The Morning Buzz | What Makes Humans Happy

Today's Buzz includes the GOP budget, an interview with the new director of the Obama administration's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, Obamacare exceeds enrollment numbers, what makes people happy, and the Hobby Lobby family meets with Pope Francis. … [Read more...]

Morning Buzz | SCOTUS Begins Hearing Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case Today

Today's Buzz looks at how men can get more dates, Connecticut's success with enrolling residents in Obamacare, why Latino ACA enrollment numbers are so low, segregation of the poor in major U.S. cities, and the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court. … [Read more...]

PRRI’s Dr. Robert Jones Discusses Surprising Findings from Global Catholic Poll on NPR’s Interfaith Voices

On Sunday, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, appeared on NPR’s Interfaith Voices to discuss with host Maureen Fiedler the findings of a recent Univision poll that finds a large divide between Catholics around the world and the Vatican when it comes to social issues. Listen to their conversation about the numbers on same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion, the role of women in the church, and Pope Francis here. … [Read more...]

New Survey Examines Catholic Attitudes toward Church Doctrine

A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception. … [Read more...]

Is the Super Bowl a “Quasi-Religious Festival” for Americans?

Today's Buzz covers average wait times to see a doctor, the use of the phrase "God bless America," and Pope Francis's "gentle revolution." … [Read more...]

Is the American Dream Dead?

Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that the big … [Read more...]

TSA Reports 20 Percent Increase in Number of Guns Found on Travelers in 2013

Today's Buzz covers the effect of reality television on teen pregnancies, how marijuana plantations in California could be harming the state's salmon population, and the origins behind some popular Jewish surnames! … [Read more...]

Can Reality TV Lower the Teen Birthrate?

According to a new economic study, shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off, “Teen Mom” may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010 alone. … [Read more...]

What’s to Blame for the Polar Vortex?

Today's Buzz covers the national cold snap, Germany's offering of classes on Islam to elementary school students, and a proposal for a statue of Satan in Oklahoma. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Addresses New Challenges to Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an injunction December 31 temporarily blocking a portion of the Affordable Care Act that requires religious organizations to offer health care plans covering contraceptives. … [Read more...]


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