This interview was originally broadcast on Fresh Air on March 26, 2012. When God Talks Back was released in paperback on Nov. 13.
While attending services and small group meetings at The Vineyard, an evangelical church with 600 branches across the country, anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann noticed that several members of the congregation said God had repeatedly spoken to them and that they had heard what God wanted them to do.
It's the sort of juxtaposition that often arises at this time of year: novel adaptations arriving in droves at movie theaters, hunting for Oscar nominations.
J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical The Hobbit and Yann Martel's lifeboat adventure Life of Pi are coming soon, and this week Leo Tolstoy's romantic tragedy Anna Karenina goes head to head with Matthew Quick's romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook.
Over 30 thousand Americans commit suicide each and every year; there are approximately 95 cases daily and 2,370 attempts. For Jace Edwards, suicide is a word that’s all too familiar: he lost five friends to suicide over the course of three months, and nearly a sixth. One of the major factors in the growing number of cases is certainly depression.
On Halloween night, two Republican candidates for the third congressional seat held a heated debated at Town Square Media’s KPEL 96.5 News Radio station. Representative Boustany and Representative Landry debated for an hour on key topics such as healthcare, medicare, inability to be civil, oil and gas industry and the debt ceiling increase. Hitting close to home the two debated feverishly about the oil and gas industry. Representative Boustany accused Representative Landry of proposing a job killing mandate that would cause the oil and gas industry $400 million, while causing job loss.
This election year a number of states are asking voters to approve pot for medicinal purposes, including Arkansas and Massachusetts and three states: Colorado, Oregon and Washington will vote to legalize marijuana on November 6. One Louisiana organization, Legalize Louisiana, is taking a stand, hoping to one day to play a major part in the legalization of marijuana in Louisiana. Although Louisiana is not among the states that are offering marijuana for medicinal purposes, groups such as Legalize Louisiana will continue to take a stand.
Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:31 pm
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Latin Grammy Awards were held last night in Las Vegas. We'll check in with the hosts from NPR Music's ALT.LATINO podcast to hear about some of the artists who made an impression.
But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality and today we are talking about the role that faith institutions can play during a crisis.
Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:26 am
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Barbershop guys are going to weigh in on the news of the week. We're particularly interested in the guys' perspective on the relationship scandal that forced the resignation of the CIA director, General David Petraeus.