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35 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
Ep. 22 Politics of Conversion—A Conversation with Rebecca Davis
We kick off Season 4 with a new series on the podcast—the Religionish Bookshelf. In this first episode of the book club series, I talk with Rebecca L. Davis about her latest book Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions that Changed American Politics.
37 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Ep. 21 A Nation within A Nation, Discussing Black Christianity with Marla Frederick
In this scholar profile, we talk with Marla Frederick, a religion scholar and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University. Dr. Frederick talks about her experience growing up Baptist, how she became an academic, and her research on Black Christianity, media, and HBCUs.Dr. Frederick also participates in this episode's Book Corner. The #ReligionNerd moment is about muscular Christianity.
80 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Ep. 20 On Religious Podcasting
Three religion podcasters discuss origins, self-realization, racial justice, and spirituality.Back in August 2018, I organized and moderated a roundtable discussion about religion podcasting. The session, called Streaming the Word, took place in Boulder, Colorado for the conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture. Three great podcasters agreed to speak with me -- John Dehlin of Mormon Stories, Vincent Horn of Buddhist Geeks, and Rev. Anne Dunlap of The Word is Resistance.
25 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Ep. 19 A Wall of Separation
In the second episode of Religionish SCOTUS watch, Ashley outlines what is meant by "separation of Church and State." What does this have to do with the establishment clause in the Constitution? How come we see an entanglement of religion and politics?
10 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Ep. 18 Spirit Check: Exhaustion
Religionish Spirit Checks reflect on relevant emotions given current events. This Spirit Check focuses on exhaustion and all the different sensory experiences our bodies and minds are processing. We're not lazy -- just overwhelmed. How do you see exhaustion manifesting in your COVID-19 quarantine life?
38 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Ep. 17 The Democratic Race for Religion
Ashley speaks with Drew Proctor about religion and the Democratic Party. Does the party have a religion problem? How are race and religion connected when it comes to politics?
11 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Ep. 16 Religionish Spirit Check: Fear
Religionish Spirit Checks reflect on relevant emotions given current events. This spirit check focuses on fear and the various ways fear connects to grief, loss, and a lack of control. How is fear appearing in your COVID-19 quarantine life?
23 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Ep. 15 Persian New Year, Nowruz
Learn about the Persian holiday Nowruz, which celebrates the new year at the spring equinox. Ashley talks with Samira Rajabi to learn the customs of the holiday and how COVID-19 has impacted celebrations this year.
14 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Ep. 14 Religion in We The People
What does the Supreme Court say about religion? How has it addressed religion in the past? And what major cases have shifted the public and political place of religion in the U.S.? These are the questions of Religionish's SCOTUS Religion Watch. In this first installment, we look at the Constitution for a legal foundation of the place of religion in the U.S.
5 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
The show is back! And under a new name, Religionish! This clip introduces you to the new segments of Religionish. Look for the first episode in April 2020.
42 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
Ep. 13 White Nationalism Culture
Kevan Feshami joins the show to discuss another side of white nationalism, it's counter culture, in this follow up to episode 10. Find out what Norse gods have to do with white supremacy and learn a bit about the music of white nationalist movements.
36 minutes | Jul 25, 2017
Ep. 12 Drawn to Religion, Comic Book Spirituality
Guest A. David Lewis speaks about the different ways religion appears in our comic books, from god-like superheroes to comics as religion.
40 minutes | Jun 13, 2017
Ep. 11 Amplifying the Voices of Muslim Media Activists: Scholar Profile
In this scholar profile, we speak with Krissy Peterson about her work on the use of digital media by young Muslims and the job of the academic to work for the public good.
37 minutes | May 25, 2017
Ep. 10 The White Nationalist, Your Neighbor
In this episode of (w)Holy Media, I speak with Kelly J. Baker on the historical relationship between Protestantism and white nationalism and how it relates to the current political climate.
26 minutes | Feb 10, 2017
Ep. 9 Inaugural Religion
The inauguration of the 45th president of the United States included some religious firsts. It also echoed a tradition of American civil religion. On this episode of (w)Holy Media we explore religious language at the Inauguration.
17 minutes | Dec 22, 2016
Ep. 8 What’s the Deal with Christmas
Why does Christmas always seem to bring about debate each year in the U.S.? What's the deal with the jolly, red-suited Santa Claus? In the last episode of 2016, Ashley explores the history of Christmas and how Santa Claus helped to make a lesser holiday a national celebration.
49 minutes | Nov 22, 2016
Ep. 7 American Scripture: The Novel
Is there such a thing as The Great American Novel? Can literature be a national scripture? John Howell and I explore these questions.
20 minutes | Nov 13, 2016
Ep. 6 Communication, Religion, and the 2016 Election
This episode of (w)Holy Media offers a personal reflection about the 2016 Election through my story about why I study religion. Photo of the National Shrine of the Little Flower in metro-Detroit mentioned in this episode.
44 minutes | Oct 29, 2016
Ep. 5 The Evil Inside Us, Religion in Horror Film
Why are we drawn to the malevolent and the evil? And….most curiously, what is evil? In this extra long Halloween episode, Sophie Day and Ashley explore religion in horror movies.
35 minutes | Sep 22, 2016
Ep. 4 Virtual Reality, Can it take us to church?
Is virtual reality a good journalistic medium for religion stories? KC McGinnis, a visual journalist based in Iowa, joins me to explore this question. From empathy to artifice, we examine the pros and cons of virtual reality media.
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