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WUIS adds Speaking of Faith to Sunday morning lineup
October 31, 2005
SPRINGFIELD – Beginning this month, Public Radio WUIS 91.9/WIPA 89.3 will add an exploration of belief, meaning, ethics, and ideas in America – Speaking of Faith – to its weekend programming. The show will air Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., immediately preceding Weekend Edition at 8 a.m.
Hosted by journalist and former diplomat Krista Tippett, Speaking of Faith takes on a different topic each week, engaging thinkers, theologians, and people from many walks of life. Discussion covers a wide range of subjects, from human interest topics such as the Da Vinci Code or depression, to tougher issues such as cloning, gay marriage, and the meaning of “moral values.” Listeners have been enthusiastic about the program, including one in New Jersey who wrote: “My wife is a Catholic, I am an atheist. We both find you informative, inclusive, diverse, and consistently entertaining.”
Produced by American Public Media since 2003, Speaking of Faith received a Gracie Award as outstanding national radio interview program from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television. The Columbia Journalism Review cited Tippett’s interviews as a new model of journalism about religion.
WUIS General Manager Bill Wheelhouse explained, “Part of public radio’s mission is to provide a setting for a civil discussion on the toughest issues of the day. Religion and spirituality are at the center of many disagreements at this moment in time, and hopefully this program will add something to our listeners’ own searches for meaning.”
Speaking of Faith replaces Sound and Spirit in the WUIS program schedule. “Sound and Spirit was very well done,” said Wheelhouse. “However, their production schedule had slowed considerably. Instead of asking listeners to hear repeats of Sound and Spirit, Speaking of Faith promises to expand what has become for many an opportunity to explore personal beliefs.”
The program for Sunday, November 6, will be “Living Reconciliation: Two Ecumenical Pioneers.” Rev. Joan Brown Campbell and Bishop Thomas Hoyt Jr. both discovered ecumenism -- the movement to reconcile Christian churches -- during the Civil Rights era. In this broadcast they will describe what they’ve learned about grappling with differences of beliefs, and why reconciliation among Christians still matters in a multi-religious, post-Katrina world.
Tippett is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and a former Fulbright Scholar. She has reported and written for The New York Times, Newsweek, the BBC, and other international news organizations. She has also served as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to West Germany.
Senior Producer Kate Moos is a 15-year veteran of public broadcasting who served for many years as an award-winning reporter and managing editor in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom.WUIS/WIPA is listener-supported public radio celebrating its 30th year of broadcasting from the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS’ mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. For WUIS’ complete program schedule, events, and other information, go to www.wuis.org.
|The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.|
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