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Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll examines how an avalanche of scientific discoveries over recent centuries has changed our world—and our view of ourselves within it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Charles Jones of The Catholic University of America follows Zen’s path from its 6th-century beginnings within Chinese Buddhism though the many stages of religious and philosophical development that shaped its now-familiar form.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

When armies of fervent European Christians first responded to the papal call to reclaim the Holy Land, they began to shape a new model of religious warfare—one that still finds echoes today. Historian Janna Bianchini re-examines common assumptions about the Crusades and their complicated legacies for the modern world.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Food historian Roger Horowitz traces how the complex and sometimes-contentious encounter between ancient religious principles and the 20th-century food industry brought kosher products into America’s supermarkets and dining rooms.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Biblical scholar Tod Linafelt explains why the enduring power of the Old Testament’s storytelling and poetry argues for its place not only in the synagogue or church but also among the classics of world literature.

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