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Is The Prom Experience Open To All?

July 15, 2010
By Julien Pearce, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

San Diego Nurse Creates Songs Of Hope For Trauma Patients

May 21, 2010
Sarah Gonzalez

A San Diego trauma nurse sings original songs for his patients at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Many are in comas or sedated, but Rod Salasay believes they can all hear him.

Iraq War Veteran Shares Her Ordeal Of Living With Traumatic Brain Injury

May 11, 2010
By Alison St John

Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the signature injury of the Iraq war. Nationwide, studies suggest 300,000 returning veterans experience the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. In San Diego, the V.A. Medical Center reports about 50 veterans a month present at the TBI clinic for testing.

Black Minister Speaks Out For Same-Sex Marriage

May 4, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Proponents of same-sex marriage fell short of the required signatures to get a measure on the November ballot that would reverse the current ban. We'll talk with a black Southern California pastor about his decision to not perform any marriages until all people have the equal right to marry in California.

Polygamy in America

Feb. 8, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh

As San Diegans prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day with their "one and only," there are towns in America where Valentine's Day is a lot more complicated. We'll explore the phenomenon of POLYGAMY IN AMERICA, the feature story in this month's National Geographic magazine.

Is America A Christian Nation?

Jan. 21, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Religion professor Richard Hughes critiques the powerful and potentially dangerous myth of America as a Christian nation.

The Bible And Homosexuality

Jan. 7, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

We talk to San Diego author Linda Patterson about her self-published book, 'Hate Thy Neighbor: How the Bible is Misused to Condemn Homosexuality.'

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The Day Of The Dead Finds New Life In The USA

Nov. 2, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh

What started centuries ago as a tradition among indigenous people in Southern Mexico has now become the the largest Latino celebration in the USA. We'll explore how El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, rose from obscurity to popularity in both this country and in modern Mexico.

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How To Conquer Fear In Troubled Times

Oct. 19, 2009
By Alan Ray, Natalie Walsh

How does fear of losing a job or growing old impact our lives? We'll talk with best selling author Rabbi Harold Kushner about his newest book "Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World."

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How a Local Journalist Sees God

Aug. 24, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Local journalism professor and author talks about how to see God in a chaotic world. Author Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University and an award-winning reporter.

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Surfer and Zen Master Discusses Journey of Self Discovery

Aug. 11, 2009
By Josette Herdell, Maureen Cavanaugh

A visiting author speaks with us about his quest of self-discovery as he surfed Hawaii, traveled the world and became a Zen master.

San Diegans Honor the Dead on Memorial Day

May 25, 2009
By Tom Fudge

Hundreds of people gathered at Rosecrans National Cemetery today. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more on the Memorial Day celebration.

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Hospital Chaplains Work on Healing the Soul

April 22, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg

Modern medicine can perform miracles. But it can't offer spiritual guidance or emotional support when a person is sick or dying. While doctors and nurses work to cure the body, hospital chaplains try to heal the soul.

What Does It Mean to be Catholic?

April 15, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh

What does it mean to be a Catholic today? And what role has America played in shaping the Church and world religion? We'll talk with author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book Practicing Catholic.

The Meaning of the Bible Over Time

March 26, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh and

One of the most popular books in the world, the Christian Bible continues to be a source of spiritual inspiration and guidance for many people. We'll explore the history of the Bible and the people who read and cherish it with the author of "The Bible and The People."