Ralph Reed, Executive Director of the Christian Coalition and author of "Active Faith: How Christians Are Changing the Soul of American Politics," tells Steve Paulson that he upholds the separation of Church and State but believes Christians are the key to invigorating, and guiding, our nation's politics. Also, Cornell University historian Laurence Moore explains to Judith Strasser what he thinks is wrong with faith-driven politics. Moore is the co-author (with Isaac Kramnick) of "The Godless Constitution: The Case against Religious Correctness."SEGMENT 2:
Laurie Maffly-Kipp tells Steve Paulson about the latest publishing phenomenon - the Christian Thriller. They're selling in the hundreds of thousands and often feature the Second Coming and angels. Laurie Maffly-Kipp teaches religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.SEGMENT 3:
George Hunter talks with Jim Fleming about the New Church and explains how these independent congregations adapt successful features of secular culture (overhead projectors, Christian rock music, and cappucino) to offer a contemporary alternative opportunity for worship services. Hunter is a scholar of church growth and the author of "Church for the Unchurched."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 08-11-A.
Joe Kane, author of "Savages," tells Steve Paulson about his adventures with the Huarani (wah rah' nee) people -- one of the most isolated tribes in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Huarani oppose oil drilling in their territory which is targeted by Conoco for oil exploration.SEGMENT 2:
Nature writer Diane Ackerman tells Steve Paulson that the Amazon is unlike anything she'd ever seen before. Ackerman's latest book is "The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds." Also, biologist Michael Goulding tells Judith Strasser about the Amazon floodplain, a unigue wetland habitat filled with spectacular fish. Goulding is director of the Amazon Rivers Project at the Rainforest Alliance and lead author of "Floods of Fortune: Ecology and Economy along the Amazon." And, Wisconsin Public Radio host Jean Feraca describes how she came unravelled during a visit to a remote medical clinic in the company of a group of pharmacists during a week she spent in the Amazon.SEGMENT 3:
Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin talks with Jim Fleming about the miracle medicines extracted from rainforest plants by Amazon shamans, including a treatment for herpes. Plotkin is the author of "Tales of A Shaman's Apprentice."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 08-11-B.
Pico Iyer, longtime essayist for Time magazine, tells Steve Paulson why he finds travel to be a spiritual and moral exercise that always reveals as much about the place he's from as the one he's visiting. Iyer's latest book is "Cuba and the Night." Also, travel writer Jeff Greenwald tells Jim Fleming how exciting it is to arrive on a new continent by sea; how crossing deserts compares to crossing oceans; and what air travellers miss out on. Greenwald's book is "The Size of the World: A Global Odyssey around the World without Leaving the Ground."SEGMENT 2:
Novelist, biographer and historian of place Gillian Tindall is the author of "Celestine: Voices from a French Village." She tells Jim Fleming about the cache of letters she found in Chassignol, in the Berry region of France, and what she was able to learn about their recipient and her time.SEGMENT 3:
Peter Mayle of "A Year in Provence" and "Toujours Provence" fame has a new novel - "Anything Considered." He tells Judith Strasser how the success of his Provence books eventuallly forced him out of his home -- a steady stream of admirers on the doorstep and in the swimming pool made it impossible to go on living there.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 08-11-C.