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JB Shreve & the End of History
61 minutes | May 21, 2021
The Herero Genocide – The Ongoing History of Genocide – Episode 1
In this first episode in our new podcast series on the history of genocide, Never Again…Again - The Ongoing History of Genocide JB Shreve and Brian Butler look at the definitions of genocide and the beginnings of the story. Genocide has existed for as long as human history has existed, even though we did not always call it that. The guys then take a deep dive into the first genocide of the 20th century. The Herero Genocide is not known by most people. That is a tragedy all too often associated with many stories of genocide. Many of the victims are forgotten and so are the crimes. This history of genocide podcast series explores how nearly every culture and nation has been guilty of genocidal acts and atrocities over the course of history. It is all too easy for us to assume we would not commit the same sin if we were in the shoes of our predecessors. History proves that assumption is wrong and that is why genocide keeps occurring and we keep proclaiming Never Again...Again. Herero chained during the 1904 rebellion. Show Notes The Monster Alexander the Great – History Net Raphael Lemkin, Coining a Word – US Holocaust Museum The Herero and Nama Genocide - US Holocaust Museum This is part 1 in our podcast series Never Again...Again - The Ongoing History of Genocide. Find the full series here.
47 minutes | May 11, 2021
A Hidden Life
Every once in a while a movie comes along that leaves you thinking about it for days after viewing it. That's usually a sign that you have stumbled across something that has some Truth in it. The latest Terrence Malick movie, A Hidden Life, is a recent example of one of these films. Released in late 2019 it missed our local theaters. By the time it hit rental status the pandemic and lockdown were in full force. JB, JLew and JWeb finally got the opportunity to watch this film together recently and this podcast episode discusses the impact of the film A Hidden Life.
60 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
One Year of the Global Pandemic
The global pandemic turns one year old tomorrow, March 11, 2021. One year ago the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic and life changed around the globe. In this special podcast episode, JB Shreve is joined by Dr. Jason Lofton and LynnDee Summers to look back on this historical year. We walk through ten questions as we reflect on the pandemic experience. When you look back on the pandemic when did things change or become real? Do you remember when wearing a face mask became normal for you? Have your ideas or perceptions of a global pandemic changed in the last year? Was there a "scariest" moment for you within the pandemic? What is the biggest thing the pandemic exposed? Was there a turning point in the pandemic and if yes, what do you think it was? Was there a fake news or false narrative (a popular perception accepted as truth) within the pandemic that you noted? Do you think the global lockdown was a success or a failure (and why)? Global crises always produce a major transition of some sort. What do you think is the major transition the globe is undergoing today that the pandemic helped bring about? In regards to the pandemic, what do you think our daily life will look like one year from today? Listeners are invited to share their favorite stories from the pandemic or their own answers to the questions above on our Facebook page. Tell us what it was like to live through one year of the global pandemic. Check out the archived timeline page we tracked from January - May last year as the pandemic began.
