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Summer Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations!

6/18/2019
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Book, TV, and Podcast Recommendations for Summer In this episode, hot on the heels of our big Colorado move, we break down some of the reading, TV, and podcast material that has been consuming our time lately. Among the recommendations: a C.S. Lewis trilogy, a great new crime fiction mystery series, a couple of great theology books, a hagiography by a Nobel Prize winner, a bingeable murder mystery podcast, and HBO's new Chernobyl miniseries. If you like our work, please consider supporting...

Duration:00:24:28

Upping Your Coffee Game w/Nathan Seibt

6/3/2019
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Upping your Coffee Game In this episode we're joined by Nathan Seibt (follow Nate on Instagram here), who talks with us about his passion for coffee, what the average Joe needs to know about a cup o' Joe, and offers some practical ways to step up your coffee game. Some of the resources Nate mentioned are below: Stumptown Coffee Roasters 7 Ways to Level Up Your Morning Coffee Routine Brew the Perfect Cup: The Complete Guide Where the Wild Coffee Grows We'd love to hear what you think...

Duration:00:28:01

Book Club: J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike series w/Theresa Breslin

5/21/2019
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The Book Club Returns! In this episode, we sit down with Theresa Breslin, a repeat guest on the podcast, to talk about the latest series from J.K. Rowling, who is writing the Cormoran Strike under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. We talk about Rowling's masterful character development, the arc of the eventual 9 books in the series (only four have been published so far), the romantic tensions between the central characters, and more! But don't worry--if you haven't read the books yet, we...

Duration:00:26:50

How We Learned to Distrust Social Media

5/7/2019
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How We Learned to Distrust Social Media Social media is everywhere. If you're reading this, chances are that you have at least one account on a major social site. We do! But in this episode we scratch the surface a little bit on the ideas driving social media, and the results aren't that encouraging. Listen along to hear about perverse incentive structures and the problems with advertising. We're not Luddites though, so we close with three ideas to help you better use social media. We'd...

Duration:00:22:20

BONUS: Introducing Breaking Pod

4/23/2019
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In this special bonus episode, we're so excited to introduce you to the latest show on the Vernacular Podcast Network. It's called Breaking Pod, and it is an episode-by-episode discussion of Breaking Bad (the TV show). We'll be back in two weeks on this feed with your regularly scheduled Vernacular programming, but for now, enjoy episode one of Breaking Pod. And make sure to subscribe to the show's feed at the links below. Listen to Breaking Pod on its own feed now: Apple Podcasts | Google...

Duration:01:01:30

how to be more human in a throwaway culture

4/9/2019
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In this episode, Haley Stewart joins us to talk about her latest book, The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture. We talk about what a throwaway culture is and how it poses problems to our humanness, Haley's time living with her family on a community farm without running toilets, and practical tips for you (and your family!) to practice living more fully in spite of the materialism around us. You can find more of Haley's work on her website. If you're...

Duration:00:28:07

Helping Families Flourish, Part 3 of 3

3/26/2019
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Today we're wrapping up our collaboration between the Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice (CPJ). What's this partnership all about? You can read (and hear!) more in Part 1, but the gist of it is that we’re teaming up with the people behind the Families Valued initiative to talk about the struggles that modern families face and to learn how we can better support families through private enterprise, charitable initiatives, and public policy. In this final episode, we...

Duration:00:24:56

Helping Families Flourish, Part 2 of 3

3/20/2019
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Today we're continuing our collaboration between the Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice (CPJ). What's this partnership all about? You can read (and hear!) more in Part 1, but the gist of it is that we’re teaming up with the people behind the Families Valuedinitiative to talk about the struggles that modern families face and to learn how we can better support families through private enterprise, charitable initiatives, and public policy. In this second episode in...

Duration:00:21:50

Helping Families Flourish, Part 1: A Vernacular Podcast Network / Center for Public Justice Collaboration

3/13/2019
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Today on Vernacular, we are announcing (and launching) a three episode collaboration with the Center for Public Justice. The Center for Public Justice (or CPJ) describes itself as “an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, CPJ seeks to help citizens and public officeholders achieve justice.” Last year, CPJ launched the Families Valued initiative, a project that...

