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News and Culture Podcast. Smart. Fun. Christian.

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English


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202: If I Don't Think Climate Change Is An Emergency, Am I A Climate Denier?

9/12/2019
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Feeling the side effects of chemo-therapy, Shayna has to miss today’s show, so Chris flies solo in a show that asks the essential question: If you don’t think that climate change is an emergency, does that make you a climate denier? Our fall focus is increasing our listenership. We need your help: please consider sending an email with a link to one of your favorite WIGN shows, to someone you think is interested in a different way of understanding what’s going on in the world. Or post one of...

Duration:00:11:41

201: What's a Trump Rally Like? What In God's Name Talks to People In Line

9/5/2019
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To begin Season Two, Chris and Shayna go to a Trump rally to talk with people in line waiting to get in. Our questions: What makes America great? What attracts you to a Trump rally? Our fall focus is increasing our listenership. We need your help: please consider sending an email with a link to one of your favorite WIGN shows, to someone you think is interested in a different way of understanding what’s going on in the world. Or post one of your favorite shows to your Facebook page. You can...

Duration:00:22:46

27: Politics Is Downstream of Culture and Other Summer Tidbits

8/21/2019
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In this summer “in-between” seasons show, Chris invites Shayna into a deeper consideration of “culture,” and the observation attributed to Andrew Breitbart that “politics is downstream of culture.” We also tease some upcoming fall shows: a collaboration with the Harvard Interfaith Forum, and an interview with journalist and minister Jeff MacDonald, who covered the Boston Marathon bomber trial for USA Today. What In God’s Name approaches current events and culture not from a partisan...

Duration:00:21:30

26: Democratic Values and the Love of America

8/7/2019
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We recorded this show before the most recent mass shooting in El Paso. That murderous violence, part of a pattern of white nationalist violence in our recent (and not-so-recent) past, underscores the What In God’s Name conversation about What powers are currently at work in the American spirit? What values do we believe in? How can a sense of the Transcendent (in both non-religious and religious contexts) help set a life-affirming course direction? Shayna pins some hope on Robert Mueller’s...

Duration:00:18:29

25: Thirteen Percent Of US Women Get Breast Cancer. Co-Host Shayna Is Now One Of Those Women. When Bad Things Happen, What Is God Doing?

5/30/2019
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When bad things happen, where is God? Is God dishing out punishment? These questions arise as Shayna shares her news that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing treatment over the summer. How do we manage when life gets difficult? How well does our culture do, in times of difficulty? What In God’s Name approaches current events and culture not from a partisan political angle, not from a money and economics angle, not from a technological and scientific angle, but...

Duration:00:24:08

24: Can You Connect Today's Environmental Exploitation With A 15th-Century Roman Catholic Doctrine?

5/23/2019
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The Doctrine of Discovery (1493) was a papal bull authorizing Christian conquest of non-Christian lands. Could this 15th-century Roman Catholic document be influencing how we in the industrial and post-industrial West are treating the world and nature’s goods? A recent report from the United Nations working group IPBES on biodiversity is the occasion for these theological reflections. What In God’s Name approaches current events and culture not from a partisan political angle, not from a...

Duration:00:21:42

23: Absolute Disregard For Others: Plundered Wealth, Laundered Money, and the Possibility of Sin and Evil

5/16/2019
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Franklin Foer’s article in the March 2019 Atlantic Monthly “How Kleptocracy Came to America” provides the jumping off point for today’s show. You don’t need to read the article to understand today’s show, but if you’re curious, here is the link: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/how-kleptocracy-came-to-america/580471/ What elements of American culture over the last quarter century have made us the “go-to” country for money laundering and tax avoidance by the world’s...

Duration:00:24:11

22: Do Not Be Troubled, Do Not Be Afraid: A Culture of Fear Will Produce a Politics of Fear

5/9/2019
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Andrew Breitbart famously, and correctly, said that politics is downstream of culture. Today, Shayna and Chris evaluate fear’s role in our culture, and how a culture of fear produces a politics of fear. What In God’s Name approaches current events and culture not from a partisan political angle, not from a money/economics angle, not from a techno-scientific angle, but from a theological and philosophical angle. If you’ve lost your way, you might want to ask directions from people who’ve been...

Duration:00:21:49

21: "Not My Circus, Not My Monkey." Responsibility, the Unmoored Self, and Robert Mueller's Report

5/2/2019
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Is it possible to reflect theologically on the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 election? You be the judge. We start with the Mueller report, and then take an excursion to the meaning of moral decline and renewal in the current American context. Be in touch. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com Learn more. Our website: www.whatingods.com Our Instagram page, curated with philosophical tidbits and show news, can be found on Instagram at @whatingods. Here are timecodes to...

Duration:00:24:19

20: The Phoenix Rises, But First The Phoenix Dissolves In Ash: Notre Dame, Opioids, and the Power of Narrative

4/18/2019
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Today’s show: the phoenix rises from her own ashes, after being consumed in fire. Using the phoenix as paradigmatic, we talk about Notre Dame, the opioid disaster, and the coming of spring to the Northern Hemisphere. For those of you who have taken time to write a review for What In God’s Name on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify), or also on Facebook: thanks so much. Your reviews help us become more visible to the mysterious algorithms of search engines. Be in touch. Our email:...

