Journal

The MARS HILL AUDIO Journal is a bimonthly "audio magazine" featuring over one hundred minutes of conversation with perceptive and engaging thinkers examining the ideas, institutions, practices, and fashionable assumptions that shape our cultural lives.  Its host and producer, Ken Myers, was previously an arts and humanities editor for National Public Radio and has over 30 years of experience in cultural journalism.

Each edition of the Journal, published on CD and MP3, features interviews with six to eight guests from a wide range of disciplines as well as commentary by Ken Myers.  Most of our guests have authored books examining either some aspect of our cultural experience or the interaction of historical forces that have created the cultural conditions in which we presently live. 

The Journal does not offer neatly packaged answers to predictable questions.  Rather, our guests enlarge the framework of understanding within which Christians can more wisely discern the meaning of current cultural life. 

Our guests have included scholars Francis Fukuyama, Robert George, and Stanley Fish; poets Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Larry Woiwode; journalists Nicholas Carr, Ross Douthat, and Thomas de Zengotita; social commentators John McWhorter and Rochelle Gurstein; painters Makoto Fujimura and Cathy Prescott; historians Daniel Walker Howe, Mark Noll, and Steven Shapin; scientists John Polkinghorne and Stephen Barr; novelists Neal Stephenson, P. D. James, and Ron Hansen; psychiatrists Elias Aboujaoude and Paul McHugh; theologians David Bentley Hart, Stanley Hauerwas, and David Schindler; philosophers Mortimer Adler and Albert Borgmann; sociologists Zygmunt Bauman and James Davison Hunter; musicians Jeremy Begbie and Julian Johnson; and hundreds of other public intellectuals who offer incisive commentary on the important ideas that shape contemporary culture.

Current Issue

Guests on Volume 133: Darío Fernández-Morera, on the real history of Islamic Spain in the Middle Ages; Francis Oakley, on the enduring belief in sacral kingship and the secularization of politics in the late Middle Ages; Oliver O'Donovan, on why all political authority can only be properly understood by way of analogy with God’s kingship; Thomas Storck, on the conflicts between “Americanism” and Catholic social teaching; John Safranek, on the self-contradictory character of modern liberalism; Brian Brock, on the challenges and opportunities of being a “Church theologian” in a secular university; George Marsden, on the birth and influencial life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

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