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Meet Cute presents The Rom-Com Room, where we reclaim rom-coms as pleasures, and not the guilty kind. Every Friday, rom-com connoisseurs Kendra Okereke and Mercedes Gonzales-Bazan unite to nerd out about their favorites, their love-to-hates, and every crush and rom-com in between.
 
Exploring the world inside and outside the evangelical subculture, one conversation at a time. "Exvangelical" is a shared starting point with many destinations; it acknowledges the impact (predominantly white/white-led) evangelicalism has had on our lives, but does not dictate our current or future beliefs & practices. On this podcast, you'll hear stories of people who've left evangelicalism for other branches of Christianity, for other spiritual traditions, and for none at all. All paths ar ...
 
Radio Happy Hour is a monthly radio comedy with guest stars and a murder mystery every time. Past guests have included The Hold Steady, Norah Jones, Andrew WK, Jolie Holland, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Michael Showalter, Chuck Klosterman, and Kumail Nanjiani
 
The Listener's club began as an idea between three friends to hold weekly record listening parties, to share records we loved and discuss them over a glass or two of whiskey. Soon, and foolishly, we thought to record our discussions for a podcast. A set of ground rules were developed to make the weekly gatherings more exciting and considered. The rules are: • At the start of the new year, each member picks an album per month, so each week we listen to a different album picked by a different ...
 
Pirate Radio After Dark The Podcast is the sister show of Pirate Radio After Dark which has been broadcasting on WXLV/iHeartRadio/91.7 fm WMUH/TuneIn Radio Terrestrial Radio For 16+ years out of the LV, Pennsylvania. Pirate Radio After Dark takes on topics and pieces that would not fit in the radio shows format while maintaining the high standards of the flagship show. Just like the radio show we stick to no specific genre or agenda. The podcast has an overall focus on loving life through mu ...
 
Join Terry and Heather as they explore the world of all things health, wellness, and beauty from a clinical science effectiveness to consumer practicality. The husband and wife team and best-selling authors subject themselves to everything that is currently available from celebrity fads to the best and worst treatments out there, and share their results to help you look and feel your absolute best.
 
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Levi Weaver, who covers the Texas Rangers for The Athletic, joins Al on this episode to introduce him to the David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion) solo album, Curse Your Branches. Levi discusses how this album has helped him to navigate the uncertainty that has come with questioning his religious faith, as well as what he loves about the album musically.…
 
This week, I'm joined by Sarah Heath & Justin Gentry from the REVcovery podcast to talk about burnout. This is a long conversation, and it starts by talking about religious burnout for pastors and other highly-involved volunteers. We later transition into talking about post-religious burnout. Like any conversation, it's just a single convo, and not…
 
Musician and author Stephanie Phillips is this week’s guest, and she introduces Al to The Amps’ one-and-only album, Pacer. Steph talks about why she picked Pacer for this episode, the differences and similarities between this album and Kim Deal’s other work with Pixies and The Breeders and which tracks on the album stand out to her. She also talks …
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes tackle one of the greatest rom-com love triangles of all time, in BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY. But first, the ladies chat with the incredible debut novelist, Carley Fortune—about everything from how Elle Woods almost inspired her to become a lawyer (thank goodness the book world snagged her instead!), …
 
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of the new book On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World. This show is not typically interfaith, but when the opportunity to read Rabbi Ruttenberg’s latest arose, I leapt at the chance. I’ve followed her on Twitter for years and admire her work immensely. On Repentance and Repair is an immensel…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes are headed back to school with the iconic retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, SHE’S THE MAN! Our only critique? That Channing Tatum doesn’t have a dance number in this movie. So, um…this podcast is now officially an Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum stan account…enjoy! If you’d like to submit…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes are getting into the soft Jacob Elordi launch…THE KISSING BOOTH. The gals tackle some of the most burning questions surrounding the Netflix rom-com generation…like WHERE did Noah Centineo go? Which Jacob Elordi character would YOU take home to meet the rents? And of course…are we swiping right on…
 
Another archival episode, in light of the news from The Village Church. Matt Chandler went on indefinite leave from TVC this weekend after inappropriate messaging on Instagram, just a couple weeks after they settled with an abuse victim while acknowledging no wrongdoing. These are longstanding issues in evangelicalism going back decades. There's no…
 
