In this installment of Vernacular, Leah Libresco of FiveThirtyEight and Unequally Yoked joins us to talk about her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Along the way, we discuss epistemology as it relates to finding theological truth and writing good data journalism. Separately, contributor Kevin Beauchemin returns to the show to discuss Pokemon GO!, the latest craze to hit your mobile phone. Our editorial question of the week: "Has Pokemon GO! made the world a better place?" Check out our blog for more information on this episode.
In this second episode of our fourth season, we talk to contributors Jordan and Catherine about how to build a summer road trip playlist--a timely topic before we embark on a massive trip next week! We also talk with them about what summer flicks we should be excited to see, and get an update on James Tiberius Short's arrival plans. Along the way, we talk about LaCroix beverages and how they inspired Zac and Sally's latest investment decision.
In this episode, we talk to contributors Kevin Beauchemin, Margaret Perry, Elena Forsythe, Will Brian, and Miriel Reneau about a variety of topics, including John Steinbeck's literature, William Deresiewicz's thought on leadership, Broadway's latest hit, genetic editing, and racial disparities in sentencing. It's a big conversation but a lot of fun.
In the final episode of season 3, we talk to Theresa Breslin, author at the Brez Blog, about her decision to leave her promising career at a law firm to become a full-time mom. Theresa shares with us her reasons for making the change, even amidst piles of law school debt and a family legacy of career performance--her grandmother was a Circuit Court Judge! It's a great conversation. We also share an exciting announcement and Zac calls in from a conference in London.
In Episode 9 of Season 3, we share some tips of the week from listener Nathan (who recently survived a scary car accident) about car safety and accident preparation. We chat with contributor Kevin about Aristotle, the meaning of true friendship, the impact of social media on friendship, and whether men and women can be friends. Then we bring contributor Ishan back to update us on Steph Curry and the NBA playoffs.
Editorial Question of the Week: Can men and women be (true) friends? Let us know what you think!
In this episode, we sit down with Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics and Culture, an organization dedicated to working "for a human future." We talk with Jennifer about what that means, focusing our conversation on the little-known problems of surrogacy (this kind of surrogacy, not this kind). We also talk to contributor Will Brian about the technical challenges involved in landing a rocket on a floating launch pad, which is something that SpaceX has figured out how to do.