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RZIM: Vital Signs Broadcasts

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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

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Excellent but wishing there were more episodes!

By smfinchmd - Jul 27 2019
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Really excellent podcast. Please put out more. Solid content, like all the other RZIM material

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Great intelligent and spiritual coverage

iTunes Ratings

163 Ratings
Average Ratings
149
2
7
1
4

Excellent but wishing there were more episodes!

By smfinchmd - Jul 27 2019
Read more
Really excellent podcast. Please put out more. Solid content, like all the other RZIM material

Intellectual

By E hailey - Jul 04 2018
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Great intelligent and spiritual coverage

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RZIM: Vital Signs Broadcasts

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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

Doubt in the Life of the Christian, Part 1

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Jun 05 2018

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Doubt in the Life of the Christian, Part 2: The Apostle Peter

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Jun 13 2018

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 1

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n John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 1 considers the consequences of making religion one's source of authority.

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Aug 27 2019

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Two Triumphal Entries, Part 1

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Feb 07 2018

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Is Culture Dead? Part 1

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Sep 15 2015

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"Safe Spaces" and the Longing for Privacy, Part 1

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Jun 26 2018

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Love and Acceptance Part 1: Me Without

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Mar 07 2017

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Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 2

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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles most with God's mercy—not his judgment. In this two-part series, we'll explore the surprising hope that comes from resting in the God whose mercy never comes as the expense of his justice.

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Apr 16 2019

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The Consequences of Self-Expression at Any Cost, Part 1

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May 16 2018

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Translating Christianity Part 5: "Sin"

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Feb 11 2017

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The Prestige of Doubt, Part 1

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Apr 24 2018

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Love and Acceptance Part 2: You As You Were Made To Be

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Mar 13 2017

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Translating Christianity Part 5: "Salvation"

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Feb 25 2017

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 3

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In John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 3 argues that Christ is our author, whether we acknowledge him or not, and that our salvation depends on following him.

Listen to Part 2

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Sep 10 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 2

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In John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 2 considers the consequences of making humanity one's source of authority.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Sep 03 2019

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The Consequences of Self-Expression at Any Cost, Part 3

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May 29 2018

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The Prestige of Doubt, Part 2

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May 01 2018

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Doubt in the Life of the Christian, Part 3: Christ's Challenge

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Jun 19 2018

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The Prestige of Doubt, Part 3

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May 08 2018

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The Consequences of Self-Expression at Any Cost, Part 2

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May 22 2018

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 3

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

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Nov 19 2019

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 2

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

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Follow Cameron on Twitter:
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Nov 12 2019

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 1

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Nov 06 2019

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Recovering Rest, Part 2

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While church leaders often point to the crucial need for rest, it's a luxury that many of us simply don't have. So what do we do? In Matthew 18:28-30, Jesus makes an important distinction between physical rest and soul rest. This two-part series explores that distinction. It's my hope that you'll find encouragement here, even if your life doesn't currently allow you the physical rest you need.

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Oct 15 2019

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Recovering Rest, Part 1

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While church leaders often point to the crucial need for rest, it's a luxury that many of us simply don't have. So what do we do? In Matthew 18:28-30, Jesus makes an important distinction between physical rest and soul rest. This two-part series explores that distinction. It's my hope that you'll find encouragement here, even if your life doesn't currently allow you the physical rest you need.

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Oct 08 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 3

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In John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 3 argues that Christ is our author, whether we acknowledge him or not, and that our salvation depends on following him.

Listen to Part 2

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Sep 10 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 2

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In John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 2 considers the consequences of making humanity one's source of authority.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Sep 03 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 1

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n John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 1 considers the consequences of making religion one's source of authority.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Aug 27 2019

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Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 2

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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles most with God's mercy—not his judgment. In this two-part series, we'll explore the surprising hope that comes from resting in the God whose mercy never comes as the expense of his justice.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Apr 16 2019

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Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 1

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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles most with God's mercy—not his judgment. In this two-part series, we'll explore the surprising hope that comes from resting in the God whose mercy never comes as the expense of his justice.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Apr 09 2019

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Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 2

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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people.

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Mar 19 2019

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Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 1

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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people.

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Mar 12 2019

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How to Succeed Like a Christian, Part 3

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From Jesus of Nazareth to the Apostle Paul, the Christian's life is defined by a steadfast devotion to the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. Though Christians don't necessarily see worldly and spiritual success as mutually exclusive, they do prioritize Christ and His kingdom above everything else—a decision that often leads to a life that looks like failure to the surrounding culture. In this 3-part series, we'll discuss the Christian vision of success and see how it challenges the many competing pictures of success.

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Mar 05 2019

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How to Succeed Like a Christian, Part 2

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From Jesus of Nazareth to the Apostle Paul, the Christian's life is defined by a steadfast devotion to the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. Though Christians don't necessarily see worldly and spiritual success as mutually exclusive, they do prioritize Christ and His kingdom above everything else—a decision that often leads to a life that looks like failure to the surrounding culture. In this 3-part series, we'll discuss the Christian vision of success and see how it challenges the many competing pictures of success.

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Feb 26 2019

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How to Succeed Like a Christian, Part 1

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From Jesus of Nazareth to the Apostle Paul, the Christian's life is defined by a steadfast devotion to the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. Though Christians don't necessarily see worldly and spiritual success as mutually exclusive, they do prioritize Christ and His kingdom above everything else—a decision that often leads to a life that looks like failure to the surrounding culture. In this 3-part series, we'll discuss the Christian vision of success and see how it challenges the many competing pictures of success.

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Feb 19 2019

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How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 4

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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In the final episode of this 4-part series, we talk about Christianity's liberating perspective on failure.

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Aug 28 2018

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How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 3

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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In part 3 of this 4-part series, we talk about some striking instances of failure in Scripture, and consider how they help to frame the issue.

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Aug 21 2018

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How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 2

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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In part 2 of this 4-part series, we talk about the difficulty of dealing with the success of others.

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Aug 14 2018

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How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 1

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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In this 4-part series, we'll talk about the ways in which our culture cultivates a set of highly unrealistic expectations regarding success. We'll also discuss the brutal habit of comparing oneself to others, as well as the thorny prospect of enduring the success of others. Finally, we'll turn to the biblical account of failure, and consider how Christianity offers a more holistic response to the inevitable failures that we experience throughout our lives.

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Aug 07 2018

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Is Opting Out an Option? Part 1

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From 13 Reasons Why to S-Town, the topic of suicide is fast becoming a mainstay in popular culture. 13 Reasons Why (which just debuted its second season on Netflix) offers a particularly robust challenge to the carefree individualism that frequently characterizes our thinking. But why are we so preoccupied with self-destruction in the first place? After all, we're healthier, more connected, and more comfortable than we've ever been. Why does our cultural moment seem so very sad? We'll explore these vexing question in this three-part series.

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If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Jul 17 2018

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