2007

December 29-30, 2007

For this special show, we’re focusing on the Episcopal Church in the United States. Congregations are splitting from the Church over the issues of gay marriage and homosexual clergy. Will it lead to the break-up of the Episcopal Church in 2008? Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori joins us for a discussion about the future of […]

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December 22-23, 2007

What’s the Christmas season like for people with no religious background? Is it alienating? Does it share the same meaning as it does for religious people? And how does Santa Claus fit into all of it. We’ll talk to Dr. Dale McGowan. He’s the author of Parenting Beyond Belief and he’ll offer holiday advice and […]

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December 15-16, 2007

Pat Buchanan is back and he thinks that America is approaching a Day of Reckoning. Pat and Welton have a conversation (and likely disagreement) about what Pat says is “tearing America apart.” Also, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is surging in the polls. Is the Republican candidate being set up for an equally stunning decline […]

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December 8-9, 2007

Rocky Anderson, the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, tells us why he wants President Bush impeached. You can get a good idea of his reasoning by reading this October 27 speech. We’ll also analyze Mitt Romney’s Faith in America speech, with help from TIME Magazine’s Amy Sullivan, who wrote a 2005 article for Washington […]

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December 1-2, 2007

Saddleback Church in California is best known for its pastor, Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life. But it’s Rick’s wife, Kay Warren, who organizes the Global Summit on AIDS. Kay tells us how the event became so politically charged. Plus, you may not be used to the term Feminist Muslim, but one woman […]

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November 24-25, 2007

We’re giving you second helpings of State of Belief for Thanksgiving weekend. We’ll revisit some of our best interview subjects, including Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to the Simpsons, God’s Harvard author Hanna Rosin, and conscientious objector Aidan Delgado. Plus, we’ll take you back to Denver, Colorado, to visit SAME Cafe, a restaruant […]

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November 17-18, 2007

Why do politicians spend so much time talking about religion? Are they pandering or is there a psychological explanation? Dr. Justin Frank, the psychiatrist who put Bush on the Couch, analyzes the relationship between religion and politics. Plus, Michael Newdow, the man who put the words “under God” on trial, tells us why he’s back […]

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November 10-11, 2007

Hear from the recipients of this year’s Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. Find out what Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn have to say after receiving the highest honor of The Interfaith Alliance. Also, why do more than two-thirds of Americans believe the United States is a Christian nation? We’ll talk to Charles Haynes of […]

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November 3-4, 2007

Why do so many young Americans call Christianity hypocritical, insincere, judgmental, and sheltered? David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, the authors of the book unChristian, tell us about their research on a new generation’s perception of religion. Plus, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture is offering a faith-based reaction to U.S. torture policies. We’ll hear from […]

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October 27-28, 2007

Why was Reverend Billy, leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, arrested for reciting the First Amendment in public? Why are lawmakers in Oklahoma refusing to accept a gift of the Koran? Why are we watching the reality show Kid Nation? Here’s who’s joining us to help answer those questions: Reverend Billy himself; Keith McArtor, […]

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