Duration:00:20:55

19: Christianity Will Take You Into the Heart of the World's Brokenness: Fire Chief Dan Andrus, Part Two

4/11/2019
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Our conversation with Dan Andrus, fire chief of Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, touches on PTSD in first responders, depression and suicide. Here is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ The Lifeline phone number is: 1-800-273-8255. Also, in part one of our conversation, Dan mentions 3 firefighters who have faced the life-draining forces of traumatic stress, and the mental health costs in doing so. Those people, and links to their...

Duration:00:23:33

18: Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus On Opioid Overdoses, and Other Reflections on Anxiety and Depression (part one)

4/4/2019
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Our conversation with Dan Andrus, fire chief of Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, touches on PTSD in first responders, depression and suicide. Here is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ The Lifeline phone number is: 1-800-273-8255. Also, in part one of our conversation, Dan mentions 3 firefighters who have faced the life-draining forces of traumatic stress, and the mental health costs in doing so. Those people, and links to their...

Duration:00:25:52

17: How Do You Co-Create A Show? Like This. Part Two of Our Conversation on Toxic Masculinity with a Live Audience

3/28/2019
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How much fun to co-create! How much fun to collaborate in thoughtful conversation! Today’s show is a little shorter than our usual shows. It’s part two of a conversation that What In God’s Name facilitated on February 23rd, in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Our topic was one we have tackled before: toxic masculinity. It’s a topic that touches on many issues in our culture, and often in our news, today. The nature of the gathering and the make-up of the group naturally led to a more...

Duration:00:16:34

17: How Do You Co-Create A Show? Like This. Part Two of Our Conversation on Toxic Masculinity with a Live Audience

3/28/2019
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How much fun to co-create! How much fun to collaborate in thoughtful conversation! Today’s show is a little shorter than our usual shows. It’s part two of a conversation that What In God’s Name facilitated on February 23rd, in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Our topic was one we have tackled before: toxic masculinity. It’s a topic that touches on many issues in our culture, and often in our news, today. The nature of the gathering and the make-up of the group naturally led to a more...

Duration:00:16:34

16: Live Audience Co-Creation (part one): Toxic Masculinity and How To Read The Bible Intelligently

3/21/2019
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How much fun to co-create! How much fun to collaborate in thoughtful conversation! Today’s show is part one of a conversation that What In God’s Name facilitated on February 23rd, in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Our topic was one we have tackled before: toxic masculinity. It’s a topic that touches on many issues in our culture, and often in our news, today. If you like today’s show, leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify). Post our podcast on your Facebook page. Be in...

Duration:00:22:12

16: Live Audience Co-Creation (part one): Toxic Masculinity and How To Read The Bible Intelligently

3/21/2019
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How much fun to co-create! How much fun to collaborate in thoughtful conversation! Today’s show is part one of a conversation that What In God’s Name facilitated on February 23rd, in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Our topic was one we have tackled before: toxic masculinity. It’s a topic that touches on many issues in our culture, and often in our news, today. If you like today’s show, leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify). Post our podcast on your Facebook page. Be in...

Duration:00:22:12

15: What In God's Name Is Going On With College Admissions? Integrity and the Insatiable Spiritual Hunger for Salvation

3/15/2019
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Be Curious. Go Deep. Shed Light. Today’s show: The college admissions bribery scheme provides an entry into an examination of the spiritual void, the spiritual hunger, at the heart of American culture. What does it mean to have integrity? If you like today’s show, leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify). Post our podcast on your Facebook page. Be in touch. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website: www.whatingods.com Here are timecodes to help...

Duration:00:16:36

15: What In God's Name Is Going On With College Admissions? Integrity and the Insatiable Spiritual Hunger for Salvation

3/15/2019
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Be Curious. Go Deep. Shed Light. Today’s show: The college admissions bribery scheme provides an entry into an examination of the spiritual void, the spiritual hunger, at the heart of American culture. What does it mean to have integrity? If you like today’s show, leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify). Post our podcast on your Facebook page. Be in touch. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website: www.whatingods.com Here are timecodes to help...

Duration:00:16:36

14: How Much Healthier Would Our Culture Be, If We Could Help Each Other Be More Reflective? Lent and the Wider Culture

3/7/2019
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Be Curious. Go Deep. Shed Light. Today’s show: the counter-cultural practice of Lent (or, for non-Christians, the counter-cultural practices of intentionality, emptying out, and slowing down). Join the show today, and take a moment to reflect on the human need for reflection. If you like today’s show, leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify). Post our podcast on your Facebook page. Be in touch. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website:...

Duration:00:17:34

14: How Much Healthier Would Our Culture Be, If We Could Help Each Other Be More Reflective? Lent and the Wider Culture

3/7/2019
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Be Curious. Go Deep. Shed Light. Today’s show: the counter-cultural practice of Lent (or, for non-Christians, the counter-cultural practices of intentionality, emptying out, and slowing down). Join the show today, and take a moment to reflect on the human need for reflection. If you like today’s show, leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts (or Stitcher, or Spotify). Post our podcast on your Facebook page. Be in touch. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website:...

Duration:00:17:34