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Stories Put Spotlight On NYPD Surveillance Program

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York City Police Department transformed itself into an aggressive domestic intelligence unit and monitored hundreds of Muslims in their mosques, workplaces and schools. Journalist Matt Apuzzo, who helped uncover the story, just won a Pulitzer Prize.
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Threatened Catholics Churches Saved In Cleveland

Twelve Catholic churches that were closed by the Cleveland Diocese will be re-opened after a successful appeal by the affected parishes. Melissa Block speaks with Patricia Schulte-Singleton, who heads "Endangered Catholics Coalition." She is a parishioner of Saint Patrick Parish in Cleveland, one of the churches which had been closed.
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China's Policy On Tibet 'Must Be Realistic'

The Dalai Lama stepped down as the politic leader of Tibet's government-in–exile a year ago to devote himself to spreading a spiritual message of compassion and peace. Still, he's been drawn into talking about violence since a wave of deadly protests swept through the Tibetan areas of China. He talks about those events with Renee Montagne.
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Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries

In his new book, Heaven on Earth, English barrister Sadakat Kadri describes how early Islamic scholars codified — and then modified — the Shariah laws that would govern how Muslim people lead their daily lives. He then reflects on the present day, describing how today's religious scholars interpret the Shariah.
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Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?

Conservatives like Republican Rep. Paul Ryan are using religious arguments as they push for cuts to taxes and to services for the poor. That's prompting liberals to push back, saying it goes against Jesus' command to care for the poor.
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Rasta & Reggae: Bob Marley's Legacy

He's a true global icon, despite having died more than forty years ago. We explore how Pan Africanism in Jamaica and the challenging history of the Rasta spiritual path influenced musical legend Bob Marley.

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