Feb 19, 2010 — new debate is raging in Egypt over the niqab, that's the veil worn by some Muslim women that covers their face and body, except for their eyes. Debates over whether to allow head coverings have been the subject of debate in other countries, but now the practice is causing a controversy at Egypt's leading Islamic educational institution, Al-Azhar, which is one of the latest institutions to implement a ban against the niqab. To talk about the debate, host Michel Martin is joined by Al Jazeera reporter, Rawya Rageh who is based in Cairo.
Feb 5, 2010 — Gayle Haggard was living the life of her dreams. She was married to the senior pastor of a thriving megachurch, a mother of five, and a faith leader in her own right. But it all came crashing down when she — along with the rest of the nation — learned her husband was involved in a years-long sexual relationship with another man. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gayle Haggard, author of the book Why I Stayed, about her marriage, her husband's fall from grace and his sexuality.
Jan 22, 2010 — The devastating earthquake in Haiti left thousands of people homeless and struggling to find shelter and food. Haitians have shown resilience and strength amidst destitution of unimaginable proportions. But one aspect of their lives has come under heavy criticism - their belief in Voodoo. Host Michel Martin talks to NPR's religion correspondent Barbara Bradley-Hagerty about the political and social influence of a religion often surrounded in mysticism and misinformation.
Mar 6, 2014 — Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are being felt by Orthodox Christians in the US. Ukrainian and Russian religious leaders here discuss how they see their roles in the crisis.
Feb 28, 2014 — Rep. Keith Ellison didn't expect all the controversy he caused after becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress. He talks about his faith journey in his new book My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Feb 21, 2014 — Most African-Americans have historically embraced Christianity as their religion. But host Michel Martin hears stories that show the broad diversity of faith experiences for African-Americans.
Feb 7, 2014 — Tony Dungy was the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. But he places football after matters of faith and family. Dungy and his wife Lauren tell host Michel Martin about their new book, Uncommon Marriage: Learning About Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together.
Jan 31, 2014 — Antoinette Tuff prevented a mass shooting at an elementary school last year by calming down the mentally ill gunman. Tuff speaks with host Michel Martin about her new memoir Prepared for a Purpose, and that fateful day in Georgia.
Jan 10, 2014 — Black churches have long been a rallying place for people who want to change the world, like Martin Luther King Jr. But now the man who inherited King's pulpit says the spiritual fire has faded. Reverend Raphael Warnock speaks with host Michel Martin about his new book titled The Divided Mind of the Black Church.
Dec 31, 2013 — Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was kidnapped at knife point from her bedroom. She was held for nine months before finally being rescued. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her memoir, My Story and her Mormon faith - which made her both a target, and a survivor. This segment originally aired Oct. 11, 2013 on Tell Me More.