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Potstirrer Podcast

70 EpisodesProduced by Jaye PoolWebsite

Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity … read more

70 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

67 - America's Drug War, Part 5: Legalize It

December 5th, 2019

53:13

CONTENT WARNING - This episode includes discussion of mature themes, including illicit drug use, prescription drug abuse, and both legal and illicit drug addiction. Listener discretion is advised.

In the final …

66 - America's Drug War, Part 4: DARE to Just Say No

November 20th, 2019

49:04

CONTENT WARNING - This episode discusses mature themes, including detailed discussion of illicit drug use. Listener discretion is advised.

In the …

65 - America's Drug War, Part 3: Laws Made for Breaking

November 7th, 2019

47:10

CONTENT WARNING - The following episode discusses mature themes, including illicit drug use and political assassinations. Listener discretion is …

64 - Urban Legends

October 22nd, 2019

39:19

In the spirit of the Octobermonth season, Jaye discusses urban legends, particularly three stories voted on by listeners, and provides historical and …

63 - America's Drug War, Part 2: Killing Billie Holiday

October 10th, 2019

45:52

CONTENT WARNING - The following episode discusses mature themes, including murder, suicide, illicit drug use, child sex abuse and domestic violence. …

62 - America's Drug War, Part 1: Assassin of Youth

September 25th, 2019

39:46

CONTENT WARNING - This episode discusses mature themes, including illicit drug use and graphic details of murder. Listener discretion is advised.

The War on Drugs in the United States has cost $1 trillion since 1971, …

61 - Plausible Deniability

September 13th, 2019

35:38

CONTENT WARNING - This episode includes discussion of gun violence. Listener discretion is advised.

With the rash of mass shootings in the United …

60 - Urban Renewal - Part 2: Revitalization or Gentrification?

August 29th, 2019

40:12

In the final installment of a two-part series about urban renewal, Jaye discusses contemporary urban renewal, particularly the impact of …

59 - Gun Violence: America's Epidemic

August 13th, 2019

48:45

In the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX, Dayton, OH, and Gilroy, CA, Jaye discusses gun violence, including many of the root issues …

58 - Urban Renewal Part 1: The Story of Black Cincinnati

August 1st, 2019

42:56

In part 1 of a two-part series about urban renewal, Jaye talks about the history of America's urban slums. How did these poor, run-down neighborhoods develop in US cities, and how did these areas become associated with …

BONUS - Dr. King & The Birmingham Eight

July 23rd, 2019

42:08

This Patreon bonus episode, originally released March 2019, is being released free this month as part of Flying Machine's Flyer Drive! To learn more and become a Patron, go to http://flyingmachine.network/support. Enjoy …

57 - Political Spectrums (with Elle Riccardi)

July 16th, 2019

1:01:14

As the myriad of Democratic presidential candidates with tons of ideas are hitting the debate circuit, Elle Riccardi from the podcast Short, Colorful …

56 - A Hail Mary for SCOTUS

July 2nd, 2019

37:45

In the aftermath of the US Supreme Court ruling effectively declaring political gerrymandering legal, Jaye discusses the challenges Democrats face in …

55 - Riverside Chats: It's Kinda Meta

June 18th, 2019

41:39

Jaye is joined by her husband Chuckles as they discuss free speech versus calls to violence and terrorism, as well as if Donald Trump's rhetoric and …

54 - Abortion Revisited: The Right to Consent

June 4th, 2019

48:28

CONTENT WARNING: Miscarriage, stillbirth, medical procedures, death, child molestation, sexual and physical violence

With the proliferation of …

53 - Evangelical Gaslighting

May 19th, 2019

46:06

As several states are passing extremely restrictive anti-abortion laws, and civil rights are increasingly being denied to a number of groups in the United States, Jaye discusses the conservative evangelical Christianity …

52 - Chasing the White Whale

May 6th, 2019

41:32

Several Democratic candidates are running to be the party's nominee for President of the United States. Jaye believes it matters less which candidate becomes the Democratic nominee, but more what direction the …

51 - Christian & Affirming? Part II: Gender Identity

April 23rd, 2019

44:27

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of transphobia, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and violence, depression and suicide. Listener discretion is …

50 - End of Empire

April 8th, 2019

41:15

In the 50th episode of Potstirrer Podcast, Jaye reacts to the Mueller report - or really, the Barr Letter summarizing the report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Are the conclusions Attorney General William Barr …

49 - R. Kelly & the #MeToo Movement

March 24th, 2019

53:57

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of sexual assault, child molestation, and domestic violence. Listener discretion is advised.

