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This week, we talk with hip-hop artist Sho Baraka about his new album, “The Narrative,” and learn how he’s helping Christians make an impact through politics. We also sit down with speaker and author Shane Claiborne to discuss his latest book, "Executing Grace," about ending the death penalty in America. The gang also discusses the hazards of Black Friday, remembers the legacy of soul singer Sharon Jones, hears about the Chipotle scandal gripping the nation and a lot more! Read More

Indie pop outfit OK Go—also known as the makers of the world’s most intricate and insane music videos—has done it again.

The video for their song “The One Moment” actually only lasts 4.2 seconds in real time, but when slowed down, is a four minute masterpiece.

Prepare to have your mind melted. Discuss

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 happening in the church. The gang also breaks down Oxford Dictionaries' words of the year (yes, “adulting” is included), discuss the new David Blaine special, tell you how to spot fake news on Facebook and a lot more! Read More

Sharon Jones, the soul singer who fronted Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, died on Friday evening at the age of 60. In a statement, a rep wrote,

We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.

Known for weaving gospel-inspired elements into her high-energy soul and funk songs, Jones and the Dap-Kings released six albums, garnering a large fan base and critical acclaim.

In a 2014 interview with RELEVANT during her battle with cancer, Jones said,

I look at everything in my life, people in my life, things that come was part of God’s plan. Even me starting out late in life, even getting sick, this cancer here, it’s all just part of God putting that on you. So some people look at things as, ‘God, this is the worst thing that happened in my life,’ but sometimes it takes the worst thing that happened in life to get you through another step in your life. That’s the way I look at it.

As we're already noted, after he received the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan didn't respond to the Swedish Academy on whether he would accept it for two weeks. Now, the Swedish Academy says Dylan will not attend the 2016 Nobel ceremony this December 10.

"He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person," the Academy said in a statement.

They revealed they received a letter from Bob Dylan, who explained that "due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony." The Academy's only requirement for honorees wishing to accept the Nobel Prize is to give a lecture within six months of the ceremony date.

The Swedish Academy points out that its unusual but not exceptional for a Nobel Prize honoree not to attend the ceremony. In an interview last month, Dylan expressed he would "absolutely" attend the ceremony in Stockholm if possible. Representatives for Dylan have not released a statement following the news. Discuss

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 unprecedented humanitarian crisis and opportunity.) We tell all about a new podcast we’re launching, and oh, wasn't there was an election or something this week? Read More