What drives the actions Vladimir Putin? Vladimir Shlapentokh, a longtime observer of Russian affairs, tries to explain. Shlapentokh, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University, was a founder of Soviet sociology. Since coming to the United States in 1979, he has published two dozen books on Russian and American society.
A discussion of John Michael McDonagh's new film "Calvary" with Kerry Weber, Ronan McCoy and Allison Shapiro. Spoilers included.
Dennis P. Halpin talks about the tragedy of Korea's "comfort women" and how Pope Francis might reach out to them during his visit to South Korea. You can read Mr. Halpin's article "Healing an Old Wound" in the August 4-11, 2014 issue of America.
Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., talks about his father's formative experience serving during World War I.
Scott W. Hahn talks about the "sacramentality of Scripture" in the first of a series of "Living Word" lectures sponsored by America and the American Bible Society. This audio file includes introductions by Matt Malone, S.J., and John W. Martens in addition to questions from the audience. The lecture was held on April 30, 2014 at the American Bible Society in New York. Professor Hahn is the Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and is founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Vincent D. Rougeau discusses his recent article about the legacy of the Civil Rights Act.
George Drance, S.J., talks about his solo theatrical performance of the entire Gospel of Mark, now playing in New York City through June 15. For more information and tickets visit www.lamama.org
Peter Schineller, S.J., reports on a recent trip to Vietnam, where he taught theology to Jesuit seminarians. Vietnam is home to a large number of religious vocations despite the official atheist position of the Communist government. View pictures from Father Schineller's trip.
James Martin, S.J., and Tim Reidy discuss the highlights of the first half of the final season of "Mad Men." Is redemption possible for Don and his coworkers at Sterling Cooper? How are the characters affected by the sins they commit? And what exactly did Don experience in the final moments of the show?
Roc O'Connor, S.J., talks about the use of Scripture in contemporary liturgical music and how the liturgy can help with the ongoing faith formation of Catholic Christians. Father O'Connor's article, "We Praise You, O God!," appears in the May 26-June 2, 2014 issue of America.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan interviews Father James Martin about his new book Jesus: A Pilgrimage for the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM Radio.
John W. Martens talks about his new collection of online commentary on the Gospel of Mark and what it is like writing the weekly "Word" column for America. Martens is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. You can follow him @BibleJunkies and read his online commenatry at www.biblejunkies.com and at "The Good Word."
Kyla Neilan is a program manager for Catholic Relief Services working on agricultural restoration and food security issues in this hard-hit region of the Central African Republic. Villagers around Bossangoa have endured months of disorder and vicious attacks from Seleka militia. Without cultivation tools and seeds for planting, the 2014 harvest is in disarray and widespread hunger threatens in the months ahead.
Interview by Kevin Clarke, reporting from CAR for America.
Catherine Mahony is the Regional Emergency Coordinator for the U.K.’s Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). On April 29, she led an inter-religious team of representatives from Christian and Muslim charity groups to Bangui’s Grand Mosque. Thousands of Muslims have taken shelter since the disorder in the Central African Republic began.
Interview by Kevin Clarke, reporting from CAR for America.
Photo: African Union soldier patrols as people prepare to be evacuated in Central African Republic, May 2 (CNS photo/Siegfried Modola, Reuters).
Anthony Andreassi, C.O., discusses his new history of Regis High School in New York City, one of the only tuition-free Jesuit schools in the country. Teach Me to Be Generous is published by Fordham University Press.
Sir Gilbert Levine, known as "the pope's maestro" for his concerts for Pope John Paul II, talks about a musical celebration on May 5 celebrating the legacy of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Learn more about the concert, "Peace through Music 'In Our Age,'" and its broadcast on PBS stations here.
Kevin Clarke talks to University of Notre Dame professor Douglass Cassel about the recently leaked Senate committee report on the CIA's use of torture.
