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This week America's L.A. Correspondent, Jim McDermott, S.J., talks to Kerry Weber and Matt Malone, S.J., and they discuss how Hollywood portrays religion—for better and for worse. For Jim McDermott, many attempts to explore religious territory in film and television are kitschy, but a new show called "The Good Place" has a particularly sophisticated take on heaven.

This week Tim Reidy and Ashley McKinless welcome America's editor at large James Martin, S.J., into the studio. Together they discuss the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, S.J., and what type of leader he will make in comparison to his predecessor.

This week Robert Ellsberg discusses his book, Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses, with Kerry Weber and Matt Malone, S.J. The book includes reflections on the stories of canonized saints, and well as lay, non-Christian and non-religious individuals. The purpose of sharing these stories is to provide readers with daily spiritual guidance. In this podcast we also field calls from radio listeners, who describe their favorite saints.

Luke Russert, who left his position as an NBC News anchor in July, shares his expertise with Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy. In this week's podcast they talk about the responsibility of the media during election season and the debates, and envision how the next president—be it Donald J. Trump or Hillary Clinton—will lead the country.

Speaking to Tim Reidy and Kerry Malone, in this week's podcast Maryann Cusimano Love explains the foreign policy stances of the presidential candidates. This is a subject Maryann Cusimano Love is well qualified to discuss; she advises the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the government can engage with civil society and religious actors in foreign policy.

Catholic Book Club Podcast

Kevin Spinale, S.J., and James Keane revisit Shusaku Endo's acclaimed novel Silence in advance of Martin Scorsese's planned screen adaption.

In this week's podcast, Greg Erlandson, the editor-in-chief of the Catholic News Service, talks to Matt Malone, S.J., and Ashley McKinless about the challenges Catholic print media is facing today. As he wrote in the pages of America, Greg Erlandson argues that the value of Catholic print media remains, but it must change in order to survive.

Kenneth L. Woodward is the author of Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama, a book that fuses memoir, history, and religious scholarship. In this podcast he speaks to Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber about the moments in history he witnessed as religion editor for Newsweek, and the changing role of religion in the United States. 

This week Christopher Pramuk, a professor of theology at Xavier University, ponders raising his young son in a post-9/11 world. Together with Pramuk, Kevin Clarke and Matt Malone, S.J., discuss how American lives have been spiritually, culturally and psychologically altered by the tragedy.

In this week's podcast the theologian and writer Jonathan Malesic speaks to Matt Malone, S. J., and Kerry Weber about why we need a theology of work. Drawing on St. John Paul II and Benedictine thought, Malesic argues that it is important set boundaries around our work lives, because a person's dignity is not derived from work—it is God-given.

Elizabeth Dias, winner of the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, talks to Kerry Weber and Eric Sundrup, S.J., about her career as a religion journalist, Mother Teresa's upcoming canonization, and Pope Francis.

The artist Alfonse Borysewicz, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995, brings his paintings to parishes and talks to parishioners about how art interacts with faith. In this podcast Alfonse speaks to Tim Reidy and Kevin Clarke about the role of art in Catholic communities, and how Catholic artists depict sacred figures today.

David Stewart, S.J., is America's London correspondent. He talks to Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber about the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and discusses how the Scottish independence movement has been affected.

What can the church do on the parish level for people with disabilities? Matt Malone, S.J., and Kevin Clarke talk with Steve Riley of Potomac Community Resources about how one parish's ministry is expanding across the archdiocese, and what it means for a parish to be inclusive. 

Robert A. Orsi is a professor of religious studies and history and the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of a new book, History and Presence. In the book, Orsi challenges modern conceptions of the presence of the transcendent in our lives, beginning with the metaphysical Eucharistic debates of early modern Europe, and proposing a view of history where our gods are fully present. 

John T. McGreevy is dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of a new book, American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global. The book explores the journey of the Jesuits as a religious group on the brink of obscurity to an order that numbered 17,000 men and expanded the Catholic Church's reach around the world.

Tougher security, immigration policy also likely after truck attack in France

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, tells America magazine Chief Correspondent that tougher security measures, restrictions on immigration and a deeper consideration of 'crisis architecture' may be the lasting impact of truck attack in Nice, France.

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During the week of June 19, the leaders of the self-governing Orthodox churches worldwide gathered on the island of Crete for the first global Council of the Orthodox Church in more than 1,000 years. Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, who attended as an external correspondent for the Press Office of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, joins Tim Reidy and Kerry Weber to discuss the historic event in the Orthodox Church.

An interview with Father Bryan Massingale

Fordham Theologian Father Bryan Massingale talks about his reactions after new videos surfaced capturing the shoooting deaths of two African American men at the hands of police. For more: "Soul Weary in America."

Jim McDermott, S.J., America's Los Angeles correspondent joins Matt Malone, S.J., and Sam Saywer, S.J., to discuss the church's reaction to California's new assisted suicide law. 

Rhona Tarrant, America's Dublin correspondent, joins Tim Reidy and Ashley McKinless to discuss reactions from Ireland to the U.K.'s referendum to leave the European Union.

Dan Barry is a national columnist and reporter for The New York Times and the author of a new book, The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland. The book tells the story of dozens of men with intellectual disability who spent decades working at an Iowa turkey-processing plant, living in an old schoolhouse, and enduring exploitation and abuse—before finding justice and achieving freedom.

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago joins Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando and how the church ought to respond.  

Dr. Jacob Kohlhaas, assistant professor of moral theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, talks with Tim Reidy and Sam Sawyer, S.J., about his upcoming article on lessons for families from Scripture, as part of our continuing series, “The Living Word: Scripture in the Life of the Church,” a multiyear, multiplatform joint project of America Media and A.B.S. to promote deeper popular engagement with the Bible. 

Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego talks with Tim Reidy and Ashley McKinless about the president's visit to Hiroshima and the future of nuclear weapons. 

Dr. Phyllis Zagano, the author or editor of 20 books in religious studies, including ground-breaking work on the history and theology of women ordained as deacons, talks with Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy about the pope's recent comments about commissioning a study on the role of women deacons in the church. 

Sean Salai, S.J., a contributing writer to America, talks about his new book, "What Would Pope Francis Do?" where he uses a personal story to illustrate the theme of joy from “The Joy of the Gospel” (“Evangelii Gaudium”) by Pope Francis.

In an interview with chief correspondent Kevin Clarke, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy proposes a diocesan synod as an on-going process, not an event, that will serve as an opportunity for spiritual renewal, reflection and “meaningful lay input into important sets of decisions within the governance of the diocese.”

What can the Catholic Church learn from the Black Lives Matter movement? Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, IL, talks with Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy about his new pastoral letter, "The Catholic Church and The Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the United States Revisited" which is excerpted in the May 16, 2016 issue of America

Tim Reidy and Ashley McKinless speak with Sr. Patricia Daly of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment about her work with shareholders to to hold corporations accountable to social and environmental concerns. 

Tim Reidy and Kevin Clarke talk with James Kubicki, S.J., and Frédéric Fornos, S.J., from the Apostleship of Prayer, the pope's worldwide prayer network. More information about their ministries can be found at and

Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy discuss Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia" with Saint Louis University's Dr. Julie Hanlon Rubio. Dr. Rubio's teaching and research focus on marriage, family, sex, and gender in Catholic theology. She is the author of A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family,  Family Ethics: Practices for Christians and Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church.

Prior to the release of "Amoris Laetitia," Pope Francis' groundbreaking new apostolic exhortation, in which the role of conscience was reaffirmed in moral decision making, Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber spoke with moral theologian James Keenan, S.J., for a primer on conscience issues. 

James F. Keenan, S.J., is the Canisius Chair and the Director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston College. He founded Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church and is presently co-chair of its Planning Committee A Jesuit priest since 1982, he received a licentiate and a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Among his recent books are: A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating ConsciencesPaul and Virtue Ethics (with Dan Harrington), and University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics. He is presently writing another book, A Brief History of Catholic Ethics.


's Leah Libresco joins Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber to talk about how faith and statistics inform one another, and other insights from this election season. 

Luke Hansen, S.J., former associate editor of America, talks to Tim Reidy and Kerry Weber about his work reporting on Guantanamo Bay and the plans to potentially close the facility. 

'America This Week,' March 23, 2016

Sam Sawyer, S.J., America's director of digital strategy, talks about the 10th anniversary of Twitter.

In a St. Patrick's Day podcast, Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy chat with author Peter Quinn to talk about the Irish-American experience with an eye toward the Irish celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rebellion. 

In observance of International Women's Day on March 8, Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber chat with Nicole Perone from Rome, who spoke at an annual event held at the Vatican, Voices of Faith.  There Nicole spoke on a multigenerational panel, discussing how the church has succeeded in lifting up the voices of women in leadership and where growth could occur. 

When Pope Francis speaks on economic issues, most do not realize the experiences that have shaped his worldview. Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy speak with America's contributing editor in economics, Paul D. McNelis, S.J., on an article he wrote in the Feb. 22 issue of America, "Tyrants and Technocrats: The Economic Memories of Pope Francis."

Special Podcast

Bill McGarvey talks with James Martin, S.J. and Tim Reidy about this year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture, including "Spotlight," a film that has prompted widespread discussion in the Catholic Church, and "Bridge of Spies," a story with a surprising connection to the history of America magazine. 

As part of America's special issue dedicated to international religious liberty, Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber speak with Rev. Elias D. Mallon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association about the state of international religious freedom, expanding on his recent article: "A Global Peril."

Last week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at the age of 79, sparking both scores of commemoration as well as controversy around the future of the nation's highest court. Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy talk with Thomas Lee, the Leitner Family Professor of International Law at Fordham Law School about Justice Scalia's legacy and the future of the Supreme Court. 

A conversation with Dr. Gerald Schlabach about his recent article in America"The Glamour of Evil," which asks whether we are missing out on “joyous authenticity” by letting celebrity, constant mobility and superficiality lure us away from real life.

Beth Knobbe, author of Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion, talks with Tim Reidy and Kevin Clarke about the vocation of single life in the church. 

Kerry Weber and Tim Reidy host Pádraig Ó Tuama, who is a poet, theologian and mediator who works with a community in Northern Ireland called Corrymeela. Corrymeela is Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization, with over 50 years of experience working alongside fractured communities and groups who are finding their relationships difficult, as well as addressing relational, societal, structural and power dynamics.

They run group sessions using dialogue, experiential play, art, storytelling, mealtimes and shared community to help groups embrace difference and learn how to have difficult conversations. They work alongside visiting university groups as well as groups from other parts of the world who wish to learn from our experience, and learn how to apply the Corrymeela lens to fractures in their own societies.

America's Matt Malone, S.J., and Sam Sawyer, S.J., talk with Dr. Bryan Vincent about what a pro-life ethos means for how we ought to engage in civil discourse. The conversation is based on an article that Dr. Vincent wrote for America in the Nov. 2, 2015 issue. 

Associate Editor of America and author of America's Unconventional Wisdom blog Robert David Sullivan sits down with Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber to discuss President Obama's final State of the Union address. 

Matt Malone, S.J.,  and Kerry Weber talk with Boston College's Megan McCabe about the problem of pornography and the U.S.C.C.B.'s statement "Create in Me in Clean Heart."