Conversation on Tap
Episode 55: We Smile With Pope Francis

Episode 55: We Smile With Pope Francis

July 26, 2020

Welcome back to Conversation on Tap

In this episode, Jose interviewed Paul Fahey, a contributor to Where Peter Is. For the intro and outro, Jose is joined by his lovely wife Christina! 

But, first, Jose and Christina celebrate the joyous return of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company's Lizard's Mouth, which has 9% alcohol by volume.  

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about predestination, while Christina talked about the Glee curse.

In the main segment, Jose was joined by Paul Fahey to discuss Pope Francis, particularly his book The Name of God is MercyThey spend the bulk of their time talking about what Pope Francis means by mercy, as well as the misconceptions his critics have about mercy in general. They refer to parables, such as the lost sheep and the prodigal son, to drive the point home. It's an engaging conversation between two people who have a lot of admiration for Pope Francis.

In the final segment, Jose and Christina talked about what they have been watching: Jose talked about Down to Earth, a docu-series on Netflix, while Christina gushed about the new Iration album .

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 54: We Redpill QAnon

Episode 54: We Redpill QAnon

July 17, 2020

Welcome back to Conversation on Tap

In this episode, Jose interviewed David Lafferty, a contributor to Where Peter Is. For the intro and outro, Jose is joined by his tocayo Jose Segura, who has been on the show many times! 

But, first, Jose and Jose chat about conspiracy theories, such as the moon landing, Covid-19, and the JFK assassination. Afterward, they chat about what they have on tap. 

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about freedom, while Jose talked about the movement to canonize Carlos Acutis, the first would-be patron saint of the internet.

In the main segment, Jose was joined by David Lafferty to discuss QAnon. They talked about the origin of QAnon and how their first major conspiracy-- Pizzagate-- went disastrously wrong. David also spoke about the disgraced and discredited archbishop Vigano, who wrote a QAnon inspired letter to Trump. The discussion also looks forward to the future of QAnon and their waning influence with each failed prediction. It's an engaging and fun discussion!

In the final segment, Jose and Ramon talked about what they have been watching: Jose watched Eurovision on Netflix, while Jose watched The Expanse on Amazon Prime. 

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 53: We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!

Episode 53: We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!

July 10, 2020

Welcome back to Conversation on Tap

In this episode, Jose interviewed Robin Shelby, the wonderful actress behind the iconic Slimer character from Ghostbusters 2. For the intro and outro, Jose is joined by Ramon Campoamor, the host of Dad's Podcast Project

But, first, Jose and Ramon chat about what they have on tap. Jose is once again enjoying some delicious Guinness Extra Stout, while Ramon was getting tipsy on H20-- known more commonly as water.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about ghosts, while Ramon talked about the "Right to Repair." 

In the main segment, Jose was joined by Robin Shelby to discuss her experience as Slimer and reflect on her life as part of the iconic Ghostbusters franchise. We begin by talking about her life before Slimer, including her work on the movie WillowWe also talk about what it was like to be inside of the Slimer suit, as well as the team effort required to bring Slimer to life. Robin also talked about meeting Bill Murray on one of the days of filming. We talked about some of her other films and theater work, including her role as Lady Slimer in the all-female cast of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. It's an engaging and fun discussion!

In the final segment, Jose and Ramon talked about what they have been watching: Jose watched Hamilton on Disney+, while Ramon watched Upload on Amazon Prime. 

And be sure to check out Ramon's Podcast!

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 52: We Consider Socialism: Part 2

Episode 52: We Consider Socialism: Part 2

July 3, 2020

Welcome back to Conversation on Tap

In this episode, Jose continues his discussion with Sam Rocha, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, to discuss socialism and his recent debate against Trent Horn on Catholic Answers. For the intro and outro, Jose is joined by his wife Christina. 

But, first, Jose and Christina chat about the delicious Guinness Extra Stout that they yummily swallowed.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about the hideous Abby Johnson video entitled "My Biracial Boy," and Christina talked about how she has learned so much from Emmanuel Acho's YouTube series "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man."

