This is a radio discussion program embracing a large variety of topics. It focuses on the problems of Christian perception of the world, such as the laws of spiritual life, the mysteries and regularities of creation, the rites and messages of the Christian Church, and the Christian understanding of historic development and human thought. The program participants are seeking to find answers to the so-called “eternal” questions that have been posed by great thinkers of the mankind. At the same time, they try to understand those who haven’t seen the light of Christianity throughout their quest for the meaning of life.
The Armenian actress famous during Soviet years is now also an author of essays and novels. Her literary characters are as lively as her roles played on stage. What remains from actors in the literature created by them? Did writing become a lifeline for her to keep her from going crazy in a foreign land? Why is her literature a cycle of monologs, and doesn't she think the entire post-modern art has become a monolog nowadays, because people haven't managed to perform any dialog for a long time? What are disappearance and expulsion for her characters, and why does she think that after the expulsion of Adam and Eve the entire humanity was exiled and it is impossible to return to the Paradise? Why did she get on the path leading to the Church, and isn't it the way of return to the Paradise? Does she sign only the books written by her or also her life? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actress and writer Anahit Topchyan.
- Seda Tonoyan
Many researchers, among whom Manuk Abeghyan, have mentioned the enormous influence of Christian world view and morality on our epic. What are the core Christian ideas in the Daredevils of Sassoun? What is the Christian value system demonstrated in our epic as a synthesis of moral norms? How is ordinary people's perception of Christianity revealed in the epic and how does it differ from the dogmatic Christianity of the Church? We are discussing these questions with Seda Tonoyan, lecturer at Russian-Armenian University, Armenology Department.
- Azat Yeghiazaryan
From October 11 to 13, the 5th The Armenian Epos and the International Epic Heritage international conference was held in Tsakhghadzor. Do such conferences enrich the field of epics research with new approaches or discoveries, or do they have a formal nature? What is the Daredevils of Sassoun under the light of Indian, Iranian, and Caucasian epics? What is typical of and unique about our epic? We summarize the results of the conference with Azat Yeghiazaryan, specialist in epics, head of the Armenian language and literature department at Russian-Armenian University.
What compelled the biophysicist to change his profession and choose Armenology? On the one hand, he admits that during Soviet years science was treated seriously and there were great scientists; on the other hand, he says that science in that period was under ideological pressure. How to understand this dilemma? Why does he name today's military-patriotic directions in our science "quasi-scientific"? Why does he think that only those nations and countries live in the past which are not able to build the present? Why does humanity like to dig into its past? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Armenologist Armen Petrosyan.
She has been living in Germany reasonably long. She writes in German and translates Armenian prose and poetry. She writes in German now and calls herself "bilingual" because of thinking in German in spite of knowing Armenian excellently? Does she have the feeling of being a stranger among her own people and a stranger among foreigners because she is now here, now there? Why does she consider the state of emigrants a "condition of an orphan that has two mothers and a life-long date of expiry"? "God is a realist, and His works and gifts are real, tangible and sensible," she says in her literary text. Does this text have the same value for her both in literature and in life? Why does she consider the attempts of slipping into her life in the name of faith from outside encroachment? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of German-language writer-essayist, translator Vanuhi Vahanyan.
Did his first profession of mechanical engineer help him become a programmer? He thinks that diligence, ambitions and talent are the pledge for achieving success. Are these three qualities standard for all countries, or is there an Armenian specifics? He believes in the existence of a power greater than humans, but he does not believe in the resurrection of humans. Why isn't he ambitious in this? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of programmer Vahram Martirosyan, founding director of Zangi Livecom.
Founder of an online radio station in the Diaspora, editor of Western Armenian Wikipedia, author of Western Armenian broadcasts at the Public Radio of Armenia – who and what is behind this free-of-charge patriotic activity? How did she manage to make her foreign husband half-Armenian? What do the Armenians look for in other countries that they can't find in their homeland? Living in countries confessing other religions, what has she understood about human rights and freedom? In order to take care of her mother, she left her job ensuring her comfortable life. Was this also part of the algorithm of her Art of Giving? Why and how does her each day become a confession of love to God? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Shake Mangasaryan.
