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.
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.
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.
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!
Episode 6: Athletes or gods? (Examining Our Double Standards When It Comes to Athletes and Celebrities)
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!
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.
Hey WAT listeners, we've got a good episode up today. The guys have a conversation about short term missions--or when Christians go out into communities to serve and spread the gospel. Kyle was challenged after reading an article and wanted to bring it to the group. They chat about how helpful short term missions are without partnering with local organizations, who are actually changing more by mission work, and what they could do better to help people.
On this week's episode, the guys get into it about who has influenced music the most in the last 75 years. Keith and Kyle say it's the Beatles. Travis disagrees. What follows is a cage match! Topics discussed: Elvis, the British Invasion, music movements, Edison and the light bulb, Nirvana, turning points in a concept, and Kyle (almost) embarassing himself in front of Sir Paul McCartney. Ryan was out of town for recording, so Producer Josh filled in! We hope you enjoy!
This week, the guys take on social and what it means. They chat about cultural narratives and the importance of meaning. Kyle and Travis bring up the exchange system of likes on Instagram. Keith breaks down how the idea of the Self came about. Ryan throws out the idea that our identity is the real issue. There's a lot to this episode, so we may come back to this soon. Make sure to subscribe to us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter @wat_podcast.
Welcome to the What About This Podcast. On our first episode ever, Travis, Ryan, Keith, and Kyle consider whether there is such thing as objective beauty. The guys discuss how we judge beauty, where our ideas of beauty might come from, if taste is the same thing as pleasure, and the differences between subjectivity, objectivity, and relativity. All this and more on this episode of the What About This Podcast.