About the Show
Luke and Gomer became friends Freshman year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and 14 years later they started a podcast. The show oscillates between a conversation between just the two of us and interviews that we do together of other, fancier people. Sometimes we get explicit either by being too honest or by being too stupid. Either way, it's fun!
Episode 103: Ike Ndolo | After Charlottesville is a lot like Before
August 18th, 2017
1 hr 50 mins
Black Lives Matter, Charlottesville, racism, white supremacy
We bring back Ike Ndolo to create a safe space so he can blow us all away. We start with him WHINING about wedding planning, wildly inappropriate sex stuff and Ike bringing "The Drama", and then unleash Ike on Charlottesville.
Episode 102: Explosive! Anima! Technica! Vacua!
August 11th, 2017
1 hr 23 mins
Hans Urs von Balthasar, Strategy, anima technica vacua, ministry
We've talked about the "anima technica vacua" a bunch of times in the past, but now we do a deep dive, especially how the empty soul of the modern West affects our patterns of thinking.
Episode 101: A Beautiful Renaissance with Anthony D'Ambrosio
August 4th, 2017
1 hr 6 mins
Catholic Creatives, art, beauty, vulnerability
Anthony D'Ambrosio of Catholic Creatives hops on the shows from a trailer park filled with Evangelicals to discuss life, art, creativity, the New Catholic Renaissance in beauty, and how to deal with insecurity, self-doubt, and envy.
Episode 100: Brandon Vogt Responds
July 28th, 2017
1 hr 7 mins
Convocation of Catholic Leaders, Pelagianism, grace, statistics
After listening to our show on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, Brandon Vogt reaches out to us to explain and to reach some common ground between what was presented on the "Nones" panel and Luke's take away. Gomer, for his part, doesn't do the nice small-talk thing, and just makes them argue, which is fun.
Episode 99: You're a Bald, 18, Chubby, Freak!
July 24th, 2017
1 hr 4 mins
emotions, game of thrones, nuns, sisters
Luke and Gomer talk... well... we talk about a lot of stuff. Why does it seem like there are a lot more chill nuns than priests, emotional manipulation in youth ministry, Sister Miriam is incredible, diet fails, and, of course, GAME OF THRONES
Episode 98: Are We Getting Superhero Fatigue?
July 14th, 2017
1 hr 41 secs
Spider-Man, Tarantino, film, pop art, wonder woman
Art vs Pop, Enthusiast vs Casualist, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We talk Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, "The Watchmen", "The Fifth Element", "Dunkirk," "Guardians of the Galaxy 2", and other blockbusters. We bring up why maybe Wonder Woman did not appeal to us, though we liked it, as much as Spider-Man did, BECAUSE WE ARE PRIVILEGED MEN. Also, "War for the Planet of the Apes" looks awesome and how Andy Serkis is utterly brilliant and amazing.
The Catholic Convocation, Barron, and the Catching Foxes Hello
July 7th, 2017
1 hr 12 mins
Bishop Barron, Catholic Convocation, Leaders, gospel, sociology, statistics
Luke, representing 500,000 Catholics, attended the convocation and he represented Catching Foxes well. We explore the suckiness of treating the crisis in the Church as a sociology/statistics problem, the lack of God, when God showed up in the preaching of Sister Miriam, SOLT, and Gomer shares a prison ministry heartbreak. Also: IS SINGLENESS A VOCATION?
Episode 96: Danielle Noonan and P Diddy?!
June 30th, 2017
1 hr 27 mins
abuse, adoption, dads, healing, husband, love, music, worship
We invited our friend, Danielle Noonan, to talk about her love of music, what it means to be adopted, to be a childhood victim of abuse, and how cheap consolation really, really pisses her off.
Episode 95: Spent to Extinction
June 23rd, 2017
44 mins 35 secs
exhaustion, gambling, loneliness, porn, sex, technology
It started with a description of the great book, "The World Beyond Your Head" and took us quickly around the anima technia vacua, from gambling to porn to social media, we look at how the psychology of being spent is destroying us.
Episode 94: Gomer Starts Greasing!
June 16th, 2017
29 mins 29 secs
Art of Manliness, Health, fitness, grease, grooves
My vehicle died. I walked home the three miles today. I'm greasing the groove (or gears), and I want you to join me. Luke is running a huge retreat, so I'm all alone with my audio editor and a series of YouTube clips.
Episode 93: You Have to Class Up
June 9th, 2017
1 hr 12 mins
Casualization, fraternal societies, reading, wonder woman
We talk about work-as-email and Gomer's conflict with research reading. Youth Ministry, and the parish's constant tendency to segregate family, especially by age. We talk about the Art of Life and morality as taught by the Church. This leads us back to the community problem, but focusing on the demise of "The Lodge" and the American Legion type places. Then we talk about The Great Casualization (see show notes), Wonder Woman, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how Gomer is still scared to work out with Luke.
Episode 92: Manhood and Music with Ben Walther
June 2nd, 2017
1 hr 27 mins
art, dads, father, fatherless, music
I'm pretty sure this episode is clean. It's late. Anywho, Luke and I get to talk to our buddy, Ben Walther of Ben Walther Music. We interviewed his wife and he's been jealous the whole time! Not really. We had a great conversation about what it means to be a man, initiation rites and our lack thereof, dadlessness and the Father, and then we take a hard right turn into music. Luke brings up his new fave that he found out is both Christian and Queer and what that means in our consumption of art. We end with me yelling at Ben to build something great online.
Gomer Fails at Sex...again.
May 26th, 2017
1 hr 20 mins
Catholic Schools, Discipleship, NFP, sex
10 Minute Topics! Polar Parenting, XLT HOTlanta, Catholic Schools, SEX!, and other stuff.
Episode 90: Sarah Nickel on Autism and Food Competitions
May 19th, 2017
57 mins 34 secs
Autism, labels, people first, spectrum
Sarah Nickel works with children, generally ages 3-15, who have autism. She also applies developmental psychology and behavioral analysis skills to manage her friendship with Luke. Yes, they are besties. No, it's not ALL inside jokes about their time together in Denver. Also, Luke cheated in a food competition.
Episode 89: Mr. Carey from the Archdiocese Stops In
May 14th, 2017
1 hr 9 mins
Justin Bieber, Pastoral, Prayer, Spiritual Life, church
I politely asked Luke to leave his own apartment so that I could interview Mr. Carey from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Apparently, HR won't let them in the same room. Anywho, two church workers have an intelligent conversation about spiritual life as the center of the workplace. Yes, even meetings.