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Best of the Book Nook: Why Christianity Must Change or Die, by John Shelby Spong

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When John Shelby Spong came out to our studios in 1999 he was the Episcopalian Bishop of Newark, New Jersey. He was also a mild-mannered lightning rod for controversy.

As you listen to this interview I think you'll begin to understand why Bishop Spong's powerful message might have been creating alarm among some Christians.

Back when this program was aired WYSO had only recently begun to have an on-line presence. In those days band width was an expensive concern for public radio stations. It was a costly proposition to have audio content uploaded on websites. This interview was so memorable and impressive that it was one of only two interviews that we had available as an archived file on the website for listeners to access at any time. Fortunately over the intervening years the technology has improved and band width is not the issue it used to be. We have over 500 author interviews archived on the site now as podcasts and we are adding more all the time. Here's another one!

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Microsun Lamps.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them.  Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.