The What Would It Take podcast is an endeavor in imaginative liberation. Each week we do a deep dive into an important issue or problem and evaluate it through theological, sociological and political lenses. As we explore each topic we ask "What Would It Take?" for this issue to be resolved?
You'll leave each episode feeling more informed and empowered to bring the world we imagine into existence.
Episode 12: What Would It Take To Save The Planet?
Climate change scientists told us that severe weather would happen more frequently as weather patterns changed, and they were right. I’m not optimistic about the world my child will live in when he’s 33. Luckily, there are brilliant minds wrestling with these problems and giving us reasons to be hopeful. We’ll unpack why in today’s episode. Today we’re asking, What Would It Take to save the planet? Listen to find out.
Episode 11: Season 1 finale - a conversation about What would it take?
To celebrate season one of the What would it take? podcast. Host Ben, and AW staffers Dani and Juan talk about the work, the topics, and hopes for the season two.
Episode 10: What Would It Take for Everyone to Have a home?
There is a mythical stigma associated with homelessness that says people who are homeless are lazy. They’re often treated as “others”, and characterized as a “problem” to be solved or hidden. Lets take stock of our assumptions about homelessness and consider how we can truly love our neighbors.
This is Episode 10 of the What Would It Take Podcast. Join me as I ask, What Would It Take for Everyone to Have a home?
Links to sources for this episode:
Article from Strong Towns, Resilient, Long-term Approach to Addressing Homelessness - https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/12/2/addressing-homelessness
Article from Fox 11 Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles accused of moving the homeless in order to prepare for the Oscars - https://www.foxla.com/news/city-of-la-accused-of-moving-the-homeless-in-order-to-prepare-for-the-oscars
Article from Los Angeles Times, L.A. near settlement to create shelters and clear homeless people off the streets - https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-04-12/la-nears-deal-build-shelters-clear-homeless-encampments
Information from the National Alliance to End Homelessness - Chronically Homeless - https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/who-experiences-homelessness/chronically-homeless/#:~:text=People%20who%20are%20chronically%20homeless,Updated%20March%202021.
Information from the National Alliance to End Homelessness -What Causes Homelessness - https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/what-causes-homelessness/
Information from homeless hub - Causes of Homelessness - https://www.homelesshub.ca/about-homelessness/homelessness-101/causes-homelessness
Proven Solutions from the coalition for the homeless - https://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/proven-solutions/
PDF resource from the National Law Center on homelessness and Poverty - No Safe Place, The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities - https://nlchp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/No_Safe_Place.pdf
Alternative resources than calling the police, from Don't Call The Police - Resources by City - https://dontcallthepolice.com/
Youtube video from Invisible People which share's Lavern's story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toJQmP0D040
Episode 9: What Would It Take to find a cure for gun-related violence?
As we begin to see our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are plunged back into the national epidemic of gun violence. Lawmakers trot out the same tired excuses for doing nothing all the while our friends and loved ones are lost. It doesn’t have to be this way.
This is episode 9 of the What Would It Take Podcast. Join me as I ask What Would It Take to find a cure for gun-related violence?
Episode 8: What would it take to truly love our neighbors?
For weeks news outlets have been talking about the crisis at the US-Mexico border. What is actually happening at the southern border? And in response to so much suffering, what are we called to do as followers of Jesus?
This is episode 8 of the What Would It Take Podcast. Join me as we explore the question: What would it take to truly love our neighbors?
Links to sources for this episode:
Vox article 9 questions about the humanitarian crisis on the boarder, answered: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22346509/humanitarian-border-crisis-biden-unaccompanied-children
Center for Disaster Philanthropy report, Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis: https://disasterphilanthropy.org/disaster/southern-border-humanitarian-crisis/
Washington Post article The migrant 'surge' at the U.S. southern border is actually a predictable pattern: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/23/theres-no-migrant-surge-us-southern-border-heres-data/
USA Today article How US foreign policy in Central America may have fueled the migrant crisis: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/12/21/has-united-states-foreign-policy-central-america-fueled-migrant-crisis-donald-trump/2338489002/
Boarder Advocacy Groups from National Network for Immigrant and Refugee rights - Organizations to support: http://nnirr.org/drupal/border-groups
Episode 7: What if Hell is closer than we think?
Many of us have grown up with a very strong understanding of what hell was. Eternal torment, literal flames, pain and agony forever. For a long time, our understanding of hell has been divorced from the practical realities that many face day-in and day-out, but does it have to be that way?
This is episode 7 of the What Would it Take Podcast. Join me as we explore the question, What if Hell is closer than we think?
Links to sources for this episode:
Article from _Christian History Institute: Three Views of Hell : https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/three-views-of-hell
Article from _Christianity Today: What is Hell? A Biblical Guide of Its Existence: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/heaven-and-hell/what-is-hell-a-biblical-guide-of-its-existence.html
Bible Gateway passage Mark 9:48: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A48&version=NRSV
Bible Hub passage Luke 13:28: https://biblehub.com/luke/13-28.htm
CBS News story from _60 Minutes: Early results from 174 Flint Children Exposed to Lead During Water Crisis Shows 80% of Them Will Require Special Education Services: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flint-water-crisis-effect-on-children-60-minutes-2020-03-15/
Article from _The New York Times : British Police Office Charged with Murder in Killing of Sarah Everard: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/world/europe/uk-sarah-everard.html
Article from _National Geographic: The Campaign to Eliminate Hell : https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/160513-theology-hell-history-christianity
Podcast _God is with poor people: Liberation theology's challenge to this world: https://thisishell.com/interviews/1015-lilian-calles-barger