Christianity, Crime, and Combat

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We’ll take a look at why there is far more religion in America’s public schools today than there has been over the past 100 years. Elmore Leonard discusses his latest novel, Raylan. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues, with a look at an elaborately decorated Sumerian wood standard found in the city of Ur. Plus, military expert Paula Broadwell discusses the career and ideas of General David Petraeus, now the director of the CIA.

The Good News Club

Journalist Katherine Stewart talks about the Good News Club, which is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship and bills itself as an after-school program of “Bible study.” When it came to her children’s public school she decided to investigate. Her book The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, shows that there is more religion in America’s public schools today than there has been for the past 100 years.

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Elmore Leonard on Raylan

Elmore Leonard talks about bringing back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the hero of Pronto, Riding the Rap, and the hit FX series Justified, in his latest novel,  Raylan.

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The Education of General David Petraeus

Paula Broadwell embedded with General Petraeus, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general in the crucible of war. Her biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, calls him the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. She looks at Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

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New York City

Tell the Story of New York in 10 Objects

The BBC and the British Museum have told A History of the World in 100 Objects, now it’s your turn to tell A Story of New York in 10 Objects! Tell us which objects you think tell the story of New York—from the iconic to the everyday. All objects must be able to fit inside a museum, and can be things like an elevator from the Empire State Building, a bagel, or a subway token. Include a brief description of why you think the object helps define New York City, and include a picture if you like.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 10, at 5 pm. Then, it’ll be your turn to vote on your favorite objects!

**Please nominate only one object per entry. You can to nominate as many objects as you want.**

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