This is pretty long but worth at least checking out.
Pacifica radio calls them "one of the great treasures of American culture."
Reverend Billy (subject of the Morgan Spurlock documentary "What would Jesus Buy") was arrested at Disney World, demonstrating, the day after Christmas.
Half joking (but only half), the church preaches the gospel of "stop shopping." They try to save people from "The Shopocolypse."
This is audio of one of their services after a brief interview with one of its leaders.
Program: Pacifica National Special
Playtime: 1 hour 51 minutes 38 seconds
Date: November, 2007
If the economy is getting you down, perhaps it's time to tune in and drop out - to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Among all of the things advertised on the New York subway, one sticks out. The Franciscans have put up ads to recruit friars. Technically not monks, sure, but the Catholic Church still has been having trouble recruiting.
"Darwin has never had a majority."
At no time has a majority of the American public believed in the theory of evolution. Darwin says we are animals. People don't like that.
This is a fantastic podcast.
Playtime: 27 minutes 28 seconds
AD fan Connor Walsh sent this piece from News Talk 106-108 in Dublin. Boy becomes priest. Boy doesn't like being a priest. Boy becomes hermit. Boy meets girl hermit living nearby. Hermits get married. Hermits have kids. Kids don't go to school.
Playtime: 28 minutes 30 seconds
A vintage doc about New York at the tail end of a now bygone era. The doc's sounds were recorded in time square in the early nineties - before Disney and Giuliani got to it, before 9-11, before the precipitous drop in crime, before the lawn chairs... An amazing, sound-rich doc about the religious zealots in the square.
In the humid, rainy mountains of Taiwan, the Tsou people celebrate Mayasvi, dedicated to the god of war. This from the local Chiayi sound project.
– Audio Documentary London Bureau.
Playtime: 5 minutes 24 seconds
Date: February, 2010
Long before the Tea Party movement, the hills of West Virginia were echoing with a cultural clash over textbook content. This 2010 Peabody Award Winner comes from American Radio Works and was produced by Terry Kay and edited by Deborah George.
Music Planet is an eight hour series recorded in the field, hearing the music that ties people to their local traditions. Designed to accompany a landmark BBC TV series, episode one of Music Planet includes much recording in canoes, including a shark hunt. The musicians are interviewed and perform in context, rather than a studio or off CD. The result is engaging and vivid.
Two more episodes are due to be broadcast.
Connor Walsh, AD, London
Playtime: 59 minutes