October 6th, 2016
Reverend Liz Edman is an Episcopal priest, progressive social advocate, and author of the new book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. An open lesbian, Edman was brought up by Christians whose positions challenged the social norms and Edman has continu ed that tradition. Her new book positions the word “queer” as a verb, a breaking down of barriers between sexual orientations, between genders, and perhaps most radically between self and other. I interviewed Reverend Edman about her faith, her philosophy, and her hopes for how queer experiences can contribute to Christianity in America.
June 17th, 2016
Stephanie Marquesano and her family worked for years to find proper treatment for her son Harris, who struggled with co-occurring disorders, which is where substance abuse and mental health disorders occur simultaneously. When Harris died of a drug overdose after a failed stint in rehab, Stephanie founded the Harris Project, a New York non-profit focused on changing the treatment model and the public's understanding for co-occurring disorders. Believing the current system is ill prepared to meet the needs of today's youth, Stephanie has made it her full time job to educate youth and parents, and change the way our health system treats mental health and substance abuse.
August 1st, 2014
In July, I interviewed Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of the new book "Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against it." Ms. Hecht is a philosopher, teacher, poet, historian and the author of seven books, including three books of poetry and four works on philosophy, including "Stay".
Ms. Hecht was inspired to write this inspirational book after the suicides of two of her poet colleagues. In the book, she looks at the ethics around suicide, the cultural and religious arguments about it, and the causes and effects of suicide. Ms. Hecht's book is far from neutral on the topic of suicide: the book delivers the same message it bears on its cover: "Stay. We need you with us."
This is my latest segment on the theme of "Broken and Half Full," conversations on darkness and hope. I hope you'll find inspiration and food for thought in this interview.
June 21st, 2014
This week’s our first installation of “Broken and Half Full,” interviews about darkness and hope. It’s easy to find reasons for despair these days, whether it’s inevitable global warming, political unrest, extreme gaps in wealth and poverty, or all the other slings and arrows we face every day. Despite the trends, there are those who keep struggling and creating in the midst of it all, creating reasons for hope in the midst of brokenness.
This week’s guest- John Biaggi, director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading non-profits working for social justice. Their Film Festival showcases documentaries and features that bear witness to injustice, with the hopes of inspiring dialogue and action. The festival started 25 years ago in New York and is now in 19 cities worldwide. This year’s New York festival opened Friday June 13th and runs through the 22nd.
February 12th, 2014
Rob Kuhns directed the recent documentary "Birth of the Living Dead," the story of how George Romero created the modern zombie genre with his 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead". Romero's film was a textbook example of guerrilla filmmaking at its best: a first-time filmmaker with no studio behind him and precious little money to spare, his audacious vision led him to worldwide success, and changed the horror genre forever.
May 10th, 2013
November 13th, 2008
Here is a look at the work of Matt Jones, singer, songwriter and folk rocker for hire.
November 10th, 2008
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