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3:43 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:40 am

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn't.

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Culture
4:43 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds

Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, in January 2013. A new survey by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more millennials report they "talk to God" than turn to religion for guidance.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 6:35 am

Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

The survey of 2,000 U.S. men and women, ages 18-34, found that 62 percent said they talk to God, while 52 percent said they look to religion for guidance.

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Remembrances
3:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Jesse Winchester, Musician And Muse To Icons, Dies At 69

Jesse Winchester performs live in The Netherlands in 2011.
Jordi Vidal/Redferns Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:47 pm

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Culture
4:41 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Lil Buck Sinegal: 'With the Blues, You Can Express Yourself'

Lil Buck Senegal
Credit High ISO Music

Lil Buck Sinegal, a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer, started playing as a kid in Lafayette on a Harmony box guitar before his father, a cement finisher, bought him an electric guitar -- paid for in installments of $10 a week.

Buck played in zydeco legend Clifton Chenier's band for 17 years, and he says it was Chenier who taught him the blues.


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Culture
10:25 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Nicolas Cage Trades Theatrics For Authenticity In 'Joe'

Nicolas Cage (left) and Tye Sheridan star in the film adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel, Joe.
Ryan Green Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:18 am

A new movie makes an unlikely hero out of a violent and reclusive man. Set in small-town Texas, Joe is about a hard-working, hard-living ex-con — played by Nicolas Cage — who's trying to stay out of trouble. He finds that the best way to do that is to not get involved with people — until he meets a teenage boy, played by Tye Sheridan, in need of help.

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Culture
8:32 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

The Journey From 'Colored' To 'Minorities' To 'People Of Color'

Can race and ethnicity be represented by the colors found in a crayon box?
lilivanili Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:00 pm

Language is and always will be an essential element in the struggle for understanding among peoples. Changes in the words and phrases we use to describe each other reflect whatever progress we make on the path toward a world where everyone feels respected and included.

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Culture
10:54 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God

New Gods is Scottish songwriter Dan Willson's second album as Withered Hand.
Laura Lewis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:28 pm

The wry and tuneful Withered Hand is Dan Willson, a graphic artist from Edinburgh who drifted away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager — but not, you get the feeling, with a satisfied mind. His moniker is a scriptural reference, and he named his 2009 debut Good News, one way Christians refer to the New Testament. (More to the point, its key track is called "Religious Songs.")

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Culture
8:47 am
Mon March 24, 2014

When Scripture Hits The Screen, Filmmakers Say Their Prayers

Russell Crowe, the lead in Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming biblical epic Noah, may have received a quick blessing from Pope Francis at a recent public audience, but the movie is drawing criticism in some quarters.
Niko Tavernise Paramount Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 10:18 am

The film Noah, with Russell Crowe in the title role, opens in the U.S. March 28. It's already been banned in several Muslim countries for portraying a man considered a prophet, and here in this country it's stirred controversy among some Christians for not being a sufficiently literal telling of the Bible story. NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Rajinder Dudrah, senior lecturer in screen studies at the University of Manchester, on why religious figures in film can cause both fascination and offense.

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Culture
8:47 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Lost Album Gives Voice To A Johnny Cash In Recovery

John Carter Cash relaxes on the cabin's front steps.
Stephen Jerkins

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:24 am

On the porch of a log cabin outside Nashville lies the junk of country music royalty — an old bowling ball here, a Hotpoint stove from the 1940s there. Part retreat, part recording studio, this is where Johnny Cash spent some of his golden years.

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Culture
4:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Deepwater, Center-Stage: Disaster Through Survivors' Eyes

Gary Barthelmy, Oyster Fisherman is a portrait by Reeva Wortel, used in conjunction with the production of Spill, a play that runs through March 30 at the Swine Palace in Baton Rouge.
Reeva Wortel

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 3:50 pm

Eleven died and hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010. But beneath the tragedy, there's a complex story about people's relationships to oil. That's what's explored in Spill, a new play by one of the creators of The Laramie Project.

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