Karen Sue Smith, former editorial director of America, introduces listeners to a few notable art exhibits in New York that illuminate crucial turning points in history. They include "Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter" at the National Academy, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944, Reconstructing the Universe" at the Guugenheim and "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937" at the Neue Gallery.
Picture: Self Portrait of Anders Zorn.
"America is a Catholic ministry, and both of those words—Catholic and ministry—are carefully chosen," writes editor Matt Malone, S.J., in his recent letter to readers. "Our Jesuit charism guides all of our work. Each time you read America–whether in print or online–you engage with a smart Catholic take on faith and culture, a unique forum for thinking Catholics and those who need to know what Catholics are thinking." Here Dan Pawlus, VP for advancement, talks more about America's ministry and how our readers and listeners can play an important role in our growing community.
This week’s podcast was recorded at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in California. We spoke with Sr. Dianne Bergant, who is a Sister of St. Agnes, and the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has also served as the President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past 30 years. America readers may recognize her as a former columnist for The Word, which she authored from 2002-2005. At LA Congress, Sr. Dianne spoke about just war theory and the natural world. She argues that while the traditional understanding of “just war” addresses the effect of war on human beings and property, it does not adequately take into account the destruction done to the environment. She spoke with us about the legitimacy of this tradition today.
Clementine Bordeaux is an academic coordinator and lecturer in American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Clementine grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, attended the Jesuit-sponsored Red Cloud Indian School, and later worked as youth ministry coordinator in Pine Ridge. In this podcast, Clementine describes her integration of Catholic and Lakota spirituality, her experience of attending the canonization of St. Kateri Tekawitha, and some of the challenges of Native students today.
Rhona Tarrant, a freelance broadcaster for Ireland's RTE, talks about the tradition of airing the Angelus on Irish television and how it has changed.
James Martin, S.J., talks about Jesus: A Pilgrimage, a new book that takes readers on a journey with the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. Father Martin is an editor at large at America and the author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Between Heaven and Mirth, among other books.
Matthew McGarry is the Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, a position he had held since July 2012. He is responsible for overseeing approximately 60 staff members in four offices, as well as a range of programming including Humanitarian Assistance, Civil Society, Peacebuilding, Advocacy, and Youth Development—all aimed at serving vulnerable Palestinians. McGarry also has worked with CRS programs in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Charles Camosy talks about his book For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action, which examines the Christian's responsibility to "non-human animals" and the ethics of eating meat. Camosy talks what the Christian tradition says about the treatment of animals and the ways in which industrial practices place barriers between consumers and the food on our table.
Is Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" a meditation on evil or a celebration of excess? Should he have made "American Hustle" instead? Is "Philomena" anti-Catholic or an eloquent argument for forgiveness? What would Pope Francis say about Spike Jonez's "Her"? Listen to Bill McGarvey, Tim Reidy and James Martin, S.J., discuss the nominees for Best Picture on America's 2014 Oscar podcast.
James M. Shaughnessy, S.J., talks about his work as a chaplain aboard cruise ships and the spiritual needs of the passengers he encounters. Father Shaughnessy has worked in pastoral care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston for 27 years. Read his article from America's 2014 Travel & Pilgrimage issue, "Anchored in Faith."
Picture: Father Shaughnessy anoints the sick at sea.
Shaina Aber, the policy director of the U.S. Jesuits' office of social and international ministries, reports on politics and social challenges in Honduras and the church's efforts on behalf of marginalized communities in the country. The Feb. 10 issue of America includes a report on Honduras by Luke Hansen, S.J., and an interview with Bishop Michael Lenihan, O.F.M., of La Ceiba, Honduras.
Managing Editor Kerry Weber talks about her new book, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job. Read an excerpt from the January 20-27, 2014 issue of America. Available now on the Kindle.
Ray McGovern, an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly 30 years, talks about his service on the daily briefing teams for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. He also responds to "Good Intelligence," an editorial in America (11/18) on the expansion of U.S. intelligence agencies in the last decade, and he describes some of the challenges the C.I.A. faces today.