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.
May 10, 2013 — Reading the Bible from cover to cover might seem like a heavy task. But what about writing it? Host Michel Martin speaks with Phillip Patterson, who is just two verses away from writing out the whole King James Bible. He talks about how he kept the faith in spite of loss and illness.
May 3, 2013 — Thursday was the National Day of Prayer, and the president called on people of all faiths to remember the victims of recent national tragedies. But what about the growing number of Americans who don't pray? Host Michel Martin speaks with Greg Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, about where people without faith turn for comfort.
Apr 26, 2013 — The suicide of a prominent pastor's son has many evangelicals talking about how best to treat mental illness. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with journalist and evangelical Christian Christine Scheller about how the church responds to mental illness. Scheller lost her son to suicide five years ago.
Apr 12, 2013 — Evangelical pastor Jim Wallis was known for being outspoken on politics and faith. A year ago, his public profile soared to the highest it's ever been, but he decided to take a sabbatical. Now he's back, with a new book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving The Common Good.
Apr 5, 2013 — Reverend Cecil Williams has been called crazy and radical. But during his 50 years of service as pastor of the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, the Methodist congregation has gone from a mere 35 members to 10,000 people. Williams, and his wife, Janice Mirikitani, discuss their new book, Beyond the Possible.
Mar 22, 2013 — The Very Reverend Gary Hall, the new dean of the National Cathedral, has been speaking out for stricter gun laws and greater acceptance of same-sex marriage. Host Michel Martin speaks to Dean Hall about those issues, and the evolving role of faith in progressive politics.
Mar 8, 2013 — Catholicism is reaching further into the developing world. Will the Church shift its focus to new concerns in those regions — like poverty, education and rural development? Michel Martin talks with Sister Simone Campbell, Father Patrick Ryan and Yale Divinity Professor Lanim Sanneh about whether the Church's priorities are changing.