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Faithful Politics is a podcast for people who are seeking in-depth discussions about everyday issues that intersect Faith and Politics. Pastor Josh Burtram (Faithful Host) and Will Wright (Political Host) will talk to experts, scholars, theologians, politicians, journalists, and everyday people in order to understand how political decisions affect people of faith and the faithless. Faithful Politics strives to be a different kind of show that doesn’t just stick to one political ideology or r ...
 
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In the second episode of our series on Critical Race Theory, Will (Political Host) talks with one of the foremost experts on CRT, Professor Ian Lopez. Professor Lopez is more than just a academic who teaches it, but is also an understudy of Derrick Bell who often is credited as one of the originators of critical race theory. Unlike the first in the…
 
Evan Smith, founder and CEO of the non-profit Texas Tribune, believes strongly that providing information to voters is critical to a healthy democracy. We discuss the constantly evolving media landscape and how the Texas Tribune has adapted as a newsroom and a business. Related The Texas Tribune Point of Order podcast with Evan Smith Engage at the …
 
We begin our discussion about Critical Race Theory (CRT) with a Primer of sorts to lay down the foundation for what CRT is, it's origins, and the different aspects of its application in academia and the classroom. As Michael Scott says in the office, "Why don't you explain it to me like I'm five", and this is just the approach we took with this epi…
 
Did you know that since the nations founding there has always been a congressional chaplain? It's true, and to be honest, I didn't know that until I read "When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill" written by C-SPAN Communications Director, Howard Mortman. Josh and Will talk with Howard's unprecedented e…
 
Virginia is for lovers, so they say, but how is it that the first colonial settlement has been so instrumental, nay, influential in capital punishment? The commonwealth of Virginia is known for its fall colors, beautiful skylines, and developing a well oiled machine that executes people faster and with greater frequency than any other state. This w…
 
The Bible is a strange book, and yet people still read it gain insight from it, and worship the person for whom it was written about. On the flip side, it's also used as a weapon, from believers to atheists to push narratives that ostensibly go against the very foundations of the teachings found within its pages. To help us make some sense of this …
 
NOTE: Apologies for the audio in the first 30 seconds or so, we had a little Bear insurrection to deal with, but we neutralized the problem. Enjoy the show! Bears want to kill you is not only the title of a book that Creative Director of Babylon Bee, Ethan Nicolle wrote, but it's just a scientific fact. We talk with Ethan about his book and the res…
 
In this episode your faithful host Josh and your political host talk with cybersecurity expert Paul Rosenzweig. Join them as they discuss the nature of cybersecurity, the state of the art as it pertains to America, the vulnerabilities we all face, and some practical tips on how to keep yourself and your information secure. Guest Bio: Paul Rosenzwei…
 
Paul Ryan, the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, takes us behind the scenes of Capitol Hill and into the Speaker's Chair -- discussing leadership lessons, legislative accomplishments and disappointments, and finding common ground. Related Resources American Idea Foundation The Catalyst -- State of the American Dream 2021 Forum on L…
 
When you think about the image of masculinity, what comes to mind? Many, and I mean many, people think of William Wallace from Braveheart, others think of folks like Oliver North, and even some think of John Wayne, the movie legend, who has brought us films like "Sands of Iwo Jima" or "the Green Berets". But why is it that those are the figures we …
 
Elections are a foundation in our American democracy. They allow us to pick our presidents (sorta), vote for local representatives, and basically give us a voice in this country. You can think of elections like a much more impactful survey from Survey Monkey. However, unlike Survey Monkey, you would be hard pressed to find people willing to storm y…
 
Former President Trump might be out of the White House, but he still has a hold on the Republican Party in ways that are trivial so many conservatives. One such conservative is Olivia Troye, who is the daughter of immigrants and was raised with conservative values. Her career has taken her all over the world and her experience in national security …
 
Join Faithful co-host Josh Burtram in a fascinating discussion with Dr. Ramon P. DeGennaro. Their discussion ranges from science fiction to explanations to gas shortages. You won't want to miss this interesting conversation with a world class expert in economics! Guest Bio: Dr. Ramon P. DeGennaro is the CBA Professor in Banking and Finance at The U…
 
Join co-host Josh Burtram as he interviews Dave Mann, a man with a lot of experience in government and the intelligence community. In this episode they talk about the concept of Truth Decay, the idea that our concept of truth and our trust in the institutions that supposedly provide it, is deteriorating in with each passing year. You won't want to …
 
Joseph Kim -- painted by President Bush in Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants -- was born in North Korea, one of the least free places on earth. But unlike so many of his fellow North Koreans, he was able to escape the brutal dictatorship. Joseph shares with us the incredible hardships of life in North Korea, how he was able to esc…
 
