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Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 14, 2019

4:00 – ‘I’ve Got Nothing Over Here’: Michigan Man Deported By ICE Dies In Baghdad

Jimmy Aldaoud was deported from the U.S. in June to Iraq, a country that his family said he had never set foot in. Two months after he arrived there, his family got word that he was found dead in Baghdad. Aldaoud was deported due his criminal convictions; police records show he pleaded guilty to charges at least 15 times over the course of 20 years. He also struggled with mental illness and homelessness. Deporting him to an unfamiliar land was essentially a death sentence. We’ll talk more about it with Clarence Dass.

4:20 – Secular Substitutes for Religion Always Leave us Unsatisfied

As more Americans leave organized religion, they find themselves looking for spirituality in other places. They look to all sorts of everyday activities–from eating and parenting to dating and voting–for the identity, purpose, and meaning once provided on Sunday morning. In our striving, we are chasing a sense of enoughness. But it remains ever out of reach, and the effort and anxiety are burning us out. We talk about it with David Zahl.

5:00 – When the Child Parents Love becomes a Shooter

After a mass shooting, reporters reach out to the families of the victims so as to properly honor the lives that were tragically cut short. But what’s it like for the families of the shooters? How do they handle seeing their child responsible for such evil? And what motivates the shooters to do something so horrific? We talk about why kids kill with Peter Langman.

5:20 – Register Recap: The Latest on Cardinal Pell + One year since PA Grand Jury Report

The incarcerated Cardinal George Pell is facing an investigation by Australian prison authorities, after images of a letter he sent to supporters were posted on social media. In the letter, he addressed concerns he has for the working document of the Amazon Synod. He did not intend for the letter to be sent to social media, which is a violation of prison regulations. We’ll talk about it with Matthew Bunson and look back, one year later, at the PA Grand Jury report.