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Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age

How do we live well in this ongoing (seemingly never-ending) viral age? Erin and Hannah discuss our new normal in the Growing Viral finale.

Grace for the Classzoom: Schooling in a Pandemic

In a pandemic, how can we foster the community so crucial for education?

Seeing and Believing 247 | 2020 Auteur Series – Wes Anderson

Wade and Kevin wrap up their auteur series with a look at the work of America’s foremost purveyor of immaculately framed family dysfunction: Wes Anderson.

Why Tulips Briefly Cost More Than Mansions

If you don’t have any sort of hope beyond death, the absurdity of everything tends to hit you hard. And then you end up doing stupid stuff, like betting the family farm on a bunch of tulips.

“Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian”: A Parks and Rec Special, A Farewell to Normalcy, and A Meeting of Old Friends

“A song about a miniature horse can be just what we all need right now.”

Persuasion 194 | Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

How can we search for goodness without minimizing the very real pain and grief of living in a pandemic? Erin and Hannah discuss our battle with discouragement in this Growing Viral conversation.

The Last Dance: Community Issues (Episodes 3 & 4)

Episodes 3 & 4 of The Last Dance is a picture of why God calls us to community: this is where we find commitment and accountability—and we are changed by it for the better.

Seeing and Believing 246 | 2020 Auteur Series – David Fincher

Wade and Kevin continue their auteur study with David Fincher as they rank their Top 10 David Fincher films and see the common elements in his work.

Cardi B: A Voice of the People

There is something admirable about Cardi B and her efforts to serve her neighbors.

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Control in a Viral Age

We’re accustomed to much freedom in daily life, making the government regulations feel all the more binding. Erin and Hannah discuss security and releasing control in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Last Dance: Poetry in Motion (Episodes 1 & 2)

It’s possible that Michael Jordan could serve as both protagonist and antagonist in the The Last Dance, but the first two episodes give Jerry Krause the antagonist’s role.

Seeing and Believing 245 | 2020 Auteur Series – Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt is the next subject of our 2020 Auteur series. A major figure in film, Kelly Reichardt’s quiet, understaded style has left a large impact.

Whispers of Hope: Apocalyptic Comfort in Mad Max: Fury Road

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fury Road offers a glimpse of coming renewal, of rebirth.

Star Trek: Picard’s Beautiful Failure of Imagination

Star Trek: Picard cannot conceive a vision for the good life without an ending in death, which is a failure of imagination.

‘Loving Lifeless Things’: Virtual Reality and Deepfake Resurrections

How do we make sense of truth in a world where deepfakes are leaping from the big screen into our homes?

Persuasion 192 | Seeking Justice in a Viral Age

Frustration and anger are natural when your whole world is threatened. Erin and Hannah discuss blame and justice in the COVID-19 pandemic.