God & Other Delicacies

God & Other Delicacies

Nicholas D’Agosto hosts a discussion regarding God, belief, non-belief, and other delicate subject matter in an open and welcoming environment.

Episodes

December 27, 2020 11 min

A "goodbye for now"; and excerpts from two of Nick's favorite books.

 

Nicholas D'Agosto is a professional television, film and stage actor, and the creator and host of this podcast - God & Other Delicacies.

 

Here's a link to Gore Vidal's review of Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" in The New York Review of Books - Fabulous Calvino by Gore Vidal

Here is an article in The New Yorker com...

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A Christ follower that's wary of the word "Christian"; her mothers' final, transcendent moments; Top Story Tonight: Jesus! and how her research has redefined her faith; and the contentment that comes with knowing and choosing what is right for oneself.

 

Jane Wells is an award-winning broadcast journalist with over 30 years experience in the news media.  She has worked all over the country, moving up from local ne...

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December 13, 2020 58 min

Being religious but not spiritual; the search for serenity; learning about his OCD; reflections on the temptations and dangers of "status"; choosing the internal good; the admiration of material indifference and non-attachment; and the dilemma of loving the individual despite possessing opposing ideologies.

 

Jeffrey Guhin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA, with research interests in education, culture and re...

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December 6, 2020 57 min

Owner of award-winning Hotville Chicken in South LA; daughter of an Evangelist preacher; God in every facet of her life; prayer; and hilarious stories about the Prince Family men and other philanderers who got punished by the scalding heat of the Hot Chicken tradition in Nashville.   

 

Kim Prince is the owner and creator of Hotville Chicken, a Los Angeles restaurant serving Nashville Hot Chicken in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw nei...

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November 29, 2020 60 min

Faith in combat; reflections on his service during the Iraq War; the self-discoveries from time spent "in extremis"; the unintended consequences of war; and how he carries his service as a civilian.

 

Ben O'Rourke is a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, a combat veteran, and a graduate of the US Army War College.  He graduated from Notre Dame, and currently serves as an executive for an enterprise tech company in Los ...

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November 22, 2020 49 min

On being a South LA community touchstone; the life and death of his renowned father; overcoming anti-Black business practices; the challenges of being a business owner in South LA; the spiritual calling that is his work; and selling Nashville fried chicken in Ghana!

 

Greg Dulan is the owner of Dulan's Soul Food Restaurants in South Los Angeles, well-regarded as a Los Angeles soul food institution.  He is also co-owner of Hot...

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November 15, 2020 53 min

The dangers of "coming out" as a celebrity in the '90's; how cancer taught him to be joyful; how the USO changed his mind on the military; and the discovery of his current sense of purpose.

 

Bill Brochtrup is a professional television, film and stage actor, best known for his role as "John Irvin" in ABC's critically-acclaimed hit series, NYPD BLUE.  He has also had long-running roles on hit shows like...

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November 8, 2020 60 min

Stories from Vietnam; racism and desegregation in the '60's; the early deaths of his sister and father; the dawn of his agnosticism; and the value in pursuing what is "dangerous and alive".

 

Ned Schmidtke is a professional television, film and stage actor with a resumé spanning decades.  He has had long-running roles on shows like Medium, Days of Our Lives, Point Pleasant, and JAG.  His film roles include Wedding...

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November 1, 2020 62 min

Losing a sister at birth; merging Catholic and Mormon faiths; sons with epilepsy and Coats' disease; her charity Know the Glow; and the relationship to faith that she hopes her children will carry with them.

 

Megan Webber is the Co-Founder of the non-profit charity Know the Glow, which aims to eliminate early childhood blindness.  Megan launched Know the Glow after her son, Benjamin, was diagnosed with Coats' Disease in ...

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October 25, 2020 60 min

The fear of God; dark years of addictions; shame; being saved by his Grandmothers' spirit; sobriety; and a lesson about God from his young son.

 

Paco Lozano is a professional television and stage actor.  Recent credits include Jessica Jones, Law & Order: SVU, and God Friended Me.  He was born in Puerto Rico to Cuban and Mexican parents, and he lives in New York City with his wife and young son. 