R. …

48 - Christian & Affirming? Part I: Sexual Orientation

March 10th, 2019

50:28

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of homophobia, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, sexual assault and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

The …

47 - MLK90 Part II: Colorblind King & Cheap Grace

February 24th, 2019

41:56

When most Americans think of late civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we often picture a unifying Christian minister who used …

46 - MLK90 Part I: The Real Dr. King

February 10th, 2019

32:20

When most Americans think of late civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we often picture a unifying Christian minister who used …

45 - Christian Ed in America

January 27th, 2019

34:20

In response to Vice-President Mike Pence stating Christian education should be off-limits to criticism, defending his wife Karen's decision to teach …

44 - Here's to 2019

January 13th, 2019

35:56

It's a new year, and Jaye ushers in 2019 with thoughts on the government shutdown, advice for the Democratic Party regarding the 2020 presidential election, and a read on Vice President Mike Pence. What makes Pence …

43 - War on Christmas 2018

December 16th, 2018

37:44

For this year’s “War on Christmas” holiday special – Jaye is joined by her husband Chuckles as they react to strange stories and answer listener …

42 - The Chau Incident & Christian Missions

December 2nd, 2018

30:44

In November of 2018, 26 year old American explorer and missionary John Allen Chau was killed by the Sentinelese people, an isolated tribal group …

41 - Free Speech for a New Generation

November 21st, 2018

33:33

In light of the growing normalization of white supremacy and related forms of bigotry in the United States, Jaye focuses on the debate between …

40 - 2018 Midterms: Taking Back the Vote

November 4th, 2018

31:03

The 2018 midterm elections are here! In this episode, Jaye talks midterm predictions, the Voting Rights Act, millennials and Gen Z, and voter suppression. Jaye also discusses a major think tank responsible for the …

39 - Onward Christian Soldiers

October 21st, 2018

34:13

What if the religious extremism Americans should be most concerned about comes from Christianity? In this episode, Jaye explores the authoritarian, …

38 - Voting Still Matters...For Now

October 7th, 2018

33:52

Episode 38 - Voting Still Matters...For Now

With the voter registration deadline upon us in many states, Jaye discusses the long-term impact of the vote, and why getting registered to vote and exercising the franchise …

37 - She Preached the Word: Interview with Benjamin Knoll and Cammie Jo Bolin

September 23rd, 2018

34:49

Political science researchers Benjamin Knoll and Cammie Jo Bolin join Jaye in this episode to share with listeners their knowledge and research on …

36 - Power and Purity

September 9th, 2018

33:30

Episode 36 - Power and Purity

Several scandals involving sexual harassment and sexual abuse have been uncovered recently in a number of churches …

35 - Escape from Freedom

August 26th, 2018

32:19

Many of us think of demagogues as charismatic leaders who hold an extreme degree of power over their supporters. But why do people fall for …

34 - Interview with Allison K. Garcia (Finding Amor)

August 12th, 2018

34:15

Highly-rated Latino Christian fiction author Allison K. Garcia is back on Potstirrer Podcast to share with listeners information about her upcoming novel, Finding Amor. Allison chats with Jaye about the inspiration for …

33 - Ministry of Truth

July 29th, 2018

30:59

With Donald Trump verbally capitulating to Vladimir Putin during the Helsinki summit July 16, the Russia investigation heating up, and Special …

32 - If Roe Goes...

July 15th, 2018

26:58

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court by Donald Trump, many pro-life Americans are rejoicing at the pick. Their hope is that Kavanaugh's elevation to the Court will signal the end of Roe v. …

31 - The Long Game

July 1st, 2018

26:16

Several US Supreme Court rulings in June that have emboldened Donald Trump and the GOP, and have left Democrats reeling. In addition, US Supreme …

30 - Riverside Chats Part 2: Stronger

June 17th, 2018

23:56

In our multi-parter second installment of Riverside Chats, Jaye is joined by her husband Chuckles as they share just a little bit of their lively …

29 - A Nation of Nice People

June 3rd, 2018

39:51

In today's episode, Jaye discusses recent news stories related to undocumented immigration and refugees from Latin America. Where are the 1500 missing migrant children that were being tracked by the federal government? …

28 - Riverside Chats Part 1: Listen to Each Other

May 20th, 2018

31:03

In our multi-parter second installment of Riverside Chats, Jaye is joined by her husband Chuckles as they share just a little bit of their lively …

27 - Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

May 6th, 2018

30:48

Do we have a "free press" in the United States? Jaye makes the case that even though the news media are not owned by the government, elite …

26 - Detroit/America Part II: The Fifth Quarter

April 22nd, 2018

36:48

In the concluding episode of a two-part series, Jaye continues her discussion on the decline of the United States within the framework of her hometown, Detroit, Michigan. She discusses the conditions in Detroit prior to …

25 - Detroit/America Part I: Failed State

April 1st, 2018

21:55

In the first of a two-part series, Jaye discusses the decline of the United States within the framework of her hometown, Detroit, Michigan. She also outlines the conditions needed for a thriving country. Is …

