Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe learn about people who take good works to the limit, even if it means doing less for friends and family... and we hear from a Hindu priest living in a freshman dorm.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTIf you had to choose, would you save your own drowning child, or three drowning strangers? Larissa MacFarquhar introduces us to people who refuse to draw the line at helping their own.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTHe's celibate, wears traditional robes...and he's living on a hallway of boisterous freshmen in a student dorm. We meet the first Hindu chaplain (and monk) to serve as a chaplain at an American university.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTBernadette has a plan: She will do one random act of kindness for a stranger every day for a year. How do these strangers react to her flowers and inspirational notes?
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT'Snap Judgment' host Glynn Washington tells us about his formative years, waiting for the end of the world in the Worldwide Church of God.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTOn March 15th, 1990, nearly 800 members of the Church Universal and Triumphant braced themselves for the end of the world by nuclear holocaust. Then midnight struck ... and nothing happened.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe 40ish members of the Westboro Baptist Church take hate speech to a scary new level, picketing the funerals of soldiers and even children. So, who are these people?
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTMore stories of people raised inside insular religious groups. In this hour: escapes from an apocalyptic 'cult,' a New Age sect and the most hated church in America.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn 2009, Luzer Twersky left the only world he had ever known, a close-knit Hasidic Jewish enclave in Brooklyn. This is an audio portrait of his first year in the secular world.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTAt 18, Carolyn Jessop was forced to become the fourth wife of a man 40 years her senior. She fled with all 8 of her children in the middle of the night, outrunning her husband and the church police, AKA "the God Squad."
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTJoshua Safran was born in 1975 into a coven of radical feminist witches. He spent his early childhood as a kind of nomad, hitchhiking for thousands of miles, living in buses, vans, and one time, an ice cream truck.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTFirst-person accounts of people who grew up inside insular religious groups. In this episode: escapes from an Orthodox Jewish enclave, a polygamous sect and a Wiccan commune.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTTwo Holocaust survivors share their story. Plus, has Israel's mandate to 'never forget' made its leaders fearful and paranoid?
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTJust over 70 years ago, Eva Fahidi and Magda Brown stood before Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. He waved them to the right -- to live. This week they tell their story, from 2011.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTAvraham Burg says that Israel's emphasis on the Holocaust has become obsessive, feeding an unhealthy nationalism crippled by paranoia. Daniel Gordis wonders, if Israel does not remember, then who?
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe hear from people who, for one reason or another, feel rejected, excluded, or ignored in their houses of prayer. On our list: introverts, the disabled... and men.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTDavid Murrow says men are turned off by the "Victorian parlor motif" of flowers and lace at many churches.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTAdam McHugh, a proud introvert and ordained Presbyterian minister, is trying to change the extroverted culture of many church services, which alienate quieter worshippers.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTLaura Lee Wright says that houses of worship have long ignored the needs of the disabled. A need for wheelchair ramps is just part of the challenge.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTRev. Nadia Bolz-Weber says if she leaves church with a to-do list, 'I don't feel like I've heard any good news.' Plus, Mark Oppenheimer on the religion beat.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTReligion should be covered like sports, Jews make good copy, and, let's be real, CrossFit is not a religion. Mark Oppenheimer reflects on nearly seven years at The New York Times.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTNadia Bolz-Weber is covered in tattoos, swears like a sailor, and has logged a lot of time in church basements, wrestling with addiction. She is also a Lutheran minister for ex-cons, addicts, sinners and outsiders.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTAs Clinton and Trump square off in the presidential elections, we look at how faith informs their lives and campaigns. Then we take a history tour of faith in the Oval Office.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTAlthough she doesn't mention it much on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is a lifelong Methodist who has quietly turned to religion during her most trying times in the public eye. Growing up in suburban Chicago, she was inspired by a pastor who brought her youth group to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. Later, in college, she subscribed to the Methodist magazine Motive. In fact, our guest suggests her religious convictions may explain her "conversion" from Republican to Democrat around that time.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTHow much does Trump really know about his "favorite book," the Bible? And how do conservative Christians feel about his praise of Planned Parenthood, or his three marriages? Our guest answers these questions and introduces us to a new voting base: Trumpvangelicals.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTFifty percent of Americans say they would be skeptical of an atheist president. Perhaps this is why every American president has professed some kind of religious faith– at least in public. We look back on some of the spiritual struggles of our 44 presidents, from Abraham Lincoln's conflict over slavery, to Harry Truman's justification for using the atomic bomb. And we hear why voters want their president to be part Jesus Christ, part John Wayne.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTSportswriter David Goldblatt traces the religious roots of the Olympic games, starting with Zeus, king of the Gods of Mount Olympus. And 3 believers who find the sacred in sports, including a 70-year-old surfer-priest.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe trace the religious history of the Olympic Games, from festivals to honor Zeus, all the way to the inclusion of female athletes from conservative Muslim countries. (We're looking at you Saudi Arabia.)
