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Vernacular explores what it means to fully embrace our humanity. It's not a philosophy podcast. Nor is it simply a lifestyle podcast. It's a little bit of both, but not really either. It's music reviews and movie previews, sports forecasts and food recipes, philosophizing on the nature of knowledge … read more

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Resisting Throwaway Culture w/Dr. Charlie Camosy

July 16th, 2019

Resisting Throwaway Culture w/ Dr. Charlie Camosy

In today's episode of Vernacular, we sit down for a conversation with Dr. Charlie Camosy about his …

*Bonus Episode* "Creedal Catholic" with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

July 8th, 2019


Today we have a special bonus episode of Zac's new theology podcast, Creedal Catholic! See below for show notes, and if you like what you hear, go …

Our Accidental Experiment in Minimalism

July 2nd, 2019

Accidental Minimalism

It's been well over a month since we arrived in Colorado, but we still don't have our furniture and other household items. …

Summer Read/Watch/Listen Recommendations!

June 18th, 2019

Book, TV, and Podcast Recommendations for Summer

In this episode, hot on the heels of our big Colorado move, we break down some of the reading, TV, …

Upping Your Coffee Game w/Nathan Seibt

June 4th, 2019

Upping your Coffee Game

In this episode we're joined by Nathan Seibt (follow Nate on Instagram here), who talks with us about his passion for …

Book Club: J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike series w/Theresa Breslin

May 21st, 2019

The Book Club Returns!

In this episode, we sit down with Theresa Breslin, a repeat guest on the podcast, to talk about the latest series from J.K. Rowling, who is writing the Cormoran Strike under the pseudonym of …

How We Learned to Distrust Social Media

May 7th, 2019

How We Learned to Distrust Social Media

Social media is everywhere. If you're reading this, chances are that you have at least one account on a major social site. We do! But in this episode we scratch the surface a …

BONUS: Introducing Breaking Pod

April 24th, 2019


In this special bonus episode, we're so excited to introduce you to the latest show on the Vernacular Podcast Network. It's called Breaking Pod, and …

Helping Families Flourish, Part 3 of 3

March 26th, 2019


Today we're wrapping up our collaboration between the Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice (CPJ). What's this partnership …

Helping Families Flourish, Part 2 of 3

March 20th, 2019


Today we're continuing our collaboration between the Vernacular Podcast Network and The Center for Public Justice (CPJ).  What's this partnership all …

Helping Families Flourish, Part 1: A Vernacular Podcast Network / Center for Public Justice Collaboration

March 14th, 2019


Today on Vernacular, we are announcing (and launching) a three episode collaboration with the Center for Public Justice. 

The Center for Public …

Dealing with Difficult People

February 27th, 2019


In an appropriate sequel to our Valentine's Day marriage episode, today we're talking about how to better deal with difficult people. In less than …

two peas in a pod(cast): marriage and being human

February 12th, 2019


In this Valentine's Day edition, we answer a listener question from our parenting episode and dive into how marriage can and should enrich our lives …

How our kids make us more human: a conversation on parenting

February 3rd, 2019


Here's to parents everywhere. In this episode we tackle the difficult topic of parenting from our limited experience as the parents of three young …

From the Archives: 46 years after Roe

January 22nd, 2019


This episode originally ran on February 4, 2016. 

//FROM THE ARCHIVES// On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we examine abortion's legal history in the United States, focusing on the flawed reasoning …

more human in 2019: hospitality, books, job searching, counseling, and priorities

January 18th, 2019


We're back for 2019! After a two month hiatus for parental leave, we're back with a discussion on some things that on our mind as we begin the new year. We talk about hospitality goals, books we want to read (and why …

more human for the holidays

November 6th, 2018


In this episode, Zac and Sally develop five challenges for themselves (and for you, if you're up for it!) to celebrate the holidays this year in a …

for the love of the games: sports and being human

October 23rd, 2018


You may have never guessed you'd hear an episode about sports on Vernacular, but here it is! We break down four ways in which sports intersect with …

why everyone should read more

October 8th, 2018


What does reading have to do with being human? Is it essential to a human life or simply a good idea? Does it matter what we read? Is nonfiction superior to fiction? How can we make sure that we don't simply read things …

the environment: caring for our common home

September 24th, 2018


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 …

The Popped Cast Crossover

September 10th, 2018


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 …

more food for thought: we are how we eat

August 27th, 2018


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 …

food for thought: a pastry chef dishes on bread and life

August 20th, 2018


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 …

show me the money!

