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January 6th, Insurectionists praying outside the United States Capitol.
Year in Review: The Big Religion Stories
December 31, 2021
We’ve assembled a cadre of top religion journalists to dive into the top religion news stories of the 2021.
When COVID Becomes a Religion Story January 02, 2022
This week we are diving into the top religion news stories of the year as chosen by the members of the Religion News Association. We’ve assembled a cadre of top religion journalists – Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post, Kalpana Jain of The Conversation, Jaweed Kaleem of The Los Angeles Times, Nicola Menzie of Faithfully magazine, and Bobby Ross Jr. of The Christian Chronicle.

We start by talking with our reporters about how COVID-19 affects both the way they report and what they report.

Michelle Boorstein, Kalpana Jain, Jaweed Kaleem,
Nicola Menzie, and Bobby Ross Jr.
Reporter's notebook
Finding the Faith Angle in the Big News January 02, 2022
Religion reporters like to say “religion is always in the room,” meaning there is a religion, faith, or spirituality angle to all of the big news stories of the day. The trick is looking hard enough, far enough, and long enough. In this segment, our reporters talk about some of the religion stories they found in unlikely places this past year.
Insurectionist praying in the chambers of the United States Senate-courtesy The New Yorker
How the Attack on the U.S. Capitol Became the Top Religion News Story of the Year January 01, 2022
Religion journalists across the country picked the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol as the top religion story of the year. Was it also a political story? Yes. Was it also a law enforcement story? Definitely. But as the variety of Christian symbols on display among the rioters made clear, it was also a dramatic illustration of the rise of Christian nationalism. Our journalists talk about the different faith angles they took in their coverage of the attack and then look ahead to what stories they think they’ll chase in 2022.

The stories excerpted in this weeks show are:

QAnon and other conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back by Jaweed Kaleem, The Los Angles Times, March 3rd, 2021

At Tulsa massacre’s centennial, two Oklahoma churches focus on racial unity
by Bobby Ross Jr, The Christian Chronicle, May 27th, 2021

From spellcasting to podcasting: Inside the life of a teenage witch by Michelle Bornstein, The Washington Post, October 28th, 2021

Asian American Christians Refuse to Be Silent Amid Rise in Hate Crimes by Nicola A. Menzie, Faithfully, April, 2021

India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world’s largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears by , The Conversation, April 8th, 2021

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The guitar arrangement of Auld Lang Syne that starts the show performed by Jisung Lee - and this week's
closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
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