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Nov 12, 2017

It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from us at Assumptions. While we continue to prepare our second season, we’re releasing a short series of bonus episodes. On this episode, Kyle and Daniel talk about the movies and music they’ve been consuming and how they reflect our post-religious culture. 



Assumptions is sponsored by ATB Financial’s Entrepreneur Centre and the Alberta Podcast Network. We also mention another Alberta Podcast Network show dedicated to sports, Tight Ends. Kyle’s new content creation company is Media Lab YYC. Go show them some love!

The film Jigsaw and the rest of the Saw franchise is discussed. We briefly mention our previous episode dedicated horror films. Kyle alluded to the video he created on his experience watching all 8 of the Saw films.

Daniel mentioned Earworm, Vox’s excellent YouTube series devoted to appreciating pop music.

Daniel also mentioned the biblical story of Job. An excellent and beautifully created video overview of Job can be found here.

More information on David Lowery’s films can be found here. Daniel’s interview with the director is here. 

We mention the Canadian philosophy Charles Taylor and his book, A Secular Age

The band Arcade Fire’s is discussed, including the cover art for the second LP, Neon Bible. Win Butler’s Twitter account can be found here.

For my information on Bono’s faith, check out this YouTube series where he discusses the Psalms. 

Daniel’s unnamed online friend is Michael Wright with Fuller Studios, whose interview with David Lowery can be found here.

Here is the music video for the song ‘We Exist’.


Further Reading: 

After this podcast was recorded, the following essay was written that does a terrific job discussing the yearning for transcendence found at the end of Arcade Fire’s latest album.



Assumptions is written and produced by Daniel Melvill Jones and Kyle Marshall.

This episode edited by Kyle Marshall.

Our soundtrack comes from The Parson Red Heads, whose new acclaimed album, Blurred Harmony, is available everywhere. 

Podcast artwork designed by Chris Taniguchi, who has his own YouTube channel

Photography by Jen Hall


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