Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTAs racial tensions worsen and the nation's first black president hands over the White House keys to Donald Trump, we ask Rev. Dennis Wiley--What would Rev. King say today?
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTBy giving us an ensemble cast of black women and girls, Beyonce's “Lemonade” reminds black women that even if their own religious traditions fail to “see” them, they are still reflected in the divine.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTWe ask a DC pastor, what would Martin Luther King care about today? And a moving testimony from Amirah Muhammad, the granddaughter of the Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTBeen waiting for a ticket to DC's new African American history museum? Here's our tour through the museum's most memorable religion artifacts.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTHow to be a diplomat-- changing hearts and minds on the world stage, or in a small Midwestern town named after a Muslim military hero.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn his final days in office, Rabbi David Saperstein reflects on what first drew him to the role of America's Ambassador for International Religious Freedom.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTImagine the United Nations as a theater with world leaders sitting around a big table. Way up in the rafters--the cheap seats--are the priests, the rabbis, and other people of faith. They call it the 'ministry of presence.'
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTWelcome to Elkader, Iowa, population: 1,273. Few residents have ever met a Muslim. So Frederique and Brian, Muslim owners of an Algerian restaurant on Main Street, have become the town's default cultural ambassadors.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt depends on who you ask. Two scholars debate, in this encore edition of our God and Government series from October 2015.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTIsraeli musician David Broza tells us he finds solace in the quiet stillness of prayer, a practice he first discovered as a rebellious teenager.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhy has a show about synagogue music captured the imagination of a country where most Jews don’t even go to synagogue? Liel Leibovitz on the magic of "Liturgical Poet."
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhat did the founders mean when they declared Israel a "Jewish state"? And we meet Israel's hottest TV stars: the sweet Yeshiva boys of "Liturgical Poet."
Fri, 23 Dec 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 meet a Hindu priest living in a freshman dorm.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe Bible tells us it’s better to give than to receive... but can you go too far? It's stories of people who help strangers more than the ones they love.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTBernadette has a plan: She will do one random act of kindness for a stranger every day for a year. We follow her to find out how people react to her effort to "be the change."
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTBrahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan is the first Hindu chaplain (and monk) at an American university. He's celibate, wears traditional robes...and he's living on a hallway of boisterous freshmen in a student dorm.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTMuslim reactions to the era of Donald Trump, from a Muslim woman who escaped a 'hijab grab' to a pro-Trump Muslim feminist.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe visit a church basement in Washington, DC, where a dozen Muslim women are learning how to look an attacker in the eye and use their "outside voice."
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTYuka Fujikura is a 90-year-old survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp. Zahra Riaz is a 17-year-old Muslim college student. They sat down together to share their stories of discrimination then and now.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTClose your eyes and imagine a typical Trump voter. Who do you see? Well, it’s probably not Asra Nomani. Nomani is a life-long liberal and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTAn antidote to our bitter election season: Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer joins us in the studio for a live performance of songs from her new album, including 'Sanctuary' and 'You Can Do This Hard Thing.'
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTNoor Tagouri is a Muslim journalist who made history recently when she appeared in Playboy magazine’s Renegade series… fully clothed, wearing a leather jacket, dark lipstick, and a hijab.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTThere is so much more to our conversation between Yuka Fujikura and Zahra Riaz. Hear a longer version here.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn 2009, Anne Rice told us she had abandoned vampires and returned to the Catholicism of her youth. But a year later, her faith fled once again, and the vampires came back.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTFrom 2015: Guest interviewer Mark Oppenheimer talks to Anne Rice about her about her transition back to writing vampire fiction after she publicly announced she had been 'called out of the darkness' of atheism.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTAs a teenager, Jerry DeWitt was about as fiery a Christian as they come. But slowly, over the course of his 25-year career as a pastor, DeWitt’s beliefs began to burn off until he finally realized he no longer believed.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTA whole hour on the different ways people reconcile their faith and sexual orientation: from conversion therapy, to acceptance, to celibacy.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTAlan Chambers sent shock waves through the Evangelical community when he shut down Exodus International, a network that worked to 're-orient' gays and lesbians through prayer and therapy. He joins us with his wife.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTStories of two men who attended faith-based programs for people struggling with sexual orientation. Peterson Toscano says the program failed, and Alan Calhoun says it worked. Calhoun is now married to his wife, Mary Ann.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWriter Eve Tushnet found a third way to reconcile her lesbian orientation with her devout Catholic faith: celibacy.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe rez of the story: we go behind the headlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and find out why it is sacred ground for the Great Sioux Nation. Plus, thoughts on gratiutude.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe simple act of giving thanks before a meal is one of the most universal prayers, found all over the world and stretching back thousands of years.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe travel to the open plains of North Dakota, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with hundreds of protestors from around the country, have gathered to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTHarjo is a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation. She writes, "To pray, you open your whole self to Sky, to Earth, to Sun, to Moon." It is in the heavens that Harjo finds her belief.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhen the Puritans arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the early 1600s, they brought with them a concept of God totally alien to their new neighbors, the Wampanoag people.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTDavid Lynch movie submerges us in the dark and foreboding currents of the subconscious. So how does he come up with this stuff? He pulls back the current with writer Mitch Horowitz.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTAlthough its origins are in India, Transcendental Meditation has only been popular in the United States since the early 60s. That’s when a man with a twinkle in his eye taught an updated version of an ancient technique.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTHow did mindfulness meditation transform from something passed down from Buddhist elders into a popular prescription for the ills of the middle class?
