In the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, Krista Tippett interviewed Joanna Brooks as Mitt Romney was about to become the party's presidential nominee. We followed up from our previous conversation to see if circumstances had changed since the primaries. Ms. Brooks says that Mormon culture continues to be stretched in interesting ways, deeper than politics.
In these conversations not included in the radio broadcast, Krista speaks with Diana Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard. She talks about expressions of religious liberty far beyond the American founders' imaginations.
From the BBC, Mohammad Darawshe reads this moving essay from August 2006. He tells the story of innocent Arab-Israeli citizens who were caught between Hezbollah's rockets and Israel's politics during the Lebanese bombings.
Listen to Mohammad Darawshe's report. (RealPlayer, 5:11)
Listen to the magical music of the humpback whales and hear Katy Payne's recordings of elephants in the Dzanga forest clearing from 2002.
About 5,000 spirituals, which are distinguished from gospel songs in part because their authors are unknown, are known to exist today. Those songs, Carter says, played a large part in shaping American music of all genres in the 20th century. In this Listening Room, you can listen to Carter's commentary on each spiritual, his in-studio performance, and the performances of other musicians' renditions of that same song.
Includes: "Sufism and the Whirling Dervishes", "Pregnant with God", and "The Eccentricity of Shams".
Hear three Lakota songs performed by the Good House family, including "Sitting Bull's Song," "Song at Fort Buford," and "The Cricket Song."
In 1990, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks delivered six Reith Lectures on the BBC. Listen to all six lectures as Lord Sacks examines religion and ethics in a secular society. He explores how objective standards influence people's ethics, discusses the religious institution of marriage in society, examines the language of religion and community, assesses the mix of religious revival and nationalism, and explains why faith survives.