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Inquisitive Pontification

Inquisitive Pontification

By Nathan R. Carlsen
Inquisitive Pontification is an exploration of my understandings of different topics like Politics, Religion, Faith, Policy, film, television, popular culture, my crazy Uber rides (I'm a driver) and the people I meet, etc... And, hopefully, along the way, I'll be challenged on my ideas and paradigms of how I view the world and perhaps I'll grow. Maybe, just maybe, you'll want to grow with me too.
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Dan Plys - Longboarding Across the Country to Fight Childhood Hunger
Daniel Plys (an old friend from Duluth) is longboarding the entire length of the Missippi to spread awareness and fight childhood hunger. This was a passion of his father's before he died of cancer and is now something he himself is fighting for as well. Take a listen.  https://kbjr6.com/2020/09/04/duluth-man-to-longboard-down-the-mississippi-river-for-a-good-cause/ https://www.2500forhunger.com/ https://www.facebook.com/projectjoynorthland
53:01
October 7, 2020
Lost dog found by Neighbor!
Here is the heartwarming story of how I lost my parent's dog on the very first day I was supposed to dog sit for a week...and several hours later my neighbor called me and told me they saw her.  Jake and I also discuss what is giving us hope and how we like Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 
1:02:00
August 31, 2020
Interview with Megan Corse about acting, Chicago, Wisconsin, race, and small mammals named Bob
This episode was recorded a few weeks ago, before the events in Minneapolis and the murder of Goerge Floyd by a police officer. I plan on recording a podcast that directly addresses this with a longer, thoughtful episode. However, in my interview with Megan, she shares some of her thoughts and feelings about race in the United States, and specifically who she has experienced things in Chicago and Wisconsin. She explains that as a descendant of an African American, it is very real to her when black people are mistreated. I hope you enjoy this episode.  Megan Corse IMDb page Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
1:02:53
June 12, 2020
Conversation with Matt Kendziera on Evangelicism, the Bible and Faith (Part 2)
This is part 2 of a 2 part episode where I talk with my friend Matt Kendziera. We continue our discussion about God, politics, faith, church, and community.  Matt's "Jesus Never Ran" podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts 
28:23
May 27, 2020
Conversation with Matt Kendziera on Evangelicism, the Bible and Faith (Part 1)
This is part 1 of a 2 part episode where I talk with my friend Matt Kendziera who has been involved with the evangelical church for years as a ministry leader and a pastor. We discuss what he likes about the evangelical church, what he doesn't like, and what we can learn from all of that.  Matt's "Jesus Never Ran" podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts  Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
32:46
May 17, 2020
Uber Stories: A Bartender Story
In this episode, I interview a bartender I met while Ubering. I've driven her to and from her work and other bars and home several times. Each time I met her I got to hear more and more of a very odd story she shared with me. Listening discretion advised.  Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
22:22
April 25, 2020
Why Allen Kelly came forward about Brian Williams
In 2015 Brian Williams recanted his story about his experience as a journalist in Iraq during the war and was eventually demoted because of the scandal. After seeing how some portrayed the story and attacked Williams, Allen Kelly, a friend of mine, decided to come forward and tell his side of the story. I wanted to talk to Allen and ask him why he felt it necessary to come forward and what his experience was like.  Malcolm Gladwell: Free Brian Wiliams Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
33:17
April 10, 2020
Uber Story - Talk with a Christian Stripper
In this episode, I talk with a new friend of mine that I met during an Uber ride. I had the honor of praying for her after she let me know that she had been assaulted. We don't talk details, but we do discuss adult topics like rape, strip clubs, and what happens in them. Listen discretion advised.  Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
13:13
March 31, 2020
Nate talks with Laura Lieffring (film & tv makup artist)
Laura and I were friends in Duluth, Mn. She moved out to L.A. and is now a makup artist on titles like Gaurdians of the Galaxy, Primal Rage, and Into the Dark. We talk about what it's like working on the practical effects in the industry, what her favorite projects are, and how she's holding up now that all movie and tv productions are shut down during the Covid 19 shut down.  Laura Lieffring's IMDb -Primal Rage -3022 (Netflix) -Into the Dark (Hulu) Laura's Website: http://lauralieffring.com/ Laura's Instagram: @lauralieffringmakeup Patrick Magee: @mageefx Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
35:08
March 27, 2020
Nate talks with his Uncle Matt who lives in Japan
My uncle Matt and I talk about how life is different now that the virus hit the world. We talk about how Japan's government differs from the US government in their response, and how our culture differs as well.   Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
1:08:24
March 23, 2020
Nate talks with his Grandma
This is my first interview episode, there will be more to come. Recorded this in person a few weeks before the virus hit. We talk about how my grandmother met my grandfather, how our family cabin started, and how she almost died as a child...but was saved because of goats milk.  Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
17:19
March 22, 2020
Edelweiss
In this episode, I express my raw feelings about our current president. About some of the worst things he's done and said, with quotes, dates and sources. I do quote the President himself, so, it may not be appropriate for some.  Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
30:57
March 20, 2020
Preview & Introduction to the Inquisitive Pontification
This isn't episodes 1. This is the introduction to my podcast, Inquisitive Pontification.  Which is an exploration of my understandings of different topics like Politics, Religion, Faith, Policy, film, television, popular culture, my crazy Uber rides (I'm a driver) and the people I meet, etc... And, hopefully, along the way, I'll be challenged on my ideas and paradigms of how I view the world and perhaps I'll grow. Maybe, just maybe, you'll want to grow with me too.  In this Preview, I talk about some of the ideas that I'd like to discuss.  Original Music by Anastasia Vishnevsky
09:33
March 19, 2020