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South Dakota Soon To Get Its First Rabbi For The First Time In A Generation

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:00 -0500

The state, home to fewer than 1,000 Jews, will have its only full-time Rabbi soon. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Mendel Alperowitz, who will be moving there with his wife Mussie and two children.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:49:00 -0500

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

The Beauty Pageant Contestant Wore A Burkini

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:20:00 -0500

And a hijab, too. She wanted to be true to her Muslim values as she competed in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

Muslim Community Fears Backlash After Ohio State Attack

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:06:00 -0500

"When I first heard that [the suspect] was Somali, I mean my stomach did fall," another Somali student said. "Not just because of what happened today, but because of what will happen tomorrow."

Hijab-Wearing News Anchor Makes History In Canada

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:01:00 -0500

Ginella Massa is the first person to wear a hijab, the traditional head covering worn by Muslim women, and anchor a major nightly newscast in Canada. She did it last week on Toronto's CityNews.

Dylann Roof Declared Competent To Stand Trial In S.C. Church Killings

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:50:00 -0500

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel announced his ruling after a two-day competency hearing that was closed to the public. The 22-year-old Roof is facing 33 federal hate crime charges.

If You're Catholic And You've Sinned, There's An App For That

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:53:44 -0500

A Scottish archbishop designed the app. It helps you find the closest spot to go to confession and Mass. The head of the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication called the app "imaginative."

In Upstate New York, A Refugee Haven Prepares For Trump Presidency

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:13:00 -0500

Utica, N.Y., reshaped its culture and economy by opening the door to refugee immigrants. People in Utica are asking what happens to their experiment after President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:18:00 -0500

Many say the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance is beyond anything they've experienced before. But there are preludes in Native American history, and you don't have to look too far back to find them.

Pope Francis Grants All Priests The Authority To Absolve Abortions

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:36:00 -0500

The Vatican has long considered abortion such a grave sin that only bishops can grant absolution. The pope changed that temporarily in 2015; now he's extended the change indefinitely.

Could A Trump Presidency Be Pro-Israel And White Nationalist At The Same Time?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:03:00 -0500

Donald Trump promises to be the most aggressively pro-Israel president ever. His embrace of an adviser whose media enterprise is tainted by anti-Semitism allegations has some Jewish leaders concerned.

How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:01:00 -0500

As the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses approaches, an exhibit shows how Luther's treatise against the Catholic Church spread, before the advent of modern communications.

Climate Scientist Ponders Trump Presidency's Effect On Climate Change Progress

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:11:00 -0500

Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that global warming is "nonexistent." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about what Trump's presidency will mean for climate policy.

CHARTS: Here's What Donald Trump Has Said On The Issues

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:51:00 -0500

NPR examined what the president-elect has said about the 10 issues voters care most about.

Women's Rights Become A Battleground For Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:47:00 -0500

Some women in Israel's ultra-Orthodox community are pressing for greater rights in confrontations playing out at places including a radio station and the most important site for Jewish prayer.