 

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October 18, 2020 58 min

Leaving his Evangelical faith and family; the similarities of atheism and fundamentalism; doubt; confusion; regret; new life; and the love of music and writing.

 

Jonathan Buchanan works in film production, and has been a prop master since 2007.  He is also a musician, and he writes, sings and plays guitar in his anti-folk band Campfire Cassettes.   

Listen to his music on Spotify: Campfire Cassettes

 

Jonathan introduced me t...

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October 11, 2020 59 min

Reflections on suffering; God's apparent absence and/or disregard; death; the moment he decided to become a Jesuit; and the intersection of art and spirituality.

 

Joe Hoover, SJ is a religious brother in the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, working primarily in the arts.  He is an actor, playwright and essayist, and his first book - "O Death, Where Is Thy Sting: A Meditation on Suffering" - will be released December...

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October 4, 2020 65 min

Sobriety; racism; spirituality in music; acceptance; the influence of his Indian heritage; his love of Indian mythology; and lots of humor.

 

Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project, Pitch Perfect, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Free Guy, Marry Me) is a professional actor, writer, rapper and musician.  A South-Asian American of Indian descent, born in Maryland to immigrant parents who are both progressive scientists as well as quiet pract...

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September 27, 2020 63 min

Cancer survivor (twice!); her mothers' last moments and words; her fathers' difficult last years; the importance of live theater; a new purpose born of survival; and Jin Shin Jyutsu.

 

Kitty Swink (The Fosters, Crossing Jordan, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Patty Hearst, In The Mood) is a professional actor, and Co-Artistic Director of The Antaeus Theatre Company (where I am a member).  Kitty opens a window for us into her ...

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September 20, 2020 64 min

Overcoming regret; second chances; Living in Truth; purpose in art; and the transformative power of theater.

 

John Apicella (The Call of the Wild, Seinfeld, Freaks and Geeks, Twin Peaks, Friends, The West Wing) is a professional actor, and a fellow (and founding) member of The Antaeus Theatre Company (which is how we met).  John opens a window for us into his childhood and early adulthood from the vantage point of the man grown ...

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September 13, 2020 63 min

Transgender female artist/activist reflects on suicide, addiction, shame in the church; the discovery of her true self; and the privilege of authenticity and a loving perspective. 

 

Joslyn DeFreece (Strange Angel, Daily Show, Comedy Central, CNN) is an actor, writer, and Trans activist.  Joslyn tells a heart-wrenching and deeply compelling story about the evolution of her life, her spirituality, and her transgender identity.  It...

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September 6, 2020 61 min

Fractured childhood with Muslim father & Catholic mother; faith as social justice; activism; silence & reconciliation; and her love for her Boyle Heights community.

 

Fatima Djelmane Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a non-profit charity which works to create a positive, long-lasting impact on children with cancer and their families by providing fun, safe, cost-free, year round ca...

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August 30, 2020 66 min

Christian faith deconstruction; divorce; his mothers' death; therapy, and becoming a therapist; honesty; and his new novel.  

 

Jeff Newburg is a therapist, a lifelong artist, and an old friend of Nick's from their days in a Meisner acting program back when they were in their twenties.  Jeff's latest creative focus has been the completion of his first novel - Shame Baseball - which tackles Christian faith deconstructi...

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August 23, 2020 64 min

Champion pro golfer on purpose and leadership; retiring mid-round!; rejection; and her new book "Trust: Understanding My Why".

 

Deb Richard is a five-time LPGA Tour Champion, an executive coach, a philanthropist, the CEO of Burlap Leaders, and the author of "Trust: Understanding My Why," which translates the lessons of golf into successful pathways in leading.  Deb is deeply passionate about inspiring people to r...

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August 16, 2020 62 min

The burden of Pentecostalism; racism; success in Hollywood; divorce; separation from his children; his renewal of faith and hope; and his love for his Omaha, Nebraska home.

 

Randy J. Goodwin is a professional television and film actor (Showtime's "Fast Track", UPN's "Girlfriends", Greys Anatomy, 911, American History X), as well as a writer, director and producer.  He's also a man of deep faith, with ...

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