2014 SEASON


Sunday
Oct122014

#1417 - A Zeal for History: Looking for Jesus with Reza Aslan, Part 2

In part 2 of our conversation, David Dault speaks with scholar and author Reza Aslan about his recent bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Along the way, we talk about the current state of academia, and whether academics should stay in the academy. We also discuss the way in which scholars should (and should not) work with the media.

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Also on the show, producer Maxwell Grant reviews the 'Magicians' series, a trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman

 

Sunday
Oct052014

#1416 - A Zeal for History: Looking for Jesus with Reza Aslan, Part 1

In this conversation, David Dault speaks with scholar and author Reza Aslan about his recent bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Along the way, the discussion includes the current state of academic teaching, navigating land mines on Fox News, and a pretty awesome Beatles reference.

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Also on the show, senior producer Katy Scrogin reviews the recent documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, about the supressed Russian feminist art collective, Pussy Riot.

 

Sunday
Sep142014

#1415 - The Miracle on Capitol Hill: John Mauck, Part 2

In the year 2000, our guest, John Mauck, was instrumental in crafting the ideas and language that became the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act passed Congress by unanimous vote in the year 2000. Its supporters proclaimed that "God worked a miracle" that day on Capitol Hill. In part 2 of our interview, Mauck tells us more of the story of how it became law.

 

Also on the show, Mary Morrison talks about pop music's body image problem.

Sunday
Aug312014

#1414 - The Miracle on Capitol Hill: John Mauck, Part 1

In the year 2000, against strong opposition, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act passed Congress by unanimous vote. Its supporters proclaimed that "God worked a miracle" that day on Capitol Hill. Our guest, John Mauck, was instrumental in crafting the ideas and language that became the Act. He tells us the story of how it became law.



Also on the show, our producer-at-large, Natasha S. Alford, reviews the Netflix hit series, Orange is the New Black

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Sunday
Aug242014

#1413 - Religious Objects: S. Brent Plate, Part 2

This is the second part of our conversation with scholar and author S. Brent Plate. Plate researches the way in which lived religious experience is influenced by materiality and physical objects. He discusses this issue in his latest book, A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses.

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Also on the show, journalist and educator Natasha Alford reflects on a recent visit to Memphis, the death of Martin Luther King, and the unfolding drama in Ferguson, Missouri.

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