Dad, Why Can’t We Just Kill Them?


My twelve-year-old son posed this question to me over the long weekend after hearing, the public radio accounts Assad’s iron grip in Syria, Israeli-Palestinian intractability and ISIS reaching their tendrils across the Middle East. His solution: just kill the bad guys. This was, I explained, the response of a good contingency of Americans. In fact, [Read More...]

Leroy Barber on Why Gentrification Sucks (Plus Paris and Pastafarians)

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Most cities in the U.S. are experiencing a wave of re-urbanization. From high-rise condos to boutique groceries, it’s everywhere. What was old is becoming new. So why is that a bad thing? It ain’t necessarily, author, pastor and activist Leroy Barber explains this week. But the way we do it, he says, needs a major [Read More...]

Growing the Awesome Together

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When Tripp Fuller, founder and host of the Homebrewed Christianity podcast and network, and I sat down over beers more than three years ago and talked about starting a show on culture and spirituality, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, in the very best way. It started with Jordan Green and [Read More...]

Kill Rock Star’s Portia Sabin on How the Music Biz Ticks

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If you listened last week, we talked it up with Hell’s Kitchen’s own Portia Sabin, daughter of an actor and casting director who set out on her own to, oh, I dunno…get a PhD in cultural anthropology from Columbia, start a management company, tour the country with her own band and then take over Kill [Read More...]

Does Religion Make Our Kids – and Us – Jerks?

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There’s a well-known phenomenon in churches where young families, many of whom have not been involved in organized religion since before college, return to a community of faith once they have kids. If asked why, many of the parents say they come back because they want their children to learn the importance of the values [Read More...]

Kill Rock Stars’ Portia Sabin, Social Capital and Election Day Haps

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Christian sat down with Portia Sabin, head of Kill Rock Stars’ Records, in their main office to hear her pretty amazing personal story. From growing up in Hell’s Kitchen to touring in her own band, doing post-doc work at Columbia and finally running a label, she has a life as exotic as her name. Plus she’s [Read More...]

Dear Starbucks: This Christian Doesn’t Care What You Print on My Coffee Cup

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My friend Jonathan Merritt shared a video in his most recent piece for the Washington Post that has gone a little bit viral. It’s basically this guy claiming to be a Christian who is ranting outside of his local Starbucks about the evils of the company removing ‘Merry Christmas’ from their coffee cups. So his [Read More...]

Teenage Presidents, Comic Book Geekery and Man-spreading


We’re stoked to have our first creator and author of a comic book series as our guest this week. Mark Russell has joined us on an earlier show a long time ago to talk about his book, “God Is Disappointed In You,” illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler. But now he’s the mastermind behind [Read More...]