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Woman in veil inside mosque.

Jumeirah Mosque {format} 3:04 Jake Warga

The clerics at the Jumeirah Mosque in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai are opening their doors to tourists. To help demystify Islam, visitors learn the basics of the religion with a guide.

Broadcast: Apr 14 2010 on PRI/WGBH/BBC The World Subjects: Religious

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Botanica El Congo Manuel {format} 5:29 Queena Kim

Charles Gaulperin is a Santeria priest and the owner of Botanica El Congo Manuel. The shop sells religious items and is located in a strip mall on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Outside, it's the kind of place Angeleonos drive by a million times and never notice. Inside the Botanica, are sacred Afro-Cuban ceremonies. We witness one involving the sacrifice of a hen and a sick man in New York.

Broadcast: Jan 1 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Religious, Ethnic

Christmas tree farm

Brooklyn Christmas Trees {format} 2:36 Lizzy Cooper Davis

Vincent van Rhyn has been selling Christmas trees since he was 16. He's been on the same Brooklyn corner every Holiday season for 30 years. Or, A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn. (Photo: cc ARKNTINA)

Broadcast: Dec 4 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Business, Holidays, Religious

15th century painting of Passover meal

Dayenu (for Passover) {format} 6:15 Crossing the BLVD

The traditional, 1000-year-old song Dayenu is a part of the Jewish Passover (April 19-27 2008). This piece is an audio essay, a poem of sorts, on the song, the holy day, and what, if anything, the tales of Egyptian first-borns and parted Red Seas have to do with us today. Original music by Frank London, founder of the Klezmatics.

Broadcast: Apr 17 2008 on APM Weekend America Subjects: Religious, Holidays

The Rabbi and the Reverend

Dr. King at Temple Israel {format} {format} {format} 7:55 Queena Kim

In 1965 Martin Luther King. Jr. delivered a sermon at Temple Israel in Hollywood. King was invited to the temple by Rabbi Max Nussbaum, who himself used the pulpit to rail against injustices in Nazi Germany. King's sermon was recorded on an old-fashioned reel-to-reel audio tape and buried in a pile in the Rabbi's home. His widow Ruth, now 95-years-old, tells the story of that day. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jan 21 2008 on HV PODCAST; Jan 15 2007 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Historical, African American, Religious

Salvation Army logo

Singing Salvation Army Bellringer {format} 3:28 Todd Melby

Arthur Jackson, former crack addict, finds Jesus, stays off drugs, sings and rings bells for the Salvation Army at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.

Broadcast: Dec 19 2007 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Holidays, Religious

Sign for Poison Creek

Thru the Parks, Part 2 {format} 8:15 Barrett Golding

Part 2 of 2 on 700 miles of miking and mic-ing in Wyoming. The bike trip back from Yellowstone and Teton National Parks, encounting killers, hunters, special forces, and trips to Heaven.

Broadcast: May 26 2007 on APM Weekend America Subjects: Environment, Travel, Religious

Temple in Taipei, Taiwan

White Temple {format} {format} 2:05 Dmae Roberts

A woman’s song on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan, leads the producer to the outskirts of town, to climb the rock steps of the White Temple. There, high in the clouds, one hundred voices are singing a salutation to the Buddha.

Broadcast: May 14 2007 on HV PODCAST; Dec 1 2002 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Music, Travel, Religious, Asian

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Baptism Express {format} 5:20 Queena Kim

Every Saturday, hundreds of Latino immigrants pilgrimage to Our Lady The Queen of the Angels, Los Angeles' oldest mission Church, to get their baby's baptized. The Church baptizes fifty babies an hour -- more than three hundred every Saturday. Unlike other churches, Our Lady doesn't require parents or godparents to take classes beforehand. All you do is sign-up. Abel Salas walks us through "the McDonald's of Baptism."

Broadcast: Mar 30 2007 on NPR Latino USA Subjects: Hispanic, Religious

Jake in Fedora

Raider of The Lost Ark {format} {format} 8:13 Jake Warga

A modern day quest for the not-so-lost Ark of the Covenant by another Indie (indie producer, that is).

Broadcast: Feb 6 2007 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: International, Travel, Religious

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