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The Good Question Podcast

The Good Question Podcast

Author: Richard Jacobs

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Our goal is to make each of our guests exclaim: "hmmm... that's a good question. I don't know the answer." ...because when that happens, it means you, the listener, may be inspired to learn more beyond the interview and to ask great questions yourself that lead to new insights. In this podcast, we cover, Historical and current Anthropology, Comparative Religion and History
101 Episodes
What happens when you bring science and spiritual faith together? The two can often contradict each other – but what happens when they coincide? In this episode, we discuss all things paleontology and creationism with Dr. Marcus R. Ross, an Associate Professor of Geology and Assistant Director of the Center for Creation Studies at Liberty University. Dr. Ross is a young earth creationist and vertebrate paleontologist with a passion for science education. Given the lack of educational materials from this school of thought, he is committed to helping students better understand our world from a biblical young-Earth perspective.  In addition to his work as a professor, he is also the CEO of Cornerstone Educational Supply, a company that designs, selects, and assembles quality science materials to fit specific educational needs… Join us now to explore: What mosasaurs are, and what makes them so historically interesting.  What fossils can reveal about the Biblical flood.  How Dr. Ross’s spirituality and scientific beliefs coincide with each other. What an unconformity is in geology.  Want to learn more about Dr. Ross and his work? Click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In the age of mass media, authentic content is getting harder to find. So, where can we turn to find the fundamentals missing from many economic and policy decisions occurring in modern media? A representative from Doomberg, an anonymous team of energy writers, sits down to explain. Founded in 2021, Doomberg is a popular financial publication on Substack that provides insight from a background of heavy industry, private equity, and the hard sciences. With a passion for delivering innovative thinking and clarity to complex problems, this team of professionals may be the voice of reason you’ve been searching for… Click play to explore: How Doomberg came to be. The benefits of reading content that is fact and science-based.  How Australia’s current diesel crisis may affect other industries.  To find out more about Doomberg and their content, you can subscribe to their Substack here! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
What does it take to run a business sustainably and effectively? Ken McCarthy sits down with Richard Jacobs to discuss his secrets to personal and business success… As the Founder and CEO of Speakeasy Marketing Inc., Richard has worked tirelessly to establish a stable foundation for his business. For over a decade, Speakeasy has provided SEO authority marketing services to attorneys nationwide – and continues to do so at a remarkably high level.  In addition to his work with Speakeasy, Richard has written numerous books, hosts The Finding Genius Podcast, and speaks at numerous legal conferences. In this episode, we cover: How to achieve sustainable audience engagement.  Insight for how to manage a large amount of employees. Why having several layers of quality assurance is so critical for content generation.  How long it takes to build a website from the ground up.  Techniques for an effective interview.  You can learn more about Speakeasy Marketing by clicking here! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In this episode, we discuss religious dynamics in the U.S. with Robert Elder, an Associate Professor of History at Baylor University. Here, he teaches courses on the American South, the Early Republic, and the Civil War. Robert is also the author of two books: The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860, and Calhoun: American Heretic. Join us now to find out: The historical significance of religion in the American South. A history of honor culture in the South. How religion and faith can organize people.  So what makes Robert’s perspective on this subject so unique? Tune in now to see for yourself… To learn more about Robert and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Dinosaurs have intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. As we uncover more about them through fossil research, our planet's history is becoming more and more apparent. So, what are the latest geological, paleontological, and biological discoveries that scientists are making? Matthew A. McLain, Ph.D., an accomplished vertebrate paleontologist, joins us to explain.  Dr. Mclain is an expert on dinosaurs, pterosaurs, phytosaurs, and other ancient species. Currently, he serves as the Interim Dean of the School of Science, Associate Professor of Biology and Geology, and Department of Biological and Physical Sciences Chair at The Master's University in Santa Clarita, CA.  In this episode, we explore: The difference between researching fossils in the field and a lab. How vertebrate paleontology has evolved over time.  What is needed to study ancient fossils effectively.  To learn more about Dr. McLain and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Years after the emergence of COVID-19, the origins of the pandemic still remain unclear. With many theories being considered, getting to the bottom of the evidence has been challenging for scientists and reporters alike.  So, what do the potential beginnings of COVID-19 look like? Alison Young, a veteran journalist with nearly fifteen years of experience covering safety breaches at U.S. laboratories, joins us to explain… In April 2023, Alison released Pandora's Gamble: Lab Leaks, Pandemics, and a World at Risk, a book that dives into the history of safety errors in scientific labs – and how such errors could potentially have contributed to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. What has her research done to further our understanding of this complex subject? Tune in now to see for yourself! In this episode, we cover: Why it is dangerous to dismiss investigations as conspiracy theories.  Circumstantial evidence that supports the lab leak theory.  The long history of safety breaches in labs, and why they are often kept secret.  You can pick up a copy of Alison’s new book here! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
