|Orphanages Without Walls - in Haiti||
Jean Alix Lusma grew up in a village near Les Cayes, Haiti. Pioneering the practice of keeping orphans in the community, instead of in an institution, Jean is working to heal people and uplift communities in Haiti through an organization, L.O.G.I.C (Let Orphans Grow In their Communities) of Christian Mission South Haiti. Jean studied at the College of the Scriptures in Louisville, Kentucky.
|Social Justice Schools||
Joel Westheimer asks the deep questions and provides the important facts in What Kind of Citizen?: Educating Our Children for the Common Good. How should education in a democracy differ from that in other systems? What are the wider effects of standardized education? What kind of citizen do we want our schools to promote?
|Botswana, Ireland, Simplicity, & Climate Change||
From a financially-strapped Irish-American upbringing, to Peace Corps Service in Botswana, to the the trade-offs of life, family, and finances, and, now, to deeply engaged activism with Global Warming and environmental responsibility, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope is Eileen Flanagan's story of wrestling with the big issues and putting her life in service
|Sociology of Sustainability||
A visit with Nels Paulson, sociologist in the Social Science Department of UW-Stout about his research & presentations on Old Ideas, New Knowledge, Sustainable Communities, on trophy hunting, and on influences of religious/spirituality in disaster relief.
|A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas||
Pastor David Huber shares his take on the true meaning of Christmas: Presence, not Presents.
|Stout-hearted Peace Studies at the UW||
There's a young Peace Studies program at UW-Stout, where we talk to Senior Lecturer in Peace Studies and Geography,James Handley, a current student, Emma Kornack, and a Peace Studies graduate and Americorps volunteer, Shelby Schuppe. What does the program teach, and what changes does it bring about, in students and in the community?
|History that Matters: The Underground Railroad||
Eric Foner is one of the preeminent US historians, particularly for the period of the 1800s involving slavery, the Civil War, & Reconstruction. His latest book is Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, which follows The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln & American Slavery.
|Democracy Spring: Frances Moore Lappé|
|The Great Mystery||
Arthur Davenport currently hails from Hilo, Hawaii, where he found Northern Spirit Radio through the Friends Journal and tracked us down to share his rich, diverse, profound, and fun music, not to mention his Arthurisms!
All the songs in this program are written & performed by Arthur Davenport:
It's easy to forget what the "healthcare system" used to be like, and what drove it, as opposed to the current system in the USA driven primarily by profit.
|Old Turtle and Earthsongs||
Douglas Wood has produced at least 8 CDs & is author of Old Turtle and at least 31 other books, often on themes of deep connection & respect for the Earth. These passions also guide his work as a wilderness guide. In addition to his solo music, he performs as part of the Wild Spirit Band.
|Social Safety Net, Then and Now||
We take portions of our Social Safety Net for granted, but not so long ago the proposals for Social Security & the like brought charges of communism!
|Autism, Horses, & Shamanic Healing||
Rupert Isaacson, thanks to his journalist skills, his passion for justice, and his unstoppable heart-of-a-father, has opened up the lives of tens of thousands of autistic children to healing.
|Treaty Rights & Standing Rock||
Myron has been out to Standing Rock twice, and here's his take on native rights and how treaties have been dealt with.
|3 Standing Rocks||
Three strong men among the thousands led to the confrontation with the DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) at Standing Rock. Myron Buchholz was born & raised in North Dakota, and both Ash Kyrie & Kevin Basl felt called to join the Oceti Sakowin Camp for a variety of reasons, including as part of the Veterans Stand.
|Ballet & Shanty, Folk Troubadour||
David HB Drake has deep Wisconsin roots, and deep knowledge of Wisconsin's music, wonderfully exhibited in his Wiscon-Sing history of the state's music. His decades of endeavors have included his years dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet & Betty Salamun's Dance Circus, and serving as shantyman on the tall ship, HMS Bounty.
|Ahead of the Storm - Nici Peper||
Listen to Nici Peper and you'll know why she won the title of Minneapolis's most authentic artist at the Wholly Guacamole contest. Whether performing solo, as part of Firefly, with The Big Smooch, or in other configurations, Nici radiates. Titles like indie, Americana, folk, etc, do not capture the reality of this love-based, Lutheran-raised, intense and deep woman who delights in performing in rowdy dive bars.
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
|Citizens Climate Radio Ep 11 Engineering Solutions||
How do some people land on a path that leads them to climate action? Host, Peterson Toscano explores this question by featuring two passionate climate advocactes. Dr. Hugh Sealy, is an environmental engineer in the Caribbean. He has influenced environmental policy in Barbados, Grenda, St. Lucia, and Dominica. In addition to his work in helping low-lying island nations in a time of climate change, Dr. Sealy also served as a member of the Clean Development Mechanism or CDM for the UN Framework on Climate Change. He shares some of his story, discusses the CDM carbon pricing. Adia Samba-Quee, is just begining her career as a climate advocate. A 14 year old student in Springfield, MA, Adia makes connection between local pollution, asthma, and climate action. She hopes to use comedy to engage people in deeper conversations about climate.
|Building the Agricultural City||
Robert Wolf, author of Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal advocates a move away from globalization and toward regionalism. Robert is co-host today, completely in charge of the 2nd half of this program. Robert is also author of American Mosaic, and has a vision of government small enough to be responsive, but large enough to accommodate the diverse needs of a community.
|Whisper Behind the Light||
Michael Smith is the face and guitar of Whisper Behind the Light, drawing on the deep place to speak messages of power and transformation. Michael has found a life of rootedness and simplicity - as much as that happens with 5-plus kids - away from the squirrel!!! of big city life, and in the community of the Catholic faith of his upbringing.
|Gender Bending in the Bible||
Peterson Toscano is an amazing and innovative thinker whose acting talent reaps revolutionary insights with his video, Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible. With humor, drama, and insight, Peterson unearths a wide range of non-gender compliant people & passages hidden in plain sight in the Bible, for LGBTQI and Straight to see.
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
|Ann Arbor's Banjo-toting Shoemaker||
In the hours when Paul Tinkerhess is not repairing Birkenstock footwear for the people of Ann Arbor, he finds other ways to nurture his town - by organizing the Water Hill Music Fest, by keeping winter sidewalks walkable with Snow Buddy, and by sharing his banjo-playing and song-writing talents generously in the cause of community. A CD of the live music from this interview will be available for sale at NorthernSpiritRadio.org, the only current source of Paul's music!
|The Sins of Scripture - John Shelby Spong||
John Shelby Spong is the retired Episcopal archbishop of New Jersey and author of 15 books including "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" and "The Sins of Scripture".
70 minute phone interview with a dynamic, progressive thinker!
|Quaker Earthcare Witness||
A visit with Ruah Swennerfelt and Louis Cox about their role with Quaker Earthcare Witness, the paths that led them to lives of earth & spiritual activism, their lives "off the grid" in Vermont ... and much more.
Interviewed July 8th, 2005 at the Friends General Conference gathering held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia
|Eric Nielsen's Song of the Soul||
Interview and music with Eric Nielsen, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire. Eric Nielsen's Song of the Soul includes lots of chorale music, given his long interest and participation in this and other forms of music. Eric is both the minister and member of the choir at his church, a somewhat unusual pairing to juggle.