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Politics, history & religion from a leftist, Christian perspective. No war but class war. Socialism=good. Capitalism=bad.

(Formerly Public Theologians)

Dissident Orthodoxy Casey Hobbs

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Politics, history & religion from a leftist, Christian perspective. No war but class war. Socialism=good. Capitalism=bad.

(Formerly Public Theologians)

    Audrey Clare Farley - Girls and their Monsters

    Audrey Clare Farley - Girls and their Monsters

    *****In the conversation we cover sensitive topics such as child sexual abuse.****


    Dr. Audrey Clare Farley rejoins the pod to discuss her new book Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America.
    In the early 20th Century a set of quadruplet girls became instant celebrities. Like many childhood stars the story becomes complex and dark under the surface. Audrey and I discuss the shadow sides of human nature as well as my own personal experience being a twin...though thankfully my story is vastly different than the quadruplets!



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    • 48 min
    Stephen Kinzer - on the US's immoral proxy war in Ukraine

    Stephen Kinzer - on the US's immoral proxy war in Ukraine

    Stephen Kinzer returns to discuss the coverage and lack of debate on the war between Russia and Ukraine. Bringing his well-earned experience to bear Stephen calls attention to the realities of war and the need for a rational conversation about a peaceful end to the conflict. We also discuss the existential risk of nuclear war and the US's lack of moral standing to wage yet another proxy war.



    We also cover common objections (sometimes waged in good faith!) to supporting a cease fire in Ukraine.

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    Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.”

    Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. His foreign postings placed him at the center of historic events and, at times, in the line of fire.



    Stephen Kinzer's writings

    PUTIN & ZELENSKY: SINNERS AND SAINTS WHO FIT OUR HISTORIC NARRATIVE

    THE INCALCULABLE MORAL COST OF PROXY WARS

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    As always feel free to reach out and agree/disagree. Nobody has all the answers but we can all ask good questions and engage in good faith.

    • 31 min
    Aaron Leonard - Music, Rebellion & Repression 1955-1972

    Aaron Leonard - Music, Rebellion & Repression 1955-1972

    Writer and historian Aaron Leonard comes back on the show to talk about his latest book Whole World in Uproar - Music, Rebellion and Repression 1955-1972.  In the interview we talk about state repression of The Beatles, FBI files on Dylan's girlfriend and why Phil Ochs and Jefferson Airplane deserve attention as radical artists of the 60's. 

    Along the way we talk about various illegal and immoral wars (past and present), drugs (why they should all be legal), sex (ok not too much sex in this one) and rock and roll (lots of material here!) 

    Check it out and order the book from Repeater Books!

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    Miguel A. De La Torre - Resisting Apartheid America

    Miguel A. De La Torre - Resisting Apartheid America

    Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, joins the conversation to discuss his new book Resisting Apartheid America: Living the Badass Gospel. We get into what it means to push back against received narratives and roles for the sake of our neighbors as well as the differences (if there are any) between the two major parties in the US, particularly when it comes to upholding a white supremacist viewpoint. 

    As usual there are rabbit trails and some laughs along the way!

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    • 54 min
    Dennis Baron - You Can't Always Say What You Want

    Dennis Baron - You Can't Always Say What You Want

    Dennis Baron joins the conversation to discuss his forthcoming book ""You can't always say what you want: The paradox of free speech" (Cambridge Univ Press, 2022)" and the state of free speech in today's America. We get into conversation about all things free speech from government interference with social media companies to the impact of a changing understanding of the second amendment and its impact on the ability of groups and individuals to make their voices heard without threat of violence. We also get into the somewhat dystopian present and future of free speech!

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    Dennis Baron writes about the English language and the technologies of communication. In addition to his scholarly publications, he writes frequently on language and technology issues in the news, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many other papers; he is regularly consulted by journalists and has appeared on CNN, NPR, the BBC, the Voice of America, and the CBC -- he's discussed the changing English language with radio hosts ranging from Stephen Fry to Joan Rivers. He's interested in language and the law, has consulted in a number of legal cases, and served as lead author of "the Linguists' Brief," a grammatical and semantic analysis of the Second Amendment in the Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). That amicus brief was cited in both the majority and minority opinions.

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    • 55 min
    Ukraine is Afghanistan is Iraq is Vietnam is...[Substack Reading]

    Ukraine is Afghanistan is Iraq is Vietnam is...[Substack Reading]

    The justification for war is as endless as the long and virtually unbroken record of war in the US. Is there another way to understand the destruction of Ukraine and the potentialities of direct US or NATO military engagement with Russia? Does it make sense to continue funding a war instead of forcing a peace deal? Is it too late to give peace a chance? 

    Casey reads his latest substack piece about the endless loop of war propaganda we find ourselves enmeshed in once again. It's not too late to fight for peace but the time to do so is now.



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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Dwight Davis ,

Public Theology 101

A fantastic podcast that does the necessary work of bringing progressive theology out of the academy and into the public sphere, addressing difficult and important topics with leading scholars and activists in ways that engage everyday folks.

BuddhaEthics ,

Terrific faith perspectives on current events

"Public Theologians” is a terrific podcast by Casey Hobbs. Earlier in the first year of the podcast Casey had a dialogue with a cohost, but Jerran moved on and Casey has developed the show into a roughly weekly deep-dive interview with theologians, researchers, pastoral leaders, and activists about a wide range of urgent topics: from racism, to prisoners' rights, to Evangelical sexual culture, to the end of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan (full disclosure: I was recently interviewed by him on the latter topic). And much more! While not limited to examination of Evangelical views and practices, the podcast has a particular strength in casting a critical eye at ways that Evangelical Christians have lost their way when viewed in light of the whole Gospel. Casey and his guest challenge listeners to consider what it really means to follow Christ in the 21st century. Would He really be policing what a married couple do in the bedroom, or would He be found at a BLM protest? Listen to inform your own answers to this question.

zaihwa ,

Fantastic podcast, both from a listener’s and a guest’s perspective

I had a great time speaking to Casey for a show a couple months ago. It’s still relatively rare to have a space for people on the Christian left to have a space to work out theology beyond academia, particularly with a podcast host who’s as interested in listening as in speaking. The confessional and generational diversity of guests on the show is particularly special. Check it out!

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