What is the reason he doesn't stay anywhere long, moving from one job to another and at the same time never stopping being an employer? What must not be the CV of the person who applies to our guest for a job? Why is he sure that business does not flourish in Armenia because people don't know the laws? Will the law work in finding and punishing the people who committed infringement against the firm founded by him? Why does he think that deficiency in pretentiousness is our nation's problem? How pretentious is he himself? If he thinks our nation lacks unity around some big ideology, can't Christianity be that ideology if the Armenian people have united around Christian ideology for centuries? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of founder of DigiLab, media expert Vahram Mirakyan.
Visions and prophesies are a dangerous area even inside the Bible when one is focused on them, trying to guess the times and historical events. While our guest has gathered the visions and prophesies of our Church Fathers and published them in one volume. What is the purpose of the visions and prophesies generally? How must we use them? For the former commander, was it more difficult in the battle field or in peaceful conditions? Once he acted in the political field but now he does not. Should a Christian have expectations from policy? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of the author of "Visions and Prophesies among Armenians," Ashot Hunanyan.
Why and how does information service become modern people's circulatory system and the god of modern society? What does a journalist feel when the assassination attempt toward his own person remains unresolved? Was it easier for him to work at BBC or in Armenia? To what extent is Charents's Nayiri Land related to today's Nayiri Land, according to our guest? Doesn't the heir of the Ter-Grigoryan family of priests intend to restore the historical justice by restoring his real family name? What are the fundamental questions of his life? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of the Executive Director of the Public Radio of Armenia, journalist Mark Grigoryan.
When he was a child, listening to a very non-professional performance of Moonlight Sonata was sufficient for him to dream of writing such a music. Today he already has his own “Missa de lumine" or “The Liturgy of Light.” But not only this. Is he satisfied with this? Generally, what deficiency or need induces a worker in arts field to create? Why does he think that the light is the homeland of all homeless ones? Who are the homeless? For the author of the Cantata “And There was a Man Called Mashtots,” what phenomenon is that man in culturological aspect? Is his work with spiritual texts a spiritual experience of a Christian for him, communication with God, or just a musical theme that needs a certain kind of music? You’ll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of composer, conductor and musicologist Davit Halajyan.
Why does he call Glendale Khashatagh? How is it related to khash, the traditional Armenian dish? Why do the representatives of traditional Armenian political parties silently leave the hall when he reads his humoristic stories about those parties? How did it happen that the Soviet newspaper "Komunizmi ughiov" published an article signed by his name but not authored by him? Why did he change his Keshishyan family name that means "of priests," and why hasn't he been in good relations with Christianity to this day? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of writer, dramatist Khoren Aramuni.
"At least when I write a poem, I like to tell the truth, while many people choose poetry in order to lie," says she. What is truth for her, and how does she change it to poetry? March 1, 2008: What do people feel when they have a family member (in her case her father) on one or the other side of the barricade? Is the triangle Yerevan-Montpellier-Paris a love triangle in her life, and why is she convinced that cities belong to those who also own all the dawns of those cities? She believes in God though she still argues with Him. In whose field is the ball, and what is the score of the match? You'll get the answers of these questions in the portrait of young writer Tsovinar Banuchyan.
"I can't be translated. The napping scent of incense in the cemetery of my village can't be translated; the lizards running up the walls of the monastery can't be translated, and Khcho's duduk can't be translated either," says he. What can be translated then in this world according to him, and does he himself need to be translated? Why does he consider himself a story-teller and artist but not an animator, though on international stages it is his animation movies that get awards? Does he manage to keep the balance between the earth and the heaven, and what is the guide map drawn by him for the Great Return to Home? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of animator Hayk Sayadyan.
She has performed the sixth combat with the paper in the form of book but she confesses that it is hard to be a female writer. How does she manage to create on the treadmill of everyday life? Heaven is a serious presence and character in her poetry. Isn't it difficult to live carrying always a piece of heaven? Does she think a new flood is necessary to destroy the world? What is the reason that, unlike many of her fellow writers, she does not fight with God and has good relations with him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of writer Armenuhi Sisyan.
Why did his parents send him to a Russian school, and why do the Armenians that have always lived in an Armenian environment but have received Russian education have problems with their mother tongue until the end of their lives? How did he find himself in the education field? What has changed in contemporary education, and what is education today? What can pass from teachers to students through the air, and how can information grow into knowledge? What platform is Wikimedia as an educational tool, and how is information continually updated on that platform? What is, according to him, the formula for salvation of humans and of the Armenian nation? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of education management specialist Artur Khalatyan.
