This week on State of Belief we revisit some of our favorite interviews from the first half of 2008. Congressman Jim McGovern joins host Welton Gaddy to discuss the federal budget, poverty in America and what he learned from taking the Congressional Food Stamp Challenge. For one week, Congressman McGovern and four of his House colleagues, as well as their spouses, attempted to live off an average Food Stamp budget…That’s about $3 a day.

And prominent philosopher Martha Nussbaum explores where our Constitution’s guarantees of religious freedom come from in her new book Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality.


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Plus we look back at great conversations with Kirk Ellis, writer and co-executive producer of the HBO miniseries John Adams, and prominent evangelical and bestselling author, Jim Wallis.

State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism. Through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities, reports from the field, and his own commentary, Welton shows how religion and radical freedom are best friends and how the religious right is wrong – wrong for America and bad for religion.

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