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Apr 7, 2019

I interview the Brookings Institution's Darrell M. West about his new book Divided Politics, Divided Nation, which explores the exacerbation of America's culture wars during the Trump presidency, and offers suggestions on how both sides might better communicate with one another.

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Mar 24, 2019

I interview Jessica Wilbanks, author of When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss, a story that starts with her Pentecostal upbringing in rural Maryland and ends with an extraordinary journey exploring the flourishing fundamentalist Christian movement in Nigeria.

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Mar 10, 2019

I read my presentation about Muslims in America, from colonial times to the present. (Image is the portrait by Charles Wilson Peale of Yarrow Mamout, a freed Muslim slave who was born about 1736 in West Africa and died in Washington, DC in 1823.)


Monica Miller, whom I interviewed in show #268, has had her day in...

Feb 24, 2019

I interview Catherine Nixey about her new book The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, which explores how the early Christians, once they gained power, did everything they could to eliminate the architectural, artistic and literary heritage of the non-Christian Roman Empire.

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Feb 10, 2019

I look at John Gray's latest book Seven Types of Atheism, in which he argues that modern mainstream secularism is nothing more than monotheism rebranded. And it's all wrong anyway.


Happy Darwin Day! February 12th is the 210th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

In less celebratory anniversaries, February...