This week we are honored to have NPR Religion Correspondent John Burnett return to the show to talk about his nvestigative series on televangelists and fiscal transparency: Can a Television Network be a Church? The IRS Says Yes. You may remember that John first appeared on the Culture Cast last year when he was in Portland covering Beer and Hymns.televangelist

Andy talks about his detox diet, having to pee all the time, and calls for a ban on the phrase “whole ‘nother” (because “‘nother” is NOT a word!). Christian, who isn’t detoxing, reveals his surprising organ failure contingency plan.

Amy steers this week’s Echo Chamber discussion on the death of Fred Phelps, which leads into a discussion on statements of faith and whether or not they are freeing or constricting. She then delves into a real stomach-turning fear of the week after she finds out that her favorite gum contains boiled bones and animal skin.

And God, there are a lot of God movies out. The crew struggles with which of them (if any) to recommend. Jess the Intern reviews “God Is Not Dead” and Christian hopes beyond hope that Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” will deliver.

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