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  1. High Court Rules Cross May Stand On Public Land
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot cross could stand on public land in Maryland because of its historical significance as a World War I memorial.
  2. New Alabama Law Permits Church To Hire Its Own Police Force
    A mega-church says it needs its own police for security. Critics say the law will grant state authority to church officials and is unconstitutional, violating the separation of church and state.
  3. The Culture Wars Live On Between The LGBTQ Rights Movement And The Religious Right
    An uprising around a New York bar, Stonewall Inn, 50 years ago sparked a movement pushing for LGBTQ civil rights. The success of that movement saw a powerful backlash from the modern religious right.
  4. Wade In The Water: An Introduction
    Produced in 1994 by NPR and the Smithsonian Institution, Wade in the Water is a 26-part documentary series detailing the history of American gospel music and its impact on soul, jazz and R&B.
  5. Wade In The Water Ep. 1: Songs And Singing As Church
    The relationship between song and singing, and worship and belief in both the organized and non-organized church. Introduces concepts, performing styles and musical genres.
  6. Wade In The Water Ep. 2: In Search Of The Sacred
    One woman's search for the broader meanings of the African American interpretations of religious beliefs as "the saved" and "the sacred."
  7. Wade In The Water Ep. 3: Steal Away, Songs & Stories About Slavery
    African American oral tradition rich with memories, testimonies and songs from the hard days of 19th century slavery.
  8. Wade In The Water Ep. 4: Sacred Songs As History
    The sinking of the Titanic, the Depression, World Wars I and II and the civil rights movement, and the moving songs that arise from the sacred music tradition.
  9. Wade In The Water Ep. 5: The Power Of Communal Song
    The story of African American religious music as a moral weapon, to galvanize individuals for worship and for action in the civil rights struggles of the century.
  10. Wade In The Water Ep. 6: Lined Hymn & Shaped-Note Tradition
    Two musical traditions, originating from Europe and adapted by African American converts to Christianity.
  11. Wade In The Water Ep. 7: The Fisk Jubilee Singers And The Concert Spiritual Tradition
    The sound, history and legacy of the concert or arranged spiritual, and the role of the black university in developing a repertoire that blends African American and European influences.
  12. Wade In The Water Ep. 8: African American Composers & The Concert Spiritual Tradition
    Composers like Harry T. Burleigh, Nathaniel Dett and William Dawson, who applied Western classical music training to the traditional spiritual and created a new repertoire for the concert stage.
  13. Wade In The Water Ep. 9: The Struggle For A New Classical Concert Tradition
    The struggle of African Americans seeking careers as classical concert artists, featuring Roland Hayes, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle and others.
  14. Wade In The Water Ep. 10: The Legacy Of The Golden Gate Quartet
    The legacy of this internationally renowned ensemble, innovators of the "jubilee" singing style that influenced the national sound of quartets in the black community before World War II.
  15. Wade In The Water Ep. 11: Birmingham, Ala., Regional Quartet Tradition
    The proliferation of the community-based quartet tradition originating in and around Birmingham and its spread throughout the country.
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