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John W. Martens talks about his new collection of online commentary on the Gospel of Mark and what it is like writing the weekly "Word" column for America. Martens is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. You can follow him @BibleJunkies and read his online commentary at www.biblejunkies.com and at "The Good Word."

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Anthony Andreassi, C.O., discusses his new history of Regis High School in New York City, the only tuition-free Jesuit school in the country. Teach Me to Be Generous is published by Fordham University Press. 

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Sir Gilbert Levine, known as "the pope's maestro" for his concerts for Pope John Paul II, talks about a musical celebration on May 5 celebrating the legacy of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Learn more about the concert, "Peace through Music 'In Our Age,'" and its broadcast on PBS stations here.

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Karen Sue Smith, former editorial director of America, introduces listeners to a few notable art exhibits in New York that illuminate crucial turning points in history. They include  "Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter" at the National Academy, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944, Reconstructing the Universe" at the Guggenheim and  "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937" at the Neue Gallery.

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"America is a Catholic ministry, and both of those words—Catholic and ministry—are carefully chosen," writes editor Matt Malone, S.J., in his recent letter to readers. "Our Jesuit charism guides all of our work. Each time you read America–whether in print or online–you engage with a smart Catholic take on faith and culture, a unique forum for thinking Catholics and those who need to know what Catholics are thinking." Here Dan Pawlus, VP for advancement, talks more about America's ministry and how our readers and listeners can play an important role in our growing community.   

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This week’s podcast was recorded at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in California. We spoke with Sr. Dianne Bergant, who is a Sister of St. Agnes, and the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has also served as the President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past 30 years. America readers may recognize her as a former columnist for The Word, which she authored from 2002-2005. At LA Congress, Sr. Dianne spoke about just war theory and the natural world. She argues that while the traditional understanding of “just war” addresses the effect of war on human beings and property, it does not adequately take into account the destruction done to the environment. She spoke with us about the legitimacy of this tradition today.

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Clementine Bordeaux is an academic coordinator and lecturer in American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Clementine grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, attended the Jesuit-sponsored Red Cloud Indian School, and later worked as youth ministry coordinator in Pine Ridge. In this podcast, Clementine describes her integration of Catholic and Lakota spirituality, her experience of attending the canonization of St. Kateri Tekawitha, and some of the challenges of Native students today.

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Rhona Tarrant, a freelance broadcaster for Ireland's RTE, talks about the tradition of airing the Angelus on Irish television and how it has changed.

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James Martin, S.J., talks about Jesus: A Pilgrimage, a new book that takes readers on a journey with the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. Father Martin is an editor at large at America and the author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Between Heaven and Mirth, among other books.

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Matthew McGarry is the Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, a position he had held since July 2012. He is responsible for overseeing approximately 60 staff members in four offices, as well as a range of programming including Humanitarian Assistance, Civil Society, Peacebuilding, Advocacy, and Youth Development—all aimed at serving vulnerable Palestinians. McGarry also has worked with CRS programs in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. 

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