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Archive for April 30th 2008

Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of "Our Lady of 121st Street" and "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," talks about his new play, "The Little Flower of East Orange," which is playing at the Public Theater in Manhattan through Sunday May 4. In an interview recorded at his home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Guirgis discusses his Catholic upbringing, moments of grace in his life and the writers who have inspired him.

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May 5 Podcast - David Gibson on the Pope’s Visit

David Gibson, author of The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World, discusses the pope's recent visit to the United States, including his private meeting with sexual abuse victims and his address to the U.N. Gibson also offers a first-hand view of the liturgies in Washington and New York, and reflects on how the trip might shape Benedict's papacy and the American church as a whole.

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In this excerpt from "Pathways of Learning," Sister Marie Pappas' weekly show on "The Catholic Channel Sirius Radio 159," America associate editor Jim Keane, S.J., and Fordham University professor Angela O'Donnell discuss their "top 10" Catholic novels. Among the authors who make the list are Graham Greene, Flannery O'Connor, Ron Hansen and the science-fiction author Walter Miller.

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Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses, describes the "hook-up culture" prevalent on both Catholic and non-Catholic campuses, and why students aren't happy about it. Many students yearn for a more traditional romantic culture, Freitas explains, yet they are unsure how to attain it. Only evangelical schools seem to have succeeded in creating an alternative environment, with the cultivation of elaborate courtship rituals. Can such a model be brought to Catholic schools? Maybe not, but Freitas offer advice for young people trying to escape the degrading excesses of the college party culture.

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With its April 14, 2008 issue, America begins its 100th year of publication. On this week's podcast, editor Drew Christiansen, S.J. discusses the magazine's long history, how much has changed since 1909, and how much remains the same. Joining him are acting publisher James Martin, S.J., and James Keane, S.J., who along with Jim McDermott, S.J., will be editing a series of historical pieces for the centennial year.

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