2014 SEASON


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. It's 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

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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Tuesday
Jul292014

#1412 - Religious Objects: S. Brent Plate, Part 1

This is part one 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, we present an excerpt from the new Chicago Sunday Evening Club television documentary, Divided Families: Responding with Faith.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

#1411 - Kat Banakis, Part 2

We continue our conversation with pastor Kathryn "Kat" Banakis, author of Bubble Girl: An Irreverent Journey of Faith.  In part two, we discuss the particular joys and travails of being a female pastor, as well as the meaning of the title of her book.

 

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Also on the show, Mary Morrison reviews the BBC sci-fi series, Orphan Black

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Wednesday
Jul092014

#1410 - Kat Banakis, Part 1

Kathryn "Kat" Banakis is a pastor, fundraiser, big data analyzer, and author. In part one of our conversation, we discuss all the twists and turns that helped lead to her work as a "bi-vocational" minister, caring for both a congregation and a workplace, and her recent book, Bubble Girl.

 

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Also on the program, David Dault reviews the HBO crime drama, True Detective.

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