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NBN Episodes hosted by Hillary:

Brett Grainger, "Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America" (Harvard UP, 2019)

June 17, 2019

Church in the Wild

Brett Grainger
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

We often credit the Transcendentalists with introducing a revolutionary new appreciation for nature into American spirituality when they claimed that …

Daromir Rudnyckyj, "Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

January 24, 2019

Beyond Debt

Daromir Rudnyckyj
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. In Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in…

Pamela E. Klassen, "The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary's Journey on Indigenous Land" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

December 24, 2018

The Story of Radio Mind

Pamela E. Klassen
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

At the dawn of the radio age in the 1920s, Frederick Du Vernet—Anglican archbishop and self-declared scientist—announced a psychic channel by which mi…

Judith Weisenfeld, "New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration" (NYU Press, 2017)

August 17, 2018

New World A-Coming

Judith Weisenfeld
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

A wave of religious leaders in black communities in the early twentieth-century insisted that so-called Negroes were, in reality, Ethiopian Hebrews, A…

Katharine Gerbner, "Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

May 16, 2018

Christian Slavery

Katharine Gerbner
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Could slaves become Christian? If so, did their conversion lead to freedom? If not, how could perpetual enslavement be justified? In her recent book, …

James Chappel, "Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church" (Harvard UP, 2018)

March 7, 2018

Catholic Modern

James Chappel
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

In 1900 the Catholic Church stood staunchly against religious freedom and the secular state. By the 1960s, that position was reversed and Catholics be…

Daromir Rudnyckyj and Filippo Osella, eds., "Religion and the Morality of the Market: Anthropological Perspectives" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

October 24, 2017

Religion and the Morality of the Market

Daromir Rudnyckyj and Filippo Osella, eds.
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, there has been a widespread affirmation of economic ideologies that conceive the market as an autonomous sphere…

Karmen MacKendrick, "The Matter of Voice: Sensual Soundings" (Fordham UP, 2016)

August 19, 2017

The Matter of Voice

Karmen MacKendrick
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Philosophers have long tried to silence the physical musicality of voice in favor of the purity of ideas without matter, souls without bodies. But voi…

Ashon T. Crawley, "Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility" (Fordham UP, 2016)

May 19, 2017

Blackpentecostal Breath

Ashon T. Crawley
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press, 2016) is innovative and lyrical, challenging and beautiful. Ashon Cr…

Piotr Kosicki, "Vatican II Behind the Iron Curtain" (Catholic U of America Press, 2016)

February 1, 2017

Vatican II Behind the Iron Curtain

Piotr Kosicki
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Many historians have documented the Second Vatican Council yet virtually no attention has been devoted to the Catholics who found themselves living be…

Gretchen Buggeln, "The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America" (U Minnesota Press, 2015)

December 10, 2016

The Suburban Church

Gretchen Buggeln
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

After World War II, America's religious denominations spent billions on church architecture as they spread into the suburbs. Gretchen Buggeln's latest…

Robert Orsi, "History and Presence" (Harvard UP, 2016)

October 14, 2016

History and Presence

Robert Orsi
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Beginning with the Catholic doctrine of the literal, embodied presence of Christ, scholar of religion Robert Orsi imagines an alternative to the futur…

Birgit Meyer, "Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana" (U California Press, 2015)

April 30, 2016

Sensational Movies

Birgit Meyer
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Anthropologist Birgit Meyer's most recent book, Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana (University of California Press, 2015), e…

Deirdre de la Cruz, "Mother Figured: Marian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

March 2, 2016

Mother Figured

Deirdre de la Cruz
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

There is no female religious figure so widely known and revered as the Virgin Mary. Filipino Catholics are especially drawn to Mama Mary and have a st…

Sean McCloud, "American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States" (Oxford UP, 2015)

January 5, 2016

American Possessions

Sean McCloud
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Exorcisms and demons. In his new book American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States (Oxford University Press, 2015), Sean Mc…

Anderson Blanton, "Hittin' the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South" (UNC Press, 2015)

November 12, 2015

Hittin' the Prayer Bones

Anderson Blanton
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Anderson Blanton's Hittin' the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), illuminates ho…

Claire McLisky, et al., "Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

October 28, 2015

Emotions and Christian Missions

Claire McLisky, Daniel Midena, Keran Vallgard
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Published by Palgrave in 2015, Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives brings together scholars from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, …

Brett Hendrickson, "Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo" (NYU Press, 2014)

September 17, 2015

Border Medicine

Brett Hendrickson
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Mexican American religious healing - often called curanderismo - is a vital component of life in the US-Mexican borderlands. In his book Border Medici…

Winnifred F. Sullivan, "A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care and the Law" (U Chicago Press, 2014)

July 12, 2015

A Ministry of Presence

Winnifred F. Sullivan
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

As patterns of religiosity have changed in the United States, chaplains have come to occupy an increasingly important place in the nation's public ins…

Gil Anidjar, "Blood: A Critique of Christianity" (Columbia UP, 2014)

June 28, 2015


Gil Anidjar
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Blood. It is more than a thing and more than a metaphor. It is an effective concept, an element, with which, and through which, Christianity becomes w…

Joseph Webster, "The Anthropology of Protestantism: Faith and Crisis among Scottish Fishermen" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)

May 29, 2015

The Anthropology of Protestantism

Joseph Webster
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

In The Anthropology of Protestantism:Faith and Crisis among Scottish Fishermen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), anthropologist Joseph Webster takes readers…

Paula Kane, "Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America" (UNC Press, 2013)

March 31, 2015

Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula Kane
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America (UNC Press, 2013) is a detailed journey into the life of Margaret Reilly, an American Irish-Cath…

Kelly James Clark, "Religion and the Sciences of Origins" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

March 10, 2015

Religion and the Sciences of Origins

Kelly James Clark
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Kelly James Clark acknowledges that for many people in the contemporary West it can seem as though scientists, from Darwin and Dawkins, have succeeded…

Emma Anderson, "The Death and Afterlife of the North American Martyrs" (Harvard UP, 2013)

February 2, 2015

The Death and Afterlife of the North American Martyrs

Emma Anderson
Hosted by Hillary Kaell

Martyrdom, writes Emma Anderson, is anything but random. In beautiful prose and spectacular historical detail, The Death and Afterlife of the North Am…