August 9th, 2018


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? …

disability and body diversity

July 23rd, 2018


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 …

conveying humanity through film

July 9th, 2018


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 …

bonus episode: the popped cast!

July 2nd, 2018


For this week's Vernacular, we're cross-posting from the newest show on the Vernacular Podcast Network! It's episode three of The Popped Cast, …

living immediately

June 25th, 2018


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 …

Golfing in the Dark (Part 2)

June 15th, 2018


In part two of this special Father's Day episode from 3rd String Podcast, Zac (@ZacCrippen), Pete Laclede (@Pete_Laclede), and Josh Goldman …

Golfing in the Dark: Tiger Woods and Fatherhood

June 15th, 2018


In part one of this special Father's Day episode from 3rd String Podcast, Zac (@ZacCrippen), Pete Laclede (@Pete_Laclede), and Josh Goldman …

the necessity of suffering

June 4th, 2018


Why is suffering important for our understanding of what it means to be human? Would a life devoid of suffering be a life without meaning? Can our …

"the crown" season 2: it's still not easy being queen

May 21st, 2018


In the latest episode of Vernacular, Zac and Sally talk to Catherine (@ashortblonde) and Jordan (@JordanDShort) Short about season two of The Crown, …

bonus episode: a patreon lightning round + zac & sally chat

May 14th, 2018


In this episode of Vernacular, we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to talk to contributor/listener/Patreon supporter Joshua de …

why not immortality?

May 7th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss the attraction and hope of immortality: a life without death and possibly a life without aging and the suffering that accompanies aging. For the sake of this conversation, we assume that …

the stages and shape of a human life

April 23rd, 2018


In episode 82, we discuss the stages and span of a human life. What are those stages? Do we see and experience them as discrete units on a timeline? Or is there an overall shape to the human lifecycle that all people …

embodied souls and ensouled bodies

April 8th, 2018


In this episode of Vernacular, we discuss the question: what is a human person? Are we pure soul? Spirit? Mind? Just a body? We describe the human …

travel, mental health, and being human

March 26th, 2018


In this episode, we chat with Tsh Oxenreider about mental health and how travel can help us be more fully human. Tsh is an Austin, TX native, …

the end of medicine

March 11th, 2018


In this third installment of our series on the art of being human, we discuss the end (or purpose) of medicine. What should medicine aim to do? What …

a truly human science

February 25th, 2018


In episode 78, the second in our series on the art of being human, we discuss the relationship between science or scientific pursuits and what it means to be human. Instead, we spend this episode answering two …

beauty in imperfection

February 12th, 2018


We discuss the fact that all human beings fall short of perfection and yet we want to be perfect in some or all areas of our lives. What does it mean …

announcing a new vernacular!

January 29th, 2018


In this episode, we introduce our plans for the new Vernacular Podcast, which will air every other week going forward. Then we chat about why you …

45 Years Since Roe: Abortion in America

January 21st, 2018


To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we're re-airing this episode from our second season, in which we examine abortion's legal history in the United States, focusing on the flawed reasoning in Supreme …

everyone needs a therapist

January 2nd, 2018


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the one where we talk about Dunkirk and Nolan time

August 6th, 2017


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the one where we talk about latte art

July 11th, 2017


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the one where we talk about being mortal

May 22nd, 2017


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fall sports preview!

September 3rd, 2016


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the one where we talk about making the world a better place, and also basketball

March 18th, 2016


In this episode, we talk to Sophie Caldecott, co-founder of A Better Place Journal, about what her company does and why it does it. Along the way, we hear Sophie's moving personal account of why she started A Better …

the one where we talk about the Oscars and the coming Age of Ultron

March 5th, 2016


In episode one of season three, we bring on four of our contributors--Jordan & Catherine Short, Will Brian, and Joshua de Gastyne. Jordan and Catherine help us break down all the highlights from the Oscars, …

43 years after Roe v. Wade

February 5th, 2016


We examine abortion's legal history in the United States, focusing on the flawed reasoning in SCOTUS decisions and the faulty data on which they have …

the one where we talk to bandmates and pizza people

January 16th, 2016


In the finale of season 2, we talk to Joshua and Jordan Short of the new band, Father Hands. Joshua and Jordan talk us through some of their music and their vision for their band, and share a track off of their new EP. …

the one where we talk about meaning and happiness

December 30th, 2015


In this episode we are joined by Emily Esfahani Smith, whose work you may recognize from The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times, or other outlets. In preparation for the start of 2016 (and all the …

the one where we talk about invisibility and other superpowers

December 17th, 2015


In episode 8 of season 2, we congratulate the winner of our giveaway (!!), talk about all the stuff that s/he won, share our contemporary …

the one where we talk about presents!

