We Are to Blame for Deshaun Watson’s Awkward Return to the NFL

If one of the best quarterbacks of his time is allowed to objectify or use women simply because he has a skill we deeply admire, then what kind of society are we?

Trapped by Sin and Oppression in Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always has more to offer than the tale of a single choice to be praised or condemned, for Autumn’s choices are rarely her own.

Seeing and Believing 359 | Glass Onion & High and Low

This week, we give thanks for whodunnits with Rian Johnson’s new mystery, Glass Onion and Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, High and Low.

What Keeps Us Up at Midnight

Taylor Swift’s latest album accurately shows we are not the sole culprit for our sleeplessness.

The Incapability of the Human Will in Smile

Smile conveys the deep incapability of the human will in fighting our own battles.

Keeping Time with Tár and Being Summoned by Your Future Self

Lydia Tár is shaped by the abuses she’s gotten away with and aimed toward a future that sustains the power of her position.

Seeing and Believing 358 | She Said & Shirkers

Kevin and Sarah review two movies that address power imbalances and the places where women are made unwelcome in film: She Said and Shirkers.

The Scandal of Reading 7 | Karen Swallow Prior on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away

Jessica and guest Karen Swallow Prior discuss Flannery O’Connor’s final novel, “The Violent Bear It Away” and its commentary on suffering.

Dusty Baker Proves That Champions Need “Negative Motivation”

If we sacrifice the negativity to have only positivity, we won’t experience the beauty that comes from removing the comforts of one’s accomplishments.

Seeing and Believing 357 | The Banshees of Inisherin, Wakanda Forever & The Rocketeer

Kevin and Sarah review of The Banshees of Inisherin, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and the 1991 comic book movie, The Rocketeer.

The Scandal of Reading 6 | Chris Smith on Georges Bernanos’ Diary of a Country Priest

Chris Smith joins to discuss Bernanos’ Diary of a Country Priest and the novel’s take on the literary history of historic individualism.

Seeing and Believing November Bonus | Agnes (2021)

In this November 2022 bonus episode, Sarah and Kevin review the 2021 horror-drama movie Agnes, directed by Mickey Reece.

Don’t Worry Darling Presents a Problem Neither Feminism nor Patriarchy Can Fix

It’s hard to think that we can reach a place where sexism and abuse are no more, but it will happen in eternity.

Seeing and Believing 356 | Armageddon Time & Mirror

Kevin and Sarah review two deeply personal movies: James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” and Andrei Tarkovsky’s own semi-memoir film “Mirror”.

The Scandal of Reading 5 | Dr. Jack Heller on Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying

Dr. Jack Heller joins to discuss Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying. exploring preparing ourselves for our own deaths and personal worth

Bryce Harper’s Revenge or Redemption?

Our value is inherent no matter how we perform.