Re:sound #23: The God Show

This hour: gods, idols, worshipers, and skeptics.

2005 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: gods, idols, worshipers, and skeptics.

Shadow of a Doubt
by Jane Ulman (The Listening Room, ABC, 2003)
People have seen images of the Virgin Mary in the strangest of places: under a train platform, on the walls of buildings, in a grilled cheese sandwich. This is a lovingly constructed portrait of a town in Australia and what happened there when the image of Mary was sighted in a fence post.

If You Build an Oracle They Will Come
by Julie Subrin and Dean Olsher (The Next Big Thing, 2004)
A hardware store may seem like an unlikely place to find an oracle, but when you think about it, why not? A decent hardware store has something for everyone and so should any oracle worth its salt. So, when the electronic billboard above Pinchink's hardware store in Brooklyn started soliciting questions from passersby like a modern-day oracle, Dean Olsher was there to see how it all worked out.

Of the Word God
by Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto, The Books (1%, 2004)
Musicians and found-sound enthusiasts, The Books distill a 60-minute sermon down to its elemental form.

The Gods of Times Square
by David Isay and Richard Sandler (All Things Considered, 1994)
If there is one place in the U.S. that symbolizes the cathedral America has built to itself and its obsessions, it is Times Square: massive billboards crowding out the sky, teeming tourists, hawkers of every kind, and those who come there to explore the notion of God, to preach, proselytize, or pray.

Two Awesome Popes in a Row!
by Emily Harris (Morning Edition, 2005)
Re:sound producer Roman Mars shares one of his audio obsessions: twenty-one seconds of glorious audio tape from NPR's coverage of the election of the new Pope. Awesome!

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Jane Ulman

Jane Ulman is a producer and director for ABC Radio National.

Julie Subrin

Julie Subrin produces Vox Tablet, Tablet Magazine's weekly podcast covering some corner of the Jewish world.

Dean Olsher

Dean Olsher has been a broadcaster for more than 30 years, most of which he has spent in public radio.

Paul de Jong

Paul de Jong is a Dutch musician, sound and visual artist based in New Lebanon, NY.

David Isay

David Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps.

Richard Sandler

Richard Sandler is a documentary video and filmmaker, a street photographer, and a photography curator.

Emily Harris

International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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