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn a soundscape of surf, sand and spirituality, Father Christian Mondor recounts how he began riding waves at age 70. In water, he finds a metaphor for the holy trinity. And in the surf, he finds a kind of baptism.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTRabbi Moshe Gray tells us why he thinks CrossFit, practiced with purpose, can be spiritually uplifting. And he talks frankly about why many religious leaders seem to let fitness slip by the wayside.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMTOnaje Woodbine grew up playing basketball on the streets, and found a ritual of transcendence there. He says basketball plays a healing role for many young black men with little access to conventional community support.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt's two of our most popular interviews from our archives: Sam Harris and Deepak Chopra, the militant atheist and the New Age mystic, side by side in one show.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTHe's been called arrogant, militant, and brilliant. Uber-atheist Sam Harris goes head-to-head with Maureen.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTBehold, our complete interview with Sam Harris, author of 'Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion' and 'Letter to a Christian Nation.'
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe most recognizable face of the New Age movement talks to religion scholar Jeffrey Kripal about conciousness, the limits of science, and the mystery of being alive.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhite Christian America is shrinking…so what does it mean to give up your seat at the head of the table?
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhite Christian America is shrinking, fueling anxiety, hope, and in some quarters, a yearning to "make America great again."
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTWho is Fethullah Gülen and what is the worldwide Hizmet movement he inspired?
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn Kansas City, Missouri, a Methodist church is overflowing with recent immigrants from all over the world, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTAmid a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests and the killing of five police officers in Dallas, we check in with clergy from predominantly black, and white, congregations.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile re-ignited Black Lives Matter protests across the country. Then, five Dallas police officers were shot to death by a lone gunman. We do some soul-searching with black and white clergy who’ve been thinking deeply about where we go from here.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhen we listen to the call and response of a jazz trio, we are hearing echoes of black preaching. When we tap our feet to a hip-hop song, we are also hearing black preaching. And when we get caught up in the words of a powerful storyteller, that too is black preaching. This week we listen back to some of the most riveting examples of African-American sermons. Our interview first aired in July, 2010.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTAn evangelical pastor says Donald Trump has been born again. But what does 'born again' mean? And how has it changed over time?
Next, Southern Baptists take on the Confederate flag, and their own heritage.
Our producer Arielle Zionts explores how Fiddler remains relevant, from generation to generation.
