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Chai Desert Radio, the voice of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, provides a uniquely New Mexican perspective on places, faces, and issues of importance to Jews at home, in Israel, and worldwide. We engage in conversations and interviews with thought leaders and difference makers in the arts, culture, sports, religion, politics, and more to examine these topics through a Jewish and Southwestern lens.
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast hosted and produced by Sam Rocha. Season one airs every Tuesday from July 6 to November 16. Please follow the show on your favorite app or platform and share it on social media. Here is the universal link. SPONSORS: Wipf and Stock Publishers Juan Diego Network Give Us This Day Commonweal Magazine Institute for Christian Socialism Solidarity Hall Revelation Cable Company Black Catholic Messenger Where Peter Is FRIENDS OF THE SHOW: The Commonweal Podcast The Glo ...
 
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FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Alessandra Harris on her work as an author of fiction and co-founder of The Black Catholic Messenger. This week's featured sponsor is Black Catholic Messenger; be sure to read a recent report by Nate Tinner-Williams, "In conference address, Pope Francis praises Ge…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with author Suzanne Wolfe on her book, The Confessions of X, Augustine, and historical fiction. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tuesday from July 6 to November 16, 2021. Please follow the show on your favorite app or platform and share it on social media;…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features a critique of the false dichotomy of Critical Race Theory and Catholic Social Teaching and gives an extended historical overview of abolitionism. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tuesday from July 6 to November 16, 2021. Please follow the show on your favorite app or p…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features a debate with David L. Gray on Critical Race Theory. This week's featured sponsor is Solidarity Hall. Be sure to read their recent translation, Reflections, and "No One Matters Until Black Lives Matter." FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tuesday from July 6 to November …
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features a meditation of debate and its role in teaching Sam to love and delight in the world, a lesson the show's motto proclaims as dilexit mundum. This week's featured sponsor is the Institute for Christian Socialism; be sure to read a recent their publication, The Bias Magazine: The Voi…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Gloria Purvis on their previous interview published as "The Gift of Blackness to the Church" and the present state of affairs in the USA and the Catholic Church. This week's featured sponsor is Black Catholic Messenger; be sure to read a recent reflection by Gunna…
 
Our popular FROM TOP TO BOTTOM series returns with one of the greatest filmmakers to ever step behind a camera - the inimitable FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA. And we're joined for this 90-minute (that's a laugh) dive into his entire filmography by writer and producer BRYAN COGMAN, from GAME OF THRONES. It's a beautiful messy dive into one hell of an auteur.…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Rebecca Christian on Black lives in the context of her own life, a trip to Ghana, and her vocation as a Black doula, a mother of mothers. This week's featured sponsor is Black Catholic Messenger, be sure to listen to their podcast, "The Black Catholic Messenger Sh…
 
We go deep into the recesses of the CANDYMAN franchise - the original, the reimagining/spiritual sequel, and all those pesky sequels - with CALEB WARD, the VP of Acquisitions for Highland Film Group, formerly of Freestyle Digital Releasing. We also touch on Fantastic Fest, growing up in the South, and shitty emo and folk bands. And if you think we …
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Ogechi Akalegebere on powerlifting, the art of sport, and perseverance. This week's featured sponsor is Black Catholic Messenger, be sure to read their "History and Vision" and support them in their important work. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tue…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features a Spanish-language interview with Mexican philosopher Rodrigo Guerra Lopez, the recently appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and founder of the Center for Advanced Social Research, on being and the person. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Catherine Addington on the craft and concept of translation, Spanglish and third languages, and the invisibility of sanctity in the life of the saint. Her translation of St. Rafael Arániz in Commonweal is an ideal companion for this episode. Her review of an antho…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with theologian Vanesa Zuleta Goldberg on St. Oscar Romero, liberation theology, and a diminutive Divine love. Commonweal Magazine, this episode's featured sponsor, is the leading lay Catholic voice for commentary on religion, politics, and culture. To learn more: Chec…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Sophia Elena Gurulé, an immigration attorney and abolitionist, on abolition and immigration. The interview begins in medias res, in the middle of things, in a personal discussion about Mexican-American heritage and Chicanidad. This episode includes strong language…
 
