Rachel Martin

Host, Weekend Edition Sunday


Rachel Martin appears in the following:

This comedian says words often fail during tragedy. And that's OK

Sunday, October 01, 2023

Rob Delaney found out his youngest son Henry had brain cancer. This is a story about the saddest of places life can take you, but it's also about the biggest of loves and how to scrape up bits of joy.


The Rezaians were wrongfully imprisoned 9 years ago. For Yeganeh, the pain is fresh

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Journalist Yeganeh Rezaian speaks about her time being imprisoned in Iran with her husband, Jason Rezaian, in 2014 and how that experienced has shaped the rest of her life.


Enlighten Me: Yeganeh Rezaian

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Journalist Yeganeh Rezaian speaks about her time being imprisoned in Iran with her husband, Jason Rezaian in 2014 and how that experienced has shaped the rest of her life.


This writer sees parenthood as the ultimate 'ego death'

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino about finding transcendence in religion, psychedelic drugs and parenthood.


She chased 'ego death' — first in religion, then in parenthood

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Jia Tolentino has a nuanced perspective on her religious upbringing and her subsequent rejection of that belief system. And then what it meant to become a parent.


This atheist chaplain treats 'Jane Eyre' as sacred text

Thursday, September 14, 2023

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with author and atheist chaplain Vanessa Zoltan about her practice of treating novels like Jane Eyre as sacred text.


The search for a church that isn't a church

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Plenty of Americans consider themselves to be unaffiliated from any religious institution. Yet for some, including Perry Bacon, the pull to a community like a church remains strong.


Lessons from the 'Enlighten Me' series

Sunday, September 03, 2023

Scott talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what she's learned so far from her Enlighten Me series.


This 'Jane Eyre' enthusiast invites you to treat your favorite books as sacred text

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Author and atheist chaplain Vanessa Zoltan finds spiritual meaning not in the Bible or the Torah but in secular texts.


Why this chaplain sees her atheism as a gift

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Vanessa Zoltan describes herself as a Jewish atheist whose outlook on the world and her spiritual life is defined by the Holocaust.


Why 'the guy' from 'The Office' wants a spiritual revolution

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Rainn Wilson's book calls for a spiritual revolution in America. And even though he himself is a very funny guy, he is not joking about this at all.


This writer shares the right (and wrong) ways to honor Indigenous spirituality

Sunday, August 06, 2023

Sometimes we find belonging in the most unexpected places. And sometimes, we find it buried deep in our own histories — in our own family legacies, as Patty Krawec did.


This Ivy League researcher says spirituality is good for our mental health

Sunday, July 30, 2023

A Columbia University professor says spiritual beliefs can decrease our rates of anxiety and depression. I needed to understand how she came to these conclusions.


Why this poet sees grief as its own kind of spiritual practice

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Poet Hanif Abdurraqib has experienced a lot of loss in his life, and sees the grief from those losses as its own kind of spiritual practice.


The former news anchor at the center of the mindfulness movement

Sunday, July 16, 2023

As an anchor for ABC News, Dan Harris' career seemed pretty sorted out. Then his book about mindfulness took off.


A breakup led this former White House speechwriter to rediscover her Jewish faith

Thursday, July 13, 2023

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with former White House speech writer Sarah Hurwitz about the wisdom she found in an unexpected place: her childhood faith.


These Buddhist monks want their faith to be known for more than just mindfulness

Sunday, July 09, 2023

In a world full of mindfulness as a buzzword, what does life look like for those who follow the theology that birthed it?


She found meaning where she least expected it — her childhood faith

Sunday, July 02, 2023

Sarah Hurwitz grew up in what she would describe as a culturally Jewish home. But it wasn't until she was in her 30s that she really connected with the spiritual identity she was raised with.


Prompted by a visit from his grandfather's ghost, a man reconciled with his family

Thursday, June 29, 2023

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with John Blake, who wrote More Than I Imagined: What a Black Man Discovered About the White Mother He Never Knew, about how an apparition of his grandfather led to healing.


He walked away from his evangelical roots to escape feeling suffocated

Sunday, June 25, 2023

The evangelical movement was Jon Ward's church, his family, his community, his music, and his identity. And then he broke away.