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Weird Religion is a podcast for people who think religion is weird but love it anyway. Your hosts, Leah Payne and Brian Doak, are both professors, authors, and pop culture aficionados, whose interests range from archaeology and history and linguistics to LARPing and The Walking Dead. Episodes tackle some piece of media highlighting the wonderful weirdness of religious experience—a documentary, a television show, a Twitter scandal—and use that as a "thread" on which to hang reflections on a w ...
 
SEASON 1: Electric Jesus — The Music Behind the Movie Co-hosted by ELECTRIC JESUS writer-director Chris White and Music Supervisor/CCM Historian John J. Thompson, and featuring composer Daniel Smith, "Electric Jesus: The Music Behind the Movie" explores the world of 1980s Christian rock music with an eye toward the creation of the film's unforgettable original songs and score, the power of nostalgia, Evangelical youth group culture, and the Christian rock songs and artists that appear in the ...
 
Join Rachael, a Pediatric Sleep Specialist and Kara Ann, a Certified Nutrition Consultant for pregnancy, postpartum and babies as they tackle all things motherhood. Their passion for creating this podcast was fueled through their own experiences parenting against societal norms and the isolation they faced. They wanted to create a community to support and educate moms and leave them feeling empowered.We host weekly episodes where we chat about all things motherhood - from pregnancy through p ...
 
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We’re talking with award-winning film writer and director Chris White about his new feature Electric Jesus, chronicling the rise and fall of a Christian heavy metal band in the summer of 1986 and the pastor’s daughter who runs away from home to join them. Adorableness, personal memories, and deep commentary about Christian music then and now ensue.…
 
Facebook has gathered church leaders for a conference to ask how they can have church on Facebook. It’s all about “connection.” Peanut allergies and Netflix’s new dating show Sexy Beast and Brian not having a son are discussed, as well as theories of brand dilution and holiness. And the revelation: We speculate about how Facebook is promoting a par…
 
We’re at our local coffee shop for an all-lightning round version of this week in weird religion news. Advice: If you’re writing a Christian romance novel, steer clear of genocide. Here are the stories we’re tracking: Get your daily prophecy: https://www.elijahlist.com/index.php Biden compares troops to prophets: https://www.relevantmagazine.com/cu…
 
Biblical forgery cases get everyone riled up—here are the two hottest controversies of the moment, covering both Old and New Testaments: “The Shapira Scroll” and the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” Brian goes off. Come for the juicy details on both documents, and stay for the hard discussion of “history” and meditation on intellectual humility. The pandem…
 
We’re talking with professor and author Natalie Wigg-Stevenson about transgression and devotion in the award-winning TV series Fleabag. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson profile: https://www.tst.edu/directory/faculty/wigg-stevenson-natalie Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art (2021), by Natalie Wigg-Stevenson: https://www.amazon.com/Transgressi…
 
The weird religion news is on fire as always. This week: Is there a Matt Damon - Ben Affleck curse? Has Britney Spears become Catholic? Is Amanda Knox a philosopher? Can you go beyond yoga? Britney Spears goes Catholic on Insta, then deletes it: https://www.instagram.com/britneyspears/; https://www.newsweek.com/britney-spears-reveals-shes-now-catho…
 
You know how you do that thing where you watch an intriguing trailer for an artsy horror film and then make all your friends watch it? Here we are. In The Lamb, forthcoming this fall, a couple tries to raise a lamb (?) as if it is their own child (?), and the lamb then morphs into something like a human (?), and some difficult things happen when th…
 
We’re talking with host of Things Not Seen Radio host and professor David Dault about the X-Files. Enough said. Check out David Dault’s massive and amazing catalogue NOW: https://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/ Dr. David Dault at Loyola Chicago: https://www.luc.edu/ips/about/faculty/daviddaultphd.shtml X-Files on Hulu, S4E14: “Memento Mori”: https://ww…
 
In this week’s News Roundup, we’re going to marry God, pronounce on Bible translations on Tiktok, and make a very convoluted analogy to the JEDP Pentateuchal source critical scheme!! This week’s stories: A woman marries the Holy Spirit; husband objects: https://religionnews.com/2021/06/04/kenyan-woman-marries-the-holy-spirit-in-anglican-ceremony/ A…
 
