Pod Only Knows

Hosted by Dr. Kelly J. Baker and John Brooks. Kelly and John invite other people from the wide and wild world of religious studies to talk to them about why and how they do what they do and why their work matters to us all. They also talk to each other about the ideas, stories, and histories that fascinate them and that they think you should know about, too.

Society & Culture
Religion & Spirituality
#011 - Chick Tracts - with Chelsey Weber-Smith
American Hysteria's Chelsey Weber-Smith joins us to talk about the life and work of Jack Chick and the horrific zealotry of his Chick Tracts.
71 min
#010 - Religion and The Labor Movement - with D...
Dr. Heath Carter discusses the sometimes helpful, sometimes hostile relationship between religion and the labor movement.
71 min
#009 - Deus Ex Machina - Jesus Chatbots and the...
Kelly texts with Jesus and John looks back on Way of the Future as we consider the relationship between religion and A.I.
68 min
#008 - Solomon Missouri - Twitter's Pastor
Rev. Solomon Missouri talks about life as a pastor on and offline and the future of Christianity.
69 min
#007 - Preparing for War - Brad Onishi on the t...
Dr. Bradley Onishi talks to Kelly and John about the threat of Christian Nationalism in America.
78 min
Weekend Chit-Chat Episode #3 - Your True Authen...
We talk about what we mean when we say "authentic", what is "the true self", and we are all so prone to dividing religion into "real" and "fake".
61 min
#006 - Dr. Shreena Gandhi - Yoga, White Suprema...
Dr, Shreena Gandhi speaks to Kelly and John about yoga and white supremacy in the the west.
76 min
#005 - Is July 4th a Religious Holiday?
Kelly and John look at July 4th, American civil religion, and whether there's an unproblematic way to celebrate American Independence Day in the current setting.
60 min
#004 - UFOs as Religion - with Toby Ball
"Strange Arrivals" host Toby Ball talks to Kelly and John about UFOs, faith, and the endless parade of modern Great Disappointments.
78 min
Weekend Chit-Chat Episode #2 - There Are No Spoons
It's a weekend chit-chat episode, and this time we're tackling "The Last of Us", zombies, religion, and the mysterious vanishing spoons!
70 min
#003 - Magic's a Messy Bitch - with Dr. Shaily ...
Expecto Podcastum! Kelly and John are joined by Dr. Shaily Patel to talk about the history of magic in the post-Christian world.
69 min
Weekend Chit-Chat Episode #1 - The Middle Way
John talks to Kelly about Buddha's teaching of the Middle Way, and how we all suck at it.
44 min
#002 - Dr. Megan Goodwin on public scholarship ...
Dr. Megan Goodwin talks to Kelly and John about religion podcasting and the importance of public scholarship in religious studies.
66 min
#001 - Mike Rothschild on his upcoming book "Je...
Kelly and John discuss "Jewish Space Lasers" and antisemitic conspiracy tropes with author Mike Rothschild
61 min
Metamorphosis - Hard to Believe becomes Pod Onl...
Learn about what's in store for Pod Only Knows and get to better know your hosts!
41 min
#3.19 - Garry Stevens - on "The History in the ...
In John's final solo show, he talks to Garry Stevens, the creator of one of his favorite podcasts, The History in the Bible.
52 min
COMING SOON - Pod Only Knows with Kelly J. Bake...
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#3.18 - This is the Way: The Tao of the Mandalo...
John and resident CageClub "Star Wars" superfan Mike Manzi discuss some of the religious themes of "The Mandalorian"
74 min
#3.17 - Gladiator 2: Christ Killer - with Joe T...
John is joined by fellow CageClubbers Joe Two and Brian Rodriguez to lament the official end of the dream of Nick Cave's "Gladiator 2: Christ Killer"
64 min
#3.16 - Nick Fuentes, Ye, and Gen Z Antisemitis...
John talks with Amanda Moore about Nick Fuentes, Ye, and how antisemitism and Christian nationalism are being sold to Gen Z.
53 min
#3.15 - Dr. Joshua Bowen
John talks with Dr. Joshua Bowen, an expert in the ancient near east and a regular on YouTube and podcasts, as well as the author of The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament.
79 min
#3.14 - #FreeCasey - with Jenn Tisdale
Jenn Tisdale joins John to talk about Casey Anthony and the incredible Peacock docuseries "Where the Truth Lies", directed by Alexandra Dean.
74 min
#3.13 - Shannon Foley Martinez
Anti-hate activist Shannon Foley Martinez shares her story of how as a teenager she came to embrace white supremacist beliefs and her work in helping others leave hate behind.
89 min
#3.12 - The Monster That Made Bram Stoker
The Monsters That Made Us cohosts Dan Colón and Mike Manzi come back for their second Halloween guest appearance to talk about the real life of Bram Stoker
118 min
#3.11 - The Heathen Queen
John talks to the one and only Heathen Queen about deconstruction, dunking on apologists, and why atheists still like to study religion.
65 min