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Primary Sources is a podcast focused on New Testament research for learners who dive into the details and don’t skip the footnotes. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Cohick and Dr. Paul Sloan, professors of New Testament and Christian Theology at Houston Christian University and our seminary, Houston Theological Seminary.
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American history preserved through the use of Primary sources, Black History, African American History~ The african experience; Shared by the legends themselves, their descendants, loved ones, genealogist and scholars. Presented by The Gist of Freedom
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Lynn and Paul talk with Amy Peeler about her book, Women and the Gender of God. This ground-breaker work analyzes the role of Mary the mother of Jesus in the theology of the church. We discuss her arguments for retaining masculine language for God in Scripture, such as Father and Son, while also asserting that God is not male or masculine.…
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Lynn and Paul review ideas of atonement with the world renown Hebrews scholar, David M. Moffitt. The conversation revolves around his new book, * Rethinking Atonement, includes discussions on ancient practices of sacrifice, and how notions of sacrifice pertain to a greater understanding of the atonement. Dr. Moffitt explains how the resurrection an…
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Lynn and Paul explore the theological and historical debates surrounding Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Dr. Nijay Gupta recently published a book on Galatians in the New Word Biblical Themes series, a new series developed by Zondervan Academic, with Dr. Gupta as the series editor. This follows Dr. Gupta’s commentary on Galatians in the Story of Go…
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Mary Ann Shadd descendant Irene Moore Davis speaks with sculptor Donna Mayne! The Life of Black Abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd by Scholar Irene Moore Davis and sculptor Donna Mayne. A ceremony unveiling the statue of Mary Ann Shadd took place Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the University of Windsor in Canada. Join Scholar and Historian Irene Moore Davis a…
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When whistleblowers have been tried under the Espionage Act, the US government has successfully barred them telling the jury about what it is they are on trial for exposing. It’s clear the US government is afraid of juries hearing about the realities of drone strikes, mass surveillance, torture, and other abuses of power. When war crimes are expose…
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"A prosecution is when you use court proceedings to prosecute a crime. When you misuse judicial institutions to persecute, to silence a dissident who has committed no crime and you're using the judicial machinery to silence him and to punish him, that's persecution." This is how UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer describes to host Chip Gi…
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This is the story of one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, leaks which exposed US war crimes and other abuses of power. From 2010 to 2011, WikiLeaks worked with media the world over, to publish the Collateral Murder Video, Iraq and Afghan War Logs, State Department Cables, and Guantanamo Bay Detainee Assessments. It is a…
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The prosecution of Julian Assange marks the first time a publisher of truthful information has been indicted under the Espionage Act. In the first of a series of episodes exploring what WikiLeaks exposed and the lengths the US government went to silence them, Primary Sources looks at WikiLeaks' role in exposing human rights abuses at the notorious …
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Those in the drone program have witnessed first hand the serious human costs of the US's global assassinations program. For years, veterans of the drone program have worked to alert the public to the realities of the drone warfare. The Kabul Strike, which killed 10 civilians, including 7 children, shocks the conscience of all thinking people. But a…
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"There's been one systemic process of lying throughout the Afghan War. From the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration it has just been systemic lying from the American government about the war." This is what Matthew Hoh says about the US war in Afghanistan during this episode of Primary Sources. Hoh would know.…
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After September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency, with the approval of President George W. Bush, began a highly classified program of renditions and torture. While torture violates both US and international law, President Obama declined to hold any one accountable for the program, saying he was looking forwards, not backwards. That policy,…
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Thomas Drake swore an oath to defend the US Constitution on multiple occasions. His fidelity to that oath put him on a collision course with his employer, the National Security Agency. Drake assisted in an inspector general complaint concerning a costly intelligence boondoggle and aided Congressional investigations into intelligence failures in the…
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Jeffrey Sterling has described himself as an unwanted spy. In the early 2000s, he attempted to take the CIA on over its racial discrimination against him. Citing the state secrets doctrine, his case was never considered on its merits. Later, he would go to the Senate Intelligence Committee to alert them about Operation Merlin, a plan to give Iran f…
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Attorney Jesselyn Radack has been at the forefront of opposing the government's War on Whistleblowers. She has represented numerous clients indicted under the Espionage Act, including Edward Snowden, Daniel Hale, Thomas Drake, and John Kiriakou. Jesselyn knows first hand the perils of being a whistleblower. Before becoming one of the leading attorn…
