Past Present Podcast: Muhammad Ali, Brock Turner, and the First Woman Nominee

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the aftermath of the Brock Turner trial, and America’s first woman nominated to the presidency by a major party. Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali died last week at the age of 74. Natalia remarked on a life that was as notable for Ali’s political activism as it was for his athletic prowess. She also connected Ali’s story […]

Past Present Podcast: Multicultural Evangelicalism, the End of Running, and Facebook in India

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss the changing racial demographics of American evangelicalism, the decline of running, and digital imperialism. Multicultural Evangelicalism Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention recently wrote in the New York Times that the white evangelical church of old is no more. Neil noted the significance of Moore’s piece, considering the SBC originated from a split among […]

Past Present Podcast: Trump’s Evangelicals, the KKK, and CrossFit

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Donald Trump and evangelical voters, the Ku Klux Klan, and CrossFit. Donald Trump and Evangelical Christians Donald Trump is winning white evangelical voters, and evangelical leaders are not happy about it. Niki pointed out that Ted Cruz seemed like the candidate who should be winning evangelical voters, but Neil argued 2016 is revealing the political […]

Past Present Podcast: Facebook Philanthropy, Baby Names, and Prayer Shaming

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s philanthropic gift, the history of baby names, and “prayer shaming.” Facebook Philanthropy Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced they would donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charity, totaling some $45 billion. Some observers have been critical of the couple’s decision. Niki pointed to Napster founder Sean Parker’s manifesto, “Philanthropy for […]

Past Present Podcast: Pope Francis, Quit Lit, and Donald Trump

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Pope Francis’ visit to the US, the “quit lit” phenomenon, and Donald Trump. Pope Francis The papal visit of Pope Francis marks the tenth time a pope has come to the United States. In his new book,We Gather Together, Neil writes about how Pope John Paul II’s papal visits in the 1980s strengthened the American […]