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On the day I'm posting this, I am also wrapping up the ninth year of Inappropriate Conversations. The tenth year of this podcast and website is about to begin. Reflecting on that, it occurred to me that some of these shows were either planned as doubles or ended up being a multiple of some sort. This retrospective will look at those occasions, typically in back-to-back postings. Most are #IC podcasts, but Walk The Earth plays a role, too. More than a handful of #wte shows are covered in this list.

Politics introduction:
Radical Moderates and the Political Spectrum

Boiling Point fable about politics and science


Religion introduction:
"Chapter and Verse"

Permanent Things I Believe


Art introduction:
Art and the Strange Bedfellows

"Laws of Motion"


Prayer in school:
My Prayer for a Football Game

Establishment of Religion


Men and Women:
Sacred Friendship

Macho Weaknesses


10 Areas of Agreement about Abortion:
Part 1

Part 2


Environment and Consumption:
Disposability (We've become a Bunch of Tossers)

The Erosion of the TV Landscape


Growing up and raising kids:
Child's Play and Imagination

Making the World Safe for Kids


Inter-sexual Friendship:

A Farewell Address from the Mexican Mountains

Moments of Epiphany

Revelation Weekend


What It Means to Worship

The Heart of the Matter


Maturing and maturity:
The Perspective of Growing Up

Communicating with Kids in an Adult Way


The Violence of Denial

Eulogy for Homophobia


Safeguarding Marriage

Saying No to Myself


The existence of God:
Originating Ideas

Where Would I Be Without God?


Gender and the church:
Walk The Earth 6

Gender Segregation


Church retreats:
Spiritual Stunting and Divine Development

Gathering 'round the Campfire


Racial (in)justice:
Walk The Earth 22

Letting Justice Roll


Walk The Earth 29

Walk The Earth 30


Halloween sound collage:
Halloween Treats

Halloween Tricks

Halloween Sabbath


In the shoes of Islam:
Walk The Earth 37

Walk The Earth 38

Walk The Earth 39

Walk The Earth 40


Times that call for the sound of music:
The Sound of Protest

The Sound of Resistance

The Sound of Opposition

The Sound of Disorder

The Sound of Dissent

The Sound of Sustainability


That is 50 podcasts with inter-connections among the 267 released so far in the history of Inappropriate Conversations and Walk The Earth. And maybe, just maybe, more could have been cited.
Thanks for listening!


Concluding a long TalkBack series to start the year, I'm giving the last word to the Sermon On The Mount. Intentionally, I've done this in the most common English translations I can find, preferring an easily understood paraphrase to any version that makes it sound like Jesus was speaking to some gathering of experts rather than a crowd. 

Next month, Walk The Earth will resume with new episodes and Inappropriate Conversations after that.

It is not possible for me to look back to February 2012 and Inappropriate Conversations #81 and not think of community. It's particularly true this year. This recording would not have been possible without a strong, supportive online community, one that now seems to be gone. At the same time, another online community, Pride48, is providing deeply meaningful support for its participants at the news that one of our podcasters has died, too young and suddenly. This is the right time for the voices of old friends to be ringing in my ears.

RIP, Matthew Ulmen

The TalkBack series in January focused on scripture, theology, and religion with slices of Inappropriate Conversations #150. February will finish this set of callbacks with episodes that function as an Appendix of sorts, supporting material consistent with Opening The Scriptures and taking the Bible seriously. Inappropriate Conversations #131 has a New Testament focus, primarily the story of Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. 
That, and a strangely controversial Different Drummer.


Listening to an episode of The Hustle podcast last week got me thinking about a concept I've long considered: albums with songs that carry the name of an album without actually being a "title track" in the traditional sense. 

I wouldn't be surprised, for example, if people believe that Pink Floyd wrote a song called "The Dark Side of the Moon" but it's actually called "Brain Damage" instead. 
It would be hard to confuse The Roots' song "You Got Me" with any other title, but the album name Things Fall Apart is a central lyric within the rap of that single.
What triggered my memory was a deeper album cut from Spin Doctors, "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" carrying the lyric of the album title, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.

So, some of the 25 songs on the playlist I created as a starting point are obvious. Some, less so. I'm sure there are more. For now, here is my initial list of songs that function within their albums as The DeFacto Title Track.


When Inappropriate Conversations #150 was first posted in September 2014, the best solution I had for liner notes was simply a list of all the quoted texts, which alone was quite extensive. Now, wrapping up this look-back to that long podcast, I'll use the last of these 6 parts with a link to the original post. It has the full set of scriptures and the name of the Different Drummer, and that segment closes out the episode. 

#IC #150

Few figures in this history of Christianity are as controversial as Paul. Really, it's important to look at the story of the Apostle Paul as both a history of Saul and Paul. That is true whether you view "history" here as historical fact or the internal back-story of a fictional narrative. Either way, Paul's influence is quite real, and I wouldn't call him the hero of his own story. 

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