Ted Olson, Revelations: Poems by Ted Olson, May 2-8

Ted Olson is a Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University.  He has published a collection of poems called Revelations.  This is a magnificent collection of poetry that touches on spirituality, nature, family, and music.  Maurice Manning writes that Revelations “…sweeps broadly, gathering family history, displaced people, the natural world, religion, small towns, solitude, and love into a single tide washing into shore.”   Dr. Olson brought his banjo and his poetry.  Join us!

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Thursday, May 2nd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, May 5th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 5th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 6th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning May 7th.

Ted Olson, Music of Appalachia, April 25 – May 1

Ted Olson teaches Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University.   He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.  Two nominations in 2012 for The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928 – The Big Bang of Country Music and another nomination in 2013 for Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads and Instrumentals Recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by ‘Song Catcher’ Joseph S. Hall.   He just produced The Johnson City Sessions, rare recordings made in Johnson City in 1928.    Dr. Olson talks to me about these recordings and he brought his banjo to share some of this great Appalachian music!

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Thursday, April 25th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 28th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 28th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 29th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning April 30th.

Hal Taussig, A New New Testament

The Christian religion is changing. Everything is on the table including the Bible. My guest, Dr. Hal Taussig, professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and pastor at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church in Philadelphia is the editor of A New New Testament:  A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts. This document includes as sacred scripture ten texts from antiquity that some early Christians used but never made it into the canon.  These include The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Truth, The Acts of Paul and Thecla and seven others. I speak with Dr. Taussig about the process of selecting these texts, their significance, and what they mean for spiritual seekers in the 21st century.

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Thursday, April 18th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 21st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 21st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 22nd 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast

Marcus Borg, The Evolution of the Word, April 11-17

One of the great teachers in my life has been Marcus Borg. His book Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time introduced me to a way of understanding the Christian faith that not only made sense but was worth living. He introduced me to a Christianity for both mind and heart. So I was honored to speak with Marcus Borg about two books, The Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written and Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power–and How They Can Be Restored. This first conversation is about The Evolution of the Word. An upcoming interview will be about Speaking Christian.  In The Evolution of the Word, Marcus Borg puts the books of the New Testament in chronological order and offers an extended introduction to each book describing its content and historical setting.  In so doing he shows how views of Jesus evolved within the New Testament itself.

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Thursday, April 11th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 14th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 14th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 15th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast April 16th.

Russill Paul, The Yoga of Sound, April 4-10

This week I speak with Russill Paul, the author of Jesus in the Lotus and The Yoga of Sound.  Russill will be in Johnson City, TN, April 26-28 for a weekend of lectures and workshops.  He speaks with me about the intersection of Hinduism and Christianity and the blending of ancient and contemporary spiritual practices.

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Thursday, April 4th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 7th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 7th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 8th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast April 9th.