Nerds, Bullies and Why Trump is Winning

If you’re like me, you were baffled at first by Donald Trump’s success in his presidential bid, but I think it get it now: he’s a bully in a room full of nerds. I don’t think anyone would argue that Trump isn’t a bully; the question is why it’s working in the political sphere. In [Read More…]

THE FINEST HOURS’ Producer Jim Whitaker, Star Wars Fails & Political Geekery

When the cohosts are away, Christian will play. Slim and Amy were out this week, so I decided to go solo. The main course of this week’s episode is my talk with co-producer of the new film, “The Finest Hours,” Jim Whitaker. He worked on “8 Mile,” “Thank You for Smoking” and many others, but [Read More…]

Cyber Ethics, Star Wars-ing and the Trump Factor

I know, I know. Cyber-ethics may not sound that riveting on first blush, but from Wikileaks and Anonymous to your kids on Youtube and every time you swipe a credit card, cyber security is everywhere. And with that incredible power comes both the potential to use and abuse it. Kinda like chainsaws. Or Bibles. Anyway… [Read More…]

Why ISIS Doesn’t Have to Win (and We Can’t Defeat Them)

Yesterday I wrote an article about a discussion I had with my son about the instability and conflict in the Middle East. Following is a personal reflection to follow up on the article. Read the previous piece HERE.  In the wake of the Paris attacks, the continuing exodus of Syrian refugees and the growing destabilization wrought [Read More…]

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

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

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

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…]

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

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…]


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