Winner 1997

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom

Focus on the Family Radio Theater

This is a remarkable radio program for a number of reasons. First, it is an exceptional example of the power of the spoken word and of the ability of radio drama to transport listeners through space and time, into their imaginations. Secondly, the narrative traces the heroic story of controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who opposed Adolph Hitler and fought for justice both within his culture and his church. As such, it is a riveting and important chapter of recent history. Perhaps most importantly, the program combines the tools of radio drama, including superb acting, music, and sound effects, with an inspiring story of faith and virtue to present a compelling message to a modern audience. Theologian and philosopher Bonhoeffer’s courageous struggle against a storm of religious intolerance and racial hatred maintains its relevance today. Special mention is made of producers Dave Arnold and Mark Drury, and writer/director Paul McCusker. For reminding us of the meaning of faith, liberty and freedom, and of the power of radio drama, a Peabody Award is presented to Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom.