The God Slot

The God Slot

Friday, 10 - 10.30pm

The God Slot Friday 15 March 2013

The God Slot

The God Slot

A contemporary look at religious affairs worldwide

Welcome Pope Francis (extended podcast)

Welcome Pope Francis (extended podcast)

Dr. Jim Corkery SJ, Fr. Tom McCarthy OP, Anne Thurston, Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman with Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP discuss our new Pope Francis.

‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.’

Those sentiments were expressed by the renowned Jesuit palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin, and could form the motto for RTÉ Radio 1’s new Friday evening series, ‘THE GOD SLOT’ which deals with religious affairs, faith, morality, ethics, and, as the title and quotation might suggest, all that is seen and unseen in the world of spirituality. Chardin made the religious establishment of his day uncomfortable, and there could be an element of that in ‘THE GOD SLOT’.

Working on the premise that most people in Ireland practice a faith of some sort, the programme aims to cover news stories, report on events, feature round table discussions and one to one interviews, discuss books and films and present informed comment on all of the above items that have a religious or faith dimension in a lively, accessible and up-beat style. We are interested in stories of relevance to people of all faiths and none, and indulge in neither hatchet-jobs nor hagiography.

Presenter Eileen Dunne needs no introduction to Irish audiences, her face and voice being well known as one of RTÉ’s foremost newscasters. For more than 25 years she has worked on some of the biggest news stories, among them Queen Elizabeth’s recent Irish visit, the death of Pope John Paul II and the installation of Pope Benedict XVI. A fluent speaker of French, she is currently International President of the Association of European Journalists, a voluntary organisation for journalists with an interest in European affairs. Her clear headed, incisive style, attractive voice and microphone presence, and knowledge of and interest in the subject matter will prove to be great assets to the series.

Versatile producer Gerry McArdle has worked in almost every area of radio; as an actor, announcer, presenter, and has written a number of plays for the medium. He is also the proud owner of a Gold Disc for his adaptation and recording of The Pogues’ classic, ‘Fairytale of New York’, which spent several weeks in the Irish charts during the Christmas period of 2001, and raised £10,000 for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. His last series, ‘Outside the Box’, won the Inclusion Ireland Media Award. He has a fine track record in religious programming, as his was the mind behind several successful and noteworthy radio gems, including ‘People of God’, ‘The Pope’s Intentions’, ‘Holy Pictures’ and ‘Woman With the Wild Thing’s Heart’, and is delighted to return to a subject that passionately interests him.

The programme team is always interested in what listeners have to say, whether it be comments on what they have heard, or suggestions for future editions, and you can make contact by telephoning 01 2082039, emailing us at godslot@rte.ie, or writing to:

The God Slot,
RTE Radio 1,
Dublin 4.

If one accepts that everything in life has a spiritual dimension, then the only limits which might bind ‘THE GOD SLOT, each Friday evening just after the News at 10, are the limits of the programme makers’ imaginations.

The God Slot is repeated on Radio 1 Through the Night on Sunday mornings at 5.30, and at 10.30am on Sunday mornings on RTE Radio 1 Extra.

Below: Gerry and Eileen (Picture by Melina Prasse; The Irish Catholic)

Music Played on the Show

Deadwood

Deadwood

Dirty Pretty Things

2:40

The Black Hills Of Dakota

The Black Hills Of Dakota

Doris Day

3:12

The Deadwood Stage

The Deadwood Stage

Webster P.F./ Fain Sammy

3:28

Big Country

Big Country

Moross, Jerome

3:12

Magnificent Seven

Magnificent Seven

Elmer Bernstein

4:10

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

Ennio Morricone

2:51

Once Upon A Time In The West

Once Upon A Time In The West

Morricane, Ennio

3:36

A Fistful Of Dynamite

A Fistful Of Dynamite

Morricane, Ennio

3:55

A Fistful Of Dollars (Main Theme)

A Fistful Of Dollars (Main Theme)

Morricane, Ennio

3:11

Jesse James (Live)

Jesse James (Live)

Bruce Springsteen

5:50

Soldier Blue

Soldier Blue

Buffy Sainte Marie

3:31

No Harm

No Harm

The Boxer Rebellion

4:15

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

Ennio Morricone

2:51

Cowboy

Cowboy

Newman, Randy

3:04

Cowboy Man

Cowboy Man

Lyle Lovett

3:02

Cowboy Und Indianer (Komm Hol Das Lasso Raus)

Cowboy Und Indianer (Komm Hol Das Lasso Raus)

Jux Fidelio

3:25

Western Eyes

Western Eyes

Portishead

4:11

Western Bell

Western Bell

Phelps, Kelly Joe

3:23

Cancion Misteca

Cancion Misteca

Alvarez, J.L

3:30

Borderline

Borderline

Cooder

3:38

The Sands Of Mexico

The Sands Of Mexico

Cooder, Ry

5:02

A Meeting By The River

A Meeting By The River

Cooder, Ry/ Bhatt, V.M.

10:22

How The West Was Won

How The West Was Won

Newman, Alfred

3:35

Apache

Apache

The Shadows

3:11

Apache Rose Peacock

Apache Rose Peacock

Red Hot Chili Peppers

4:57

Sisters Of Mercy

Sisters Of Mercy

Cohen, Leonard

3:49

Indian Fight

Indian Fight

1:54

Indian Massacre

Indian Massacre

Dan Sartain

2:16

Western Bell

Western Bell

Phelps, Kelly Joe

3:23

Indian War Whoop

Indian War Whoop

John Hartford

1:43

Gunfight At The O.K. Corral

Gunfight At The O.K. Corral

Tiomkin, Dimitri/Washington, Ned

2:36

Oh Virginia

Oh Virginia

Frankie Laine

4:29

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