By Brian Doak and Leah Payne
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Weird Religion is a podcast for people who think religion is weird but love it anyway. Your hosts, Leah Payne and Brian Doak, are both professors, authors, and pop culture aficionados, whose interests range from archaeology and history and linguistics to LARPing and The Walking Dead. Episodes tackle some piece of media highlighting the wonderful weirdness of religious experience—a documentary, a television show, a Twitter scandal—and use that as a "thread" on which to hang reflections on a wide variety of topics. Cults. The perils of fame within the evangelical world. Church attendance. Atheism. Gamer communities. Millennials and avocado toast. It's all here.
||CleanTHE FOOD (Ugly Delicious, Food, Identity, and Community with Roger Nam)||Brian invents melted cheese over nachos; Leah breaks foot running after Cheetos||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE TEACHER (Dangerous Minds, Teaching Fails, artist Tim Timmerman, Gurus)||Teaching cliches, fails and joys, and Michelle Pfeiffer.||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE HALLMARK (Hallmark Christmas romance, marriage, dating a ghost, and kissing dating goodbye)||Ladies: to find love, (1) quit your jobs, and (2) start dating a ghost.||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE WAR (Ken Burns' Vietnam Documentary; professor James Byrd; rapture paintball)||Is every war a holy war? Will America have another civil war?||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE CONSPIRACY (Trump Prophecies, QAnon, Revelation, psychology of conspiracy theories)||Are toucans, as a species, a hoax?||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE HOUSE (Home Mythologies and Rituals: HGTV, House Hunters, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper)||Mythologies of hearth and home, from ancient temples to HGTV||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWEIRD RELIGION SEASON TWO TRAILER||The Weird Religion Season Two trailer||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS MATERIAL: RAPTURE PAINTBALL||Prepare for the end-times, with a Christian themed paintball game!||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS MATERIAL: CHRISTIAN BUMPER STICKERS||In case of rapture, this car...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEXTRA: ROSE CITY COMIC CON||The geeks have won, and children are fighting in the apocalypse.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS MATERIAL: BRIDE OF CHRIST||Are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles satanic, and can men be married to Jesus?||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS MATERIAL: IHOB||Why change a good thing?||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE REVELATION (Come Sunday)||When God reveals heretical views to you, and you're the pastor...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE MOUNTAIN (Meru)||Why would anyone climb a mountain, and why will Leah never climb a mountain?||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE AUDIENCE (Audience of One)||What if you saw your first movie at age 40, and now you must create the greatest film ever made?||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE GAMERS (King of Kong)||Niche communities and secularity, made fun!||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE HERETIC (The Heretic)||Is everyone going to heaven, part one...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE WOMEN (Handmaid's Tale)||Does it suck to be a woman?||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE KINDNESS (Won't You Be My Neighbor)||We're going back to the Neighborhood...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE CULT (Wild Wild Country)||Have you ever thought about starting a cult?||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE MONSTER (The Walking Dead)||The apocalypse has arrived, and the monster is here...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE AFTERLIFE (Black Mirror)||Would you want to be married--literally forever?||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINTRODUCING WEIRD RELIGION||The Season One trailer for the Weird Religion podcast. Brian's celebrity crush revealed. The source of Leah's high school popularity revealed. Join us...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Why is it that religion is the thing you aren’t allowed to talk about at a dinner party? There’s nothing more interesting! Plus, it’s inescapable even in modern culture - which is what I love about this podcast - two actually real life super smart people talking about the intersection religion and pop culture (among other things) in a super approachable way... I want to enter the conversation every time I listen... Great work Brian and Leah! I haven’t found anything else like this out there, except for maybe the liturgist podcast or the bad christian podcast, but both of those fail to do what you guys have captured here. Super fun :)
Interesting takes from experts
Great commentary from two people who actually know what they’re talking about. If you want to learn about religion and be entertained, listen to these two.
I love it!!
The topics of these episodes are current, compelling, and engaging.
Disclaimer: I did some research for the hosts on the episodes. But I love it! Sue me.