recent interviews

  • On the Emotional Life of Medieval Demons

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    Juanita Feros Ruys is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney.  She is also a Chief Investigator in the Centre for the History of Emotions project.  In this interview we talk about …

  • Scott Cairns part 2: Learning to Pray

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    In this podcast, I prevail upon Scott to read a couple of my favorite poems from his collections: “In YHWH’s Image” and “Regarding the Body.”  Then he talks about them and pretty soon we’re deep into Orthodox spirituality and the …

  • Scott Cairns part 1: Trusting Language to Lead Me

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    In the first of two interviews, Scott Cairns talks about what it’s like to write poetry as a professional.  We also discuss the connections between poetry and religion, and Scott’s own journey from fundamentalist Protestantism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.  He …

  • Rituals Gone Awry

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Ute Hüsken talks about her research in India on rituals that don’t go as planned.  What happens when a ritual specialist makes a mistake?  Does the ritual fail?  Do you start over? And what is a ritual?  What are they …

  • Is it the End of the World Again?

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    David Barr discusses the Book of Revelation.  Since futuristic interpretations of Revelation have a bad track record, maybe there are better ways of reading Revelation.  David approaches it as a narrative.  What kind of a story is Revelation?  Does it hold …