Former Red Sox pitcher and current Red Sox television analyst Lenny DiNardo drops by for You, Me and An Album’s latest music/baseball crossover. Lenny gets Al better acquainted with The Lemonheads’ fifth album, It’s a Shame About Ray. They talk about why Lenny chose this album for the show, how he got to know The Lemonheads’ Evan Dando personally, …
 
This podcast has the feel of old friends chatting on the back porch in the cool Colorado weather while serenaded by the crickets. Ben and the boys cover some ground on this podcast. From Templarism to guarding the west gate to the woes and needs of publishing magazines and money other topics. Brothers Williams is a fascinating man and a hardworking…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” we have a very special treat: instead of chatting about just one rom-com today, Kendra and Mercedes journey through the history of rom-coms with the incredible writer, director and rom-com aficionado, Jonah Feingold. Jonah is the writer/director of @datingandnewyork and AT MIDNIGHT for @paramountplus, and you can fi…
 
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Lelya Turcihin, a great friend and a wonderful soul who loved INXS and left us far too early and far too long ago. Sherry Thomas, host of the Analog Smile podcast and contributing writer for The Aquarian, is this episode’s guest, as she gets Al better acquainted with INXS’ fourth album, The Swing. They dis…
 
Host Rhit Moore talks Dungeons & Dragons with Everett Hinote. He and quite a few other Masons have started running campaigns together and having a blast doing it. These types of games are tremendously popular today and Everett and his group are on to something which has the potential for loads of good fellowship.…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes can’t resist a little summer lovin’...with the most iconic movie-musical out there, GREASE! Okay so…maybe it’s not the first movie that comes to mind when you think “rom-com”...but give the episode a listen, and you’ll see where we’re coming from. This episode is dedicated to the sweetest pink la…
 
While I continue to work on my manuscript, here is another archival episode for you. This is from my series, Powers & Principalities. Season 1 was published in 2020 and focused on Christian nationalism, which remains painfully relevant. This episode features a conversation with Sam Perry and Andrew Whitehead, co-authors of the book Taking America B…
 
Andrew Stern, one-half of the Americana duo 3 Pairs of Boots (along with his wife, Laura Arias), joins Al to discuss Rosanne Cash’s 2014 album, The River & The Thread. Andrew talks about why he considers this album a “desert island” pick and how this album has influenced his own work as a producer and a musician. He also talks about 3 Pairs of Boot…
 
It's been a minute. While I'm working on my manuscript, please enjoy this 2017 interview I recorded with David Bazan from Pedro the Lion. We recorded this interview in Bazan's car, between Living Room shows. It was incredible. The original introduction of this conversation was kept for nostalgia, context, and ease. Original show notes here. To get …
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” grab your white cardigan and cozy up for some coastal grandmother perfection, because Kendra and Mercedes are bringing you SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE. It's a rom-com with a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone—Nancy Meyers brings us gorgeous kitchens, stunningly messy desks, and of course…a heartthrob for the ages, K…
 
This episode's guest is David Moss, who performs with his twin brother, Adam, as The Brother Brothers. David introduces Al to Richard and Linda Thompson's first album, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. David shares how he first became acquainted with the album and what is special about it, and he also talks about The Brother Brothers' new al…
 
Join host Rhit Moore and the creators of the Amity app, Jeremy Barnes and Micheal Radigan. "Amity is a groundbreaking mobile app that brings today's technology to the world's oldest fraternity." If you are not familiar with the Amity app I would definitely recommend giving this episode a listen. If you are familiar I bet you are surprised with all …
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes are celebrating the TWENTIETH anniversary of the beloved, family centered rom-com, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. We absolutely love this movie and have a hunch that you do, too, so come join Kendra, Mercedes, and the whole Portokalos family as we toast this timeless rom-com. Oh and don’t forget your …
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes are here to wax nostalgic about an early 2000s classic, featuring some magical denim and one life-changing summer, in THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. Raise your hand if you also desperately wanted to be Alexis Bledel in this movie…! Lena + Kostos 4Eva <3 If you’d like to submit questions o…
 
