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In each episode of Matters of Life and Death, brought to you by Premier Unbelievable?, John Wyatt and his son Tim discuss issues in healthcare, ethics, technology, science, faith and more. John is a doctor, professor of ethics, and writer and speaker, while Tim is a religion and social affairs journalist. We talk about how Christians can better engage with a particular question of life, death or something else in between. For more resources to help you explore faith and the big questions, vi ...
 
The Amateur of Life and Death podcast brings together amateur theatre makers to talk about their theatrical lives, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. We take you behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre to discover more about what goes into making a production, shining a spotlight on the stars behind the scenes, as well as those on stage.Theatre is our passion; amateur from the Latin ‘amare’, meaning ‘to love’. This is a podcast for anyone with an interest in watchi ...
 
First produced between 1684-1688, this - as the title says - is Faust played as a comedy. Angels to go along with Mephistopholis and Lucifer and Beelzebub, sure, but also the Seven Deadly Sins and wait a minute - Scaramouche and Harlequin?? (The author Mountfort was also an actor and was killed trying to prevent an attempt to kidnap an actress in a case that ended up in the House of Lords.) - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Dr Faustus: Beth Thomas Mephistopholis: Ian Quinlan Good Angel: Frances ...
 
The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatises the reign of John, King of England (ruled 1199–1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry III of England. It is believed to have been written in the mid-1590s but was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in 1623.John (24 December 1166 – 19 October 1216), also known as John Lackland or Softsword, was King of England from 6 April 1199 until his death. His reign s ...
 
Learn about all things animalia in this family friendly podcast. Each week Joe and Carlos dive deep into nature to find animals that have at least one amazing talent they use to survive. Gather up some animal knowledge and crazy nature facts to drop on your friends at parties with each new episode of Life, Death, and Taxonomy.
 
The Death and Life of Kobe Bryant tells the tragic story of the helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his daughter and seven others. The docuseries explores lesser-known angles including real-time analysis of the radio chatter between the pilot and tower, the investigation into the crash, the lawsuits that followed, even artists who honor Bryant. The program also reveals parts of Bryant’s life seldom seen. The program is hosted and produced by award-winning journalist Steve Gregory and produc ...
 
Death is a taboo in most culture so people avoid talking about it but here on The Life Celebrant Podcast, we talk openly about all things related to death and funerals, and even suggests some new ideas that we likely be a trend in the coming years. Death shouldn't be gloomy; it should be the celebration of one's life. The Life Celebrant is led by accidental funeral director Ms. Angjolie Mei. Singapore's only certified funeral celebrant.
 
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“We are energetic beings having an energetic experience in a human body.” — Michael Sandler *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patreon member for as lit…
 
Recent news headlines have been full of discussion of the current ‘crypto winter’, a season where the value of cryptocurrencies has plummeted causing financial devastation and destroying what looked like thriving crypto institutions. This week we’re joined by Christian tech writer and Baptist minister Chris Goswami to try to unpick how we should fe…
 
Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature will also take us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about wha…
 
“Leave your front and back door open; let the thoughts come in and out, but in the middle don’t serve them tea.” — Frans Stiene *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by …
 
In our second conversation on Canada’s euthanasia regime, we chat with a Canadian doctor about the troubling expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying to those only suffering from mental illness. Can the families of mentally struggling patients be confident their loved ones will be met with compassion and a commitment to long-term treatment from the…
 
“This is an example of exactly the type of ghost story I’m looking for. It’s beautiful, thorough, and an incredible story.” — Dr. Amy Robbins *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supportin…
 
“Changing your breath can change your life.” — Em Hollis *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patreon member for as little as $5 a month at Patreon.com/Dr…
 
Since 2016, Canada has offered assisted suicide through its public healthcare system. And the criteria for Medical Assistance in Dying has steadily expanded year on year, and will soon include not just those suffering from terminal conditions, but also those experience mental illness too. This week we speak with a Christian psychiatrist from Canada…
 
“We want to explore mystery without mysticism.” — Iain S. Thomas *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patreon member for as little as $5 a month at Patreo…
 
In the third and final installment of John’s discussion with Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, they discuss Martin’s views on the future of space travel and astronauts, and whether some robotic future progeny of humankind will eventually replace us in exploring the universe. Would this be any bad thing, or should we resist efforts to graduall…
 
“When you can open up to spirituality, the world becomes this beautiful, magical place.” – Dr. Amy Robbins [4:02] “There is such a need for healing, and a need for oneness, and a need for unity, and a need for love; and I hope that my podcast continues to bring that to you.” – Dr. Amy Robbins [7:26] *********************************************** S…
 