America’s founding fathers were deeply religious people. This informed many aspects of the political structuring system – from the Constitution to overall legal culture. So, what can this tell us about America’s early history and potential future? Daniel L. Dreisbach sits down to explain… Daniel is an author, academic, and attorney who works as a professor at the American University School of Public Affairs. Teaching in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology, Daniel is immensely knowledgeable in the history of law and politics in the American founding era.  As the author of Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel made it his goal to educate readers on the founders' diverse use of scripture – ranging from the literary to the theological. In this book, he outlines how they utilized scripture to authorize civil resistance, invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and more. In this conversation, we cover: The role religion played in the culture of early America.  How the laws in America can reflect biblical ideas.  What the main tenets of Protestantism are, and how this ties into American history. To learn more about Daniel and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Joining us today is Moshe Ratson, a Marriage & Family Therapist and Owner of spiral2grow. Coming from a holistic perspective, Moshe’s practice includes Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, and Family Therapy – in addition to his work with Life Coaching, Career Coaching, and Executive Coaching. Moshe’s latest book, Anger is Your Compass, introduces a radical new framework for understanding and responding to anger. So how can you use this powerful emotion to your advantage? Moshe sits down to explain… In this conversation, we cover: Techniques to help manage your anger.  How to bring an internal peaceful environment closer to you.  Why anger often pushes you to act.  To learn more about Moshe and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Religious freedom is the backbone of any successful society. But is it truly attainable? In this episode, Brian Grim joins us to dissect his work addressing this very question… Brian is the founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, and global chairman of Dare to Overcome. With a doctorate in quantitative sociology from Penn State, he has authored a plethora of books and articles addressing the relationship between economic sustainability and freedom of religion or belief. What has Brian found in his years of research on this topic? Click play to find out… Join the discussion now to learn about: How the threats to religious freedom have changed throughout history.  The connection between government restrictions and hostile societal conflict.  The economic impact of religion on society.  To learn more about Brian and his work with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, you can find their website here! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Today we connect with Anthony Gill, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Professor Gill is an expert in political economy and religion & politics. Focusing his research on church-state relations, religious liberty, and religious economies, he has become a leading authority on the economic study of religion.  In 2007, Professor Gill published Political Origins of Religious Liberty, a book that outlines the expansion of religious liberty and what gave rise to it in the first place. Can religious freedoms enhance the economic well-being of a country? Professor Gill sits down to explain… Join the conversation now to find out: Why some countries have chosen to “deregulate” the religious market. The connection between religious freedom and political systems. The interconnectivity between religious freedom and GDP growth.  To learn more about Professor Gill and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In this episode, we chat with Dimitri Moraitis, the co-founder and co-spiritual director of Spiritual Arts Institute, a premier metaphysical school in Southern California. As an accomplished teacher and spiritual healer, Dimitri has co-authored a variety of books – including Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura, and Communing with the Divine. With a background in the arts, Dimitri began his metaphysical journey after a spiritual awakening at the age of 25. Since then, he has been working alongside his mentor, Barbara Martin, the person whom he solidified his understanding of metaphysics with… Join the discussion now to explore: What metaphysics are, and how they tie into spiritualism.  What happens when you are in a heightened state of awareness.  The importance of “following your bliss”. Why meditation is fundamental to connecting with your inner divine self.  To learn more about Dimitri and his work with Spiritual Arts Institute, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In this episode, we discuss religion and American culture with Dr. Barry Hankins, a Professor of History and Graduate Program Director at Baylor University. Dr. Hankins is an expert on subjects such as Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism, and the relationship between church and state in American History. He sits down to explain how his research has refined his perspective on these issues… Dr. Hankins holds an M.A. in Church-State Studies from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in History from Kansas State University. Throughout his career, he has published many books and articles in academic journals for organizations around the world. What is Dr. Hankin’s outlook on the interconnectedness of religion and American culture? Tune in now to find out for yourself! Join us now to discover: What Ronald Reagan’s religious life looked like. What it means to be an evangelical in America. The connection between evangelicals and the republican party. To learn more about Dr. Hankins and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
What can your body language tell you about your subconscious mind? Can you transform your beliefs through physical expression? Andrew Daniel, an award-winning author, spiritual teacher, and director at the Center for Cinesomatic Development sits down to explain. Andrew is the author of Awaken to Your True Self, a book that uses somatic therapy, mindfulness, and spirituality to help people get unstuck. Andrew’s approach to success defies conventional advice — and that’s why it seems to work better than almost anything else… In this episode, we cover: How Andrew reveals subconscious patterns to his clients.  The importance of having a reference point for making money. What happens when people uncover unhealthy things within themselves. You can find Andrew’s personal website here! