Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast (general)

The best popular culture and heroic news artifacts and events of the year.  

Direct download: ViW25_Wasteland_Awards_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm PST

We break down the top songs that bring Christmas cheer.  

Direct download: ViW24_Best_Pop_and_Traditional_Christmas_Songs_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

We share the best Christmas hymns (sacred songs).  We provide clips only of each; but listen all the way through and we share a classic: a hymn performed by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt in its entirety. 

Direct download: ViW23_The_Best_Christmas_Hymns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:31am PST

ViW22 Nihilism

We do our best to define what we mean by nihilism, the history of reductionism, meaninglessness, and the ways in which this leads to indifference and narcissism.  

Direct download: ViW22_Nihilism.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

We explain the true, modern origins of the American national holiday of Thanksgiving.  Why do we get tired after eating the dinner?  Why do presidents pardon a Turkey each year?  

Direct download: ViW21_Thanksgiving_Part_2_-_A_Secular_Feast_Day_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

The often untold history leading up to the first Thanksgiving.  Jeff tells about one of his favorite topics in history: the Florida Holy Wars of the 1560s; this is the Thanksgiving that almost was.  Dan gives the true story of the Pilgrims' first thanksgiving meal.  We argue that Thanksgiving is a holiday with religious roots, but that the holiday as we have it today originates in the secular or "left hand" kingdom, and thus is of value to all people in the US.  Foreign listeners should listen to find out why we Americans have such a fetish for Turkey once a year, and for some interesting stories from early modern history.  

Direct download: ViW20_Thanksgiving_Part_1_-_Historical_Background.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

The second part of a two part conversation about the intersections of religion and politics.  In this episode, we focus on US Supreme court cases related to the exercise of religion.

Direct download: ViW19_State_and_Church.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

What is the distinction between the two kingdoms?  Should faithful citizens want to merge the church and state?  Is America a Christian nation?  Where did James Madison get his ideas?  We rely heavily on Dr. Dan van Voorhis' knowledge of American history to help address these questions and more.

Direct download: VIW18_Church_and_State.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Renaissance wizards, strange stuff in general, and the closest thing the hosts have to direct ghost experiences.  

Direct download: ViW17_Are_Ghosts_Real.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

The history, cultural significance, and overall value of the movies.  We are joined by Micah Luce, who earned his MAR in Theology and Cinema from Yale Divinity School.  We also have with us Eleanor Pettus, Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University and Faculty in Residence for the CUI Bono Living-Learning Community, and Joel Oesch, former guest, and director of Christ College's MA program.  Several of us share our most memorable moviegoing moments.    Micah shares a recipe for geekdom movie marathons.  We ask whether moviegoing creates authentic community.  

Direct download: ViW16b_The_Cultural_Importance_of_Cinema.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST