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Struggling with Divine Violence

Wednesday, our guest is Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan, whose latest book explores the bipolar nature of divine violence in both the Old and New Testaments. On the one hand, God and Jesus assert messages of love and equity for mankind. Then suddenly, plowshares are beaten into swords and horses are up to their bridles in blood. Crossan joins guest host Elaine Clark to discuss whether God is violent or nonviolent and what the answer tells us about ourselves and the civilizations we’ve built.
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The history of the domestic pig is a tale of both love and loathing. We cherish pigs for the delicious meat they supply. But, as an animals that eats and roots in filth, swine are often met with contempt. In a new book of porcine history, the writer Mark Essig follows the humble pig’s journey from Neolithic villages to modern industrial farms. Essig joins us Tuesday to explore the pig’s vast importance, the tragedy of its modern treatment, and its complicated relationship with humanity.  

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The Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states was met with a mix of jubilation and resentment. Proponents of LGBT rights celebrated a pivotal victory; while others expressed concern that the court’s decision erodes their religious liberty. And yet, both sides agree there’s still significant work to be done. Monday, we examine where the LGBT movement goes from here and ask how the country will seek to balance gay marriage with the challenge of religious freedom.

Between Earth and Sky

Jun 26, 2015

Whether you are sitting at your desk, in the kitchen, or walking down the street, you’re likely near something that came from a tree. But biologist and world-renowned tree expert Nalini Nadkarni says that our relationship with trees goes much deeper than the resources they provide. From spirituality and recreation to medicine and the arts, trees play many roles in our lives. Friday, Nadkarni joins Doug to discuss what trees can teach us about our place in the world. (Rebroadcast)

Spinster

Jun 25, 2015

Journalist Kate Bolick likes the word spinster, though she wants to redefine it. She says that until recently there have been two stereotypes of unmarried women: fabulous and frivolous or pathetic and desperate. But today, there are more than 100 million American women who are single, and Bolick says it’s a choice to live life on your own terms. Thursday, she joins Doug to talk about her single life, and the lives of 19th and 20th century “spinsters” who emboldened her.

A World Without Work

Jun 24, 2015
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America has valued the rewards of hard work since its founding. Even so, we’ve long anticipated a future when machines would free us from the toil of labor, and that day may be close at hand. Computer scientists and software engineers are developing technologies that could replace jobs at an exponential rate. And what then? What would our world be like without work? The journalist Derek Thompson investigates that question in a new article for The Atlantic magazine, and he joins us Wednesday to talk about it.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published 150 years ago, and though you may have never read the book, you probably know the story. But what about the stories behind the story? Tuesday, we’re talking about the real lives that led to Alice’s adventures. Just who was Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, the man who wrote the books? And who was Alice Liddell, the young girl who inspired the tales? Oxford lecturer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst will be our guide to the secret history of Wonderland.

The Prime of Life

Jun 22, 2015
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For centuries, people thought of their lives as passing through distinct stages. A child became an adult and then an elder. That middle stage, adulthood, was regarded as the prime of life. But historian Steven Mintz says that way of thinking is “profoundly misleading.” Human development, he says, is an ongoing process, one with peaks and troughs rather than simply steps up and down life’s stairway. Mintz joins us Monday to explore how what it means to grow up has fundamentally changed.

A Climate for Change

Jun 19, 2015

Why is it that conservative Christians are more likely to be climate change skeptics than any other religious group in America?  Katharine Hayhoe doesn’t see any reason why science and religion should be mutually exclusive. She’s a leading climate scientist, but she’s also an evangelical who’s married to a minister. She says part of the problem is that we’ve confused politics with faith. Friday, Hayhoe joins us to talk about religion, the environment, and bridging the divide between them. (Rebroadcast)

 

Social media has made a judge and jury out of everybody. A poorly worded tweet, post or comment can upend our lives, ruin our careers, and fill us with regret. Journalist Jon Ronson says that we are reducing people to the worst thing they’ve ever done, and losing our own moral compass in the process. He joins Doug Thursday to give voice to the shamed and to explain why we all so easily become the shamers. [Rebroadcast]

Meet Me in Atlantis

Jun 17, 2015

 

Around 360 BC, the Greek philosopher Plato wrote about a marvelous city that disappeared millennia earlier. Atlantis is one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries, despite the efforts of scholars, amateur sleuths, psychics, and conspiracy theorists. The journalist Mark Adams went on his own quest - not to find Atlantis itself, but to understand the people searching for it. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about the sunken city and the place it holds in our imagination. [Rebroadcast]

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