2014 SEASON


Sunday
Nov162014

#1420 - Best of Both: Susan Katz Miller on Interfaith Families

Author and journalist Susan Katz Miller is both an interfaith child and an interfaith parent. Her book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, is both a memoir and a call to action for intentional interfaith community.  We talk about how her experiences have shaped her approach to family and religious practice, and the politics of raising interfaith families.

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Also on the show, Natasha Alford goes behind the scenes with Salvation Army bell ringers.

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Sunday
Nov092014

#1419 - The Impossible Becoming Possible: Jeanne Bishop on Violence and Forgiveness

On Palm Sunday in 1990, attorney Jeanne Bishop received a phone call with the news that three members of her family - including her sister - had been brutally murdered. We take the full hour of our show this week to hear Bishop's account of her twenty-five-year journey towards forgiveness and reconciliation with her sister's killer.

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Bishop is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer.

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Sunday
Nov022014

#1418 - What's a Jesus? Gospel politics with Pastor Heidi Neumark

Heidi Neumark spent twenty years as the pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx in New York City, and has spent the past decade at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. At both posts, she has encountered the same need: people on the margins - cast out and endangered - who need to hear the Good News that they are wanted, needed, and valued.  So Reverend Neumark has focused her ministry on immigrants, the homeless, and queer and LGBTQ youth, offering them shelter and welcome in a city that is often harsh and violent.

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Also on the show, our guest producer, Katie Lynn Murphy, files a report about her experiences of China during the recent protests.

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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.