40 episodes

Some people came out of the pandemic with a new skill, new spouse, or new lease on life. Others came out with a divorce, a drinking problem, or an identity crisis. No matter how the last year has treated you, journalist Phillip Picardi is back to guide you through the spiritual conundrums that tend to crop up amidst global catastrophe.

With the help of friends, strangers, and celebrities, Unholier Than Thou has risen from the dead and is back for season 2: Resurrection. We’re talking recovery, rediscovery, resilience, resolutions, and more. This season of Unholier Than Thou is all about the wisdom of everyday people falling down, getting up, and trying new things as they navigate a newish world. AND Phill will take listeners on the road as he drives from LA to Cambridge as his search for illumination takes him to Divinity School. Because he’s spiritually blonde, honey. So tune in. New episodes of Unholier Than Thou drop every Friday, starting October 8.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.4 • 864 Ratings

Some people came out of the pandemic with a new skill, new spouse, or new lease on life. Others came out with a divorce, a drinking problem, or an identity crisis. No matter how the last year has treated you, journalist Phillip Picardi is back to guide you through the spiritual conundrums that tend to crop up amidst global catastrophe.

With the help of friends, strangers, and celebrities, Unholier Than Thou has risen from the dead and is back for season 2: Resurrection. We’re talking recovery, rediscovery, resilience, resolutions, and more. This season of Unholier Than Thou is all about the wisdom of everyday people falling down, getting up, and trying new things as they navigate a newish world. AND Phill will take listeners on the road as he drives from LA to Cambridge as his search for illumination takes him to Divinity School. Because he’s spiritually blonde, honey. So tune in. New episodes of Unholier Than Thou drop every Friday, starting October 8.

    Restitution (with Sarah Pearson)

    Restitution (with Sarah Pearson)

    This week, Phill is joined by his classmate, Sarah Pearson, who works fighting clergy abuse. She and Phill discuss how high up the chain coverup efforts go, how predatory priests are often relocated into communities of color, and what justice for victims may look like.



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    • 44 min
    Recovery

    Recovery

    Alcohol consumption increased 23% during the pandemic, particularly among women and those who live alone. People are cut off from their support systems, and many have lost their income. Without social and financial resources, staying in recovery is hard and entering it can be even harder. This week, we have two stories about recovery. First, we have Odette. Odette is part of an online recovery group called Cafe RE, and over the course of the pandemic, became the host of its podcast and the face (and voice) of the community. She talks about her religious upbringing and spiritual practice, where we find strength, and misconceptions about recovery. Then we have Quianna. Quianna's road to recovery has been long, and credits her success to finding god on her journey.

    If you're curious about sobriety, here are some resources that might help:
    Find an AA meeting near you
    Join Odette and Cafe RE
    Looking to moderate? SMART Recovery might be for you
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 24 hour hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Revisiting (with Reza Aslan)

    Revisiting (with Reza Aslan)

    This week, Phill is joined by author Reza Aslan to revisit the early aughts in the American imagination. In the wake of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan, how do notions of American exceptionalism hold up? Reza and Phill discuss how Christian imperialism has crept its way into allegedly secular politics, look critically at America's outmoded hero complex, and question to legitimacy of the liberator theology that we carry with us today.


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    • 56 min
    Redeemability

    Redeemability

    And now for something a little different. This week, Phill is joined by a panel of great thinkers, writers, and theologians to tackle a big question: What role does Christianity have in an increasingly secular America? Do we need it? Does it leave room for those of marginalized identities? Does it welcome those who might have left and want to come back? Can it eschew its imperial past and embrace those it has harmed? It sounds heavy, but you'd never know it from the all the laughter.

    Panelists:
    Jacqui Lewis
    Meggan Watterson
    Darnell Moore
    Erica Williams

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Reframing (with Chris Stedman)

    Reframing (with Chris Stedman)

    Content warning: This episode contains discussions of suicide
    Have you heard the one where the atheist walks into the divinity school? Oh, it’s not a joke, it’s the lived experience of humanist chaplain Chris Stedman. Phill and Chris talk about the pros and cons of organized religion, cultivating community and ritual outside of religious contexts, using the internet to heal after personal tragedy, and finding the divine in pop divas. Required listening for the “spiritual vibes of non-religious people.”
     
    Resources:
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741


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    • 54 min
    Re-entry (with Michael Arceneaux and Aminatou Sow)

    Re-entry (with Michael Arceneaux and Aminatou Sow)

    Welcome to covid’s Groundhog Day. Every day’s the same and we constantly have six weeks to go before it’s over. But school’s open, traffic is back, and it’s time to start thinking about what the world looks like on the other side. Here to talk to Phill about reentering a very changed and very similar world are writers Michael Arcenaux and Aminatou Sow. They chat about the challenges of creating through disaster, seeing old injustices through new eyes, creating boundaries, and finding god in memes.


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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
864 Ratings

864 Ratings

tia el ,

Recovery

What a show and how insightful when it comes to accepting each person’s journey and discovery of a spiritual part of each one of us. The last 15 mins. of this episode are a “must listen”. I am a 72 years old Mom of 3, one who is 9 years in recovery and one who is transgender and struggles with depression. You are my source of inspiration and guidance.

pippi frasher ,

ThNkyou

Many thanks for consistent edifying content. I can lose the guilt and focus on the beauty of what I have instead of feeling like I never deserve anything positive in the eyes of God or Creator. Like a balm.

Tyler ☺️ ,

A must-listen for those with a complicated relationship with faith.

This podcast leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful. Even though I don’t know what faith means to me personally just yet, hearing diverse perspectives and experiences brings me joy.

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