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Impolite Conversation is a monthly podcast about religion and politics hosted on the campus of Doane University in Crete, NE. The hosts are Tim Hill (political science) and Dan Clanton (religious studies).

#35: Talking Same-Sex Marriage Opposition With College Sophomores



In this episode, we go into Dan’s class on “Gender, Sex, Race, and the Bible” to discuss Ludger Viefhues-Bailey’s book Between a Man and a Woman? Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. And in One Last Thing, Dan has been watching the Marvel apocalypse, Courtney has been thinking about graduations as endings, and Tim just wants to gross you out.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

If you want some summer reading, you can email Dan for his syllabus.

In his book, Viefhues-Bailey referenced both What’s the Matter With Kansas? and this debate between Alan Wolfe and James Davison Hunter.

Courtney mentioned the Buddhist flag.

Dan’s OLT is about Avengers: Infinity War. And if you don’t know an infinity stone from a kidney stone, NPR’s Glen Weldon has you covered.

Courtney’s OLT is about graduations.

And Tim’s OLT is about this poor woman.

0:00-1:27: Introduction

1:32-35:45: Roundtable discussion

35:49-38:23: Dan’s OLT

38:24-41:10: Courtney’s OLT

41:10-43:38: Tim’s OLT

43:38-44:48: Credits

44:49-45:04: Outtake


#34: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part III (AUDIO FIXED)



On this episode of Impolite Conversation, our friend Kimberly Jarvis joins us as we wrap up our three-month exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a roundtable discussion of what the future of the conflict might look like. And in One Last Thing, Kim has more thoughts on the Middle East, Courtney has thoughts on being an A’s fan, Dan has thoughts on Jessica Jones, and Tim has thoughts on the recent Simpsons dust-up.

Note: there was a small problem with the audio in the first release of this show. This release should fix it.

Some of the things we discussed in this show:

This map shows the 1948 border between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dan mentioned King David, featuring Richard Gere.

Kim referenced this article on the recent Palestinian protests.

Tim talked about Israel/Palestine by Alan Dowty.

Kim’s OLT was about the documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS and the book Notes on a Foreign Country.

Courtney’s OLT was about the Oakland A’s.

Dan’s OLT was about season 2 of Jessica Jones.

And Tim’s OLT was about The Problem With Apu.

0:00-1:41: Introductions

1:41-33:05: Israel/Palestine conversation

33:10-36:06: Kim’s OLT

36:06-38:19: Courtney’s OLT

38:19-41:50: Dan’s OLT

41:51-45:36: Tim’s OLT

45:37-46:51: Credits

46:54-47:03: Outtake


#34: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part III



On this episode of Impolite Conversation, our friend Kimberly Jarvis joins us as we wrap up our three-month exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a roundtable discussion of what the future of the conflict might look like. And in One Last Thing, Kim has more thoughts on the Middle East, Courtney has thoughts on being an A’s fan, Dan has thoughts on Jessica Jones, and Tim has thoughts on the recent Simpsons dust-up.

Some of the things we discussed in this show:

This map shows the 1948 border between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dan mentioned King David, featuring Richard Gere.

Kim referenced this article on the recent Palestinian protests.

Tim talked about Israel/Palestine by Alan Dowty.

Kim’s OLT was about the documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS and the book Notes on a Foreign Country.

Courtney’s OLT was about the Oakland A’s.

Dan’s OLT was about season 2 of Jessica Jones.

And Tim’s OLT was about The Problem With Apu.

0:00-1:41: Introductions

1:41-33:05: Israel/Palestine conversation

33:10-36:06: Kim’s OLT

36:06-38:19: Courtney’s OLT

38:19-41:50: Dan’s OLT

41:51-45:36: Tim’s OLT

45:37-46:51: Credits

46:54-47:03: Outtake

 


#33: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II



This month, we continue our exploration of the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with a discussion about the history of the region since Israel’s founding since 1948. And in One Last Thing, Dan gets reflective about Black Panther and Tim gets excited about a TV show that wants to ruin everything.

Some things we discussed in this month’s show:

Our guest Vaughn Shannon wrote a book about Israel, Palestine, and the United States.

Dan’s OLT was about Black Panther, but more about the hope it gives us for the future.

Tim’s OLT was about Adam Ruins Everything.

0:00-1:19: Introduction

1:20-37:31: Shannon interview

37:36-40:56: Dan’s OLT

40:57-43:43: Tim’s OLT

43:44-45:01: Credits


#32: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part I



For March, we begin a three-month conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by chatting with the eminent Middle East historian James Gelvin about the roots of the dispute. And in One Last Thing, we’ve all been watching television that we don’t really have time for.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

-Dr. Gelvin’s book The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War is an excellent primer on the issue, and is available in four different languages.

