By Nish Weiseth and Amy Sullivan
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A weekly politics and religion podcast hosted by Nish Weiseth (Cosmopolitan, The BBC, Deseret News) and Amy Sullivan (TIME Magazine, Yahoo News, NYTimes). It's called Impolite Company because the rules of etiquette say that you're not supposed to talk about either politics or religion in polite company - presumably because those two topics can get people a little riled. But, if this is where being polite has gotten us, it's clearly not working.
||Explicit3: "I am done modulating my emotions to protect you from my rage"||In this episode, we are done. Done done done. The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process is over but we are just getting started. We talk about why calls for civility in the wake of injustice are often calls to silence underrepresented voices. We disc...||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: "These freakin' guys"||This week, Nish and Amy talk about the wrong way to do faith outreach, as well as an attempt by a group of LDS women to appeal to the four Mormon senators who sit on the Judiciary Committee. We also introduce a new segment called "Race to the Bottom,||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: "It's a really horrible time to be a Catholic"||And we are back! Welcome to the Season Two premiere of Impolite Company, in which we discuss new revelations of abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church, the increasingly contested nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and Democratic faith-outreach efforts.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: The It's-Almost-Time-for-Season-Two! Update||We're just days away from launching the second season of Impolite Company, listeners! In the meantime, we wanted to share this conversation Amy had with Calvin College historian and gender studies professor Kristin Du Mez. Du Mez is writing a book ab||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: The Mid-Summer Break Update||In this mini episode, Amy checks in to tell listeners that Impolite Company will be back for Season Two after Labor Day, and bemoans the many religion & politics stories that have gone uncommented on over the summer. Mentioned this week: • [Nish's||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: "They're using religion as a sword to harm other people"||_Note: This episode was recorded before Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, and before an armed man slaughtered five journalists at the Annapolis Capitol Gazette._ We're one week away from taking a break for much of the sum.||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28: "This is one of those moments"||Buckle up, listeners. We recorded this week's episode just an hour or so after Jeff Sessions cited Romans 13 to justify the Trump Administration's policy of ripping families apart at the border, so we were in full NOT TODAY SATAN mode. You have been wa.||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: "Next question!"||This week we're taking a break from our regular discussions of everything awful and devoting an entire episode to fielding listener questions! From how Nish and Amy met to favorite tv shows to parenting tips, we've got answers. **_Please visit our [P||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: "Try Googling 'John Hagee and End Times'"||This week, we talk about Vice President Mike Pence's commencement address at Hillsdale College, in which he declared that religiosity is on the rise in America (it's not). We also discuss the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusal||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: "We are swimming in a sea of red flags"||This week, Nish and Amy talk about Trump's belated announcement of a White House faith office, as well as the backlash among Southern Baptist women to comments from Paige Patterson regarding marriage and domestic abuse. We also interview journalist ...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: "Well, that escalated quickly"||We begin this week by discussing the Case of Paul Ryan and the Disappearing Chaplain. But in the time between recording this episode and releasing it, the chaplain in question rescinded his resignation and Paul Ryan gave in, restoring the chaplain to h.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: "Welcome to our world, Tim Keller"||In this episode, we discuss the unfamiliar sight of a world leader admitting a mistake, apologizing, and asking forgiveness--as Pope Francis has after initially backing a Chilean bishop accused of protecting sexually-abusive priests. We also talk ab...||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: "There's a lot of collateral damage."||Nish and Amy are back together again! This week we talk about the abrupt resignation/retirement of Willow Creek's founding pastor Bill Hybels after one of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment wrote publicly about her st...||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: Mormons & The Mailbag||This week, Nish is back! But it's Amy's turn to take the week off. It was a big week for the LDS Church - sustaining a new prophet, appointments of new apostles, and some big structural shifts in how they do ministry. To break down the changes, as we||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: #InTheSpiritOfHolyWeek||This week Amy is joined by guest co-host [Jack Jenkins](https://twitter.com/jackmjenkins), superstar religion journalist and national reporter for Religion News Service. We discuss Jack's reporting on the involvement of religious groups in anti-gun-v||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: "Christians are called to lay down our lives, not to take down other lives."||Nish is away this week, so Amy is joined by guest co-host [Rachel Johnson](https://www.trcnyc.org/seniorstaff/), executive minister of communications at Riverside Church in New York City. We had a wonderful conversation teasing out some tensions in ...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18: "Why do critics of the Social Gospel think Christianity is a zero-sum game?"||This week we tackle the Atlantic cover story about Trump and evangelicals: ["The Last Temptation"](https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/the-last-temptation/554066/) by former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson. His lament for th.||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: "Christians! Do not hold those Purim parties!"||This week we tackled a delicate issue for many American Christians--churches that hold their own observances of Jewish holidays. Amy talked to Mark Oppenheimer, religion journalist and host of the [Unorthodox](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unorth.