Happy New Year! Today’s episode continues the Big Conversation between John and Martin Rees, the astronomer royal. In this part, they respond to robotics experts who welcome the arrival of non-human machines which could take over care work, healthcare, and even become our lovers. Is it healthy to replace jobs done by people with robots, especially …
 
“How you care for this moment matters. It matters today, tomorrow, and a thousand years from now.” — Ari Wallach *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patr…
 
Today’s episode is a little different from normal as we’re going to begin a short series sharing a recent conversation John had with Lord Martin Rees, the astronomer royal. As well as a highly distinguished cosmologist and astrophysicist, Martin is also an author whose recent books have explored some themes familiar to Matters of Life and Death lis…
 
“Imagination is where we get in touch with other realms. Imagination is where we see the unseeable.” — Karen V. Johnson *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming…
 
In the second half of our conversation with Tim Farron, we discuss his conviction that Christians should get stuck into politics despite its compromises and challenges. Why did his own term as leader of the Liberal Democrats come unstuck so badly, and does he believe there actually is a ceiling on ambition for Christian politicians who wish to hold…
 
“Suddenly that which is our imagination becomes our reality. Let go and imagine… then watch and see how beautiful your life becomes. ” – Dr. Amy Robbins *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please conside…
 
Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode is a celebration of Christmas at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, and particularly the Christmas Wassail, a…
 
“Real freedom is not being enslaved by any thought or feeling.” – Zen teacher Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patreon mem…
 
This week we’re joined by the former leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron to discuss social media and politics. Research suggests UK members of parliament like Tim get sent thousands of offensive tweets every single day. Why have social networks become such toxic, hateful places? Is this a technology problem to be solved with better moderatio…
 
“It’s one of the real tragic mythologies of our culture – this crazy fantasy that real winners are just non-stop on top… it’s completely impossible.” – Dr Ronald Siegel *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share…
 
In the second half of our discussion with Christian psychiatrist Daniel Maughan, we work through some ways in which the church might play in role in supporting those struggling with their mental health back to fullness of life. But is there also a place for the church in gently pushing back on the medicalisation of ordinary emotions and modelling a…
 
“…and today we are talking about the Pirates of the Caribbean, but not the movie. More on that later.” Out on the high seas, it’s a dog eat dog eat bird eat other bird’s food kinda world. Yer never safe when you have booty to take home to the littl’uns. You’ll have to keep yer […]Autor: Life, Death, and Taxonomy
 
“People think about these transcendent, enlightened experiences; sometimes they think they’re long sustainable moments and we should be in that place consistently. It’s not that at all. It's that you have these small bits and pieces that kind of keep you thirsting for another one.” – Dr. Amy Robbins *********************************************** S…
 
Since the covid pandemic there has been an alarming rise in people presenting with mental health problems. Today we speak with Christian psychiatrist Daniel Maughan to better understand why this might be happening, how our mental healthcare systems are coping (or not), and how his faith intersects with his work diagnosing and treating those with ps…
 
“…and today we’re talking about a big-mouthed, deep-living, inflatable tube man. But more on that later.” Americans have just enjoyed a holiday of abundance. Many of us have funneled turkey into our gobblers with mirth and glee. But what if you lived in a place where food was less abundant. That’s where the spirit of […]…
 
IN THE ETHER with COLLEEN HILDEBRAND “The love that you feel when you open your heart to someone transcends death.” – Dr. Amy Robbins *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the sh…
 
In the second part of our conversation on ageing and dependence, we think about how secular society has tried to ameliorate the crisis of isolated older people with technological solutions. Can the smart home or robotics really save us from having to care for our elders ourselves? And if this isn’t the whole answer, what does the Church have to bri…
 
“…And today we’re talking about an American noodle of many varieties. But more on that later.” The Manitoban city of Narcisse is a small, quaint place with not much tourism for most of the year. However, for a few days of every spring, the ground erupts in a slithering mass of red-sided garter snakes. Why […]…
 
Resurrection of the Cross – A Ghost Story “I love ghost stories. They are my listeners’ way of being part of the podcast. You share your stories of mystical, magical experiences connecting to your loves ones on the other side – and other mystical, magical experience you’ve had.” – Dr Amy Robbins ****************************************** SUPPORT DR…
 
ASTROLOGICAL HOUSES with CARMEN TURNER SCHOTT “Astrology is a tool of self-awareness.” – Carmen Turner Schott *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patreon…
 
We’ve discussed in previous episodes the looming ‘demographic timebomb’ – a growing mass of elderly and increasingly chronically ill people in many developed nations, expected to place huge strain on public resources. The policy debates around this issue often emphasise the importance of not ‘being a burden’ on others, with some even suggesting the…
 
