Give and Take
About the Show
Someone once observed that if Howard Stern and Krista Tippett had a love child, it would be Scott Jones. Scott liked that.
At "Give and Take,” Scott Jones talks with artists, authors, theologians, and political pundits about the lens through which they experience life. With empathy, humor, and a deep knowledge of religion, current events, and pop culture, Scott engages his guests in a free-flowing conversation that's entertaining, unexpected, occasionally bizarre, and oftentimes enlightening. He likes people, and it shows.
Past interviewees include Mark Oppenheimer, Melissa Febos, David French, Miroslav Volf, Dan Savage, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Rob Bell, and (yes) Krista Tippett.
Scott is the former host and producer of the popular Mockingcast podcast (https://themockingcast.fireside.fm) and an in-demand consultant on all things “pod.” He’s also the co-host, with Bill Borror, of New Persuasive Words (https://npw.fireside.fm). Scott is also a prolific writer, a frequent conference speaker, a PhD candidate in Theology, and an ordained minister.
A New Jersey native, Scott lives with his best friend and wife, Lindy, in the suburbs of Philadelphia with two rescue pit bulls that he swears are sensitive souls.
Episode 71: Areas of Fog, with Will Dowd
December 9th, 2017 | 51 mins 18 secs
My guest is Will Dowd. As unpredictable as its subject, "Areas of Fog" combines wit and poetry with humor and erudition. Will is a writer and artist based outside Boston.
Episode 70: Only a Joke Can Save Us: A Theory of Comedy, with Todd McGowan
December 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
My guest is Todd McGowan. He teaches courses in film theory, history, and genre at the University of Vermont. His areas of interest include Hegel, psychoanalysis, and existentialism, and the intersection of these lines of thought with the cinema. He's the author of numerous books, including most recently "Only a Joke Can Save Us: A Theory of Comedy."
Episode 69: Obroni And The Chocolate Factory, with Steven Wallace
December 4th, 2017 | 53 mins 8 secs
What country makes the best chocolate? Most people would answer "Switzerland," or, if they're discerning, "Belgium" or "France." Captivated by theories of international trade but with precious little knowledge of cocoa or chocolate, Steven Wallace set out to build the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company in Ghana―a country renowned for its cocoa and where Wallace spent part of his youth―in a quest to produce the world's first export-ready, single-origin chocolate bar.
Episode 68: Sexual Harassment & Sexual Desire, with Jocelyn Olcott
December 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
In the wake of so many sexual harassment and sexual misconduct allegations, we here concerns of "sex panic" and McCarthyism from some cultural critics. Many of them are actual on the cultural left. Jocelyn Olcott and I talk about this and a host of related issues in this episode of Give and Take.
Episode 67: Net Neutrality, with Jennifer Briney
December 2nd, 2017 | 1 hr 23 mins
My guest is Jennifer Briney. She's the creator and host of the wildly popular "Congressional Dish" podcast. It's like C-Span meets Comedy Central, resisting the corporate takeover of the world. We discuss the upcoming FCC decision concerning Net Neutrality and the impact it could have on consumers.
Episode 66: Roy Moore and The Rise of Creepy Christianity, with David French
November 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 7 mins
My guest is David French. David is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, an attorney (concentrating his practice in constitutional law and the law of armed conflict), and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We discuss a recent piece he wrote entitled "The Enduring Appeal Of Creepy Christianity." It deals with the Roy Moore senate controversy.
Episode 65: Is That Rhetorical?..., with Johanna Hartelius
November 13th, 2017 | 33 mins 17 secs
My guest is Johanna Hartelius. She is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on rhetorical theory and criticism with an emphasis on expertise, public memory, and digital rhetoric.
Episode 64: Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America, with David Clary
November 10th, 2017 | 46 mins 1 sec
My guest is David Clary. David is a news editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune and the author of “Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America,” published by Rutgers University Press on Oct. 30, 2017. The book explores how and why states have encouraged and promoted the expansion of legalized gambling in America.
Episode 63: Babette's Feast, with Julia Beardsley O'Brien and Abigail Killeen
November 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 28 secs
Babette’s Feast tells the story of how a refugee transforms a closed religious community by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party. Through her radical hospitality, this mysterious woman converts her guests’ deeply held notions of scarcity and judgment and opens them up to give and receive abundant grace. My guests, Julia Beardsley O'Brien and Abigail Kileen, have adapted the story for the stage. This adaptation re-imagines the story you thought you knew about Babette’s singular feast: deep, funny, dangerous, sensual, and beautiful.
Episode 62: Philadelphia: Finding The Hidden City, with Nathaniel Popkin
November 4th, 2017 | 58 mins 33 secs
My guest is Nathaniel Popkin. Why is Philadelphia the “Hidden City?” What makes it distinctive in the landscape of American cities? And why does it matter? These are the questions Hidden City Daily co-founders Peter Woodall and Nathaniel Popkin and Hidden City Festival photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott seek to answer in the new book, "Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City."
Episode 61: When Dust Becomes Mercy, with Tullian Tchividjian
October 30th, 2017 | 1 hr 9 mins
Tullian Tchividjian is the grandson of Billy Graham. He's written several award winning books. He's been a celebrated preacher and pastor. Then his life fell apart. He lost his marriage and his church and he wanted to end it all. Then he found hope. If hope is what you need, this is the conversation for you.
Episode 60: The Zombie Gospel, with Danielle Strickland
October 20th, 2017 | 42 mins 15 secs
My guest is Danielle Strickland. Her newest book, "The Zombie Gospel", explores the spiritual and existential themes in the wildly popular television series "The Walking Dead."
Episode 59: Thanks, Obama...My Hopey, Changey White House Years, with David Litt
October 18th, 2017 | 41 mins 48 secs
David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president." Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, his first book, "Thanks, Obama" is an exciting debut about what it means – personally, professionally, and politically – to grow up.
Episode 58: Same Kind Of Different As Me, with Darren Moorman
October 11th, 2017 | 36 mins 54 secs
My guest is Darren Moorman. He's produced numerous feature films. His most recent film, "Same Kind Of Difference As Me", premiers on October 20th. It stars Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and John Voight.
Episode 57: The American Religious Landscape, with Robert P. Jones
October 10th, 2017 | 40 mins 40 secs
My guest today is Robert P. Jones. He's the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, and the author of several books, including "The End of White Christian America." The American religious landscape has undergone dramatic changes in the last decade and is more diverse today than at any time since modern sociological measurements began. PRRI’s 2016 American Values Atlas is the single largest survey of American religious and denominational identity ever conducted.