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Weekly Roundup: Man, Woman, Loses, Suckers, Soldiers
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September 04, 2020 05:17 PM PDT
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Dan confesses that 1st grade on Zoom is more intimidating than translating French philosophy or reading Hebrew. He and Brad then discuss the bombshell report on Trump calling soldiers losers, his defense of white nationalist vigilantism, and his encouraging people to vote twice. They then discuss the latest polls and Biden's chances in the electoral college. They then discuss how our political landscape has been reduced to an infuriating binary--as evidenced by Franklin Graham's approach to this election. They finish by covering terrifying stories from QAnon, Trump pushing through a vaccine unsafely, and the sidelining of Dr. Fauci.

The Orange Curtain: The Orange Wave-Episode 9
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September 01, 2020 03:38 PM PDT
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On the series finale, Brad reflects on his departure from Orange County and evangelicalism. This provides a jumping off point for reflecting on what we've learned through the series, and, perhaps most importantly, how Orange County's politics and culture provides a window into the contemporary moment.

Fascism Draped in the Flag
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August 28, 2020 05:09 PM PDT
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Brad and Dan discuss the vagaries of the new semester and the apocalyptic challenges posed by Zoom and Outlook. They then dissect the events in Kenosha, WI during the last week--from the shooting of Jacob Blake, the vigilantism of Kyle Rittenhouse, and the various political and social responses. From there they transition to the RNC’s themes of fear, alienation, and Christian nationalism--including a “fascism draped in the flag” final night at the White House. They conclude with an examination of evangelical and conservative approaches to masculinity and sexuality through Falwell’s follies, Eric Metaxas, and other sex scandals

Dating Jesus: Purity Culture, Male Savagery, and Female Passivity (re-release)
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August 25, 2020 04:19 PM PDT
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On this re-released episode, which takes on new significance in light of the Falwell scandal, Brad and Dan discuss how sexuality and gender are viewed in evangelical purity culture, including the notion that men are sexual aggressors and women are passive gatekeepers. They interview Rev. Sarah Buteux about her experiences as an ex-evangelical, a feminist, and a progressive leader.

Catholic Convention/ Kamala Criticized/ Corrupt Cronies / QAnon Candidates
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August 21, 2020 12:16 PM PDT
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Brad and Dan discuss the latest of Falwell's Follies. They then analyze the presence of religion and faith at the Democratic convention, the fallout from the president's affirmation of QAnon, the GOP's problematic future, the arrest of Bannon and the Senate Intelligence Commitee's confirmation of Russian interference and collusion, and the criticism of Kamala Harris as not Black enough from pundits on the Right.

This is How it Ends, The Orange Wave Ep. 8
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August 17, 2020 11:06 AM PDT
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Some just want to watch the world burn. But for others, the end of the world is an opportunity to rebuild it in their image. On this penultimate episode, Brad explores how global kleptocrats, Donald Trump, and Christian Reconstructionists all view the end of the world as a chance for power and control. It is the simplest and scariest explanation of why the Religious Right continues to support the 45th president--they both want to destroy the world. This episode contains an interview with Prof. Julie Ingersoll, author of Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction.

Weekly Roundup: A Coup in Plain Sight
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August 14, 2020 05:33 PM PDT
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Dan laments the end of our favorite segment, Falwell's Follies. Then he and Brad discuss the interfaith and mixed-race background of Kamal Harris, Birtherism 2.0, the attempt to steal the election at the post office, Kanye West working for the Trump campaign, the illegal appointment of the DHS head, Latinx voters turning Republican, and the unraveling of American democracy.

Falwell's Fall . . . and Redemption with Diana Butler Bass
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August 11, 2020 11:07 AM PDT
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Brad talks to Dr. Diana Butler Bass, distinguished scholar of American Christianity, about Jerry Falwell Jr's. demise. Last week, racy pictures posted by Falwell on social media led to him being put on indefinite leave from the university. Dr. Bass provides insight into why this particular scandal led to his downfall, the gendered dynamics of the situation, and the well marked path for Falwell's redemption.

Evangelicals, QAnon, and Conspiracy Theories (Re-Issue)
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August 04, 2020 12:30 PM PDT
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Brad speaks with Marc-André Argentino, a PhD candidate and public scholar at Concordia University in Quebec, and an Associate Fellow with the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) at King's College London. They discuss the origins of QAnon, its deep connections with evangelical Christianity, the new Q-Church, and the ways QAnon's conspiracies are worsening the public health crisis by spreading disinformation.

Weekly Roundup: Suburban Dream Demon Sperm
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July 31, 2020 04:28 PM PDT
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Brad tells a story about a mishap during a colonoscopy. He and Dan then cover the myriad of stories from a crazy news week:
-Eric Metaxas thinks Jesus is White
-Tom Cotton: slavery was a necessary evil
-Herman Cain dies from COVID after Trump rally
-Remembering John Lewis
-Trump's favorite doctor and her theology of demon insemination -Jared Kushner's failed COVID response
-Trump's abysmal poll numbers on COVID, race, and the suburbs
-John Ortberg resigns

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