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Vernacular explores what it means to fully embrace our humanity. It's not a philosophy podcast. Nor is it simply a lifestyle podcast. It's a little bit of both, but not really either. It's music reviews and movie previews, sports forecasts and food recipes, philosophizing on the nature of knowledge and prognosticating on the future of science. Learn more at vernacularpodcast.com/episodes.
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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)
Today on Vernacular, we are announcing (and launching) a three episode collaboration with the Center for Public Justice. The Center for Public Justice (or CPJ) describes itself as “an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, CPJ seeks to help citizens and public officeholders achieve justice.” Last year, CPJ launched the Families Valued initiative, a project that promotes organizational and public policies that better support family life and respect the family responsibilities of all workers.In this collaboration between The Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice, 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.Supporting today’s families is a bipartisan imperative.<u>According to 2018 data</u> from the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans are waiting longer than ever to get married, yet delaying marriage has done nothing to drive down divorce rates. As marriage rates have declined over the past three decades, divorce rates have steadily risen. And while marriages face challenges of permanence, married couples are having fewer children.<u>In a 2013 survey by Pew</u>, only 49% of people listed “having kids” as a main reason for getting married; a summer 2018 Pew survey found that<u>71% of parents under 50</u> described themselves as “not likely” to have kids or more kids.And yet, despite these symptoms of pressure, today’s families overwhelmingly describe family as the primary source of meaning in their life. In a 2017 survey, <u>69% of adults listed family as a source</u> of meaning in their life--more than double the amount of the next highest answer--career. This is why it’s important for us to find ways to support families. We shouldn’t have an economy that makes it necessary for<u>82% of parents to work outside of the home</u>. We shouldn’t have to fight for paid parental leave at<u>a majority of private companies.</u> And we shouldn’t make quality healthcare a luxury that parents can’t afford for their children. We need churches, employers, community organizations, courts, and legislatures to support the family at all stages of life. And that’s why we’re happy to announce this collaboration with CPJ’s Families Valued initiative.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)
In an appropriate sequel to our Valentine's Day marriage episode, today we're talking about how to better deal with difficult people. In less than twenty minutes, we talk through four big ideas to help you love the people who give you the hardest time in life: 1. Process externally but not publicly2. Embrace the humanness of the other3. Communicate clearly and set boundaries4. Keep forgiveness front and centerLet us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | EmailAlso: don't miss our sister podcast The Popped Cast, which you can find on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
In this Valentine's Day edition, we answer a listener question from our parenting episode and dive into how marriage can and should enrich our lives and make us more fully human. We talk about how marriage cultivates virtues like patience, self-control, grace, and love, and offer a few suggestions on how you can help your spouse cultivate these virtues. We talked about Andrew Peterson's Dancing in the Minefields in this episode.Let us know what you think: Instagram | Twitter | EmailAlso: don't miss our sister podcast The Popped Cast, which you can find on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. 
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