The Spirit of Things - Program podcastAuthor: ABC Radio National
24 May 2018

The Spirit of Things - Program podcast

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The Spirit of Things is an adventure into religion and spirituality. It explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music, and sacred texts.

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    The Aussie mosque that broke the mould

    Australia’s newest mosque has been hailed as an ‘architectural masterpiece’ – and it’s not even finished yet. Made of poured concrete and featuring more than 100 mini-domes, the mosque in Sydney's south-west is said to be the first of its kind in the country. We hear from the Greek-Orthodox architect behind the building, Angelo Candalepas, and the man overseeing the project, Zachariah Matthews.

  • Posted on 20 May 2018

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    The Pope vs The Pill

    50 years on, how do we understand Humane Vitae, the papal document that banned artificial contraception? Senator Kristina Keneally, ethicist Dr Bernadette Tobin and author Dr Paul Collins reflect on the impact of this historic document.

  • Posted on 13 May 2018

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    Sacred Songs

    This week, we talk to internationally acclaimed Japanese conductor and Calvinist Christian, Masaaki Suzuki. And, we hear from the director of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, who sing ancient German hymns in traditional language.

  • Posted on 06 May 2018

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    The Real Mormon Mission

    Faith or footy? Money or mission? This week, we speak to NRL star and devout Mormon, Will Hopoate. And, as The Book of Mormon musical plays in Australia, we spend time ‘street-contacting’ with two real missionaries in the streets of Sydney.

  • Posted on 29 Apr 2018

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    Unexpected ANZAC connections

    Did you know that every Australian soldier on parade wears a turban? This week, the ANZAC connections that are seldom known. We speak to author John Luttrell about our first native-born Australian Cardinal, Sir Norman Gilroy, who supported troops at Gallipoli. And, we hear about the Sikhs who fought alongside and with our ANZACS - and who also influenced the Australian army uniform.

  • Posted on 22 Apr 2018

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