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PBS' Series 'Life of Muhammad' May Surprise Viewers
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

He’s born poor. By age 6, he’s an orphan. Two years later, he loses his grandfather. Yet he overcomes his circumstances, develops a reputation for business integrity and progressive views on marriage. Then he ...

Jesus Resurrected and 'The Undocumented'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Our search for the resurrected one, the one who has come to give us life, has everything to do with the dead. At the  Full Frame Film Festival  in Durham last week, I saw Marco ...

The Gospel Roots of the ‘Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll’
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Before Elvis and Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. Before Aretha and Whitney and Beyonce. Before the blues met gospel and conceived rock ‘n’ roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Be ...

PBS Series Depicts American Abolitionists as Fired By Faith
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, PBS premieres “The Abolitionists,” a three-part series, on Tuesday. As the nation marks the 150th anniv ...

PHOTOS: Million Puppet March in Support of PBS
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, supporters of Public Broadcasting gathered in Washington, D.C., for a march in response to Mitt Romney's now-infamous Big Bird comment, referring to his plan to cut funding for PBS. ...

Meet the Nones: Spiritual But Not Religious
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has wrapped up its three-part new mini-series on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated. Editor's Note:  Sojourners has launched  ...

Meet the Nones: Politically Active
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. Editor's Note: Sojourners has launched this new blog series to hel ...

Meet the Nones: PBS Takes a Closer Look (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the ...

QUIRK: PBS CEO Paula Kerger Addresses Big Bird Craze
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

PBS CEO Paula Kerger addresses the Big Bird, post-presidential debate controversy. OK, the @firedbigbird tweets have been hilarious. And it's almost understandable th ...

'Homeland' Asks Tough Questions About Immigration Policy
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Can America still afford to be a generous immigrant nation? Can it afford not to be? Can America still afford to be a generous immigrant nation? Can it afford not to be? These ...

Undocumented or Illegal?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

When people who have immigrated to another country through methods other than the official legal system are discussed, we hear quite a few words bandied about: “illegal,” “undocumented,” and “alien” just to na ...

How Do You Call the Cops on the Cops? Sobering Accounts of Abuse by Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

With each Homeland Security busload of migrants being released from Border Patrol custody, we listened and then documented case after case of abuse. What would you do if you were ...

QUIRK: Mister Rogers Remix
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

If you grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, then this video may give your day a little extra cheer. In this new remix, engineered by Symphony of Science’s John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios, the man ...

Women, Storytelling, and Activism Merge at MAKERS
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

MAKERS is a documentary project where dozens of short reflections and dreams are gathered to promote the ways a diverse collection of women are transforming the planet into a more holistic and habitable place. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America; The Amish; Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spiri ...

Forget The Firm--Meet Francia
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Most real-life law students I've met are at way, way less risk of being murdered than their counterparts in a John Grisham novel--except for Francia Marquez. Most real-life l ...

God, PBS and Paul Simon, The "God Chronicler By Accident"
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 9:10pm | Type: Blog

Kim Lawton of PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" interviews Paul Simon about God, his music, and the spiritual questions he's asked, and continues to ask, after all these years. ...

Welcome to the Poverty Thunderdome
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, professional loudhailer Bill O'Reilly welcomed -- well, welcomed might be a bit generous -- radio and TV host Tavis Smiley and Princeton University professor Cornel West to his Fox ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Remembering the Real, Radical Martin Luther King
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

"I had no idea Martin Luther King was a radical!" These shocked words were spoken to me this weekend after an activist training I'd been running in Sydney. "I ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/calling/" target="_blank"><em>The Calling</em>< ...

Blogging Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As newspapers continue to shrink and reduce staff, too often the first to go are religion reporters. As newspapers continue to shrink and reduce staff, too often the first to go a ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Why Poverty Persists in a World of Wealth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The forthcoming documentary <em><a href="http://www.theendofpoverty.com">The End of Poverty?</a></em> opens with the question "Why does poverty persist in a world of grow ...

Tools for Turning Your Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing quest to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/20/turning-my-travels-into-pilgrimages">turn my travels into pilgrimages</a>, I keep discovering resources that help me along ...

Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education. ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

The 'War on Drugs' in Tulia, Texas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On July 23, 1999, undercover narcotics agent Tom Coleman executed one of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575291.shtml">biggest drug busts in Texas history&l ...

My Day on the Hugo Chavez Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tonight, PBS's Frontline will air "<a title="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/" href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/">The Hug ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

Dichotomies and Dilemmas in the Global Warming Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Tonight at 9 p.m. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, many of us will tune in to Heat , a PBS investigative documentary on climate change and what big business is doing to address it. ...

The Other Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The financial crisis is nothing to bat an eyelash at, of course, but as the U.S. The financial crisis is nothing to bat an eyelash at, of course, but as the U.S. is swept up in th ...