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Below are some samples of free audio content that we have released on the MARS HILL AUDIO app. Our app can be supported by most iOS and Android devices. We realize that many of our listeners do not own smartphones for various reasons, but we want you to know that there are other ways to access our app besides buying a new phone. Other devices — some of which may even be lying around your home — are app compatible as well, such as newer versions of the iPod Touch, Android reading tablets, refurbished (read: cheaper!) iPhones and iPad tablets, and for those of you who are more technologically advanced: Kindle reading tablets.* 

There are many other things you can do with a reading tablet besides listen to our audio. Most public libraries and academic institutions offer audiobooks, digital copies of books, and access to digital copies of periodicals, such as The AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal, or The New Yorker. This is all free content that you can access using a tablet. You can also create pdfs of many web articles and store and read them on a tablet, which is much easier on the eyes than reading on a computer screen.

For parents who may be concerned about unintentionally exposing their children to inappropriate content through tablets, there are parental restrictions that can be set up in order to prevent other users from browsing the internet (unfortunately, we are not aware of a way to delete the web browser apps entirely from a tablet). You can also turn off your wi-fi setting while you're not using it, so that the tablet is not always connected to the internet.

*A note about the Kindle reading tablets: for reasons mysterious to us, Amazon never accepted our app submission and as a result, does not offer our app through their store. However, there is still a way to find our app and download it onto a Kindle Fire or other reading tablet. This is a much cheaper option for many people, but we only recommend it if you are fairly confident in your abilities to navigate your techy gadgets . . . For more information, please refer to the two links below. We recommend the first one, but if you have troubles with that, the second one might help. If you still have more questions, email us at soundthinking@marshillaudio.org.

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Michael Hanby on biotechnocracy

Theologian Michael Hanby (No God, No Science? Theology, Cosmology, Biology) acknowedges the need for government-directed caution in the face of a pandemic. But he is concerned that a number of pre-existing cultural conditions involving the interface of science and politics will be intensified in the aftermath of the present crisis.

Michael Hanby was a guest on Volume 121 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal and also appears in the MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology Rediscovering the Organism: Science and Its Contexts.

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Kimbell Kornu on the nihilism of medicine

In an essay published last week online, Dr. Kimbell Kornu writes: “Modern medicine is an unquestioned good, a view commonly shared by church, state, and society alike. However, this pandemic has revealed something about the soul of society — the fear of death. Trust in the healing power of modern medicine is thought to quell the fear of death. But the fear of death reveals something deeper about modern medicine: death lies at the heart of modern medicine.” Modern medicine “is thus nihilistic.”

Kornu, who teaches health care ethics and palliative medicine at St. Louis University, talks with Ken Myers about why medicine can’t adequately explain health or suffering, even as doctors promote health and try to eliminate suffering.

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Peter Leithart on "following the science"

Theologian Peter Leithart reminds us that the injunction to “Follow the science” conceals the fact that scientists disagree and that scientific findings are always provisional and revisable. He also talks about the challenge for churches to remember the necssarily embodied nature of their vocation.

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D. C. Schindler in & on quarantine

Philosopher D. C. Schindler reflects on perceiving the common good during the uncommon circumstances of COVID-19. Professor Schindler also discusses some encouraging and sinister possibilities that responses to the pandemic introduce.

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Jeffrey Bishop on medicine & culture

Medicine — as a set of practices and institutions — is a function of a larger cultural history. Jeffrey Bishop, the author of The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, talks with Ken Myers about how modern Western medicine is intertwined with politics and technology within a vision of progress that has an eschatological quality to it.

Dr. Bishop was a guest on volume 142 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, along with Stanley Hauerwas and D. C. Schindler. 

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Stanley Hauerwas on living under quarantine

In the first in a projected series of features, Stanley Hauerwas shares with Ken Myers some thoughts about lessons to be learned while living under quarantine. Among the subjects raised are the relationship between patience and hope, the importance of the universality of the Church, the fragility of post-war global institutions, and the uniqueness of the vocation of medicine.

Stanley Hauerwas has been a guest on volumes 142 and 98 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal.

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