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The new book “Why We Need Religion” argues that people need religion, but not for spiritual reasons. We discuss the power and purpose can religion can have with author Stephen T. Asma.

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A refugee’s harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen is also a remarkable story of interfaith cooperation.  

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Bill Hybels (Willow Creek D/CH / Flickr)

What’s behind the resignation of Willow Creek mega-church leader Bill Hybels? A discussion with Chicago Tribune reporter Manya Brachear Pashman.

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Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides

The Greek Orthodox faithful of Chicago have a new leader. Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides was enthroned on March 24 and is only the second in this region.

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From celebrity to corporate life, a new book explores how our culture is shaped by religious traditions.

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President Barack Obama meets with Rev. Billy Graham at his house in Montreat, N.C., April 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Evangelist Billy Graham, whose sermons reached audiences around the world, died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina. He was 99 years old. We discuss Graham’s legacy and his Chicago-area roots.

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A debate over reproductive health care and a $5 million TIF grant the city recently awarded to a Catholic hospital raises questions about where medical responsibility ends and religious freedom begins.

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On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s dramatic challenge to the Catholic Church, two local exhibitions reveal the astonishing impact of the Reformation.

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Dozens of Chicago-area public school teachers are getting a taste of several world religions this week as part of a course designed to increase their religious literacy.

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest public buildings is ready for the public again. We take a look inside the restoration of Unity Temple.

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Still image from 1947 film footage of St. Paul’s Church by-the-Lake uncovered by Jeff Nichols.

After finding the first known moving images of the 1915 Eastland disaster, a UIC graduate student uncovers a treasure trove of vintage films about a neighborhood church and its congregants.

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From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.

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A swastika was found this week burned into the sign, pictured, along this bike path in Barrington, Rhode Island, about a mile from Temple Habonim. Police have since removed the sign.

Jewish community centers around the United States have been forced to evacuate in recent weeks after being targeted by bomb threats. What’s behind the uptick in anti-Semitism?

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We remember Rabbi Herman Schaalman, a Holocaust survivor and legendary interfaith leader who late in life gave up his belief in God.

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Longtime religion reporter Kenneth Woodward tells the story of how American religion, culture and politics influenced each other in his latest book. 

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Cardinal Blase Cupich talks with us about his elevation to that position, the challenges facing Chicago, and how the church can better serve the community.

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