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Potstirrer Podcast

Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity in the mix. #StirThePot #Resist #p2 #progressiveChristian #Exvangelical

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106 - From the Moon I Watched Her: Conversation with Emily English Medley

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of trauma, mental illness and sexual assault, including the sexual abuse of children. Listener discretion is advised. Novelist Emily English Medley joins Jaye for a conversation about her debut book, From the Moon I Watched Her. From the Moon I Watched Her is an engaging, raw coming-of-age tale about skeletons lurking under church pews, and the little girl who finds them. This heartfelt and open conversation touches on themes such as mental illness, trauma, abuse of power within the American church, searching for authenticity, and more. Order From The Moon I Watched Her: Reach out to your local bookstore! Also: Website: https://emilyenglishmedley.com/#book  Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-I-Watched-Her/dp/1626347441  Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-the-moon-i-watched-her-emily-english-medley/1136925639 LIMITED TIME Book Giveaway: Go to http://www.twitter.com/potstirrercast (Twitter -> @potstirrercast), and anytime between the release of Episode 106 and Friday, September 9th, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - like and retweet the pinned post. When you like and retweet (RT) the pinned post @potstirrercast, you will be entered to win a SIGNED copy of From the Moon I Watched Her! The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced Saturday, September 10, 2022. US residents only.  Emily English Medley: Website: https://emilyenglishmedley.com/  IG: https://www.instagram.com/emily.englishmedley/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyMedley2  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilyenglishmedley/ Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ Ocean composed by THBD https://soundcloud.com/thbdsultanhttps://www.facebook.com/thbdshttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/  Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/6dYoV1hHf8o 


2 Sep 2022

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Bonus - Harder Core Urban Legends

In a public release of this bonus episode originally released on Patreon in November 2019, Jaye talks more urban legends by discussing a couple of processed food-related legends. Is McDonalds adding animal byproducts and other gross fillers to their hamburgers? Are popular meat substitutes such as Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger "indistinguishable" from dog food? Jaye also provides a bit of historical context for Americans' distrust of corporations involved in food processing, which often drives food-related urban legends. Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Source Links: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-eyes-of-texas/ https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/worm-meat-used-mcdonalds-hamburgers/ http://ushistoryscene.com/article/second-industrial-revolution/  https://interestingengineering.com/how-the-first-and-second-industrial-revolutions-changed-our-world https://www.gutenberg.org/files/140/140-h/140-h.htm https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/upton-sinclair-meat-industry  https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/04/beyond-meat-impossible-foods-and-the-diet-truth-of-the-summer-burger.html  https://thetakeout.com/impossible-burger-grocery-sales-bestseller-1838775225 https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/impossible-burgers-dogfood/  https://www.realagriculture.com/2019/07/dog-food-or-fake-meat-most-cant-tell-the-difference/ https://www.milkbusiness.com/article/can-going-vegan-save-planet  Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still  http://strangerstillshow.com/ Power Drive composed by Dan Mason  https://danmason.bandcamp.com/album/singles Macaroon 5 composed by Audionautix Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/ Members Only composed by TrackTribe Scratching Teeth composed by JHS Pedals


31 Jul 2022

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105 - My Gay Church Days: Conversation with George Azar

Author and former evangelical pastor George Azar joins Jaye to discuss his new book, My Gay Church Days, his memoir about his life while in evangelical Christianity, where he eventually joined church leadership, while keeping secret his truth as a gay man. This real and candid conversation touches on themes such as belonging and the cost of acceptance, identity and intersectionality, purity culture, spiritual abuse, and more.  Order My Gay Church Days: Website: https://www.mygaychurchdays.com/store/p/my-gay-church-days-book  Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Jesus-closeted-evangelical-eventually Social media: IG: @mygaychurchdays Website: https://www.mygaychurchdays.com/ Twitter: @potstirrercast IG: @potstirrerpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/potstirrerpodcast/  Website: http://PotstirrerPodcast.com Learn more about how to support abortion rights in the United States: http://podvoices.helphttp://abortionfunds.org/https://secure.actblue.com/donate/supportabortionfunds Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ 

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30 Jun 2022

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104 - They Will Not Stop at Roe