Duration:00:23:42

Dealing with Difficult People

2/27/2019
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In an appropriate sequel to our Valentine's Day marriage episode, today we're talking about how to better deal with difficult people. In less than twenty minutes, we talk through four big ideas to help you love the people who give you the hardest time in life: 1. Process externally but not publicly 2. Embrace the humanness of the other 3. Communicate clearly and set boundaries 4. Keep forgiveness front and center Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | Email Also: don't miss...

Duration:00:17:42

two peas in a pod(cast): marriage and being human

2/12/2019
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In this Valentine's Day edition, we answer a listener question from our parenting episode and dive into how marriage can and should enrich our lives and make us more fully human. We talk about how marriage cultivates virtues like patience, self-control, grace, and love, and offer a few suggestions on how you can help your spouse cultivate these virtues. We talked about Andrew Peterson's Dancing in the Minefields in this episode. Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter |...

Duration:00:19:44

How our kids make us more human: a conversation on parenting

2/2/2019
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Here's to parents everywhere. In this episode we tackle the difficult topic of parenting from our limited experience as the parents of three young children. How do our kids make us more human? What do we have to learn from them? How do they help us practice the virtues? What can young parents resolve to do when the start every day anew? If you, like us, are "in the trenches" with young children, know that we are right there with you! If you're an older parent, share some wisdom with us that...

Duration:00:20:18

From the Archives: 46 years after Roe

1/22/2019
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This episode originally ran on February 4, 2016. //FROM THE ARCHIVES// On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we examine abortion's legal history in the United States, focusing on the flawed reasoning in SCOTUS decisions and the faulty data on which they have relied, abortion's medical, emotional, and psychological risks to women, the sad reality of sex-selective abortion, Planned Parenthood, and public opinion on the topic in America today. Joining us on this episode are...

Duration:01:08:36

more human in 2019: hospitality, books, job searching, counseling, and priorities

1/17/2019
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We're back for 2019! After a two month hiatus for parental leave, we're back with a discussion on some things that on our mind as we begin the new year. We talk about hospitality goals, books we want to read (and why everyone should read more), work-life synergy, and going to therapy. We'll be back soon with more episodes and are working hard on a great lineup of content for this year! Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | Email Also: don't miss our sister podcast The Popped...

Duration:00:18:53

more human for the holidays

11/6/2018
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In this episode, Zac and Sally develop five challenges for themselves (and for you, if you're up for it!) to celebrate the holidays this year in a more human way. If you have more ideas, let us know below! Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | Email Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/vernacular/support

Duration:00:20:55

for the love of the games: sports and being human

10/22/2018
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You may have never guessed you'd hear an episode about sports on Vernacular, but here it is! We break down four ways in which sports intersect with being human, and end with a recommendation to go play some basketball at your local YMCA. Along the way, we talk about the Greek Olympics, Zac's conflicted feelings about being an NFL fan, and Green Street Hooligans. Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | Email Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/vernacular/support

Duration:00:23:04

why everyone should read more

10/8/2018
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What does reading have to do with being human? Is it essential to a human life or simply a good idea? Does it matter what we read? Is nonfiction superior to fiction? How can we make sure that we don't simply read things that confirm our worst opinions? We explore all of these questions and more in this episode. Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | Email Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/vernacular/support

Duration:00:22:08

the environment: caring for our common home

9/24/2018
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Continuing our series on being human, we discuss in this episode what the environment has to do with being human. How should we relate to the environment and strive to protect it while also enjoying it? Do we have a duty to care for the environment, or should it only be a matter of choice? Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | Email Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/vernacular/support

Duration:00:20:55

The Popped Cast Crossover

9/10/2018
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In this episode, Josh and Maureen Goldman of Vernacular Podcast Network's The Popped Cast join us to talk about their show and what pop culture has to do with being human. We get to know Josh and Maureen and at the end of the show, we put the Goldmans through the paces of one of our lightning rounds, and ask them to make difficult decisions like "Jurassic World or Jurassic Park"? Listen to The Popped Cast on Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Google Play | PocketCasts | Castbox Become a supporter...

Duration:00:25:24

more food for thought: we are how we eat

8/27/2018
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In this episode Margaret Perry, General Manager of the hit D.C. restaurant Kyirisan, joins us to talk about life in the food biz and how food is more than fuel. Margaret gives us a sneak peek behind the scenes of Restaurant Week, talks about communal liturgies surrounding food preparation and consumption, and discusses food as a basis of culture. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/vernacular/support

Duration:00:23:52