Religion en When Politics and Religion Meet <p>State money is helping to build a new Christian park in Sioux City. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a Satanic statue will be erected outside a courthouse, next to the Ten Commandments.<br /> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41594 at When Politics and Religion Meet From the Quad Cities to Vatican City: Monsignor Richard Soseman <p>Monsignor Richard Soseman grew up in the Quad Cities and served in a parish in rural Illinois, but for the last 6 years he’s lived and worked in Vatican City. Today on <em>Talk of Iowa</em>, host Charity Nebbe talks with Monsignor Soseman about his life and work and his book, <em>Reflections from Rome- Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family</em>.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:20:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39099 at From the Quad Cities to Vatican City: Monsignor Richard Soseman God and the Environment <p>Increasingly, efforts in environmental preservation are coming from churches. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Sister&nbsp;Mary Beth Ingham, professor emerita at Loyola Marymount University. &nbsp;They cover what the Franciscan tradition is in viewing nature and our role in keeping it healthy. &nbsp;Also, hear about what some churches in Iowa are doing to keep green.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:17:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38749 at God and the Environment Religion in the Digital Age <p>The internet has changed how we find information, get news, connect with friends, and for many people it also has changed the experience with faith and religion. &nbsp;Guests include Elizabeth Drescher from Santa Clara University, L. Edward Philips from Emory University, and author, editor, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36249 at Religion in the Digital Age Bible Secrets Revealed with Robert Cargill <p>On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with University of Iowa archeologist and religious scholar, Robert Cargill. They discuss Cargill’s trip to Israel with UI students for an excavation of Tel Azekah, as well as his latest project - a six-part documentary called <a href="" target="_blank">“Bible Secrets Revealed.”</a> It begins airing this week on the History Channel, starting Wednesday November 13 at 9 p.m.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:39:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 32011 at Bible Secrets Revealed with Robert Cargill Who Was Jesus? <p><a href="">Reza Aslan&#39;s</a> latest book <a href="">&quot;Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth&quot;</a> challenges long held assumptions of the historical figure.&nbsp;&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer speaks to Aslan about the historical Jesus as well as Aslan&#39;s own faith journey.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:11:47 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 30727 at Who Was Jesus? Spirituality In Iowa Prisons <p>Prison inmates have a lot of time to think. Some offenders take comfort in their faith, for others it’s a time to explore a new belief system. Today on Talk of Iowa: spirituality behind bars.<br><br>Host Charity Nebbe finds out what the Department of Corrections does to meet the spiritual needs of inmates, and she listens to stories from those who have worked in Iowa Prisons, including a pastor, a rabbi, an imam, and a Native American spiritual guide. A former offender joins the conversation as well, to speak to her experience finding religion while incarcerated.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:42:24 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 24405 at Spirituality In Iowa Prisons A Listen Back to Politics and Religion <p>A listen back to a riveting <a href="">River to River</a> from the 2012 election season.&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Constitution says "Congress shall make no law, respecting an establishment of Religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," and the true&nbsp;meaning of those words can evoke discord still today.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:54:20 +0000 Person: Ben Kieffer 24211 at A Listen Back to Politics and Religion Does Jesus Really Love Me? <p>Where can you find community and acceptance if you are gay or lesbian and a deeply believing Christian? That’s the question journalist Jeff Chu asks in his new book<em> </em><a href="">"Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America."</a> Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Chu about his year-long,&nbsp; 28-state journey he took across the U.S. in exploration of how different Christian denominations discuss homosexuality and interact with gay and lesbian members of their congregations.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:24:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 21889 at Does Jesus Really Love Me? Religion In Iowa <p>This week’s Being in Iowa series has taken us to Hindu and Sikh Temples, examined the faiths of Mormons and Quakers, and talked with those who choose not to believe. Ben Kieffer and wraps up the series with a conversation about faith in some of Iowa’s smaller religious communities.&nbsp;Iowans tell their&nbsp;stories of coming to faith and moving away from it, and how those journeys have impacted lives.