In this first episode of Dustbowl Diatribes, Spencer Hess and Laurie Johnson explain why they chose "Dustbowl Diatribes" as the title of this podcast, why Spencer made the trailer the way he did, and introduce themselves. Along the way, they bring up some issues this podcast will get into -- climate change and how we're all unable to act effectively to cope with it, what Christian responsibility and response might look like, why we have such a hard time doing anything to fix our social and environmental problems despite such tremendous activity that we can dream of colonizing Mars or building space colonies.
Spencer Hess and I (Laurie Johnson) are getting ready to launch our new podcast, Dustbowl Diatribes, with a discussion of the US Dustbowl in the 1930's in all its ramifications. But this isn't a history podcast. The dustbowl symbolizes a slow moving disaster--environmental, economic, spiritual, political--which is materializing even now. We will be getting at this topic at first through an examination of Hannah Holleman's Dustbowls of Empire. Coming in late March or early April, 2022.