In this edition of the podcast: Gretchen Crowe of Our Sunday Visitor, Bo Bonner of the Uncommon Good podcast, and Sam Rocha of the University of British Columbia join host Chris Altieri for three very different conversations on how Catholics can contribute to discussions of race and racism.
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Gretchen Crowe is the editorial director for periodicals at Our Sunday Visitor. I asked her to join me to talk about a powerful editorial OSV ran at the start of the week, calling on Catholics not to let themselves become discouraged and disengage from public discussion of issues, even and especially when the discussions become contentious.
“There’s nowhere better to have these spirited and even uncomfortable conversations than within Catholic media, where hosts and listeners are secure in the knowledge that all involved are working toward the common goals of truth and justice,” OSV’s editors opined. They’re right – or at least, they should be.
“These are challenging times,” they went on to say, “and the best way to navigate them is through real, honest conversation. When such conversation turns uncomfortable, Catholic media can shine — and become a beacon of truth to a world in desperate need of it.”
Bo Bonner is one half of The Uncommon Good – a weekly program on Iowa Catholic Radio that bills itself as “a show about the Common Good (which is an uncommon topic–get it?), the Social Teaching of the Church, Servant Leadership, and the Social Reign of Jesus Christ.”
He and his co-host, Bud Marr, have been at this for a good while now, and they’re not strangers to complex, controversial topics. Recently they spoke with Adam DeVille, a friend of CH:BH, about memory and healing.
The conversations Bo and his co-host, Bud Marr, have each week are lively and challenging. They edify as they delight, and wee encourage you to give them a listen … as soon as you’re done here.
Sam Rocha is a philosopher, a musician, and a teacher. He teaches at the University of British Columbia and his field is pedagogy – philosophy of education – but the way he conceives and does his work in the field is sui generis. When you get ears on the final segment of the show, you’ll know why host Chris Altieri calls him one of the gutsiest guys going.
Sam and Chris ended up talking for more than an hour. We’ll be bringing you the extended conversation in a bonus episode later this week, so, look out for it.
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