On a special Mother’s Day episode, Margaret Wright and Ashley Burtram (wives of Will and Josh) along with their friend Nicole McKinney, talk about faith and politics as it pertains to motherhood. From mothering during a pandemic to women in church leadership, the ladies share their experiences, thoughts, and insights. Support the show (https://www.…
 
Stop me if you hear this one before, "Democrats are a bunch of Socialist" or "Republicans are a bunch of Fascist". On this weeks episode, Josh and Will get the real story behind socialism and fascism and learn that, well....we should stop using those terms and just embrace our centralist American political system. About Lawrence Cahoone Dr. Lawrenc…
 
Dina Powell McCormick's immigrant journey began when her parents moved their family from Cairo, Egypt, to the United States when Dina was a child, hoping to ensure that their daughter would have opportunities that weren’t possible in their native country. The sacrifices that came with moving to a new land paid off: Dina's journey took her to the Wh…
 
Joe Walsh is a former Illinois congressman elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010. Following his service in Congress, Walsh became one of the most popular conservative talk radio hosts in the country, syndicated in major markets throughout the United States. In August of 2019, Joe announced his candidacy for president of the United State…
 
What do drag queens, God, a Democrat Trifecta in Nebraska, and Dinesh D'Souza all have in common? We talk this week with author, journalist, and research analyst Ross Benes to find out in his new book, "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold". I'd imagine when you think about Nebraska you aren't associating it with a Democrati…
 
For the past several years, Burma had been transitioning toward a democratically elected, civilian-run government. That progress came to a sudden halt in February when the military enacted a coup. Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute and former Ambassador to Burma, joins us to talk about this inflection point in Burma’s hi…
 
In this episode, Will and Josh have a conversation with author and historian Rick Perlstein. Perlstein has garnered recognition for four-part chronicles of the history of modern American Conservatism, a project 20 years in the making. Our conversation spans from Barry Goldwater to Mitt Romney to Charismatic Pentecostals. You won’t want to miss this…
 
Children’s brook author Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City but grew up in the United States. Her childhood was in many ways shaped by that blending of cultures. In Stella Diaz Has Something to Say, she created a story that shares the immigrant experience in a way that children can relate to. Shop the Stella Diaz series Follow Angela Dominguez…
 
Easter is upon us, and regardless of your religious affiliation you will most likely hear some recognition of this primarily Christian holiday from people around you. Whether you choose to celebrate it by hunting for Easter eggs (which isn't really hunting, FYI) or by attending a church service, the roots and origin of the holiday are important to …
 
The history of our nation is often reflected in the history baseball. In the 1920s, racism and segregation meant that elite black and Latin athletes couldn’t play Major League Baseball — despite their unquestionable skill and talent. Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, explains that even though that ugly chapter of America…
 
March for Life Series: This is a four-part series that looks at the value of life through the various societal lenses of faith and politics. It's no secret that the United States is considered a global superpower. Part of the reason we have this designation probably has to do with our fascination, some say obsession, with the military–industrial co…
 
Doctors Sunny Jha, Loren Robinson, and Jay Bhatt are on the front lines in their communities in the fight against COVID-19 -- but thanks to vaccines that are now available, see a light at the end of the tunnel. They've witnessed first hand the pain caused by COVID-19, the progress we’ve made in a short amount of time, and the fear in patients as va…
 
March for Life Series: This is a four-part series that looks at the value of life through the various societal lenses of faith and politics. Jesus was arguably the most famous innocent person who died of execution. He stood for peace, love, and a spirit of grace. So why is it that many of his 21st-century followers advocate for execution, especiall…
 
Where you’re born often plays a significant role in the path your life takes. This is true on an international level as well as a local level. In Dallas, I30 marks a barrier between North Dallas and communities like Jubilee Park in South Dallas. Nonprofits like the Jubilee Park and Community Center are using innovative, cohesive methods to try to g…
 
March for Life Series: This is a four-part series that looks at the value of life through the various societal lenses of faith and politics. If you were to ask your friends what countries are in the top 10 countries that execute their citizens, you would probably get very similar responses from each person you ask, and almost certainly America woul…
 
As a 22-year old, Aya Chebbi’s voice was at the heart of the democratic revolution in Tunisia in Northern Africa. Now, 10 years later, she is still committed to fighting for human rights — including gender equity here on International Women’s Day. Related: Aya Chebbi on Twitter Aya Chebbi on Instagram About the Bush Institute's Women's Initiative…
 
March for Life Series: This is a four-part series that looks at the value of life through the various societal lenses of faith and politics. Will and Josh speak with the Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College, Dr. Tremper Longman about his book "The Bible and the Ballot" where he provides a unique Christian perspective about …
 
Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. Enter former-President Trump. Over the last four years, America has been under the influence of a person who seemingly graduated from Gaslighting University with a Ph.D. in Alternative Facts. Whether Trump knows it or not, he is …
 
