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The Spiritual Edge

KALW is proud to share the latest season of The Spiritual Edge, which features A Prayer for Salmon, TSE's new audio documentary series that tells the story of the Winnemem Wintu people and their clash with Northern California’s Shasta Dam. Check out the first four episodes...

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The Spiritual Edge Podcast explores the shifting, dynamic nature of religion and spirituality. We offer stories of people and communities who balance a commitment to long-held beliefs with an active modern life. Often an emotional subject, the lens of religion offers profound insight into the world’s cultures. It plays a role in many of the world’s conflicts, art, health, and the way all humans search for meaning.

A Prayer for Salmon
A Prayer for Salmon is a new audio documentary series from The Spiritual Edge podcast that tells the story of the Winnemem Wintu people and their clash with Northern California’s Shasta Dam. The dam’s construction turned California into an agricultural powerhouse. It also left the Winnemem homeless and without say over their land. The series details the Winnemem Wintu’s fight to resist a proposed Shasta Dam Enlargement Project. And it highlights the Winnemem Wintu’s aspirations to return Chinook salmon to their homeland on the McCloud River, a major tributary of the dam. The Winnemem Wintu believe caring for the salmon is their spiritual and moral obligation and that their two fates are linked.

Becoming Muslim (Released, Fall 2021)
We profile converts from diverse communities, but these aren’t only stories of conversion. They are human stories about what happens next in each person’s life, seeking, wanting to belong, and embracing their new and old identities. A basketball player in California joins the Nation of Islam. A seeker in Chicago is intrigued by the one-sided narrative about Islam after 9/11. A former gang member finds the spiritual family he was looking for. Eight stories of #BecomingMuslim.

Sacred Steps (Released, Spring + Summer 2021)
We'll take you around the world to meet some remarkable people who lean on their values and faith as they challenge the status quo. Eighteen stories of struggle and never giving up hope. An American religious sister survives torture in Guatemala and becomes a voice for victims, soldiers on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict confront their pasts and find new ways forward, a Neets’aii Gwich’in leader fights for what is sacred in Arctic National Wildlife Area These are stories that shine the spotlight on people who are standing up to intolerance. Risking their lives for their communities. And always believing in the possibility of change.

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