"My programs on religion would provide an unparalleled opportunity to hear the best and the brightest people articulate their religious traditions in a way that might foster the peace that Kung and others dreamt of.
"But the 1990s were anything but peaceful.
"Terrorism fuelled by Islamist extremism had already taken a toll at the World Trade Centre in 1993, resulting in over 1,000 injuries and six deaths.
"It would continue around the world ..."
Backstory: Rachael Kohn has covered religion and spirituality on radio and television at the ABC for 26 years.