Millions of Americans are focused on courtrooms in Cleveland, Ohio. The wildly popular podcast “Serial” is spending an entire season looking at the criminal justice system in America through the lens of a county courthouse in Cleveland. In this week’s episode, Brian and Kathleen use “Serial” as a springboard to discuss an upcoming ballot initiative in Ohio that proposes significant criminal justice reform. Are the reforms Biblical? Would they address problems exposed by “Serial” producers? Should Christians even care?
Brian Dahlen became a Cleveland morning show host after working at Moody Radio in Chicago as a radio host, producer, and co-host of a weekly podcast. Brian caught the radio bug while teaching history at a public high school near Minneapolis, where he was cohost and producer of a weekly radio program. After teaching six years and graduating with a master’s degree in education, Brian lives with his wife and five children in Broadview Heights, Ohio.
Jannelle Nevels brings a lifetime of experience to her role as a morning show host. She was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended Oberlin College, where she met her husband, and then earned her degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Jannelle homeschools their six children, manages the family's real estate business, and attends Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. She has been a contributor to Pause for Prayer since 2012.
Brian and Jannelle are posing questions worth asking in their own quirky style. It’s faith-based, straight-forward, and funnier than we might expect.