Week of April 13, 2014
Segment 1: Thoughts on Faith
A best selling author, Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith took a, what she calls "erratic" path to Christianity. For her, laughter is "carbonated holiness" which she amply uses to express the frailty of the human condition and the grace that gets her through it.
"I don't have an interesting doctrine, I don't have an interesting theology. ... I don't understand the triune nature of God or who shot the Holy Ghost. But I have a relationship with Jesus. And the left-wing, progressive activists of Christianity is where I've cast my lot."
Segment 2: Becoming Orthodox
Peter Gillquist, Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith was a devout evangelical Protestant. But when he began searching for the ancient Christian faith, he was astonished to find it alive and well in the Orthodox church.
Week of April 6, 2014
Segment 1: The Company Behind the Gulf Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men and injured 17 others. The resulting oil spill was the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Alison Fitzgerald, In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down discusses the company and the corporate culture that behind this avoidable tragedy.
"Ultimately, the responsibility goes to BP, they're the ones in charge. They're the ones who tell everyone what they can and cannot do. And they approve everything."
Segment 2: Three Generations of Iranian Women
Raised in California, Jasmin Darznik, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life never imagined that her mother Lili lived another life in Iran before marrying Jasmin’s German father. Lili was married off at 13 to a violent and abusive man. Lili gave birth to a daughter, Sara, but when her husband's abuse escalated, Lili knew she had no choice but to flee his house and seek a divorce. The move cost her Sara, since Iranian law dictates children stay with their fathers. Taken from tapes her mother sent her after Jasmin discovered a photograph from her mother’s first wedding, Jasmin's memoir recounts her mother’s life and struggles.