40 episodes

For season four of The Disrupters, through both her life experiences and interviews, sociologist and pop-culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen will explore the nature of Christian spirituality in the real world. Guests will include people with experience, insights, and advice in doing just that.
Yuen said, “This season, I invite listeners to join me on my spiritual journey toward liberation. Each week, a new guest will help me process the foibles of evangelicalism, teach me how to heal from spiritual trauma, and share fresh new ways of doing faith.”
Yuen is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and coeditor with Deshonna Collier-Goubil of Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy. She has appeared on PBS, NPR, MSNBC, CBS News, NBC News, BBC World, and Dr. Phil. She is a guest writer at CNN, Elle, Los Angeles Times, NBC, and Newsweek.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 300 Ratings

For season four of The Disrupters, through both her life experiences and interviews, sociologist and pop-culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen will explore the nature of Christian spirituality in the real world. Guests will include people with experience, insights, and advice in doing just that.
Yuen said, “This season, I invite listeners to join me on my spiritual journey toward liberation. Each week, a new guest will help me process the foibles of evangelicalism, teach me how to heal from spiritual trauma, and share fresh new ways of doing faith.”
Yuen is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and coeditor with Deshonna Collier-Goubil of Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy. She has appeared on PBS, NPR, MSNBC, CBS News, NBC News, BBC World, and Dr. Phil. She is a guest writer at CNN, Elle, Los Angeles Times, NBC, and Newsweek.

    Why It Doesn’t Matter Whether Tennis Legend Michael Chang Wins or Loses

    Why It Doesn’t Matter Whether Tennis Legend Michael Chang Wins or Loses

    Michael Chang is a legendary tennis player, primarily known for his improbable 1989 victory as a teenager at the French Open, among his many successes. But for Chang, that is not his primary legacy. “I've never thought of tennis as just being tennis,” says Chang. “I've always positioned it as a way to touch lives, to share my faith, to inspire young people…young Asian athletes in particular.”
    It’s a perspective that has helped Chang see his sports career, however successful it has been, in the proper light: “Whether I was winning, whether I was losing, whether it was a very, very close match, the perspective of knowing that this doesn't change who I am or how I'm loved was a great comfort for me.”
    As the only Asian American male player to hoist a major tennis championship trophy, Chang provided a joyous moment for people of color and especially Asian American fans during a time of tennis’s heyday in the era of white American tennis stars such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. As a Christian on tour, Chang never shied away from naming his faith as a core piece of his identity. Decades later, his fans still remember how much of a disruption he was to the sport, long before the Williams sisters and Naomi Osaka became household names. Enjoy this conversation with Michael Chang, who still holds the record as the youngest man to ever win a major tennis championship.
    Disruptions discussed in this episode: 

    30 for 30 Documentary “American Son” Announcement

    Michael Chang vs Ivan Lendl - 1989 French Open

    Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey

    “Let's come together to end the hate,” essay by Michael Chang


    The Disrupters is hosted by Nancy Wang Yuen. Theme song is New Eyes by Jason Chu.
    Mixed and Edited by Matt Linder
    Producers: Richard Clark and Maila Kim
    Executive Producers: Andrew Bronson and Helen Lee

    • 35 min
    You’re Ready to Heal. Now What? With Dr. Christina Edmondson

    You’re Ready to Heal. Now What? With Dr. Christina Edmondson

    It can be exhausting to fight injustice. But for those who are marginalized, it can be traumatizing. And especially when that injustice is around every corner, it can often seem impossible to heal in the face of it. 
    But according to educator and activist Dr. Christina Edmonson, healing is a gift that has already been given: “For believers, healing is one of our blood-bought rights. It is something that has been given to us to do this. It has been won for us in the resurrection.”
    If that’s true, what can the marginalized believer do to experience that kind of healing in their reality? This week, Nancy Wang Yuen and Dr. Christina Edmondson discuss the tangled knot of what it means, and what it takes, to truly heal from racial trauma. 

    Disruptions discussed in this episode: 


    Faithful Antiracism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change by Christina Edmondson and Chad Brennan


    Truth's Table: Black Women's Musings on Life, Love, and Liberation by Christina Edmondson, Ekemini Uwan, and Michelle Higgins.


