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Author: Gabriel Porras

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All we have to comfort, guide us and sustain us in this straggling path called life are the radiant whispers that we grasp as a distant “sunrise of wonder” in our spiritual practice, in great works of literature, music, art, and in nature and blue skies. These are the Radiant Whispers. That's what this podcast is about. We will talk about culture and society, about ancient and modern history, literature and art with dramatized readings of poetry, fables, theatre, novels and stories. Subscribe -let's find radiant whispers everywhere.
49 Episodes
Luvina, by Juan Rulfo

Luvina, by Juan Rulfo


A jewel of Spanish-language literature, quintessentially Mexican and universal at the same time. The story of a town that is all dust, loneliness and silence “where sorrow makes her nest”. Original story by Juan Rulfo read by Gabriel Porras Translation by Stephen Beechinor Production: Gabriel Porras and Andre Sosa @drorangeacademy Cover design by Ricardo Gil Music: La Guanábana, by Los Parientes de Playa Vicente, from the album América Afroíndigena at
Every year, Christmas is the greatest celebration around the globe. No other event makes us get together as families and friends like Christmas. And yet, Christmas is also the worst time of the year for millions of lonely, hurting people. Commandeered by businesses and restaurants, Christmas celebrations often obscure Christ, whose birth is the original and best reason to celebrate Christmas. Find out why the birth of Christ deserves to be celebrated with all your heart. Programme presented and produced by Gabriel Porras at and Text: Nicky Gumbel Nicky Gumbel is the creator of the Alpha Course, which is a beautiful and warm introduction to Christianity. Over 26 million people have taken the Alpha Course in over 100 countries. Nicky graduated in Law at Cambridge and in Theology at Oxford. He worked as a barrister before becoming a writer and preacher. Join an Alpha Course near you here: You can also do it online. Cover created by Ricardo Gil, with AI at by Microsoft Music: "Handpanophone" by David Charrier is from his album Ephemeral on Sound effect: Clean high bell ring, license Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
Reducing the conflict in Gaza to a question of Palestinian-Israeli differences is an unforgivable mistake. The conflict that has been raging in Gaza for decades is the conflict between Islam and world civilisation, that is, between Islam and you and me, and each and every one of us who are not yet under Islam: not only Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Newagers and Hindus. Also homosexuals, transsexuals, feminists, atheists, agnostics, science, education, technology and progress and welfare for all. All this is lost if Hamas wins, and Islam advances. Programme written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, at Cover created by Ricardo Gil, Image by Vectonauta at Music: "Gone with the winds", by Veaceslav Draganov (Picture) on "Jericho at Dusk", by Alon Peretz (Three Middle Eastern Cities), on "Ruhi", by Meriem Ben Amor, on Links and references: On how Hamas rewards its soldiers with girls as young as nine years old, see these photographs: On Islam's hatred of women, and how it promises a paradise of luxury and sex to Hamas soldiers and Islamism, listen to these past episodes: "Islam hates women": "Is paradise a luxury brothel?": On the dangerous stupidity of the masses: A long and detailed collection of Hamas abuses on this Wikipedia page: On the despicable sexual violence of Hamas’ attack on 07 October: Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of Hamas, appears in multiple YouTube videos, such as this one: His experiences and perspectives on the workings of Hamas appear in a book entitled "Son of Hamas": and a film entitled "The Green Prince": On Hamas soldiers shouting "Allah is victorious" as they behead and rape innocent Israelis on October 7, 2023: A passionate article by Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, which inspired me to write this episode: Photos of Mufti Husseini reviewing troops and having tea with Hitler can be seen here:
My atheist friends love to cite Immanuel Kant, David Hume and Voltaire as leading thinkers who opened new horizons for humanity, freeing it from the religious prejudices that had enslaved it for centuries. But things were very different, and the writings of these three influential thinkers provided a framework that supported the slavery and exploitation of non-European races more than anyone else. We examine the great ambiguities of the Enlightenment and the main myths of atheism, such as The Myth of Progress, The Myth of Human Rationality and The Myth of Human Goodness, with a discussion of Steven Pinker's "Enlightenment Now". Programme written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor ( Cover design: Ricardo Gil ( Music: "Joking Together", by Michele Nobler/Memory Tapes "Alive and Well", by Campagna/Hello Love The inspiration for this programme comes from a debate between Steven Pinker and Nick Spencer, titled "Have science, reason and humanism replaced faith?", available on YouTube: Nick Spencer published a well-argued article entitled "Atheist Fairy Tales: exposing secularism's major myths" on Premier Unbelievable: Francis Collins, the director of the Human Genome Project, published a book entitled "The Language of God", in which he makes a strong case for the existence of God.
Jack and the Beanstalk, by Roald Dahl This version of the classic children's story is way funnier... and it rhymes! Roald Dahl is a genius: his plot twists are mind-blowing, and that ending too! Brace yourself for a laugh-out-loud journey. Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor ( Cover design: Ricardo Gil ( Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy. It's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here: Music: "Jay C”, by Synthet from the album Free Synthet! at Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Sound effect: – © copyright BBC
A much funnier version of the children's story we all know...and written in rhyme! Only the fantastic Roald Dahl could twist the end like this. Get ready for a hilarious adventure! Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy. It's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here: Music: "Gypsy Bill”, by Ofer Koren and The Hill Bullies, at
A lucid and easy-to-understand view of how ground-breaking Jesus' message was in his world (and ours). Jesus once said that the greatest display of love is sacrificing oneself for your friends, but by "friends," he meant every single person, regardless of our differences in nationality, race, religion, opinion, age, gender, blindness, or wisdom. Understand how and why we all fit in his comforting embrace. Credits: Programme produced and recorded by Gabriel Porras at and Cover: Jesus walks on the waters, image generated by artificial intelligence ai-generated-7922881_1280 at Music: "Devotion", from The Pilgrimage Series, Part 1 on Text: "What Jesus taught and why" is a chapter from the beautiful book Jesus: a biography from a believer, by Paul Johnson. Copyright © Paul Johnson, 2010 ISBN 978-0-670-02159-8 Biblical passages taken from The Message, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson
According to Islam, Paradise is a luxury brothel. As many as six Suras (chapters) of the Quran are devoted to this notion, with sensuous descriptions of steamy pleasures for those who gain entrance. And these descriptions are further enhanced by numerous hadiths. Sadly for all of us, only terrorists who die in jihad qualify for immediate access, which explains why they are so eager to blow themselves (and others) up. And Muslim women are not invited to Paradise because they would only spoil the party for the men. Credits and references: Programme written, produced and hosted by Gabriel Porras at and Cover: "The Believer's Dream", by Achille Zo (1870). Musée Bonnat, Bayonne Music: "Qanun al-Tarab" and "El Arte de Escuchar" by Gnawledge, from their great album Granada Doaba on Buy it on Bandcamp! "Undeniable", by Ketsa, on "Devotion", from The Pilgrimage Series, Part 1 on "Reflections Eastern", from Master 1, on Texts quoted from the Qur'an: "those who deserve paradise occupy themselves with delightful things": 36:55. Description of paradise and the Huris: 55:66-76 "The pious will be in a place of safety": 44:51-57 Description of paradise and the Huris: 56: 15-37 Eternal mancebos "like hidden pearls": 52:24 For the original sources of the Qur'an: W. Tisdall, The Original Sources of the Quran Hadiths of al-Bukhari and others: Paradise is in the shadow of the sword: Sahih al-Bukhari 4:52:73 Muhammad is not guaranteed salvation: Sahih al-Bukhari 5:58:266 Women with "desirable frontal passages" and men with penises that do not become flaccid: Sunah Ibn Majah, 5:37:4337 Believers will receive the sexual potency of a hundred men: Jami at-Tirmidhi 4:12:2536 What will the Day of Judgment be like? Sahih al-Bukhari 8, Book 76, hadith 577; Bayhaqi Every pacifist Muslim is a hypocrite: Sahih Muslim; Sunah Abu Dawud 2502. Book 15, hadith 26 Official Islamic biography of Muhammad: The Life of Muhammad, a translation of Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah, with introduction and notes by A. Guillaume. Karachi, Ameena Saiyid, Oxford University Press, 23rd impression 2010. History of the invasion of Kaybar in which Muhammad has a Jewish leader tortured and burned: Sirat p. 510-19; History of al-Tabari VIII, p. 122, 123. Tafsir of Ibn Kathir: To occupy oneself with "delightful things" means "deflowering virgins": Ibn Kathir IX, 383 Tafsir al-Khalalalayn, Surah Jaseen verse 55 The story about Ayatollah Khomeini’s thesis on copulation with chickens I read in the wonderful and very moving book Reading Lolita in Teheran, by Azar Nafisi. Read it! A very interesting article on the religion of the Vikings:
Islam Hates Women

