How's your basic knowledge of relgion? Can you name the
Ten Commandments? The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism? What happens during
Ramadan? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll hear
an argument for why every American should know the basics of the world's
religions. Also, Muslim hip hop star Lupe Fiasco, whose last CD hit the
top of the rap album charts.
Prothero chairs the religion department at Boston University and
is the author of "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs
to Know - and Doesn't." He tells Steve Paulson why he thinks it's
imperative that Americans have a working knowledge of religious traditions
at home and abroad to understand other peoples and our own politicians.
Also, Lupe Fiasco is a devout Muslim whose album "Food and
Liquor" went to number one of the rap album charts and won three
Grammy Nominations. Fiasco tells Anne Strainchamps why his album begins
with a prayer and how he reconciles his Islamic beliefs with the rap
tradition of gang violence and degrading women.
historian Elaine Pagels talks to Steve Paulson about the book
she's written with Karen King. It's called "Reading Judas."
Pagels says Judas was the favorite disciple, and the only one Jesus
trusted to carry out his final command: to hand him over to the Romans.
is famous for her intensely personal and very funny style of writing.
Her latest book is "Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith."
She tells Anne Strainchamps how she found God after being raised by
atheists and becoming a drunk and drug addict. She liked the music,
and she finally surrendered.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 07-06-17-A.
Extended Audio Interview
with Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco's song "Muhammad
Lyrics to "Muhammad Walks" (in
- Steve Paulson Interview with Eileen Pagels
- Music in Religious Literacy
Anderson w/ The Syncopated Clock
On The Home Video Album
- In Lupe Fiasco:
He Says She Say
Hurt Me Soul
All on the album Food & Liquor (Atlantic)
- Muhammad Walks (click here to listen
to "Muhammad Walks")
- After Elaine Pagels:
It Aint Necessarily So
On The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
- After Anne Lamott:
John Coltrane w/ Welcome
week of 10/12/2008 - hour 2
week of 06/24/2007 - hour 1
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