In this episode of Potstirrer Podcast, Jaye reacts to the leaked draft US Supreme Court Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Written by Justice Samuel Alito, the draft majority opinion signals an overturning of the Roe v. Wade precedent regarding abortion, and would leave abortion rights up to the states. Jaye argues that Alito's reasoning in Dobbs for overturning Roe is particularly alarming, as the way Roe was decided is similar to that of several other civil rights cases handed down by the Court over the past seventy years. Using historical analysis, Jaye makes the case that overturning Roe v. Wade was always meant to be a starting point in a right-wing quest to roll back a host of civil rights and liberties, and ultimately solidify authoritarian minority rule in the United States. Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Source Links: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473 https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21835435/scotus-initial-draft.pdf https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/brown-v-board-of-education-of-topeka https://www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/brown-v-board-of-education https://www.npr.org/2003/06/11/1294680/wallace-in-the-schoolhouse-door https://www.history.com/news/brown-v-board-of-education-the-first-step-in-the-desegregation-of-americas-schools https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-education/can-liberty-university-be-saved  Balmer, Randall. 2021. Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. https://socialchangenyu.com/review/green-v-connally-segregated-private-schools-denied-charitable-exemption-deduction/ https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/agent-intolerance/ https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/330/1150/2126265/ https://theoutline.com/post/8536/catholic-history-abortion-brigid  King, Martin Luther, Jr. 2000 [1964]. Why Can’t We Wait. New York: Signet Classic. Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ Vapor composed by ann annie Blue Mood composed by Robert Munzinger Cry composed by Vibe Tracks The Deal is Going Down composed by Doug Maxwell / Media Right Productions Chances composed by Silent Partner


22 Jun 2022

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Bonus - The Bill Clinton Impeachment Scandal in the Age of #MeToo

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains content discussing explicit sexuality, sexual assault and harassment, violence, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. In this public release of a Patreon bonus episode originally released in November 2018, Jaye goes back in time to tell the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, and the scandals that led up to it. Clinton - and many of his supporters - believe that he was unfairly targeted by congressional Republicans for a consensual affair with a White House intern. But was that the case? And was Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky simply a "private" matter, an example of immorality unbecoming of the commander-in-chief, or perhaps something else? Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Citations: H. Rept. 105-830 – Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States. 105th Congress (1997-1998). https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/105th-congress/house-report/830/1 Isikoff, Michael, and Evan Thomas. 1998. “Clinton and the Intern.” Newsweek. February 2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/nwcover012698.htm Leen, Jeff. 1998. “Lewinsky: Two Coasts, Two Lives, Many Images.” The Washington Post. January 24. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/lewprofile.htm Lewinsky, Monica. 2018. “Monica Lewinsky: Emerging from ‘The House of Gaslight’ in the Age of #MeToo.” Vanity Fair. March. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/02/monica-lewinsky-in-the-age-of-metoo “Key Events Leading to the Impeachment Trial.” Los Angeles Times. January 31, 1999. http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jan/31/news/ss-3537  “The Clinton Impeachment, a Basic Chronology.” The City University of New York. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/history/johnson/clintontimeline.htm “Was Bill Clinton’s Lewinsky Affair an ‘Abuse of Power?’” October 15, 2018. BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45865402 Zelizer, Julian. 2016. “Bill Clinton’s Nearly Forgotten 1992 Sex Scandal.” CNN. April 6. https://www.cnn.com/2016/04/06/opinions/zelizer-presidential-election-campaign-scandals-bill-clinton/index.html Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ Ocean composed by THBD Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0https://soundcloud.com/thbdsultan  Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/6dYoV1hHf8o I Feel You composed by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100841  Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Desert Sky composed by Silent Partner


30 May 2022

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103 - Speaking Up About Religious Trauma: Conversation with Andrew Pledger

Activist, artist and podcaster Andrew Pledger joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to share his compelling story about growing up in Christian fundamentalism and his road to recovery from spiritual abuse. The conversation includes discussion of mental health, religious trauma and abuse, and the role of ultra conservative Christianity in inflicting and enabling trauma. How did a senior art project and an interview with former evangelical author Joshua Harris lead to Andrew's expulsion from conservative Bob Jones University? Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger:  https://open.spotify.com/show/7gZldnfgcpu4O1JYtNv9iL  Religious Trauma is Trauma (Fine Art Photo Series): https://www.instagram.com/4ndrewpledger/guide/religious-trauma-photo-series/17999363926411608/  Every Story Matters with Josh Harris - Interview with Andrew Pledger: https://www.instagram.com/tv/Ca--9vFAxqs Andrew Pledger link in bio: https://www.liinks.co/4ndrewpledger Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ 


