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.
This Yerevan-based man was born in Sari Tagh. How did it happen that from that Yerevan district of artisans he came out as a man of literature? Did his mother's credo, "It is necessary to work, it is necessary to keep up with neighbors," also become his own credo in life? Why are our writers always dissatisfied with the head of the Union of Writers no matter who he or she is? Why does literature have little interest for literary critics nowadays? Whether he will receive the award of the world best writer for teenagers in 2018 will be decided by the jury. Are biblical themes in his works simply aesthetic means or do they reflect his inner world? Why won't he say anything when he meets God? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Head of the Writers Union of Armenia, poet Edvard Militonyan.
What did communication with the two great figures of culture give him? From worker of stage to assistant of director, to actor and carpenter — this is the path of his life. How is steel tempered, passing this path? There is a saying that behind each great man there is a great woman. Looking at him, can one see that woman behind him? Why is he more like a listening ear than a speaking mouth, and why does a lock hang from the mouth of one of his wooden works and a key from its brain? Is there an innermost corner in his heart that only belongs to God? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Sergey Tovmasyan.
Why did he decide to offer his candidacy to be the guest of our program? He was engaged in science when a God-rejecting empire collapsed. What did he feel in terms of revaluing the life? Why did his prayer sound in Russian in the midst of life and death? How did it happen that his offer of photo session to an unknown girl brought and established him in St. Hovhannes Church? Why didn't he deem himself worthy to receive Holy Communion; why is he satisfied with taking the blessed bread only? How does he "sum up" Lent inside himself? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Rudik Saribekyan, one of our regular radio listeners.
Does literature need advertisement and how should this advertisement differ from that of, say, diapers? How does the "death" of an author give birth to reader authors. How similar are the ceremonies of writing and oil melting? If she agrees with the thought of Philip Roth that "Writing is hell," then why does she write and voluntarily enter into that hell? How does she try with her literature to lighten the burden of the humanity that has been expelled from the Paradise? Which will be the only question she will ask God when she sees Him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of prose writer, translator Diana Hambardzumyan.
Who is he: a representative of a lost generation, a man of pen or someone who had great fellow writers and broad relations and who now misses and votes for those that have departed and left the intellectual and cultural field empty after themselves? Why wasn't Hrant Matevosyan voted for by any of his fellow Armenian writers in one of important voting events? How did it happen that in the far Philippines a Georgian writer dared to shout behind William Saroyan in the Armenian dialect of Georgia: "Where are you going, hey!"? How did the village of Odzun regain its name? What occasions of the Soviet period brought him to God? Finally, what has made this good Armenian and Christian so upset and concerned? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of prose writer Vanush Shermazanyan.
How can she manage, on the one hand, to be a mature woman who masters the female artillery, and a non-growing child on the other hand who even during interviews keeps her hands on her back like a child on a kindergarten chair? Why doesn't she set her childhood free from within herself? Does she collect her various roles of a street whore, noble woman, queen or coquette from outside or from inside? Whatever she speaks is about love. How to explain this? And what does she think about the One who performed the greatest act of Love? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actress and director Narine Grigoryan.
He was invited to the USA together with his family to work with a salary of 10,000 dollars a month but he refused to go. Why? How did he manage to build a factory with sustainable income from a post-Soviet factory that was destroyed and plundered? How has he managed to pay his workers on the same day of the month and at the same hour during all these years? Why does he interrupt any interview or a talk with an important official as soon as one of his workers enters his office room? What does a former Communist think about God, and what is his advice to the modern generation? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of founding director of Shaber tool-making plant Lyudvig Mikayelyan.
Why are two people from the arts sphere redundant under the same roof? How did she experience the separation of those two who were her closest people? Why didn't the "Juliette" dreamed of by many young men choose one of them and why did she choose a man older than her for more than 30 years? What happened that all of a sudden she started to attend Divine Liturgies? How should Christians reveal themselves? Why didn't Tumanyan become a priest, in her opinion? What would be her "Confession" to the public? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Narine Tukhikyan, director of the Tumanyan House-Museum.
