Tom Gjelten

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In Puerto Rico, Generators Divide Those With And Those Without

Sunday, October 15, 2017

With Puerto Rico facing weeks, and possibly months, without electric power on much of the island, many residents have become dependent on generators. The reliance on generators has introduced a new division in the U.S. territory.


Hurricane Maria Takes A Toll On Businesses In Puerto Rico

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Puerto Rico's economy was depressed even before Hurricane Maria. Now the island faces an especially dire future, and many small businesses don't see immediate prospects for recovery.


Puerto Ricans More Concerned About Situation On Island Than Trump's Tweets

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Puerto Ricans are more concerned about power and water shortages than President Trump's tweeted threat that U.S. military and FEMA personnel won't stay on the island "forever."


How Aid Is Being Delivered To Those In Need In Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In some areas of Puerto Rico, the situation has become desperate. The U.S. military has moved to take charge of getting the aid directly to people in need, even if it means bypassing local authorities that have a history of inefficiency and mismanagement.


Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Trump's Religious Ambassador Nominee

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

President Trump nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Brownback is a Christian conservative, but says he would advocate for all faiths.


Police Investigation Into Las Vegas Attack Continues

Monday, October 02, 2017

Authorities are pursuing information on the shooter, Stephen Paddock, who lived near the strip in Clark County, Nev. NPR's Tom Gjelten looks at what we can expect as the investigation moves forward.


Investigation Of Shooter Leads Police To Caches Of Firearms, Ammunition

Monday, October 02, 2017

Tracking gunfire Sunday night, police found Stephen Paddock in a hotel room, dead from what they believe was a self-inflicted wound. Around him, they found 16 guns, and thousands of bullets.


What We Don't Yet Know About The Las Vegas Attacks

Monday, October 02, 2017

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's motives are a mystery a day later, and the extent of his arsenal isn't public. NPR's Tom Gjelten looks at those and other questions that don't yet have answers.


Steve Bannon Criticizes Catholic Bishops For Response To DACA

Friday, September 08, 2017

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon says Catholic bishops like immigrants only because they need them to fill their pews. The bishops are reacting with anger.


Christians And DACA

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Christians of all denominations, including many evangelicals who have supported President Trump, are speaking out on behalf of immigrants protected from deportation under the DACA program.


How Natural Disasters Can Be Faith-Challenging Experiences

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Natural disasters and human suffering have long challenged people of faith because they don't understand why God would allow such things to happen. It's a core problem facing believers.


Megachurch Leader Joel Osteen Under Fire

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Joel Osteen, an advocate of "prosperity gospel" theology, presides over a 17,000-seat church in Houston, but agreed to open it to evacuees only after coming under intense criticism on social media.


Attention On Hate Speech Drives Donations To Fight Anti-Semitism

Friday, August 25, 2017

Jewish groups have broadened their work to oppose all forms of bigotry. Following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., more non-Jews see the reality of anti-Semitism and join the fight against it.


The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

Friday, August 18, 2017

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.


In Contrast To Business Councils, Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stay Put

Friday, August 18, 2017

President Trump has lost business advisers as a result of his Charlottesville comments, but his evangelical advisers appear to be sticking by him.


Rewriting Emma Lazarus' "The New Colossus"

Friday, August 04, 2017

NPR religion correspondent, Tom Gjelten, poet Gala Mukomolova, and poet and professor, Kaveh Akbar, talk about rewriting Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus" for the 21st century.

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Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Undermines Poem's Connection To Statue Of Liberty

Thursday, August 03, 2017

White House adviser Stephen Miller's contention that the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus was only added later to the Statue of Liberty diminishes the poem's connection to the statue.


After Fleeing Persecution, U.S. Christian Refugees Now Face Deportation

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The Trump administration's efforts to deport immigrants in the U.S. illegally is bad news for Christian refugees who could be returned to the countries where they were persecuted.


Christians Seeking Refuge May Get Caught Up In Trump's Deportations

Friday, July 07, 2017

Efforts by the Trump administration to deport immigrants who have come to the U.S. illegally is likely to impact Christian refugees who face persecution in their home countries.


To Understand How Religion Shapes America, Look To Its Early Days

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

From Thomas Jefferson's cut-up Bible to the country's first printed hymnal, the Smithsonian's Religion in Early America exhibit wants to engage Americans with the role of religion in its first days.