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Weekly Roundup: Conspiracy and Corona Virus, Title IX and Discrimination, and the Appeal of Biden
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March 13, 2020 06:05 PM PDT
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Brad and Dan discuss the conspiracy theories Evangelicals and the President are pushing about Corona Virus (0:30), Title IX exemptions for universities that discriminate against LGBT+ people (17:50), the surprising surge of Biden and his popularity with African American religious voters (27:05), who is the most "religious" candidate left (44:05), and a one-minute explainer on why COVID-19 is a serious threat to public health (as opposed to what Fox News is telling your mom or nana) (50:50).

The Myth of the Persecuted Christian and the Inverted Golden Rule
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March 10, 2020 09:25 AM PDT
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Brad speaks with Dennison University political scientist Paul Djupe. They discuss Djupe's findings that those Christians who live in homogenous Christian communities are most likely to believe that Democrats, atheists, and others are trying to take their rights away. They also discuss data that shows a large majority of Evangelicals are willing to strip rights from nonbelievers.

Weekly Roundup: Race and Religion at Super Tuesday and Pence's Thoughts and Prayers for Corona virus
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March 06, 2020 01:51 PM PST
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Brad talks to Chrissy Stroop (1:15) about Pence's thoughts and prayers on the Corona virus response team, then Dan and Brad review Super Tuesday voting(23:00) by focusing on how people of color voted, the racist tropes that have emerged, and what to expect in the coming months. Brad gives a one-minute explainer on how not to be racist when talking about the Corona virus (58:25), and then he provides an answer to a listener question (1:03:45) about when and how more charismatic practices began to merge with mainstream evangelicalism.

Inside the World of Christian Nationalism
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March 03, 2020 08:43 AM PST
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Journalist Katherine Stewart returns to talk about her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. She explains how Christian nationalists don't want a seat at the table--but want to smash it. They discuss how Christian nationalists in Ca are forming unexpected coalitions with Latinx churches via political opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. And Brad and Katherine recount the time they both attended a charismatic, Christian nationalist revival at the Trump Hotel in DC--one of the most surreal and strange events either of them have ever attended.

Weekly Roundup: Corona Virus Conspiracies, the Constitutional Right to Discriminate, and AOC's Sermon
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February 28, 2020 11:09 AM PST
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On the Weekly Roundup, Brad and Dan discuss the Corona virus conspiracies coming from MAGA land (2:45), AOC's sermon in Congress (9:30), the Supreme Court's hearing of Fulton vs. Philadelphia (17:00), which could give religious people the right to discriminate in a myriad of ways, "Progressive" Evangelicalism's quietism (33:15), and --BONUS: 1-minute explainer of Democratic Socialism vs. Communism vs. Capitalism (38:45)

Reasons for Hope: Taco Trucks on Every Corner!

We stand in solidarity with the UCSB and UCSC grad students/TAs on strike!

Debunking Myths About Religion, Race, and the 2020 Election
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February 25, 2020 04:34 PM PST
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Are Evangelicals still in love with Trump? Do white "liberal" Protestants vote progressively? Is it fair to say that the Republican party is basically the party of white folks? Who are the religious nones and what role will they play in 2020 and beyond? Brad talks with Dr. Ryan Burge, Assistant Professor of Political Science, at Eastern Illinois University, about these questions and more.

Weekly Roundup: "God is a White Man" Theology
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February 22, 2020 12:23 AM PST
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Brad is joined by guest co-host Blake Chastain, who is host of the Exvangelical Podcast and the Post Evangelical Post newsletter.

They discuss a surprising LGBTQ-affirming church in Texas (5:30), the way some white Mainline and Catholic voters prioritize their whiteness over anything else (10:20), and the incident at Baylor University's chapel this week, which shows the toxic effects of envisioning God as a white male (20:15)

The Missionary-Spies Who Helped to Form the CIA
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February 18, 2020 06:44 PM PST
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Brad talks with Dr. Matthew Avery Sutton, author of the new book "Double-Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War". They discuss how missionaries became undercover agents during WWII, how religious professionals and rhetoric have shaped US diplomacy, and how the legacy of these missionary-spies still informs our public square.

The Christians Who Want to Rule the World -with André Gagné
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February 12, 2020 08:29 AM PST
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Dominionists are shaping your life: from your kid's sex-ed program, to local gun laws, and national elections. They see themselves as called to rule the world as proxies for God. Dominionists strategize as to how to infiltrate and control every aspect of human life--government, economics, culture, media, education, and so on. They are not fringe. They are operating in local, state, and national governments.

Weekly Roundup: Romney vs Trump, Evangelicals vs. LDS, the National Prayer Breakfast, and More
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February 08, 2020 10:21 AM PST
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Brad and Dan discuss how we should interpret Mitt Romney's vote to convict Trump as an expression of how the Latter Day Saints view the president, and why they are less likely to be Christian nationalists. They also dig into the National Prayer Breakfast, the Southern Baptist Convention's views on the LGBT community, and Franklin Graham's woes in the UK.

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