Insightful and thought-provoking conversations exploring religion-and atheism-from diverse spiritual, cultural and political perspectives, as heard on the Peabody Award-winning radio show Fresh Air with Terry Gross. One of the most popular programs on public radio, Fresh Air is carried by over 500 stations and in Europe on the World Radio Network. Each week, nearly 5 million listeners tune in to hear probing and reflective interviews about arts, culture and politics. This new collection features interviews with an array of guests with diverse perspectives, from evangelical to atheistic, and the many places in between: Religious scholars Bart D. Ehrman and Karen Armstrong, scientist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), novelist Tim LaHaye, geneticist and evangelical Christian Francis Collins, Saturday Night Live's Julia Sweeney (Letting Go of God), and many more. As in previous Fresh Air collections, Terry Gross brings out the best in her guests with a variety of compelling interviews.
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It led to a lot of great discussions on our last road trip. If you're a Fresh Air fan, this is a must-have!
I've never listened to Terry Gross's show, so this was my introduction to her. I felt she did a fine job in the interviews, many of which are edited to be very brief and most likely focused on the most interesting responses from the guests. What I didn't like is that I don't think the individual interviews work well when compared to each other in this "collection" format. I say this because I found myself expecting interviews to support both sides of an issue, but was generally disappointed here. There are a handful of interviews discussing a person's gradual distancing from their faith, but there are no interviews that discuss the opposite.
I think that the big problem here is that Gross interviews people who are radical in some sense (extreme conservative, gay priests, people who have left their faith, academic muslims speaking against radical islam), which makes for a good individual interview and good books (most of the guests were authors). However, the...
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As any fan of NPR knows, Terry Gross is a top-notch interviewer who never fails to impress in her interviews. This collection is no exception. Her ability to ask thoughtful and challenging questions to scores of guests with such widely different viewpoints on religion truly demonstrates her incredible range, objectivity, and confidence.
I found the subject material more engaging than one might initially think. Though religion as each of us practices it might seem like a mundane topic of conversation, opening your mind to extremely different perspectives makes an otherwise mundane topic truly thought provoking. In over 3 hours of interviews, there were probably only 2-3 guests I found somewhat boring. The others had me hanging on their words as I was driving back and forth to work listening to the CD's.
Before I listened to these CD's, I wasn't sure there were others who shared my precise views on religion. Now, I am convinced of it, which feels good...
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