Kresta in the Afternoon – January 19, 2010 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Kresta Comments

    Second Topic – The Real Gitmo: What I saw at America’s best detention facility

    Shortly after 5 A.M., a detainee with an uneven voice sings the call to prayer. After a few bars, a second detainee joins in by sounding out another hymn. "That's unusual," a tower guard who looks bored after a few months on the job remarks. "Usually, just one of them does it." Detainees assemble in a corner of the camp and begin praying. Others pace back and forth in front of their cells with prayer beads in hand. For several minutes all is quiet--eerily so. Some of the world's most dangerous terrorists lurk just a short distance from our perch atop a guard tower, but you would never know it. Welcome to Camp 4 at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Thomas Joscelyn recently toured Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and is here to report on what he saw.

    Third Topic – After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion

    In a volume sure to change how pundits and clergy think about religion in the contemporary U.S., prolific Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow assembles and analyzes a vast amount of data about the religious lives of Americans aged 21 to 45. His interests include the extent to which younger adults participate in organized worship, as well as how they think about spirituality, the relationship between religion and politics, and theology. Wuthnow insists that in some ways, today’s younger adults are similar to their boomer parents—the vitality of small groups, for example, is nothing new. But there are key differences, chief among them the tendency of today’s younger adults to remain single longer than ever before. Married people are significantly more likely to participate in religious communities; at the same time, participation in at least some religious groups may make marriage more likely. Wuthnow argues that our society provides lots of structural support for children and teens, but leaves younger adults to fend for themselves during the decades when they’re making crucial decisions about family and work. He is our guest.

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