Zachary and Raysan examine the political, social, cultural, and theological ramifications of living in an urban context. Are cities becoming too large? What is the impact of investing in local communities? To help answer these questions, “non-expert” guest Jason Lim joins the conversation.
However you look at it, the concept of time is difficult to define. Zachary expounds on the philosophical nature of time as merely a social construct plus some of the weird science, and Raysan shares his experiences with “island time” and “hurry sickness.” Yes, it is another one of those episodes.
Raysan and Zachary are joined by special guest and professional counselor Jennifer Barlow for a very deep discussion into a sensitive topic. It’s another eye-opener for them both as reality doesn’t match pre-conceived notions.
*This episode contains a detailed discussion about an extremely morbid topic. Listen at your own discretion.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
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- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741. The Crisis Text Line is a free text messaging resource offering 24/7 support to anyone in crisis.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA’s helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health or substance use disorders.
Automation, the advancement of technology and its ever-increasing prominence in daily life raise a lot of questions and concerns. Raysan and Zachary, along with returning guest Doyle Cowart, go deep into the importance of responsible users, ethical developers, and if we are already cyborgs.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have long been and continue to unfairly be cast as outsiders. Special guest Doyle Cowart leads a discussion with Raysan and Zachary about carrying that burden, compartmentalizing identities and healthily engaging with those we think of as “queer”.
It is a severely limited resource over which wars continue to be fought. So how did we end up in this predicament and how can we get out of it? Why does Zachary think not caring for creation is sinful? In this episode Raysan stays curious and Zachary gets a bit preachy.
We do not inherit the earth from our parents we borrow it from our children. -Unknown
Here. Educate yourself.
There’s a nerd alert going off at Alpha-Bytes. Raysan and Zachary host a round-table discussion about what is popularly called “nerd-dom.” Why are nerds so passionate? How did the fringe sub-cultures become mainstream and how does that affect its artistic integrity? Why won’t Hollywood showcase Asian superheroes? Worst episode ever!
*We apologize for the less-than-desirable sound quality. There were some unresolvable technical issues but we did our best.
**Zachary is aware of his mistakes. For the nerd record Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) is Pakistani, not Indian, and as luck would have it immediately after recording he recalled several comic books with Asian leads, but the episode had to be cut at some point.