The RELEVANT Podcast

The RELEVANT Podcast

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The weekly show from RELEVANT magazine discussing the news, faith, culture and ridiculousness that matters to your life. Plus guests!
Episode 563: Jesus Culture
Aug 12
This week, we talk with Jesus Culture about their brand new album, Love Has a Name. Also, Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter of the brand new movie Annabelle: Creation talks about the film’s real-life, supernatural inspiration. The gang also recaps their…
Episode 562: Jen Hatmaker & Wordsplayed
Aug 4
This week, we talk with author Jen Hatmaker about her new book, Of Mess and Moxie, and rapper Wordsplayed walks us through his brand-new mixtape with Andy Mineo, Magic & Bird. The gang also discusses the benefits of talking to yourself, an exciting new…
Episode 561: Josh Garrels & Emerson Eggerichs
Jul 28
This week, singer-songwriter Josh Garrels discusses the songs that changed his life. We also talk with author and relationship expert Emerson Eggerichs about his new book, Before You Hit Send. The gang also debates the merits of Lyft’s new partnership…
Episode 560: Tony Hale
Jul 21
This week, we talk with actor Tony Hale—who was just nominated for his third Emmy award—about his career, his choice in characters and how his faith informs it all. We also play a very special Amazon-related game. The gang also debates creationism, learns…
Episode 559: Moby
Jul 14
This week we talk with legendary electronic artist Moby about his latest album More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse and how his Christian faith informs his music. The gang also discusses the new JAY-Z album, talks with a Catholic priest about gluten-free…
Episode 558: LANY & Sharon Cohn-Wu
Jul 7
This week, we talk with LANY frontman Paul Klein about the band’s new debut album and hear a portion of the latest The New Activist podcast featuring Sharon Cohn Wu, an activist, renowned lawyer and IJM’s senior vice president of Justice System…
Episode 557: Cold War Kids
Jun 30
This week, we talk with Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett about the band’s brand-new album “L.A. Divine” and how faith inspires their songwriting. Comedian John Crist returns as a guest co-host to play “Indie Rock Band or Firework,” discuss his latest…
Episode 556: Maggie Rogers & Andy Crouch
Jun 23
This week, we talk with singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers about her incredible EP, “Now That the Light Is Fading” and how she managed to impress super-producer Pharrell. We also speak with author and speaker Andy Crouch about his new book, “The Tech-Wise…
Episode 555: David Crowder
Jun 16
This week, David Crowder joins us to discuss the songs that changed his life and shaped him as a songwriter. We also hear an excerpt from the upcoming episode of The Shauna Niequist Podcast featuring a conversation with Amanda Sudano of the duo…
Episode 554: Hillsong United & Jason Fileta
Jun 9
This week, we talk with Joel Houston of Hillsong United about their brand-new album, Wonder, and hear clips from some of its most powerful songs. We also speak with Micah Challenge Executive Director Jason Fileta about the Paris Climate Agreement, the…
Episode 553: Local Natives & Jennie Allen
Jun 2
This week, Local Natives frontman Taylor Rice joins us to discuss the band’s new album “Sunlit Youth” and walk us through some of the record’s most memorable tracks. We also speak with IF:Gathering founder Jennie Allen about her new book, “Nothing to…
Episode 552: Damon Lindelof & Brady Toops
May 29
This week, we talked with Damon Lindelof, the creator of HBO’s acclaimed show The Leftovers and co-creator of Lost. We also preview the latest addition to the RELEVANT Podcast Network family. The guys record on location from a ranch in Montana, where they…
Episode 551: Rob Bell
May 20 • 107 min
This week, we talk with Rob Bell about his new book, “What Is the Bible?” and learn why he thinks people need to re-evaluate how they read Scripture. We also feature a preview of the brand-new show from the RELEVANT Podcast Network, The Red Couch Podcast…
Episode 550: Kim Walker-Smith & David Platt
May 10 • 114 min
This week, we feature a special in-studio performance with worship leader and singer Kim Walker-Smith with songs from her brand-new album On My Side. We also talk with writer and pastor David Platt about his new book, Counter Culture. Propaganda joins the…
Episode 549: John Crist & Antoinette Robertson
May 5 • 106 min
This week, John Crist—the stand-up comedian behind hilarious viral videos “Millennial International” and “Church Hunters”—sits in as our special guest co-host. We also talk with Antoinette Robertson, one of the stars of the new hit Netflix show “Dear…
