Religion Podcast (ABC RN)
Akeel Bilgrami on Islam and Identity
Akeel Bilgrami on Islam and identity in the Western world.
Faith & opera: Schönberg
The second in an unusual four part series looking at what happens when contemporary composers worry about issues of belief.
The Medium is the Message
Peter Horsfield in From Jesus to the Internet (2015), shows how Christianity changes according to how its transmitted. Beth Doherty in Tweet Others as you Would Wish to be Tweeted raises the bar for using social media as a place of good news.
Faith & Opera: Messiaen
The first in an unusual four part series looking at what happens when contemporary composers worry about issues of belief.
Grounding the Sacred in the Arts
David and Alison Jasper don't always agree on where to find the sacred, but they look for it in unpredictable places, including films and secular authors, like David Malouf.
Mike Scott: the Pan within
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...
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