Religion & Politics Podcast

Straight White American Jesus (SWAJ) is a podcast on religion and politics. Launched in 2018, both of the show’s hosts, Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, are ex-evangelical ministers who are now religion scholars. SWAJ plays an important role linking scholarship and media by providing a unique insider-outsider perspective on Christian nationalism and the Religious Right, as well as broad research-based perspectives at the intersection of religion and politics.

SWAJ is the only self-produced and self-funded podcast to appear regularly in the top 50 of politics shows on Apple’s podcast charts. The show has a monthly audience of 45,000 listeners and is downloaded 170,000 times per month. It has been assigned in numerous religion programs across the world, including the University of San Francisco, Skidmore College, Emory University, Georgia State University, and the University of Nottingham. Former guests include distinguished historians of American religion, such as Randall Balmer, R. Marie Griffith, and Matthew Avery Sutton, as well as journalists such as Katherine Stewart (New York Times contributor, author of The Power Worshippers) and Tom LoBianco (CNN contributor, author of Piety and Power). Listeners include scholars, students, journalists, and policy makers.

Bradley Onishi, co-host of the postcast, received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2014 and is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. He previously taught at Skidmore College and Rhodes College. His book, Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism--And What Comes Next, will be published by Broadleaf Books in January 2023. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Religion Dispatches, and The Revealer. In addition to a TedX talk, Onishi and SWAJ has also been featured on an episode of the Religious Studies Project podcast. 

Daniel Miller is Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Liberal Studies at Landmark College. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. His most recent book, Queer Democracy: Desire, Dysphoria, and the Body Politic, was published by Routledge in August 2021.

There are two SWAJ episodes per week: 

  • Tuesdays: Interviews and/or Series Episodes
  • Fridays: Weekly Roundup – analysis of religion and politics stories from the week

Special series of the Straight White American Jesus podcast include The Orange Wave: A History of the Religious Right since 1960; A History of the Religious Left; and Reproductive Rights.

Click here for podcast feeds and transcripts, as well as suggested readings and bios of guests. 

You can also find the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The Capps Center is an official partner of the Straight White American Jesus podcast.