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The Buzz On Silent Retreats

If you feel bombarded by emails, phone calls, text messages and the daily stress that comes with them, there could be a solution for you. Some people have found relief in perfect silence. Host Michel Martin learns more about the popularity of silent retreats.
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National Cathedral Hopes To Set Example By Performing Same-Sex Marriages

The Washington National Cathedral, the massive and iconic church in the nation's capital where inaugural prayers are hosted and presidents are laid to rest, will now hold same-sex marriages. Melissa Block speaks with Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral, about the change in policy.
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Secretary Clinton's Benghazi Testimony And Terrorism In North And West Africa

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi, Libya, and understanding security risks in North and West Africa.

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National Cathedral To Perform Same-Sex Marriages

The Washington National Cathedral will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to perform same-sex marriages, according to cathedral officials. 

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Promoting Hinduism? Parents Demand Removal Of School Yoga Class

Encinitas, Calif., is celebrated by many as the yoga mecca of America. But when the spiritual discipline was recently incorporated in a local school, a group of parents quickly likened it to religious indoctrination. They worry the new model will be exported to schools across the country.

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For Many Orthodox, Christmas Is Just Beginning

You have packed up those Christmas decorations, but for many Orthodox Christians, the celebrations are just getting started. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Father Daniel Habib, a Coptic Christian priest, about why many Orthodox churches observe Christmas on January 7th.
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Virtually Anyone Can See The Dead Sea Scrolls Now

This past week, Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority posted thousands of high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online. Now, anyone can get up-close and personal with the ancient biblical texts — rewrites and all.
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Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing?

Wednesday marked the start of Kwanzaa, the seven day festival celebrating African-American culture. In the 1980s and '90s, many considered Kwanzaa a mainstream holiday like Christmas and Hanukkah. But now there seems to be less fanfare. Host Michel Martin speaks with Duke University's Mark Anthony Neal about whether Kwanzaa is still a thing.

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