Religion Media Centre Podcast: Episode 3

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Welcome to the third episode of the Religion Media Centre podcast, as presenter Leo Devine and our regular house guests discuss a range of topics including the philosophy of joy, the bravery of journalists, the refugee crisis, the state of theology in higher education, and the need for adjustable organ benches.

Intro | 00:00

Leo welcomes regular co-hosts to the podcast and asks them to introduce their upcoming features.

Journo’s Notebook | 01:56

Leo introduces Rosie Dawson for her Journo’s Notebook featuring Catherine Pepinster and Cole Moreton, discuss war reporting, London’s antivax nun and controversies surrounding the hot cross bun. 

Leo’s Local | 13:59

Leo Devine gathers in some news nuggets from around the regions including the campaign to have adjustable organ benches for female organists and the Sikh boxer campaigning to be allowed to keep his beard in the ring.

The Big Interview | 22:19

Roger Bolton welcomes Rabbi Jonathan Romain – much featured in the media recently – talking about the Ukraine refugee crisis and how we can all help. He also touches on Ukraine’s less than healthy history in relation to antisemitism.

Academic Insight | 33:39

Our resident academic, Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed, interviews Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Director of the Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and the first female president of TRS-UK, the body which oversees Theology and Religious Studies departments around the country – do they have a future? Azim asks.

Life Laundry | 42:59

Stand-up comic Milton Jones joins our regular funny man Paul Kerensa to discuss joy – is it our moral duty to share it and when is laughter not a joyous thing?

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Contributors

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Hannah Scott Joynt

Presenter

Voice-over artist, award winning radio and TV presenter and BBC continuity announcer

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Leo Devine

Leo's Local

Media and Training Consultant at Devine Media. Former BBC Journalist, Editor and Senior Leader

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Roger Bolton

Interviewer

Journalist and broadcaster who currently presents the Feedback programme for Radio 4. He is a trustee of the Religion Media Centre.

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Azim Ahmed

Azim's Academic

Deputy Director at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK

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Rosie Dawson

Journo's Notebook

Freelance religion journalist, documentary maker and radio producer with 20+ years of experience in the BBC’s Religion and Ethics department

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Paul Kerensa

Life Laundry

Comedy writer and stand-up comedian

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