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Egypt in Turmoil, Why the Amish Are Getting 'Fracked,' and More July 11, 2013
Summary: The religious roots of the Morsi overthrow, why the Amish refusal to sue is a boon for oil and gas companies, and part two of Modern-Day Mystics.
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Faith, Politics, and the Unrest in Egypt July 11, 2013
On June 30, huge crowds of demonstrators began demanding that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi be ousted. The military removed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood party, on July 3.  Now Egypt once again finds itself in disarray, fueled in part by differing views on the proper role of Islam in government. This conversation was recorded on July 9.

Tom Porteous, Deputy Program Director of Human Rights Watch
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Turning the Other Cheek and Getting the Short End of the Stick July 11, 2013
The Amish own huge swaths of land in places like Eastern Ohio, land targeted for major drilling by oil and gas companies. But many times, Amish farmers end up with a raw deal: they take quite seriously Jesus' imperative to 'turn the other cheek,' so they will not sue.

Pictured: the countryside of Eastern Ohio, home to about 60,000 Amish residents and potentially billions of dollars in oil and gas.

Molly Redden, writer at the New Republic. Read her article, 'The Amish Are Getting Fracked.'
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Modern-Day Mystics: The Hippie Generation July 11, 2013
Jacob Spilman and Khadija Radin are both products of San Francisco in the 1960's and 70's. And to this day, they remain what we're calling modern-day mystics. But their spiritual journeys took them to very different places. Spilman has wholeheartedly returned to his Jewish roots, while Radin has found her home in the practice of whirling dervishes.

Produced by Tali Singer

Jacob Spilman, psychologist
Khadija Radin, Sheikha 
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WEB EXTRA: A Conundrum for the Ages July 12, 2013
In the world of religion or philosophy, it’s really the ultimate question for believers and non-believers alike: Does God exist? Author Nathan Schneider takes us on a tour through the ages of some of the most convincing cases for a divine being.   

Nathan Schneider, author of God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet