Christ and Pop Culture (persuasion)

For all our dietary awareness these days, one thing we don’t consider much is that our food has a backstory. While obsessing about gluten and fat and carbs, we are neglecting the culture and history and heritage. And we are malnourished because of it. Food carries much weight and power in our lives—defining who we are and where we come from. The foods that shape us as people and communities sustain us, give us life. But what happens when a particular dish or cuisine is consumed into another’s culture with no intent of honoring the backstory? What if the very dishes that shape us are stripped of their history and significance? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza invites Kendall Vanderslice and Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros to discuss the ways that food is laid to waste when its backstory isn’t preserved. The conversation touches on the role that power structures, colonization, lazy storytelling, and revisionist history affect our most beloved cuisines. 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: How are you learning to be more sensitive to cultural appropriation?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

With an African-American cast and female-strong story line, the movie Black Panther has broken the Marvel mold. And fans can’t get enough. Movie sales have already hit $1 billion worldwide and are still going strong. The film is also a cultural phenomenon, sparking the M’Baku Challenge meme on Twitter and replicate costumes for cosplayers of color. What will be the lasting impact of this film? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza invites Kathryn Freeman to discuss the vision of flourishing represented in Black Panther and what that means especially for black women. The conversation touches on the way African-American women are represented in Black Panther, other films, society at large, and within Christian circles. 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: How has Black Panther altered your notions of female flourishing?

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We humans can be a wee bit territorial. Take, for instance, the annual winter parking feuds in Chicago. Once winter hits and the snow starts falling, otherwise friendly neighbors begin claiming their cleared out parking spots using all manner of markers, from cardboard celebrity cutouts to lawn furniture to religious icons. And woe to the person who removes the marker and steals the newly shoveled spot! We may chuckle at such behavior, but claiming our space is something we are all prone to do.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the ways that we seek to stake our claim for space, power, and rights and how we can all learn to live together on the same proverbial lawn. Listen and laugh 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: 11:33pm EDT

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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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 EDT

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 EDT

If you forget to post a life event online, did it really happen? Such a philosophical question is the basis of this episode of Persuasion. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about our use of online platforms as a sort of repository for all of our life happenings, big and small, how they become an external hard drive for preserving memories, whether images or words, for all-eternity. But whatever we fail to record will be missing from our online historical record, in essence, it’s as if it didn’t happen. This generation’s use of a technological memory presents all sorts of quandaries and questions. Technology is forming us to be a certain kind of people… do we even know what we are becoming? An NPR article points to our desire for “digital transcendence”—a way of interacting in the world that cements our identities online, where we create the life we long for using our own hands… attached to a smartphone. Such devices are merely “digital extensions” of our selves and our minds, for who would we be without them? Do we know how to call loved ones? Do we know how to navigate highways or country roads? Do we lose a sense of joy without the digital cheers after posting photos of a delicious meal or the discovery of a beautiful place? Are we trying to capture a sense of self in ways that will forever elude us? 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 part of online interaction is least satisfying for you?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Each week the news seems to deliver yet another story about sexual harassment, assault, or abuse. The magnitude of accounts only confirms what victims already know: the weakest in the world are at risk when the worst among us are given power without accountability. But it’s not just those with power that keep corrupt systems in place. We all contribute to the culture when we refuse to listen to those who have been hurt and refuse to hold perpetrators to account for their monstrous acts. Is there hope for changing this culture of abuse and assault?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza invites Christ and Pop Culture staff writer Abby Perry to discuss if change is possible and how we can work toward it. Key to the conversation is the way we listen to victims and horrific stories, as well as how we practice and model repentance. Our ability to face the worst in the world—and in ourselves—is the first step in making the world a life-giving place for us all. Learn about 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: 9:50am EDT

A recent Forbes article states that freelancers now make up more than 1/3 of the U.S. workforce. The category lumps together men and women who craft a nontraditional work life as well as entrepreneurs who take a chance and launch a business. The excitement of making your own work adventure comes with the stress of uncertainty. Financial strain, emotional tension, relational troubles, and more follow those who take the plunge into self-employment and startup life. And if you are married and have a family? How your work ebbs and flows affects them too. How can you navigate these choppy waters?

Author and Inc.com columnist Dorcas Cheng-Tozun offers her insight in this episode of Persuasion with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson. In her new book, Start Love Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World, Dorcas details how she and her entrepreneurial husband have survived and thrived in their nontraditional work life. Conversation covers everything from discerning marketplace trends to faith matters to spouses supporting each other for better or for worse. Learn about 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: If you could start any business, what would it be?


From travel intelligence and prophets to pets and knolling—we’ve covered quite the array of topics on Persuasion this year. Even with all that talking, there are plenty of things we didn’t say in 2017. The year was full of turmoil and unrest. White supremecy protests, political scandals, the #metoo movement, terrorist attacks, tragedies at home and abroad… these topics didn’t get slated for an episode this past year, and you may have wondered why.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about the things they didn’t talk about in 2017 to shed light on their recording decisions. Recent articles have raised the valid question about women guarding their platforms by avoiding controversial or unsettling conversation. Is it possible—even for women—to have meaningful, sometimes heated, dialogue about tough topics? Erin and Hannah believe it is, but wisdom is needed for handling sensitive topics. 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 topics would you like to hear on Persuasion in 2018?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT