May 26, 2004 The Catholic archdiocese in Boston plans to close 65 parishes by the end of the year in an effort to save money. The financial crisis was brought on, in part, by the clergy abuse scandal, but it's also due to a priest shortage and shifting demographics. Monica Brady-Myerov of member station WBUR reports.
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May 25, 2004 Commentator William McKenzie, an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News, says new polling shows that Evangelical Christians are not uniformly conservative on every issue. About one third of them are described as moderate, theologically conservative on sexual morality but socially progressive on political issues such as poverty and the environment.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Steve Inskeep visited Three Holy Women Catholic parish in east Milwaukee and talked to parishioners about their views on the war in Iraq. Wisconsin is considered a swing state in the fall election, and Catholics are considered swing voters.
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February 9, 2004 The voodoo religion, with 30 million followers in West Africa, is one of the most misunderstood faiths in the world. As part of the Radio Expeditions series in cooperation with National Geographic, NPR's John Burnett explores the deities, music and rituals of voodoo.
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December 20, 2001 Sandy Tolan of American Radio Works continues his report on Middle Eastern attitudes toward America.
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December 20, 2001 Sandy Tolan reports for American Radio Works on the long Middle Eastern history of animosity toward the West, and America in particular. He says the Arab suspicion of the West reaches back to the days of the Christian Crusades, and has been compounded by more recent history, such as American support for Israel. There is a tension in modern Jordan and Egypt, for example, between a sense of great pride in Arab culture and a sense of defeat by the culture of the West. American films and freedom are admired by many, but American foreign policy is not. American Radio Works in the documentary project of National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio.
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November 26, 1999 NPR's Deborah George tells us the story of pioneering radio evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. She was among the first to take her preaching to the radio, bringing innovative ideas to the airwaves. In the first half of this century she was a celebrity of the first order, listened to by movie stars and common folk. She was a striking stage presence who used humor and song to make her message heard. In the first of these two segments, we hear from the movie actor Anthony Quinn who played saxophone at her rallies as a boy in East Los Angeles. He tells us he learned a lot of his stage presence from her -- using pauses and staring at the audience to get attention. We learn how scandal rocked her life. McPherson vanished at Venice Beach and turned up a month later in a Mexican border town with a strange story that few believed. There were rumors she had been seen in a love nest with a married man in California. This shadow over her Godliness was compounded during the stock market crash of 1929 by money woes and family arguments over money. She died in 1944 at age 54, long after her heyday ended.
January 9, 1999 Some people saw the Y2K computer problem echoing the predictions for the second coming of Christ in the Book of Revelations. NPR's Lynn Neary reports on how some evangelical groups reacted.
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