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Don’t Get Fooled Again: On MIDI 2.0 and the Reality of What We Hear

If there’s anything we’re capable of, it’s getting creative with power. And the power over what appears to be truth is a terrible power indeed.

In the Middle Ages, Dance Crazes Were Literal, Actual Crazes

Accounts of unstoppable, contagious dancing fools date as far back as the seventh century, and hail from nearly all parts of Europe.

A Tale of Two Burgesses: On Reading Well in The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone points us toward reading not just as a recreational pastime but as a possible site for the cultivation of virtue.

“Set Me Free”: Lecrae’s Music Video Inspires Hope Amid Coronavirus

Lecrae’s “Set Me Free” is an artistic extension and expression of what he sees as an opportunity to not only set himself free but to also liberate others from the vices of self-serving attitudes that consume our culture. 

Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust: Watching Sunshine during a Pandemic

A good story doesn’t make you feel more afraid than you were before; a good story helps you see the best way to act in the midst of your anxious fear, providing you with hope.

Seeing and Believing 241 | South Korean Movie Marathon Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid

Wade and Kevin continue their self isolation with their South Korean cinema marathon by reviewing the 1960 classic from director Kim Ki-young, The Housemaid

Persuasion 188 BONUS | Interview with Aundi Kolber

Listen to Erin’s full interview with Aundi Kolber in this special members-only bonus episode!

Dog Man, Poop Jokes, and the Power of an Honest Story

Pilkey’s Dog Man books are able to communicate important truths without sacrificing the quality of the story—and he did that by being honest.

Persuasion 187 BONUS | Interview with Rachel Anderson

Listen to Hannah’s full interview with Rachel Anderson in this special members-only bonus episode!

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Social Distancing and Storytelling During the Pandemic

Many of us use humor as a defense mechanism when things go dark, but Waititi seems to use humor as joy-finding—a way of mining light out of dark ore.

Persuasion 189 | Finally Home

Suddenly, going home—and staying there—has become THE issue of our day, regardless of your gender, religious camp, or philosophical stance.

Pandemic Binge-Watch Survival Kit: 9 Underrated Shows for Sheltering in Place

Some shows to binge-watch as we shelter in place and seek to maintain our sanity in an insane setting.

Seeing and Believing 240 | Bong Joon Ho’s Mother

Wade and Kevin begin a South Korean cinema marathon. First up is Bong’s 2010 film Mother, a story of murder, money, and parental obsession.

Kindness and Grace in Ori and the Blind Forest

From beginning to end, Ori and the Blind Forest is ultimately a story of kindness.

How We Behaved When COVID-19 Robbed Our Culture of Sports

In this way, the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us that close-knit, human-to-human and face-to-face communal gatherings—the kind we enjoy with sports—still matter.

This Lent, Let’s Fast from Toilet Paper (No, For Real)

Let’s give generously to the ones who need it and the ones who are helping. And maybe, I dunno, put that giant pack of Quilted Northern back on the rack.