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65 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode 214: God Is On The Bathroom Floor
In their last episode before the summer hiatus, RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk brand loyalty, thought-terminating cliches, father's day championships, the religion/psychoanalysis intersection, and God's downstairs neighbor. Also, RJ changes his mind about Michael Jordan (sort of). *To support Mockingbird, please visit www.mbird.com/support. * To read Sophie Gilbert's review of Cultish, click here. To read Hanif Abdurraqib's column "On Sneakers", click here. To read Kelsey Osgood's essay on "Ernest Becker and Our Fear of Death", click here. To read Nightbirde's piece God Is On the Bathroom Floor, click here.
63 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 212: The Secret to Complete Mastery
Recorded live in front of an audience at the Mockingbird Tyler festival, Sarah, RJ, and Dave talk ambivalent mothers, Nordic expectations, getting "on top of things", and elite religiosity. Also, Sarah indulges in some, er, splendid show-and-tell. Click here to read How Adult Children Affect Their Mothers' Happiness Click here to read about The Grim Secret of Nordic Happiness in Slate. Click here to read Oliver Burkeman's newsletter on mastery. Click here to read Audrey Pollnow's newsletter on elite American religion. Click here to read Michael Gerson's sermon from The National Cathedral.
69 minutes | May 3, 2021
Special Episode: The Surprise Issue
Surprise! It's a special edition episode of The Mockingcast, in which CJ Green introduces the unpredictable content of the Surprise issue of The Mockingbird magazine. You'll hear an incredible personal essay read by author and professional listener, Helena Dea Bala; an interview on unexpected grief with the Rev Liz Tichenor; and a discussion about jazz and John Coltrane with musician Sam Bush. Plus some stuff about Disneyland. Lots of twists and turns, needless to say. Click here to order the issue.
67 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 210: Don't Stop Beliebing
In which Dave, RJ and Sarah talk subtraction strategies, birth order effects, Bieber's redemption, and the spiritual dangers of courting controversy. But maybe that's just what a couple of oldest children (and one middle child) would say. Click here to read The Washington Post's report on our aversion to subtraction when it comes to problem solving. Click here to read Lynn Berger's article in Time on Birth Order. Click here to read Zach Baron's profile in GQ on The Redemption of Justin Bieber. Click here to read John Newton's letter on the dangers of courting controversy.
69 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
What If You Weren't Afraid Anymore?
In which Sarah, RJ and Dave talk vaccinated no-no's, real estate obsessions, recalibrated ambitions, and Easter messages. We almost titled it House Hunters: The Mockingcast Edition. Click here to read The New Yorker's list of Things Fully Vaccinated People Are Still Not Allowed to Do. Click here to read Anne Helen Peterson's newsletter, "I'm Not Ready." Click here to read Nora Caplan-Bricker's essay "House Hunters" in The Point. Click here to read Lotte Jeffs' piece "A Life More Ordinary" in Elle. Click here to read Arthur Brooks' article on Humility and "How to Get Better at Admitting You're Wrong" in the Atlantic Click here to watch RJ's Easter sermon.
74 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Episode 208: God Is Insane
In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk last chance basketball programs, true selves, teenage errors, and gracious dispositions. Also, Sarah gets kicked off AOL Instant Messenger. Click here to watch the trailer for Last Chance U: Basketball. Click here to read the New Yorker's profile of Sherry Turkle. Click here to read Vice's article on "Why Your ‘True Self’ Is An Illusion" by Shayla Love. Click here to read Graeme Wood's piece "America Has Forgotten How to Forgive" in The Atlantic. Click here to read DZ's reflection on Regret and here for his piece on The Doctine of Grace vs The Disposition of Grace. Click here to view the painting by James Tissot that RJ references, "What Our Lord Saw from The Cross".
65 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 207: Tangled Redemption
In which Sarah, RJ and Dave talk baby busts, Instavangelists, and epiphanies of the heart. Also, RJ comes clean about his favorite Disney princess. Clue: It's not Anna or Elsa. Click here to read The Wall Street Journal's report on the intenational baby bust. Click here to read Leigh Stein's piece on The Empty Religions of Instagram. Click here to read Giles Fraser's column on changing attitudes toward memorials. Click here to read James K.A. Smith's essay on The Intelligence of Love. Click here to read Tim Keller's reflection on "Growing My Faith in the Face of Death."
