A Life In Question

Colin Mackay talks about the beliefs, values and ideas which have shaped individual lives.

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20081005

6/8.

Colin Mackay talks to the Rev John Matthews who, in his mid-thirties, with a young family and well on the way to becoming a millionaire, gave up his high-level job in order to study for the ministry.

20081019

8/8.

Colin Mackay talks to liberal rabbi Pete Tobias, who sees himself as a maverick in the Jewish world and whose role 'is to be on the margins'.

0120071230

Marina Nemat, an Iranian Catholic, was imprisoned and tortured at 16 for speaking out against the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini.

She tells Colin MacKay how she felt about marrying her guard and converting to Islam so her life would be spared.

0120080831

1/8.

Colin Mackay talks to the Rev Andrew Wylie, chaplain to the oil industry at the time of the Piper Alpha disaster, about his role and the importance of work to the human spirit.

01Phil Hanlon20070701

Colin Mackay talks to Phil Hanlon, Professor of Public Health at Glasgow University, about how his work as a young man in Africa shaped his belief that the health of a nation is an issue of social justice.

01Sibylle Alexander20061231

He chats to storyteller and descendent of the Brothers Grimm Sibylle Alexander.

0220070107

Patricia Sawo is a Kenyan minister diagnosed as HIV positive.

0220070708

2/6.

Colin Mackay talks to guests about the beliefs, values and ideas which have shaped individual lives.

0220080106

Stephen Venables was the first Briton to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen.

He talks to Colin MacKay about how his attitude towards taking such great risks with his own life changed when his eldest son died at the age of twelve.

0220080907

Colin Mackay talks to Margo MacDonald MSP about her journey from barmaid and PE teacher to being one of the most prominent politicians in Scotland.

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3/6.

Colin Mackay talks to guests about the beliefs, values and ideas which have shaped individual lives.

0320080113

Gill Wilkinson grew up during the troubles in Northern Ireland and later joined the army.

And while life has been challenging as a soldier, army wife and mother, she tells Colin Mackay that nothing compares to her current job, casualty tracking injured soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

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3/8.

Colin Mackay talks to former Roman Catholic priest Idris Tawfiq, who converted to Islam seven years ago and now lives and teaches in Egypt.

03David Steel20070114

Lord Steel of Aikwood, and the first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament talks about the values which have guided him throughout his long career in politics.

0420070121

David Steel, Lord Steel of Aikwood, and the first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament talks about the values which have guided him throughout his long career in politics.

0420070722

4/6.

Colin Mackay talks to guests about the beliefs, values and ideas which have shaped individual lives.

0420080120

In the 1940s the Reverend Ian M Fraser went to work as a labourer pastor in the labouring gangs of a paper mill in Fife.

He became the first warden to Scottish Churches House in Dunblane in the 1960s.

Years later, he travelled the world visiting Christian communities, spending time with slum dwellers in India and learning from Nicaraguan and Cuban revolutionaries, priests and nuns.

Here he talks to Colin about his life and his vision of a Christian community with justice at its core.

0420080921

Colin Mackay chats to the Rev Glenna Shepherd about deciding to become a minister and discovering that she was gay.

0520070128

Artist and teacher Issy Sanderson talks about living with some of the world's poorest communities and the challenge of using her craft skills to help these people improve their lives.

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5/8.

Colin Mackay talks to Chinese writer and documentary film-maker Sun Shuyun about growing up during the Cultural Revolution and finds out how her experiences inspired her to work to bring China and the West closer together.

05Dennis Canavan20080127

In his political career as a councillor, MP and MSP Dennis Canavan has courted praise and controversy.

Here he talks to Colin Mackay about his life and parliamentary career.

0620070204

With Colin Mackay.

6/13.

The anthropologist Conrad Feather discusses what it means for him to have spent the last five years living in the Amazon jungle with the Nahua people.

06Amanullah De Sondy20080203

Colin Mackay talks to Amanullah de Sondy from Glasgow University's School of Divinity about growing up as a Muslim in Scotland.

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Colin Mackay talks to Sheila Cassidy about her work with the hospice movement and on being tortured for treating wounded rebels during the Pinochet regime in Chile.

0720081012

Colin Mackay talks to Professor Donna Dickenson about how she left behind a troubled relationship with her unstable mother to become a writer, a feminist campaigner and an esteemed medical ethicist.

07Mike Dailly20080210

Colin Mackay talks to Mike Dailly, Principal Solicitor of Govan Law Centre in Glasgow.

Colin finds out what motivates him.

08Paul Baker Hernandez20080217

Colin Mackay talks to former Trappist monk turned musician and activist, Paul Baker Hernandez.

08Phil Hanlon20070218

Colin Mackay talks to Professor Phil Hanlon about how his work as a young man in Africa shaped his belief that the health of a nation is an issue of social justice.

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09Sheena Boyle20080224

Colin Mackay talks to Sheena Boyle, a retired primary school teacher who's using music to help traumatised children in Palestinian refugee camps.

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10John Waters20080302

Colin Mackay talks to Irish journalist John Waters about his journey from faith to unbelief and back again.

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11Tanni Grey-thompson20080309

Colin Mackay talks to Britain's most successful Paralympian, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, about pushing boundaries and achieving all you can.

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12Ken Costa20080316

Colin Mackay chats to Ken Costa, one-time anti-apartheid activist turned City investment banker and devout Christian, about whether there is space for God in the workplace.

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13 LASTJim Wallis20080324

Colin Mackay talks to Rev Jim Wallis who is one of America's foremost Christian activists and campaigners.