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 42: Nurture The Wow, with Danya Ruttenberg
August 3rd, 2017 | 49 mins 38 secs
Danya Ruttenberg writes books about the messy business of trying to be a person in the world, and how spirituality can inform and transform that work. Sometimes that’s about parenting, sometimes feminism, sex, God, justice, or joy. Her most recent book, "Nurture The Wow", has just been released in paperback.
Episode 41: Girls Gone Old, with Fiona Helmsley
July 28th, 2017 | 51 mins 1 sec
My guest is Fiona Helmsley. Her most recent book of essays is entitled "Girls Gone Old."
Episode 40: What Is Neo-Liberalism & Why It Matters, with Michael Konczal
July 26th, 2017 | 49 mins 41 secs
My guest is Mike Konczal. He is a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. He has recently written some pieces for Vox on Neo-Liberalism, which were the subject of our conversation.
Episode 39: Game of Thrones and the Games Politicians Play, with David French
July 25th, 2017 | 1 hr 9 mins
My guest is David French. He 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. He also knows a lot about Game of Thrones.
Episode 38: Live Show At The Philly Podcast Festival, with Peter Crimmins
July 24th, 2017 | 46 mins 3 secs
My guest is Peter Crimmins, Arts & Culture reporter for WHYY, Philadelphia's NPR affialite station. This show was taped live at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival.
Episode 37: Strange Beauty, with Eliza Factor
July 21st, 2017 | 49 mins 53 secs
My guest is Eliza Factor. Her most recent book is a memoir entitled "Strange Beauty."
Episode 36: Faithful Presence, with David Fitch
July 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 19 mins
My guest is David Fitch. He's a pastor, theologian and author of numerous books. His most recent book is "Faithful Presence: How God Shapes the Church for the Sake of the World. "
Episode 35: Eat Your Heart Out, with Tiffany Ann Dwyer
July 19th, 2017 | 37 mins 52 secs
Tiffaney Ann is a health and wellness coach specializing in food philosophy, an Essential Oils educator, wife, mother and Real Life advocate. Her passion is influencing others to love themselves (whatever that means) without guilt.
Episode 34: All The Beautiful People We Once Knew, With Edward Carlson
July 14th, 2017 | 55 mins 1 sec
My guest is Edward Carlson. His debut novel is "All The Beautiful People We Once Knew." He is a New York shipping lawyer by trade.
Episode 33: Evolution 2.0, with Perry Marshall
July 6th, 2017 | 1 hr 8 mins
My guest is Perry Marshall. Perry is an author, speaker, engineer and world-renowned business consultant in Chicago. His newest book, "Evolution 2.0", builds its case on standard, peer reviewed mainstream research. It seeks to resolve the conflict between Darwin and Design, opening new avenues of science research and raising tantalizing new questions.
Episode 32: International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event In History, with Jocelyn Olcott
June 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
My guest is Jocelyn Olcott. She is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of, most recently, "International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History".
Episode 31: Singer, Songwriter and Playwright Jim Knable
June 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 15 mins
My guest is singer, songwriter and playwright Jim Knable.
Episode 30: Movies Are Prayers, with Josh Larsen
June 13th, 2017 | 36 mins 11 secs
My guest is Josh Larsen, host of the "Filmspotting" podcast and author of "Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings."
Episode 29: Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, with Kelly Kapic
June 6th, 2017 | 49 mins 20 secs
My guest is Kelly Kapic. He teaches theology at Covenant College and is the author of "Embodied Hope: A Theological Mediation on Pain and Suffering."
Episode 28: The Collapse of American Identity, with Robert P. Jones
June 5th, 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."