Every leader in the world, from President Putin to President Biden, has had a love/hate relationship with the media. When coverage is good and beneficial to their agenda, the media can do no wrong in the eyes of elected officials. However, when honest reporting exposes and uncovers an area of weakness, well that causes leaders to vilify, attack, an…
 
Previous Guest Corregan Brown sits with Will this week to discuss a whole wide range of issues ranging from the impeachment, Georgia politics, $15 minimum wage, and Black History Month. Told ya, it's wide ranging! Check out our website to catch all of our old episodes and participate in the discussion: www.Faithfulpoliticspodcast.com We are also a …
 
Josh and Will welcome back our resident Constitutional expert, Professor Eric Berger (See Bio below), to talk about the second impeachment of former President Trump. The conversation starts off with the constitutionality of impeaching a former officeholder and how this isn't as unprecedented as you might think. Then they discuss the different inter…
 
Note: This episode was also recorded in video. Check it out by visiting our Facebook Group On this episode Josh and Will talk about President Biden's Catholic faith and how it may affect his decision making on policies. They also discuss the disparity between media coverage when it comes to the faith of Democrats and Republicans. Resources referenc…
 
Adam Klasfeld is a senior investigative reporter and editor for Law & Crime News and is the go to source for Faithful Politics when we want to get the most accurate and the latest on stories that interest us. Adam has spent more than a decade on the legal beat. Previously a reporter for Courthouse News, he has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, BBC, NPR…
 
We're back!!! Josh and Will have spent the last month decorating their underground bunker in preparation for the end-times, but are back now and ready to tackle the issues of the week. On this episode, Will begins by recapping the events at the United States Capitol and the insurrection that has lead to six deaths, several wounded, and over 160 ope…
 
The Constitution opens, “we the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union”. It doesn’t say that we will always be perfect, but rather we’ll will strive to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty for generations to come. N…
 
Wendy Kopp had an idea. She wanted to borrow a tactic from other industries: if she could convince students fresh out of college to commit to teaching for two years in communities that desperately needed teachers, she could really make an impact in education and broaden the perspectives of the young adults before they move into their planned career…
 
When you’re browsing for something to read or watch online , algorithms usually decide what content will be put in front of you. Whether that’s what search result shows first, or what news stories are in your social media feed, somewhere a computer is following a complex but predefined set of rules to decide what content you’ll see first. Renée DiR…
 
Just because we are entering 2021, doesn't mean you have to admit that 2020 won! Josh and Will wrap up the year for a holiday break, but not before discussing the hope they have for a new year. Will briefly discusses the news of the week and the attempted coup currently underway, and Josh provides some words of encouragement for believers and nonbe…
 
Roda Ahmed is the author of Mae Among the Stars, the critically acclaimed children’s storybook which is a selection on Mrs. Bush’s 2020 reading list for kids. Born in Somalia and raised in Norway, Roda speaks five languages — and has now founded her own publishing company. We talked to her on Zoom from her home in Oslo this summer about about why s…
 
In this episode Will and Josh interview Josh's friend Omar. Omar recounts growing up in America as a muslim. Topics range from Omar's experience pre and post 9/11 life to how he, as a Muslim man, thinks about politics in America today. Join us as we talk about politics from the perspective of an American follower of Islam. Support the show (https:/…
 
Thanksgiving always looks different for men and women deployed through our armed services. And this year, even more so. For 80 years, the USO has worked to connect service members to family and home. CEO J.D. Crouch discusses the ongoing work of serving our nation's warriors -- and how the organization with a global footprint is adapting to a globa…
 
Ukraine is a country with a deep history, beautiful seas, and mountainous landscapes, but most of the time when you hear its name it is usually mired in controversy. In this week's episode of Faithful Politics, Will interviews Katya Vogt, Global Lead for Media and Information Literacy Initiatives in Europe & Eurasia, Ukraine for IREX. In a wide-ran…
 
In this Veteran's Day episode, we talk to U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Melissa Stockwell -- the U.S. first female to lose a limb in combat and now Paralympic Games medalist -- about her journey representing America both before and after active duty. Purchase Melisssa's book, The Power of Choice: From Wounded Warrior to World Champion Learn more abou…
 
Hannah Song, CEO of Liberty in North Korea, envisions a world where North Korea isn’t the worst place on earth. LiNK supports the people of North Korea in their attempts to escape, helps them resettle in free countries, and is working to change the narrative around the country that is known as the worst place in the world to live. Learn more about …
 
On this Pre-election Pod, Josh and Will discuss this confusing thing known as the electoral college. Will explains why we vote in November, on Tuesdays, over a more efficient day like Trumptadurday (assuming a Trump victory). Then the guys talk about why we may not get the results of the election on November 3rd, and why it's important to not panic…
 
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