What compels the merited TV journalist of over 20 years to ask all his guests the same standard questions during his present TV program? Has he decided to have an active rest by this or is this a new journalistic trick? Why does he divide humanity into two parts: those not adapting to the expulsion from the Paradise and those who feel well for having been expelled from it? Why do the buildings of Hyusisayin Avenue remain uninhabited? What happened to him when he read Mark Twain's "Adam's Diary"? And, lastly, what could be his non-uttered Nobel speech? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of journalist, TV host Artur Bakhtamyan.
How did he become the director of Darak Publishing Company after being a free aesthete and reader. Does he approach his job of publishing as a reader or does he have another approach? What modern models of the connection between books and readers does he suggest? How does a reader become a co-author of a literary work? Why do we know the lives of writers that lived centuries ago in all details while being unaware of the lives of authors that live beside us? What transformation does the life of a writer undergo during the process of becoming literature? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of the director of Darak Publishing Company Armen Gasparyan.
How does his polite and moderate character bear the local rude relations and manners? What was his first educational environment and what gaps did he see in it that needed to be addressed? What did his joining the political opposition in 2008 give him and how did it impact his career? Which thinking pattern should be developed in humans, the critical or analytical one, and why does he consider the factor of doubt so important as a precondition? Having faith, why doesn't he consider himself a believer in the traditional sense of this word? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of expert on higher education Samvel Karabekyan.
How to explain that what is depicted in his self portrait is neither a horse, nor a mule or a buffalo, but the mixture of all of them? How did it happen that when he was a 6th grader, he demanded from his parents to hand him over to church, and why didn't his childhood dream come true? Was it he that lost his women or was it they that lost him? Why does the host of the program "The Night is Sweet" have such gloomy and hard nights at "Night Crickets"? What does God particularly say to the author of the program "And Thus God Says," and specifically which Bible verse is addressed to him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of master of verbal art Sargis Najaryan.
Why is the shortest path to know him is the literature created by him? And how is his biography collected from his stories? How did he see the world after lying motionless in bed for months? Why didn't the Bible in his paternal house in his childhood keep him away from "The Amusing Bible" by Leo Taxil in his student years? Can art be a part of theology? If so, then in what way? Three steps were necessary for the heroine of one of his stories to understand that God exists. How many steps do humans usually need to take to understand it? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of prose writer Hovhannes Yeranyan.
What's the reason that his briefest biography consists of not less than 19 pages? Why did the physicist die in him and as a result a public figure was born? Why does he think that humanity formulates all its issues inside the issue of education, and why is he sure that the solution of all problems is solely in the education field? He has crossed continents and parts of the world; why does he always return? How did it happen that Armenia became the safest place for him in the world? And, lastly, why is he sure that without God, humans won't go further. You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of education expert Areg Tadevosyan.
Should we see a mystery in the fact that not only our guest but also his father and grandfather were born on May 1? Why did people call the boy who had lost his mother at the age of 13 "Son of Manik" and the latter's son, "Grandson of Manik"? Why does he think that our times are good for poetry creation? How can a civilization be built on a meaningful voice? Why is he sure that the Armenians adopted Christianity because it was close to their mind frame and world view? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Tadevos Tonoyan.
He is one of those few representatives of the male sex who made a step to enter the school in very confused times for our country and with the serious aim of perhaps moving mountains in the sphere of education, and who established themselves in the school and remained in it. And this has lasted a whole life. Did he manage to move mountains? Why is he convinced that one must be born as a teacher, not become it? To what extent is he sincere when saying that he hasn't had pedagogical defeats? If it is true, then how did he manage to be so successful? To what extent is our modern education Christian? What fairy tale brings him to school until now, and why does everybody graduate from and leave the school except him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of educator Mayis Nikoghosyan.
