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Articles by Xarissa Holdaway


The Joy Machine: Stephen Colbert, Satire, and Faith

Between the ending of The Colbert Report and the beginning of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert stopped in at the offices of America Media for …

By Xarissa Holdaway


“Orange Is the New Black” and the Difficulty of Portraying Prison Religion

This Friday, Netflix is going to drop 13 new episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” in our queues, and we’ll find out if Piper …

By Xarissa Holdaway


Idol Worship: The Beatitudes of Lady Gaga

One evening in the spring of 2011, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more popularly known as Lad­­­y Gaga, rolled ­down the window of her car to …

By Xarissa Holdaway

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.


A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

By Max Perry Mueller

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She teaches medieval Islam. But post-9/11 she's always asked to speak on current events and Muslims.

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