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Escaping Abuse at a Fundamentalist Boot Camp
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January 22, 2020 04:20 PM PST
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Brad talks with Deirdre Sugiuchi about her story of leaving a fundamentalist boot camp in the Dominican Republic. Deirdre, a writer whose work has been featured at Electric Literature, Guernica, and who contributed an essay to EMPTY THE PEWS, speaks of the emotional and sexual abuse at Escuela Caribe and the dangers she sees in the current administration's approach to religious education.

*WARNING: This episode does contain descriptions of sexual abuse.

Weekly Roundup: Catholic Trumpism, Brave Heart Christianity, and the Two Popes
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January 17, 2020 07:31 AM PST
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On the weekly roundup, Dan and Brad focus on a Politico story about the Trump campaign reaching out to Catholic voters. They explain how a sizable number of Catholics fall into the Christian Nationalist category, what it means for 2020, and how we should expand our vision of Trump's religious supporters beyond white evangelicals. They also talk about controversy between the two popes, a cringeworthy new center at Liberty University inspired by Braveheart, and the bar at Trump Hotel in DC.

Trump's Secret Weapon
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January 15, 2020 04:19 PM PST
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Brad talks with Dr. Samuel Perry about Trump's secret weapon: Christian Nationalism. But, Christian Nationalism isn't just theocracy. As they discuss, it's a code word--a dog-whistle--used to signal xenophobia, racism, patriarchy, and so on. The interview focuses on Perry's forthcoming book (co-edited with Andrew Whitehead) called "Taking America Back for God".

Weekly Roundup: Praying for War (video available on Youtube)
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January 11, 2020 02:15 PM PST
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Brad and Dan discuss how Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo brought their end-times theology to bear on American foreign policy through the assassination of Quassem Soleimani. They explain how evangelical approaches to the end of the world are informing our nation's decision-making at the highest levels. Plus: Don Jr. Crusades gun, the Evangelicals for Trump Rally, and Jim Bakker says you must be saved in order to love Trump. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5R6Vhmfhs8&t=209s

Shrinking Numbers, Holding Power: Iran, the UMC Schism,and More with Robert P. Jones
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January 07, 2020 10:21 AM PST
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Brad speaks with PRRI CEO and author of "The End of White Christian America" Robert P. Jones. They discuss the ongoing developments with Iran, the United Methodist Church's split over LGBT issues, and how evangelicals are a shrinking demographic that somehow continues to hold enormous power in American politics.

Apocalypse Now: Iran and Evangelicals
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January 03, 2020 11:09 AM PST
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Brad talks with Prof André Gagné about evangelical visions of the apocalypse and how they are directly related to Iran (and the assassination of Quassem Soleimani).

Prophets and Patriots
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January 02, 2020 07:59 AM PST
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On the last episode of our series on the Religious Left, Dan speaks with Professor Ruth Braunstein about how the political organization of progressive faith groups, "good troublemakers," and the ways moral humility is good for democracy.

The Rise of the Religious Left: The Resistance Prays
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December 26, 2019 08:59 AM PST
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Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is one of the faces of the new generation of progressive American Christianity: A leader, writer, and activist; gay person of faith--something the media often assumes doesn't, or can't, exist; creator of "The Resistance Prays"; and the author of the forthcoming "Just Faith," his love letter to progressive Christians all over the country.

EMERGENCY POD: Christianity Today vs. Trump Evangelicals
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December 23, 2019 01:19 PM PST
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We've lived through Paris Hilton vs. Kim K, TSwift's bad blood with Katy Perry, and Drake's beef with everyone. But now we are here to take you through the hottest beef of 2019: Christianity Today vs. Trump Evangelicals! We talk ramifications, the Letter, the response to the response, and much more.

The Re-Emergence of the Religious Left
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December 19, 2019 07:20 AM PST
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On a double episode, Dan and Brad first discuss the re-emergence of the Religious Left in the Trump Era, what it means for the 2020 election, and if it can continue after the Trump years. Then, Brad talks to Dr. Benjamin Rolsky about his new book, "The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left," which focuses on Norman Lear and his media empire in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

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