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Jesus said to His disciples, "Follow me." What does that mean for believers today? How can we follow Jesus when we are unsure of the path ahead? For all those that question, this podcast is for you. Uncompromising Faith is all about the real world, practical life of faith. Unsure of where God is leading you? Here you will find the answers as veterans of faith, Homer Les and Wanda Ring, explain the mysteries of walking with God in today's world. With wit, humor and unvarnished truth they will ...
 
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Once again, Serious Fun goes into the breach and picks apart the latest offering from the Marvel monoculture – SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. This time, however, we have a very special guest – academic professional, martial arts and comic movie aficionado, and beloved spouse Pang Yang! Bryan and Pang talk about her experiences growing u…
 
Earlier this year, the Oshkosh Public Museum played host to “The Nostalgia Awakens”, a traveling exhibit that holds the distinction of being the largest public display of the original Star Wars action figures and toys ever in Wisconsin. Such a momentous occasion merits an equally momentous podcast – one that cannot be contained in a single show alo…
 
It's a new fall season of Serious Fun! This week, Bryan sits down with David and Nadia Oxford, retro gaming power couple and co-authors of the new book “Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter’s Field Guide”. In this wide-ranging conversation, the trio discusses how video game fandom has changed since the early days of fansites and message boards, how the Mega…
 
Serious Fun returns yet again with another group dissection session for a Marvel Disney+ streaming show! This time we're breaking down "Falcon and The Winter Soldier" with Serious Fun production assistant Emily Fecteau and, back by popular demand, it's UWGB History professor and Captain America superfan Dr. Clif Ganyard! Join us as we try to put th…
 
Lordy lordy, Serious Fun is 40...episodes in! So there's a little TV show called WandaVision. You might have heard of it. It's the talk of the town. This week's Serious Fun adds on to that talk as Bryan welcomes two special guests on to talk about the first proper Marvel Studios streaming TV show - the Director of Oregon State's General Psychology …
 
We are living in a golden age for globalized pop culture – we have access to television, film, music, video games, books and comics from all over the world on a scale never before seen. Have you ever thought about what it takes to bring pop culture from one culture to another, though? Scott Strichart has – and as the Senior Localization Producer fo…
 
Serious Fun is back and we're talking with journalist and author Abraham Riesman about his new book "True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee" in a thought-provoking discussion about the fraught relationship between Lee and Jack Kirby, the role of copyright in maintaining celebrity mythology, and the elusiveness of a person's true nature (among…
 
Few times in history have we seen a major unshackled victory of a dread champion. These times are precious for they remind us that God is indeed working out His will on earth, providing victory out of the jaws of defeat. Remember Pharaoh and Moses? How about Elijah and the prophets of Baal? David and Goliath? We know these stories because in each i…
 
In this season of Tabernacles many Jewish people and some believers are dwelling in temporary booths, sukkahs, as they remind themselves of their ancestors sojourning in the wilderness. These booths are 3 sided and open to the elements. They are, simply put, a box. Likewise, many believers live in boxes as well but the box is spiritual and, unlike …
 
For all of its bluster pride is weak. Those who revel in pride are weak for their strength lies solely within. When they die their strength goes with them. Humility, however, has strength that is beyond man for it originates in God Himself. The servant has more power than the mightiest of men if they are in relationship with the One who is the serv…
 
Has the injustice in the world been difficult to take lately? Walking in faith is difficult, but when Jesus takes us to the wilderness injustice rockets to a whole new level. The wilderness breaks us down so we will reverentially submit to the will of God. It is a season of extreme testing. Remember that God brought the finest man in all the earth …
 
Have you been meditating as to why this year feels like we are being turned upside down? Could it be that God is throwing us out of the comfort of the nest so we might learn to fly in faith? In this episode Homer and Wanda unravel the mystery of what it means to fly like an eagle. Using Isaiah 40:31 as a basis, they discuss how God uses this majest…
 
As our world gets increasingly more dangerous it is important believers understand they can dwell in the safety of God's hands. His strong and sure hands are the firm foundation we can rest in when the enemy comes against us like a flood. Where else can we turn when satan attacks? When we are safe in God's hands nothing the enemy does can touch us.…
 
At the right hand of God is Jesus, our example for how we are to live. The character of Jesus is what is formed in us when we traverse the wilderness with uncompromising faith. The enemy of our soul, however, does not want us to succeed. The 'self' nature is bent on preventing us from every embracing the joys in the Father's right hand. By obeying …
 
Truly there is no greater joy, nor difficult task, than to bring ourselves before our God that we may drink from the fountain of His words. Listening to God is so critical to the believer that they will not be able to walk the path of faith without His voice. But as necessary as His words are it is not easy to hear Jesus. We need to be trained to d…
 
