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This podcast features fresh reflections on Frederica's travel and experiences. She will talk to interesting people, tell us fascinating stories and share unique insight into the changing world in which we live, from the perspective of an Antiochian Orthodox priest's wife. It is brought to you by Ancient Faith Radio

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This podcast features fresh reflections on Frederica's travel and experiences. She will talk to interesting people, tell us fascinating stories and share unique insight into the changing world in which we live, from the perspective of an Antiochian Orthodox priest's wife. It is brought to you by Ancient Faith Radio

    The Bitter Price of Choice

    The Bitter Price of Choice

    Frederica Mathewes-Green reads the first essay she ever published, a secular, feminist presentation of the pro-life cause.

    • 9 min
    Traditions

    Traditions

    Frederica Mathewes-Green explains that traditions can be beneficial for a family or community, and that all churches have their own “tradition.”

    • 11 min
    Tore Their Garments

    Tore Their Garments

    Frederica Mathewes-Green ponders the tremendous amount of work it took to weave fabric by hand, and how it felt to be clothed in someone’s labor; what we miss, by living entirely amid machine-made things.

    • 18 min
    Protestants and Mary

    Protestants and Mary

    The Mother of our Lord is often a stumbling block for Protestants who are exploring Orthodoxy. Frederica Mathewes-Green discusses how to disregard medieval excesses, and see how the early Christians saw her.

    • 18 min
    Fr. George and Persecution in America

    Fr. George and Persecution in America

    Frederica Mathewes-Green presents a Romanian elder’s take on the simple faith that is held by many Americans, and how God responds to it, and she also reports a prayer experience that conveyed the same idea.

    • 12 min
    Who’s That Idiot Next to the Potted Plant?

    Who’s That Idiot Next to the Potted Plant?

    Recently, I uploaded an old video to YouTube, of one of the strangest and funniest experiences I ever had with an interview. It was 1996. A producer for a viewer-call-in political talk show, "Capital Watch," phoned me about the work I was doing with a group called Common Ground for Life and Choice. We brought pro-life and pro-choice people together in dialogue, to get better understanding of each other's beliefs. (To get past misunderstanding so we could arrive at genuine disagreement, I used to say.) I put it on my calendar, and drove to the studio on Capital Hill. But while I was standing just off the set, waiting to be introduced, I heard the host say I was going to talk about common ground between Republicans and Democrats. I knew nothing about that. I didn't follow politics at all. But in a matter of seconds I had to walk on the set, sit down, and basically fake it for 20 minutes. I guess the producer had written "Common Ground" on the schedule without any further explanation, and that's what the hosts thought I was there to talk about. It's pretty funny. You can see me making guesses about what answer the hosts expected me to give, trying to sound like I actually knew something about the topic. Afterward I wrote a column about it, and how you can see someone on a talk show who appears to not know what they're talking about, "the idiot beside the potted plant." Well, that would be me. Watch the interview at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SneiaHIiogA. Read the column at: frederica.com/writings/whos-that-idiot-next-to-the-potted-plant.html.

    • 10 min

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