Episodes

Weekly Roundup: Transcontinental Spy Buffoons

Feb. 4, 2023

Brad and Dan break down three issues: The GOP attack on trans people and drag queens - why the obsession? The removal of Ilhan Omar from House committees and the blatant hypocrisy behind it The Neo-Nazi homeschool network an…

It's In the Code Ep. 37: Purity

Feb. 1, 2023

The language of “purity” looms large within certain Christian discourses in the US. But what is “purity”? What are the religious, cultural, and religious implications of employing the metaphor of purity? Why might be a consi…

Trad Catholics and the Liturgy Wars

Jan. 30, 2023

Brad speaks with Zac Dayvis and Ashley McKinless, co-hosts of Jesuitical and editors at America Magazine, about why young Catholics are drawn to the Latin mass, the contours of traditional Catholicism, and the ways that righ…

Weekly Roundup: 2016 Has Been a Long Year

Jan. 27, 2023

Brad and Dan begin by discussing the arrest of the FBI agent who was in charge of the NY bureau in the lead up to the 2016 election. He was arrested for working for Oleg Deripaska, a man who was at the center of the Trump-Ru…

It's In the Code Ep. 36: A God-Shaped Hole in My Heart

Jan. 25, 2023

Many have had someone tell them, or grew up hearing, that we all have a “God-shaped hole” in our souls or hearts, and that only faith in (or a “personal relationship with”) Jesus can fill it. What do they mean by this? Where…

Astrotopia: The Religion of Space Exploration

Jan. 23, 2023

As environmental, political, and public health crises multiply on Earth, we are also at the dawn of a new space race in which governments team up with celebrity billionaires to exploit the cosmos for human gain. The best-kno…

Weekly Roundup: God, Guns, Gas Stoves

Jan. 20, 2023

Brad and Dan begin by discussing the recent news that Ron DeSantis and his administration rejected the AP course in African American studies course in Florida high schools, because in their estimation it holds no "educationa…

It's In the Code Ep. 35: It Gives Me Purpose

Jan. 18, 2023

Many conservative Christians describe their “faith” as giving “purpose” or “meaning” to their life. What do they mean by this? And why does it does it feel to many that there’s more than a confession or description about the…

Purity Culture is a National Health Risk

Jan. 16, 2023

Brad speaks with journalist Anna Beahm from Reckon South. Anna shares her harrowing stories from living through (and surviving) purity culture. Over the last few years she has become one of the few journalists whose beat is …

Weekly Roundup: J8 in Brazil to Biden's Classified Corvette

Jan. 13, 2023

Brad and Dan begin by breaking down how the attempted coup in Brazil is a Christian nationalist copycat of J6, and what this means for how the world views the USA. Annika Brockschmidt at Religion Dispatches: https://religion…

It's In the Code Ep. 34: Saved By Grace

Jan. 11, 2023

Christians of all kinds and traditions talk about “grace.” But what is “grace”? And if it’s a message of God’s radical acceptance of human beings, why does it provoke feelings of guilt and condemnation for so many? Finally, …

J6 Two Years Later - Expert Panel

Jan. 9, 2023

On January 6, 2023 we gathered a group of scholars to discuss what we've witnesses since the Insurrection and what lies ahead for our democracy. The panel included: Bradley Onishi, @bradleyonishi Dan Miller, Sara Moslener, @…

Weekly Roundup: The Insurrection is Coming From Inside the House

Jan. 6, 2023

Brad and Dan discuss the ongoing GOP debacle in the House, where a Speaker still has not been elected. They then talk hits and misses from the last year - reproductive rights, voting, Biden's agenda, Russia-Ukraine, J6, and …

It's in the Code Ep. 33: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Jan. 5, 2023

If the notion that “God helps those who help themselves” isn’t in the Bible, why does it still figure so prominently in the experience of American evangelicals? What is the sentiment behind this notion, and where does it com…

Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep. 5 Part I: Dutch Sheets Appeals to Heaven

Jan. 2, 2023

Eight days before the Capitol Insurrection, on December 29, 2020, a group of 15 apostles and prophets, including Dutch Sheets and Becca Greenwood, two of the members of Peter Wagner’s Eagles Vision Apostolic Team, toured aro…

Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep 5 Part II: Dutch Sheets and the NAR Go to Battle on J6

Jan. 2, 2023

The NAR Apostles were at the heart of the Christian Trumpism of the J6 Insurrection. If you’ve looked at any images of the crowds surrounding the Capitol that day, one of the overlooked and under-analyzed details is how many…

Monster in the Mirror: Ep 5: The Sheepdog, The Wolf, And The Warlock

Dec. 30, 2022

Rudyard Kipling is best known for his children's classic The Jungle Book. But the creator of boy-hero Mowgli also created copaganda for his Nineties - the 1890’s. In his recurring character Adam Strickland, Kipling fashioned…

It's In the Code Ep. 32: The War on Christmas

Dec. 28, 2022

We’ve all heard the rhetoric about the so-called “war on Christmas.” But why, exactly, do some Christians talk this way? Why do they get so angry? What are they so afraid of? And is there more going on with this rhetoric tha…

Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep 4 Part I: Michael Flynn - Spiritual Warfare General

Dec. 26, 2022

Michael Flynn was raised Catholic. But in recent years his spiritual identity has shifted - or expanded. He talks often about spiritual warfare and the need for any army of God's warriors to do battle. It is one thing to hea…

Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep 4 Part II: Cindy Jacobs - General of Spiritual Warfare

Dec. 26, 2022

Cindy Jacobs is one of the most influential independent charismatic apostles on the planet. And almost no one outside of charismatic circles has any idea who she is or what she does. It was through Cindy Jacobs that C. Peter…

Weekly Roundup: End of Year Tax Season

Dec. 23, 2022

Brad and Dan begin by discussing a litany of stories related to the 45th president - the releasing of his tax returns, the criminal referrals to the DOJ by the J6 Select Committee, and the silence from the GOP. They then get…

It's In the Code Ep. 31: Remember the Reason for the Season

Dec. 21, 2022

We’ve likely all heard someone tell us to “remember the reason for the season.” But what exactly does that mean? What are Christians doing when they say that? In this episode, we find that there never has been a single “reas…

Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep 3 Part I: Sean Feucht, Lance Wallnau, and the Seven Mountains

Dec. 19, 2022

There are two phenomena that we hear a lot about these days in connection to the NAR: The Seven Mountains Mandate and Sean Feucht. The former is a theology, or ideology, or brand depending on who you ask. It proposes that Ch…

Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep 3 Part II: Lance Wallnau and Spiritual Memes

Dec. 19, 2022

There are two phenomena that we hear a lot about these days in connection to the NAR: The Seven Mountains Mandate and Sean Feucht. The former is a theology, or ideology, or brand depending on who you ask. It proposes that Ch…