In the final installment of season 5, we discuss the last selection in the Vernacular Book Club: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Harvard surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande. As the title implies, Gawande's book draws from his experience as a clinician and researcher to wrestle with some of the weightest questions of life: what does it mean to live well? What is it to die? How do we balance our twin desires to live life to the fullest and to the longest? Join us for a great discussion on these questions and more, and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, or in the comments below!
When Emily Esfahani Smith joined us in Season 2, she gave us a sneak preview of the book that she was working on, and how she believed that finding meaning in your life came down to four "pillars": belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. In episode 4 of season 5, we continue the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Emily's finished work, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Susan Cain, author of Quiet (our first book club title), calls Emily's book "a life-transforming experience." We dive a little bit more into this "pillars" framework, exploring the merits of the approach and discussing whether or not it is the best way to conceive of meaning. Join us for a discussion that involves a lot of the fun anecdotes in Emily's book, and join the conversation here, here, here, or in the comments! Check out our blog for extra content.
In episode 3 of season 5, we take a break from the Vernacular Book Club and catch up on life lately. We chat about the start of the baseball season (check out Zac's new blog!), our upcoming trip to California, Sally's eats, and what we've been reading and listening to (*hint hint* S*Town). Join the conversation and join the book club (next month's book is The Power of Meaning) by connecting with us via email, social media, or our website. Check out our blog for a complete list of our book club selections.
In episode 2 of season 5, we continue the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Fredrik Backman's bestselling novel A Man Called Ove. Be prepared for spoilers and our poor (and varied) pronunciations of Ove. We loved this book and we hope you enjoy(ed) it too! If you haven't read it yet, we definitely recommend reading it before seeing the recent movie adaptation. While not perfect (we do have criticisms!), Backman is clearly a storytelling master. Join the conversation about Ove or next month's book (The Power of Meaning) by connecting with us via email, social media, or our website. Check out our blog for a complete list of our book club selections.
In episode 1 of season 5, we kick off the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Susan Cain's bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. With Zac on Skype, Sally attempting to maneuver Garageband for the first time, and both of us sleep-deprived, we share our impressions of the major elements of Cain's argument and our experiences as an extrovert/introvert (can you guess which one of us is which?). We also announce the birth of our second daughter! Join the conversation about Quiet or next month's book (A Man Called Ove) by connecting with us via email, social media, or our website. Check out our blog for a complete list of our book club selections.
In the final episode of season 12, Matthew Loftus joins us to discuss his medical work in Yei, South Sudan, where he and his family lived until recently. We talk about ethical decisions in medical practice, wrestling with mortality, and lessons that medicine and theology can teach us about race relations. It's a really good conversation and a high note on which to conclude season 4! We also talk about our plans for season 5 and announce the books that we will be reading in our Vernacular Book Club!
It is difficult to overstate the link between pornography and rape culture: pornography promises cheap thrills, quick satisfaction, and no consequences. But how does pornography shape the minds of its viewers? Has it crippled a generation's ability to relate to the opposite sex? This is what we're talking about in this episode, and the results are alarming. Mary Rose Somarriba of Verily Magazine joins us to talk about her latest research and writing at this intersection, and to talk to us about ways that we can combat rape culture and encourage healthy relationships.
In this short episode, we're broadcasting on location from Montgomery, Alabama! We break down some of our favorite recent books and magazines, discuss television, and recommend some new podcasts. You can find links to everything we discuss on our blog. Let us know what we missed! @VernacularPod or firstname.lastname@example.org.