Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast

Spoken word and hip hop artist Micah Bournes chats with us about life in Long Beach, faith and art, and contemporary hip hop culture.  We discuss ways in which people of faith can enter into their cultural conversation with good art, rather than with religious parodies of popular culture. Micah shares what he's listening to lately, a couple poems (one previously unheard). 

Direct download: ViW13_Art_in_the_Wasteland_with_Micah_Bournes.mp3
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Former UFC fighter describes his work with the Mbuti Pygmies.  He tells heartbreaking stories but also uplifting developments in his work to fight for the freedom of these slaves, their reestablishment in hunter-gatherer land, and his future work to bring culturally-appropriate housing technology.  There was audio interference in almost every room and with every piece of equipment, but we pieced together the best parts from the day, especially Justin's presentation to students about Fight for the Forgotten.

Direct download: ViW12_Fighting_for_the_Forgotten_with_Jutin_Wren.mp3
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UFC star and advocate for the Mbuti (Pygmy) people of the Congo joins us to answer the question whether it is virtuous to compete in and watch mixed martial arts competition.  Gladiators or artists?  You'll get a chance to find out the inner details of the sport and decide for yourself.  

Direct download: ViW11b_MMA--Pure_Brutal_Virtue_with_Justin_Wren.mp3
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Ethical dilemmas in our alleged wasteland.  Dan poses tough questions to college students and tells them "the right answer".  Syria, homeschooling, government internet snooping.  

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Dan shares his top ten rules to follow before getting a tattoo.  Jeff's pop comes and explains why tattoos are a horrible idea.  Dr. Jack Schultz, an anthropology professor, discusses tattoos in traditional cultures.

Direct download: ViW10_Tattoos.mp3
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Syria, Miley Cyrus, Club Music.  We share our takes on what's going on locally, in our own lives, and in the world.  This is a current events show [C-Side] that we record on the fly and post within 24 hours to provide commentary on what's going on in the news.  

Direct download: ViW9c_Precarious_Week_in_the_Wasteland.mp3
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The top 10 songs that talk about Jesus but aren't from explicitly religious artists.  We discuss the role of Jesus in Western culture, artist Mark Wallinger, the nature of blasphemy, and some interesting artists you might not have heard before.

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