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On this week's podcast poet Christian Wiman describes the power of poetry to hosts Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber. America's poetry editor Joe Hoover, S.J., joins to offer his perspective. In conversation with our editors, Wiman described how his ability to write poetry was affected by a period of illness. "It's dangerous if you're an artist and the medium through which you process the world is taken away from you. Everything becomes dammed up in you. I met the woman who is now my wife and got sick shortly after that it jolted me into speech. All of those poems [published in Hammer is the Prayer by Farrar, Straus & Giroux]  came directly out of that experience."

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Cokie Roberts, who wrote about the role of women in Washington in our Jan. 23 issue, is this week's guest. Hosts Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber chat to her about the state of journalism under President Donald J. Trump, in addition to his announcement that he is planning to build a border wall. Associate Editor Ashley McKinless joins to offer her perspective on the immigration crisis.

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This week Matt Malone, SJ., and Kerry Weber chatted to Robert David Sullivan about the role of Catholics in Congress across party lines. This topic is particualrly timely given that almost one third of Congress' membership is Catholic in 2017.

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As National Migration Week concludes, Jill Marie Gerschutz-Bell, a senior policy and legislative specialist for Catholic Relief Services, discusses the conflicts and crises that are forcing people from their communities in the Middle East, Africa and Central America.

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On this week's podcast Rob Weinert-Kendt chats to Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy about the best shows he's seen in New York City recently, as well a list of exciting plays coming up in the future. Highlights include "Dear Evan Hansen" and "The Present," as well as a movie: "La La Land." Rob Weinert-Kendt also reflects on what makes theater special; namely, its churchlike ability to bring people together.

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On this podcast, Sam Sawyer, S.J., speaks to Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber about cybersecurity and the digital revolution. The conversation tries to answer who we want to be online in an age where cyberhacking has become commonplace.

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This week James Martin, S.J., speaks about his involvement in the film 'Silence,' Martin Scorsese's latest film about two Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan. Matt Malone, S.J., and Kevin Clarke find out about how and why Scorsese made the film.

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In this week's podcast, George Drance, S.J., chats to Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber about his approach to the theater as a Jesuit actor and director. George Drance also talks about his next play, "Calderon's Two Dreams," which opens at La MaMa in New York in February 2017.

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This week, photojournalist Joey O'Loughlin talks to Tim Reidy and Matt Malone, S.J., about her photo project, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC." She explains that many people who rely on food banks work multiple jobs, and the food banks are a vital lifeline when they can't afford groceries.

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As crises in Syria and Iraq reach a crescendo, Kevin Hartigan, Catholic Relief Services' regional director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe, speaks from Baghdad about responding to families fleeing conflict in the region.

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