8 episodes

Podcast by Max Barnes and Brian Benton

Revolves Around Me Max Barnes and Brian Benton

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Podcast by Max Barnes and Brian Benton

    Happy Holidays from Revolves Around Me: An End of Year Update

    Happy Holidays from Revolves Around Me: An End of Year Update

    A quick end-of-year update about why we've taken a few weeks off from putting out episodes, our plan for the months to come, and how you can help us improve Revolves Around Me. Thanks to everyone for listening and for your support over the past few months. We're excited to get back to producing and will have a new batch of episodes soon!

    Revolves Around Me is produced by Brian Benton in Brooklyn, NY and Max Barnes in San Francisco, CA. Find us at www.revolvesaround.me, facebook.com/revolvesaroundme and twitter.com/revolvespodcast and send us an email at revolvespodcast@gmail.com.

    • 1 min
    #5: When They Go Low, We Go Bahá'í

    #5: When They Go Low, We Go Bahá'í

    If you're not familiar with the Bahá'í Faith, you're not alone. It has roots in Persia, and now is the second most widespread religion in the world, after Christianity (in terms of geographic reach). The religion still has followers in the Middle East, but there are also large populations and major churches in Australia, Germany, India, Panama, and the United States. It was also ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as the world's second fastest growing religion by percentage (1.7%) in 2007. In this episode, Max talks with Kayla, a 21-year-old Bahá'í in Santa Cruz, California. She shares some background on the faith and it's viewpoints, and talks about what it was like growing up with a religion unfamiliar to some of the people she encountered.

    Revolves Around Me is produced by Brian Benton in Brooklyn, NY and Max Barnes in San Francisco, CA. Find us at www.revolvesaround.me, facebook.com/revolvesaroundme and twitter.com/revolvespodcast and send us an email at revolvespodcast@gmail.com.

    • 12 min
    #4: Around The World

    #4: Around The World

    We planned to make this episode about the importance that exposure to other cultures and faiths can have on our own religious understanding long before November 8. Then, Donald Trump won the presidential election, and it took on a whole new meaning for us. If this episode has any greater lesson, it's that religion, ethnicity, culture and spirituality can divide us, but they can also help bring us together and find unexpected unity. In this episode, we talk to Suman about learning to understand her time at a Sikh private school in India, and Jordan, about what spending time in Qatar taught her about the role of Mormonism in her life.

    Revolves Around Me is produced by Brian Benton in Brooklyn, NY and Max Barnes in San Francisco, CA. Find us at www.revolvesaround.me, facebook.com/revolvesaroundme and twitter.com/revolvespodcast and send us an email at revolvespodcast@gmail.com.

    Closing Music Credits: "New York Is Not My Home" by Jim Croce, © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    • 15 min
    #3: Born This Way

    #3: Born This Way

    If you ask a millennial how they became the faith they are, most will tell you they just grew up that way. Our parents play a huge role in shaping our religious understanding, for better or for worse. In this episode, we talk to Molly and Hayden, two millennials with atypical religious family situations. We also talk to our own parents to get answers about some of the things that shaped our religion when we were growing up.

    Revolves Around Me is produced by Brian Benton in Brooklyn, NY and Max Barnes in San Francisco, CA. Find us at www.revolvesaround.me, facebook.com/revolvesaroundme and twitter.com/revolvespodcast and send us an email at revolvespodcast@gmail.com.

    • 21 min
    Bonus: Baptists, Homeschooling and Snake Handling

    Bonus: Baptists, Homeschooling and Snake Handling

    Clint grew up in Parrottsville, Tennessee, a small town with 264 people about one hour outside of Knoxville. For eighteen years, he was a devout Fundamental Independent Baptist, leading him eventually to study the sect in an academic setting. In this bonus episode, we talk to Clint about his childhood, misconceptions about his former faith, and the role of the church in Appalachia. More importantly, we hope to introduce listeners to a religious experience they might not be familiar with.

    If you want to share your own story, or know someone with a unique background, tell us! Find us at www.revolvesaround.me, facebook.com/revolvesaroundme and @revolvespodcast or send us an email at revolvespodcast@gmail.com.

    Revolves Around Me is produced by Brian Benton in Brooklyn, NY and Max Barnes in San Francisco, CA.

    • 11 min
    #2: Love Trumps Faith

    #2: Love Trumps Faith

    If you’ve heard anything about religion this election, it’s probably about Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants or Tim Kaine and Mike Pence discussing their Christian values during the Vice Presidential debate. It's not a coincidence that as the United States becomes less religious, the way we discuss religion during elections has changed too. In this episode, we consider Bernie Sanders' Judaism, the problems with pandering to young voters and the changing role of religion in American politics.

    Further Reading:
    - Jack Jenkins' writing for ThinkProgress: https://thinkprogress.org/@jackjenkins
    - Anne Li on 'religious liberty' for FiveThirtyEight: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/religious-liberty-has-replaced-gay-marriage-in-gop-talking-points/

    Revolves Around Me is produced by Brian Benton in Brooklyn, NY and Max Barnes in San Francisco, CA. Find us at www.revolvesaround.me, facebook.com/revolvesaroundme and twitter.com/revolvespodcast and send us an email at revolvespodcast@gmail.com.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

jeremy nadison ,

We want more!!!!

More eps please

thinkleberry ,

Good discussion!

As a millennial constantly struggling with the concept of religion, it's relevant and beneficial hearing other perspectives on this topic from people in my age group. excited for the new season 🙂

tfjavid ,

phd

So lovely interview good information specialy for youth to investigate by their own . Find the truth of their faith. Very nice. thank you for this interview.

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