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Fighting Cancer, "Improved" Gene Editing, and More Bioethics News

11/4/2019
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Fighting Cancer, "Improved" Gene Editing, and More Bioethics News In this episode we review some bioethics news (links below) and talk about a new book about fighting cancer (and when enough is enough) and advancements in gene editing that some are talking about as "a significant step towards [being] able to make just about any kind of DNA change that anyone wants at just about any site in the human genome." Prime Editing (NPR) Article on Dr. Rebrikov's efforts at altering "deaf" gene...

Duration:00:26:24

Food News (October) w/ Elena

10/21/2019
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Food News (October) w/ Elena We take advantage of Elena's visit to record an episode about the Food News you never knew you needed for the month of October. Liquor-filled tide pods? Check. Dave Chang's take on international food aisles as bastions of racism? Check. Cat Advent calendars? Check. We also have our first-ever on-air taste test, trying out Clif Bar's new Spiced Pumpkin Pie flavor. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter |...

Duration:00:40:43

Does "Ad Astra" fulfill its ambitions? w/Lara & Chandler Ryd and Josh Goldman

10/7/2019
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Does "Ad Astra" fulfill its ambitions? Lara & Chandler Ryd and Josh Goldman join Vernacular this week to talk about James Gray's Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Liv Tyler (sort of). We share our observations and criticisms of the work, commiserate about the perils of voice-over, pick our favorite cinematography excerpts, and talk about space baboons. It's a fun conversation about a movie that doesn't quite cut it for most of us. We'd love to hear what you think of this...

Duration:01:07:55

Fall Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations!

9/24/2019
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Fall Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations! The September Equinox happened this week, which mean's it's time for October baseball, stiff breezes, early sunsets, and honeycrisp apples! In this episode we share some of the things that we've been reading, watching, and listening to (or plan to) as the leaves start to turn crimson--we have some ideas for media to accompany your pumpkin spice lattes and Oktoberfest ales this season. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to...

Duration:00:31:13

Food News w/Zac and Sally

9/11/2019
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Food News w/Zac and Sally In a departure from our regularly scheduled programming, we take a lighthearted look (inspired by the sadly defunct "Food News" from Grantland) at food news from around the country. Take a listen to hear about "Grocery Happy Hour" in Finland, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwhich craze (and why Zac used to think Popeyes was a Catholic establishment), Starbucks' newest idea, and the pumpkin lineup at our beloved Trader Joe's. Let us know if you like this episode--we had...

Duration:00:33:34

Philosophy and NBC's "The Good Place" w/Alexi Sargeant

8/27/2019
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The Philosophy of NBC's "The Good Place" w/Alexi Sargeant In this episode previous Vernacular guest Alexi Sargeant (freelance writer and Managing Director of the Aquinas Institute at Princeton University) joins us to talk about NBC's "The Good Place" and what it tells us about our final destination, ethical quandaries, and the art of being human. For more info on Alexi's work, follow him on Twitter. You can also read his article about "The Good Place" here. We'd love to hear what you think...

Duration:00:31:35

Dad Pod: Talking Fatherhood w/Nate Seibt

8/13/2019
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Dad Pod: Talking Fatherhood w/Nate Seibt In this episode of Vernacular (Zac is thrilled about the title), Nate Seibt returns to the podcast to talk about the joys and failures of fatherhood. Zac and Nate swap stories of bedtime struggles, obedience trials, transitioning from the workplace to the home on the end of day commute, and what they would tell their pre-dad selves about what fatherhood is all about. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email |...

Duration:00:39:12

Messy Motherhood w/ Maureen Goldman and Caitlin Brian

7/30/2019
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Episode Notes In this episode, Sally sits down with fellow moms Maureen Goldman (of The Popped Cast) and Caitlin Brian to talk about their current joys and challenges as moms. Tune in to hear about picky eating, discipline, and raising rambunctious youngsters. Maureen mentioned her latest project, Working Mom Savvy! We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon Outro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows

Duration:00:37:40

Resisting Throwaway Culture w/Dr. Charlie Camosy

7/16/2019
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Resisting Throwaway Culture w/ Dr. Charlie Camosy In today's episode of Vernacular, we sit down for a conversation with Dr. Charlie Camosy about his recent book, Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People (New City Press, May 2019). We discuss how the Consistent Life Ethic (CLE) can challenge people of all political stripes to reevaluate their long-held beliefs on some of our most polarizing topics--including abortion, immigration, reproductive...

Duration:00:36:21

*Bonus Episode* "Creedal Catholic" with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

7/8/2019
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Today we have a special bonus episode of Zac's new theology podcast, Creedal Catholic! See below for show notes, and if you like what you hear, go ahead and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon Preaching, Bishops, and Staying Catholic w/Meg Hunter-Kilmer Meg Hunter-Kilmer, the "Hobo for Christ" (piercedhands.com), joins Zac to talk about how Catholics can encourage their priests...

Duration:00:56:23

Our Accidental Experiment in Minimalism

7/2/2019
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Accidental Minimalism It's been well over a month since we arrived in Colorado, but we still don't have our furniture and other household items. It's actually a good thing though! In this episode, we talk about what we've learned in this accidental experiment in minimalism: a) you can always do with less, and it's easier than you think; b) having less forces you to be oriented outward towards friends and neighbors; and c) having less makes you more grateful. We'd love to hear what you...

Duration:00:17:34

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 w/ Haley Stewart

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