“…and today we’re talking about a bookworm. Literally, but also not literally. More on that later.” In the dark of an academy library, a shining silverfish ponders some of life’s greatest questions, like, “what is a tastier snack, the pages of War and Peace or its bindings?” A true scholar, the silverfish must test his […]…
 
Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature takes us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes …
 
WHEN YOU’RE FALLING, DIVE with MARK MATOUSEK “There seems to be an inexplicable link to facing our own impermanence and awakening spiritually… Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What’s the purpose of all this? Until we are shaken out of the status quo, we don’t ordinarily ask those questions voluntarily. I like to say that most …
 
Resuming our conversation with Rhys Laverty from the Davenant Institute, we look at John’s contribution to the Protestant Social Teaching book – a chapter exploring post-Reformation tradition around death and dying. What might medieval and early modern approaches to the end of life be able to teach us modern Christians about how to die well? How wa…
 
“…and today we’re talking about moss that grows fat on a rolling toad. But more on that later.” Whether you’re a hungry predator or just a curious researcher, finding yourself a Vietnamese Mossy Frog isn’t going to be easy. They’re not only in the Disguisee family, but they can also deceive you with just their […]…
 
PTS DREAMS with LINDA YAEL SCHILLER “This is like free therapy every night. If you can remember your dreams, capture them and write them down, you can bring them into your therapy session, but you can also work with your partner, with your friends in a dream circle -- to unravel and unpack the meanings and the messages from your dreams -- you get a…
 
Over 150 years the Catholic Church has built up a body of ethical doctrine commonly known as Catholic Social Teaching, which applies Catholic theology to wider social concerns, covering everything from labour relations to contraception. In this episode we are joined by Rhys Laverty from the Davenant Institute to discuss their new book Protestant So…
 
“…and today we are talking about an animal that stands for what they believe in. But more on that later.” What do you do when you’ve saved the last slice of cake but there are other hungry eyes with thoughts of treachery. Anyone with siblings knows that you have to stake your claim quickly. Licking […]…
 
WIFE, WIDOW, NOW WHAT? with RACHEL ENGSTROM “You can have your life blow up and be ok.” – Rachel Engstrom, author of “Wife, Widow, Now What?” ****************************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider su…
 
Building on last week’s discussion of AI chatbots, we consider the theology and sociology of why interacting with other human beings is so central to our personhood. But would it matter if we did enter into a counselling or caring relationship with a robot or AI software, if we felt it helped our loneliness or anxiety? How can we be raising young p…
 
“…and today we’re talking about a deep diving jelly-headed leviathan. But more on that later.” Deep in the water where the fish hang out lives a massive tanky mammal with a quite impressive shout. This blockheaded blubber boi is looking for a fight, he uses his ticks and tricks to hunt with little light. But […]…
 
Where Is Heaven? with Sherrie Barch “Heaven’s Bell is story about friendship and love that lasts beyond the physical body.” – Dr. Amy Robbins “If I can choose to be sad, maybe I can choose to be a little more joyful and add that to my grief journey.” – Sherrie Barch *********************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re …
 
Earlier this year, a Google engineer went public with his concerns an artificial intelligence chatbot program he had been testing had become sentient. Although his fears were dismissed by Google’s bosses, parts of his conversations with the software reveal the chatbot can speak in shockingly coherent and nuanced language, and even claims itself to …
 
“…And today we’re talking about a dastardly death–hunter, but more on that later.” The African savannah is a place where many fall to powerful predators and environmental challenges. While the dangers are many, the continent has an undertaker ready to go to work. The Marabou stork is a sinister looking bird that wears a black […]…
 
Angel Number 811 – A Ghost Story “I love ghost stories. They are my listeners’ way of being part of the podcast. You share your stories of mystical, magical experiences connecting to your loves ones on the other side – and other mystical, magical experience you’ve had.” – Dr Amy Robbins ****************************************** SUPPORT DR. AMY ROB…
 
FINDING YOUR TRUE VOICE with DR. FRED MOSS “Being a human being today means the same thing it meant in Socrates time, same as it meant in 1492.” [4:07] “Connecting, being actually resonant with another group or another person is really where the source of healing comes from. And we all need to heal.” [5:59] “Communication, connection and creativity…
 
Twenty-four years ago, John published the book which gave this podcast its name: Matters of Life and Death. His first foray into Christian writing and teaching on ethics, it’s now available as an audiobook for the first time which we’re using as an excuse to do a short retrospective. How does the book stand up to scrutiny today? Would John change a…
 
“…and today we’re talking about an animal whose official name violated the order force rule of grammar and I hate that. But more on that later.” The rivers in China are home to one of the largest salamanders—nay, one of the largest amphibians—in the world. Blending in with the rocks that line the riverbeds, the […]…
 
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