- Fr. Dajad Davidian
How did our guest attend church with his father in his childhood? Why did his father that had found shelter in that far country, the USA, continue feeling hurt by God to the end of his life? How did our guest react to the news about the existence of death when he was still a child? How did he decide to become a priest? Why does he consider Jesus Christ the most democratic person among the people ever born on this earth? Having listened to so many confessions, how does he confess his own sins? Is he, an over 80-year-old man, ready to stand before God and accept His judgment?
USA former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Queen of the Russian ballet Maya Plisetskaya, singer Cher, tennis player Andre Agassi, and not only. What could connect all these people with each other? Why is our guest's source of inspiration the human being of all times? What common features does his cat named Churchill have with the political figure Churchill? How did he manage to develop literary taste in his dog that he kept when he was a teenager? How did he become a founder of a new family by taking the last name Nur? What is common in him and Jonathan the seagull? How is it possible to also look at the world through the eyes of a fly? Being a perfectionist, what does he think about the Perfect One? Why didn't he want to put a period to this talk? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Arman Nur.
"You search for a fulcrum, but you are on a ship, while the ship is on water, and the water is on the Earth." Did the author of these words manage to find his fulcrum? Why does he think that the basis of culture is spiritual, so also is its aim? Is the aim of arts to resurrect the God dead in us? Will our guest manage to fill in between the foreword and afterword? Will he write out his text? But where is the text? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of poet, literary critic Henrik Edoyan.
What compelled this America-born young Armenian man to leave for his Fatherland once and for all, and why did he announce about it in an open letter? Why does he call America "Babylon" or multicultural "Mecca," and what did he dislike there most? Why does he see himself a bridge between Armenia and the Diaspora? Will his example be contagious for other Armenian young persons? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of American-Armenian Hayk Nazaryan.
In his own words, only Africa doesn't host any of his khachkars. Can we conclude that where there is an Armenian, there must be a khachkar? When did our guest have contact with khachkar as with a spiritual ambassador, soldier, and carrier of prayers? How did adults manage to plunge him into despair when he was still a child? And when he learned that the Universe has an owner, what did change in his life at large? Why is he convinced that most of all it is family members that don't know a human being? He came to our radio station in a preoccupied mood. What's the reason? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of People's Artisan of Armenia Varazdat Hambardzumyan.
His roots are from Cilicia, but neither his grandfather nor his father or aunt spoke Armenian. His mother and grandmother were not Armenians. While he speaks Armenian, and his wife is an Armenian. How has it happened that for his knowledge of Armenian he is indebted to his non-Armenian mother? He knew his fatherland from distance as a place of paradise with its once great kings and glory. What did he feel when he came to Armenia and saw a post-Soviet country with destroyed economy and infrastructures? Being once Armenia's number one taxpayer, today one of its biggest taxpayers and employers, what challenges does he see for the company managed by him? Why will hardly anyone with insufficient knowledge of Armenian history and culture work in his company? What is Christianity for him, and why do nations perish? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Ralph Yirikian, General Manager at VivaCell-MTS.
Today the words "Karabagh Committee member" mean nothing and are somewhat strange to many people, while without any exaggeration he can be called a son of the revolution and movement of 1988, not only the son, but also the moderator and number one orator. The people of the mass rallies of 1988 held their breath during his speeches. Why don't many of the modern youth know him? Is this a historical injustice toward an individual? Why is the memory of humanity becoming shorter and shorter with time? Why did he dream of working at an orphanage, and why, because of it, have his two oldest children been calling him by his name until now? Why was he excommunicated from the Soviet Communist Party? And what does the former member of the Communist Party think today about the former president of Iran, about truth, and about God?
He could become a boxer, artist, builder, or pilot. But he chose just this profession. He was a political prisoner in the USSR for ten years. Why did this become his life's only profession? According to Soviet court verdict, he was a "recidivist" – a repeat offender. He has titles gained in different prisons. Does he have a sense that the start of his life had been wrong and he has lost some life time? Why is he convinced after so many years that he wasn't a dissident and that the whole Armenian nation was dissident, while he himself was the nation's only orthodox son? And, finally, what does he mean saying "I am an Orthodox?" You'll get the answers of these questions in the portrait of politician Azat Arshakyan.