Continuing our series on being human, we discuss in this episode what the environment has to do with being human. How should we relate to the environment and strive to protect it while also enjoying it? Do we have a duty to care for the environment, or should it only be a matter of choice?
In this episode, Josh and Maureen Goldman of Vernacular Podcast Network's The Popped Cast join us to talk about their show and what pop culture has to do with being human. We get to know Josh and Maureen and at the end of the show, we put the Goldmans through the paces of one of our lightning rounds, and ask them to make difficult decisions like "Jurassic World or Jurassic Park"?
In this episode Margaret Perry, General Manager of the hit D.C. restaurant Kyirisan, joins us to talk about life in the food biz and how food is more than fuel. Margaret gives us a sneak peek behind the scenes of Restaurant Week, talks about communal liturgies surrounding food preparation and consumption, and discusses food as a basis of culture.
In this episode Lara Ryd of Rough Draft joins us to talk about what baking and food preparation has to do with being human. We discuss food preparation as art, manual and intellectual pursuits, liberal arts and mechanical arts, and quasi-spiritual culinary experiences.
Check out Lara's article, "On Baking and Being Human," for more!
Here's a riddle: What doesn't grow on trees, is piled high but never high enough, and governs many--perhaps most--of the choices that humans make? Although you may have thought the answer was chocolate, it's actually money. And in this episode, Zac and Sally discuss three ways in which we can understand the intersection of money and being human--namely, the behaviors money dictates, the social interactions it enables, and its sheer ubiquity. In this episode we also offer some practical ways in which they have jointly decided to use their money.
(Disclaimer: This episode is *not* financial advice, but we do encourage you to speak with a licensed financial advisor about your unique situation!)
In this episode we sit down with Miriel Thomas Reneau to talk about what disability has to do with living a truly human life. Miriel, as the parent of a disabled child, shares a bit of that experience with us as we talk about unfair parental expectations, the social model of disability, respecting body diversity, and raising our children to understand that different doesn't mean worse. Let us know what you think!
In this episode, we sit down with filmmaker Chandler Ryd to talk about his latest project, Into the Plains. Along the way, we ask Chandler about the task of the filmmaker in conveying truth through the lens of experience, and get his thoughts on the effect of YouTube and Instagram on modern filmmaking.
In episode 86 of Vernacular, we discuss yet another essential aspect of being human: living immediately. We unpack the concept, give a defense of why it is essential to a truly human life, consider the numerous challenges that modern life poses to the goal of living immediately, and address possible objections. We share some of the ways we have personally found it difficult to live immediately and the steps we've taken to start to overcome those difficulties. Let us know your thoughts and what you do to live immediately in your own life!