Barbara Bradley Hagerty Barbara Bradley Hagerty has been the religion correspondent for NPR since January 2003. She reports on the intersection of faith and politics, law, science, and culture.

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8 Ways You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

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Taking an intelligence test at the University of Maryland: In one month of brain training, former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty vastly increased her scores in intelligence tests. Courtesy of Barbara Bradley Hagerty hide caption

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Forget About It: Your Middle-Aged Brain Is Not On The Decline

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Forget The Red Sports Car. The Midlife Crisis Is A Myth

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Carol Fiore's husband, Eric, died after the plane he was test-piloting crashed in Wichita, Kan., 12 years ago. An atheist, Carol felt no comfort when religious people told her Eric was in a better place. Barbara Bradley Hagerty/NPR hide caption

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After Tragedy, Nonbelievers Find Other Ways To Cope

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Ronan at 2 years old. "I know Ronan's purpose in life was to shed light on this disease," says his mother, Maya Thompson. "This is why I will continue to fight for childhood cancer for the rest of my life." Courtesy of Maya Thompson hide caption

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Finding New Meaning In The Loss Of A Son

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Mormonism: A Scrutinized, Yet Evolving Faith

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Attendees pray during The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster'

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NPR Election Coverage Hour 4

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Shift In Mormon Age Policy Widens Women's Options

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A nun chants while she and her sisters pray together during Vespers at their home near Dumfries, Va. Unlike older sisters shaped by Vatican II, a new generation of women are flocking to more conservative orders. Barbara Bradley Hagerty/NPR hide caption

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Sisters And Vatican II: A Generational Tug Of War

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Both Candidates Leave God Off The Campaign Trail

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Catholic Bishops Ramp Up Same-Sex Marriage Fight

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Text Reignites Debate: Did Jesus Have A Wife?

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