We take a deep breath and watch Darren Arnofsky’s maybe brilliant maybe dumb yet deeply religiously inspired and definitely provocative 2017 film mother! Film critic Joel Mayward joins us for support. Brian tries to ex(man)splain. Leah is not having it. (Warning: this episode contains some disturbing content, and also a heaping of razor sharp film …
 
A very short episode dedicated to our friend Javier Garcia, who died recently. He was 34 years old, a Bonhoeffer scholar, director of an Honors program, a surfer, mountain climber, brother, son, and friend. With the flare-up of a long-brewing and continuing and still bitter disagreement between Brian and Leah about the quality of the show Battlesta…
 
We’re talking about the spirituality of the biggest financial scam in history—with the star-creator and director of an award winning and genre-bending new film: A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff. Alicia Jo Rabins and Alicia J. Rose join us for a conversation about excommunication, success, failure, the artistic process, “cycles,” and mysticism. And UFOs.…
 
Conservatives take on Super-Conservatives. Major drama just went down at the annual convention for the nation’s most prominent Protestant “denomination,” the Southern Baptists. Who are “Baptists”? And how did Joe Baptist create the modern Baptist movement? What is happening with Moore and Moore? Brian interviews Leah and if you listen to this, you …
 
It's 1986. CCM's biggest pop star, alt-rock star, and heavy metal star walk into a bar... Er, music-movie podcast...? The Season One finale features a conversation with three of the biggest names in 1980s Contemporary Christian Music — who also happen to be larger-than-life, mythic figures to the characters of ELECTRIC JESUS. First, we talk to alt-…
 
Making a band, finding a voice, and discovering the perfect song with Daniel Smith, John Montgomery, Wyatt Lenhart, and Shannon Hutchinson. ELECTRIC JESUS composer Daniel Smith walks us through the making of a band—his own alt-rock family band Danielson, and the made-for-movie Christian hair metal band 316. Then, we dig in to the song that best cap…
 
Bob Ross: Soothing TV painter, guru to Millennials, and a ghost hawking Mountain Dew. A postmodern capitalism horror show. Purity. Sounds. Avoidance and/or acceptance of darkness. The roaring 20s will lead to a new war. Bob Ross paints and then drinks a bottle of Mountain Dew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRrWjdO9NVQ Paula Abdul dances with Gene…
 
Michael Roe, songwriter, singer, and guitarist for The 77s, talks about his band's unique Christian rock journey on Episode 7 of #ejesuspodcast. When the 77s came of age in 1984, with the brilliant calling card of All Fall Down, it was evident to those who heard it that this was something new. For anyone truly in love with rock & roll, who loved pa…
 
Join your cohosts as they close out the season with a sleep update from their own daughters! Stay till the end to hear a couple other stories sent in by YOU! Find more sleep without sleep training updates in Rachael's IG highlight "sleep stories" @heysleepybaby Please leave us a rating and review if you've enjoyed the season. We're so thankful for …
 
A religion in the news roundup with some surprising stories. Mother Theresa a cult leader. Interpreting the Torah. Your face will become a skull. Rachel Hollis is out of touch. Zaprudurian. This UFO thing is not going away and Brian is getting excited. A lot going on. Links below to each story. Some covered more in depth, and some in the lightning …
 
Dr. Leah Payne, associate professor of theology at George Fox University and Portland Seminary,a nd co-host of Weird Religion, a podcast about religion and popular culture, speaks to the influence of Christian rock music on American Evangelical church culture on Episode 6 of #ejesuspodcast. Co-hosted by ELECTRIC JESUS writer-director Chris White an…
 
Join Rachael as she speaks with Lindsay Short of @simply.sustainable.parenting as they discuss how to reduce clutter and overwhelm when it comes to baby "stuff" and how to make sustainable choices from diapering to playroom items! Lindsay is a family life educator with years of experience as a life coach. She facilitates conversations to empower pa…
 
We’re talking about conspiracies: Is the world only what it seems to be on the surface, or is there some theory about what is really happening behind the scenes? Are Americans particularly into conspiracy theories, or do we just think we’re the best at everything? We interview psychologist Dr. Michael Wood (at the time a lecturer at the University …
 
Join Rachael and Dr. Julia Getzelman, founder of GetzWell Pediatrics in SF, CA, as they talk about all things baby gut! Poop, gas, colic, allergies, reflux, "colic" and starting solids are discussed. They also chat about the current state of pediatrics in the US and the need for more holistic and functional medicine. About Dr. Julia Getzelman Julia…
 