Islam Hates Women


A billion women live under the shadow of Islam today (that's almost one in eight human beings walking the planet today). And all the evidence from fourteen centuries of Islamic history and theology points to the uncomfortable fact that Islam hates women. We examine numerous texts from the Qur'an and hadiths of Sahih al-Bukhari to illustrate the thesis. Credits and references: Programme written, produced and hosted by Gabriel Porras at and Cover: Carte Portale 532 - Jeunes Filles Arabes, by Lehnert & Landrock at Music: "Broken", by Michael Vignola at "The Art of Listening", by Gnawledge, from their album Granada Doaba at Texts quoted from the Koran: Distribution of inheritances: 4:11 and 12. Islam is the "perfect" religion for all mankind: 5:3 What to do with women "who commit unlawful sexual acts" (and those who are raped): 4:15 and 24:2 Men are superior to women: 4:34 Commentaries (tafsir) of Al Qurtubi, Al Tabari, Ibn Hajar: Hadiths of al-Bukhari: Most of the inhabitants of Hell are women, and they are deficient in intelligence and devotion: Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301 It is not permissible to mourn a woman for more than three days: Sahih Bukhari 1:6:310 Not to whip the wife as a slave: Sahih Bukhari 7:62:132 The beaten woman who sought help from Aisha: Sahih Bukhari 7:72:715 Hadith on the benefit of drinking camel urine: Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 233, and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1671. Hadith on the wings of flies: Sahih Bukhari 4:54:537 and also Sahih Bukhari 7:71:673. You can learn more about Bukhari here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Ayaan has written several books, among them "Infidel", about her own story and her flight from Islam, and "Heretic", about the reformation that Islam needs today. Visit his website here: The quote read comes from: "Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now",
Paul Kingsnorth is an English intellectual and environmentalist who has written novels, essays and poetry, contributing to publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, New Statesman, Granta and BBC Radio and Television. His spiritual quest was passionate and diverse. As he says, The Cross and the Machine is "an essay-length account of my journey from atheism to Orthodox Christianity, via Buddhism, witchcraft and other strange twists." It is a beautiful, lyrical and revealing text. The Cross and the Machine originally appeared in First Things magazine: To read more from Paul Kingsnorth, visit his website and his YouTube channel. Programme recorded, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional broadcaster at and Music: The Last Train, by David Roy, on Morning Mist, by We Dream of Eden, on Subscribe, comment and share this programme with others.
We are all surprised by the rapid advance of transgender ideas and LGBTQ ideology. Although their proposals are controversial and have no historical or scientific basis, they penetrate all layers of society. Learn how they infiltrate businesses, universities, schools and governments worldwide. Programme written, recorded and presented by Gabriel Porras, a professional communicator at and Music: "Balance" by Invisible Choirs at If you are interested in this topic, listen to "If gender is fluid, why not also age?" and "The Disappearance of Women", both available on, YouTube, SoundCloud and all podcast platforms. Comment, share and subscribe. Cover: “The judgment of Paris”, by Enrique Simonet (1904) Links: Stonewall's "Champions of Diversity" programme: The UK's "Top 100 Employers of 2023" list: There is an extraordinary BBC Radio Ulster podcast entitled "Nolan Investigates", which published in October 2021 a revealing 10-episode series detailing Stonewall's influence on public institutions across the UK. It is a masterclass in in-depth journalism and took them eighteen months of research to achieve, but what a triumph of professionalism, intelligence and dedication! All BBC material has territorial restrictions, so you may be unable to access it outside the UK. Try here: Happily, a feminist group called "Fair Play for Women" has taken on the great task of preparing detailed transcripts of the key points of each episode for all to read and quote from. You can find the transcripts here:
A programme written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional philosopher, journalist and voice actor. Music: "Gone with the winds", by Veaceslav Draganov on ******* Learn more about this URGENT topic by following these links: The Story of Helena Kerschner, who regrets having “transitioned” as a teenager: The Irish Bill to remove the words "woman", "mother", and more from legal language: New Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown cannot bring herself to say what a woman is: …and she then refuses to answer clear questions about self-definition as a woman: Documentary “What is a woman?” by Matt Walsh: Disability statistics in the UK: Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Act (Transgender Trend): The SNP’s Gender Recognition Bill is a threat to women (Spiked Online): Ministers face public backlash over gender recognition reforms (The Times): Brit Awards 2023: Why no women were nominated for Best Artist (BBC) The nonsense of nonbinary (Spiked online): "Toxic feminism is the ONLY kind of feminism": "Biology trumps gender," says the president of the World Athletics Association: The "triumph" of transgender athlete Lia Thomas: Transgender martial arts "champion" Fallon Fox punches her female opponent so violently that he (she) breaks her skull: Why female athletes should raise their voices every time a transgender athlete tries to compete against them: Toilets in new public buildings should be separate for men and women: But transgender activists consider this "transphobic": It is "unfair" to force someone "who is already facing exclusion" to use toilets that are not "neutral" or "gender neutral": The alarming "gender dysphoria" among minors, which jumped from 138 cases in 2010 to 2,383 in 2020: Bullying and violence against girls who dare to question the transgender agenda in their schools:
A masterpiece of the Latin-American imagination. Juan José Arreola is one of the greatest writers of the XX Century in Spanish, one of the first to dare to abandon realism. He is the greatest precursor of Magical Realism. As Professor George D Schade says: Whatever the subject of his satire, Arreola most often achieves his effects by a deliberate jumbling of phantasy and reality, a mingling of the logical and the absurd, a blend of imaginative frivolity and Orwellian grimness. CREDITS Produced and recorded by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist at and Translation by George D Schade for the University of Texas Press Sound effect by Pixabay For more of Arreola, listen to his “Bestiary”, also recorded by Gabriel Porras as "A book of fabled creatures" for and available on all podcast platforms and at Soundcloud and YouTube.
Extract from the final chapter of the book "The Sanity of Belief - Why faith makes sense" by Simon Edwards. A great, very readable and valuable book which you can buy in paperback or ebook version here: Simon Edwards is a member of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) team, who do excellent work communicating the teachings of Jesus Christ through the big cultural questions of our day (such as science, suffering, the meaning of life, homosexuality and many more). As they say on their website "We seek to extol the credibility of the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ through the questions of culture, speaking in secular settings and contributing to the public discourse on religious belief." A podcast produced and presented by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist. You can find out much more about Gabriel here: Music: "Circle of life", by Letra, on
Presented y produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Original text by WW Jacobs published in 1902 in his collection “The Lady of the Barge”. Music: “Reflections”, by Ian Post, at Listen to more great stories like this one on also available on your favourite podcast platform
Podcast presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist. Text taken from 'After Ten Years' in Letters and Papers from Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works/English, vol. 8) Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010, edited by Gabriel Porras. Music: "The Surprise", by Kristian Sensini, on If you want to know more about the admirable pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, look for his books "Life in Community" and "The Cost of Discipleship". There is also a beautiful biography titled: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller, et al.
Podcast presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Text and Translation are taken from the book "The Prophet", by Gibran Khalil Gibran, in the public domain. Music: "Devotion", by dear gravity, on
Written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Music: "Wants to know", by Bodysurfer, at "Morning Mist", by We Dream of Eden, at Stings by Orange Free Sounds, Links that will give you a much broader perspective on this issue: Read the stories of people who have had gender reassignment surgery and have lived to regret it every day. You can start here: Jeffrey, repentant transgender: Scott Newgent has devoted his life to denouncing the irresponsibility of the many doctors who operated on him and the psychologists who should have warned him of the devastating consequences of the changes brought about by the surgery. His life as a transgender person has become a living hell. Scott has a whole website about it: Learn about his story and his struggles here: and another one:
Presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Copyright Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982 Puffin Books, Penguin Random House 1984 Illustration: Quentin Blake, 1982 ISBN: 978-0-141-37885-5 (Treat yourself to a copy, it's a beautiful book!) Visit the great Roald Dahl's website here: Music:
The Lessons Of Porn

The Lessons Of Porn


Written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, professional voice actor. Music: “Wants to know”, by Bodysurfer at Stings from Orange Free Sounds, Links that will give you a much better picture of this topics: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious, non-legistlative, not for profit organisation producing fantastic materials: Exodus Cry is a channel with more than one hundred videos on YouTube. Watch their documentary “Raised on Porn” about the effects of porn on children’s development and behaviour: And their documentary “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” on human trafficking and the sex industry: Let’s talk porn, a TEDx Talk by Maria Ahlin: A study by Natalie Purcell, UCSF, on Aggression in Hardcore Pornography (2012): A study by Dr Valerie Voon, of Cambridge University Neuroscience Department, showing the similarity in brains of porn and drug users: Brain, Heart, World – documentary series on the harmful effects of pornography: Testimonies of former sex slaves and porn actors: Testimonies of Trafficking survivors: Jeffrey, Transgender with regret: A medical article about sexually transmitted diseases of the colon, rectum and anus: ...and another on the type of bacteria that live in the anus:
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