• An Interview With "Nefarious" and "God's Not Dead" Filmmakers

    Religion Unplugged culture critic, Joseph Holmes, interviews Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, writers-directors behind the new faith-based horror movie “Nefarious.” They discuss their careers in the faith-based film industry (spanning "God's Not Dead" and "Unplanned"), working as Catholics in Evangelical spaces, and whether the world is really getting better or worse.

    1h 19m | May 15, 2023
  • A Visit To The Latter-Day Saints ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Temple In Washington, DC

    The seven-story temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints looms high above the Interstate 495 Beltway in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. — and someone spray-painted on an adjoining wall “Free Dorothy,” inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.” The six gold-tipped spires of the temple, originally dedicated in 1974, stoke intrigue like Emerald City in the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. Part of the attraction is that the Latter-day Saints temple is off-limits to the public — except for an open house, which has not taken place in nearly 50 years, since 1974. Religion Unplugged editor Paul Glader spoke with senior writer Hamil Harris on his visit to the LDS temple in DC.

    30m | May 9, 2023
  • Former Editor Reveals Russian Orthodox Church's Ties to Putin and Ukraine Invasion as Sinful

    Sergei Chapnin is a senior fellow at the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University in New York City. He’s also an art curator and journalist. He was once the executive editor at The Journal of The Moscow Patriarchate before he had a falling out with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church over his concerns that the church was becoming too close to the state and to Vladimir Putin. Chapnin spoke with ReligionUnplugged.com executive editor Paul Glader recently about the war in Ukraine and the risks the war poses to Orthodox Christianity with a widening set of fault lines.

    34m | Apr 29, 2023
  • Windows Paid for by the Working Class

    Some of the most exquisite stained glass windows in the United States filter light at the Saint Vincent De Paul Church in Bayonne, NJ. The Catholic church was predominantly constructed by Irish men and women in this working-class town, situated across the river from Manhattan, in 1894. During the 1920s, an innovative priest at the church hired a craftsman named Harry Clark from Ireland to design the 40 windows in the church, centered around the concept of suffering. The church's historian, Peter Keenen O'Brien, conversed with ReligionUnplugged.com's executive editor, Paul Glader, regarding the church and its windows.

    27m | Apr 11, 2023
  • Brent McCorkle’s ‘Jesus Revolution’

    Brent McCorkle’s ‘Jesus Revolution’

    Can It Inspire A Repeat Of The ‘Jesus Movement’?

    By Joseph Holmes

    Religion Unplugged’s culture critic, Joseph Holmes, discusses Brent McCorkle’s new film “Jesus Revolution” and whether this movie can inspire a repeat of the “Jesus Movement” revival of the 70s.

    1h 5m | Mar 1, 2023
  • The Religion of Woke America Misses God and forgiveness

    Georgetown University professor Joshua Mitchell talks with ReligionUnplugged.com about his new book, “American Awakening,” where he explores how identity politics in America bear a some resemblance to Christianity but miss vital concepts such as forgiveness. Mitchell speaks with Paul Glader and Paul Marshall about the book thesis and Mitchell’s observations and concerns about American life. 

    45m | Oct 24, 2022
  • Chris Broussard talks about faith, basketball and seeking Jesus

    In this podcast, Chris Broussard of Fox Sports works as an NBA analyst who is passionate about basketball. He’s also passionate about being a Christian, helping Black youth, combating racism and making the world a better place. He sounds like a preacher, someone who oozes passion. There aren’t too many people out there who could speak with ease about God, Jesus and St. Paul one minute, then pivot and wax on about Michael Jordan, Lebron James and who’s the best dunker in NBA history. But it’s Broussard’s love for Christ — and his commitment to Bible teachings — that makes him a great spokesman for Christians who work in secular environments.  

    36m | Oct 10, 2022
  • On The Ground: An Interview With Jehu Kitoli

    In this podcast, Jehu Kitoli, a Kenyan member of the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, describes his long journey to Judaism. Jehu grew up Anglican. As a teenageer, Jehu began to read the Bible and found contradictions between the Hebrew scriptures and the teachings of Paul. “I discovered that the Bible was a document given to Jews and addressed to the children of Israel, who were to be in a covenant relationship with God,” Jehu said. He wanted to pray the same prayers that King David and King Solomon prayed. He wished to be a holy person, but that meant following Judaism’s onerous set of 613 commandments. He became observant, adopted kosher laws and learned Hebrew on his own. It took Jehu two years to get permission to enter the synagogue in Nairobi, but during his first visit, he felt he had found his spiritual home. Thus began his 15-year process of converting to Judaism.

    42m | Sep 26, 2022
  • The Patrician Father of Kenyan Running

    Brother Colm O’Connell, the “godfather of Kenyan Running,” is a Patrician monk from Cork County, Ireland. Brother Colm came to St. Patrick’s High School in Iten, Kenya in 1976 to teach geography. Brother Colm knew little about running or coaching when he volunteered to coach St. Patrick’s athletics team. In the 46 years he has lived in Iten, Brother Colm has coached scores of world record holders and Olympic medalists, including David Rudisha, Lornah Kiplagat, Ibrahim Hussein, Isaac Songok, and Mary Keitany. Brother Colm has been crucial in turning the small, remote village of Iten, Kenya in the Great Rift Valley into the world’s most significant center of long-distance running talent. In this podcast, Brother Colm offers us his philosophy and spirituality of coaching elite athletes.

