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Episode 230: Let’s Talk About Technology! Plus, a Conversation with For King & Country

A cartoon image of two parents exhausted by technology


Technology is great! Also, awful.

That’s the paradox at the heart of our conversation today. We love what modern technology can do for us. But what it does to us? That’s another matter. Parents fret about screen time. Children get cyberbullied. We can find almost everything under the sun online—and that can come with plenty of perils.

Those very real pain points are huge reasons why Plugged In wrote its book, Becoming a Screen-Savvy Family—to give readers some real, concrete advice. Emily Tsiao, who authored the book’s technology chapter, joins Jonathan McKee, Kristin Smith and me, where we try to offer some pragmatic help to moms and dads looking to tame their family’s technology habits. (And remember, we’re not just talking about their kids’ habits: Adults can use this advice, too.)

Then our own Adam Holz sits down with Joel and Luke Smallbone—also known as the Christian group For King & Country—where they talk about music, movies and, specifically, Unsung Hero, a film based on their uber-musical family.

And then, when you’re done listening to all of us gab, chime in. Talk to us on Instagram and Facebook. Send an email to us at [email protected]. Or leave us a voice mail on  The Plugged In Show homepage. We’ll give you extra points if you sing your thoughts.

Look at all those ways to connect with us via technology! Isn’t it great? Also, awful.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

3 Responses

  1. I’m anticipating y’all are about to get a biiiiiiig influx of review requests for one particular new album.

  2. I just got done watching “Minari” based on your review and interview. Though very slow, it was a beautiful film, with much less blatant racism than I expected based on my own lived experiences. There are a million things in that movie’s that could have been cheesy or melodramatic, but all of them felt earnest. The film’s ending, in its unflinching sincerity, was the most nerve-wracking I’ve seen in a movie since “Shin Godzilla.”