We kick off Season 2 of the podcast with an in-depth discussion of AMERICANA FILMS with DAVID FEAR from ROLLING STONE and ADAM B. VARY from VARIETY. What does "Americana" mean? Well, we discuss that too. Excuse my audio - it's a little tinny. But Adam and David sound like champions. And remember...movies are great, but they're better with gravy. --…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Sarah Hogarth Rossiter, a philosopher at Douglas College, on philosophy and math. We traverse questions of what philosophy is, philosophy for children, medieval logic, new math, notions of intelligence, and the gift of prophecy in every person. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY:…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode features an interview with Kaya Oakes on writing and composition. Oakes is an accomplished author and teacher of writing at UC Berkley. Read her work at Commonweal and pre-order her forthcoming book, The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life’s In-Betweens to Remake the World. FOLK PHENOMENOL…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode kicks off the interviews in conversation with Jeannie Gaffigan discussing her book When Life Gives You Pears and Gaffigan comedy in general with an excursus into the tragicomic, Divine comedy, and the human and religious need for wit. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tuesday fr…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This inaugural episode is a meditation on the interview with nods to last week's episode with Sofia Rocha, Paris Review interviews, Nardwar the Human Serviette, Rational Funk with Dave King, "The Art of Blogging" Patheos interviews, and "The Gift of Blackness to the Church" with Gloria Purvis. FOLK PHEN…
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This prelude episode features guest host Sofia Rocha (age 7) conducting an interview with her father, Sam Rocha. This episode is sponsored by Jeannie Gaffigan on behalf of The Imagine Society. FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tuesday from July 6 to November 16, 2021. Please follow the show …
 
FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast hosted and produced by Sam Rocha, titled after his 2015 book, Folk Phenomenology: Education, Study, and the Human Person. This trailer features the voices of the interview episodes of SEASON ONE. This debut season will begin with a pre-season episode, released on June 29, featuring guest host Sofia Rocha (age 7), and…
 
Episode 27. In the first of our new quarterly series, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, we're covering the entire filmography of one of the most energetic, inventive, and influential filmmakers of the past 40-years, SPIKE LEE. We're joined by RYAN MARKER from the SCREEN DRAFTS podcast to discuss each and every title in his oeuvre (television included). Then we'l…
 
Episode 26. We're diving into the Greatest Female Horror Performances of the 21st Century with HARMONY COLANGELO from THE AV CLUB and the THIS ENDS AT PROM podcast, ZENA DIXON from REAL QUEEN OF HORROR and BLOODY DISGUSTING, and CLARKE WOLFE from DC DAILY and THE WALKING DEAD Twitch Channel. It's a super-sized episode for a super-sized topic and it…
 
Episode 25. Being from the South, getting trapped in a silo is one of our worst nightmares! We're joined by MARYA E. GATES from MovieFone and RogertEbert.com to discuss the new indie thriller from Magnolia Pictures, SILO, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with an interview with the film's producer, SAMUEL GOLDBERG. --- This episode i…
 
Episode 24. The guest so nice he's joining us twice! For a discussion of the new vampire flick, JAKOB'S WIFE (and the films we believe inspired it), we're joined by former guest, CHRIS THOMAS DEVLIN, screenwriter of the upcoming horror film, "Cobweb", and the impending reboot/sequel "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"; closed out with a repost of our intervi…
 
Episode 23. It's Oscar time! We're dissecting the nominations for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards with CLAY KELLER from the SCREEN DRAFTS podcast, WILL MAVITY from NEXT BEST PICTURE, and JOANNA ROBINSON, head writer for VANITY FAIR. We'll be discussing what we believe WILL win, SHOULD win, and even some folks that got one hell of a snub (in our mind…
 
Episode 22. We're diving into the classic quadrilogy from master filmmaker, Eric Rohmer, with ALONSO DURALDE from the LINOLEUM KNIFE and BREAKFAST ALL DAY podcasts. Recently remastered by the folks at Janus Films, we'll be discussing: A Tale of Springtime (1990), A Tale of Winter (1992), A Summer's Tale (1996), and Autumn Tale (1998). Do they hold …
 
Episode 21. In this special episode, we tackle the OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCES OF 2020 with programmer and podcaster DREA CLARK, comedian and podcaster STEVE HERNANDEZ, and filmmaker JEREMY HERSH (The Surrogate). These are the performances that haven't received the awards season recognition they deserved, the ones that have gotten a little lost in the …
 
Episode 20. The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, and we're joined by DARREN FRANICH from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY to discuss the new Smiths-centric comedy/drama, SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD, and the films we believe inspired it. Featuring an interview with STEPHEN KIJAK, the writer and director of the film. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The eas…
 
Episode 19. The BFI FLARE FILM FESTIVAL ran March 17th-March 28th and featured the best LGBTQ content from around the globe. We're joined by UK freelance film critic SAM INGLIS (24 FPS UK) to discuss our individual Top 5 lists from the fest, and the themes and success of the festival overall. We're swimming from both sides of the pond to meet somew…
 
Episode 18. No, you're not dreaming - we're discussing the new horror film, COME TRUE, and the films we believe inspired it, with UK film critic LESLIE BYRON PITT from the Fatal Attractions and Hustlers of Culture podcasts; closed out with a little something we like to call "Southern Hospitality". We even take a mini deep dive into British cuisine.…
 
Episode 17. The SXSW Film Festival ran March 16th-20th and it was their first ever virtual-only festival. We're joined by freelance film critic ANDREW POPE (Whitlock & Pope) to discuss our individual Top 10 favorite films from the fest, and whether or not the SXSW platform worked as well online as it usually does on the streets of Austin. Featuring…
 
