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The mission of the Faithspotting Podcast is to spot and explore faith as reflected in popular film, TV, streaming programing, and music. 

Apr 29, 2021

Kenny and Mike discuss the Academy Awards, winners, runners-up, and the show. Afterward they discuss the film and spot the faith elements in the Oscar winning feature length documentary film, My Octopus Teacher.

Time Index:

Oscar Recap               00:00       My Octopus Teacher  24:30            Faith Spotted         ...

Apr 22, 2021

Mike and Kenny are joined by guest Dr. Ryan Parker in a discussion of The Academy Award nominees for Best Picture and the faith elements spotted in films. Ryan is a theologian with an Masters of Divinity degree as well as a PhD. in Religion and the Arts. Ryan also works in the film industry in marketing,...

Apr 14, 2021

In the 3rd of the 4 part series leading up to the 2021 Academy Awards (April 25th) Kenny and Mike offer their thoughts on the nominees, including their favorites, predictions, possible swaps. In addition, they discuss faith elements spotted in the film Another Round for which director Thomas Venterberg is one of the...

Apr 8, 2021

Kenny and Mike discuss the best acting nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards. The discussion includes their favorites, predictions, and changes to nominees they would have made.  The episode also includes  with a discussion of faith elements spotted in the films of the actors and actresses. More detailed notes on the...

Apr 1, 2021

In the first of a 4 part series leading up to the Academy Awards, Mike and Kenny discuss the Actresses and Actors nominated for best supporting performances. For additional faith notes for most of the nominated films see the episode posts at

Best Supporting Actress:

Maria Bakalova  Borat...