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In today’s episode, we chat with Benson Agbortogo about his call from God to leadership – and what answering that call has done for his life and others. As the Founder and CEO of Consistent Profit Tree, Benson is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs eliminate “roller coaster income" so they can generate a consistent profit. He is also the author of 4 books, including The Business System That Never Fails: How To Build A Business With God's Blessing! Hailing from West Africa, Benson became a Christian at the age of 13 years old. He then decided to become a leader in his Church, which revealed to him firsthand the challenges of poverty. He then moved to the U.S. to study business – all with the overarching goal of eradicating poverty.  Join us now to discover: The importance of understanding the principles of the Kingdom that govern the growth of wealth. How Benson’s training helps people. The right way to seek success. To connect with Benson and his work, visit this website now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Today we sit down with William Jeynes, a Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Professor Jeynes has graduate degrees from both Harvard University and the University of Chicago, and is a well-known public speaker, writer, advisor, and consultant… Having worked with the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and more, Professor Jeynes has been at the forefront of American politics for decades. What have his experiences shown him over the years? Tune in now to see for yourself! In this episode, we discuss: Why the United States political system worked so well overall in the past, and how this has changed. The social problems that exist in the U.S. The hope that Christianity can give to the U.S. education system.  The main two factors that help students. Want to learn more about Professor Jeynes and his work? Click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In this episode, we sit down with Bob Walters, a Christianity writer that has been involved in church-oriented volunteer enterprises for over a decade. Bob reads the Bible as truth – and he’s eager to share this perspective with others. By writing, editing, serving, and teaching in the Christian community, he’s determined to make a positive impact on the world by spreading God’s word… Since 2006, Bob has been writing a weekly column called "Current in Carmel". Here, he shares opinions, stories, and lessons from Christian perspectives with readers around the world. Want to hear Bob’s intriguing account of his relationship with the Christian faith? Tune in now! In this conversation, we cover: How Bob came to faith. The importance of being okay with disagreement. How to find joy in a relationship with Christ.  Why covenants exist in the Bible. To find out more about Bob and his work, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In this episode, we sit down with Mark David Hall, a Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the Honors Program at George Fox University. In addition to his academic work, he is also the author of an array of books that demonstrate how religion and politics are interconnected with American life. In April 2023, Mark published Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land: How Christianity Has Advanced Freedom and Equality for All, a book that explains how Christianity has been responsible for advancing liberty and equality for all Americans. It also asserts that since the dawn of American history, Christians have used their faith as a motivator to create fair and just institutions, fight for political freedom, oppose slavery, and secure religious liberty for all.  How does Mark explain this intriguing subject in a way that’s digestible and informative for readers? Join us now to find out… Tune in now to learn about: How Christianity has been a force for the advancement of liberty and equality. Why academics tend to be more secular and progressive individuals. Elements in Mark’s book that are most surprising to readers. The role slavery played in the Founding Fathers’ lives. To buy Mark’s latest book, click here now! You can also visit his personal website here. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
How do we formulate our views on religion and philosophy? Politics and our society at large greatly influence our perspectives – making it difficult to know where to turn for the truth…  Francis J. Beckwith joins the podcast to discuss his work as a philosopher, professor, scholar, speaker, writer, and lecturer. As a Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy, and Affiliate Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, Francis is no stranger to unpacking tough subjects. Whether it be religion, jurisprudence, politics, or ethics, Francis is on a mission to uncover fundamental truth. So, what sets Francis J. Beckwith’s worldview apart from other philosophers? In this episode, he sits down to explain… Join in the conversation to discover: The most fascinating philosophical questions.  What “real” evidence accounts for. How religion has shaped modern society. Where most of our beliefs come from. Want to learn more about Francis J. Beckwith and his work? Click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
In part 2 of our discussion with Ken McCarthy, we continue to dissect the interconnectivity between the AIDS pandemic and the 2020 global pandemic. Drawing from his latest book Fauci's First Fraud: The Foundation of Medical Totalitarianism in America, Ken illustrates in greater detail the truth behind the corruption of healthcare.  Does the CDC really have our best interests at heart? Is healthcare a just corrupt business using mass hysteria as a marketing scheme? Join the conversation now to hear Ken’s perspective on these unsettling topics… In this episode, we talk about: Why the “war on AIDS” was bogus.  How disease outbreaks in Africa have been handled in the past.  The role that Fauci has played in various health crises.  Why free speech is technically self-defense.  Want to learn more about Ken and his work? Click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
Once again, we are joined by Ken McCarthy, one of the original pioneers of the movement to commercialize the Internet. As an activist, educator, entrepreneur, and Internet commercialization pioneer, Ken is on a mission to redefine online business and educate his audience. Ken is an author that’s determined to expose people to the truth. In his latest book, Fauci's First Fraud: The Foundation of Medical Totalitarianism in America, he outlines the logistics behind the AIDS pandemic – and how the 2020 global pandemic was similar.  Was the pandemic truly what it seemed, or was there more going on that we don’t know about? In this episode, we sit down with Ken to address this question and others like it… Jump in now to uncover: How the CDC functions in our society. How antibiotic abuse impacted the AIDS pandemic. The ways that mass hysteria impacts public health.  Want to learn more about Ken and his work? Click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts:
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