One of the greatest battles we fight with 'self' is over fear. Fear has such tremendous power to control, and eventually destroy us, but did you know that most fear is based on lies? The father of lies deftly traffics in deception and so keeps us perennially trapped in fear. This is by design for if we knew, and walked, in the power of faith and tr…
 
We are but blind beggars stumbling around in the light of day not knowing which way to go. Such is the life of those that walk in their 'self' made pride. God beckons us to buy from Him that which would heal our eyes and bring back vision. His healing ointment is humility and it is the one thing we need if we are to gain spiritual sight. In this po…
 
When we are under attack for our faith it is hard to know how to respond. We do not want to respond with our 'self' nature and yet we are compelled to stand for our faith. Knowing when it is time to take out the sword is a lesson we learn in the wilderness. Today Homer and Wanda discuss the nature of the Lamb, the Lion and how we respond when under…
 
Life in America has become increasingly chaotic in this past year. Something new is going on. What is happening right now are birth pangs, and the enemy is bent on destroying what God is bringing to life. Never before has America faced such an unprecedented attack by enemies within and without. The darkness is making every effort to prevent the rel…
 
Prayer is such an integral part of our journey we could not imagine life without it. In this episode Wanda will bring godly wisdom about being an intercessor and what it is like to pray without ceasing. After many years of experience this battle hardened veteran of prayer will encourage and bless you as she tells us how we, like King David, can bec…
 
How have you been doing during this difficult time? Have you struggled with the lack of meaningful relationships during this time of lockdowns and social distancing? Has loneliness been a constant companion? There are many, just like you, that are trying to navigate this dangerous period and survive. As perennial survivors Homer and Wanda bring muc…
 
A life lived by faith is often filled with surprises. As Wanda and Homer journeyed with their daughters they saw God lay out their path with unusual encounters that encouraged them to continue. In this episode they discuss the time that God introduced into their world the TV show Say Yes to the Dress and it's wonderful host Randy Fenoli. Listen to …
 
The suffering satan has unleashed on the earth is beyond dispute. The enemy has ravaged many with brutal lockdowns, excessive government overreach and social control. How are you holding up? Has the suffering and hardship you are enduring been overwhelming? We want to bring you some wisdom from our vault of experience. There is value in the sufferi…
 
Our journey of faith always begins by building a relationship with Jesus. As with all relationships we start by learning how to just converse with Him. This conversation leads us to trust and faith as we hear and obey our Beloved. In this podcast Homer shares from the heart how intimate conversations with God can lead to a lifetime of faith. --- Se…
 
If a wrestling match happens in an arena and nobody's there to cheer - did it really happen at all? These and other questions will kind of be answered as Bryan sits down with Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard, president of the Pro Wrestling Studies Association, to explore the challenges facing professional wrestling in the age of a pandemic. How are AEW and …
 
Serious Fun is back, and this time it's remote! Bryan sits down, at a comfortable distance, with the crew of Psych and Stuff (Ryan Martin and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges) for another fantabulous crossover, recorded via the magic of the Internet. On the docket: what kind of media are we consuming during the pandemic curfew, and why does it bring us co…
 
In 2013, the Red Cross issued a statement calling on the video game industry to reconsider how it presented war and war crimes. Six years later, after the controversial release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, how much has changed? Do video games accurately depict war crimes and their consequences? And as artificial intelligence trains on games lik…
 
Serious Fun wraps up Brown County Library Comic-Con 2019 with the third of its shows recorded live at the event! This week, doctoral candidate Marena Bridges and UWGB Psychology professor Dr. Ryan Martin sit down with Bryan to discuss representation in superhero media in light of the Academy Award-winning movie "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!"…
 
Smell that pine tar and bubblegum, folks - the World Series is upon us! What better way to celebrate than to take some time to learn about the growing field of sport psychology with UWGB's resident experts Dr. Jana Fogaça and Dr. Alan Chu? Well, you could actually watch the game I guess but too bad, this is what we have. And it's a good one! A grea…
 
This week, Bryan sits down with Hugo and Nebula award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author Martha Wells to talk about her work, including her Hugo Award-winning Murderbot Diaries! Martha and Bryan discuss worldbuilding, getting inside characters' heads, writing for collectible card games, and so much more! This episode was recorded LIVE at th…
 
Serious Fun makes its return to the Brown County Library Comic-Con in the first of a trio of shows recorded live at the event! This week, Bryan sits down with comics artist and writer and creator of the series “Mae”, Gene Ha. Gene talks about his life, his start in the industry, his major comics and storytelling influences, the challenges and benef…
 
If you missed Serious Fun, good news - it's back! If you didn't - I'm very sorry! But this is the first new Serious Fun of the new season and we spend it with special guest Dr. Patty Williamson of the Central Michigan University School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. Bryan and Dr. Williamson talk about the summer in film, from the chokehold Disney…
 
