Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, on February 27, 1807. His legendary poems: The Ride of Paul Revere and The Courtship of Miles Standish are just two examples of how his work continues to shape the cultural understanding of these events even today. This feature with biographer Charles Calhoun examines Longfellow’s life and work.
Most of us in the Christian life have experienced the heartbreak of watching a friend walk away from the faith. For many of us, we are uncertain what to do or say. Are there things that could have been done that would have prevented it? This feature takes a look at this difficult issue. Guests include Kathleen Wilcox, freelance writer, and Mike Milco, Assistant Professor at the Moody Bible Institute.
Tuesday, February 24th, a unique event in the early morning sky will have amateur astronomers in some parts of the world glued to their telescopes. In fact, the event is unique enough that NASA is turning Hubble’s gaze toward the ringed planet to get a closer look at the quadruple transit of 4 of Saturn’s Moons.
Edison’s Home Phonograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress
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Something many of us take for granted today is the ability to capture the sounds of our life. From personal dictation devices to our cell phones and digital cameras, we can easily record anything going on around us. On this date in 1878, Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the device that made hearing the human voice across history possible.
What comes to mind when you think of “worship music?” Some might think of organs and the great hymns of the faith, while others may think of guitars, drum kits and praise bands. In this feature you are going to meet a couple people who think of something completely different when considering the music of worship, something they call “ethnodoxology.”
Guests include Dr. Elizabeth Naegele (Professor of Sacred Music, Coordinator of Organ Instruction and Ethnomusicology at the Moody Bible Institute) and Paul Neeley (President of International Council of Ethnodoxologists).
The music used in today’s feature is from Sounds of Global Worship II from Heart Sound International, available here.
There is a lot of debate today over the appropriateness of legislating morality. “Separation of church and state” is often appealed to when debating issues of religious belief and social liberty. One particular chapter in the history of America which is frequently used as an example of how legislating morality doesn’t work is Prohibition.
This feature with Dr. Mark Noll (Professor of History, Notre Dame Univeristy) and Matthew Staver (Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel) takes a look at the lessons Prohibition can teach us today when thinking about morality and legislation.
On February 15th, 2005, three PayPal employees launched an online video site where people could upload and share videos with their friends called YouTube. 4 years later, what began as a social networking application above a pizza parlor is now one of the most influential purveyors of popular culture with millions of streamed videos every day.
This report with Kathy Bruner (Assistant Professor of Media Communication at Taylor University) and Dr. Quentin Schutlze (Professor of Communication at Calvin College) looks at YouTube’s history and impact on society today.
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Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809. 50 years later he published his most famous book: The Origin of Species. Today people all around the world are commemorating his birth in a variety of ways; from essay contests in schools to television specials on PBS.
Last summer there were a number of products for children made in China that were recalled due to high levels of lead in the toys; this resulted in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that was passed by the Congress last summer. That legislation went into effect yesterday. Over the last few months there have been many small businesses, libraries and thrift-store owners concerned about the extent of enforcement and unintended consequences of the new law. So for the last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been considering how to best implement the law while protecting both children and small businesses.
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I graduated from Moody in 1993 and began working for Moody Radio in Chicago until 1999, when I began teaching radio broadcasting at the Moody Bible Institute. I received my Masters degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University in 2003 in Historical Documentary Filmmaking. And since June, 2008, I have been serving Prime ... Continue reading →