Episodes

Bonus Episode: The Inauspicious Anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot

Jan. 6, 2022

In conversation with Chrissy Stroop, one year after the failed coup attempt.

Episode 12: What We've Learned in the Past 4 Years with Reza Aslan

Nov. 30, 2020

<p>In the season 1 finale of Powers &amp; Principalities, I speak with Reza Aslan about what we've learned about the United States in the past four years. In particular, we discuss what it means that 70 million Americans vot…

Episode 11: Coup Attempts & Police Nationalism with Jeff Sharlet

Nov. 19, 2020

<p>In this episode, I speak with Jeff Sharlet, author of <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/11130/9780060560058"><em>The Family</em></a><em> (</em>which was turned into a <a href="https://g.co/kgs/itF8AF">Netflix documentary se…

Episode 10: Post-Election Debrief with Bradley Onishi

Nov. 13, 2020

<p>Prof. Bradley Onishi from Straight White American Jesus returns to the show to discuss Election Week. We discuss the historical significance of the election of Vice President Kamala Harris, the decisive victory of Joe Bid…

One Day to the Next Stage

Nov. 2, 2020

<p>We're one day out until the November 3rd election. In this brief episode, Blake reviews this season's guests and the threats that remain regardless of the outcome of election day.</p><br/><p>If you haven't voted early, pl…

Episode 9: The Religious Left with Jack Jenkins

Oct. 26, 2020

<p>My guest this week is Jack Jenkins, national reporter for <em>Religion News Service </em>and author of the book <em>American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the …

Episode 8: White Evangelical Racism with Dr. Anthea Butler

Oct. 21, 2020

<p>My guest this week is Dr. Anthea Butler, associate professor of religion and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the upcoming book <a href="https://amzn.to/3ob0Udn"><em>White Evangelical Racis…

Episode 7: Answering Audience Questions with Bradley Onishi

Oct. 12, 2020

<p>On this week's episode, I am joined by Bradley Onishi of the <a href="https://anchor.fm/straightwhiteamericanjesu?fbclid=IwAR1hdcWlEP2_mQj5jtBwTKFL1EXzqgPMwg_A6jmvxoxXMCTszDB3WaFQeOM">Straight White American Jesus</a> pod…

Episode 6: White Too Long with Robert Jones

Oct. 5, 2020

<p>My guest this week is Robert Jones, founder and CEO of PRRI (The Public Religion Research Institute), and author of the recent book <em>White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity </em>(<a href=…

Episode 5: The Unholy Alliance of Trump & the Religious Right with Sarah Posner

Sept. 28, 2020

<p>My guest this week is Sarah Posner, author of the book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump (<a href="https://bookshop.org/a/11130/9781984820426" rel="ugc noopener noreferrer" target="_blank…

Episode 4.1: CALL FOR QUESTIONS!

Sept. 23, 2020

<p>We're taking a brief break to allow a little more time for production, but we're ready to take <em>your questions. </em> Brad Onishi (of Straight White American Jesus) &amp; I will be taking your questions and answering t…

Episode 4: Christian Reconstruction with Julie Ingersoll

Sept. 14, 2020

<p>My guest this week is Julie Ingersoll, professor of religious studies at the University of North Florida and author of the book <em>Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction (</em><a href="https…

Episode 3: Quantifying Christian Nationalism with Sam Perry & Andrew Whitehead

Sept. 7, 2020

<p>My guests this week are Sam Perry &amp; Andrew Whitehead, authors of the book <em>Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States (</em><a href="https://amzn.to/3i7eVWb"><em>Amazon,</em></a><em> </…

Episode 2: Jesus and John Wayne with Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Aug. 31, 2020

<p>My guest this week is Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of the new book <em>Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (</em><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/11130/9781631495731"><em>B…

Episode 1: The Power Worshippers with Katherine Stewart

Aug. 24, 2020

<p>This week's episode features a conversation with Katherine Stewart. </p><br/><p>Katherine is the author of <em>The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism (</em><a href="https://bookshop.org/…

Episode 0: Diana Butler Bass

Aug. 17, 2020

<p>In this very first episode of <em>Powers &amp; Principalities </em>(termed Episode 0, because it acts as a bridge between this show &amp; <a href="https://anchor.fm/exvangelical"><em>Exvangelical</em></a><em>), </em>I tal…

Coming Soon: Powers & Principalities

July 24, 2020

<p>From Blake Chastain, creator of the <em>Exvangelical </em>podcast &amp; the <em>Post-Evangelical Post </em>newsletter, comes a new podcast: <em>Powers &amp; Principalities. </em></p><br/><p>Where <em>Exvangelical </em>foc…