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Simmering Tensions in a Christian Sect, a Planet on Fire, and Fasting Apps

In this episode, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what we see in the proposed split of the United Methodist Church and the inevitable tensions between religious beliefs, religious doctrine, and personal and group sensibilities (00:45), what we make of the Australian fires and how climate change may now begin to change nature in ways that more directly affect our lives (16:58), what we see in the controversy surrounding the dofasting app (31:41), and our thoughts on fasting in general (38:14). Listen to your body (46:24)!

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Making Sense of the US Strike on an Iranian Leader

In this episode, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at the U.S. strike which took out Iranian General Soleimani and discuss whether the decision to act right now made any sense (00:48), whether U.S. leadership is entitled to the benefit of the doubt as to their decision making and motivations (7:31), what we should be doing in the middle east (23:43), and whether Americans have the want to and the leadership to meet challenges that come with being a nation and a superpower (32:48).

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December 2019 Roundup, Part 2 (Christianity Today v Trump)

In part two of our December 2019 roundup, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss whether it was a big deal for Christianity Today’s to call for the removal of President Trump (0:52), how that has exposed an apparent rift between Christians as an interest group and as a moral institution (8:00), and how evangelicals were actually against Trump before they were for him (23:09).

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December 2019 Roundup, Part 1 (Modesty Swimwear, Iran, Eddie Murphy)

In part one of our December 2019 roundup, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the lack of controversy surrounding Nike’s release of a modesty swimwear line (1:32), the implications of Iran beginning joint naval drills with America’s biggest rivals on the world stage (15:22), and Eddie Murphy’s return to SNL and the fallout from that (27:40).

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Most Notable Occurrences and Trends in the 2010s

What was the science story of the 2010 decade (1:20)? What entertainment story defined the 2010 decade (10:09)? What was the biggest international news story in the 2010 decade (16:50)? What about the most notable trend in domestic news (27:44)? What will we remember as being significant about social media in the 2010 decade (34:50)? What technology defined the 2010s (47:49)? How about honorable mentions (57:43)? Our predictions for 2020s (1:05:40)?

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Culture Series: Outliers, a Book by Malcom Gladwell

Are mastery, and opportunity to obtain mastery, overlooked in understanding what makes successful people successful (1:56)? Exceptional analytical intelligence does not itself make an outlier, part 1 (9:16). Exceptional analytical intelligence does not itself make an outlier, part 2 (16:28). How can adversity and timing lead to opportunity (36:54)? How do cultural legacies influence our approach to and interaction with the world (48:11)?

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Tribalism Through Political and Ideological Labels

Do people generally use ideological labels to describe their belief system or their club (0:49)? Is this phenomenon getting worse, or do things like social media just show what’s already there (16:25)? Is the United States particularly vulnerable to tribalism and can our system survive it (28:51)? What needs to happen to bring us together (43:09)?

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Making Sense of the Streaming Wars

What makes streaming different and what does it mean to me (0:47)? What is in it for the media companies (9:40)? What makes a streaming service worth it (15:41)? Is streaming an example of technology making things better for all stakeholders (24:39)? Are there potential problems (38:23)? Is streaming a good deal for consumers (44:10)?

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Do Bernie’s Policies and His Movement Transcend Identity?

Are identity politics dead or can they still serve a purpose (0:38)? Is there an obligation to support politicians that look like us, or can beliefs transcend identity (10:43)? Are Bernie’s policies viable (14:49)? Could his movement get him elected and save our economy (18:25)? What’s with the insistence on self identifying as a socialist, and will it cost him (28:34)?

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Do Bernie’s Policies and His Movement Transcend Identity?
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Can Bernie Sanders Save Black Lives?

Can Bernie Sanders tell you how not to get shot by the police (0:41)? Would you rather be offered honest advice or empathy, and would rather agitate the system or take control of it (3:23)? Is there room for compromise and understanding in the fight for progress (19:02)? What about introspection (27:32)?

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