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White House Celebrates Lighting Of National Menorah

With Hanukkah beginning Wednesday night, the White House is celebrating with the lighting of the National Menorah.

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How Hannukah Got Americanized

Contrary to what some Americans believe, Hanukkah traditionally isn't one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dianne Ashton, author of the book Hanukkah in America, about how and why the holiday has gained more importance in this country over the decades.
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Mashing Up Holiday Favorites for the 'Thanksgivukkah' Table

The second night of Hanukkah is converging with turkey day this year, forming a rare and delicious holiday that's being called 'Thanksgivukkah.'
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Flory Jagoda And Trio Sefardi

Kojo explores the sounds of Sephardic music with acclaimed singer and composer Flory Jagoda and members of the early music group, Trio Sefardi.

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U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

The ACLU is suing U.S. Catholic bishops over anti-abortion policies that it claims endanger women’s lives. Diane and her guest discuss the legal rights of pregnant women at Roman Catholic hospitals.

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Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix?

The born-again head of Zion Oil believes the Old Testament and an office full of geologists will lead him to oil deposits in Israel. So far, the company has spent $130 million and only hit dry holes.
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Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins

The Rev. Kelvin Apurillo rode out Haiyan on the second floor of his parish church. Two-thirds of his parishioners are now dead, missing or have left, and he's struggling to make sense of the destruction. In the majority Roman Catholic country, the church has played a key role in relief efforts.
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Meet Mensch On A Bench, Jewish Counterpart To Elf On The Shelf

The popular holiday toy Elf on the Shelf now has a Jewish counterpart. It's called Mensch on a Bench. Host Michel Martin talks to the creator, Neal Hoffman, about how he came up with the idea.
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Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many

Pope Francis also says in a new treatise that he begs God "to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!"
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Vatican Puts St. Peter's Bones On Display For The First Time

In a surreal, emotional ceremony, Pope Francis held bone fragments the Catholic Church believes are the relics of the apostle St. Peter, who is considered to be the church's first pope. The relics have been shrouded in mystery and intrigue for years.

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