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11.3: The Purpose of Extended Families

Last year, on the Fourth of July, Ryan spent time with a family that rocked his world. They were vibrant, encouraging, and unthreatened by each other. They laughed constantly and didn’t shame each other. The patriarch and matriarch were revered, but they themselves put the attention on the emerging generations. In this episode, Ryan shares his observations from that day, and the guys discuss what the function and purpose of extended families are supposed to be. Listeners, tell us what you...

Duration: 00:49:18

11.2: Soulmates Exist: Yes or No?

We fell behind on publishing, what with hurricanes and mission trips getting in the way. So this week, we're publishing two episodes to catch up. In this one, Justin poses that oh-so-romantic question: Is there such a thing as soulmates? Does everyone have a special someone uniquely suited to them? If so, how would we find them out of billions of people? Which side do you fall on? Do you believe in soulmates? Let us know on the Facebook page.

Duration: 00:32:27

11.1 - NFL mascots fight TO THE DEATH!!!!

Look, I'm not nearly as good at this as Ryan...you know, because he's like an author and all. But screw it. This episode is pretty self explanatory....just literally read the title. It's NFL mascots....fighting to the death....what more needs to be said?! We decide who would beat who!! PS: I still think the Panthers should have won.... - C

Duration: 01:45:38

10.5: The Worst Episode Ever

This episode is pretty terrible, tbh. We talk a lot and say very little. Cody kind of botches his second Cody Knows segment. We try to answer from The Book of Questions but get REALLY distracted. And we tell way, way, way too many stories about frog abuse. Poor frogs… Yeah, you don’t have to comment anything about this episode. We give you a free pass. Because it’s bad, like really bad.

Duration: 00:54:28

10.4: Save or Kill Returns . . . Returns

Get ready for round 3 of Save or Kill—yes, a mere two weeks after our last game. In this one, Ryan went back to more personal questions, starting with personalized gifts from Alyce.com, a website that (kind of creepily) crawls people’s social media profiles to figure out what they like, then come up with list of gifts for that person. Nathan tests his love for hookah. Justin shows his fanboy side for all things vikings. And Cody has the option of getting rid of one of our listeners ....

Duration: 01:05:44

10.3: If We Won the Lottery...

You’ve probably never thought of winning the lottery, because you’re a reasonable person. Some of us, though, indulge those fantasies and try to imagine what we would do if we had an extra nine figures in our bank account one day. What’s the very first thing we would do? How would we protect ourselves from all the “friends and family” expecting some of the cut? How much would we splurge on luxuries? The guys go through and give their own projections in this one before Justin goes on an...

Duration: 01:19:13

10.2: Save or Kill Returns

In the much-anticipated return of the game “Save or Kill,” it’s about to get de-personal. Nathan coincidentally brought Save or Kill back the same recording session that Ryan did, but their games were very different in flavor. In this one, Nathan draws from a list of predetermined pairs of things (toilet paper or printer paper?), and the guys have to choose to kill one of them from the face of creation. Also, stay tuned to the end, when we sing a glorious barbershop quartet jingle to our...

Duration: 00:55:55

10.1: Problems With the American School System

Those of us who have made it all the way through the American school system know that it’s far from perfect. Standardized testing locks teachers into a narrow view of successful outcomes for their students. Real-world learning is sparse. And the price of college is often vastly disproportionate to the value of the education. In this episode, after a brief foray into a parrots-as-evidence-in-court debate, we dive into our experiences as students in U.S. schools—and even offer a few ideas...

Duration: 01:44:59

9.4: How Sinful Are We, Really?

Most Christians believe they are sinful at some level. How much so, and whether we really feel that, is a different matter. There are two main questions in today’s episode: Do you find it hard to believe you’re inherently sinful? Do you believe God has ever withdrawn himself from you in order to teach you who you are apart from him? These questions stem from the last few months of Ryan’s life, in which some of the best qualities he’s had (e.g., patience, gentleness, etc.) have...

Duration: 01:20:44

9.3: Babies and Boxing

For the first time since we started the podcast, we're adding to the Midnight Depot extended family. Time to celebrate—but whose baby is it? Also, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are meeting on August 26 in what may be the biggest fight ever. Who wins? How long does the fight go? Will it even happen? How far does Irishness carry a man in his life?? In this episode, we make predictions, share conspiracy theories, and get amped for this superfight. Give us your round and winner...

