January 9, 2018
Hey WAT listeners, thanks for joining us last year! We hope you enjoyed what we put out last year and we look forward to a lot of great episodes in 2018. On this episode, the guys get into the recent scandals that have come out of the celebrity world in the last few months. They try to unpack what responsibilities of the viewer and consumer are. Does enjoying their art mean we endorse the behavior? Are we simply perpetuating systems of power by continuing to put money in their pockets? Or can we justify appreciating it by separating art from artist? It's a deeply messy topic, so we hope you join the guys in this difficult and important conversation.
As always, we truly appreciate you listening. Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, listen to us wherever you get your podcasts, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And something new we want to try in 2018: listener questions! We're going to let you all know what topics are coming up, so send in any questions you have, and we'll get to as many as we can on that episode.
December 23, 2017
Merry Christmas WAT fans. We have a very special holiday episode for you, which happened because of a debate we had about Christmas movies. Josh asks us if we think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and it leads us to break down what it is that makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie. Does it have to take place on Christmas? Does it need to feature Christmas decorations and music? What is the standard? Harry Potter plays on tv every holiday season because it has a scene where somebody drags a Christmas tree through the snow. We also take a look at some of our favorite Christmas movies and what they mean to us. Kyle says a Year Without a Santa Clause is his favorite. Keith says Charlie Brown Christmas. Travis can't decide between Charlie Brown, Home Alone, Home Alone 2 and Family Stone. Josh, of course, says Die hard. The guys all agree that Christmas Vacation is just okay, and John Candy is the man. All of this and more on this episode of What About This. As always, if you want to get in contact with us, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you happen to be on iTunes or Apple Podcasts, we would love if you could rate and review us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
December 12, 2017
Hey WaT listenters! The guys are back! After taking a bit of a break (last long one, we promise) so Keith could get settled with his newborn daughter, they are ready to go. In this episode, Travis and Keith bring a conversation they had recently; which of the major sports has the best athletes? What started out as a heated debate turns into a discussion about the nature of athletes and athleticism. The guys are interested in what is the difference between the two and which sport requires which. Travis claims that the skills of baseball requires the best athletes. Keith thinks basketball and hockey (Producer Josh thinks Keith is right about hockey) require more raw athleticism. Kyle wonders how we would test it all. They try to come up with a good competition to determine which athletes might be the most athletic and which might be the best athletes. Join the conversation on Twitter (@wat_podcast) and Facebook and let us know which sport wins! As always, please rate and review us on iTunes and Apple Podcasts.
September 25, 2017
Big Announcement 2017! Hey WAT listeners! This is a very special episode. It is Ryan's last episode for now. He has been called to plant a church in Texas, so he is moving to Austin! He talks to Travis, Kyle, and Keith about how this all came about and then the guys jump into a discussion about the risk that comes with following your calling. They start by talking about what a "calling" is and why it is risky. They chat about the fear of failure and how we learn through failure, the time it takes to get good at something, the various roles that make up our calling, and ultimately, how our calling is really about being fully human. As always, pelase rate and review us on iTunes and Apple Podcast, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
September 11, 2017
Hey WAT listeners for this episode, Producer Josh poses an interesting question: Are people losing interst in well-written, interesting fiction? The guys jump in by discussing Stephen King's "IT" (the novel) and the apprecation of horror. Then they get into how reading takes time and how maybe we are slowly losing our patience with text. Keith wonders if we are simply transitioning back to oral literature and eloquence, Travis thinks we aren't cultivating our attention spans, and Kyle posits that maybe we just don't have time. Other topics discussed: The Great Works, the importance of boredom, movies/documentaries as literature, and the value of visual storytelling. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. And please rate and review us on iTunes and Apple Podcasts.
August 21, 2017
Hey WAT listeners! Thanks for your patience with us (and thanks for asking when we were coming back)! If you are a fan of comedy, this is for you. The guys chat about the role of comedy in our world today and why it is so good at getting us to think. They tackle how comedy reveals truth and forces us to confront the unconfrontable while we laugh along, whether or not comedy has to push boundaries, and they debate which is better: the British or American Office. Also, be sure to stick around until the very end to get more details on our upcoming live event in September! As always, rate/review us on itunes (don't forget to subscribe), and find us on Facebook and Twitter.
June 29, 2017
Hey listeners! After a bit of a break, we're back with a very special episode. We got a lot of feedback from you all, saying that our short-term mission episode was a favorite, so we decided to do a companion episode. We asked our friend Kyle Rice of Project 54 Outreach to join the guys to talk about homelessness. Kyle shares a bit of his incredible journey in his calling to help the homeless of Skid Row in Los Angeles. He gives us insight about what he's learned while serving and loving the people of Skid Row. Then, the guys and Kyle discuss how to approach the problem of homelessness. Kyle and Project 54 are close to our hearts, so please go check them out at project54outreach.org and support this very worthy organization. As always, we'd love to hear your feedback @wat_podcast on twitter or What About This on Facebook.
May 29, 2017
Big news for What About This: Keith is going to be a dad! And he's a little terrified. So he wanted to talk about shame and fear. The guys got into how shame is everywhere and what it means for human beings. They think talking shame helps reduce its power over us and how to create spaces for people to find their true selves. Topics include: shame in parenting, public embarrassment, original sin, church and shame, perception of identity, true self/false self. Be sure to join the conversation with the guys on Facebook @WhatAboutThisPodcast or Twitter @wat_podcast!
May 15, 2017
Hey WAT listeners! This episode is about sports and morality. Kyle and Ryan are huge football fans, so we thought we'd dive into an interesting phenomenom of sports: when athletes do wrong and are still allowed to play. The guys chat about how we tend to idolize our favorite athletes and whether those athletes are role models or not. They also discuss social value systems and unfair application of punishment. Then they ask whether they should keep supporting a culture that doesn't always match their values. Join the conversation on twitter @wat_podcast or Facebook. Thanks for listening!
May 1, 2017
On this episode, the guys were struggling to find a topic. Then Producer Josh stepped up and wanted to know their opinion on the recent phenomenon "13 Reasons Why." Josh was concerned about how the book and show represented suicide. The guys get into some delicate topics, ask some tough questions, and wrestle with their roles when it comes to talking with people they know about mental health. Please join us in the conversation as we hope to encourage everyone to engage with this really important issue.