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 and Rates

Guests on Volume 144 include:

Guests on Volume 144: Jonathan McIntosh on the influence of St. Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysical ideas on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien; Kevin Vost on the history of thinking about friendship in Patristic and Medieval Christian thought; Malcolm Guite on wisdom from Samuel Taylor Coleridge about reason and the imagination; R. David Cox on the influence of the Virginia Episcopalian tradition on the religious life of Robert E. Lee; Grant Brodrecht on why Civil War-era evangelicals in the North placed such a high value on preserving the Union; and Peter Bouteneff on the theological richness of the music of Arvo Pärt.

The MARS HILL AUDIO Journal is available in two formats:

$48 per 6-issue CD subscription (includes digital mp3 access through our website and MHA app)

$30 per 6-issue digital subscription (listen to the Journal via our app, mp3 download, or streaming)

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Free Demo Issue

If you’re interested in a sample of our work, you can download a free copy of our Demo Issue

Or download our app and a copy of the Demo will automatically appear in the My Library feature.

Student Rates

Those enrolled in a university or college with an active .edu or ac.uk email address can receive student rates on MP3 subscriptions. Click here to register as a student before ordering your reduced-rate subscription.

(Note: In order to access the student form and any complimentary audio downloads, you will first need to log-in or register a free account with us.)

Discussion Groups

Would you like to find, or form, a Mars Hill Audio discussion group in your area? Send us an email at soundthinking@marshillaudio.org and we’ll do our best to connect you with other Mars Hill Audio enthusiasts longing to talk about books, the Church, and culture!

Also, if you are currently in a Mars Hill Audio-inspired group, please let us know so that we can help others find you.