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16: "This is a group of Catholics who are willing to stand in the gap."||This week we took on a trio of stories from the Catholic world: the overwhelming united support for Dreamers among U.S. Catholics, including the group of sisters, priests, and laypeople who were arrested at the U.S. Capitol this week; Springfield Bisho.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: "What good is access if you're not using it to preach truth to power?"||In which we call B.S. on the court evangelicals who want us to believe that they're counseling Trump about his misogyny and racism and cruelty behind closed doors--but won't say anything against him publicly. We also discuss the legacy of Billy Graham.||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14: "The Bible is not clear. Your interpretation of the Bible is clear."||This week, we discuss Rob Porter, former White House Staff Secretary who resigned after images of alleged domestic abuse surfaced in the media. Porter and his ex-wives are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and we discuss t.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: "Donald Trump is the conduit to God's will on earth?!"||In this episode, we talk about the belief by many conservative charismatics in America that God helped put Donald Trump in the White House, the subject of a [Politico Magazine story](https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/27/millions-of-americ.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: "I want to be defined by what I'm for and not by what I'm against."||This week, we introduce a new segment at the top of the hour: "Three Minutes of Twitter." Since Nish deactivated her Twitter account and now has one less place to put her rage, Amy decided it would be fun to give her three full minutes to rant, uninter.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: When cursing is a problem, but racism is just fine.||This week, we give an update on two stories from last week: the selection of a new prophet for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (otherwise known as the Mormon church), and the story about a popular evangelical megachurch pastor who sexua.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: "There are consequences to your actions."||Happy New Year! We're back with our first episode in 2018\. This week, we discuss the 100 largest churches in America, and how none of them are LGBT-affirming. We also talk about the death of the Mormon prophet, and Nish interviews Anthony Sweat, a pro.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9: "The Nones Are Alright"||In our final episode for 2017, we take a look at the dynamics, challenges, and benefits of interfaith families, particularly in Jewish communities. Amy shares her own experience as a Christian woman married to a culturally Jewish man, and raising their.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8: "I have never been so happy to be so wrong."||Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in the race for Alabama's Senate seat! We dissect the exit polling - How did Evangelicals vote? What does this say about the status of the abortion debate? Will America finally learn to listen to the wisdom and leadership o.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: "Religious freedom for thee? Or religious freedom just for me?"||This week, we take a look at the ramifications of Trump's decision to scale back two national monuments in Utah, particularly for Native American tribes and their spiritual lives. We also discuss the resurrection of Martin Luther King's "Poor Peopl...||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: "The President of the United States is promoting a big conspiracy theory."||It's the start of the holiday season, which can only mean one thing: The War on Christmas! This week, we take a deep dive into what is basically a giant conspiracy theory perpetuated by FOX News. We also give updates on Liberty University and the Roy M.||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: "I'm sorry, America."||In this episode, we discuss Notre Dame's birth control reversal and the epic disaster of Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the US Senate. We also talk about white conservative evangelical Christians again, because they can't stop being terrib.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: "This is a sickness."||This week, after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX in which 26 people were killed, we devote the entire hour to dissecting the link between white conservative evangelicalism and support of gun proliferation and culture. Amy discusses her expe.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: “Go Go Gadget Treason Detector”||We break down the implications of the first indictments in Robert Mueller’s investigation, including the response from some of Trump’s evangelical advisers. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we also dive into the state of the divorce||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: "I'm so happy the bar is THAT low."||This week, we discuss: 1. Donald Trump attacking yet another Gold Star family. 2. Disgraced former megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll getting a big blogging platform. 3. Sean Hannity's visit to Robert Jeffress' church, First Baptist Dallas. 4. A n...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Charismatics and Bond Villains||In the inaugural episode, we tackle the impact of the Harvey Weinstein allegations within evangelical Christianity, Willow Creek's big decision to hire a female as its new Lead Pastor, as well as the annual Values Voter Summit. We also take a peek at .||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer||Why did white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in greater numbers than they have for any other presidential candidate in history? Why do some of us believe healthcare is a human right while others think that if you get sick, it’s your own fault?||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I plan to keep listening
My head was nodding in agreement an awful lot during this first episode. As a fellow Utahan, I already follow Nish on social media and am glad to hear her voice on a podcast. Glad to have an opportunity to hear Amy and Nish's take on politics, religion and current headlines.
Such a good listen. It really voiced my frustration with the church just voting for everything that contradicts THE BIBLE. Thank you for this podcast.
Exactly what I needed!
As a fellow unicorn, this show is exactly what I needed for these times. Amy & Nish are smart, funny, and honest! Highly recommend!!