Michael Bloodgood, founder, songwriter, and bassist for legendary Christian metal band Bloodgood, talks about the 80's "white metal" scene on Episode 5 of #ejesuspodcast. See TRENCHES OF ROCK, a full-length documentary chronicling the 30-year history of Christian Metal band BLOODGOOD, who was targeted not only by a mainstream music industry that fo…
 
The Mark of the Beast strikes again. We break down a 53-second Facebook rant by congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in which the claim is made that vaccine passports are Joe Biden’s satanic plot. And we affirm the enduring power of the Book of Revelation. The video: https://twitter.com/RightWingWatch/status/1376900032184586245?s=20 The Late Great …
 
Chris connects with the versatile, prolific and talented Alastair Duncan - well known as the long-running voice of Alfred in various animated installments of the Batman franchise and from his voice and motion capture work in major video game properties such as God of War, Shadow of Mordor, Call of Duty, Metal Gear Rising, Mass Effect, Uncharted and…
 
Join Kara Ann and Rachael on this episode of Mom Friends all about traveling with little ones. We discuss practical tips we learned from personal experience through travel at different ages and stages. In This Episode: Car Seat Safety: Michelle @safeintheseat - she has a car seat safety course and great recommendations for travel car seats Cling Su…
 
Doug Van Pelt, founder of Heaven's Metal Magazine, gives us an insider's tour of the Christian metal underground on Episode 4 of #ejesuspodcast. Co-hosted by ELECTRIC JESUS writer-director Chris White and Music Supervisor/CCM Historian John J. Thompson, and featuring composer Daniel Smith, Season 1 - Electric Jesus: The Music Behind the Movie explo…
 
A new segment on recent religious-themed stories in the news! Fasting, Foxmania, halal tacos, mummified bodies, Trump worship, exvangelicals, the spiritual weirdness of airports, politics as religion, the Gates divorce, ancient goddesses and emotional men. Links to our stories: Orange County mosques, tacos, and vaccinations: https://religionnews.co…
 
Chris sits down with Dave and JP to reminisce on some of the great women who've made important contributions to the worlds of horror and metal. This was a pretty off the cuff conversation so it is by no means an exhaustive list, but more of a fun conversation about the women who come to mind as having directly impacted each of us individually as fa…
 
Glenn Kaiser, co-founder, songwriter, lead singer and guitarist for legendary Jesus Rock band Resurrection (Rez) Band, talks about how the pioneer days of Christian rock music on Episode 3 of #ejesuspodcast. Rez Band was one of the early pioneers of Christian rock music. They began in 1972 as a part of a Christian traveling community called Jesus P…
 
Join Rachael as she talks with Dr. Miriam Kirmayer about how relationships with friends change after having kids, what we can do about it, and how to know when it's time to say goodbye. We talk about navigating "friendship breakups" and how to make new friends. Dr. Miriam Kirmayer is a clinical psychologist and leading friendship expert who has stu…
 
To celebrate the end of the academic year in the university calendar, we discuss student evals, internet review culture, negativity bias, the Iran Contra Affair, depression, and religious authority in an age of reviews. Footnotes: (1) Ronald Reagan’s Oval Office address on the Iran Contra Affair: https://youtu.be/rYdvBZxPhLY (2) Gottman research on…
 
Chris sits down with veteran Los Angeles Professional Dominatrix, Mistress Damiana Chi, and her collared slave, Charles, for a fascinating conversation about the fetish, kink and BDSM world. We, of course, touched on some horror, rock and metal themes along the way. Beyond her 20+ years working as a Pro Domme, Mistress Damiana brings a lot of layer…
 
Co-hosted by ELECTRIC JESUS writer-director Chris White and Music Supervisor/CCM Historian John J. Thompson, and featuring composer Daniel Smith, Season 1 - Electric Jesus: The Music Behind the Movie explores the world of 1980s Christian rock music with an eye toward the creation of the film’s unforgettable original songs and score, the power of no…
 
Join Kara Ann and guest Laura Payne for this episode of Mom Friends. We discuss American Sign Language and baby sign language, how learning signs can be a wonderful tool to help ease frustration and hep your baby communicate and more. Laura is a Baby Sign Language Expert and Coach for parents of babies and toddlers. Laura is a former Teacher of the…
 