It only took them eleven years but finally a female hero is frontlining a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie! This week Bryan sits down with CU Boulder media studies professor and Captain Marvel superfan J. Richard Stevens to talk about the new movie, Carol Danvers' turbulent publishing history, and the feminist lessons the film provides for everyone.…
 
This special episode of Serious Fun is a recording of a February 27, 2019 discussion of the film "BlacKkKlansman" featuring Bryan and Dr. Vince Lowery. The discussion was recorded after a screening of the Academy Award-winning film, and covers a wide variety of topics concerning how the film talks about race and racism in our contemporary climate, …
 
Professional wrestling and comics are perhaps two of the purest art forms known to humanity, and much like the proverbial peanut butter and chocolate, when smashed together end up being quite tasty indeed. This episode of Serious Fun speaks with Lan Pitts, one such confectioner of this treat and writer for Boom! Studios' WWE comics series. Bryan an…
 
You've spent all season arguing about whether it was a Christmas movie, but is it possible Die Hard is...so much more? This week we're launching a new subfeature on Serious Fun just in time for the holidays called Overthinkin' It! Bryan is joined by Dr. Ryan Martin (UWGB Psychology) and Dr. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (UWGB Music) for a deep-dive, ov…
 
After a brief and largely unplanned hiatus, Serious Fun is back! This time around, Dr. Carr talks to representatives from the UWGB Anime Club about anime, anime fandom, and more! Ntxhee Yee Thao and Jacob Huempfner share their favorite shows, talk about the business and process of creating anime, and reflect on their fandom and the friends they mad…
 
It’s a special all-Frankenstein, all the Franken-time episode of Serious Fun! This episode stitches together two of Bryan’s presentations on the legacy of Mary Shelley’s work as part of our on-campus celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary. First, gasp as Bryan talks about the surprising way Shelley’s work has been reinterpreted by pop culture…
 
Another great year of Brown County Library Comic-Con episodes comes to a grand finale with a special Phoenix Studios crossover event! Bryan joins forces with the powerful minds over at Psych and Stuff (represented here by Dr. Ryan Martin and Dr. Chuck Rybak) to talk about supervillains, psychology, mental health, and political philosophy! Is Killmo…
 
Serious Fun at the Brown County Library Comic-Con continues as Bryan sits down with the Scribe award-winning author John Jackson Miller! Miller, the writer of countless comics, novels, and more for franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, and the Simpsons talks about the challenges of working in established universes, the process of writing co…
 
The first of our three-episode series LIVE (to tape) from Brown County Library Comic-Con is here! Bryan sits down with local artist Carli Ihde to talk about her style, her experiences working in art forms ranging from murals to pumpkins, her time at the Kubert school and working in the comics industry, her advice for aspiring artists, and her thoug…
 
The COUNTDOWN TO COMIC-CON at the Brown County Library continues on Serious Fun! This week - Bryan sits down with UWGB Psychology professor Dr. Regan Gurung to talk about comics and superheroes across borders as well as his own experience with the medium as a child growing up in India. What can Superman tell us about the immigrant experience? How c…
 
Serious Fun makes a triumphant return for a new season with the first part of the Countdown to Comic-Con event! With a plethora of new games, movies, and comics coming out this fall, Spider-Mania is alive and well - but what about Spider-Man makes him endure and why do we care about him as much as we do? CU-Boulder Media Studies professor J. Richar…
 
Serious Fun is proud to present another live panel show from UntitledTown 2018! This time around, Bryan moderates a panel on hybrid storytelling featuring "Bend in the River" creator BJ Hollars, and Appleton Storycatchers Tara Pohlkotte and Kathryn Gahl. They'll talk about their own work and how to go beyond prose and page to tell a great story - f…
 
Live from UntitledTown 2018, Bryan moderates a panel with "Imagine Wanting Only This" author & art director and New York Editor for "The Believer" magazine Kristen Radtke and Milwaukee-based comics artist, educator, and hip-hop MC Mistaloo Meff (creator of "Angry Kat: Zombie Protocol"). It's all about comics, from the mechanics of sequential art to…
 
The Serious Fun Women's History Month series concludes with a celebration of the unsung and underappreciated women in popular culture. Panelists Dr. Rebecca Nesvet, Dr. Kris Coulter, and Dr. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst cover female achievement in everything from screenwriting to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to sports bras and hair care products, di…
 
Our special Women's History Month series continues with a discussion of gender issues and body image in popular culture, recorded live at the Common Grounds Coffeehouse at UWGB. Panelists Dr. Jana Fogaca, Dr. Christine Smith, Alison Gates, and Kwynn Carter share their own experiences with body image and explore where our obsession with the "perfect…
 
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