Episode 16. We're joined by horror maestro ELRIC KANE (Colors of the Dark, Pure Cinema podcasts) to run down the UNDERRATED HORROR FILMS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, i.e. films released between January 1, 2001 and Present Day. These are films that have not received the proper level of accolades and/or cultural indoctrination. What will we choose? What will…
 
Episode 15. The 2021 Miami Film Festival ran March 5th-14th. We're joined by freelance film critic, Jamaica's own SHANE SLATER (Awards Radar), to discuss our favorite films from the festival, and whether or not their hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings was a success. SPOILER: It was. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
 
Episode 14. We're running down the clock with host of the FULLCOURT CHAT podcast, and producer of the new YouTube series BLACK RENAISSANCE, writer and humorist DAVE SCHILLING, for our discussion of the new film, HAPPILY, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with a little something we like to call "Southern Hospitality".--- This episode …
 
Episode 13. In this special episode, we tackle the best documentary films from 2020 with filmmaker BRIAN BOLSTER, SUMMRE GARBER from the SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, and JENN WILSON from FILM INDEPENDENT. We're bringing our individual top ten lists to the party, and celebrating a banner year for films that inspired, educated, and entertained us across …
 
Episode 12. We go international with French podcaster (and member of my weekly Cinephile game), AMELIE THOMAS, for our discussion of the new Xavier Dolan film, MATTHIAS & MAXIME, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with a little something we like to call "Southern Hospitality". --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
 
Episode 11. Entertainment Weekly writer and classic film aficionado MAUREEN LEE LENKER joins us for a discussion of the new indie drama, THE SURROGATE, and the films we believe inspired it; featuring an expansive and entertaining interview with the writer/director of the film, Jeremy Hersh. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
 
Episode 10. In this special episode, we're diving into the best horror films from 2020 with BJ COLANGELO from the THIS ENDS AT PROM podcast, MEAGAN NAVARRO from BLOODY DISGUSTING, and JASON SHAWHAN from NASHVILLE SCENE. We're bringing our individual top ten lists to the party, and celebrating a unique and memorable year for things that go 'bump'. -…
 
Episode 9. San Diego's cinematic son, MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, from Horrible Imaginings Film Festival and San Diego Latino Film Festival, joins us to discuss the new indie music film, THE INDEPENDENTS, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with an interview with writer/director Greg Naughton, and co-stars Rich Price and Brian Chartrand, all thr…
 
Episode 8. We're joined by DEVAUGHN TAYLOR from the BLOODY BLUNTS CINEMA CLUB podcast to discuss the very wet, very Lovecraft-inspired horror film, SACRIFICE, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with an interview with the star of the film, horror legend BARBARA CRAMPTON. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to mak…
 
Episode 7. Minnesota's favorite podcasting son, CLAY KELLER, joins us for a discussion of of the new Olivia Cook/Jack O'Connell film, LITTLE FISH, and the films we believed inspired it; closed out with an interview with the film's director, Chad Hartigan (Morris from America). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a pod…
 
Episode 6. Our first bonus episode: One of our favorite film writers, CADEN MARK GARDNER ("Corpses, Fools, and Monsters: An Examination of Transgender Cinema") joins us to discuss the new transgender drama, COWBOYS, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with a little something we like to call "Southern Hospitality". --- This episode is s…
 
Episode 5. It's more horror this week as BRIAN SALISBURY from the Junkfood Cinema podcast lends his insight to our discussion of the new Iranian horror film, THE NIGHT, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with something we like to call "Southern Hospitality" --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. …
 
Episode 4. One of the hottest horror writers around, CHRIS THOMAS DEVLIN (Cobweb, new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film), dives deep with us for a discussion of the new horror flick, PSYCHO GOREMAN, and the films we believe inspired; closed out with something we like to call "Southern Hospitality" --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest w…
 
Episode 3. We take professional nerd, CLARKE WOLFE, out of her comfort zone as we discuss the new Irish drama, HERSELF, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with a little somethin' we like to call "Southern Hospitality". --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podca…
 
Episode 2. The wild man, filmmaker and podcaster GRAHAM SKIPPER, makes his first MOVIES (WITH GRAVY) appearance to discuss the new film, FINGERS, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with a little somethin' we like to call "Southern Hospitality". --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://ancho…
 
Episode 1. We're kicking off MOVIES (WITH GRAVY) in style as we welcome programmer and podcast host DREA CLARK to discuss the new film, PAINT, and the films we believe inspired it; closed out with a little somethin' we like to call "Southern Hospitality". --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.f…
 
Alma Gottlieb: the Jewish Heritage in Cabo Verde Dr. Alma Gottlieb, a cultural anthropologist and former President of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, talks about her research among people in west Africa and especially the Jewish heritage of the people of Cabo Verde. Portuguese Jews and conversos were among the original settlers of Cabo Ver…
 
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