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Catholic Church Goes Green To Counter Global Warming

May 10
By Peggy Pico
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Pope Benedict XVI issues a “call to action” to deal with climate change.

San Diego Catholics Protest For Women's Equality In The Church

April 15
By Susan Murphy
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A group of San Diego Roman Catholics is calling for the equality of women in the church. It's part of a nationwide effort to let women be priests.

What Fuels Atheism in America?

April 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Atheism, although having a more subtle impact throughout American history, has never been in the forefront of societal discussion. This recently growing popularity of Atheism, or "unbelief," has helped push this quiet minority into greater popularity. We will be providing a spotlight for this movement and show its true nature in the U.S.

What Will Be The Ramifications Of The Dalai Lama's Political Resignation?

March 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John
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Known in religious communities as "His Holiness," The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has decided to resign his position as political leader of Tibet. What will the ramifications be for the global Buddhist community and Tibetan people who currently reside in Dharamsala, India? And how will this impact the relations between the Chinese government and Tibet?

Insight: Does It Pay To Believe?

March 9
By Tom Fudge
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Religion is a staple of human society but that might be unfortunate. More than a thousand people showed up at UCSD this week to hear a debate on whether religion is a good or a bad influence on us.

Why Did Supreme Court Rule In Favor Of Church’s Right To Protest?

March 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook
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The Westboro Baptist Church has angered many by protesting at military funerals and other events. The church protesters often hold signs with anti-gay messages and say things like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Despite the church's offensive messages, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects their right to protest, and use signs containing what many consider hurtful speech. KPBS Guest Military Blogger Beth Ford Roth joins us to explain the Supreme Court's ruling.

Local Atheist Groups Wish For Critical Look At Religion During Holidays

Dec. 23
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The holidays are a time of religiosity, and the San Diego atheist community would like to change that now, and in the new year.

Guns Exchanged For Food Cards

Dec. 20
Rebecca Romani

The third-annual exchange of guns for food gift cards was a success at Lincoln Park church.

Latino Evangelical Churches Changing the Religious Landscape

Nov. 29
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Evangelical pastors along the U.S.-Mexico border are increasingly building their Latino church services. They're focusing on youth ministry, women in the church and popular culture, and rapidly reinventing a traditionally Catholic community.

What's Fueling Conflict Between Religion And Science?

Nov. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

What can be learned by seeking a deeper understanding of both science and religion? We speak to one of the world's most renowned voices on the intersection between religion and science.

Insight: Cloistered Nuns. Cloistered Workers.

Oct. 14
By Tom Fudge
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There’s a Carmelite monastery on the edge of a cliff above Mission Valley just a quarter mile from my former home in Normal Heights. Shutting yourself off from the view of the world, as the nuns there do, may seem strange to the spiritually undeveloped.

Bill Moyers Talks Politics, Religion, Media

Sept. 22

Long-time public broadcasting journalist and author Bill Moyers joins us today to discuss the state of politics, the role of religion in the U.S., and recent changes in the media.

How Widespread Is Anti-Muslim Sentiment?

Sept. 10
By Megan Burke, Hank Crook, Amita Sharma, Natalie Walsh
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Amita Sharma speaks with Imam Taha Hassane, director of the Islamic Center of San Diego, about Muslim sentiment following a Florida pastor's intention to burn copies of the Koran.

Locals Begin Observance Of Ramadan

Aug. 11
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Wednesday, August 11, marks the first day of Ramadan. We discuss the significance of Ramadan to the Muslim faith and find out how American Muslims observe the holy month. We'll also learn about plans for a new Islamic Center in Temecula and hear how the Muslim community there is dealing with protests from some community members.

Is The Prom Experience Open To All?

July 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Julien Pearce

Proms are a right-of-passage for high school students. We'll look at the experience of one young woman whose school cancelled the prom because she wanted to take her girlfriend.