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhere does David Lynch go to find the dreamscapes that mystify and unnerve us? The famously quirky director shares his creative secrets with writer Mitch Horowitz.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe've all heard about the mid-life crisis. But what about a mid-faith crisis? That feeling that somewhere along your spiritual journey, God just disappeared...
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTSome say it's like the common cold, or a run-of-the-mill dry spell in an intimate relationship. Barbara Bradley Hagerty sits down with two scholars to talk about their own experiences with 'the dark night of the soul.'
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTFear of the dark... many of us remember that feeling from childhood. Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor offers a different way of looking at darkness, not as something to be feared, but as something to be embraced.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTShalom Auslander has got a bone to pick with God. Raised an Orthodox Jew, he reflects on what he learned about the Big Man Upstairs - an angry god who writes rules and punishes you for eating a cheeseburger.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTOur guests are getting out the Muslim vote amid a rising tide of hate crimes. Plus, we hear how 'voting your values' has taken a beating.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTMalak Osman is 11 years old. Her birthday is on Election Day. She shares her story of being bullied at school when she wore a hijab, and how she fought back with a short speech.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTTraditionally, voter turnout among American Muslims has been pretty low. But our guests say this year will be different, thanks to the rising tide of anti-Muslim vitriol.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTA new poll finds that Evangelical Christians have become more tolerant of the private misdeeds of their public officials. What gives? It's hard to know for sure, but we're looking at you, Trump Tape.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe wrap up our Nuns Now series by addressing the elephant in the room. Like... where is everybody? Everybody young, that is? Why are so few women becoming nuns today?
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT'I do not wish to be kept alive at all costs,' Bishop Desmond Tutu recently revealed. We explore the case for assisted dying in South Africa--and the push back.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTCarol Tuck has terminal cancer. And she's hoping to leave this world on her own terms, with doctor-assisted dying. It's illegal in her home country of South Africa, but that could change after a court ruling in November.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTVenerable Thubten Chodron takes us on her journey from jeans and dangly earrings to crimson robes, and even offers a meditative approach to being stuck in traffic.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTContinuing our Nuns Now series, we talk to Sister Kathleen Erickson about how she assumed as a girl she would get married and live on a farm... and then became a Sister of Mercy instead.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
Matthew Swan died of a curable infection in 1977. His mother, a former Christian Scientist, says she was persuaded by her church to rely on prayer alone to heal her son. Plus, a Christian Scientist's perspective.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt's one thing for an adult to choose spiritual approaches to healing, but what if a child’s life is at stake?
Fri, 14 Oct 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.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTKarin Sokel took part in a psilocybin trial 10 years ago. A longtime meditator, she describes her most memorable 'trip,' and tells us how it completely changed the way she thinks about life, death, and God.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTDr. Anthony Bossis believes psilocybin can help cancer patients cope with existential anxiety, and he is also partnering with Dr. Roland Griffiths in a trial that administers the compound to religious leaders.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn the third installment of our series, Sister Rosemarie Milazzo of the Maryknoll Community reflects on the people she has served all over the world, and the stories that have left "a mark on my heart."
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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt’s the time of year when many Jews around the country are pulling out their checkbooks to buy tickets for the High Holy Days. So why do Jews pay dues, and Christians don't?
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn this second installment of our Nuns Now series, Sister Holzman tells us why she chose to give away virtually all her earthly possessions, including her cell phone, when she was just 24.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTIs religion a force for evil - a source of fear, guilt and repression? Or is it a force for good - a source of freedom, liberation, and mercy? We asked a panel of clergy and big thinkers on June 3rd, 2016.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMTYes, we're going there. How do churches and synagogues get their congregations to pay up? And, a guitar-playing nun who chose a traditional life - and a habit - at 24.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhat a tongue-twister: We're thinking about nuns--the kind that used to live in convents--and nones--the religiously unaffiliated.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTPoliticians want their votes, social movements want their support, and houses of worship want them back. We trace the explosive growth of the religiously unaffiliated, AKA the 'nones.'
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTKatherine Ozment walks us through the moment she realized "nothing" wasn't the right answer to her son's question about their religious identity.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMTSister Judy Murray, a cloistered nun in Baltimore, gives us a peek into her life of simplicity, celibacy, and obedience ... and the occasional trip outside the convent.
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.