Check out this bizarre image. I’ll tell you exactly what it means and so much more. The thing about public symbols is that they are difficult to control. Once an icon is made a part of the public discourse it’s impossible to control what it means and who can use it. In addition I talk about what Planned Parenthood and the LDS church have in common.
Based on comments from a listener, I do a complete smack-down on the vaccine. Why isn’t it as effective as promised? What about the risks? Who can say you should get it. I also offer a Christian defense of Atheist chaplains.
The Wizard of Oz contains a political message that continues to play out today. Movies, Recalls and Popular Opinion, Oh My! I dive into the allegory of the Wizard of Oz and 19th Century politics and how it all relates to the recall of Gavin Newsom, mask mandates, and the rise of authoritarian leaders.
I take a whack at idolatry in American culture, but not at the usual culprit. Does a fish know he’s wet and does an American know he lives in freedom. Also an important thing to do if you’re ever scammed. And don’t forget, everyone needs a hot take on Simone Biles and the Olympics.
What do Britney Spears and Jeff Bezos teach us about homelessness? Quite a bit if we think about them together. I dive into Britney’s conservatorship battle and the ethics of space travel. Plus, a follow up on the election fraud episode, it turns out I was wrong.
Claims of voter fraud continue, with the help of a friend who deeply believes the election was stolen I cover the claims and give my take on it. Hold on to your butts. This is a deep dive into the dynamics of the election and the claims of voter fraud. I begin the episode with a story about foreign seeds showing up in people’s mailboxes. You can hear more of the story from The Experiment.
After years of experimenting I have perfected the art of turning away door to door salesman. Follow these simple steps and they will walk away on their own accord and with warm feelings on their interaction with you. I have had a 100% success rate with this method and it doesn’t involve ignoring them or slamming the front door. I also give an overview of the major events involving Mormonism over the last 20 years.
College sports is about to change in a massive way. Athletes are going to get paid and there’s nothing the NCAA can do to stop it. I also dive into the problem of Fundamentalism and why it will never die. Bonus: a rant on creepy drivers!
It’s now okay to talk about the possibility of a Chinese lab leak; this and a professional wrestler’s apology might bring the United States an opportunity for cultural unity. I answer a question about Black Lives Matter and explore the cultural divisions emerging in American Evangelicalism. I also talk about a job you don’t want.