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"My aim here is to tell a story of Christian life in five objects, with frequent reference to the human body that connects and corresponds with these objects. This history does not pretend to be comprehensive, nor is it a ‘greatest hits’ of Christian material history. It does aim to reorient our gaze and to help us understand faith as derived from rudimentary experiences and lived, embodied practices." —S. Brent Plate, author of A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects

Sheryll Cashin was interviewed on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” about the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in public university admissions. Watch the segment online now.

If ever there was a week America needed to be reminded of James Baldwin’s voice, it’s this one, and I’m so glad he’s cleared his throat yet again.

The Myths beind 401(k) plans:

Check out our blog find out more and learn about the retirement crisis. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show: The Post-Apartheid Generation in South Africa

This spring, South Africa will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of apartheid and the first free elections. Although the country has come far, the inequalities that once divided the races now grow within them. In After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa, award-winning sociologist Katherine S. Newman and Ariane De Lannoy profile seven people—black, white, “coloured,” and immigrant—to reveal what life is like in South Africa today.

Have you seen these clever bookends on HuffPost Books? It was tough to choose a favorite but this one clearly has all of its priorities straight:

Happy Friday Folks! Check out these amazing illustrations of famous author’s lives with fun facts over on HuffPost Books.


Reports of autism cases per 1,000 children grew dramatically in the US from 1996 to 2007.

For more info about autism and overdiagnosis, read our Q&A with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati. 

Pick up a copy of Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin.