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Photo of Adam PhillipsThis Website is a collection of the radio stories and interviews I have broadcast over nearly four decades, mostly on Voice of America but also on NPR, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other outlets.

Some are pegged to momentous news events, but a greater number explore the felt human experience of the news or simply flesh out subjects of my own interest and devising. This kind of radio journalism is unusual these days, when quick sound bites and TV reign supreme. Even so, I have received over 20 international, national and Voice of America awards for this work over the years, and some pieces are regularly used in journalism graduate schools.

Please peruse the categories below, or check the table of contents for a complete alphabetical listing. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the ride. I sure have!

Radio and Audio Features and Documentaries


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This is one of the first long-form documentaries I ever did for NPR’s “Horizons” program. It explores the deep feminine through the eyes of several “witches” and priestesses who honor and worship female power and divinity through the myths, rituals and symbols associated with goddesses past, present and future. Features Starhawk, Z. Budapest, Francesco Dubie. Gina Banghart, Mathew Fox, Joseph Campbell, Winnie Lubelle and Diana Jordan, among others. Making this documentary changed my view of women forever. Turn off the lights and play it with headphones!

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, also known as the “Lubavitcher Rebbe.”

Tens of thousands of Hasidic devotees from around the world converged this week at the grave of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, also known as the “Lubavitcher Rebbe,” in Queens, New York. They came to pray, to celebrate, mourn and to ask for blessings from the man many in the Chabad-Lubavitch sect believe to be the Messiah, and whom the world recognizes as one of the great Jewish leaders of the 20th century. (from 2014)

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Explorer. Hero. Genocidal Conqueror. Genius. Inventor. Adventurer. Fool. Prophet. All these names have been used to describe the “discoverer” of America. But what do we really know about the man who sailed the ocean blue in 14 hundred and ninety two? This long form doc, explores the many faces of Columbus as he has come down to us, and the enigma he represents within our own national history and character. (produced in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of 1492.)