In the main segment, Jose is joined by Sam Rocha to discuss socialism. The conversation begins with a discussion about capitalism; Sam is quite charitable with his capitalist interlocutors. We then move into a discussion about how the Affordable Care Act-- also known as ObamaCare-- isn't actually socialism at all, despite critics' claims. This moves into a discussion about Black Lives Matter and racism in our country. We also take some time to discuss how socialism actually plays out in capitalist countries around the world through welfare programs and social safety nets. Jose then asks Sam if the term "socialist" is even worth using in our time due to the negative connotations Americans reflexively hold. As we began to wind down the conversation, Sam reflected on the Magnificat, Mary's radical prayer of confronting power in this world. The episode ended with a beautiful and deeply personal connection for Sam to a previous debate he participated in at Wabash College. This was definitely an awesome discussion, in its truest sense.

We are also grateful that Sam gave us permission to use his music in this episode and in the previous episode, too. Check out his YouTube Channel for more of his great music!

In the final segment, Jose and Christina talked about how they have been watching the Netflix show The Floor is Lava. It is a fun, family show!

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 51: We Consider Socialism: Part 1

Episode 51: We Consider Socialism: Part 1

June 26, 2020

In this episode, Jose is joined by Sam Rocha, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, to discuss socialism and his recent debate against Trent Horn on Catholic Answers. For the intro and outro, Jose is joined by his wife Christina. 

But, first, Jose and Christina chat about what they are drinking: Christina was drinking the delicious chai tea from Trader Joe's, while Jose had a Cabernet Sauvignon from JLohr.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about the Americanism heresy, and Christina talked about the firing of several cast members on Bravo's Vanderpump Rules for racist behavior.

In the main segment, Jose is joined by Sam Rocha to discuss socialism. The conversation begins with a discussion about how Sam made his way from Texas to Vancouver, as well as his love of music. As they moved into their topic, Sam took some time to rebut critics who claimed that he never defined the word "socialism," which he clearly did throughout his arguments, to the point of offering three tangible examples. The two then discuss the actual application of socialism through a discussion of orthopraxy, as well as looking at how socialism has played out in world history, rather than being confined to a pithy definition. As they begin to wrap up part one, Sam juxtaposes socialism against capitalism, particularly from a biblical perspective.

In the final segment, Jose and Christina talked about how they have been watching the Netflix show The Politician

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 50: We Can’t Breathe

Episode 50: We Can’t Breathe

June 19, 2020

In this episode, Jose and Joel pour themselves some delicious coffee and discuss the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about the parallels between the killings of George Floyd and Jesus, and Joel used his time to discuss Mile's Law, which has to do with how a person's position in society or in a structure influences their perspective on policies.

In the main segment, Jose and Joel did their best to temper their anger while discussing the murder of George Floyd. They started by going through the timeline of George Floyd's deadly encounter with the police. Their discussion went into examples of police brutality, from Michael Brown to Eric Garner to Breonna Taylor and more. They also discussed the looting and rioting, though they stressed that the overwhelming reaction to the killing has been peaceful protests. We also talked about reforming the police departments, defunding the police, Black Lives Matter, and Trump's role in all of this. We ended the conversation on a hopeful note.

In the final segment, Jose talked about how he has been watching Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, whereas Joel talked about the recent David French article.

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on Facebook and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 49: We are Leaving for Viva Las Vegas

Episode 49: We are Leaving for Viva Las Vegas

June 7, 2020

In this episode, Jose is joined by Ken Miller, the editor of Las Vegas Magazine, to discuss Las Vegas' plans for reopening in the midst of the Coronavirus. For the intro and outro, Jose is joined by his wife Christina. 

But, first, Jose and Christina chat about what they are drinking: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company's Hoppy Poppy.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about how a person could fulfill the CDC's handwashing guideline of 20 seconds by saying the Our Father, and Christina called out guys for using the game Words With Friends to creepily hit on women.

In the main segment, Jose is joined by Ken Miller to talk about developments in Las Vegas regarding the plan to reopen during the Covid-19 epidemic. The governor of Nevada was scheduled to give an announcement before our interview but had to cancel due to the fact that he had been exposed to the virus. We also take some time to talk about the horrendous interview the Las Vegas mayor had on Anderson Cooper. We also talk about what Las Vegas will look like as the casinos begin to reopen. Ken also gives his advice about how to have a good time in Vegas, and we talk about our favorite Las Vegas movie. It's a fun conversation! 

