The Social History of the Afterlife From heavenly choirs to the circles of Hell, from sitting shiva to waiting for resurrection, religious peoples have evolved their ideas of the afterlife as they traveled through history. Join NPR's Neal Conan for a look at the social history of life after death.
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From heavenly choirs to the circles of Hell, from sitting shiva to waiting for resurrection, the peoples of the book have evolved their ideas of the afterlife as they traveled through history. Join NPR's Neal Conan for a look at the social history of life after death.

Guest:

Alan Segal, author of Life After Death : A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion. Professor of religion at Barnard College and a professor of Jewish studies at Columbia University.