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Come find inspiration with women in the outdoors. Interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping, entrepreneurship, outdoor equity, aging, conservation, motherhood, chronic illness, and more as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.
 
Welcome to Appalachian Mysteria, a true-crime podcast series that all started with Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders and Big Savage: The Death of Alexander Stevens. As the podcast has grown we decided to combine our feeds, join forces with Jam Street Media for season 3. Our new season Outlandish is now available. Listen now!
 
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We all grew up in different parts of American Christianity, and we still keep thinking about how to take it seriously, even as we leave some beliefs behind. Join us our round-table discussion as we ravel out our faith in a complex world, pulling on one thread at a time, seeking Meaning at the end of it all.
 
Do you want to diversify your perspective on road travel? Host Noami Grevemberg and co-host Anaïs Monique dive deep into the stories and weave through the challenges, journeys and inspirations of the diverse voices who, often unheard, make the nomadic community great. Noami is a Black woman and a nomad who has been living in her campervan since 2016. She started Diversify Vanlife in 2019 in response to the lack of representation of BIPOC in the road travel community. In this show, you’ll hea ...
 
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Join us in supporting a friend and community member, Courtney Clark, through our GoFundMe campaign and listen to our previous episode featuring Courtney's voice on 75. The Problems We Have With Suffering! Donate HERE! https://gofund.me/d7b3b43c - - - Being part of a movement that is inherently decentralized, is this podcast being part of the decons…
 
The Attorney General of the United States announces the indictment of Darrell Rice. We review the life story of the serial killer responsible for the deaths of Sofia Silva and the Lisk sisters, and interview his final victim about her abduction. Resources and links: Into the Water — Diane Fanning’s true crime book about the serial killer responsibl…
 
Join us in supporting a friend and community member, Courtney Clark, through our GoFundMe campaign and listen to our previous episode featuring Courtney's voice on 75. The Problems We Have With Suffering! Donate HERE! https://gofund.me/d7b3b43c - - - Coming to us from our topic suggestion channel in Discord, we're tackling the fruits and gifts of t…
 
Summary: As murders and abductions haunt Lignum, Rt 29, and Shenandoah National Park, three children are taken from their front yards less than 30 miles away. The girls are the first known victims of a serial killer who will become an important part of our story. Resources and links: Into the Water — Diane Fanning’s true crime book about the serial…
 
Join us in supporting a friend and community member, Courtney Clark, through our GoFundMe campaign and listen to our previous episode featuring Courtney's voice on 75. The Problems We Have With Suffering! Donate HERE! https://gofund.me/d7b3b43c - - - Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today. At least in the sense that Emily wants to talk…
 
We investigate claims that the Park Service has a history of transferring troubled rangers. An NPS whistleblower explains a coverup culture within the agency, and shares the story of a ranger who investigated both the Shenandoah and Colonial Parkway murders. Resources and Links: The Case of the Indian Trader — The book in which Paul Berkowitz exten…
 
Poet and activist Ntsiki Mazwai was one of many who expressed her dismay at a video clip of dancer and reality TV star Zodwa Wabantu dancing at a gig with her traditional beads on.Zodwa has openly accepted and embraced her ancestral calling and has taken to social media to share every step of her journey.TshisaLIVE caught up with Ntsiki, who said s…
 
What may seem like taboo in traditional constructs where conduct is concerned, to dancer and reality TV star Zodwa Wabantu it is just a job. Zodwa, who has openly accepted her ancestral calling, recently sparked debate after a video clip of her dancing at a gig with her beads on made the rounds.Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Zodwa said as long as she is a…
 
Record every Sunday afternoon. Open every episode by sharing our beverage of choice. Close every episode with a pastoral benediction. These are the habits that Ravel participates in. So now Stephen is wondering if we can talk about the habits and rituals that make up our lives as individuals and communities. GUEST SPOT HIGHLIGHT(S)! Stephen visited…
 
Eight Years Earlier: The Navy undertakes “purges” of lesbians from its ranks. The first of Virginia’s Colonial Parkway murders looks eerily familiar. A southern con-man helps find the killer — and defrauds the victims’ families. Resources and links: The Lover’s Lane Murders — Oxygen Network show about the Colonial Parkway murders, for which guest B…
 
How do you navigate your femininity in a male-dominated space like environmental fieldwork research? For Julia Bingham, it's been an exploration of self. Julia is an interdisciplinary marine scientist and currently a PhD candidate at Duke University. Her research is focused on improving conservation and fishery management through local communities’…
 
We're thinking about creating space today. Working with a definition of "creating a space where folks would rather spend time than their own home", we talk about places we've loved growing up and our favorite hospitality practices today and how those all influence our theologies. GUEST SPOT HIGHLIGHT(S)! The whole gang had a wonderful time with the…
 
What is love? The outpouring of ones self to another person? A selfless act that betters someone else? If God is Love, then is Love God? This massive question brought to you by our friend Tyler in the Ravel Community! GUEST SPOT HIGHLIGHT(S)! Stephen went on The Worship Review to review So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong Josh and Stephen went on…
 
