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.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 10:00 AM
People participate in a rally against a proposed mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York, Aug. 22, 2010. (AP)

A preacher, a rabbi, and an imam talk about faith relations in America as the debate over the Manhattan Islamic center rolls on.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Writer Christopher Hitchens is dying of cancer, and his well-known atheistic views are back in the public spotlight. Tom Ashbrook moderated a debate earlier this year with Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe. In light of the news, it’s worth checking out the “Great God Debate.”

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Columnist Randy Cohen (

Randy Cohen, writer of the ethicist column at the New York Times Magazine, tackles the nation’s moral challenges and yours, too.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Mahabharata Festival (AP)

Tales of love and war, demons and gods. We look at the ancient epics that still drive rising India.

Nov 26, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

Nov 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

Nov 25, 2015
Three of baker Renee McLeoud's delicious pies, on display in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

Nov 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winning Iowa writer Marilynne Robinson, arrives to the State Library of Iowa in the Ola Babcock Miller Building, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the day before Thanksgiving, we talk with Marilynne Robinson – one of America’s greatest authors, thinkers, moralists — about fear and hope in a hard, frightening time.

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Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving: Recipes
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Did our Thanksgiving 2016 episode make you hungry? Good news — we’ve got recipes right here.

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Karl Rove Still Won’t Get Involved In The 2016 G.O.P. Primary
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Karl Rove may say he’s not endorsing or getting involved in the 2016 G.O.P. presidential primary, but that won’t stop from offering advice on how to beat Republican front runner Donald Trump.

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Roger Cohen And Barry Posen On ISIS
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

A brief, but illustrative exchange between Barry Posen and Roger Cohen during our conversation on ISIS today.

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