We end with remembering Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTThere’s been plenty of reporting about whether evangelical voters will line up behind presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. After all, he’s been married three times, owns gambling casinos, and says he’s never asked for God’s forgiveness. But according to James Dobson, a leading evangelical pastor, Trump has been 'born again.' That got us thinking about the very concept of being born again, where it came from, and what it actually means today.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTLast summer, a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans as they worshiped at their church in Charleston, South Carolina. Because the shooter frequently displayed the Confederate Flag, the massacre set off a nationwide discussion on the use of that symbol. Now, a year later, the Southern Baptists have added their voices to the conversation. Their convention recently passed a resolution denouncing any use of the Confederate Flag. This decision wasn’t just a statement on the Charleston Massacre. It was a comment on the church’s own troubled past. After all, the Southern Baptist Convention’s founding is directly tied to a defense of slavery.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTFor more than 50 years now, no matter what’s happening outside the theatre doors, audiences have been able to walk right into the world of Tevye the milkman and his five daughters, in "Fiddler on the Roof." Our producer Arielle Zionts explores how Fiddler remains relevant, from generation to generation.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTElie Wiesel was a somber, iconic face of suffering -- and survival. Sent to Auschwitz with his family when he was 15, he went on to write Night, a short masterpiece of just over 100 pages that helped the world understand an experience that was nearly incomprehensible. Wiesel died in his home on July 2, at the age of 87. In this 2013 interview, he spoke with Nadine Epstein, editor-in-chief of Moment, about his own mortality.
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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTFor the past 50 years or so, there’s been a fascinating idea floating around: that in the absence of a state religion, we need a civil religion to bind us together. We may not have a Notre Dame Cathedral, but we have a set of beliefs, symbols, holidays and rituals that help define who we are as a nation, while tapping into the deep human longing for myths, stories and traditions.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe hear a soundscape of sacred harp music -- a unique type of American folk music that blends human voices, and actually has no harp in it at all!
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt turns out that Thomas Jefferson, our third president and the lead author of the Declaration of Independence, spent his off hours in the White House creating his own personal Bible. Using a razor blade and a glue brush, he carefully removed miracles, resurrections, and all parts of the Gospels he considered supernatural. What was left was a work of private reflection, written in secret.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTMaureen reflects on a core American value this Fourth of July -- religious freedom. She remembers the historical misperception of Catholics in the United States and admires the tapestry of diversity that freedom brings.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTCan the mind survive the death of the brain? A skeptic and a believer debate the meaning of close encounters at the edge of death. And we'll explore what different religions say about heaven.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe talk to a doctor whose time in the trenches persuades him that there is more than this human existence, and a skeptic who thinks that near death experiences are merely the trick of a dying brain.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTJournalist Lisa Miller explains why our image of eternity is shaped by our life on Earth now--a reflection of our hopes, anxieties and longings for justice.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe take stock of the political spat over the phrase "radical Islam," and speak with a documentary filmmaker who values both his LGBTQ and Muslim identities.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTAfter the horrific Orlando shooting on June 12, media coverage quickly turned to reports that the killer was Muslim, and just as quickly, a political spat erupted over whether to attribute the attack to "radical Islam." Even President Barack Obama weighed in, saying he thinks the phrase plays into the recruitment campaigns of terror groups like ISIS. So do words really matter? We speak with two experts about language, perception and politics.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTFollowing the tragedy in Orlando, many LGBTQ Muslims stood in solidarity with the larger LGBTQ community. We check in with documentary--maker Parvez Sharma-- a Muslim gay rights activist. He speaks to the treatment of homosexuals in Muslim-majority countries and touches on his own experience with religious bigotry.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTMaureen reflects on the tragic events of Orlando, noting the double discrimination against LGBTQ Muslims. She also examines how different religious communities are addressing violent hatred, particularly against members of the LGBTQ community.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe examine how Muhammad Ali's religious convictions lead him into controversial friendships, political minefields, and a tour of Muslim countries in Africa.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTMuhammad Ali was the champ, a boxer who elevated his sport to new heights of artistry, audacity and showmanship. But he was also a social activist and one of the most famous American Muslims. We speak with two experts about Muhammad Ali's religious journey from a neighborhood Baptist church, to the Nation of Islam, and eventually to Sufi Islam. We also explore how Ali's religious views fueled his political activism.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTMany of us are aware of Muhammad Ali's activism as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. But his work as an ambassador and interfaith leader is less well known. He traveled the world in defense of human rights, even working to free American captives in Iraq. Ali also strove to build bridges between Sunni and Shia Muslims and across religious traditions.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTThou Shalt Not Tell A Lie is a new quiz on Interfaith Voices. Two statements are false; one is true. It's up to you to figure out which is which. Go to our Facebook page to vote!
