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Vernacular

Vernacular
Oct 13, 2020 38 min

E141 The False Promise of Safetyism w/Maria Berggren

The False Promise of Safetyism w/Maria Berggren Today on the show Sally's sister Maria joins us to talk us about a recent article (see below) from philosopher-mechanic Matthew Crawford that critiques the prevailing bureaucratic attitude towards COVID as one of safetyism rather than safety. Crawford thinks that safety isn't the highest good, which obviously raises the question: what is? Crawford's Article: https://unherd.com/2020/05/the-hypocrisy-of-safetyism/ We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Sep 29, 2020 40 min

E140 The Meaning of Words w/Nick Clairmont

The Meaning of Words w/Nick Clairmont Today on the podcast, Arc Digital's Nick Clairmont (@NickClairmont1) joined us to talk about the power of words, the changing meaning of words over time, the social construction of language (and what that does and doesn't mean), and more. It's a great conversation that's definitely worth your time! To read Nick's latest piece in Tablet Mag, head to www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/woke-language-privilege. To read more of Nick's work at Arc Digital, head to arcdigital.media. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Sep 14, 2020 37 min

E139 The Plight of the Uighurs

The Plight of the Uighurs In today's episode, we talk about the Uighurs in northwestern China, who face unprecedented state surveillance, restrictions on religious practice, state-sponsored spies in their houses, and in many cases (1-2 millon!) forced internment in "re-education" camps. If you're interested, check out Zac's new weekly newsletter, The Vernaculist (vernaculist.substack.com), in which he recently dove into this topic in detail. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Jul 20, 2020 37 min

E138 Race and Grace in Flannery O'Connor's Work w/Jessica Hooten Wilson

Race and Grace in Flannery O'Connor's Work w/Jessica Hooten Wilson Today on the podcast we sit down with Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas, to talk about charges of accusation levied against Flannery O'Connor, Flannery's cultural and literary milieu, costly grace, and more. Resources: Giving the Devil his Due by Jessica Hooten Wilson Flannery O'Connor the and Christ-Haunted South by Ralph Wood A Subversive Gospel by Michael Bruner Passing by the Dragon by J. Ramsey Michaels We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Jun 29, 2020 32 min

E137 Race and Friendship w/Trey Lowman

Race and Friendship w/Trey Lowman On today's episode of Vernacular, we talk to Zac's college friend and wedding groomsman, Trey Lowman, comes on the show to talk about his experience growing up as a Black man in a white community, what it's like to be the "token" Black friend in a group of white people, and living up to white friends' expectations about what a Black man should and shouldn't be. We also talk about friendship and how to navigate issues of race with charity, humility, and grace. Articles we talk about: Reflections from a Token Black Friend by Ramesh Nagarajah I am Confused, Scared, and Afraid by Major Nate Dial, USAF We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Jun 15, 2020 1 hr 6 min

E136 Why Black Lives Matter w/Gloria Purvis (Creedal Catholic Crossover)

Why Black Lives Matter w/Gloria Purvis Today on this Vernacular Podcast + Creedal Catholic crossover episode, Gloria Purvis joins us to talk about racial justice, George Floyd, systemic racism, and our national moment. It's a really good conversation, and Gloria has challenging words for the Church and for all Americans. NOTE: The title of this episode, "Why Black Lives Matter," expresses unqualified support for the singular idea that Black Lives do matter. It is not an endorsement of all of the tenets of the organization Black Lives Matter or an expression of de facto membership of that organization. Resources mentioned: The Color of Law Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon Throughline's American Police At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle McGuire Eyes on the Prize (PBS) Grant by Ron Chernow Desegregating the Altar by Stephen Ochs Ven. Augustus Tolton Gloria is the host of EWTN's Morning Glory and a Board Member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, D.C. She is an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference’s Respect for Life Department, and serves on the National Black Catholic Congress’ Leadership Commission on Social Justice. She is also the Chairperson for Black Catholics United for Life, which seeks to increase the size and strength of active Black Catholics participating in the pro-life movement. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon Other shows on the Vernacular Podcast Network: Vernacular | Breaking Pod | The Popped Cast | The Lineup
May 25, 2020 1 hr 2 min

E135 Unpacking Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" w/ the Ryds

Unpacking Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" w/ the Ryds Recently we (Sally and Zac) watched Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" for the first time. There's a lot going on in the film, so we called in a filmmaker and an aspiring film critic to help us unpack it all. Follow Chandler's work at chandlerryd.com Check out Lara's recent work at Bright Wall / Dark Room: "Please, Spare Me Your Secrets" We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
May 07, 2020 41 min

E134 Spring Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations

Spring Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations w/Elena Forsythe We're back with another read/watch/listen recommendation episode! We're sorry for the delay this week...Zac made a catastrophic editing error last week. [insert embarrassed emoji] We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Apr 20, 2020 38 min

E133 Flannery's Short Stories w/Elena Forsythe

Flannery's Short Stories w/Elena Forsythe We start today's podcast as a quarterly read/watch/listen pod, but we quickly dive down the rabbit hole that is Flannery O'Connor's spectacular literature. As a result, we have a spirited 40-minute discussion about Temple of the Holy Ghost, Parker's Back, The Lame Shall Enter First, and more, leaving no room for our read/watch/listen list! We'll be back in two weeks with our read/watch/listen recommendations! We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon
Apr 06, 2020 45 min

E132 What Qualifies a Film as Art? w/Chandler Ryd

What Qualifies a Film as Art? w/Chandler Ryd Today on the podcast, filmmaker Chandler Ryd (chandlerryd.com) joins Zac to talk about the criteria for film as art. Starting off with Robert Frost's observation that "poetry is that which begins in delight and ends in wisdom," Chandler and Zac talk about how ways in which we can develop criteria for assessing the cinematic pursuits. We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Reach out to us: Email | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon