In a week packed with political news, the most significant development was almost certainly the confirmation hearing of judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll get an expert look at the nominee and his potential impact over perhaps the next three decades and beyond.

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by one of the nation’s top analysts of the high court, Slate legal journalist and commentator Dahlia Lithwick, who has compellingly described Gorsuch as having been “hatched in a Federalist Society lab.” We’ll hear what she means by that and get her perspective on how the nomination will proceed over the coming weeks. So much about the Trump presidency has been unprecedented, and his Supreme Court nomination will likely be no exception.

Many of us were deeply saddened to learn that the long-running PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly was ending its run after nearly two decades. The show’s managing editor and correspondent, Kim Lawton, will join us for a look back at her tenure at the show and a discussion of the challenges facing religion journalism today.

Finally, Welton will be joined by investigative journalist Sarah Posner, author of a provocative new piece in the New Republic headlined, “Amazing Disgrace.” In the article, Posner explores the unlikely synergy between the thrice-married and biblically illiterate Trump and the Religious Right.

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