Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum! Today First Things debuts its regular podcast. In every episode, our editors—Rusty Reno, Mark Bauerlein, Matthew Schmitz, and Julia Yost—will discuss what's happening in religion and public life.

Episode 1 takes you inside our August-September issue, and sorts through related news and punditry. First, the editors tackle Trump's faith. Is The Donald a disciple of Nietzsche, as many pundits contend—or of positive-thinking guru Norman Vincent Peale? Then Carl Trueman, one of our sharpest writers, Skypes in. He disputes mildly with Rusty about the meaning of the recent outbreak of “bigot-baiting” in Bakersfield, California. Finally, the editors are joined by attorney Darren Geist, a critic of Amnesty International's dehumanizing new policy on prostitution.

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