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Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were "mined" to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as "stupid" and "unbelievable."

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Fresh Air

A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The early days of college hoops were dominated by flashy players who were thought to be naturally suited for the game and who saw the sport as their way out of the ghetto. They're not who you suspect.

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Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Orthodox arbiters of kosher inspected quinoa fields in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia. And now for the first time, they've given their Passover seal of approval to the ancient "pseudo-cereal."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Barbara Ehrenreich on Mystical Experiences and the Search for Answers

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich recounts her quest—which began in childhood—to find "the Truth" about the universe and everything else. In middle age, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, so cataclysmic, that she had never written or spoken about it to anyone. Until now. In Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for Truth about Everything, she reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all.

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Fresh Air

If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Monday, April 07, 2014

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Atlanta Archbishop Will Sell Mansion Built With Church Money

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Months after moving in, Archbishop Wilton Gregory says he'll move out of a $2.2 million mansion. Parishioners had expressed anger over his building a Tudor-style mansion in a pricey neighborhood.

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Finding Peace After Genocide

Friday, April 04, 2014

It has been 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Reverend Celestin Musekura lost congregation members in the bloodshed. He discusses how faith has helped foster reconciliation.

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For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Spring is when many public schools hold lotteries to determine which students can enroll in bilingual classrooms. Many Latino parents seek to participate in order to maintain family traditions.

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All Things Considered

Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The IRS has not audited a church in five years. Some televangelists are taking advantage of that inaction to shield millions of dollars from public scrutiny.

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Some States Seek To Bless Prayer In Public Schools

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

School-sponsored prayer was banned by the Supreme Court more than 50 years ago. New laws in several states, however, would allow students to offer their own prayers, even at official school functions.

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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian mammoth the state's fossil.

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Morning Edition

For 'Lent Madness,' Reverend Pits Saints Against Each Other

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Rev. Tim Schenck created the March Madness-type bracket in the true spirit of the season. People learn about, then vote for their favorite saints to advance to the Golden Halo.

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All Things Considered

Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NPR examines previously undisclosed financial records from Daystar Television. Those files raise issues as basic as the definition of "church" and as grand as the role of government in religion.

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The Pope And Obama Share A Knack For Inspiring The Young

Saturday, March 29, 2014

President Obama met with Pope Francis this week at the Vatican. Among those watching most closely were young American Catholics.

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All Things Considered

Monsignor Brings Pope's Tweets To The World, In Latin

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vatican Latinist Monsignor Daniel Gallagher has a unique job: He translates Pope Francis's tweets into Latin. And with 231,000 followers, the @Pontifex_ln Twitter handle is a hit.

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Asian-American Rabbi Changes The Face Of Judaism

Friday, March 28, 2014

New York's Central Synagogue is one of the most prominent synagogues in the country, and its new leader is going to be an Asian-American woman. Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdal shares her story.

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The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

Thursday, March 27, 2014

President Obama, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed in that department Thursday by Pope Francis.

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All Things Considered

In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved

Thursday, March 27, 2014

President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time at the Vatican. The meeting is intended to mark a fresh start for the administration's sometimes-strained relationship with Catholic leadership.

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The Takeaway

An Epic Tale of Hollywood and The Bible

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This weekend, the big budget biblical adventure "Noah" hits the big screen. The biblical film isn't new, but these movies raise questions about Hollywood's fascination with The Bible. Do biblical movies bring non-believers back into the fold? Do they challenge us to think a little differently? We explore these questions with Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, and Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program On Being.

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