Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast

How culture faces death, with clacissist Dr. C. J. Armstrong.  A quiz game on world funeral traditions.  The history of funerals from the ancient word to today.  

Direct download: ViW15_Funerals.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

What do you fear?  What do Dan and Jeff fear?  How do we face our fears?  We address this in this podcast that kicks off our October theme of things that scare us.  

Direct download: ViW14_Fear_Itself.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Breaking Bad gets broken down.  Dan shares the top television shows of all time, by category.  We talk television but especially we talk about the choices we make in this chaotic world.  Break virtuous, friends.

Direct download: ViW13c_Breaking_Unvirtuous_2.mp3
Category:Bonus C-Side -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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
Category:Bonus B-Side -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Ethical dilemmas in our alleged wasteland.  Dan poses tough questions to college students and tells them "the right answer".  Syria, homeschooling, government internet snooping.  

Direct download: ViW11__Would_you_Rather_Student_Guests.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PST

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
Category:Bonus C-Side -- posted at: 2:00am PST

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.

Direct download: ViW9_Jesus_the_Rock_and_Roll_Icon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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 PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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 PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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 PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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 PST

Dan and Jeff banter about technology and how we might have to fight killer robots.  We discuss the ways in which American society benefits from technology but also the need for true human associations.

Direct download: ViW3_Technology.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

We interview psychologist, Dr. Betsi Little-Van Fossen about the ways in which social networks, especially technology, affect our lives.  We also follow up on some aspects of evil, garnering insights about important historical experimental work in the field.  

Direct download: ViW2b_Facebook__Psychology.mp3
Category:Bonus B-Side -- posted at: 2:12pm PST

After the first episode, we needed to have a bit more fun.  Here we discuss the nature of humor, share our list of topic comedies and comedians, and talk about the ways in which laughter is a sign of wisdom and transcendence.  We don't recommend you watch or listen to all the pop culture artifacts we discuss--especially with your mom--but we use these as a catalyst for understanding why it is important to take our engagement seriously, without failing to laugh at ourselves. We argue that humor is important for religious and political contexts.

Direct download: ViW2_Humor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm PST

We interview documentarian and former radio and television host Zeke Piestrup about his new film Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs The End of The World. After attending the premiere, we liked his work.  But we were just as intrigued with the story behind the filmmaker. Zeke exemplifies many of the virtues we are seeking in this podcast, so we are glad to present this as our first Bonus B-Side. Dan and Jeff love B-Sides in music, so we expect these to be some of the most interesting shows we release. Nonetheless, as they go into depth with professionals and professors, listeners can look at each topic to determine and select the in-depth conversations they think are most appealing.

Direct download: ViW1b_The_Apocalypse_according_to_Zeke_Bonus_B-Side.mp3
Category:Bonus B-Side -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

ViW1 Evil

We discuss the complexity of evil, especially by investigating its portrayal in film The show sets up the context for the podcast in general, and so it emphasizes the darker aspects of our culture.  Don't fret though, future episodes will cover toopics like humor and interviews with artists. Go to virtueinthewasteland.com for show notes or further information.  Please subscribe and give us a rating to help us get underway.

Direct download: ViW1_Evil.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am PST