24 - Estrangement from Evangelicalism

March 18th, 2018

22:40

In this episode, Jaye contemplates her academic background and personal experiences in American evangelicalism when examining the recent focus by the mainstream media on white evangelicals. Over 80 percent of white …

23 - Enemies

March 4th, 2018

19:40

In this episode, Jaye discusses the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. What are the problems contributing to these school shootings, and …

22 - Moralism Without Sacrifice, Part II

February 18th, 2018

22:39

**WARNING: Mature Subject Matter

Jaye concludes her two-part discussion of the abortion issue in Part II. She discusses the origins of the Religious Right after the Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision in 1973, and the …

21 - Moralism Without Sacrifice, Part I

February 4th, 2018

27:11

WARNING: Mature Subject Matter

In Part I of a two-part series, Jaye begins to tackle what has arguably been the most controversial political issue in …

20 - War on Christmas 2017

December 24th, 2017

22:16

This special Christmas/New Years episode takes a look at the “War on Christmas” – the belief that societal forces are attempting to attack or …

19 - Truth for a Lie

December 10th, 2017

21:57

Today’s episode is a reminder that truth still matters, even in a “post-truth” era. Jaye discusses the abandonment of truth among many conservative …

18 - Lock the Danger In

November 26th, 2017

17:56

Today’s episode explores the Second Amendment to the US Constitution in light of the recent mass shootings and rhetoric from American politicians …

17 - Winning Über Alles

November 12th, 2017

31:38

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes discussion of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised. Today’s episode continues with the subject …

16 - Believe Them

October 29th, 2017

21:17

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes discussion of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised. In today's episode, Jaye frames the Harvey …

15 - Lügenpresse

October 15th, 2017

24:23

In today's episode, Jaye discusses the changes Donald Trump is making to health care, and the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. How has Trump reacted to the natural disaster and loss of life in Puerto Rico, and what …

14 - Interview: Allison K. Garcia, Author, Vivir el Dream

October 1st, 2017

35:51

In today's episode, Jaye interviews Allison K. Garcia, author of the highly rated novel Vivir el Dream. Allison shares her perspective as a writer, counselor, and Christian active in her church and the local Latino …

13 - Jemele Told the Truth

September 17th, 2017

22:08

Episode 13 - Jemele Told the Truth In today's episode, Jaye discusses the controversial tweets by ESPN personality Jemele Hill regarding Donald …

12 - Crisis of Authority

September 3rd, 2017

25:40

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes sensitive subjects, such as sexual assault, rape, and child abuse, which may be triggering to some listeners. …

11 - Charlottesville: Darkest Before Dawn

August 20th, 2017

24:22

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool reacts to the Charlottesville domestic terror attack, and the failure of presidential leadership in response. Jaye …

10 - Mueller Time

August 6th, 2017

17:33

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool discusses the Russia investigation updates and the new grand jury impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. …

09 - More Rand than Jesus

July 23rd, 2017

16:30

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool updates listeners on the status of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal / Trumpcare efforts in the United States …

08 - Compromise

July 9th, 2017

27:47

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool analyzes how the Third Way of the Democratic Party and the Religious Right, aligned with the Republican party, …

07 - Riverside Chats Part 2: Big Grain of Salt

June 25th, 2017

24:10

In Part 2 of our two-parter first installment of Riverside Chats, host Jaye Pool is joined by her husband Chuckles as they share with listeners just …

06 - Riverside Chats Part 1: Shots Fired!

June 11th, 2017

38:41

In Part 1 of our two-parter first installment of Riverside Chats, host Jaye Pool is joined by her husband Chuckles as they share with listeners just …

05 - Two Masters

May 28th, 2017

16:45

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool discusses the Trump-Russia scandal and President Donald Trump's well-publicized international trip, as well as the …

04 - Men Without Chests

May 14th, 2017

20:15

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool discusses the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, in the House of …

03 - Nothing New Under the Sun

April 30th, 2017

16:17

In today's episode, host Jaye Pool discusses the importance of truth-telling when working through the divides in American society today. In …

02 - At War with Eastasia

April 11th, 2017

15:37

Happy Easter! In today's episode, host Jaye Pool discusses the Trump Russia scandal, as well as the deadly sarin gas attack in Syria and the military …

01 - Bring Them to Heel

April 2nd, 2017

22:02

In this first episode, Jaye Pool discusses the "Third Way" movement towards more conservative governance from the Democratic Party beginning in the …

00 - Minisode

March 26th, 2017

5:16

Potstirrer Podcast - Minisode An informational episode outlining what to expect in future episodes of Potstirrer Podcast. Episodes will be released every two weeks.

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