November 27th, 2015


In this episode, we talk to Catherine Short, creator of, about her gift guide. We also talk about our new giveaway (!), jointly …

the one where we talk to a singer and a magazine editor

November 14th, 2015


In this episode, we talk to Brandon Showalter, a musician who recently released his first album and has a second in the works, about what music means to him, his creative process, and his future plans. We also sit down …

the one where we talk about science, science, science!

November 4th, 2015


In episode 5, we sit down with 3 of our contributors to talk about traveling to Mars, the existence of alien life, and a new class of brain supplements called 'nootropics.' It's a really fun conversation that we're …

the one where we talk to a food blogger and a photographer

October 17th, 2015


In this episode, we talk to Seattle-based power couple Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez. Ashley is the author of the award-winning food blog Not Without Salt, and more recently the cookbook Date Night In. Gabe is a photographer

the one where we talk about james bond, work, and refugees

October 2nd, 2015


In this episode we talk to contributor Jordan Short, who talks us through a chronology of James Bond music as we evaluate Sam Smith's latest …

the one where we talk about mental health, the gop debate, and garages

September 19th, 2015


In our second episode of the season, we talk to Becca Weingard, a mental health counselor who has written a new Kindle single that she calls "a field guide to suicide survival." We also discuss ginger, tea, the GOP …

the one where we talk about business and law

September 4th, 2015


We're back! Season 2 of Vernacular Podcast has officially kicked off, with some programming changes. In each episode, we're talking to more people …

the one where we talk about season 2

August 14th, 2015


It's been a fun ride, folks. Eleven full episodes of Vernacular and episodes '00' and '12' to bookend them. In this episode, we talk to two of our …

the one where we talk to two future doctors

August 2nd, 2015


In episode 11, we talk to Ishan and Julia, a husband-wife duo based in Chicago, where both attend graduate school. Julia is studying for her MD, …

the one where we talk to a geostrategist and a hops farmer

July 19th, 2015


This one's a blast: we sit down with Astrid and Aaron, who are a husband-wife duo starting a new Virginia hops farm called Heritage Hops. Astrid works at a Washington think tank as a China researcher and moonlights as …

the one where we talk to North Dakota's newest residents

July 10th, 2015


Join us for a conversation with Nathan and Sadie. Nathan is a Huey helicopter pilot, and Sadie is a self-described "Colorado hippie wife," but …

special episode: freedom is never free

July 2nd, 2015


For July 4th, we sat down and talked with Dick Carroll, a World War II veteran who was a Prisoner of War in Hungary and has lived ever since with a …

the one where we talk to an aspiring biotechnologist

June 24th, 2015


We had a blast talking to Joshua, an Emory University graduate who has worked all across the country but is headed to the Washington, D.C. area this …

the one where we talk to a mathematician and a mom

June 18th, 2015


Join us for episode 07, in which we talk to Will and Caitlin (yes, that would be Will & Cait, a homophone of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) …

the one where we talk to a journalist

June 10th, 2015


In this episode, we talk to Anne, a Houston-based journalist who has also spent time at the Washington Bureau of the New York Times. We discuss our favorite pieces of journalism from the last twelve months, Peruvian …

the one where we talk to a barista/blogger and graphic designer

June 4th, 2015


In this episode of Vernacular, we talk to Jordan and Catherine--a husband-wife duo--about Google, Apple, blogging, graphic design, Nashville, …

the one where we talk to a phd student mom

May 18th, 2015


In our fourth installment, we talk to Miriel (not the elven queen) who is busy doing a PhD in American Politics, spending time with her husband (who …

the one where we talk to a colorado senate staffer

May 14th, 2015


Join us for our third episode as we talk to Julia, who serves as Chief of Staff to a state senator in Colorado! We chat about raw milk, red lake 40, …

the one where we talk to an itinerant chicagoan

May 7th, 2015


Join us for episode 02 as we talk to Elena, who was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, but has lived in the largest Muslim community outside of the Middle East and traveled to Thailand for a Starbucks latte (and …

the one where we talk to a medical student

April 30th, 2015


It's the first full episode of Vernacular Podcast! Join us as we talk about lawnmowers, breakfast, Cuba(n cigars), and more. We sit down with Danny, …

the one where we speak in the vernacular

April 29th, 2015


Hey everyone! It's our introductory mini-podcast--"the one where we speak in the vernacular." Tune in to hear how Zac learned what "Vernacular" …

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