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St. Olaf Christmas Festival and Choir
December 20, 2013
St. Olaf Christmas Festival and Choir
The elite St. Olaf Choir is considered a pioneer in America’s a capella choral tradition, and for more than 100 years St. Olaf College, a small Lutheran college in Northfield, Minnesota, has held a Christmas musical festival that is known and loved around the world.
December 20, 2013
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Dr. Anton Armstrong Extended Interview
December 20, 2013
Dr. Anton Armstrong Extended Interview
The conductor of the St. Olaf Choir suggests that music “will somehow seep into the bodies of those performing and certainly those who are hearing, and if it makes them reflect and they think differently about themselves and the people with whom they live day in and day out and how they lead their ...
December 20, 2013
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Mormon Missionary Expansion, El Salvador Abortion Ban, Sufi Whirling Dervishes
December 13, 2013
Mormon Missionary Expansion, El Salvador Abortion Ban, Sufi Whirling Dervishes

More than 80,000 Mormon missionaries are now serving around the world; all abortions are against the law in this Central American country; and this dancing by Sufi Muslims is also a spiritual offering.

December 13, 2013
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Mormon Missionary Expansion
December 13, 2013
Mormon Missionary Expansion
The number of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going up steadily as a result of the lower age limits for both men and women who want to serve as missionaries.
December 13, 2013
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El Salvador Abortion Ban
December 13, 2013
El Salvador Abortion Ban
Strongly influenced by Catholic teachings, the country of El Salvador now forbids all abortions. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from San Salvador on the consequences for many women when abortion is considered murder, regardless of the circumstances.
December 13, 2013
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Sufi Whirling Dervishes
December 13, 2013
Sufi Whirling Dervishes
This expression of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, "is creating an atmosphere to pray, and it’s an offering. I think it’s just a physical way of expressing this love for the divine, and in the whirling it becomes a meditation," says Manjula Kumar, a program manager at the Smithsonian ...
December 13, 2013
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Nelson Mandela, Pundits and the Pope, Christmas Gift Giving
December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela, Pundits and the Pope, Christmas Gift Giving

The legacy of Nelson Mandela; the pope’s document urging Catholics to do more for the poor; churches and alternative Christmas gift-giving; and the growing number of Hispanic Protestants in the U.S.

December 6, 2013
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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
The first democratically elected president of South Africa died this week at the age of 95. We look back at the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, who led the movement to end apartheid peacefully.
December 6, 2013
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Pundits and the Pope
December 6, 2013
Pundits and the Pope
"He has given a higher priority to the church’s social teachings, to our obligations to the poor, and to criticism of an unjust economy than we have heard in a long time," says Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne.
December 6, 2013
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Hispanic Protestants
December 6, 2013
Hispanic Protestants
Most Hispanics in the U.S. still call themselves Catholic, but more and more are joining Protestant churches, especially the younger generation. The explosive growth of the Protestant Hispanic population can be seen in places like New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, which draws more than 17,000 ...
December 6, 2013
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Christmas Gift Giving
December 6, 2013
Christmas Gift Giving
“Christmas is about Jesus’ birth and honoring Jesus with the priorities that Jesus would have in the world, especially amongst marginalized people. But what we’ve done is made it more about us,” says Rev. Mike Slaughter.
December 6, 2013
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Methodist Gay Marriage, Civil Rights Anniversary, Gettysburg Address
November 27, 2013
Methodist Gay Marriage, Civil Rights Anniversary, Gettysburg Address
Divisions in the United Methodist Church over same-sex marriage; historian Taylor Branch on the key civil rights events of 1963; students and tutors recite the Gettysburg Address in honor of its 150th anniversary.
November 27, 2013
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