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Every End is a Beginning: The Orange Wave Episode 1
June 01, 2020 10:57 PM PDT
On this installment of the Orange Wave: A History of the Religious Right Since 1960, Brad traces two intertwined histories. First, the Sun Belt Migration, which led to a massive westward population shift in the 1950s and 1960s. The Sunbelt Migration turned Orange County into the nation's hub of defense production. This led in turn into an evangelical wave in Southern California. He interviews Professor Gerardo Marti of Davidson College about this story. Second, Brad examines the decline of the Mainline Protestant denominations during the same time period. The breaking of their cultural and political authority opened a space for the Religious Right to rise. Brad discusses this with Dr. John Compton of Chapman University.Weekly Roundup: Christian Nationalism and Police Brutality
May 29, 2020 03:46 PM PDT
Brad and Dan offer thoughts on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, and the Christian Cooper incident. They then discuss recent work linking Christian nationalism to victim-blaming in police brutality cases. They finish by discussing a new law in Louisiana that would force churches to allow concealed-carry in worship, the stunning report that 25% of Americans believe in the Bill Gates 5g conspiracy, and the latest from Jerry Falwell Jr."Oranges and Peanuts": The Orange Wave: Episode 0
May 25, 2020 09:41 PM PDT
The Religious Right has not always existed. White evangelicals have not always been the guardians of far-right immigration policies and patriarchal models of the family. In the 19th century, they were often progressive activists fighting for labor rights, abolition, and women's suffrage. How did they transform into the scions of Christian nationalism? Brad digs in to the history with Professor Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College on the initial episode of The Orange Wave: A History of the Religious Right Since 1960.Weekly Roundup: The COVID Discrimination Industry
May 22, 2020 01:39 PM PDT
Brad tells a ridiculous story of flying fish and raining chum from his youth ministry days. Then he and Dan discuss the connection between the prosperity Gospel and religious conspiracy theories. They then dig into new court cases and claims of discrimination against those who refuse to wear masks, a QAnon supporter as senate candidate in Oregon, and what poll numbers tell us about how white men are different than any other voting bloc in the country.Sneak Peek at "The Orange Wave: A History of the Religious Right Since 1960"
May 19, 2020 05:51 PM PDT
A sneak peek of the new series--Brad talks with Randall Balmer, Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, about the 1980 presidential election and what it meant for the rise of the Religious Right.Weekly Roundup: The COVID Info Wars
May 15, 2020 03:53 PM PDT
Brad and Dan discuss recent data that shows White Evangelicals are the only group who believes Trump's response to the pandemic has been appropriate. They connect this to recent studies that show how Trump supporters get their news/information directly from the president through the Trump App. This leads to a discussion of the proliferation of conspiracy theories and the problem of living in a post-truth world.The Connections Between Conspiracy Theories and Fundamentalist Religions
May 12, 2020 12:44 PM PDT
Why do conspiracy theories and fundamentalist religions seem to go hand in hand? How can we understand the connection? Why are so many evangelicals drawn to QAnon? Why do COVID conspiracies sprout in conservative Christian spaces?Weekly Roundup: Justice is Barred
May 08, 2020 02:01 PM PDT
Brad tells a story of an encounter with a French philosopher and . . . marshmallows. Then Dan and Brad discuss the DOJ decision to drop the case against Michael Flynn (4:00), William Barr's dominionist win-at-all-costs politics (12:40), the "Call me a grandma killer" tweet and what is says about the "culture of life" movement (20:00), Trump's unwillingness to wear a mask, and more.QAnon, Evangelicals, and COVID-19
May 05, 2020 04:18 PM PDT
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: The COVID Culture Wars
May 01, 2020 01:55 PM PDT
Brad and Dan discuss the COVID culture wars: the armed "protest" at the Michigan capitol, the masculinity of face masks, in-person church meetings, the stunning decline in Trump's approval ratings, the Bill Gates conspiracy, and Justin Amash's third-party presidential bid.
An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of white Evangelical Christians by two ex-evangelical ministers-turned-religion professors. If you have ever wondered what social and historical forces led white evangelicals to usher Donald Trump into the White House this is the show for you.
As former insiders and critical scholars of religion, Dan Miller and Bradley Onishi have a unique perspective on the Religious Right. Guests have included Chrissy Stroop, R. Marie Griffith, Janelle Wong, Randall Balmer, Katherine Stewart, and many others.
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