• July 1, 2015

    The problem of school violence, truancy and student drug abuse needs to be addressed. No one disputes that. But it’s becoming clear that the zero-tolerance approach isn’t working. Consider Texas, where in recent years some 60 percent of middle school students will eventually be suspended or expelled at least once. Many of these students risk dropping out and landing in jail instead. Fortunately, it seems that an alternative disciplinary approach may someday displace the punitive model that prevails in American schools... 

  • June 30, 2015

    American political speech has long drawn on the Bible and Christian theology. President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people killed in a church shooting June 17, continued in that tradition. Obama drew on the depth of Christian experience primarily to make sense of a terrible event, but also to stir us to action. When speakers evoke Christianity, they don’t merely name-check God or identify with other Christians. They also call up the long history of beliefs and practices that come with that tradition... 

  • June 30, 2015

    Praying is not enough. Don’t get me wrong, so much is done in and through prayer, but today prayer is simply just not enough. As I reflect, like many others have, on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, I have come to the realization that the Church likes to hide behind prayer and use it as a crutch to avoid dealing with the issues at hand. God is calling the church to something deeper than this. God, yet again, is calling the church to action and something more than just prayer...

  • June 29, 2015

    When pain and sorrow rip through our families and communities it is never an invited guest. We are all just a phone call away from falling to our knees. We hear of a friend in a tragic accident, or a family member with cancer, and our lives come to a halt. Loss leaves us overwhelmed and struggling to reclaim our footing. We struggle with how to care for those we love who are thrown into such deep pain and loss.

  • June 24, 2015

    At the beginning of the movie Mary Poppins, we are told that something monumental was about to happen when the wind reverses directions and starts blowing out of the East. Today the winds of change have blown a historic moment into the world of Under The Radar. Before I share what that moment is, here's a little refresher on UTR's journey so far. In October 2014, "fiscal realities" caused my job and this ministry to be cut. Family, friends, listeners, and artists all rallied to help find a way for this valuable ministry to continue...

  • June 24, 2015

    It can be hard to know what kids are ready to hear about racism and violence. When? How? How much? These are hard conversations, but necessary ones to build a society where everyone is truly safe and respected. For the next four days, Do Justice will be interviewing a different parent each day about the way that they have spoken about Charleston and similar racial issues with their children. Today we're hearing from Anissa Eddie, mother of two young sons...