A massive hunt for Julie & Lollie's killer begins as memories of an Appalachian hate crime bring gay and lesbian voices to the fore. Resources and links: "Panic Defense" — Podcast episode from Criminal with Phoebe Judge explaining the fascinating history of the gay/trans panic defense. "In the Hollow" — 15-minute documentary/short film featuring Cl…
 
Tulani Madala, popularly known as Tulz, might not have won the R2m grand prize for season 3 of Big Brother Mzansi, but the strides he took on the show have given him a promising future in the entertainment space. “I've made the decision to not rush and take my time with this. I've gained so much attention that I don't want my next move to be rushed…
 
Rapper AKA made headlines in March when he took to his social media with excitement to share the legal documents and a ruling stating that a partnership agreement between him and Makhuducom Media is valid.The rapper has been in a long legal battle after he was snubbed from season two of The BraaiShow which aired on SABC 1 with rapper Cassper Nyoves…
 
It's been a long 9 years in the process. Emily is in the final steps on the path to ordination within the United Methodist Church and wanted to reflect on the journey. We talk about the preparation required of ordinans, the difference between high church and low church settings, and why this process could serve to better weed out abusers and opport…
 
Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. And don't use other cuss words while you're at it. At least that's how some of us were raised. But we're wondering what we were so afraid of? Words have the ability to capture emotion, build someone up, and tear someone down. We discuss taboo words, child appropriate words, and the intent behind th…
 
A lesbian couple is found brutally murdered near the Appalachian Trail. As authorities build the first federal hate crime prosecution in the nation's history, a web of horrific crimes creeps down the Blue Ridge mountains into the heart of Virginia. A special agent who has been on the case for twenty five years uncovers details. Season 3 of Appalach…
 
In a world where the word "misinformation" shows up a lot, Josh is wondering if it can be applied to theology? Are we talking about error? Are we talking about heresy? At what point should we try to correct someone who we believe holds a misinformed belief? ANNOUNCEMENT: Less than 3 minutes of your time could get you a free Ravel stickers by taking…
 
We know Masechaba Khumalo as a seasoned broadcaster and spokesperson for the department of arts and culture. She recently pulled a new trick out of her sleeve when she released a single called Vela featuring music duo The Real Landlordz.She said the apple did not fall far from the tree, and it was not planned.…
 
We speak to OSKIDO just after releasing his latest music video for the track Ayazizela off the album of the same name. The track was written with Thandiswa Mazwai and features the already up and coming talent Ntsika Ngxanga. TshisaLIVE delves into OSKIDO's broader work, studies, fatherhood and gets deep about living your best positive life.…
 
Maintaining relevance in the entertainment industry is not easy, but this year as Hulisani Ravele celebrates 25 years of her career in the limelight, she speaks about her recipe for success.“It boils down to one thing and that's authenticity. When you are truly yourself from beginning to end it's very hard to get caught up in things that are not fo…
 
[Teaser clip for Bonus Episode 3] They each have an episode featured on Know Normal People. They've made over 75 episodes of Ravel together. They've spent one afternoon together, in person, when they met in September. But otherwise, Josh and Emily don't know each other that well. So today, they start to change that! Join our community at patreon.co…
 
Nomzamo Mbatha has become a beacon of hope for many people in Mzansi, particularly for young people from KwaMashu, Durban as she's living proof that your circumstances don't define you.The actress' trip back to her hometown launch the rebuilding project of a local school was a full-circle moment for her.While she is back on the home ground working …
 
Steph Jagger and her mom, Sheila, took a camping road trip together in 2016 across the Rocky Mountains. So often, the purpose of a road trip, or spending time in the outdoors, is to get away from it all. But in this instance, Steph was driving towards something many of us might rather avoid: her mom had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's deme…
 
Blessed are the meek. Blessed are the poor. And maybe blessed are the lucky? With St. Patrick's Day upon us, Emily wanted to interrogate the concept of luck and how it might overlap with the idea that God gives blessings. ANNOUNCEMENT: Less than 3 minutes of your time could get you a free Ravel stickers by taking the Highline Survey! GUEST SPOT HIG…
 
Musicians and brothers Ntobeko and Luthando Ngcizela aka the Jaziel Brothers are known as a music duo that has been serenading Mzansi with their music for over 13 years.After a two-year hiatus from releasing music the Jaziel Brothers are back with a single titled Crazy. The song forms part of their new album that they've wrapped up recording. Speak…
 
Is it possible to be *too* optimistic? That's what Stephen's wondering today as he grapples with the possible links between his sense of optimism and hope for the world and his experience of privilege. We discuss the helplessness of hope, being God's gift to the world, and the inherently optimistic mindset of continuous improvement. ANNOUNCEMENT: L…
 
Ashley Adkins isn’t a scientist, she simply loves recreational caving and the opportunity it offers folks with non-science background to contribute to the ongoing documentation and understanding of underground ecosystems. Listen as Ashley shares her experience getting into caving, which led to her very own dream seasonal job last summer. In a histo…
 
Josh, once again, had too many topics on his mind. But instead of rolling a dice, we let the Patreon community decide, so we're talking about pushy Christians! We attempt to nuance the role of advice, opinion, and calling others out like Jesus did. Mentioned in the episode: Take the Highline Survey! Join our community at patreon.com/ravelpod for as…
 
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