A Weird Religion mystery: Why does a particular episode of the X-Files, “Beyond the Sea,” have subtitles for a song playing in the background that are actually from a different but similar song? We investigate. The X-Files, S1E13, “Beyond the Sea”: https://www.hulu.com/watch/17db9bbb-aa0e-4973-8099-b277c2bd1312 Spoiler alert (only read this after l…
 
Chris connects with horror icon, R.A. Mihailoff - perhaps most well known for his role as Leatherface in the third installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise - Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III - and tons of other great films and franchises throughout the years like Hatchet II, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings and way more others than w…
 
Co-hosted by ELECTRIC JESUS writer-director Chris White and Music Supervisor/CCM Historian John J. Thompson, and featuring composer Daniel Smith, Season 1 - Electric Jesus: The Music Behind the Movie explores the world of 1980s Christian rock music with an eye toward the creation of the film’s unforgettable original songs and score, the power of no…
 
Here we discuss the Netflix series The Crown (https://www.netflix.com/title/80025678). And: The religious dimensions of monarchy, etiquette rituals, and our social class insecurities. The Crown, Season 3 finale scene (Queen Elizabeth walks to the carriage): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpUSil0_0zU Etiquette expert reacts to The Crown: https://ww…
 
Chris sits down with Dave and JP to walk through a variety of murder and other criminal cases from around the world which are said to have been inspired by horror movies, rock and metal. We also dive into some of the real life serial killers who inspired great horror movies and characters...and, of course, had a great time and a lot of laughs in th…
 
Join Rachael and Lindsey Shipley of @lactationlink as they discuss Lindsey's journey as a mother of 3, bed sharing and misinformation regarding bedsharing/ breastsleeping, SIDS, and the infant feeding & sleep industry at large. Trigger warning: SIDS & Infant Death is discussed in this episode. Lindsey Shipley is an RN, Childbirth Educator, Internat…
 
Chris sits down for the first interview with metal drummer James Payne following the recent announcement that he'll be taking over behind the kit for Canadian death metal giants Kataklysm. James is still also playing for Hiss From The Mote, a death metal band out of Italy - his homeland before making the jump to Los Angeles - and he's previously pl…
 
Co-hosted by ELECTRIC JESUS writer-director Chris White and Music Supervisor/CCM Historian John J. Thompson, and featuring composer Daniel Smith, Season 1 - Electric Jesus: The Music Behind the Movie explores the world of 1980s Christian rock music with an eye toward the creation of the film’s unforgettable original songs and score, the power of no…
 
Join Kara Ann and guest Leah Barto on this episode of Mom Friends. Leah is a birth doula, the program director at Birthfit, a gym owner and a mom of two. She shares realistic tips for postpartum recovery, asking for help as well as setting boundaries, slowing down and returning to fitness and more. In This Episode: Birthfit Instagram: @birthfit Lea…
 
Join Rachael as she chats with therapist Kate Borsato (@kateborsato on IG) about postpartum anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and realistic ideas for self care. Kate is a mental health therapist and educator for moms as they transition to and through motherhood. She creates online programs, workshops, and many free resources to help moms find their calm…
 
Chris sits down with Leah Shapiro and Peter Hayes - two thirds of the rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. For those not already familiar with the band, BRMC has been cranking out dark, gritty, authentic rock and roll for over 20 years. If you're a fan of the band and you ever wanted to hang and really get to know the incredible musicians behind …
 
Another special food & beverage episode with hot mics and even hotter wings! Chris sits down with Dave and JP to taste 10 hot sauces from great rock, metal, punk and hardcore bands, including Deicide, Sick Of It All, Red Fang, Eyehategod, The Sword, Goatwhore, Doyle and Kataklysm. We also gave the new Live For This Lager from Hatebreed a spin. This…
 
Join Kara Ann and Ayla Barmmer, MS, RD, LDN on this episode of Mom Friends where we discuss postpartum nutrient needs, preparing for subsequent pregnancies, pregnancy spacing, pregnancy loss, pre and postnatals and more. We do discuss the sensitive topic of pregnancy loss during this episode. In This Episode: Full Circle Prenatal Instagram: @fullci…
 
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