Featured Tracks: Third Eye Blind - Graduate Further Seems Forever - How to Start a Fire Tsunami Bomb - Take the Reins Manchester Orchestra - The River Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light, Night Drive The Ataris - So Long, Astoria Strung Out - The Animal and the Machine AFI - Silver and Cold Dinosaur Jr. - Feel the Pain Emery - I Don't Know You at Al…
 
Musician/songwriter/producer Tim Friese-Greene (solo, Short-Haired Domestic, Heligoland, Talk Talk) joins Al to talk about My Bloody Valentine's 1988 debut, Isn't Anything. Tim talks about why this is an important album and which tracks stand out for him. He also discusses his new album, Melodic Apoptosis, and upcoming projects. Tim briefly alluded…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes nerd it up about a coming of age romance with a secret ingredient, MYSTIC PIZZA. Let’s be real, this episode is ALL about our rom-com-queen, Julia Roberts. So if you love her like we do, if you love pizza, or you just need some voluminously wavy hair tips, you won’t want to miss this episode. If …
 
Superorganism's lead vocalist and artist Orono joins Al and picks this week's album, which is Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? by The Unicorns. Orono explains why she chose this album and what makes it one of her favorites. She also delves into the process Superorganism used to record their new album, World Wide Pop, and the videos they relea…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes get into a very controversial rom-com, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. The gals really come in hot to tackle this story about love that is NOT exactly a love story, and we need to know…are you team Tom or team Summer?! But at least there’s one thing we can agree on…we’re ALL team Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Z…
 
Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Carla Olson is this week's guest, and she introduces Al to The Jimi Hendrix Experience's second album, Axis: Bold as Love. Carla co-founded The Textones (with Kathy Valentine), collaborated with Mick Taylor, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark and countless others, and co-produced and performed on the new compilation …
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes nerd it up about the dreamy, musical rom-com getaway, MAMMA MIA! But first, they chat with Lilia Buckingham and Erin Shelby Moore—on all things best-friendship, their favorite MAMMA MIA songs, playing love interests in Meet Cute’s series A POOL FOR LOVE, and even a little inside scoop on Lilia’s …
 
In this episode, I adapt a couple of recent essays from The Post-Evangelical Post to discuss Christian nationalism. As white evangelical hegemony ended, white Christian nationalist minority rule began. Recommended Reading: Christian Nationalism on TikTok; Evangelical Lobbyists Praying with SCOTUS Justices, More Exvangelical is a production of The P…
 
This episode is an audio-only version of the livestream event that occurred on Monday, June 20. The participants discussed musical artists they have listened to the most in their lives, the benefits of digging deeply into their favorite artists' work and whether they feel FOMO when focusing their listening attention narrowly. The participants and h…
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” Kendra and Mercedes finally get to one of Kendra’s all-time favorite rom-coms, SAY ANYTHING. Can Kendra find it in her heart to roast this summer-after-high-school classic? IS Lloyd Dobler the perfect man? There’s only one way to find out. If you’d like to submit questions or notes for our hosts, DM us @MeetCute on …
 
Matt Norlander, basketball writer and analyst for CBS Sports and host of the Records & Riffs podcast, is this episode's guest, and he introduces Al to Pearl Jam's fifth album, Yield. Matt talks about his fandom for Pearl Jam in general and his love for this particular album, commenting in detail on nearly every track. He also delves into his viral …
 
This week in “The Rom-Com Room,” we’re kicking off a slate of summer rom-coms, starting with the 80s classic that’s all about a summery, 60s romance: DIRTY DANCING! If you can believe it, Kendra had never seen this movie, so prepare yourself for some takes that are hotter than the Catskills in August ;) If you’d like to submit questions or notes fo…
 
Hello, and welcome to Exvangelical. I’m your host, Blake Chastain. I know there’s a lot going on. I know that the recent Supreme Court rulings are beyond discouraging - they are harmful for so many people, and a decision that could lead to the downfall of Roe is expected as soon as tomorrow. But multiple things happen all at once, and because of ou…
 
"Why do you think it (Freemasonry) is kind of a substitute for television, where you can go and just consume stuff." ~Angel Millar 51:03 Join host Billy Hamilton and Gabe Jagush as they dig deep with Brother Angel Millar. This is an episode you do not want to miss. From archetypes to practical Masonry this episode is a banger. Brother Millar has au…
 
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