Duration: 01:05:16

9.2: The Gender Wage Gap Debate (Part 2)

Part 2 of our debate over the gender wage gap in America rages on. In this one, we continue our discussion on appropriate terminology, get into statistics that deal specifically with men and women in the same roles with the same level of education, and try to figure out where the issue really lies. Last week was a little toasty, but this one’s where the real fire kicks up. Please let us know your thoughts on this subject, especially if you’re a woman who wants to share her experience in...

Duration: 01:05:13

9.1: The Gender Wage Gap Debate (Part 1)

This one was so long and intense that we had to split it into two episodes. Is there gender inequality in America? Wage gaps between men and women are a statistical reality, but the interpretation of those statistics depends on whom you’re asking. Between the four of us, we’ve got both sides represented in this debate. In part one, we talk about the earnings of movie stars, C-suite executives, and more, with a focus on gender. We also debate whether or not we, as straight, white,...

Duration: 01:08:47

8.4: Cuss Words in Worship Music

On a Bad Christian episode in 2016, Chad Gardner from Kings Kaleidoscope opened up about a prayer with F-bombs—a prayer that would eventually make its way into a worship song. So, is that actually worship? Is it something the band should have released at all? Kings Kaleidoscope got kicked out of a music venue for it; was that the right or wrong move from the venue? In this one, we try to get to the heart of worship, authenticity, and freedom in Christ—and how we should handle all of...

Duration: 00:46:53

8.3: Everybody's Pretentious About Something

Pretentious: attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed. Cody has a theory that everyone is at least a little pretentious about something. They know more about something than other people do, and they kind of like to let people know it… In this one, Cody is forced to guess what the other guys are pretentious about. He (not really) bravely does so. What are you pretentious about? I’m sure you’re really excited about pointing...

Duration: 00:45:16

8.2: How Privileged Are You?

Last year, Nathan took a quiz to find out how privileged he was. The results were eye-opening. In this episode, we discuss privilege of all sorts, including race, gender, economic status, and family dynamics. This was an oldie we definitely wanted to dig up and share with you. Check out the quiz here, and let us know your results here.

Duration: 00:40:57

8.1: Sex Forever

This month, we’re releasing the very first episodes we ever recorded—back when we weren’t even sure we would release them to anybody. First up was a gem of a question that Nathan proposed: Will there be sex on the New Earth? It’s a pretty good conversation starter to have on hand when your next Thanksgiving meal gets boring. We covered lots of stuff here, like the original purpose of sex and what happens to our marriages in heaven. You’ll also hear the most botched “Christian warning”...

Duration: 00:30:15

7.5: Ryan Reads His First Published Story (Plus, The Book of Questions)

Ryan finally submitted one of his short stories for publication a few months ago, and it was accepted by Typehouse Literary Magazine, based out of Portland, OR. In this episode, he reads about a third of the story, which is called “12 Crocodiles.” Be warned: it’s pretty weird. After a nice little teaser, the guys discuss. Then Nathan cracks open a book of questions, aptly called The Book of Questions. It’s full of discussion questions, some fairly light and others having to do with the...

Duration: 00:45:06

7.4: Fight for Your Right to ___

What are you passionate about? Let’s take it further: What are you passionate about that others don’t understand? Do you feel like you have to defend your enjoyment of that activity or hobby? From video games, to alcohol, to grammar, to social justice, there are all sorts of ways that we can choose to spend our time that aren’t OK with other people. This one’s all about how we handle that. Do you feel like you have to defend your interests? What are they, and what problem do people...

Duration: 00:55:59

7.3: '90s TV Shows

If you’re listening to this, I really hope you were a child growing up in the ‘90s… Pretty much, in this episode the guys run through a looooong list of TV shows they watched as they grew up, each revelation sparking another memory, and all those long lost shows from yesteryear throw themselves onto the pile, saying, “Remember me! You used to love me!!” Ready for a trip down memory lane? You’ll hear about Dragon Ball Z, Legends of the HIdden Temple, Gargoyles, Boy Meets World, All...

Duration: 00:38:58

7.2: 7.2: Which Men's Sports League Will a Woman Break Into First?

In 2011, espnW did a six-part series on what it would take for a woman to play in various men’s professional sports. The odds weren’t good. In this episode, Ryan asks the guys to predict the answer to one main question: Out of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and tennis, which men’s professional sports league will a woman play in first? They also talk about which sports a woman could conceivably excel in, as well as the merits of her trying to do so in the first...

Duration: 00:59:22

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