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Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP)

In the week of Passover and anti-Semitic gunfire, we look at the history of the Jews with acclaimed historian Simon Schama. Plus, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 | 11:00 AM
In Darren Aronovsky's new film "Noah," Russell Crowe plays the titular biblical patriarch. (Paramount Pictures)

Noah’s Ark hits the big screen. We’ll talk with top theologians about the meaning of the story of Noah and the Great Flood.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM
An image of a young Jesus in the workshop of St. Joseph in a 1640s painting by Georges de La Tour. (Creative Commons)

Novelist and biographer Jay Parini takes on the still-unfolding story of Jesus.

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Monday, December 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM
On President Thomas Jefferson's gravestone in Virginia, his promotion of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom was one of the three things he was most proud of. (Creative Commons)

How a founding father, Thomas Jefferson, came to understand Islam.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot Engelmann spruce, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP)

Mexican-American essayist and big thinker Richard Rodriguez joins us on identity, immigration and the human spirit.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Freelance reporter Eric Lyman tells us that Pope Francis’ latest statement is drawing attention from many quarters of the international media — ourselves included — for its unique take on larger economic issues.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Author Flannery O'Connor in 1962. A recently discovered journal she wrote during her time at the University of Iowa in 1946 and 1947. (AP)

The great Flannery O’Connor. A newly discovered journal of prayers gives a rare glimpse of the deeply Catholic writer and artist as a young woman.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A picture taken as part of Prof. Akbar Ahmed's project "Journey Into Islam" (Credit: flickr/journeyintoamerica)

Top Islam expert Akbar Ahmed. He just visited one hundred mosques in America. We get his report.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Stephen Hawking in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 15, 2009. (AP)

Physicist Stephen Hawking and a Cal Tech colleague weigh in on science, the ultimate questions, and God.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Former Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, Aug. 28, 2010. (AP)

We talk with Vanity Fair reporter Michael Joseph Gross, about his big new—and controversial — profile of Tea Party powerbroker Sarah Palin. Plus, we hear a new gospel of thrift, from a young megachurch pastor.

 
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Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

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Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

 
Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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The Week In Seven Soundbites: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Holy week with an unholy shooter. South Koreans scramble to save hundreds. Putin plays to the crowd in questioning. Seven days gave us seven sounds.

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Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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