Christ and Pop Culture

This week, Wade and Kevin are joined by writers Bradford Davis and Ekemini Uwan to discuss Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, the provocative and controversial film about the crisis of gun violence in inner-city Chicago. They then turn their attention to one of 2015's underseen gems: Taxi, the latest experiment from Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

Direct download: SB_Episode_47.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:27am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Stephen Addcox about the longing for a better world that is present both in pop culture’s handling of virtual reality as well as in virtual reality technology itself. We chat about the advent of Virtual Reality technology like the Oculus Rift, its potential to take us to brave new worlds and to take us, unhelpfully out of the real one. We chat about what a thoughtful and discerning yet hopeful engagement of this new tech might look like.

Direct download: CaPC_Digest_Episode_40.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

In this fast chat episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the connection between planning a wedding and losing weight. Today’s brides have online resources and communities to help them stay the course. But is event-driven dieting the healthiest approach? Does it enhance or detract from the sacredness of this special day?

Direct download: Persuasion_Episode_46.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

In Macklemore's project? he explores his headspace as a successful white rapper in a genre (mostly) built for and by black artists. Is Macklemore on point? Is he indulging in some white saviordom? We go deep into the extremely mixed bag that is "White Privilege II".

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

It's the bleak midwinter, and the guys have an episode to match as they take on The Revenant, the Oscar front-runner starring Leonardo DiCaprio. But first they talk about the Netflix TV phenomenon Making a Murderer: what are its ambitions, and what is a true-crime documentary's responsibilities to the truth?

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_Episode_46.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

We’ve grown weary of one dimensional stories and perfected images in social media. Presenting what’s real is rare and beautiful—which is why we’re drawn to it when we see it. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson welcome Merritt Onsa, creator of the Marriage Readiness Project, to discuss how Merritt has leveraged social media to break down walls to grow her ministry and spread her message. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Wade and Kevin put 2015 to bed with a discussion of their five favorite television shows of the year. They then turn to a discussion of Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and the broader issues it raises about cinema and stories. Is there ever a point where the onscreen depiction of human ugliness becomes too much, regardless of meaning?

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_Episode_45.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Matthew Loftus about the assumptions many have about the Black Lives Matter movement. We talk about how we should respond to those assumptions with grace and truth. We also discuss what Christians can and should learn from the movement as well as the reforms we can and should support with regard to police oversight.

Direct download: Digest_Episode_39.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion: A fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing conspiracy theories and how social media fuels them. Although not immediately discernible, what we share online has consequences, shaping thoughts and opinions—that’s why some common sense is needed when those juicy stories cross our feeds.

Direct download: Persuasion_Episode_44.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Wade and Kevin are joined by Reel Spirituality's Colin Stacy in unveiling their picks for the best films of 2015. The discussion gets lively as they spar over disagreements and rally around shared loves. Plus: an announcement about an upcoming S&B book!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

Drew Dixon and Tyler Burns are joined by former CaPC Digest host, Brad Williams to discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trio talk about the appeal of the dark side, the insositencies of the Jedi and how love, anger and how the lack of a fist bump caused Anakin and Kylo turned to the dark side. 

NOTE - This episode contains HEAVY spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Direct download: CaPC_Digest_Episode_38.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

Pusha T has a new mixtape/album thing out, and true to his character, it's mostly about dealing drugs and being a bad dude. We discuss whether we should enjoy an artist so thoroughly committed to a kingpin persona (we do), or be more wary of the villainous qualities in his music.

Direct download: 81_Should_Christians_Be_Coke_Rap_Heads.mp3
Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT