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The Art of Being Human
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Making Room for Christ(mas)

Making Room for Christ(mas)

2019-11-2500:22:47

Making Room for Christ(mas)In today's episode of Vernacular, we talk about some ways that you can "make room" for Christmas despite all of the distracting noise of the season. We talk about hospitality, generosity, sharing of your things, hosting guests, maintaining family rhythms, avoiding Black Friday, penitence, the 12 days of Christmas, caroling after Christmas (gasp!), and devotional practices. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Fighting Cancer, "Improved" Gene Editing, and More Bioethics NewsIn this episode we review some bioethics news (links below) and talk about a new book about fighting cancer (and when enough is enough) and advancements in gene editing that some are talking about as "a significant step towards [being] able to make just about any kind of DNA change that anyone wants at just about any site in the human genome."Prime Editing (NPR)Article on Dr. Rebrikov's efforts at altering "deaf" gene (Nature)First Cell Review (NYT)(If you're interest in reading Dr. Raza's book, we encourage you to check it out at your library. Or you can buy it from Amazon here. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Food News (October) w/ ElenaWe take advantage of Elena's visit to record an episode about the Food News you never knew you needed for the month of October. Liquor-filled tide pods? Check. Dave Chang's take on international food aisles as bastions of racism? Check. Cat Advent calendars? Check. We also have our first-ever on-air taste test, trying out Clif Bar's new Spiced Pumpkin Pie flavor. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Does "Ad Astra" fulfill its ambitions?Lara & Chandler Ryd and Josh Goldman join Vernacular this week to talk about James Gray's Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Liv Tyler (sort of). We share our observations and criticisms of the work, commiserate about the perils of voice-over, pick our favorite cinematography excerpts, and talk about space baboons. It's a fun conversation about a movie that doesn't quite cut it for most of us.We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Fall Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations!The September Equinox happened this week, which mean's it's time for October baseball, stiff breezes, early sunsets, and honeycrisp apples! In this episode we share some of the things that we've been reading, watching, and listening to (or plan to) as the leaves start to turn crimson--we have some ideas for media to accompany your pumpkin spice lattes and Oktoberfest ales this season. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Food News w/Zac and Sally

