The Moviegoer: Ride or Die? A Fast and Furious 6 Conversation

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Editor's Note: If you're worried about spoilers then this probably isn't the conversation you're looking for.A movie like Fast and Furious 6 deserves more than a review. It deserves a 3500 word email conversation. And I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d rather have that discussion with than my good buddy Chris Gaumer, who is a professor of creative writing, a driver of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, and, most importantly, t … [Read more...]

CaPC Podcast #122: It’s a Family Cast! Plus, Living in and Touring the Deep South

Click here to listen!This week, editor-in-chief Richard Clark is joined by his Mom, Louise "Weesie" Clark, and his fiance, Jennifer Shaheen to explore the deep psychological impact childhood media has on their psyches. Did the Disney boycott have the right idea? Was Nickelodeon pushing the envelope too far? Was Zack Morris a psychopath? (spoiler: Yes)Then, they move on to discussing their experience touring the historical sites in an old, small, southern town. Equal parts awe-inspiring, d … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Instead of Cutting Aid, Let’s Increase It

Each week in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and world.The number of food stamp and welfare recipients in the United States has grown dramatically in the past few years. Liberals interpret this as a reflection of how well the State is caring for those in need. How would these families eat if they didn't have aid? Conservatives tend to interpret these figures as evidence of out-of-control government … [Read more...]

Mad Men Recap 6.8 & 9: What Holds People Together, A Wellspring of Confidence

Mad Men Recap 6.8: What Holds People TogetherThis season of Mad Men's eighth episode, titled "The Crash," begins with Ken Cosgrove crashing a joy ride full of gallivanting middle-aged executives, but, emphasized by a jump-cut to a tall silhouetted figure smoking a cigarette outside of his former mistress's apartment, it's clearly Don Draper who is crashing. What Ken's speeding car crash and Don's post-mistress anxiety transition into is an office on "medicinal" speed. Trying to get a … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: The Anniversary Trust Test

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Last weekend, my husband and I left the kids behind with my parents and took off for a long hike, just the two of us. The weather was threatening -- 49 degrees, windy, with bouts of downpour. We went anyway, taking our time over a leisurely breakfast at a local café before hitting the trails. We hike regularly with our children, but without them, we expected to spend … [Read more...]

CaPC Podcast #121: Why the Office Truly Matters

Click here to listen! Editor in Chief Richard Clark, Associate Editor Benjamin Bartlett, and Pop Matters Events editor, Kiel Hauck discuss The Office and all that it truly means to them as viewers, and to our culture as a whole.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond, you can comment on the Web site or send an e-mail to We’re also on Twitter and Facebook. We would love to hear feedback on the show, so do it now!Subscribe to us in iTunes by clicking he … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: When WORLD Mag Promotes a Radical Anti-Muslim Advocate

In Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Although I often disagree with some of their political stances, I appreciate and respect WORLD Magazine and its Editor and Chief, Marvin Olasky. WORLD has long been doing the good work of thoughtful, biblical, culture-building journalism and commentary. So, it was deeply disappointing to see Olasky promoting and recommending the works of a radical anti … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Nostalgia, Alienation, and Home

I tend to be somewhat nostalgic. When I daydream of running away from my everyday life (come on, you know you do too) I usually picture myself settling in some imaginary picturesque southern town circa 1928. I imagine a place without iPhones or Netflix, what would seem to be a comfortably conservative culture, and lots of old-timey string bands. Now, this small pre-Depression southern town isn’t a real small pre-Depression southern town. In my mind there aren’t racists and somehow there is a pol … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Remembering ‘The Office’… and Our Vows

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.After a long hiatus, I tuned in for Thursday’s series finale of The Office, having been persuaded by Amy Lepine Peterson’s thoughtful commentary. I started to work backward too, and found myself particularly moved by the “Paper Airplanes” episode scene where Jim embraces Pam and she resists -- at first. She’s frustrated that he’s putting work first again, and he’s … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Feeding the Poor with Beauty in Music

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture, and faith.In a recent article ("Worship and Identity: The Role of Beauty in the Church") at Transpositions, I was struck by this assertion by Holly Ordway, chair of the Department of Apologetics and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University: “Certainly, all the money used to build a church and make it beautiful could be given to the poor instead—but that would not be feed … [Read more...]