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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.

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Morning Edition

From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

Friday, January 30, 2015

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

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Fresh Air

Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Morning Edition

Advocates Examine Mormon Church's Stance On LGBT Rights

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people celebrated when the church announced support for anti-discrimination laws. But now they are taking a closer look at the statements.

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A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.

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All Things Considered

Journalist Documents Anti-Semitism In A Swedish City

Monday, January 26, 2015

Journalist Petter Ljunggren wore a Jewish skullcap and Star of David pendant to covertly film the anti-Semitism he experienced in the Swedish city of Malmo. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Ljunggren.

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Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.

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Morning Edition

American Millennial Missionary In Guinea Isn't Scared Off By Ebola

Friday, January 23, 2015

Luke Whitworth, 23, came to Guinea from South Carolina 13 months ago. That's when the outbreak there began. His sponsoring group gave him the option to leave — but he's determined to stay.

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Supreme Court Rules For Muslim Inmate In Prison Beard Case

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The court said a ban on beards violated the prisoner's religious freedom. The state of Arkansas had argued that the beard presented security concerns and that it could be used to hide contraband.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Delicate Intersection of Religion and Comedy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guest host Aasif Mandvi talks with Dean Obeidallah about being a Muslim-American comedian, at home and abroad.

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Pope Francis Says Catholics Don't Need To Breed 'Like Rabbits'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On his return from a weeklong trip to Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the church's ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood."

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What If Heaven Is Not For Real?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The idea that we, as individuals, did not exist 1,000 years ago doesn't seem to worry us. So, why does the idea of not existing in the future freak us out so much? Adam Frank explores this notion.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Exploring Muslim Identity in Theater, Comedy, and Revolution

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Aasif Mandvi guest hosts. Thanassis Cambanis on revolution in Cairo. Ayad Akhtar on heading to Broadway. Corey Powell on life on Mars. Dean Obeidallah on religion and comedy. 

All Things Considered

A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his life and asks: Could a family's constant movement — four countries in four generations — contribute to a mother's struggle with mental illness?

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Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Leo Varadkar, speaking to Irish radio, also says he supports an upcoming referendum to approve same-sex marriage in the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

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ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The mostly infirm refugees from the religious minority were released by the self-declared Islamic State. Speculation is that they had become a burden to the militants.

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Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Francis concludes his four-day visit to the region's only predominately Catholic country advocating for the poor and warning against the government's "insidious" family planning program.

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Longtime Church Organist Keeps Traditional Hymns Alive

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Churches are retiring their hymnals and organs, hoping to attract younger crowds. But at West Auburn Congregational in Maine, Charles Marshall has been playing for 70 years with no plans to retire.

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In LA, Building Ties To Counter Religious Extremism

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Law enforcement is working to detect and prevent radical Islam in the U.S. On this week's For The Record, NPR's Rachel Martin presents different perspectives on what prevention looks like today.

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Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The arrests are said to include Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind a foiled plot to conduct attacks in Belgium.

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