62 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode 206: The Goalposts Are Moving
In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk Covid-Deutsch, the advice column boom, and grieving video game characters. Also, Sarah cozies up to some ghosts while dancing to DMB. Click here to read Rebecca Schumann's overview of the new German words being invented to describe pandemic life. Click here to read The New Yorker's profile of The Age of Peak Advice. Click here to read Sam Bush's One Simple Rule for Never Making a Bad Decision. Click here to read Matt Ortile's essay for Catapult on grief and gaming. Click here to read Samuel Wells' sermon on Job and the Love Stronger than Death. Click here to check out The Brothers Zahl podcast!
3 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
A New Podcast from Mockingbird! Trailer for The Brothers Zahl
Highly recommended for Mockingast listeners: All six episodes of the first season of Mockingbird's brand-new podcast are available now at https://thebrotherszahl.fireside.fm/ -- or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today!
71 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
Episode 204: Sexy Lexie Has a Nervous Breakdown
In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk peripheral relationships, nervous breakdowns, and nighttime prayers. Also, after making a startling discovery in her father's desk drawer, Sarah goes shopping for yoga pants. Click here to read Amanda Mull's piece on how The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship Click here to read the report in the Toronto Star about decreasing sexual activity during the pandemic Click here to read Jane Grizzle's post on how The Moms Are Not Alright Click here to read Jerry Useem's article Bring Back the Nervous Breakdown Click here to read the excerpt from Tish Harrison Warren's new book, "How To Pray While Drowning in Doubt"
70 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Episode 203: What If I'm Wrong About Everything?
In which RJ and Dave hear from Sarah about her first month of grief, before talking together about family estrangement, faulty memories and the blindspots of Jefferson's Jesus. Also, Dave breaks up with a friend while Sarah goes to the zoo. Click here to read Joshua Coleman's article in The Atlantic about Why Parents and Children Get Estranged Click here to read Heather Havrilesky's column addressing the "I Want My Family to Love Me Unconditionally" inquiry Click here to read Dave's Confessions of a Former Youth Minister Click here to read Vinson Cunningham's rundown in The New Yorker of "What Thomas Jefferson Could Never Understand About Jesus"
70 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Episode 202: Batteries Not Included
In their final episode of the year, RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk mer-baby mishaps, library impermanence, celebrity pastors, and their increasing distaste for Advent. To support the Mockingcast, text "MCAST" to 77948. We need your help! Click here to read Sarah's message about the tragic news she received just after recording (that RJ mentions in the prelude). Please pray like mad for the Condon family. Click here to read Elizabeth Faidley's incredible write-up of the Pearl the Mermaid Baby Saga, which includes a picture of you-know-who (you've been warned). Click here to read Ben Donick's piece about Library Books. Click here to read Ruth Graham's article on the Rise and Fall of Carl Lentz. Click here to read David French's column on The Crisis of Christian Celebrity. Click here to read Walter Russell Mead's meditation on Advent.
87 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Special Episode: The Sports Issue
In this special extended episode of The Mockingcast, Ethan Richardson takes us on a tour of The Sports Issue of The Mockingbird magazine, featuring interviews with journalist Anna Katherine Clemmons, legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi, and former Falcons cornerback (and current chaplain) Jason Webster--beamed in, it would seem, almost straight from Friday Night Lights. The game is on! Click here to order the issue.
73 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Episode 200: A Mockingcast Birthday Extravaganza!
In which we celebrate the 200 episode milestone by talking soul toupees, American happiness, None elevator pitches, and the compelling perfectionism of Yeshua. Also, Dave comes to grips with his ADD, Sarah starts a new hobby, while RJ serenades them both like some kind of overgrown Dutch choirboy. Click here to read about Soul Toupees. Click here to read Ruth Whippman's article on America the Anxious. Click here to read Eric Weiner's piece on what it's like to be a None. Click here to read a portion of Francis Spufford's Yeshau chapter from Unapologetic. Click here to read the article Dave mentions about mid-life crises. Click here to read Sarah's post on Overconfident Men and Underestimating Women.
