White nationalism looks a lot different today than it used to. In this episode Christian and Amy discuss the new face of white nationalism, how Trump is setting that example, and how we can counteract it. Where is the line between presidents as public figures and human beings? Do comments made by … Read more about Racism in the White House and How to Train an Activist with Michael Poffenberger
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 … Read more about Racist Flags, Greece Sags, Jurassic Drags (CultureCast)
The President just finished his news conference about the plan to combat ISIS (ISIL). I am somewhere between confused and infuriated - baffled and livid. The beheadings are horrific. The threat is undeniable. But ... is this really the American response? My concern is that the US … Read more about We are at war again?
Last week Russell Brand, in a BBC interview, raised a lot of eyebrows by calling into question the legitimacy of voting. He talked about the brokeness of the system and the relative banality of the process. I saw lots of good Facebook conversation (which seems rare these days) about the clip and … Read more about Should Christians Vote? Russell Brand has got me asking again
by Bo Sanders 12 Years A Slave is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. The cinematic elements compliment the twisted and troubling plot to create a riveting experience for the viewer. What follows is a theological reflection - for a more formal review of the movie check out Pop … Read more about 12 Years A Slave and the Cross of Christ
This week, as the rest of the country swelters, the CultureCast crew complain about the cool, overcast weather in Portland. Hey, everybody has to gripe about something, right? Our guest for the episode is Bruce Reyes-Chow, returning to the show for another go-round. This time he discusses his new … Read more about Non-Asian Asians, Obama’s Bobbles and the NSA
by Bo Sanders [I initially wrote this for Ethnic Space & Faith but thought it would be fun to cross pollinate.] Despite what the caller said on this week’s ‘Take Them to Task’ segment from the Smiley & West show said, race is still an issue in North America - not everyone is color … Read more about Issues of Race in Politics, Music, TV and Sports
I’m thinking about voting for the first time next month. I mean, seriously thinking about it. But I’m not sure I want to break the seal - cross that threshold - and break my long string of abstaining. Here is the background on why I have never voted: In High-school my family moved from … Read more about I Might Vote For The First Time Next Month
In chapter 1 of his book Death of Liberal Class, Chris Hedges sketches both the height of the Liberal era in the 19th century and its cataclysmic implosion with the arrival of World War in the 20th. The disillusionment of human evil, aggression, and suffering deflated the optimism of innate human … Read more about The Death of the Liberals is killing us
This is going to be the most exciting Super Bowl ever. OK, not really, but I read this Forbes article on wild bets going on this year in Vegas that got me excited to watch the game. (The following predictions are not from an expert. They are just for fun and not intended to be used for gambling. … Read more about 5 Unorthodox Super Bowl XLIII Predictions
What an amazing performance. But I was floored by this comment. 'On this spot where we're standing 46 years ago Dr King had a dream. On Tuesday, that dream comes to pass.' This was an unbelievably important step for race reconciliation in America...but, really? … Read more about Really?