Ruth Institute Podcast
Making Marriage Cool -- Standing up for Traditional Marriage
Dr Robert Gagnon @ ITAF - Jesus & Sex

(August 2010) Dr. Robert Gagnon gave this talk as part of "It Takes a Family," Ruth Institute's summer student conference this year in Southern California.  A professor from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he delivered a talk entitled "Jesus and Sex."  Dr. Gagnon discussed what Jesus taught about sex--including marriage, homosexuality, and divorce--and how his teachings related to the Mosaic law and the mores of the culture.

Dr. Gagnon's second talk, on Pauline teaching, is available here.

Direct download: Aug31_10.mp3
Category:ITAF 2010 -- posted at: 11:44am PDT

Marriage and Freedom in Society

(August 12, 2010) At Ruth Institute's "It Takes a Family" summer student conference, Dr J delivers the opening talk entitled "Marriage and Freedom in Society."  She discusses what the institution of marriage does for society and some of the consequences if it is removed or substantially altered--especially for the very young.

Direct download: Aug30_10.mp3
Category:ITAF 2010 -- posted at: 1:42pm PDT

Shot in the Arm...or the Foot?

(August 23, 2010) Prop 8's court cases have all made waves, but the first round in the federal arena is ending with increased scrutiny of Judge Walker's particular handling of the case.  His behavior has enlivened some people who were otherwise content not to pay attention...

Direct download: Aug27_10.mp3
Category:Prop 8 -- posted at: 2:04pm PDT

Sarah Palin vs. Mama Grizzlies

(August 20, 2010) Dr J appears on Issues, Etc to discuss the recent anti-Sarah Palin video campaign put out by some "Mama Grizzlies."  These women are upset that someone who doesn't share their views proports to "speak for" them, but they conveniently forget the gripe when pro-choice women proport to "speak for" all of womankind.

Direct download: Aug26_10.mp3
Category:abortion -- posted at: 1:43pm PDT

Dr. Miriam Grossman @ ITAF

(August 2010) Dr. Miriam Grossman gave this talk as part of "It Takes a Family," Ruth Institute's summer student conference this year in Southern California.  The author of You're Teaching My Child What? A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Harm Your Child (2009) and Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness Endangers Every Student (2009), she spoke on the physical and emotional effects premarital sex and the hook-up culture have on college students.

Direct download: Aug25_10.mp3
Category:ITAF 2010 -- posted at: 10:21am PDT

Love, Life, & the Divine Plan

(August 2010) Dr J gave a reprise of this talk as part of "It Takes a Family," Ruth Institute's summer student conference this year in Southern California.  She discusses her life story and the 4 threats to marriage as outlined by the bishops in the Catholic church's paper of the same name.

Direct download: Aug24_10.mp3
Category:ITAF 2010 -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Point of View

(August 11, 2010) Dr J appears on radio program Point of View, where she and Penna Dexter discuss Judge Walker's recent Proposition 8 ruling.

Direct download: Aug17_10.mp3
Category:Prop 8 -- posted at: 1:36pm PDT

Prop 8 Aftermath

(August 5, 2010) Dr J appears on Steve Duignan's radio show to discuss Judge Walker's ruling on California's Proposition 8.

Direct download: Aug08_10.mp3
Category:Prop 8 -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Gray Divorce

(July 28, 2010) Dr J appears on Issues, Etc to discuss "grey divorce"--couples who divorce in later life after being married for a long time (decades).  There's a lot of information out there on how to re-enter the singles scene and get on with your life, but why are these break-ups happening in the first place?

Direct download: Aug07_10.mp3
Category:divorce -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

The "Un-Divorced"

(August 3, 2010) The New York Times ran a piece on upper-middle-class married couples who have grown apart but choose to remain married for...convenience?  Tax purposes?  Inertia?  This definitely isn't an ideal, but is it a bad thing?  Dr J unpacks the idea and some of its ramifications.

Direct download: Aug06_10.mp3
Category:divorce -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Federal Ruling: Prop 8 Unconstitutional!

(August 4, 2010) Federal Judge Vaughn Walker has just declared Prop 8, the California referendum that defines marriage between one man and one woman, unconstitutional.  There are lots of strong emotions on both sides of the situation, and the case promises to go on to the 9th circuit court of appeals and, probably, the United States Supreme Court.  Dr J clarifies some aspects of the case and outlines what's at stake.

Direct download: Aug05_10.mp3
Category:Prop 8 -- posted at: 7:01am PDT