    54m | Sep 12, 2022
  • On the Ground: An interview with Israel's Ambassador to Kenya

    Senior Religion Unplugged Contributor Dr. Robert Carle is in Kenya for this episode, interviewing the Israeli Ambassador to Kenya, Michael Lotem. Lotem–along with several other ambassadors to countries in Africa and Asia– is a part of a broad expansion in foreign affairs by Israel to countries in Africa and Asia. Other recent ambassador appointments include ambassador Eitan Na’eh in Bahrain, Michael Freeman in Nigeria, Dov Segev-Steinberg in Myanmar and Tammy Ben-Haim in Bengaluru. Dr. Carle discusses the new relationships Israel is finding with institutions and communities in Kenya and the unique perspectives on what it means to become a Jewish Kenyan.

    20m | Aug 22, 2022
  • A Visit To The Latter-Day Saints ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Temple In Washington DC

    The six gold-tipped spires of the temple, originally dedicated in 1974, stoke intrigue like Emerald City in the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. Part of the attraction is that the Latter-day Saints temple is off-limits to the public — except for an open house, which has not taken place in nearly 50 years, since 1974.

    1m | Aug 1, 2022
  • The 2022 EJI Freedom of the Press Award

    Religion Unplugged Executive Editor Paul Glader interviews Czech journalist Daniel Raus on the complicated dynamics of assessing religious affiliation in former Soviet nations such as the Czech Republic, which is arguably the most atheistic country on earth. We also learn about Raus’ history in radio, audio production at Radio Free Europe, Czech Radio and his recent freedom of the press award from The Media Project and The Fund for American Studies.

    28m | Jul 25, 2022
  • Running on Faith: Mary Keitany

    Senior Religion Unplugged Contributor Dr. Robert Carle is in Baringo, Kenya for this episode, interviewing world record-holding long distance runner, Mary Keitany. She won her first world record in 2010, at the Berlin 25 kilometre race, with a time of 1:19:53. She also has won world records for races in 2011 and 2017. Now retired, Keitany talks to Dr. Carle about her history in racing, the importance of her Catholic faith in her life, and the public school she helped start in her hometown.

    28m | Jul 11, 2022
  • Running on Faith: Pentecostal Pastors John and Philip

    Religion Unplugged Contributor Dr. Robert Carle is in Eldoret, Kenya for this episode, interviewing Pastor John Miaka and Pastor Philip Kipkurgat Yiego. They are accomplished runners who have competed internationally for Kenya, winning marathons in Madrid, Valencia, the European Indoor Games, the 10k road race. They have since retired from running to focus on their faith and being pastors of Pentecostal churches in Eldoret. Dr. Carle speaks to the pastors on how their running careers have intersected with their faith.

    30m | Jun 27, 2022
  • African Pentecostalism vs. "Fake Pastors"

    Religion Unplugged Contributor Robert Carle talks to Bishop Mudenyo, who oversees a fellowship of fifty-six East African Pentecostal churches, about Kenya's 2014 regulations to crack down on scam miracles and fake pastors.  These regulations failed because they sharply curtailed the freedom of real pastors and religious leaders to serve their congregants. Mudenyo instead proposes new methods of self-regulation in Pan-African Christianity. For Pentecostals, it has been challenging to build a system of accountability inside a network of churches that were founded on the principle of freedom of the Spirit to operate unhindered by denominational structures.

    27m | Jun 6, 2022
  • Adding a Templeton Prize to a Nobel and a MacArthur

    Dr. Frank Wilczek is a theoretical physicist who recently received the 2022 Templeton Prize, adding to his Nobel Prize and MacArthur fellowship. He spoke with ReligionUnplugged.com executive editor Paul Glader about his religious upbringing and how it positively affected his approach to science. He also talks about how and why he became disillusioned with the religious teachings he experienced in his youth.

    36m | May 24, 2022
  • The Family Roe

    Amid the leak of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that likely overturns Roe v. Wade, ReligionUnplugged Executive Editor Paul Glader spoke with journalist and author Joshua Prager about his ground-breaking book, The Family Roe, that reports deeply on the battle over abortion in American history by telling the story about Norma McCorvey, the woman behind “Jane Roe.” Prager explains his reportorial journey to report Norma’s full story, including a profile of the so called “baby Roe,” the now-grown daughter who was never aborted. Religion, faith and sex are huge recurring themes in this remarkable narrative. 

    53m | May 9, 2022
  • Religion, Fertility and the Future with Dr. Philip Jenkins

    Dr. Philip Jenkins of Baylor University shares about his research into the correlation between trends of institutional religious practice and trends of fertility. Dr. Jenkins discusses how religious participation particularly among young couples are a factor in driving fertility rates around the globe, and how this kind of statistical analysis can potentially predict global trends. Emceed by The Media Project Senior Programs Manager, Melissa Tamplin Harrison.

    39m | Apr 19, 2022
  • The Future of Prison Reform Amid Crime Panic

    Executive Editor Paul Glader interviews Prison Fellowship's Director of Government Affairs, Heather Rice-Minus  to discuss the longevity of prison reform at a time when some conservatives and Christians are concerned about crime rising in some categories and cities. Rice suggests criminal justice reform isn’t a lost cause for conservatives, Christians or anyone. She outlines how steps towards major reform were accomplished under the past two U.S. presidential administrations, and how President Biden might potentially have bipartisan support for larger reforms during his term.

    29m | Apr 4, 2022
  • Unpacking Myths About Russian History and Orthodoxy

    Dr. Scott Kenworthy, a professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at Miami University, spoke with ReligionUnplugged’s Managing Editor Meagan Clark about the religious aspects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the complex history of Russian Orthodoxy. Kenworthy's research interests focus on the history and thought of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, particularly in modern Russia. His recent book co-authored with Alexander Agadjanian, “Understanding World Christianity: Russia” aims to correct Western myths and misunderstandings about Russian Christianity and history.

    45m | Mar 21, 2022
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