration, as well as a frantic hunt for a power outlet to remedy the situation.


In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson examine the way our mobile devices chain us to power outlets. Wherever we are—coffee shops, airports, public venues—a low battery can send us into survival mode, hunting for an open outlet. Sadly, many a hunter’s hopes have been dashed, when, upon spotting a free power outlet, find it is merely a sticker. Some sad soul is playing jokes upon the desperate, which prompts us to ask all sorts of questions about our relationship to devices and power. Is this stress about a draining battery necessary? Have we simply grown too dependent on (or addicted to) our devices? Are the people who place power outlet stickers truly evil?

Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

If you’ve ventured out to your local office supply or big box store, you’ve seen a sort of glory that descends about this time every year. It’s found in the endless aisles of school supplies. This is where shoppers can find rainbows of gel pens and Post-It notes and notecards… reams of blank journals and notebooks… and countless styles of clips, magnets, pouches, and folders. It’s an endless realm of possibility. And, well, kids need them for school too.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson gush over school supplies and how their annual appearance marks the most wonderful time of year for many who are no longer students. What is it about back to school shopping that non-students find so appealing? Why do we buy more blank journals when we already have a stash we’ve never used? Is there a gene that predisposes certain humans to go giddy over office supplies? Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Episode 144 Resources & Links:

21 Euphoric Experiences For People Obsessed With Office SuppliesBuzzfeed

12 Very Necessary School Supplies for AdultsMarie Claire

25 Back-to-School Supplies for Adults Who Want to Feel Like a Kid AgainThe Muse

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The guys have gentrification on the mind this week, as they review two films about unwelcome new arrivals in the neighborhood. The unwelcome residents are white hipsters in Carlos Lopez Estrada's Blindspotting, a drama about race and perspective starring Daveed Diggs of Hamiltonfame. In the sci-fi/thriller indie The Endless, the new neighbor is an otherworldly force revered by a backwoods cult. Will two brothers and erstwhile cult members get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding this entity? Find out on this week's episode!

Music interlude by Nicolai Heidlas, "Roadtrip." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 7:41am EDT

The stakes are high this week, with super-spies and threatened nuclear annihilation on one hand and the perils and anguish of middle school on the other. Wade and Kevin review the latest Mission: Impossible film (alternate title: See Tom Run) and the latest indie darling from studio A24, Eighth Grade. Thrills and chills abound!

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Recent news articles say that although our social discourse may be loud, it is rarely effective in advancing understanding or reducing conflict. Unless you count the inner-turmoil we all have as a conversational thread spirals out of control.) For all our talking, there isn’t much listening going on, which means there’s even less true engagement with the serious issues of the day.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Alan Noble to the conversation to sort out this sad phenomenon. Noble is a professor as well as editor in chief/co-founder of Christ and Pop Culture. His first book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age, recently released with InterVarsity Press. The conversation addresses the common issues we all face in today’s hyper-connected, over-saturated world. Can we use online engagement for good? Is it possible to maintain a positive witness for Jesus in a secular society? How does the deluge of information make matters of importance more trivial? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Who has been a disruptive witness to you?

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