Episode 548: Jenn Johnson
Apr 28
This week, we talk with Bethel Music co-founder and worship leader Jenn Johnson about Bethel Music’s new album, Starlight. The editorial team walks through the brand-new issue of RELEVANT and this episode marks the long-awaited return of Outlaw Hero.…
Episode 547: Coin & Lee Strobel
Apr 21
This week, we talk with writer, apologist and journalist Lee Strobel about the big-screen adaptation of his best-selling book The Case for Christ and with Coin frontman Chase Lawrence about the band’s new album How Will You Know If You Never Try. Shauna…
Drew Holcomb
Apr 14
This week, singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb joins us to discuss the latest album from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, “Souvenir.” We also talk with author and theologian N.T. Wright about his new book, “The Day the Revolution Began,” and the importance of…
Jamie Tworkowski
Apr 7
This week, we talk with Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of the mental health-advocacy organization To Write Love on Her Arms, about the organization’s mission and the U.N.’s World Health Day (April 7), which this year is themed “Depression: Let’s Talk.”…
Taelor Gray & Craig Groeschel
Mar 31
This week, rapper Taelor Gray joins us to talk about his brand new album “In the Way of Me.” We also talk with pastor and author of the new book “Divine Direction,” Craig Groeschel. And comedian and writer Rob Fee sits in as our very special guest…
Paul Rust & Kari Jobe
Mar 24
This week, we talk with Paul Rust, writer, star and co-creator of the Netflix series “Love.” We also chat with singer and worship artist Kari Jobe about her new album “The Garden,” and the real-life events that inspired it. The gang is also joined by…
Kim-Walker Smith & Jeremy Courtney
Mar 17
This week, Jesus Culture singer and worship leader Kim Walker-Smith joins us to discuss the songs that have changed her life and shaped her as an artist. We also talk with Preemptive Love Coalition founder Jeremy Courtney about the conflict unfolding in…
Matt Chandler & The 2017 Oskarz.biz Awards
Mar 10
This week, we discuss embracing Lent with pastor Matt Chandler. Also, it’s that time of year again: The seventh annual Oskarz.biz awards are finally here! EPISODE SPONSOR Whether you’re a busy professional couple, a large family that runs at a break-neck…
Sam Worthington & Social Club Misfits
Mar 3
This week, we talk with actor Sam Worthington about his new role in ‘The Shack,’ his views on the controversy behind the film and how he came to faith himself. We also talk with hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits about their latest album, ‘The Misadventures…
The Flaming Lips
Mar 1
This week, we talk with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne about their new album “Oczy Mlody,” the influence Miley Cyrus had on the songs and how they developed the record’s experimental, pop-inspired sound. We also take a look at the brand new issue of…
Judah Smith
Feb 17
This week, we talk with Judah Smith, the pastor of The City Church and author of the new book “How’s Your Soul,” about the importance of community, being vulnerable and caring for your soul. We also play a new game (sorta) ripped from the headlines:…
Ira Glass & Andy Mineo
Feb 9
This week, we talk with This American Life host and creator Ira Glass about the show’s creative process, its fascination with people of faith and what the media often gets wrong about Christians. Rapper Andy Mineo also joins us to discuss some of the…
Ravi Zacharias & The Brilliance
Feb 3
This week, we talk with The Brilliance about their brand new album “All Is Not Lost,” speak with Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale about their new book “Jesus Among Secular Gods” and hear from two of the leaders of World Relief, the only Christian…
Lecrae & Erin Loechner
Jan 27
This week, we talk with rapper Lecrae about his brand-new song “Blessings” featuring a collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, speaking out against injustice and what to expect from his upcoming album. We also speak with designer, speaker and author Erin…
Lauren Daigle & Richard Rohr
Jan 20
This week, we talk to worship leader Lauren Daigle about the role of worship, how music helps her connect with God and how she approaches the songwriting process. We also speak with author, speaker and teacher Father Richard Rohr about contemplative…
OK Go
Jan 15
This week, we talk with OK Go about their crazy music videos, how they pull them off and the surprisingly deep reason for shooting them in the first place. We also speak with Sokeel Park of the group Liberty in North Korea about the dire situation in the…
Johnnyswim
Jan 6