Always with a short stylish haircut, in stylish clothes and adornments, very modern and at the same time having an image of a strict businesswoman. When we also add her work experience as an assistant to Ardshininvestbank's staff leader and as a secretary for the Board's sessions as well as a Chairwoman of the Youth Union at St. Mariane Church of Ashtarak, a very interesting picture is formed. How does she manage to keep harmony in this range of roles that at first sight seem to be contradicting? From Krishnaism to Buddhism, from Protestantism to the Armenian Apostolic Church. She passed this road while searching God. It is interesting if she found Him at last. You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of Head of Dialog NGO Almast Muradyan.
Life coach and couching. These are English terms that do not have their Armenian equivalents. He is that life couch not comprehensible for many who conducts couching. How does he present this in Armenian? Why does he think that the ideal human being is the falsest human type, and what system of personal growth does he suggest? What relates his "Alarm Clock" to angels, and how one could wake up to the voice of his alarm clock? How does he manage to prove with mathematical precision that one human can do more than a whole country? How does the negative inertia of the entire humanity become positive with the Coming of Jesus, according to him? What love model does he suggest when citing Jesus's words "Become like children"?
He is a psychiatrist, and the people whom he helps are not like others. What happened that they began to differ from others? What is the borderline between what is mentally healthy and what is unhealthy? Doesn't he fear that one day he himself will cross that line after spending a long time with them? How to love a person with mental disorder as your friend? Is there another means, except love, to cure such people? He considers himself a theist, not an atheist. What does it change in his life by and large and particularly in his communication with his patients? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of psychiatrist Gagik Tadevosyan.
Why does she visit our radio station with most unexpected flowers, and what clues do flowers offer her as a philosopher in her life? Why does she believe her childhood was happy? The department that she graduated from admits usually students who get there by accident. Doesn't that affect the quality of education? Her profession would soon or later make her choose between atheistic or theistic approaches to existential issues. Why does she consider talking about belief in God a private issue, in spite of the fact that Plato, Aristotle and her other great predecessors approached that issue publicly and considered it the issue of issues? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of philosopher Hayarpi Sahakyan.
He wanders from one church to another. What has bound his feet and hands that he is not able to depart from the house of God? How did it happen that being a strong atheist he became a Christian? As a believer now, can he see any difference between himself then and himself now? What took him to an orphanage, especially an orphanage for mentally disabled children, and why did that work become fatal in his life? How does he imagine the spiritual Armenia? "Humans must change," says he; does he know the ways for changing? Why has he begun to more remain silent than speak? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of physicist, founder and director of the Goy Charitable Foundation Sedrak Hovhannisyan.
When she was a child, she used to ask God to make her authentic. Did she become authentic when she grew up? She dreamed of becoming a singer and started to work at a theater; she dreamed of having serious roles in cinema but had them in theater. Why was the wooden floor of the theater stage so attractive, and what did the height of the stage symbolize for her? Who appeared in her dream, holding a pot of matsun, and whose "soil and water" was that person? What is experimentation in arts for her? What had happened to her that her 7-year-old daughter looked after her? Is it not difficult for a believer to work in the theater world with its coulisse intrigues and bohemian lifestyle? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Karine Janjughazyan.
What is the origin of all the dishes prepared in clay pots? And what about any dish prepared with bulgur, what about vodka and pounded meat? How to save Armenian kitchen from centuries-long oblivion? Why are we, the Armenians, ashamed of our identity and why do we so easily hand in what we have to others? Why did our guest never oppose his father, and how did this affect his later life? What do ritual dishes symbolize, and what is the spiritual meaning of Easter dishes? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of the expert of cuisine Sedrak Mamulyan.
Why does a computer hang when it is asked: "What's out there," and what is its philosophical substantiation? When the first birth and death anniversaries coincide, does this always result in a birth of a philosopher, as it happened to our guest? Why does he notice with sadness that the path Armenia is going on is not European at all, and why doesn't he believe in historian Spengler's prediction made in the beginning of the past century about Europe's decline? Why does he, despite being a philosopher, attach a modest importance to philosophy? Is it really impossible to prove the existence of God and all those scientists who try to do this with scientific substantiations appear as believers, not scientists? Why isn't the definition of knowledge in Bible scientific, according to him? And, finally, isn't it difficult to live without believing in God? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of philosopher Ashot Voskanyan.