Debate and Delight


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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 Voice of the Christian Left, which includes this autobiographical essay by Sam Rocha: "Lines of Tensions, Rays of Light."

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; here is the universal link.


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June 1 | TRAILER

June 29 | Episode 0 | Folk Phenomenology with guest host Sofia Rocha

July 6 | Episode 1 | The Interview

July 13 | Episode 2 | The Tragicomic with Jeannie Gaffigan

July 20 | Episode 3 | Writing and Composition with Kaya Oakes

July 27 | Episode 4 | Philosophy and Math with Sarah Hogarth Rossiter

August 3 | Episode 5 | Abolition and Immigration with Sophia Gurule

August 10 | Episode 6 | Liberation Theology with Vanesa Zuleta Goldberg

August 17 | Episode 7 | Translation with Catherine Addington

August 24 | Episode 8 | El Ser y la Persona con Rodrigo Guerra

August 31 | Episode 9 | Powerlifting with Ogechi Akalegebere

September 7 | Episode 10 | Black Lives with Rebecca Christian

September 14 | Episode 11 | Racism and Black Joy with Gloria Purvis

September 21 | Episode 12 | Debate and Delight

September 28 | Episode 13 | Debating Critical Race Theory with David Gray

October 5 | Episode 14 | Critical Race Theory and Catholic Social Teaching

October 12 | Episode 15 | Augustine and Historical Fiction with Suzanne Wolfe

October 19 | Episode 16 | Black Catholics and Story with Alessandra Harris

October 26 | Episode 17 | The Gift of Blackness with Gloria Purvis

November 2 | Episode 18 | Debating Capitalism with Trent Horn

November 9 | Episode 19 | Music with Jaya Lakshminarayanan

November 16 | Episode 20 | Miles and Trane


Musical intro and outro tracks are "Gabe's Up Late (Intro)" and "Sleeping Tomas" from the abandoned draft Upi Dupi La La project by Sam Rocha. Voiceovers feature Angela Davis, James Balwin, Paulo Freire, Toni Morrison, Nina Simone, and Stevie Wonder. Mastered with LANDR using Kamasi Washington's "Clair de Lune" from The Epic as a reference track.

All audio and visual content for FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is created by Sam Rocha.

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