Going There: Taboo Topics Are Back on the Table

Going There: Taboo Topics Are Back on the Table

Each episode, we're joined by a unique panel of guests, as we unpack all the issues that keep us divided: politics, religion, sex, money, race, and so much more. All the topics you're not allowed to bring up at a dinner party are dropped right back on the table.


September 2, 2023 179 mins

Our Season 2 Finale is full of laughs, call-backs, recaps and cameos! Plus fantastic conversation and music from Brendan and Gabrielle of Wheatus! The focus of our main discussion is on Modern Dating. It's a far cry from what we witnessed in years past. Where meeting at a bar or on a dating app was stigmatized even a decade ago, is now par for the course. For singles, searching for love, sex, companionship or even just a positive e...

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In this episode we delve into the complexities of the D word: Divorce. Tune in as Matt and returning guests Natalie Duvnjak and Peter Toomey discuss exploring the emotions and personal growth that accompany this life-altering process. Through candid stories and expert insights from Dr. Jen and Joe Yensel of The Cole Center, they unpack what divorce looks and feels like from different circumstances. And of course, nothing heals hear...

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August 16, 2023 72 mins

As Season 2 nears its end, we take a temperature from people across the state, country, and globe. Is our hypothesis, that most of us live somewhere left or right of center, accurate? Dozens of interviews recorded at the annual Twins Days Festival, where twins, families, and visitors from all over the world come together to celebrate the uniqueness of twins. The producers break down the answers and share their thoughts. Is there ho...

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In this compelling episode, we have eye-opening discussions with survivors of various religious cults. Our guests share deeply personal experiences as victims of the misuse of religious texts and promises of a greater life or afterlife. These accounts serve as cautionary tales, reminding us to use skepticism, critical analysis, and a steadfast commitment to personal agency. Especially in the face of influential figures who exploit ...

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July 19, 2023 91 mins

What happens when the Good Book is used with less than good intentions? Join us as we delve into the topic of fear-based Bible teachings and explore ways in which deceptive interpretations of scripture have been utilized to instill fear, manipulate behavior, and maintain control. We have faith in the fact that you are going to appreciate the heavenly sounds of Eli Ray in this week's Musician Spotlight.

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July 12, 2023 80 mins

An insightful discussion about what it means to be the best version of YOU. With a wonderful panel of guests who are passionate about personal growth. Their anecdotes, stories and experiences offer relatable insights into the challenges and triumphs of the journey towards being your overall best self mentally, physically, and emotionally. With a kickass mental health soundtrack from DuPont Brass - visit dupontbrass.com.

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July 5, 2023 101 mins

Join us for a candid conversation about death and grief from the perspective of our co-producer, Porche Brenner, and our returning panelist, Rachel Aidala, who both experienced the devastating loss of a loved one. We're also joined by our good friend and Pastoral Care Director, Shannon M. Blower, as well as a new voice on the panel, Hospice and Palliative Care Doctor, Dr. Luke Hashiguchi, who provide insight and guidance as those w...

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June 28, 2023 91 mins

In this episode, we discuss the flaws in the education system in America from the viewpoint of educators and parents. They share their experiences navigating the system and give insight into how funding, politics, fear, violence, and more impact educators, students, parents, and our society at large. With our Musician Spotlight on Marcellus Hall & The Hostages.

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June 21, 2023 88 mins

A wild episode from the final recording of 2022, on Dec. 28th, Matt's b-day! New faces, returning guests, and special surprises fill an entertaining episode for Season 2. They share their controversial takes on everything from music and films to God and Santa Claus. Is the Rock a good actor? Does Porche actually like Polka music? Is Stanley Kubrick overrated? And who the hell is Hawkman!?! This and more....welcome to the $#!tShow! ...

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June 14, 2023 72 mins

Many of us who were raised by more traditional parents grew into adults and witnessed a totally different type of child – the one kicking the back of our seat on the airplane or throwing a public fit with no parental invention. We’ve also seen this completely different parent than what we remember. This new one who seems passive, if not permissive. The parent who acts like BFFs with the hell-raiser as opposed to the guardian and au...

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June 7, 2023 82 mins

A frustrating topic leads to a heated debate: Cancel Culture. What does it look like? Does it really exist or is it a facade? The Right and the Left clash over what's considered canceled and what's simply the public using their voices to hold the powerful accountable. Do corporations actually have a moral cause or are they doing a consumer risk assessment by un-backing celebrities and/or brands who have scandal attached to them? Is...

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As a perfect follow-up to the previous episode on purity culture, the Going There team takes a road trip to Philadelphia, PA, for a special one-on-one conversation. Matt meets with Erica Smith, the creator of the Purity Culture Dropout program and author of My Sexual Values Workbook. Erica talks to her experience in working with clients traumatized by church and religious teachings on purity, what the healing process looks like, an...

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May 24, 2023 73 mins

Especially prevalent in the 1990s and early 2000s, the phenomenon known as purity culture reached a nationwide status and was echoed by the Evangelicals and moral majority.  It focused on waiting until marriage to remain 'pure' in God's eyes.  From purity rings, v-card declarations, body and sex shaming, anti-feminist ideologies and teachings of eternal damnation, this cultural issue impacted the lives of millions.  While it has la...

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May 17, 2023 86 mins

As a culture, we've become addicted to true crime content, whether a podcast, streaming series, or documentary. Can consuming true crime content in heavy doses verge on being irresponsible? What's the difference between a docuseries and a dramatized serial? Are our viewership and consumption dangerous or disrespectful to the ones who are left behind? Renown author James Renner joins the panel to discuss his first-hand experiences i...

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May 10, 2023 76 mins

Between the 24 hour news cycle, doom scrolling, and the presence of disinformation, it's hard not to spiral. But burying your head in the sand is not a viable option. How do we keep the balance? This informative discussion features veteran journalists, educators and communication professionals. Plus the musical stylings of Alex Ariff and The Wali Sanga. 

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December 28, 2022 82 mins

What happens when TV Shows, Movies, and art fall out of grace with our culture because of themes, characters and language being deemed as offensive? What makes a film or show controversial and what enables it to be redeemed? Are there objectively offensive works or does every piece of art deserve redemption? Can we reconcile the culture of the past and still salvage some of the art and expression of those films and shows? How do we...

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December 21, 2022 65 mins

What is behind the "War on Christmas?" Where did it come from, and it is even a reality? In the eyes of conservative Christians, Christmas became a target in the as our culture has evolved to be more inclusive of other religions and holiday practices. The facade that the left is trying to "Cancel Christmas" by being more inclusive is the hill that some go to die on when it comes to the holidays. Featuring the festive music of artis...

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December 14, 2022 68 mins

On June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion. Over decades, research has demonstrated that abortion bans most severely impact people in marginalized groups who already struggle to access health care, including abortion. Where do we draw the line on bodily autonomy? Is abortion healthcare? This is an incredibly polarizing to...

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December 7, 2022 59 mins

Join Matt and Lindsay as they chat with Kate aka The Girl with A Microphone about how it feels to stand up for those who are targeted and how overnight-internet-celebrity has two very different sides of an important coin.

Social justice isn't new, and those who work to uphold it have been there from the start. The biggest changes in social justice awareness were observed when we paired amateur cell phone video with the magical lan...

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November 30, 2022 80 mins

Organized religion has been around for thousands of years. Christianity has defined its practices on loving thy neighbor and treating others with kindness... but there is a dark side that only some are brave enough to speak out about. Ostracized and discredited by their congregations, and even friends and family, these individuals shed light on one of the most systematic methods of abuse that our country has even seen. Featuring a ...

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