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Passed during World War I, the Espionage Act was President Woodrow Wilson's "firm hand of repression" that he used to silence antiwar voices. Touted as a law against spies and saboteurs, the Espionage Act has in fact been a tool to control the flow of information and suppress dissent. Over the interceding years, the Espionage Act became a way to re…
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Truthtelling can be an act of resistance. Join Defending Rights & Dissent policy director Chip Gibbons as he brings you the stories of whistleblowers and other truthtellers who expose civil liberties and human rights abuses committed under the guise of national security and the attempts to silence them. Support the show…
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When The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers it sparked one of the greatest battles for press freedom in US history. In an unprecedented move, the Nixon administration sought to bar The New York Times from publishing further. The Times's outside counsel had told them they would not defend them if they chose to publish the top-secret histor…
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Daniel Ellsberg is the most iconic whistleblower in US history. On our inaugural episode, he joins host Chip Gibbons for an in-depth conversation. On the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers release, Ellsberg explains how the top secret history of the Vietnam War led him to believe the war was not merely a mistake, but a crime. Ellsberg explains…
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Did You Know... with Robert Green and Black Aviators Historian Guy E. Franklin Emory Conrad Malick In 2004, Pennsylvania native Mary Groce was going through a box of family papers with her cousin Aileen when she found a sheet of old letterhead for an “Emory C. Malick, Licensee: Pilot No. 105.” Included on the letterhead was a photograph of a handso…
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Descendant Tamara Lanier Explains Suit Against Harvard And Slavery Images The Gist of Freedom and Guest host Kimberly Simmons welcomes Tamara Lanier. Join us as Mrs. Lanier updates us on her suit against Harvard Lawsuit by gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of slavery survivor blasts Harvard for collecting licensing fees on the photos of her ancestors which we…
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In a special edition of Primary Sources, James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, speaks about his book Our Towns, a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media.” This CALS’ J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism too…
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From 1959 to 1961, George McKinney helped lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to three shared or outright Southwest Conference championships in football, getting new Coach Frank Broyles off to a good start. He sat down with a teammate from his freshman year, U.S. District Judge Billy R. Wilson, to recall some of the great moments in Arkansas sports histor…
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Matt DeCample has conversations with three authors featured at the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival: Carmen Boullosa, author of seven volumes of poetry, two books of essays, ten plays, and eighteen novels, including "La otra mano de Lepanto" which has been deemed among the top works of literature written in Spanish in the last twenty-five years; Kor…
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Matt DeCample has conversations with four authors featured at the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival: Bill Worthen, co-author of "A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America"; Laverne Bell-Tolliver, associate professor at the UA Little Rock's School of Social Work and the author of "The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little …
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Arkansas native Al Bell is considered the driving force behind Stax Records as a producer, songwriter, and executive during the company’s most productive period, from 1965 to 1975. He was responsible for promoting the careers of such talent as the Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, and Otis Redding, among many others.…
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James R. Blaylock enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in January 1948 at the age of seventeen. He served in the Korean War as a gunner in a machine gun platoon. He participated in the Inchon Landing and the subsequent recapturing of Seoul as well as in action at the Chosin Reservoir. Here Blaylock talks about his experiences with Brian Robertson, …
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Eddie Pannell, a Vietnam War veteran who joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967, talks to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Research Services Division Manager Brian Robertson. Mr. Pannell details his experience as an interpreter who assisted South Vietnamese civilians with medical treatment, infrastructure growth, and other humanitarian missions…
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This week's Primary Sources podcast features Booker Worthen prize winner Kenneth C. Barnes speaking with the Butler Center's Director David Stricklin about Barnes's new book, "Anti-Catholicism in Arkansas: How Politicians, the Press, the Klan, and Religious Leaders Imagined an Enemy, 1910-1960". Barnes is a professor of history at the University of…
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Students from Central High Memory Project and City of Little Rock youth radio interns interview Robin Woods Loucks about her experience offering to share her Algebra textbook with Terrence Roberts, on the Little Rock Nine's first day to attend classes at Central in September 1957. The Memory Project Team, sponsored by CALS Butler Center for Arkansa…
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This week on Primary Sources, we've dug through our archives to present an interview with curator, author, and historian Delphine Hirasuna. She is the author of "The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946". She curated a traveling exhibition of the same name in 2010, which toured throughout the United St…
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