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:51:05 +0000 Ben Kieffer 9868 at Religion In Iowa Being in Iowa: Quakers <p>In the final segment of this week's "Being in Iowa," we meet some Christians who go by a couple of names. We know them as Friends or as Quakers. There are also two branches of this religion in Iowa, representing two distinct approaches to worship.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9864 at Being in Iowa: Hindus <p>The Hindu Temple south of Madrid is an eye-catching structure with plaster images of animals and deities carved all over the outside surfaces. It’s where 500 families pray to the God they call Brahman, which they say is found in everything.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9841 at Being in Iowa: Hindus Being in Iowa: Atheists <p>It’s impossible to put an exact number on how many people in the state describe themselves as atheist or agnostic. Many of them prefer to stay quiet about it.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&nbsp;correspondent Rob Dillard asked several Iowans who do not believe in a supernatural power about where they stand in a society that generally thinks religion is a good thing.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9769 at Being in Iowa: Atheists Being in Iowa: Sikhs <p>Iowa Public Radio is&nbsp;looking at how different groups of Iowans connect with God. Today, we examine the beliefs held within a 500-year old religion established in the Punjab region of northwest India and northeast Pakistan. In Punjabi it’s pronounced Sikhism (SICK-ism). Over the years, it’s been Anglicized to Sikhism (SEEK-ism). The practitioners at a Temple in West Des Moines pronounced it both ways.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9725 at Being in Iowa: Sikhs Being in Iowa: Mormons <p>With a devout Mormon running for president, pundits have labeled this period “the Mormon moment.” But polls indicate half the American public admits to knowing very little or nothing about the religion. Rob met with some practicing Mormons in Iowa City to understand more about their faith.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9618 at Being in Iowa: Mormons New Amish Settlement Competes for Land in Delaware County <p></p><p>A new Amish settlement has sprung up in Delaware County, Iowa near Delhi. Members of the Amish community near Edgewood left the settlement because of economic differences they had with the Bishop &nbsp;about how much time they could work off the farm. In the capital intensive agriculture industry it’s hard for anyone to work the land without a second income. As the Amish are forced to become more progressive it’s pitting them against the eroding Midsize American farms.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:23:46 +0000 Clay Masters 9090 at New Amish Settlement Competes for Land in Delaware County Politics and Religion <P>The U.S. Constitution says "Congress shall make no law, respecting an establishment of Religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," and the true&nbsp;meaning of those words can evoke discord still today.</P> <P>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Dennis Goldford, author and professor of politics at Drake University, about religion, which he tackles in his new book "The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics and the First Amendment."</P> <P>Then, we look at religion's role in the 2012 election.</P> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:16:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6748 at Politics and Religion Grotto of the Redemption Turns 100 <p>The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions &mdash; world&#39;s largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.</p><p>But it&#39;s also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. And the mother of them all &mdash; encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones &mdash; is in West Bend, Iowa.</p><p>This weekend, the Grotto of the Redemption turned 100.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:25:33 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 3703 at Grotto of the Redemption Turns 100 Exploring Our Faith <p>In what ways does your religion shape the way you live your daily life? We&#39;ll examine how faith and spirituality support our basic psychological needs and look at the influence of culture on our religious beliefs. Charity&#39;s guests are Nikki Bado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and Krista Tippett, host of public radio&#39;s <em>On Being</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Tippett visits Des Moines April 17th as part of Iowa Public Radio&#39;s <em>Insights Series</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 122 at Oh My Gods <p>The Greek and Roman myths have never died out; in fact they are as relevant today as ever. In his new book <em><a href=""><u><font color="#0066cc">Oh My Gods</font></u></a></em>, Phillip Freeman retells some of the most popular myths that have inspired plays, operas, paintings, movies and television programs. From the astonishing tales of the Argonauts to the immortal narrative of the Battle of Troy, these ancient myths have inspired many across the globe. Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College.</p> Mon, 02 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 64 at