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Has the creepy clown scare reached your community? Reports of nefarious clowns supposedly luring children in the woods or simply staring at passersby has caused quite the uproar in our typically cozy pumpkin-spice season. So far, the greatest harm has been to our internal peace of mind. This clown scare has primed our fears, perhaps reminding us of classic horror movies such as “It” or “Poltergeist.” Is all this fear good for the soul? Some say a little bit of trepidation from movies and ghost stories never hurt anyone; others say its the gateway to evil and should be avoided at all costs. Are horror movies beneficial in our society in some way? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Luke T. Harrington to weigh in on the dilemma. Harrington’s first book, Ophelia Alive (A Ghost Story), is a psychological thriller, making him our resident expert in all things scary. Discussion covers everything from celebrating Halloween to watching slasher movies, and Harrington explains how the horror genre, more than any other, deals directly and honestly with the spiritual realm. Such a realistic handling of good and evil allow these stories to raise real questions about the world and how we live in it. Harrington’s book is free for CAPC Members this month.

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Be honest: If you work from home, do you put on work clothes before logging hours in your home office? It’s likely that pajamas and loungewear are more common than business casual for the freelancers among us. And there are plenty of us out there: According to Forbes, we’ve entered the era of the nontraditional worker, with more 53 million claiming freelance status in the United States today. With so many freelancers working from home offices, coffee shops, and co-work spaces, dressing up for work has hit an all-time low. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson review an article from Fast Company by Stephanie Vozza, titled “What Happened When I Dressed up to Work from Home for a Week.” For one week, Vozza swapped her ultra casual work-from-home wear for business casual, and she recorded the impact it had on her work. The difference it made was remarkable. Vozza admitted to greater focus, energy, and work/life balance. All these benefits align with findings from several research studies, and raises the question of what we lose when we gain freedom from the mandates of a corporate dress code. It seems the link between body/mind/soul is strengthened in these findings; how we tend to and dress our physical selves has a tremendous influence on our mental and emotional states. It seems that how we dress our bodies signals our brains to prepare for the day ahead. What we wear can set us up for a productive day at work—even work in a nontraditional setting. 

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Wade and Kevin welcome guest critic Lauren Wilford onto the show this week as they tackle one of the most controversial films to come out this year: Nate Parker's <i>The Birth of a Nation</i>. The trio discuss the myriad complexities both of the film itself and of the checkered past of the filmmaker who created it. Then the guys delve into another work that explores issues of race in America (while also being a crowd-pleasing superhero story): the new Marvel/Netflix series <i>Luke Cage</i>.

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Drew and Tyler chat Abby Perry about her recent article, “This Is Us and the Dignity of Human Emotion.” We chat about NBC’s new drama “This Is Us” and its unique handling of human emotion. We chat the value of our emotions in relationship with our neighbor and with God. And we also talk about our emotions regarding our country’s presidential election.

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Wade and Kevin review a pair of films that use past events to comment on the present day. First up is Mick Jackson's <i>Denial</i>, about the court fight between a Hitler apologist (Timothy Spall), who denies the Holocause ever happened, and a professor (Rachel Weisz) who calls him out on it. Then the guys turn their attention to Keith Maitland's unusual animated documentary <i>Tower</i>, about the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas in Austin.

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