Religion Podcast (ABC RN)
Mike Scott: the Pan within08/15/15
One of the finest British songwriters of our time, Mike Scott from The Waterboys is also one of rock music’s great survivors, and a man in search of spirit. Mike Scott joins us to talk about his life as a Waterboy, writing classic songs like ‘The...
British gospel: Black Voices
How do you go from backing singer for 80s pop bands like Fine Young Cannibals and UB40 to touring the world with your own vocal group? Carol Pemberton made this dream a reality with the UK’s leading female gospel-inspired vocal group, Black Voices.
The red priest
He’s revered today as the man who wrote The Four Seasons, but until the 1950s Antonio Vivaldi's huge output of sacred and secular music was largely forgotten. We hear from musicologist Joanna Tondys who brings to life the man known as The Red Priest...
The folk singer
We meet two young Australian folk musicians, Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton,exploring the deeper and darker sides of life through the lens of folksong.
A Love Supreme
We celebrate 50 years since the release of John Coltrane’s ‘humble prayer’ to God - his jazz suite A Love Supreme. Recognised as a jazz classic, and a spiritual declaration of great intensity, A Love Supreme has inspired music lovers around the world...
Two Aboriginal Christians make history
Two Aboriginal Christians make history.
Story of the Oud
It’s seen as the quintessential Arabic instrument, but as Joseph Tawadros explains, the oud (lute) has a long history dating back to the time of the Pharaohs and beyond. The young Egyptian-born Australian virtuoso takes us through the history of the...
The Dalai Lama past and present
The Dalai Lama past and present.
Faith in Drag
We explore the meaning and theology of religious devotional objects.
How much do we really understand about the process of radicalisation... the process by which a person becomes a violent extremist of the sort we’re seeing cultivated by ISIS? What are the precursors, the triggers? If we better understand this process,...
Naomi Klein's Vatican alliance
For the next few days in Rome, Pope Francis' mission to address climate change will get a further push.
Etgar Keret's Tel Aviv memoir
In his first book of non-fiction, popular Israeli writer Etgar Keret has written a witty account of life in Israel between the birth of his son and the death of his father.
Rise and fall of Christian State: the life and times of RJ...
A look at the origins of the religious right in the US and Australia
We Shall Overcome, Someday
We trace the history of one of most famous freedom songs, ‘We Shall Overcome’, a plea for justice which has been prominent at prayer vigils for victims of the recent Charleston shootings. How did a simple gospel song rise to become a world-wide Civil...
Overnight there were three separate terrorist attacks - in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. It was the second time this year for Tunisia. Why?
Laws of lost and found objects— a Buddhist meditates on...
Producer Karen Werner journeys to Auschwitz as a way of connecting with her family’s history and in particular with her mother’s displacement and loss.
The too-Jewish wedding
From The Moth live storytelling event, Annie Korzen tells a story about her son's wedding.
Would Christmas be better in Winter?
We test the theory that it would be better to celebrate the Australian Christmas in Winter.
Not pretty enough
Face saving surgery turned Joanna Jepson's life back to normal, but she couldn't have made it without the support of her evangelical church. Her faith started to change as she challenged some of her church's conventions, became a vicar, and the first...
The wreck of the Julia Ann
Mormons from Australia sailed to American Zion in 1855 only to find themselves shipwrecked, but prophetic dreams, determination and providence brought them to a safe haven. Fred Woods, Mormon historian and filmmaker is also an advocate for religious...
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