A growing movement in D.C. aims to bring locally written and produced plays to the stage using a non-traditional "collective theater" model. Kojo learns how this model is changing prospects for playwrights and regional theater making.
Today, religious differences may seem more stark than ever. But historian and former nun Karen Armstrong says that religions — from Confucianism to Judaism — sprang from a common, violent past. Armstrong joins Kojo to discuss how religions emerged, and why we could be on the verge of a religious turning point.
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