Catholics, Contraception and the New Health Care Law

February 2, 2012

Catholic groups are challenging a new federal rule requiring religious-affiliated employers to cover contraception in their health care plans. The clash between church and state over the Affordable Care Act.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde

December 21, 2011

Diane talks with the Right Reverend Mariann Budde, who was installed last month as the first female and ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. They discuss the tough issues she faces after a decade of schism within the church, her plans to reach out to disillusioned Episcopalians, and her desire to create a bigger, broader church.

Consequences of Granting Legal Status to a Fertilized Human Egg

Consequences of Granting Legal Status to a Fertilized Human Egg

October 31, 2011

Mississippi voters will be asked to decide whether to define a fertilized human egg as a legal person. Why advocates on both sides of the abortion issue warn that the measure, if passed, could have far-reaching consequences.

Steve Inskeep:  "Instant City"

Steve Inskeep: "Instant City"

October 17, 2011

NPR’s Steve Inskeep reflects on life in modern Karachi, a place he’s explored in a decade of reporting from Pakistan. Why one of the largest cities on earth is a microcosm of the developing world.

Massacre in Norway

July 26, 2011

Norwegians struggle to understand the motives behind last Friday’s massacre: the tragedy in Oslo and the rise of far-right radicalism in Europe.

Pamela Constable: "Playing With Fire"

July 19, 2011

Inside contemporary Pakistan: understanding its complex history, economic potential, and modern day contradictions. Why this nuclear armed country remains critical to U-S interests.

Readers' Review: "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson

June 29, 2011

A Readers' Review of "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson: The novel is written in the form of a letter from an aging preacher to his young son, reflecting on the mysteries of life.

American Politics - Social Issues v. the Economy

June 29, 2011

Abortion rights, same-sex marriage and religion. What role divisive social ssues might play in the 2012 presidential race - and whether jobs and the economy could trump social concerns.

Political Turmoil in the North Africa and the Middle East

April 26, 2011

Anti-government protests in Syria, airstrikes in Libya, and a possible power transition in Yemen: The latest on violence and political upheaval in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Congressional Hearings on Muslims in the U.S.

March 10, 2011

"The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." That’s the title of a hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security which opened today. The committee chair says the hearing is...

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