Radiant Whispers

Radiant Whispers

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Human Voices In The Stars
Sep 30 • 12 min
Did you know human voices are travelling in interstellar space right now, beyond the confines of our Solar System? This is a fascinating story of human achievement and endeavour, and a tribute to the unique power of the human voice, “our exquisitely…
Demosthenes Howls At The Sea
Aug 31 • 13 min
Demosthenes Howls At The Sea by Gabriel Porras
Plato: Allegory of the Cave
Jul 31 • 17 min
At the beginning of chapter VII of his seminal work The Republic, Plato talks of a group of people who live in a cave, enslaved with chains around their neck and feet. They have never left the cave; the dark and humid walls of the cave, and the stale air…
Pablo Neruda: Odes to life
Jun 30 • 13 min
Three of my favourite poems from Neruda’s luminous collection Elementary Odes. Enjoy!
I survived COVID-19
May 29 • 19 min
I’m one of the blessed ones who survived the coronavirus attack. What brought me through that problematic trance, and what lessons did I learn? I share everything here with my best wishes. Credits: Written, presented and mixed by Gabriel Porras,…
Love conquers death - The last days of Jesus on earth
Apr 12 • 36 min
This is the Easter story: the last days of the most influential character in history, narrated with masterful detail and emotion by the Greek physician Luke, in chapters 22 to 24 of his Gospel. A dramatized reading in contemporary English that brings to…
When no one listens to you, Chekhov
Jan 31 • 20 min
Do you ever feel so lonely and sad that you don’t know where to turn? In moments like these, the best medicine the world can offer you is not money, sex or power, but love - a single compassionate person who’d be willing to listen to you. Today we read a…
The Desert Oddysey
Dec 28, 2019 • 19 min
Do you know what happened to Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus right after Christmas? They all became refugees. They were already dirt poor and homeless; now, they also became fugitives. Today we do a very different take on the Christmas story. God is in…
Noah’s Ark
Nov 27, 2019 • 35 min
Did you know that there are dozens and dozens of stories of a great flood in the most diverse and disparate cultures, from Japan to the Maya, from Babylon to Polynesia, from the Eskimos to the Australian Aborigines and Africa? Noah’s Ark is the story of a…
The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl
Oct 9, 2019 • 16 min
Buenos días and welcome back to Radiant Whispers! Today it’s all sheer fun and wild imagination with the big and spiky Roald Dahl, surely one of the most beloved writers of all time. And rightly so - who hasn’t been thrilled, amused and delighted by his…
A book of fabled creatures
Sep 4, 2019 • 28 min
Juan José Arreola is one of the greatest Latin-American writers of the XX Century, one of the first to dare to abandon realism. This is how Professor George D Schade introduces Juan José Arreola and Bestiary, his “Book of Fabled Beasts”: Arreola jabs at…
The Song of Wisdom
Aug 2, 2019 • 9 min
The Song of Wisdom is one of the oldest poems in world literature. It ponders how men are willing to face indescribable risks to descend into the bowels of the earth in tiny baskets or flimsy ropes to find treasure in hidden places that not even the…
Axolotl, by Julio Cortázar
Jul 19, 2019 • 18 min
Today we open our space to a brilliant Franco- Argentinian writer: Julio Cortázar. We listen to one of his most celebrated stories, inspired by one of the most beautiful and enigmatic amphibians on Earth: the tiny Axolotl. Axolotl is a meditation on that…
The Circular Ruins, by Jorge Luis Borges
Jul 5, 2019 • 21 min
The story we read today is by a true giant of Latin American and world literature, the Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges. The Circular Ruins is a masterpiece of fantasy literature, and deals with how dreams are manifested in reality… Borges’ launching pad is…
Daniel in the lions’ den
Jun 18, 2019 • 28 min
The story we read today takes us back to the mythical city of Babylon, that great capital on the banks of the Euphrates, acclaimed for those legendary hanging gardens that were one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The prophet Daniel was…
Tale of the Unknown Island, by José Saramago
Jun 5, 2019 • 50 min
Today I will read you a perfect story by the Portuguese José Saramago. Saramago won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998, after the publication of his novel Blindness, which is the most disturbing dystopia I have ever read. I promise you that all those…
Job — Calamity is not a punishment
May 22, 2019 • 36 min
Today I am going to read you a fragment of an old text that is considered -and I quote- “one of the most noble works of world literature”: the Book of Job.
The Night of the Ugly Ones, by Mario Benedetti
May 15, 2019 • 13 min
Today I have the pleasure of reading you a story by the great Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti.
The King of Spain, my cousin
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Today we talk about the thorny issue of identity and race in Latin America.
Chesterton on dandelions & gratitude
Apr 17, 2019 • 15 min
Today I’m reading you a text by the brilliant GK Chesterton
Radiant Whispers? What’s that?
Apr 10, 2019 • 4 min
What is this podcast about? What are these “Radiant Whispers”?