66 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Episode 199: Night of the Living Swingset
In which Sarah, RJ, and Dave talk living inside the news, POW uncertainty, segmented sleep, and American paradoxes. Also, RJ peeks behind the Iron Curtain while Sarah scores some great lamps (buffalo check). Click here to preview and/or order the Sports Issue of our magazine. Click here to pre-order the new Mockingbird Devotional, Vol 2. Click here to read (and subscribe to!) Oliver Burkeman's newsletter, The Imperfectionist. Click here to read Lisa Miller's column in The Cut, "My Therapist Was Right About Uncertainty." Click here to read about Second Sleep on Tedium. Click here to read Arthur Brooks's explanation why Americans have gotten unhappier as they've gotten more comfortable.
65 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Episode 198: I Feel Guilty About Liking This
In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk private lives, political junkies, Craigslist confessionals, and the surprising hope of 2020. Also, RJ feels his (lonely) feelings while Sarah buys a birthday cake. Click here to read Mo Perry's Great Rearranging newsletter. Click here to read the NY Times article about "the real divide in America." Click here to read CJ's write-up of Helena Dea Bala's Craigslist Confessional. Click here to read Chad Bird's rationale for why 2020 Is A Great Year For the Church.
73 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Episode 197: Play Now
In which RJ, Dave, and Sarah talk gracious play, burned out children, burned out workers, burned out clergy, and the hope of unconscious bias training. Also, RJ gets down to some liturgical reggae. Click here to read Sam Anderson's article on the NBA bubble. Click here to read our interview with theologian Nimi Wariboko. Click here to watch the video for The Pioneers' "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah." Click here to read Anne Helen Peterson's interview about millennial parenting in The Atlantic. Click here to read the excerpt of Anne Helen Peterson's Can't Even in Wired. Click here to read Anne Helen Peterson's newsletter about clergy burnout. Click here to read Peter Ormerod's column on unconcscious bias training in The Guardian.
73 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Episode 196: The Land of Bland
For too long, the podcasting industry has flooded our ears with self-indulgent commentary and lazy sermonizing. Well, the answer to your commuting conundrum is finally here! We at Mockingbird are obsessed with side-stepping the noise and bringing 200 proof grace directly to your earbuds. Simple and seasonal, yet thoughtfully sourced and designed to fit in with your busy lifestyle, brace yourself for your new favorite listening experience. There is only one Mockingcast, and this is it. In all seriousness though: To read the interview with Lana Del Rey, click here. To read the review of The Twittering Machine in Book Forum, click here. To read Bloomberg's "Welcome to Your Bland New World," click here. To read Duo Dickinson's "Love Across the Political Divide," click here. Oh and to read DZ's reflection on the Before films, click here.
79 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Episode 195: All Shall Be Swell
A jumbo-sized episode in which Sarah, RJ and Dave talk spiritual consultants, anxious NBA stars, the charity of Frederick Douglass, and the hope of Julian of Norwich. Also, a hapless kayaker receives an ironic rescue. Click here to read the full opening news report. Click here to read Nellie Bowles's NY Times profile of spiritual consultants in the workplace. And here to read Dave's commentary on it. Click here to read the ESPN story on Paul George. Click here to read Chris Arnade's "Dignity to Endure." Click here to read Alan Jacobs's article "Hate the Sin, Not the Book." Click here to read Nathan White's piece on Julian of Norwich's Hope.
64 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Episode 194: Defunding the Inner Police
In which Dave, Sarah, and RJ talk college reopenings, internal deputies, racist sinners, and recovering pharisees. Also, Sarah is absolved of her lunchable guilt, and Mrs Heijmen finally becomes an adult. Click here to read the Inside Higher Ed piece on college reopenings. Click here to read Sarah's post on Defunding Your Inner Police. Click here to read Tim Kreider's article, "I Am a Meme Now." Click here to read Theo Hobson's column "Racism Is a Sin and We Are All Sinners." Click here for 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee.
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