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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).

#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


#27: Rohingya Genocide and Philippine Crucifixion



We’re happy to announce that this month’s Imp Convo is the first for our new co-host, Courtney Bruntz! After two years of making the show, we finally have someone involved who knows what she’s talking about.

And since we have expertise on our panel, we’re digging into it this month. First, Courtney walks us through the roots of the genocide currently being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. And then Dan gives us a preview of his latest research into Philippine crucifixion rituals. (Hint: he’s found a comics connection.) And in One Last Thing, Courtney does doga, Dan gets poetic about The Defenders, and Tim can’t get rid of The Babadook.

Some things we talked about this month:

The Rohingya refugee crisis has fallen off the front pages, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone away.

Heartfelt Heroes has an active Facebook page, which includes pictures of Hawkgirl.

Vice News has a short film about the Philippine crucifixion ritual. Please note that you are clicking on a film about people allowing themselves to be crucified. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

In One Last Thing, Courtney talks doga, Dan talks Defenders, and Tim talks Babadook.

0:00-2:07 Opening

2:08-25:12 Rohingya genocide

25:13-47:13 Philippine crucifixion rituals

47:14-49:32 Courtney OLT

49:33-51:11 Dan OLT

51:12-54:11 Tim OLT

54:12-55:33 Closing


#26: Religious Literacy



This month on Impolite Conversation, we talk with Leah Rediger-Schulte, Doane’s new Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, about why religious literacy is important for ourselves, our schools, and our society. And in One Last Thing, Leah studies a nontraditional sacred text, Dan reads about the comic book purges of the 1950s, and Tim goes to see a romantic comedy that’s about more than just romance and comedy.

Some of the things we talked about this month:

Stephen Prothero’s book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–And Doesn’t was the inspiration for this episode. Prothero’s quiz is in the back of the book, or you can find it online here.

Dan mentioned Diana Eck’s book Encountering God.

Leah mentioned From Bubble to Bridge, by Marion Larson and Sarah Shady.

Watch the social capital video produced by the Interfaith Youth Core. Or go to their website for lots of other resources.

In One Last Thing, Leah talked about Vanessa Zoltan’s podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.

Dan’s OLT was on The Ten-Cent Plague, by David Hajdu.

Finally, Tim’s OLT was about The Big Sick.

0:00-1:34 Opening

1:34-36:48 Rediger-Schulte interview

36:53-38:41 Rediger-Schulte OLT

38:42-43:36 Clanton OLT

43:37-47:59 Hill OLT

48:00-49:50 Closing

42-54-50:01 Outtakes


#25: Supreme Court Wrap-Up 2017



In this episode, we have our annual chat with Ann Duncan of Goucher College about what the Supreme Court hath wrought in the term that ended in June. And in One Last Thing, Dan has been visiting Pawnee, Indiana and Tim has been reading about super-powered rodents.

Some of the things we talked about this month:

The best place on the web for information and analysis of the Supreme Court is SCOTUSblog. Here is their coverage of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Pavan v. Smith, and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project.

In One Last Thing, Dan talked about Parks and Recreation. If you’re politically minded, here’s a reaction to Trump’s victory in November written by a Parks and Rec writer in the voice of Leslie Knope.

And finally, Tim discussed The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

0:00-1:13 Opening

1:18-43:13: Duncan interview

43:17-47:54: Clanton OLT

47:54-52:15: Hill OLT

52:16-53:29: Closing

53:33-53:45: Outtake