Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast

We go deep into the cultural value of education, whether you should go or send your children, and the affects of reductionism and secularism on higher education in the West.  

Direct download: ViW_8_Back_to_School_in_the_Wasteland.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Current events, including Egypt, Wikileaks, journalism and the nature of the news itself. 

Direct download: ViW_7c_Another_Week_in_the_Wasteland.m4a
Category:Bonus C-Side -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

The history, philosophy, and psychology of happiness.  Dr. John Lu, a colleague and social psychologist joins us.  We play a game to guess the happiest US states and countries around the globe.  We find out from Dr. Lu whether money can buy happiness.  

Direct download: ViW_7_The_Road_to_Happiness.mp3
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To help us understand our Muslim neighbors, and the ways in which thoughtful dialog can take place without being disengenous, we brought in an expert in historical and contemporary Christian-Muslim relations, Dr. Adam Francisco.  Adam is an Oxford alumnus, an author of a book on the topic and Assoc. Prof. of History at Concordia University Irvine.

Direct download: ViW6b_Our_Muslim_Neighbors.mp3
Category:Bonus B-Side -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Location, location, location.  Choosing where to live can be one of life's most important concerns, but it's also a decision we often give little sophisticated attention.  Chosing a hometown affects your and your children's ability to fulfil your vocation, and be as virtuous as possible.  It can also affect your potential earning power.  We share about our experience in suburban wastelands, ask whether a good person should live in an urban environment, and why some who grew up in the city are nervous in the country.

Direct download: ViW6_Where_to_live_in_the_Wasteland.mp3
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Alex Rodriguez, the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post.  Before we get to those trending stories, we share a couple anecdotes each about our wild week.  Not that wild, but fun.  

Direct download: ViW5c_This_Week_in_the_Wasteland.mp3
Category:Bonus C-Side -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

How can we effectively be good neighbors to human beings around the world?  Dan shares the top events that connected America to the world in history.  We interview Andrew Syed about various ways to care about others, including the nonprofit, NGO, and for-profit world.  

Direct download: ViW5_America_and_the_World.mp3
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Interview with Dan Deen, philosophy prof, on the relationship between virtue and knowledge.  We talk about Dan's doctoral adviser Michael Ruse and ways of doing debate between atheists and theists.  

Direct download: ViW4b_Virtue__Knowledge_Bonus_B-Side.mp3
Category:Bonus B-Side -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Should a virtuous person waste time on sports?  We chat with classical scholar (that means ancient Greece and Rome), Dr. C.J. Armsrong about the history and ethics of sports.  We share the top five banned sports and the top ten most culturally significant American sports moments. This is a show for people who are fanatics as well as those who hate professional sports.  It's about its prominent role in our world and it might be the most fun we've had to date thinking through this stuff.  

Direct download: ViW4_Bread__Circuses.mp3
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Dan and Jeff interview Prof. Joel Oesch about his doctoral research on facebook and theology.  

Direct download: ViW3b_Social_Networks__Theology_Bonus_B-Side.mp3
Category:Bonus B-Side -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT