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Will massive online courses disrupt faith?

Guest: Troy Van Voorhis
The rise of massively open online courses (MOOCs) is beginning to disrupt the world of higher education. What does this mean for the formation of Christian faith in that world? MIT professor and scientist Troy Van Voorhis tackles this question.
Length: 9 minutes |
Listen: online_ed_2013.04.29_final.mp3
Monday, September 16th, 2013

Quantum physics: coming to a desktop near you?

Guest: Catherine Crouch
The latest discoveries in physics could revolutionize computing... and how our society engages with the mysteries of the quantum world.
Length: 9 minutes |
Listen: physics_2013.05.02_final_copy1.mp3
Monday, May 6th, 2013

Parental Choice and the Education Gap

Guest: Ruth Lopez Turley
Closing the education gap can't be done by government policy alone. Parents from more privileged backgrounds can choose to play a critical role.
Length: 12 minutes |
Listen: education_gap_ruth_lopez_final.mp3
Monday, March 4th, 2013

The federal government as "turkey farm"

Guest: David Lewis
Whoever wins the Presidential election this fall will be reasonably qualified for the job. The same won't be true of hundreds of his appointments. Vanderbilt University's David Lewis explains how political payback in the appointment process leads to poor government performance. (May 2012)
Length: 12 minutes |
Listen: payback_and_government_performance.mp3
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Why health care reform needs spiritual reform

Guest: Ray Barfield
New laws and policies won't be enough to tackle the health care crisis. Dr. Ray Barfield of Duke University explains why addressing American spiritual beliefs about the end of life is a missing piece.
(March, 2012)
Length: 14 minutes |
Listen: spirituality_of_health_care_reform_final_2-15-12.mp3
Monday, March 26th, 2012

Is Science at War with Religion?

Guest: Ard Louis
A majority of polled Americans believe that a commitment to science conflicts with a commitment to religion. Oxford physicist Ard Louis seeks to change their minds.
(Feb. 2012)
Length: 13 minutes |
Listen: science_and_religion_final_2-7-12.mp3
Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The brave new world of genetic medicine

Guest: S. Joshua Swamidass
We live in the beginning stages of a medical revolution. But will we like where it takes us? With Joshua Swamidass.
Length: 12 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: genetic_medicine_riff_.mp3
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The invention of sexual identity

Guest: Jenell Paris
Christians often ask, "Is homosexuality a sin?" The better questions are, "What is homosexuality?" and "What is heterosexuality?" and "Where did this label come from?" With Jenell Paris.
Length: 12 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: sexual_identity_riff_.mp3
Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Thomas Kinkade vs. Modern Art

Guest: Daniel Siedell
What is a work of art? A sentimental image of a candle-lit cabin, or a canvas with a single red square “my four-year-old could have drawn”? With Daniel Siedell.
Length: 12 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: modern_art.mp3
Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Jesus Christ, extra-terrestrial?

Guest: Jennifer Wiseman
If life is found on other planets, does Christian faith come unraveled? Or would other life forms also be redeemed by grace? With Jennifer Wiseman.
Length: 12 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: life_other_planets.mp3
Sunday, June 26th, 2011

A philosopher goes to prison and finds hope

Andrew Chignell recounts how a philosophy class impacted a group of long term inmates.
Length: 12 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: philosopher_goes_to_prison.mp3
Monday, April 4th, 2011

What is the cultural cost of the bailout economy?

How do government bailouts affect how Americans view responsibility, sharing pain, and our collective ability to handle the really big crisis just down the road? With David Skeel
Length: 19 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: bailouts_2011.02.05.mp3
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Why are ER waits so long?

Sitting in the waiting room of an ER means facing some of the basic issues in health care reform today. With Renee Hsia
Length: 14 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: ers_veritas_riff_2011.01.04.mp3
Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Why are so many Christian politicians getting caught in sex scandals?

Christian politicians are getting caught in the act at an alarming rate. What's going on? With Michael Lindsay
Length: 24 minutes | | Read transcript
Listen: political_sex_scandal_riff_11-05-10.mp3
Monday, January 3rd, 2011