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In this episode, Josh, Brent, and Lindsay discuss the similarities and differences in the coronavirus vaccines, Gov. Greg Abbott ending the mask mandate in Texas, Mississippi also lighting their mask mandate, Dolly Parton getting her coronavirus vaccine, Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, Nigerian schoolgirls being kidnapped, QAnon and threats to the capitol, and a Cheetos burglary case. Lindsay gives a rundown of this week’s ERLC content including the policy staff with “Explainer: Beccera’s Troubling Nomination for the Department of Health and Human Services,” Jason Thacker and Josh Wester with “Should Amazon be able to ban books?,” and Joe Carter with “Understanding ethical systems: Virtue ethics.” Also in this episode, the hosts are joined by Jeff Pickering for a conversation about life and ministry. 

About Jeff

Jeff Pickering serves as Policy Communications Director in the Washington, D.C., office. In this role, he hosts the weekly Capitol Conversations podcast, develops communications strategy, and connects journalists with the organization’s policy work. He also serves as the mentor and director of the DC internship program. Jeff previously served in both local church ministry and government affairs in his home state of Texas, where he graduated from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Chelsea have a son. You can connect with him on Twitter @jeffpickering.

ERLC Content


  1. The U.S. coronavirus vaccines aren’t all the same
  2. Church Leaders Say Johnson & Johnson Shot Should Be Avoided If Alternatives Available
  3. Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate
  4. Texas, Mississippi to lift mask mandates, let all businesses reopen at full capacity
  5. Dolly Parton helped fund Moderna’s vaccine. It began with a car crash and an unlikely friendship.
  6. Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.
  7. Pope Francis to visit Iraq
  8. Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls released days after kidnapping
  9. It’s March 4th: Biden is still president
  10. House cancels Thursday session as FBI, Homeland Security warn of threat to Capitol
  11. Cheetos Residue Helps Police Crack Burglary Case


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Brent Leatherwood

Brent Leatherwood serves as Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff for the ERLC. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party from December 2012 to December 2016, where he managed the organization’s campaign apparatus at the federal, state and local levels. He … Read More

Josh Wester

Joshua B. Wester serves as the Chair of Research in Christian Ethics at the ERLC. He is also pursuing a Th.M. in Public Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is married to McCaffity, and they have two children. Read More by this Author

Lindsay Nicolet

Lindsay Nicolet serves as the Managing Editor of Content. She oversees the day-to-day management of our online content from the Nashville office. Lindsay completed her Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Justin and they have one daughter. Read More by this Author


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