-Dan’s OLT was about the long-running BBC series Poirot.

-Courtney’s OLT was about the much shorter-running but still excellent The Good Place.

-And Tim’s OLT was about the even shorter-running and much weirder Altered Carbon.

0:00-0:14: Announcement

0:15-1:48: Introduction

1:52-32:10: Gelvin interview

32:15-35:43: Dan’s OLT

35:44-37:52: Courtney’s OLT

37:53-40:38: Tim’s OLT

40:39-41:46: Credits

41:47-41:52: Outtake


#31: Our American Decalogue



In this episode of Impolite Conversation, Jenna Weissman Joselit discusses her new book Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments. And in One Last Thing, we all riff on Oprah 2020 after Courtney’s date with the Golden Globes. Plus, Dan has things to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Tim has been streaming some TV shows.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

Dr. Weissman Joselit prefers the 1929 version of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments to the 1956 version.

We debate the Supreme Court’s wisdom in its rulings in Van Orden v. Perry and McCreary County v. ACLU. And that reminded Dr. Weissman Joselit of this mall in Lewisville, TX.

Courtney’s OLT about Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes got us talking.

Dan’s OLT was about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but also a little bit about CinemaSins on YouTube.

Tim’s OLT touched on both Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Hulu’s Marvel’s Runaways.

0:00-1:42: Introduction

1:42-25:28: Weissman Joselit interview

25:33-32:20: Courtney’s OLT/Oprah talk

32:20-36:15: Dan’s OLT

36:16-38:32: Tim’s OLT

38:33-39:40: Credits

39:42-39:57: Outtakes


#30: Roe v. Wade: Past, Present, and Future



On this month’s show, we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade by talking to a scholar about how that case changed abortion politics, what the issue looks like today, and what we might expect going forward. And in One Last Thing, we take a final look back at 2017 to judge what best encapsulates the year we all just survived.

Some things we talked about in this show:

Our guest is Dr. Joshua Wilson. His book is The New States of Abortion Politics.

Dr. Wilson mentioned Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, and also a new Pew poll on abortion in America. He also said that most Americans’ views on abortion are nuanced, a point underscored by a recent Vox poll.

Dan’s year-end OLT was Stranger Things. See the kids from that show on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Tim’s year-end OLT was the eclipse. Here are some pictures from it, because you can never have too many pictures of the eclipse.

0:00-1:33: Introduction

1:38-32:11: Wilson interview

32:16-34:59: Dan OLT

35:00-36:57: Tim OLT

36:58-38:18: Credits

38:19-39:11: Postscript: Thank you, Bryan Kelley


#29: Hindu Nationalism and the Role of International Yoga Day



This month, Tim, Dan, and Courtney discuss Hindu nationalism in India, and particularly the role played by International Yoga Day, a holiday you maybe didn’t even know existed. Then in One Last Thing, Courtney has been watching Trump in China, and Dan and Tim have been watching television.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

The United Nations has information about International Yoga Day.

The New York Times has a nice interactive timeline about the 2002 Gujarat riots, which Narendra Modi did little to stop or condemn.

Here is the exit poll in which almost one in five Trump voters said he was not qualified to be president.

NPR’s Planet Money had a two-part series about the Indian rupee exchange.

Courtney’s OLT was about what ordinary Chinese people think of President Trump’s recent visit to their country.

Dan’s OLT was about the Netflix series Stranger Things.

And Tim’s OLT was about the BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

0:00-1:29: Introduction

1:30-33:17: Hindu Nationalism

33:21-35:59: Courtney’s OLT

35:59-38:04: Dan’s OLT

38:04-41:04: Tim’s OLT

41:05-42:33: Credits


#28: The Civil Rights Movement and Taking a Knee



On this episode of Impolite Conversation, we talk to Paul Harvey of the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs about the role religion played in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and how that role has changed in 2017. Then we have a chat about Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, and the symbols of civil religion. And in One Last Thing, Dan is hunting serial killers, Courtney is keeping an eye on the halls of power in Beijing, and Tim goes intergalactic.

Some things we talk about in this episode:

During our talk with Dr. Harvey, we mentioned Moral Mondays, the Fight for 15, Stephen Carter’s The Culture of Disbelief, and our own fifth episode. During our chat about football, Courtney referenced Ninian Smart’s seven dimensions of religion.

In One Last Thing, Dan talked about Mindhunter, Courtney discussed the recent Chinese election, and Tim discussed the WHIM between galaxies.

0:00-1:21: Introduction

1:25-16:36: Harvey interview

16:40-32:11: Football conversation

32:16-35:12: Dan’s OLT

35:13-36:39: Courtney’s OLT

36:40-38:41: Tim’s OLT

38:42-39:59: Credits

40:00-40:07: Outtake