On this month’s Impolite Conversation, we take a break from the news of the world and get back to what’s really important: Bruce Springsteen. First, we discuss how Springsteen’s music informs his politics (and vice versa), and then we dive deep into the theologies (plural) that exist in the Boss’s lyrics. If you’re not familiar with Springsteen’s music, here’s a place to start. And in One Last Thing, Tim discussed the novel Underground Airlines, and Dan recommends the latest Star Wars story.
On this month’s Impolite Conversation, our friend Courtney Bruntz stops by the studio to talk us through which forms of religion are legal in contemporary China, which ones are banned, and which ones fall in between the two. And in a special year-end One Last Thing, we look back at OLTs past and find the ones that best sum up the year gone by.
Some of things we talked about in this episode:
Dr. Bruntz told the story of Chairman Mao and the mangoes.
Dan referenced this scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Tim’s OLT returned to ESPN’s documentary Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
On this episode of Impolite Conversation, Tim and Dan get into the holiday spirit by talking about the alleged war on Christmas with historian Jarret Ruminski, who is skeptical that the war amounts to much, and then chat about what it’s like to be in a Christmas-obsessed culture and not be Christian. And in One Last Thing, Dan’s been re-reading a classic novel, and Tim recommends a heavenly TV show.
Some of the stuff we talked about this time: Dr. Ruminski mentioned John Gibson’s The War on Christmas, Stephen Nissenbaum’s The Battle for Christmas, and Corey Robin’s The Reactionary Mind. He also talked about the Coke web site that discusses the origins of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
In our conversation about Hanukkah and related issues, Dan brought up the Friends episode entitled “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” and the South Park song “A Lonely Jew on Christmas,” and brought up the fact that Barbra Streisand has a Christmas album. (She actually has three.)
Will there be a difference between Trump the candidate and Trump the president? In this Impolite Conversation Supplemental, Dan and Tim talk (and vent, and curse a little) about the outcome of the presidential election and what it might mean for American Muslims and white evangelicals.
Original air date: 11/13/16.
This month on Impolite Conversation, we talk with a scholar who wants to challenge the conventional wisdom on the “God gap,” and then look back on the 2016 campaign, as well as forward to the next four years. And in One Last Thing, Dan has a thing for bulletproof guys in hoodies and Tim ruminates on a little-discussed aspect of the polling process.
Some of the things we discussed on the show:
- Ryan L. Claassen mentioned both The American Voter and the work of Keith Krehibiel.
- More about Luke Cage, Dan’s OLT.
- More about the agreement to reduce the use of HFC’s.
- The two Upshot articles Tim discussed can be found hereand here.