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Winnemem Wintu cerimonial dance.
Face-to-Face with our Future
July 27, 2023
A Northern California indigenous tribe’s declaration of war generates global support — Then the faith identity of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Winnemem Wintu cerimonial dance.
A Prayer For Salmon: War Dance on Shasta Dam July 27, 2023
A Prayer for Salmon special series continues this week. The episode begins as Northern California’s Winnemem Wintu tribe faces a turning point in 2004 as the government plans to raise the Shasta dam accelerate. The tribal leaders make a difficult decision to revive an ancient practice: the War Dance.  We hear how the Chief works with members to create new rituals and how the community remains determined to create a ceremony that reflects their spiritual obligations and beliefs that honor the salmon. With prayer, fasting, songs, and regalia, the tribe generates global attention as they declare war against the U.S. in the name of the Salmon, leading to an unexpected message from an ally from Down Under.

All of the episodes of A Prayer for Salmon can be found on The Spiritual Edge website.
J. Rober Oppenheimer. Photo by James Vaughan via flickr, used under a Creative Commons By Attribution license.
J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb (encore) July 28, 2023
This week we revisit a 2017 interview that explores the spiritual journey and faith identity of Robert Oppenheimer. The renowned physicist who loved poetry and philosophy was the wartime head of the Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. It was there, on July 16, 1945, that he and his fellow scientists conducted the Trinity Test - the first detonation of a nuclear bomb. To Ray Monk, a British philosopher and the author of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center, Oppenheimer was also a secular Jew, a student of the Bhagavad Gita, and at times, a puzzlement. Tune in for a deeper look at Robert Oppenheimer’s religious identity, and how it may have influenced the events before and after the creation of the Atomic Bomb.

Ray Monk is a British philosopher and the author of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

Oppenheimer's ID badge from the Los Alamos Laboratory.

This week's closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle remix of Aqua's Barbie Girl by Dissimilation Heavy Industries

All other music by Blue Dot Session