In the final segment, Jose talked about how he has been watching the Disney+ docuseries entitled Gallery, which is about the making of The Mandalorian; Christina has been watching reaction videos on Youtube by people like Jamel AKA Jamal, Rebecca the Vocal Athlete, and Beth Roars.

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on Facebook and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 48: We Distance Ourselves from Covidiots

Episode 48: We Distance Ourselves from Covidiots

May 30, 2020

In this episode, Jose and Joel are joined by Roger Hall to discuss the Trump presidency and the protesters of the Coronavirus protection guidelines.

But, first, Jose and Joel chat about what they are drinking: Heineken and Blue Moon Belgian White.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about the etymology of the words hocus pocus, and Joel used his time to discuss political purity tests and Michael Moore's recent documentary assailing environmentalists.

In the main segment, Jose and Joel were joined by Roger Hall, a history professor at Allan Hancock College, for an informed discussion about the historical context of the Coronavirus pandemic and the Trump administration. The discussion begins with some background on Mr. Hall's credentials and then moves into his love of teaching, especially teaching history. The conversation really began when they started to discuss his letter to the editor regarding the ill-informed protests in Santa Maria and around the nation. From there, they discussed the Trump administration's handling of the response, as well as Trump's incompetence as president. The conversation ended with a comparison of the presidencies of Trump and Abraham Lincoln. It's an amazing discussion!

In the final segment, Jose talked about how he has been watching a YouTube show called Hot Ones, whereas Joel talked about the hilarious impressions of Sarah Cooper.

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on Facebook and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 47: We Support the Eugene Weekly

Episode 47: We Support the Eugene Weekly

May 22, 2020

Welcome back to Conversation on Tap!

In this episode, Jose and Joel are joined by Henry Houston to discuss journalism and writing for the Eugene Weekly.

But, first, Jose and Joel chat about what they are drinking: Lagunitas IPA and St. Pauli Girl.

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about how virtual masses just aren't the same as attending in person, and Joel used his time to call out Andrew Sullivan for criticizing the 1619 Project, though he gave him credit for calling out the left on the Tara Reade scandal.

In the main segment, Jose and Joel were joined by Henry Houston for a lively conversation. They started the conversation by going through some of Jose's favorite articles written by Henry: Country Grammar, in which Henry was able to meet with Garth and fulfill his childhood dream; Shatner: The Final Frontier, in which Henry recalls his interview with William Shatner; and Nerd Bashing Timein which he interviews the MAGA-hat-wearing MMA fighter Colby Covington. From there, we talked about whether Star Trek or Star Wars was better, what it's like to get hate mail, journalistic standards, and the reaction to Oregon's Coronavirus health guidelines. It's a great discussion about the real work that journalists do to bring citizens independent news.

In the final segment, Jose talked about how he has been watching a YouTube show called Hiking With Kevin, whereas Joel talked about a New Yorker piece about Greenwich Republicans who support Trump, the Michael Jordan docu-series entitled The Last Dance, and a rapper from Oxnard named Anderson Paak.

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on Facebook and Instagram

Cheers!

Episode 46: We Quarantine and Chill

Episode 46: We Quarantine and Chill

May 1, 2020

Welcome back to Conversation on Tap!

In this episode, Jose was joined by his wife Christina to discuss how they are entertaining themselves during the Coronavirus quarantine.

But, first, Jose and Christina chat about what they are drinking: Modelo Especial. It goes down easy!

For their FRED Talks, Jose talked about Eastertide and why the roots of Easter in Passover, and Christina talked about the Zombie Snail.

In the main segment, Jose and Christina have a wide-ranging chat about all of the movies and TV shows they are watching during the quarantine. They are watching the juicy shows on Bravo, especially Vanderpump Rules, Summer House, Shahs of Sunset, and the various Real Housewives shows. They also talk about The Invisible Man, so watch out for spoilers! But they also can't help themselves when it comes to tangents about Predator, Harry and the Hendersons, and more! They also discuss Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen and Netflix's Tiger King.

In the final segment, Jose talked about how he has been watching a new crowd-funded show entitled The Chosen, whereas Christina has been reading Idiot, Next Level Basic, the Tattooist of Auschwitz

That's all for this week, but keep up with the Podcast by following us on Facebook and Instagram

Cheers!

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