    Healing Racial Trauma by Sheila Wise Rowe

    The Witness’ #LeaveLOUD Campaign

    Truth’s Table Podcast

    Get in the Word with Truth’s Table


    The Disrupters is hosted by Nancy Wang Yuen. Theme song is New Eyes by Jason Chu.
    Producers: Richard Clark and Maila Kim, mixed and edited by Matt Linder
    Executive Producers: Andrew Bronson and Helen Lee

    • 50 min
    Leaving Evangelicalism, with Jon Ward

    Leaving Evangelicalism, with Jon Ward

    If you’re listening to this podcast, you’ve probably left, or considered leaving evangelicalism. But what does it mean to leave evangelicalism, and what is evangelicalism anyway? In today’s episode, Nancy speaks to reporter Jon Ward about the disparity between what the evangelical movement’s aspirational ideas and the current reality of the evangelical movement at work in the world. “A lot of evangelicalism is a cultural project, which presents itself as a theological project,” says Ward. “There's a disconnect between the faith and the principles of the faith, and how to apply them broadly,”
    So what does that mean for those of us who aren’t exactly feeling the “cultural project” of evangelicalism? And how do we focus on moving forward rather than merely looking back? Nancy and Jon bring their unique perspectives to a complex topic in this week’s episode of The Disrupters. 
    Disruptions discussed in this episode: 

    Jon Ward’s upcoming book, Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Failed a Generation


    Interview about the Greg Thompson/Duke Kwon book, Reparations

    The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

    “Shame” by Jake Meador


    The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby


    Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura


    The Disrupters is hosted by Nancy Wang Yuen. Theme song is New Eyes by Jason Chu.
    Producers: Richard Clark, Matthew Linder, and Maila Kim
    Executive Producers: Andrew Bronson and Helen Lee

    • 45 min
    What Happens If We Don’t Tell Our Stories, with Jemar Tisby

    What Happens If We Don’t Tell Our Stories, with Jemar Tisby

    Back in early 2020, on the first season of The Disrupters, Jemar Tisby told then-host Esau McCaulley that a person of color’s participation in historically white Christian spaces inherently come with a cost: “You get pushed out, you burn out, or you sell out.” 
    For McCaulley, this was a challenge to his own approach, as a black Christian who was a professor in a white-Christian institution: “This podcast is a record in time, and this is a hypothesis.” Said McCaulley at the time. “Let’s follow God in this way, and then let’s check back in 5-10 years and see what God has done with both. Hopefully, he’s blessed both.”
    It hasn’t yet been five years, but for both Tisby and host Nancy Wang Yuen, the writing is on the wall. White Christian institutions have not created spaces where they can thrive. 
    But what does that mean for the way forward? For Tisby, a key component of moving forward involves telling his own story in as truthful a way he can. “What I realized over time is if we don't tell our stories, then they can continue the really unhealthy, traumatic, abusive behavior. In some cases, the malpractice is allowed to continue.” 
    Jemar Tisby is a New York Times bestselling author, national speaker, and public historian on a mission to deliver truths from the Black experience with depth and clarity.

    Disruptions discussed in this episode: 
    An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees at Grove City College
    White Awake by Daniel Hill
    Those Meddling Kids
    Pass the Mic
    Truth’s Table: The Podcast and The Book
    Truth's Table: Get In the Word Podcast
    Tyler Burns’ Sermons at All Nations Fellowship
    Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
    Let us Google that for you.
    Amanda Gorman Reads Inaugural Poem, The Hill We Climb

    The Disrupters is hosted by Nancy Wang Yuen. Theme song is New Eyes by Jason Chu. Executive Producers are Helen Lee and Andrew Bronson. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Coming October 31: Disrupters Season 4!

    Coming October 31: Disrupters Season 4!

    Nancy Wang Yuen is back for Season 4, and this season, she’s going to spill some tea.
    Join us on Monday, October 31 for the first in a series of conversations about how to heal and move on from the toxic religious institutions and movements that many of us have been a part of for years.

    • 3 min
    The Oscars Preview Bonus Episode!

    The Oscars Preview Bonus Episode!

    We're back, with a bonus Oscars episode of The Disrupters. Nancy talks to Rebecca Sun, the senior editor of diversity and inclusion at the Hollywood Reporter to discuss the various nominees, the lack of a dominant Oscars narrative, the confounding nature of Drive My Car, and the upcoming Pachinko TV series.

    • 57 min

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300 Ratings

300 Ratings

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Great Podcast

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Interesting Guests and Thoughtful Hosts

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I was so thrilled that Nancy had Gene Yang, author of American Born Chinese, on the show. Great discussion!

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