As an extension of the online magazine the Revealer, this podcast explores the social and political roles religion plays throughout the world. How should we make sense of religion's influence on politics, sexuality, race, and people's everyday lives? Produced by NYU's Center for Religion and Media and hosted by Dr. Brett Krutzsch, each month we'll sit down with experts to discuss how religion shapes our world. Join us for this important conversation.
Combating Islamophobia in America
Why is Islamophobia so common in the United States? Dr. Caleb Elfenbein, author of the book Fear in Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us about America, joins us to discuss what Islamophobia reveals about life in America today. We explore why anti-Muslim fear persists throughout the country, how Muslim communities have responded to Islamophobia, and how everyone can combat Islamophobia so that Muslims thrive in the United States.
Religion and the CIA
What role has religion played in the CIA’s missions around the world? Dr. Michael Graziano, author of Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors: Religion and the History of the CIA, joins us to share captivating stories about religion in America’s Central Intelligence Agency. We explore how the CIA set out to understand religious traditions across the globe in their fight against Soviet communism, what happened when the CIA profoundly misunderstood how religion functions throughout the world, and how the CIA’s ideas about Islam have changed in the 21st century.
Religion and Climate Change
This episode features conversations with three experts on religion and climate change who have investigated how different religious communities have responded to the climate crisis. Our discussion begins with Dr. Amanda Baugh. She has been exploring Latinx Catholics’ conservation actions and examining how environmental activism can become less centered on white Americans. Next, Dr. Adrienne Krone discusses the Jewish farming movement and how Jewish farming organizations are combatting climate change. And finally, Dr. Robin Veldman shares her findings about why Christian nationalists and evangelicals have opposed climate science. In total, they share how religious communities and others can make addressing climate change a priority.
Sex Education and Religion in Public Schools
What role has religion played in shaping sex education in America’s public schools? Dr. Kristy Slominski, author of Teaching Moral Sex: A History of Religion and Sex Education in the United States, joins us to discuss why liberal Protestant leaders wanted sex education in America’s schools. We explore what teachings sex educators promoted about gender and monogamy, how they responded to the visible rise of LGBTQ people, and why abstinence-only education became a mainstay of American sex education that still persists today.
What are evangelical men taught about gender and their place in the world? Dr. Bradley Onishi, a scholar of religion and host of the Straight White American Jesus podcast, joins us to discuss why evangelical men valorize aggressive masculinity. We also explore what evangelical men are taught about their sexual desires, how evangelical conceptions of masculinity contribute to cultures of violence, and what evangelical ideas about masculinity have to do with America’s current political climate.
For more, check out Dr. Bradley Onishi’s Revealer article “God is Ultimate Masculinity: Evangelical Visions of Manhood in the Wake of the Atlanta Massacre” at https://therevealer.org/god-is-ultimate-masculinity-evangelical-visions-of-manhood-in-the-wake-of-the-atlanta-massacre/
As travel reopens throughout the world, we are taking a look at the popularity of “Holocaust tourism.” Dr. Daniel Reynolds, author of Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance, joins us to discuss why millions of people travel to Nazi concentration camps and other sites of Holocaust memorialization each year, what messages Holocaust memorial sites typically promote, and how Holocaust memorial sites try to address present-day issues of antisemitism, nativism, and racism.
I’ve loved all the different topics this podcast covers. The guests are fascinating, and I’ve learned several things each episode. I especially liked the one on Hasidic heretics.
Informative and interesting
I enjoy The Revealer articles as they are informative and thought provoking. The podcasts add a welcome layer in that the listener is able to hear the writer’s voice, opinion and some nuances on their articles that you can’t always get from just the written word. I’m looking forward to listening to more!
Yoga and Emotional Health
I have appreciated finding this space both as a graduate of NYU and as one keenly interested in the topic of religion and society.
Loved many of your articles thus far but found this podcast and the article on yoga and religion quite disappointing, shortsighted and misleading. I am a yoga teacher, yoga teacher’s trainer and certified yoga therapist who has studied yoga for more than 30 years. What was discussed here had little to do with yoga and religion and all to do with white centered western interpretation of yoga ( save the bit about yoga and racism) and the physical aspect of yoga. Very limiting and ignorant about what yoga is or is meant to evoke. Would prefer more enlightened questioning around this subject and of course someone with a greater knowledge, sensitivity and training on this subject- not just someone with an Indian name and PhD. Goat yoga??? You both can’t believe this is real yoga or drinking and cursing is yoga in all seriousness. Cultural appropriation and yoga yes! Please if you discuss this subject in the context of religion can you give it the same seriousness and intelligent investigation you would give other subjects. There is enough research out there to have a meaningful conversation about yoga and religion. As a Catholic I appreciated your last podcast. Can you please take yoga seriously also. This is offensive!
Baba black sheep!