30 Apr 2022

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102 - Potstirrer SCOOPS!: National Deflection

In this episode, Jaye focuses on a particular argument politicians and pundits make when countries reckon with past and present incidents of national shame, which is that other countries also have shameful incidents in their histories. Jaye discusses why - although the thought experiment is intriguing - the argument itself is deflection which silences the marginalized. She contends that confronting historical and current realities, no matter how difficult or contentious, have individual and collective benefit that are worth the discomfort. "What country has the LEAST BAD history?" J.J. McCullough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auFC_LfO5hQ&t=5s Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Source Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PA4PgG9-eIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKpZZCs-Y0k https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/03/14/the-us-will-become-minority-white-in-2045-census-projects/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/18/more-than-half-of-white-evangelicals-say-americas-declining-white-population-is-a-negative-thing/ https://www.prri.org/research/american-democracy-in-crisis-voters-midterms-trump-election-2018/ https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/residential-schools https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/ Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ Crushin composed by Audionautix Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  Artist: http://audionautix.com/ Cages composed by Density & Time The Gentlemen composed by DivKid


9 Apr 2022

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101 - Finding Paz: Conversation with Allison K. Garcia

Christian fiction author Allison K. Garcia returns to Potstirrer Podcast to discuss the final installment of the Buscando Home series, Finding Paz. Allison and Jaye's heartfelt discussion includes some of the themes in the novel, such as grief, separation from family, and familial connection on the journey the characters take to find peace. In addition, the conversation went in-depth regarding Allison's pending transition from writing Latino Christian fiction to authoring queer Christian fiction, mirroring her own personal and creative growth.  Order Finding Paz on Amazon: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B09C7H1Q1M&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_4MHTF316VM7RDG0QGGYN More from Allison K. Garcia: Publications: https://www.amazon.com/Allison-K-Garcia/e/B017OEJC44/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1  Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/allisonkgarciaauthor  GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14602745.Allison_K_Garcia  Social media: Twitter: @athewriter IG: @allisonkgarciaauthor Twitter: @potstirrercast IG: @potstirrerpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/potstirrerpodcast/ Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ 


5 Mar 2022

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100 - The Truth is Cancelled

In Episode 100, Jaye celebrates the milestone by taking on the topic of cancel culture. Cancel culture is praised by advocates and maligned by critics, but is often ill-defined. Jaye delves into the origin and types of cancel culture, including the deplatforming of celebrities, boycotting of companies, and shaming of private individuals, as responses to statements, policies or behaviors deemed offensive or problematic.  In addition, Jaye calls attention to cancel culture through the censorship of ideas, facts, and knowledge. Censorship in the US is on the rise, including state bans on the teaching of accurate history and civics under the guise of "critical race theory," and book bans in school districts targeting works that champion diversity and tell the stories of people from marginalized communities. What is the ultimate goal of pro-censorship advocates and how do their efforts endanger democracy? 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17 Feb 2022

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99 - Undoing the Knots: Conversation with Maureen O'Connell, PhD

Christian ethicist, associate professor and author Maureen O'Connell, PhD joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to discuss her new book, Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness, a  in-depth, historical and introspective examination of Philadelphia's Irish Catholic community. This rich and thought-provoking discussion touches on assimilation and whiteness, the rejection of black Americans in the quest to gain social acceptance, historical resistance to racial integration by white Catholics and the role of the Catholic Church in facilitating these trends, and more.  Order Undoing the Knots: Uncle Bobbie's: https://www.unclebobbies.com/ https://bookshop.org/shop/unclebobbies (Search "Undoing the Knots" Direct link: https://bookshop.org/books/undoing-the-knots-five-generations-of-american-catholic-anti-blackness/9780807016657 Also available at most national booksellers Read more from Maureen O'Connell, PhD: Website: http://maureenhoconnell.com/ Publications: http://maureenhoconnell.com/books/ Social media: Twitter: @theoethicist IG: @maureenoc_ethics Twitter: @potstirrercast IG: @potstirrerpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/potstirrerpodcast/ Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ http://jonathanbiegen.com OB1 composed by RalphReal


3 Feb 2022