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The 'Heart Of Spiritual Life': Joy, Not Happiness

On Sunday Christians all over the world will observe Easter Sunday with joy. But what is joy? Host Scott Simon talks with Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, contributing editor to America Magazine and author of Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of Spiritual Life.
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Lust, Lies And Empire: The Fishy Tale Behind Eating Fish On Friday

A long-standing myth holds that Catholics eat fish on Fridays because of a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. The real story behind fish Fridays is much better.
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Goodbye, Manischewitz; Hello, Cabernet?

These days, there are hundreds of quality kosher wines, so there's no need to dread the four glasses involved in the ceremonial Passover Seder. Host Michel Martin discusses the expanding world of kosher wine with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the National Synagogue, and wine aficionado Yossie Horwitz.
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In Midst Of Hard Times, Finding Hope, Rebirth

The period before Easter is a time of sacrifice and reflection. It's when Christians find hope in conquering earthly challenges by considering Christ's sacrifice. But perhaps some people feel they've already sacrificed plenty just to stay afloat. On Good Friday, host Michel Martin talks about finding hope and rebirth with Pastor Rudy Rasmus.
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Some Jews Say Bugs Have No Place At The Seder Table

Some Orthodox rabbis say that if you're keeping to the spiritual interpretation of what is kosher, you've got to get the bugs out of your vegetables.
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Lessons On Forgiveness From T.D. Jakes

He was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. Now Jakes speaks with host Michel Martin about his latest book Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven. They discuss how to begin the process of forgiving, and how it plays into current events like the case of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
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Vatican, Israel Spar Over Disputed Last Supper Site

On Thursday, many Christians mark Holy Thursday, the day of Jesus' Last Supper. The site where that supper is said to have taken place, is venerated by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Israel controls the building, but the Vatican says it belongs to the church. The two sides have held talks for over two decades, and they may be near a deal.
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'Did Jesus Exist?' A Historian Makes His Case

Some claim that Jesus is a myth, created for nefarious or altruistic purposes. Some truly believed that Jesus lived and breathed. But did he really? Is there any historical evidence? Historian and religious studies professor Bart Ehrman answers these questions in his new book, Did Jesus Exist?.

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