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTA mother shares the story of how her son was radicalized and joined ISIS, and experts share their thoughts on how to counter recruitment efforts by terror groups.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhat happens when your child joins a radical Islamic group? Christianne Boudreau discusses how her son was recruited to fight with ISIS in Syria, how she found out, and what she's doing now to support families who have lost children to extremism.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTAn imam and a researcher share new ideas on how to combat-- even reverse-- radicalization by groups like ISIS, using religious education and counter narratives.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMTThou Shalt Not Tell A Lie is a new quiz on Interfaith Voices. Two statements are false; one is true. It's up to you to figure out which is which. Go to our Facebook to vote on the statement you think is correct! Tune in next week for the correct answer!
Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTThou Shalt Not Tell A Lie is a new quiz segment on Interfaith Voices. Tune in next week for the answer!
Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTDoes faith inform your vote? This week we hear from two evangelicals on how their religion informs their stance on Trump.
Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTDonald Trump's run for the White House has thrown the GOP into an identity crisis. And this has led to a deep rift within a core constituency of the Republican Party: evangelical voters. We hear from two evangelicals -- a pastor and a professor -- who sit on opposite sides of the divide.
Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTEvangelical political engagement has been a big story since the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan. But have evangelicals always been so politically active? We speak with a professor of U.S. religious history to learn more about the roots of evangelical political involvement.
Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe biggest gathering of non-religious people in history. That's how D.C.'s upcoming Reason Rally is being described. We hear from one of the key speakers in the lineup&mdash; Maryam Namazie. She shares her views on why religion should be separate from politics and discusses what is at stake for atheists around the world. The rally takes place June 4.
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe travel to Russia to meet LGBT Christians and dive into the historical relationship between the Orthodox Church and the Kremlin. Then, London has a new mayor who happens to be Muslim. We take a walk back in time to explore Islam in Europe, stopping by a few grand cities with Muslim leaders.
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTTwo experts outline the history of Russian religion-state relations, from the tsars to the Soviet Union to the present day. Plus, reporter Lauren Ober takes us to a small, underground church in St. Petersburg where LGBT Christians worship, amid anti-gay rhetoric from religious and political leaders. Ober explains why many of Russia's LGBT Christians find it difficult to be out about their sexuality, and their faith.
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTAndrei Saveliev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the Soviet era, but moved to the United States about 20 years ago. During Soviet rule, religion was considered antithetical to communism. But faith didn't exactly disappear; Saveliev found spirituality in Russian folk music.
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTLondon has a new mayor who happens to be Muslim. His name is Sadiq Khan and he's the son of a Pakistani bus driver and a member of the Labour Party. As soon as he was elected, the media blasted out headlines announcing Khan as the first Muslim mayor of a major European city. History disagrees. We take a walk back in time to explore Islam in Europe, stopping by a few grand cities with Muslim leaders.
Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhat do religious texts say about domestic abuse? And when victims seek guidance from religious leaders, do they get the help they need?
Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTHow do ancient religious texts and practices protect-- or endanger-- victims of domestic violence? Often, victims of abuse will go to a pastor or a rabbi before they go to the police. But experts say without proper training, well-intentioned religious leaders sometimes do more harm than good. We speak with a group of interfaith advocates who are trying to change that.
Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhere do non-religious people go when they need a spiritual harbor? We attend a dinner party where young "nones" are writing their own instruction manual on grief.
Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt’s the 5-year anniversary of the Arab Spring. We ask what role religion played in the uprising. Then, sexual assault reporting on a Mormon campus. We end with remembering Daniel Berrigan, a draft-card burning priest.
Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTIraqis stormed parliament last weekend to protest government inaction. And the bloody civil war in Syria marches on. Five years after the Arab Spring sparked hopes for democratic reforms, we take stock of Islamist and secular forces reshaping the region. What does the future hold for Iraq? What made Tunisia a success and why did Syria and Egypt descend into "Arab Winters"? And what do Islamist parties bring to the table?
Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTBrigham Young University's honor code reflects its Mormon values: Drinking and drug use are prohibited. Men can't grow beards and women must wear skirts to the knee. Pre-marital sex is forbidden. But in the latest outcry over sexual assault on college campuses, rape accusers at Brigham Young say the school's honor code office has been reacting to assault reports by investigating-- and even punishing-- victims.
Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTMaureen remembers Daniel Berrigan, a priest, a poet and a draft-card burner, who died on April 30, just short of his 95th birthday. Father Berrigan is remembered as a champion for social justice and a promoter of peace.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTAn in-depth look at the pop icon's little-known religious beliefs. Plus, the Jewish American divide over Israel.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTOn stage, Prince was a musical genius, a sex icon. But he was also a low-key Jehovah's Witness who took his faith seriously. So what exactly were Prince's religious beliefs? You probably know that Jehovah's Witnesses go door to door with their Watchtower magazine, but what exactly is their theology? In this interview, we draw back the curtain on this little known religion.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe biggest divide in the Jewish American community isn't over theology or even how you worship. It’s all about where you stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his new book, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel, Dov Waxman documents how American Jews are increasingly divided over the topic of Israel and illustrates some of the real-life consequences.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTHere on Interfaith Voices, we explore all different faiths. But Reba Riley outdid us. She tried out 30 religions before her 30th birthday. Raised in a fundamentalist Christian Church, Riley embarked on a spiritual quest that had her meditating in Buddhist monasteries, chatting with atheists, singing hymns in Catholic Churches, and worshipping in Hindu temples.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTLegendary radio host Diane Rehm says her husband's death gave her a new cause. Plus, finding a balance between religious liberty and LGBT rights.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTShe is one of public radio’s most influential talk show hosts. This week we speak with Diane Rehm about her best-selling book, On My Own, the devastating loss of her husband, his search for the divine, and how his last days gave her a new cause: advocating for the right for terminally ill people to choose how they want to die.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTFreedom of religion and freedom from discrimination are two of our most cherished rights. But what happens when they clash? A new raft of bills in southern states is testing this very question, and celebrities and corporations are responding with boycotts. We host a debate between two lawyers with opposing views.
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTDan Harris suffered a panic attack on live TV, then turned to mediation to dial down his anxiety. Plus, Pope Francis on remarriage, and India’s 'third gender.'
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTAs young Americans move away from religion, we explore why they seem to be drawn to new podcasts exploring faith.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTResearchers are testing whether a psychedelic compound found in "magic mushrooms" can unlock doors to spirituality...and they may be enlisting your priest.
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe United States has officially declared that ISIS is committing genocide against religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. But will this statement make any difference?
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTA flight attendant asks 81-year-old Renee Rabinowitz to switch seats to accomodate an ultra-Orthodox man. Now she's suing the airline.
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTToday you can sign up for a dog yoga class, buy $100-yoga pants, and incorporate yoga into a church service. So has yoga been detached from its ancient religious roots?
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTToday you can sign up for a dog yoga class, buy $100-yoga pants, and incorporate yoga into a church service. So has yoga been detached from its ancient religious roots?
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTA historian traces the religious roots of yoga, and its connections to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. He argues that yoga has long been an evolving, diverse practice.
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTDid you know that Hillary Clinton's Methodist faith introduced her to Martin Luther King, Jr. and probably brought about her "conversion" from Republican to Democrat?
Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe map out the destruction and looting of ancient religious sites by extremist groups in the Middle East and Northern Africa.