Joy Ladin is an English professor at Yeshiva University, the nation's oldest Jewish university. She is also transgender. These identities met nearly four years ago when, as a male, she informed her school that she would be transitioning from Jay to Joy. School officials responded by putting her on leave, though they later took her back. Hers is a story of a poet, a Jew, and above all - a woman, in her own words, "caught in the act of becoming." Our story first aired in September 2009.
Joy Ladin, author of Psalms, and an upcoming memoir, Inside Out: Confessions of a Woman Caught in the Act of Becoming
World Religions 101: Daoism
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Confucianism stresses etiquette, learning and proper behavior. Daoism, one of the other popular religions in China, emphasizes nearly the opposite. Daosim says we should be spontaneous, natural and unconstrained - like water flowing down a river. This is part seven in our series on the world’s greatest religions.
Stephen Prothero, religion blogger for CNN and author of God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Rule the World and Why Their Differences Matter
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Jazz legend Mary Lou Williams (pictured) believed that jazz and prayer were "twin mates of spiritual expression." She developed a style known as “sacred jazz,” which went on to inspire Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. Catholic jazz artist Deanna Witkowski introduces us to this little-known genre, and shares her new album, which sets Christians prayers, hymns and psalms to music for a jazz quartet. Our story first aired in May 2009.