Food News w/Zac and Sally

2019-09-1100:33:34

Food News w/Zac and SallyIn a departure from our regularly scheduled programming, we take a lighthearted look (inspired by the sadly defunct "Food News" from Grantland) at food news from around the country. Take a listen to hear about "Grocery Happy Hour" in Finland, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwhich craze (and why Zac used to think Popeyes was a Catholic establishment), Starbucks' newest idea, and the pumpkin lineup at our beloved Trader Joe's. Let us know if you like this episode--we had fun and would love to do it more often!Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
The Philosophy of NBC's "The Good Place" w/Alexi SargeantIn this episode previous Vernacular guest Alexi Sargeant (freelance writer and Managing Director of the Aquinas Institute at Princeton University) joins us to talk about NBC's "The Good Place" and what it tells us about our final destination, ethical quandaries, and the art of being human. For more info on Alexi's work, follow him on Twitter. You can also read his article about "The Good Place" here. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Dad Pod: Talking Fatherhood w/Nate SeibtIn this episode of Vernacular (Zac is thrilled about the title), Nate Seibt returns to the podcast to talk about the joys and failures of fatherhood. Zac and Nate swap stories of bedtime struggles, obedience trials, transitioning from the workplace to the home on the end of day commute, and what they would tell their pre-dad selves about what fatherhood is all about.We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Episode NotesIn this episode, Sally sits down with fellow moms Maureen Goldman (of The Popped Cast) and Caitlin Brian to talk about their current joys and challenges as moms. Tune in to hear about picky eating, discipline, and raising rambunctious youngsters. Maureen mentioned her latest project, Working Mom Savvy!We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
Resisting Throwaway Culture w/ Dr. Charlie CamosyIn today's episode of Vernacular, we sit down for a conversation with Dr. Charlie Camosy about his recent book, Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People (New City Press, May 2019). We discuss how the Consistent Life Ethic (CLE) can challenge people of all political stripes to reevaluate their long-held beliefs on some of our most polarizing topics--including abortion, immigration, reproductive technology, prison reform, and even animal rights. It's a great conversation and an even better book.Buy Dr. Camosy's bookWe'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
Today we have a special bonus episode of Zac's new theology podcast, Creedal Catholic! See below for show notes, and if you like what you hear, go ahead and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonPreaching, Bishops, and Staying Catholic w/Meg Hunter-KilmerMeg Hunter-Kilmer, the "Hobo for Christ" (piercedhands.com), joins Zac to talk about how Catholics can encourage their priests to be better at preaching, the importance of storytelling in the Gospels, scandal in the Church, the failures of bishops, why she's still so excited to be Catholic, six books every Catholic should read, and the incredible story of Blessed Peter Kibe. The books Meg mentions:1. The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus Liguori2. On Being Catholic by Thomas Howard3. To Know Christ Jesus by Frank Sheed4. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre5. Modern Saints, Vol. 1 by Ann Ball6. Modern Saints, Vol. 2 by Ann BallYou can follow Meg on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!Please consider supporting Creedal Catholic and the rest of the Vernacular Podcast Network on Patreon!Copyright 2019 by Vernacular Podcast NetworkSupport Vernacular by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/vernacular
Accidental MinimalismIt's been well over a month since we arrived in Colorado, but we still don't have our furniture and other household items. It's actually a good thing though! In this episode, we talk about what we've learned in this accidental experiment in minimalism: a) you can always do with less, and it's easier than you think; b) having less forces you to be oriented outward towards friends and neighbors; and c) having less makes you more grateful. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by HallowsSupport Vernacular by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/vernacular
Book, TV, and Podcast Recommendations for SummerIn this episode, hot on the heels of our big Colorado move, we break down some of the reading, TV, and podcast material that has been consuming our time lately. Among the recommendations: a C.S. Lewis trilogy, a great new crime fiction mystery series, a couple of great theology books, a hagiography by a Nobel Prize winner, a bingeable murder mystery podcast, and HBO's new Chernobyl miniseries. If you like our work, please consider supporting us at patreon.com/vpn!Other Vernacular Network podcasts mentioned on this podcast:The Popped CastCreedal CatholicBreaking PodWe'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
Upping your Coffee GameIn this episode we're joined by Nathan Seibt (follow Nate on Instagram here), who talks with us about his passion for coffee, what the average Joe needs to know about a cup o' Joe, and offers some practical ways to step up your coffee game. Some of the resources Nate mentioned are below: Stumptown Coffee Roasters7 Ways to Level Up Your Morning Coffee RoutineBrew the Perfect Cup: The Complete GuideWhere the Wild Coffee GrowsWe'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
The Book Club Returns!In this episode, we sit down with Theresa Breslin, a repeat guest on the podcast, to talk about the latest series from J.K. Rowling, who is writing the Cormoran Strike under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. We talk about Rowling's masterful character development, the arc of the eventual 9 books in the series (only four have been published so far), the romantic tensions between the central characters, and more! But don't worry--if you haven't read the books yet, we fastidiously avoid spoilers. If you're interested, book links are below:Cuckoo's CallingThe SilkwormCareer of EvilLethal WhiteWe'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
How We Learned to Distrust Social MediaSocial media is everywhere. If you're reading this, chances are that you have at least one account on a major social site. We do! But in this episode we scratch the surface a little bit on the ideas driving social media, and the results aren't that encouraging. Listen along to hear about perverse incentive structures and the problems with advertising. We're not Luddites though, so we close with three ideas to help you better use social media. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | PatreonOutro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
In this special bonus episode, we're so excited to introduce you to the latest show on the Vernacular Podcast Network. It's called Breaking Pod, and it is an episode-by-episode discussion of Breaking Bad (the TV show). We'll be back in two weeks on this feed with your regularly scheduled Vernacular programming, but for now, enjoy episode one of Breaking Pod. And make sure to subscribe to the show's feed at the links below. Listen to Breaking Pod on its own feed now: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Overcast | TuneIn | Castbox In this inaugural episode of the show, Zac and Josh break down the entire first episode of what Zac claims is "the best television show ever made." Zac unveils what he thinks is the central question of the entire show, Josh disagrees with Zac on the answer to that question, and we listen to (and critique) several key episode scenes. What did we miss?Email us: breakingpod@vernacularpodcast.comLeave us a review on Apple PodcastsWatch Breaking Bad on NetflixOur awesome theme music is "Vaculator Blues" by The Mini VandalsFind out more about all of the shows on the Vernacular Podcast Network by visiting vernacularpodcast.com!We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
In this episode, Haley Stewart joins us to talk about her latest book, The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture. We talk about what a throwaway culture is and how it poses problems to our humanness, Haley's time living with her family on a community farm without running toilets, and practical tips for you (and your family!) to practice living more fully in spite of the materialism around us. You can find more of Haley's work on her website. If you're interested in the new show Zac mentions in the intro, check out Breaking Pod on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter Outro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
Today we're wrapping up our collaboration between the Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice (CPJ). What's this partnership all about? You can read (and hear!) more in Part 1, but the gist of it is that we’re teaming up with the people behind the Families Valued initiative to talk about the struggles that modern families face and to learn how we can better support families through private enterprise, charitable initiatives, and public policy.In this final episode, we chat about leisure as the basis of culture, paid parental leave and current legislatie efforts to achieve it nationwide, the importance of unplugging, and principles for crafting policy and corporate rules to protect families. For more information, reach out to us at head to Vernacular Podcast or visit familiesvalued.org. To support us, visit patreon.com/vernacular. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter Outro music: Heroine Queen by Hallows
Today we're continuing our collaboration between the Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice (CPJ).  What's this partnership all about? You can read (and hear!) more in Part 1, but the gist of it is that we’re teaming up with the people behind the Families Valuedinitiative to talk about the struggles that modern families face and to learn how we can better support families through private enterprise, charitable initiatives, and public policy.In this second episode in our three-part series, we sit down with Rachel Anderson, Resident Fellow of CPJ and the director of Families Valued. We talk with Rachel about the sources of stress for today's families, including the shift from home-based economies to economy-driven homes, parents working outside of the home, and our loss of work's proper place in our lives. For more information, reach out to us at zacandsally@vernacularpodcast.com, head to<u>vernacularpodcast.com</u>, or visit  <u>familiesvalued.org</u><u>.</u> To support us, visit <u>patreon.com/vernacular</u>. Our music: “<u>Laugh and Cry</u>” (intro); “<u>Heroine Queen</u>” (outro)
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