19 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
What Is Vaccine Nationalism? Vaccine nationalism is when wealthier nations stock up on coronavirus vaccines while poorer nations go without access. It is the literal application of political ideologies like “America First” to the fight against COVID19. Vaccine nationalism allows wealthier nations to prioritize domestic development and implementation of vaccines at other nations' expense. The problem with vaccine nationalism is that the pandemic is not a national problem – it is a global problem. If a government successfully secures one country's population from the virus with its vaccine, but not all other countries, then the pre-pandemic normal remains unsecured. If the virus remains endemic anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere. COVAX Global leaders recognized the threat of vaccine nationalism early in the efforts for vaccine development. They developed the COVAX program to coordinate a worldwide effort to secure and implement a COVID19 vaccine. COVAX is an international alliance whose goal is to ensure all countries receive equal access to vaccines. COVAX set a goal of inoculating at least 20% of the population of each participating nation. More than 180 countries signed on to the COVAX initiative, but notable higher-income nations like the United States and Russia did not. Nations like the US and Russia financially backed the successful development of vaccines among companies like AstraZeneca and Novavax. COVAX did the same but on a much smaller scale. In return, AstraZeneca and Novavax have promised COVAX hundreds of millions of doses. The US chose not to be a part of COVAX due to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) involvement. President-elect Joe Biden said the US would resume cooperation with the WHO once he takes office, but he has not guaranteed US participation with COVAX. Additionally, many wealthier countries that are part of COVAX are simultaneously pursuing their own deals and agreements for independent domestic vaccine efforts, thereby countering the purposes of COVAX. COVAX relies upon principles of cooperation and global achievement rather than individual nation achievement with the vaccine efforts. Multiple studies have shown that a coordinated international effort to develop a vaccine will be more efficient and cost-effective globally even while it produces short term opportunity costs in individual nations. Securing vaccines on a country-by-country basis takes longer and delays a return to normal for the entire world system. Why Vaccine Nationalism Fails Nations like the United States spent billions in 2020 toward developing their own vaccine, separate from COVAX and most cooperative global efforts. This expenditure and unprecedented speed of research and achievement are worthy of celebration and reasonably considered a “moonshot” moment for this generation. But even as Americans line up for the vaccines in recent weeks, the global economy is still on pause. Even if American workers and business leaders are vaccinated, the global economy which fuels American wealth has not moved out of social distancing and lockdown mode. The other countries cannot do so until the vaccine arrives in other parts of the world. Therefore, the economy cannot return to its pre-pandemic levels, and the financial investment into the vaccine cannot reap its full reward. Vaccine nationalism produces short-term and local results that reward political leaders, but that strategy does not address the longer-term global needs. The COVID19 fight endures. Until a global solution is found, the pandemic’s economic and geopolitical repercussions will continue to worsen. Ultimately vaccine nationalism allows a subjective political framework to resolve an objective scientific problem. It cannot work. Current Status Many poorer nations may successfully vaccinate as much as 20% of their populations by the end of spring in 2021. Meanwhile, some of the world’s wealthiest nations reserved enough vaccines (before production)...
40 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
The Final Presidential Debate
It wasn't awful. It wasn't great. The final presidential debate of this 2020 election cycle left some people happy. At least their candidate didn't make a fool of himself again. It left others disappointed. Where were the fireworks? In our final post-debate podcast episode of 2020 JB Shreve, Jonathan Webster, and Terrell Spencer review the highs and lows of the debate and consider what the next 10 days hold for the American public.
33 minutes | May 25, 2020
Second Wave – Everything You Need to Know
The great concern with the pandemic now is the threat of a second wave. For weeks we have been watching this in our daily updates. Every day a different government source or research team raises the alarm of some new sign that a second wave of the coronavirus is coming. What is the second wave? Most of us know in theory, but where did this idea come from, and why is it so concerning? In this podcast episode, we look at the second wave threat from three different angles. The History of the Second Wave First, we look at the unique history of the second wave in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Believe it or not, the idea of a second surge of new infections was not a significant concern in disease outbreaks until this time. The second wave of 1918 was kind of the granddaddy of all of them. What caused it and what stopped it during the great global pandemic one hundred years ago? Is there anything we can learn from that event for today? The deaths of the Spanish Flu in the second wave of 1918 far exceeded the first wave. Current Events We look at what is going on today that raises alarms for a second wave. Cases in New York are falling. Does that mean we are past the threat? We outline some of the facts and figures you should be paying attention to over the next few weeks. States with at least 500 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, coronavirus hot spots. May 22, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update Scripture Last up, we look at what scripture can show us about how to respond to an environment and crisis like we are experiencing today. Thanks to a review of the story of Noah in Genesis 7 and 8, JB Shreve offers a unique perspective on how believers can be strong and find direction during a crisis and even this unique threat. Is it time to come out of the ark yet? Additional Reading/Listening: What History Tells Us About a Second Wave Plagued - Humanity's History with Disease, Outbreaks, and Pandemic
40 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
Plagued: Humanity’s History with Disease, Outbreaks, and Pandemics
If you are curious about the history of disease and where today's coronavirus pandemic fits into that story then you will not want to miss this series!
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