This week we talk to pop-folk singer/songwriter Regina Spektor. She tells us about her latest album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, and what it was like growing up in Russia. Author Jonathan Merritt also joins us to talk about "10 Things That Defined the Last Decade" (which he wrote about in the current issue of RELEVANT). Plus, a pastor encounters a ninja, Jesse tries to wrap his head around modern art, and we discover a real-life mermaid.
Listen to the full interview with Jonathan Merritt
Notable Jokes & Runs
6:53 - A discussion (and clip from) the Kung Fu Grandpa video.
10:39 - Cameron talks about a video of a Pentecostal church's Easter pageant where the set caught on fire.
41:03 - Tyler talks about his own plan to become a centaur, with a denim throw over his horse back.
81:37 - Jesse elaborates his own personal idea for a merman business: iammermaidprankster.com, or mermanpranks.biz.
Notable Guest Moments
43:52 - Introduction to Jonathan Merritt.
51:25 - Merritt talks about young Christians not having a particular political party, and why this is a good thing.
53:45 - Merritt talks about whether biblical morality should be reflected in laws, and how this is inconsistent in most people's view of what should or should not be legal.
56:50 - Merrit gives what he sees as the two big challenges for this generation in the next ten years. A lack of intellectual understanding of scripture, and a lack of vibrant experience of God.
61:47 - Introduction to Regina Spektor.
Other Notable Moments
1:57 - Tyler questions the opening tagline to the show.
4:04 - Cameron talks about having the 3rd highest traffic week for the website, and Jesse names the stories that are the most popular to readers.
19:07 - Relevant Recommends: Telekinesis, Bombino, James Blake, Waterdeep.
27:30 - Jesse's slice about Tilda Swinton's modern art exhibit. They discuss the meaning and criteria of modern art, and Jesse also brings up an art show called "Thanks", which was comprised of stolen artwork. Jesse talks about the kind of art he has at his house.
37:19 - Maya's slice about a woman who quit her job to become a real life mermaid. Tyler calls it one of the best slices he's heard in his life. Jesse says that he owns the website iamamermaid.com, which sells mermaid successories.
42:14 - Tyler's slice about Samoa Air charging passengers by their weight.
70:38 - Feedback to Question of the Week: "What is your irrational fear?"
84:22 Outro: "The minute I smell trouble, or my own burning flesh, I'm out of there." - Jesse
Question of the Week
If you were to leave your 9-5 job, what unique job would you create for yourself?
This week we were captivated by the story of the lady who left the corporate world, bought some prosthetics and created for herself a job as a real-life mermaid. So if you were to leave it all behind and walk away from the 9-5 grind, what job would you create for yourself that only you could do (and that would pay you enough to live)?