Christ and Pop Culture

Sometimes single-minded focus on a goal makes you the endearing hero of a heist movie, and sometimes it makes you a weird technology addict with boundary issues. Wade and Kevin spend today's episode exploring both sides of the coin as they review Steven Soderbergh's return to the big screen, Logan Lucky (starring Channing Tatum as the man who would rob NASCAR blind), and Matt Spicer's debut Ingrid Goes West (starring Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza as an unhinged Instagram stalker).

Music interlude by Hewson Grey, "Small Town." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_121.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

Do you ever feel judged for your parenting? Do you ever feel like everyone is watching you and thinks you are doing it all wrong? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson address the weight of parental guilt in its multi-faceted forms. Identifying the impossible standards is a first step, and Bunmi Laditan (of Honest Toddler fame) put a humorous spin on the weight today’s parents bear. She listed the wide array of responsibilities (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, academic, health, etc.) that must be considered for a parent to be deemed worthy. As humorous as it may be, the reality remains: most parents feel judged for the decisions they make regarding their children. The pressure to make life all it can be for our children is a stress unknown to previous generations. Today’s parents need to be grounded if they are to rise above society’s expectations for what parents should and should not be doing as they rear the next generation. 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’s your funniest parental misstep?

Direct download: Persuasion_109.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

It's a special foodie-friendly episode of the podcast this week! Wade and Kevin open with a look at the third movie in Michael Winterbottom, Steven Coogan, and Rob Brydon's series about two actors (not-coincidentally named Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) eating fancy food in Europe and bantering all the while. This year is also the 30th birthday of Gabriel Axel's classic <em>Babette's Feast</em>, which is as good a reason as any for the guys to revisit it for one of their retro reviews. How does the Danish film about food, community, and creative joy hold up, three decades on? Seeing & Believing is on the case.

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_120.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:05am EDT

Direct download: Persuasion_108.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

Wade and Kevin tackle Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing retelling of the 1967 Detroit riots, which focuses on the infamous Algiers hotel incident. Does Bigelow's latest succeed at the same mixture of drama and true-to-life events that has characterized her recent career? The guys then turn their attention to the brand-new HBO anthology series Room 104, produced by Jay and Mark Duplass. What do the initial two episodes signify about the series as a whole? Plus: listener mail and a capsule review of The Dark Tower!

Music interlude by the Orange Rocket, "Feel Better." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_119.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

Advertising has done a masterful job informing us of the many germs are lurking among us—and how their magical products will eliminate the threat. These unseen microorganisms do have the potential to cause sickness and disease, so we are right to take precautions. In our homes we use antibacterial soap to wash our hands and disinfectants to clean our bathrooms. And then there are the habits we adopt for out in the world that readily echo Colossians 2:21: Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! Some of these precautions are wise for avoiding unnecessary illness. But some of our habits and safeguards can be rooted in something other than scientific proof. Our personal preferences for cleanliness or the habits instilled in us from our family of origin all play a part in how we attempt to keep germs away. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss typical germ standards that give us peace to live in a world full of unseen foes. Conversation touches on the Five Second Rule, hand washing habits, and sharing drinks. Listen in to this quick take on how we navigate the mysteries of the world and try to make ourselves feel safe even when we aren’t really sure if our efforts makes any difference whatsoever. Visit us on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to share your germ-fighting rules and quirks!

Direct download: Persuasion_107.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

Fantastical sci-fi and realist drama share this episode together. First, the guys tackle Luc Besson's flashy space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with the help of special guest Ryan Holt, returning to the show after his turn on our earlier James Bond episode. Then Wade and Kevin turn to the Lily Collins-starring, anorexia-themed, semi-autobiographical film for Netflix, To the Bone. A broad, diverse film selection this week, on Seeing & Believing.

Music interlude by Radio Macbeth, "Vapor Trails." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_118.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:46am EDT