Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., removes the Confederate battle flag at a Confederate monument at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. She was taken into custody when she came down. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later.  (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., removes the Confederate battle flag at a Confederate monument at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. She was taken into custody when she came down. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Hey, wait a minute. This podcast has always been a low-rent, seat-of-the-pants kinda thing. And now it’s getting all fancy and crap. Guess all the monumental fame and fortune of podcasting (ahem) is going to their heads.

Actually, it’s just what happens when you bring on someone like John, a former podcast producer for CNN and current radio producer, comes in and shows the CultureCast crew how’s it’s done. So for all of you who like your audio content mediocre, our apologies for stepping up our game.

This week we also introduced News of the World, our headline-grabber topic that now jumps to the front of the show. This week it’s SCOTUS and all the earthshaking decisions that wen’t down this session. We break down how both the left and right fared.

We also welcome Micky ScottBey Jones, who breaks down all things race and culture, from the confederate flag to how her relationship to Strom Thurmond  affects her own story and identity as an African-American woman.

We talk dollars and cents, musing about what the failings of the economies of both Greece and Puerto Rico mean for the EU and the rest of the world. Then we chime in one whether we think Obama’s homily/speech/song in Charleston, NC was a hit or a strikeout.

And of course, what’s a CultureCast without pop culture recommendations and a fear of the week? I suppose it would be nothing more than thoughtful, substantive content. And who wants that? Am I right???

The lineup for the July 21st live show in Columbus, Ohio is set. Enjoy music from Trey Pearson and Andra Moran, plus featured guests Phil Snider (postmodern theology nerd) and Adam Phillips & Andy Goebel, who have been in the national news for challenging their former Evangelical Covenant Church denomination of LGBTQ inclusion (thus: FORMER denomination). Tickets include two adults drinks and a pint glass to keep. Grab tickets here: www.tinyurl.com/HomebrewedatGA

Then on August 13th in Portland, Oregon, We are excited to welcome Wm Paul Young, author of “The Shack” as our special guest for another live CultureCast. He will share with us about his newest novel “Eve,” and how he keeps his feet on the ground after selling 20 million books. We’ll also welcome Portland’s ow Del Phoena, who will lay some awesome tunes on us and talk about their most recent album project. Not to be missed, I’m tellin’ ya! Those tickets can be found by CLICKING HERE

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