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Progressive Spirit talks intelligently about spirituality and social justice. Listen to interviews with top scholars, authors, social justice activists, and spiritual leaders from around the world. 

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Unbelievable: A Conversation with Critic of Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong

Airs at: Mon, 04/16/2018 at 12:00am
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  Bishop John Shelby Spong has been on the leading edge of progressive Christianity. Over the decades he has shared his own honest journey with faith, doubt, and social activism as an Episcopal priest, bishop, and author. Some of his many books include: Living in Sin? A B... Read more

The Jesus Hoax: A Conversation with David Skrbina

Airs at: Mon, 04/09/2018 at 12:00am
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  "Jesus of Nazareth is one of the most famous men in history.  There are good reasons to believe that he walked the earth some two thousand years ago, and was eventually crucified. But what about Jesus Christ, son of God?  What if he never existed?  What if the divine, v... Read more

The Triumph of Christianity: A Conversation with Bart Ehrman

Airs at: Mon, 04/02/2018 at 12:00am
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  This is the second part of series on Revisioning Christianity. Different scholars bring different views to help us understand the history of Christianity and its future. How did Christianity become empire’s religion? Was Christianity a hoax? Is it believable today? Does ... Read more

The Real Causes and Solutions to Depression

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 12:00am
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  Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and took anti-depressants as a teenager because he was told that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. He went on a quest to see if this is really the case. In his book,  Lost Connections:... Read more

Resisting Empire By Resurrecting Easter

Airs at: Sun, 03/25/2018 at 11:00pm
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  John Shuck begins a five-part series on Revisioning Christianity. How did Christianity triumph? Was it a hoax? Is it unbelievable? Does it yet have a message to inspire peace and justice? My five guests include: 1) Bart Ehrman, author of the newly released, The Triumph ... Read more

I Will Not Fear: Melba Beals of the LittleRock Nine

Airs at: Mon, 03/19/2018 at 12:00am
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  In 1957, Melba Patillo Beals, was one of nine African-American high school students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She became a journalist, professor, author, and at the age of 52 adopted twin sons. In her book, I Will Not Fear: My Stor... Read more

US - Saudi War Crimes Against Yemen

Airs at: Fri, 03/09/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  On February 3rd, 2018, Roots of Conflict and KBOO/Portland, co-sponsored a presentation at Portland State University called US-Saudi Coalition: Bringing Peace or War? In this episode you will hear from Yemeni activist, Aisha Jumaan and Mohammad al-Nimr, son of executed ... Read more

How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You're An Adult

Airs at: Mon, 03/05/2018 at 12:00am
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  Ira Israel is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He has graduate degrees in philosophy, religious studies, and psychology. He has a private practice in Santa Monica, California as well as on-line coaching. He leads wo... Read more

At Peace: Choosing A Good Death After a Long Life

Airs at: Mon, 02/26/2018 at 12:00am
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  Dr. Samuel Harrington, MD, is the author of At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life. In this important book, which James Fallows of The Atlantic calls “deeply humane,”  he argues the case for taking a clear-eyed yet compassionate view towards the end of life. M... Read more

The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters

Airs at: Mon, 02/19/2018 at 12:00am
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  Many of us have grown up watching The Ten Commandments on television. Each year we would watch Charlton Heston kill an Egyptian, rescue Midianite damsels, confront the Pharaoh with amazing miracles and the lead the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and through the Red Sea.... Read more