Digital Spotlight: Quadcast, a Yale Divinity School Podcast Series

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

I recently discovered “The Quadcast,” a new podcast series from Yale Divinity School (YDS). Hosted on SoundCloud, and running about twenty minutes, each episode intends to “reflect on the future of religion in conversation with a member of the Yale Divinity School faculty.” The interviews are conducted by a current YDS graduate student.

Professor Teresa Berger

The fist podcast in the series is a conversation with Teresa Berger, Professor of Liturgical Studies and Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Berger’s most recent book is @ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds (Routledge, 2017). This episode revolves around Berger’s scrutiny of “both very old and entirely new liturgical practices” that “have arisen in digital mediation, from the live-streaming of worship services and ‘pray-as-you-go’ apps, to digital prayer chapels, virtual choirs, and online pilgrimages.” And as a further inducement to listen, the conversation includes a funny and moving anecdote about her meeting something called “the Pope bot.”

There are two more podcasts accessible on SoundCloud (which I haven’t yet listened to). YDS Professor John Collins discusses the “Bible’s relevance for today, his experience editing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and why he challenges the faith of his students.” And YDS Professor Andrew McGowan discusses the “evolution of Christmas from the first century to the twenty-first century.”

You can find the individual podcasts at

Photo Credits: Yale Divinity School and SoundCloud
Andy Carter is the ATLA Digital Projects Manager. As an archivist and metadata librarian, he has worked on many collaborative digitization projects.


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