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- American Dream – Lucky Severson interviews University of Massachusetts sociology professor Tom Juravich, Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary and John Carr director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University about today’s American society and what’s happening to the American dream that life would be better for each succeeding generation.
- Coventry Cathedral – On November 14th, 1940, the German Luftwaffe targeted the city of Coventry, in the British West Midlands, with a bombing blitz that caused massive destruction to its 14th Century Gothic cathedral. In response, church officials vowed to seek peace rather than revenge and began a ministry to promote dialogue, healing and reconciliation. Kim Lawton visited the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, whose design incorporates ruins from the bombing. She reports that many people around the world see Coventry and its ongoing work as a symbol of new life rising from death and destruction.
- Kristallnacht Anniversary – This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht when Nazis and their supporters destroyed over 1,000 Jewish synagogues, shops and homes in Germany. Historian Victoria Barnett of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum says, “In Germany both Catholic and the Protestant Churches for the most part were silent about what had happened.”
- Legislative Prayer – Tim, O’Brien reports on Wednesday’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the important church/state case about the extent of religious content that is allowable in prayer before legislative bodies.