Everybody believes in something.
A new show about the messiness of faith from KUER and PRX.
Season 1 launches September 6, 2019 | Episodes released weekly
On Preach, host Lee Hale sits down with people from all walks of life and all religions. You’ll hear people talk honestly about their doubts and beliefs. How they wrestle with life’s big questions. And the way spirituality intersects with their daily struggles and joys.
These days, especially on social media, the word “Preach” is used as a way to encourage someone to share their story. To validate. To tell them that they deserve to be heard. That’s what this show is about. Empowering the people — some of them famous, all of them fascinating — who live in the messy middle of faith. Because we’re all hungry for more frank, fun conversations about how we make sense of life.
Meet Your Host
Lee Hale is a millennial who grew up in a devout Mormon household. Three years ago he decided to move to Salt Lake City to report on his own church for KUER (NPR Utah). The experience has been enlightening, disheartening and has changed the way he thinks about belief. So now Lee wants to talk to people of all faiths about living as a believer in the modern world. Because he’s still sorting out it all out. And he thinks you might be too.
Who is preach for?
It’s for people who pray every day, or only when there’s turbulence on the plane, or not at all.
It’s for anyone curious about what happens inside their neighbor’s church, mosque, temple, synagogue or meeting but who might not be sure how to start a conversation about it.
It’s for people who relish those after dinner conversations, cozied up in the living room or sprawled out on the back porch, when there’s enough space to wonder aloud about life’s big questions.
Religiously unaffiliated Americans or “nones” are one of the fastest growing groups among millennials. According to Pew research, 35 percent of millennials say they seldom or never attend religious services. And yet only 16 percent say they don’t see religion as important in daily life. That means there’s lots of millennials trying to find new ways to explore spirituality and fit faith into their world. That’s where Preach comes in. Also, Pew research finds:
Nearly half of Americans say they feel a sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week
More than half say that religion is “very important” and that they pray daily
The Team Behind Preach
Tricia Bobeda | Editor
What does Tricia believe? Lots of things. That a rally cap can turn things around in a baseball game. That Mister Rogers was right about pretty much everything. That stories are powerful (cue Tyrion Lannister monologue). And you. She believes in you.
Chelsea Naughton | Digital Producer
Can we say spiritual but not religious without being cringey? After growing up super Christian in the Midwest, Chelsea is pretty much #SBNR at this point. She’s also a pop culture junkie with a soft spot for well-told stories.
Tim Slover | Producer
If you want Tim’s brain to short-circuit, just ask him whether he believes in God or not. Watch in amazement as he stammers about energy, childhood brand-loyalty to Jesus, and—cue the eye-roll—meditation. He copes by editing podcasts.
Renee Bright | Marketing & Design
Renee grew up in small town Texas and Kansas as a preacher’s daughter reading Goosebumps books in the pews while her dad gave sermons at the pulpit. She’s since moved to Utah (after a brief stint in New York) and now spends her Sunday mornings in the mountains instead of at church.
Ali Vallarta | Live Events
Ali spends a lot of time contemplating how Preach will do live shows. She has brought many plants back from the dead and thinks that makes her spiritual. She was raised Catholic-ish by her Canadian mother and Mexican father, in Florida.
Joel Meyer | Podcast Bureaucrat
Raised by polite Minnesotans and taught by radical nuns, Joel can explain away most of life’s most challenging questions using baseball. Seriously, the answers are all there for the taking. Joel even has some literature he would like to share with you...