Piece Comment

Review of Portraits of Faith

This is a thoughtful program on religion, the kind I can listen to without cringing from post-traumatic Christianity. Producer Aaron Henkin and Writer Jason Tinney have done a respectful and thorough job of asking people of diverse beliefs about their most intimate opinions of the meaning of life. There's a lot going for this program to make a one-hour special during this time of year. It's compelling radio and it fits the NPR clock. But mostly it's a professional production and more meaningful than a lot of holiday offerings. I do think it needs less of an explanation about the process of gathering the interviews. The piece stands on its own without a lot of narration. There's a New Dimensions quality to it too and I like producers and programs to find an individual style and voice. Still, this show is highly recommended during the holiday season.