This week, we talk with the music duo Johnnyswim about the inspiration behind their latest hit album “Georgica Pond” and the editors look through the brand new issue of RELEVANT featuring Ira Glass, Bastille, Gungor and more. The gang also discusses the…
The Best of 2016
Dec 30, 2016
This week, we look back at some of our favorite interviews and live in-studio performances from 2016. We’ve got songs from artists including Lauren Daigle, Crowder, All Sons & Daughters, Run River North and Fleurie, interview highlights with authors and…
Trip Lee
Dec 23, 2016
This week, we talk with rapper and pastor Trip Lee about his brand new album, “The Waiting Room.” The gang also gets ready for Christmas with the pop-culture themed holiday game, “A Very Special ‘Christmas Special’ Special.” We also discuss Chance the…
Chris Quilala & Social Club Misfits
Dec 16, 2016
This week, we talk with worship leader and songwriter Chris Quilala about his powerful new album “Split the Sky.” The hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits calls in to squash a rap beef in the best way possible—with a name-that-lyric game. The gang also…
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 6
Dec 14, 2016
We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 10 – 1. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. Each…
Ellie Holcomb & Tim Keller
Dec 9, 2016
This week, singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb performs live from the RELEVANT studio, and we talk with author and pastor Tim Keller about the deeper message of Advent. The gang also discusses Christmas decoration strategies, Twitter’s top trending topics of…
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 5
Dec 7, 2016
We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 18 – 11. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. Each…
Louie Giglio & LANY
Dec 2, 2016
This week, we talk with author, pastor and Passion founder Louie Giglio about the importance of Advent season and his new book, “Waiting Here for You“. We also chat with synth-pop outfit LANY about their latest EP, “kinda“, and what inspires their…
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 4
Nov 30, 2016
We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 26 – 19. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. Each…
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 3
Nov 23, 2016
We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 34 – 27. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. Each…
Young the Giant & Brian McLaren
Nov 18, 2016
This week, we talk with indie rock band Young the Giant about their latest album “Home of the Strange.” We also sit down with author and theologian Brian McLaren to discuss his new book “The Great Spiritual Migration” and hear why a major shift is…
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 2
Nov 16, 2016
We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 42 – 35. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. Each…
Empire of the Sun & Jeremy Courtney
Nov 11, 2016
This week on the show, Empire of the Sun joins us to talk about their new album, Two Vines, and Preemptive Love Coalition founder Jeremy Courtney calls us from the front lines of the fight to free Mosul from ISIS control in Iraq. Hint: It’s an…
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 1
Nov 10, 2016
We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! In this new, six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team breaks down their top 50 pop-culture selections of 2016. Each episode features discussions about the year’s best movies,…
Scott Derrickson & Gungor
Nov 4, 2016
This week, we talk with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson about the spiritual messages of his new blockbuster and how his own faith influences his filmmaking. We also talk with Gungor about the duo’s latest record One Wild Life: Bodyand the…
Lupita Nyong’o
Oct 28, 2016
This week, we talk to Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o about her new film “Queen of Katwe” and why she gravitates toward socially redeeming stories. The team also takes an in-depth look at the brand new issue of RELEVANT, discusses America’s greatest…
Tim Tebow
Oct 21, 2016
This week, we talk with college football legend, author, broadcaster and baseball player Tim Tebow about overcoming disappointment, finding your identity outside of outward success and his new book “Shaken.” We also hear some painfully hilarious Halloween…
Chris Thile
Oct 14, 2016
This week, we talk with musician Chris Thile, the Nickel Creek member who’s taking the reins of the iconic public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” this weekend. We discuss what it’s like filling the shoes left by Garrison Keillor, why he thinks…