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13.4: Mass Incarceration and The New Jim Crow

The U.S. prison population is booming, and we’re not all equally affected. In three decades, the prison population has exploded from 300,000 to over two million. There are more people in jails and prisons today just for drug offenses than were incarcerated for all reasons in 1980. This is mass incarceration. In this one, we discuss the problem of mass incarceration before starting to get into the premise of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: namely, that black men are...

Duration: 01:56:53

13.3: Mapping the Future: Artificial Intelligence and CRISPR

Finally, robotic beings rule the world . . . or at least they’re about to. We all know artificial intelligence is taking off at lightspeed. We’re going to see the sophistication of these types of technology grow in ways we can’t imagine. So where does that leave us? Will we all lose our jobs or sit on a beach vacationing for the rest of our fleshy days? Also, there’s this FREAKY thing called CRISPR. If you haven’t heard of it, well, we’re about to tell you about it here. Sneak...

Duration: 01:17:46

13.2: The Government Did WHAT With the Minimum Wage????

What should happen with the minimum wage? Should it be raised, lowered, or kept the same? After Ryan arrives late to the recording, the guys reaffirm their commitment to ignorance before breaking out their economics caps and explaining the merits (or demerits) of raising the minimum wage. They also debate how easy it is to move beyond minimum wage positions, or to find a job at all. How much would you raise or lower the minimum wage, if at all? Hit us up and let us know.

Duration: 01:34:10

13.1: Celebrating Year One of Midnight Depot

Midnight Depot has been around around for an ENTIRE YEAR, you guys. How crazy is that? When we started this thing, we honestly didn’t think anyone would listen, but they have. Each and every one of you reading this and listening to the show is a rock star in our eyes. In this one, we take some time to reflect on how we feel about the podcast after year one, where we’d like to see it go, and how reality has matched our expectations. We also run through the top 10 most popular Midnight...

Duration: 01:13:33

12.5: Frank the Demon's Happy Halloween

FRRRRAAAAAANNNNKKKK is here . . . and you should all be very, very afraid. Today is Frank the Demon’s favorite holiday, and we’re celebrating by talking about the best costumes we’ve ever worn, how some of us used to steal the whole bowl of candy, and how Ryan was actually not ever a dinosaur for Halloween. Happy Halloween everyone! Hit Frank up (if you dare) on the Facebook page.

Duration: 00:41:41

12.4: The Case Against Christian Movies (Plus, God Pronouns)

How do you feel about Christian movies? There seems to be a pretty clear divide in the Christian community about movies like God’s Not Dead, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. Some people say they’re life-changing in the best way. Others think they’re just another laughingstock that distracts the world from Jesus. In this episode, the guys talk about whether terrible Christian movies are just bad art or whether they’re only meant to build up the church. They also debate the best way to...

Duration: 01:45:58

12.3: Is Bigfoot Among Us?

Nathan believes in Bigfoot. So does Justin. Cody and Ryan do not. And there’s your premise for this episode. Nathan lays out his (foolproof?) argument for why there must be a Bigfoot/Bigfoots/Bigfeet in North America somewhere, based on his millions of hours of Youtube research and his unofficial certification as a world-class cryptozoologist. Either your eyes will be opened to a creature who has lived in the shadows among us for perhaps thousands of years . . . or you’ll feel...

Duration: 01:14:22

12.2: A Closer Look at the NFL Anthem Protests (Part 2)

Part 2 of our discussion on the NFL anthem protests. Have white Americans been on the wrong side of history at every turn? Have we been fighting over the wrong issues during the protest saga? We know you have thoughts about this one. If you’d like to engage or challenge any of our thoughts, please check out this episode’s post on Facebook, or message us privately there. This is such a huge current issue, and we’d love to have some dialogue over it.

Duration: 01:08:03

12.1: A Closer Look at the NFL Anthem Protests (Part 1)

You know the story. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick sits, then kneels during the pre-game national anthem at NFL games. Others join him, debate ensues. Fast forward to today, and President Trump gets involved. Then an all-out war on social media begins. In this two-parter, we do our best to get to the heart of what the protests are really about, discuss the meaning of the flag, talk about why it’s so easy to get distracted from the real issues, and debate the effectiveness of the movement. We...

Duration: 01:09:36

11.4: Minimalism: How Much Could You Give Up?

This episode is about minimalism.

Duration: 00:50:52

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...

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

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