Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars

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Most people haven’t heard of “Legislative Theater,” thought it’s been around for about fifty years. The idea is to use the arts – and more specifically, theatrical productions – to affect social and political change in a specific, concrete way. And although the concept was born in South America, Pedro Reyes has brought it to [Read More...]

Why the Grammys’ “Macklemore Weddings” Were a Good Thing

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Lots of folks have been chattering about the mass wedding that took place in the middle of Macklemore’s “Same Love” performance at the Grammys this past week. The lighting-quick ceremony included dozens of couples, both same-sex and opposite sex, presided over by none other than music and film star Queen Latifah. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ [Read More...]

Art > Religion? Plus Biometrics, Bowls and Bieber

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We’re packing in the content this week. Our first guest is a musical duo,Bettman and Halpin, from out of Denver. They did a gig recently with Christian on his trip to Colorado and the three of them hit it off. Check out clips from their new album, “Diamond,” and hear their thoughts on how art [Read More...]

We’re BAAAAAaaaack (CultureCast)

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It’s been a while, but the CultureCast crew is back in action. Jordan, Christian, Amy and Jess the Intern set up and knock down all the stuff that’s been going down in our lives and in the cultural landscape in our absence. Or at least a few things we found compelling enough to distract us [Read More...]

Advance Copies! Author Web Events! Extraneous Exclamation Points!!!

Click on the book cover above to check out videos about the campaign and sample chapters from the book.

With 47 short hours to go, we have just over $300 left to reach our Kickstarter goal, to ensure that the project will successfully fund and the book will be published! There’s still a chance for late-comers to claim a signed advance copy of my forthcoming novel, BLOOD DOCTRINE, schedule a web book club event with me or [Read More...]

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us

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I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madison Avenue advertising agencies back in the ’60s and ’70s. Sure, I enjoy the drama and the “cool factor” of Don Draper and his cavalier ad team. But for me, the most fascinating part is all of the cultural [Read More...]

Rivers in the Desert: Why New Years Day Is a Christian Holiday

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Growing up in Texas, fairly close to New Orleans, I knew all about Mardi Gras. It was a big deal in the South, replete with combinations of debaucherous consumption and self-exposure. What I didn’t understand, being the good evangelical Protestant that I was at the time, was that it actually was the celebration preceding the [Read More...]

Homebrewed CultureCast: Movies, the Week in Whiteness & Doug Pagitt

In loving memory of Mindy Green

The CultureCast crew is on hiatus for a while so the HomeBrewed crew decided to change it up and put out a culture cast as a team effort! First up is Callid and Bo talking about 5 movies coming out this holiday season: American Hustle Anchor Man 2 The Wolf of Wallstreet The Secret Life [Read More...]


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