God, Yoga, Money and Fish

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

The United States is increasingly divided between very religious and very secular people. That's according to a recent study by Harvard professor Robert Putnam and Notre Dame professor David Campbell. Plus: the relationship between yoga and religion; Karen Armstrong on 'nothing'; and what your email address says about you.

God and Politics

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us co-authors Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and David Campbell, associate professor of political science and a research fellow with the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, look at the interplay of religious and political ideas in the US.

How many religions and denominations are represented in your family? Comment Below.

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Yoga and Religion

Mark Singleton, author of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, and Stefanie Syman, author of The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, talk about the origins and links between yoga and religion.

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Nothing Doing

Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, previews her talk about "nothing" at the Rubin Museum of Art tonight, and other spiritual matters.

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What Does Your E-mail Address Say About You?

What's in an @name? Alexandra Petri, a Washington Post columnist and a blogger with ComPost, thinks that your email address says a lot about you. She is joined by a panel of distinguished Brian Lehrer Show guests with retro email addresses who defend their digital identities: Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV; Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia; and Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country.

Are you an email holdout? Defend your @compuserve, @aol, @mindspring... And does someone's email address say anything about them? Do you judge according to their @?

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Vanguard of Finance

John Bogle, founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group, is the author of Don't Count on It!: Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, "Mutual" Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, and Heroes. He'll share his perspective on personal finance, as well as the banking system and its failures.

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Bringing Local Seafood Back

Paul Greenberg, food columnist and author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, and John Waldman, professor of biology at Queens College and author of Heartbeats in the Muck, discuss New York City seafood and the prospects of local fish hitting your supermarket anytime soon.


Walter Mosley: Deal with the Devil

Walter Mosley, author of literary fiction, science fiction, political philosophy, and two series of mysteries, discusses his new novel The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, which explores aging and loss through the story of a 91-year-old's Faustian bargain.

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