In Episode 8, Zac and Sally round up several Vernacular contributors (Kevin Beauchemin, Will Brian, Elena Forsythe, & Joshua de Gastyne) to discuss the ethics of human gene editing including the use of the technology CRISPR-Cas9. Let us know your opinions on this topic after you take a listen! If you want to learn more, check out our blog for links to a ton of helpful articles. We also chat about our recent trip to Nashville to visit the famous #ashortbaby and eat at a ton of great restaurants.
In this episode, Zac & Sally kick things off with a conversation about the things they are most looking forward to about fall and cooler weather. Next, listener (and previous guest!) Theresa joins us for a lightning round, and then contributor Will Brian joins us with his wife Caitlin to talk about their recent experience in an escape room. We also talk with them about Uber's recent announcement that they are launching a fleet of self-driving cars in PIttsburgh. Check out our blog for more great links!
In this episode, Zac and Ishan break down some of the prominent storylines in the sports world this fall, including: how Kevin Durant's trade to the Golden State Warriors affect the Dubs' title chances, baseball's greatest phenom, Tim Tebow's shot at the majors, the problem with college football preseason rankings, and the Super Bowl champion. Check it out and let us know what you think!
In Episode 6 of Season 4, we call listener Schuyler for his very own lightning round, chat with former Googler Steffi Bryson, now working for Uber, about security and privacy issues, and announce our new Vernacular Podcast t-shirts. It's a great conversation we're pretty sure you don't want to miss!
In Episode 5, we give contributor Elena a bespoke lightning round, talk to Dr. Gilbert Meilaender about his forthcoming book Not by Nature but by Grace: Forming Families through Adoption, and bring back Nathan & Sadie Seibt from Season 1 to share a recent harrowing experience.
In Episode 4, we call listener Brittany for a "lightning round" and chat about our new favorite Philadelphia eats. Then we invite writer and editor Alexi Sargeant on the show to share his argument in favor of Pokemon Go! (after we trashed it last week). Finally, contributor Joshua joins us to discuss the merits and demerits of "brain games" and other such attempts to stave off dementia.
In this installment of Vernacular, Leah Libresco of FiveThirtyEight and Unequally Yoked joins us to talk about her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Along the way, we discuss epistemology as it relates to finding theological truth and writing good data journalism. Separately, contributor Kevin Beauchemin returns to the show to discuss Pokemon GO!, the latest craze to hit your mobile phone. Our editorial question of the week: "Has Pokemon GO! made the world a better place?" Check out our blog for more information on this episode.
In this second episode of our fourth season, we talk to contributors Jordan and Catherine about how to build a summer road trip playlist--a timely topic before we embark on a massive trip next week! We also talk with them about what summer flicks we should be excited to see, and get an update on James Tiberius Short's arrival plans. Along the way, we talk about LaCroix beverages and how they inspired Zac and Sally's latest investment decision.