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This is where the Catholic Church meets the most interesting and consequential issues of our time. Each episode explores a different topic through immersive stories told by America’s editors. “Church Meets World” is the best of our award-winning magazine content reimagined in podcast form. It’s not only what you read in our pages but how you hear it. Presented by Maggi Van Dorn and Sebastian Gomes.

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This is where the Catholic Church meets the most interesting and consequential issues of our time. Each episode explores a different topic through immersive stories told by America’s editors. “Church Meets World” is the best of our award-winning magazine content reimagined in podcast form. It’s not only what you read in our pages but how you hear it. Presented by Maggi Van Dorn and Sebastian Gomes.

    Should colleges pay their athletes?

    Should colleges pay their athletes?

    Should college athletes get paid? That’s the question we’re exploring in today’s episode of Church Meets World. It was written, produced and narrated by Kevin Jackson and based on a feature he wrote last year called, “Should colleges pay their athletes? What Catholic social teaching has to say.”

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    • 43 min
    'Year of the Rat'

    'Year of the Rat'

    America's poetry editor Joe Hoover S.J. sits down with Ohio's first poet laureate Amit Majmudar to talk about his poem "Year of the Rat." They discuss the unforgettable year that was 2020, writing during Covid, and mystical parallels between Catholicism and Hinduism.
    Read 'The Year of the Rat' here.
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    • 45 min
    Entrapment: The data scientists fighting to end human trafficking

    Entrapment: The data scientists fighting to end human trafficking

    Riana decided to run away from home after getting into an argument with her mother for missing curfew. It was cold and nighttime. She had nowhere to go. Looking for help, she reached out to an older man who had given her his phone number earlier that day...
    Isabelle Senechal narrates the harrowing story of Riana, a young woman who was manipulated and coerced by a violent sex trafficker.
    The booming industry is largely hidden, but some faith-based anti-trafficking initiatives are making progress by tracking the digital footprints of traffickers using the most advanced data science to recommend policy solutions.

    Links from the show:
    How some researchers are using data science to fight sex trafficking
    Learn more about America's Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship
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    • 30 min
    The inevitable result of Donald Trump’s presidency

    The inevitable result of Donald Trump’s presidency

    On January 6th, 2021, a violent mob, incited by President Trump, stormed the US Capitol. They were there to disrupt Congress as it was certifying the election of Joe Biden. The mob overwhelmed the capitol police and made their way into the offices and chambers, as elected officials ran for safety.
    In conversation with Fr. Matt Malone, America’s Editor in Chief, Fr. Bryan Massingale says the insurrection was a direct result of four years of lies from Donald Trump. This interview first aired as a video on America Media’s YouTube channel and has been reformatted for podcast with additional commentary from Sebastian Gomes and Maggi Van Dorn.
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    Links from the show:
    Fr. Bryan Massingale’s article: The Racist Attack on Our Nation’s Capitol
    America’s Editorial: After the storming of the Capitol: We need accountability, repentance and a reckoning
    Watch Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. in conversation with Fr. Bryan Massingale: How to make spiritual sense of the attack on the Capitol
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    • 45 min
    Burned out: The case for more free time

    Burned out: The case for more free time

    Is your relationship with work undermining all the other goods in your life? If so, you might have what Jonathan Malesic calls a “demonic work ethic.”
    He’s not alone in saying so. After years of academic burnout, Jonathan made a trip to the Christ in the Desert monastery, where the Benedictine monks helped him rediscover the sacred rhythms of work and rest.
    Everyone from Thomas Aquinas to Annie Dillard has written about the importance of leisure, and yet, Catholic Ethicist Conor Kelly says that for most of us, our fast-paced, capitalist culture makes free time an afterthought. And we certainly don’t have federal laws like family leave or paid time off to support an ethic of leisure.
    So how do we make the most of our time? What’s the best recreation for your soul? And why must we see free time not as a luxury, but a necessity for the Christian moral life?

    Links from the show:
    The streaming era ruined our free time. Is it too late to reclaim it?
    Why we need a new theology of work
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    • 42 min
    Joe Biden's Catholic Faith

    Joe Biden's Catholic Faith

    On January 20, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden will make history in several ways: He received over 74 million votes, surpassing any presidential candidate in history. Biden is the oldest person and only the second Catholic to become president. And his running mate, Kamala Harris, is the first woman and first woman of color to hold the office of the Vice President.
    But beyond the polls, numbers and issues, Biden’s Catholic faith has become a subject of great interest. So we’re sharing an interview from 2015 that America Media’s editor-in-chief Fr. Matt Malone did with then Vice President Joe Biden. It was conducted just before Biden and President Obama hosted Pope Francis at the White House. It’s an intimate conversation about Biden’s faith, family and how tragic life experiences have shaped him personally. For ongoing coverage of politics and the presidential election visit americamag.org.
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    • 43 min

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