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Commentator Gary Joiner profiles Cyrus the Great, a ruler whose three-decade reign created the largest empire the world had yet seen.

Airs Saturday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m.  A documentary exploring why we sing music at church and what it does for individuals and communities. Church music is one of the few pure forms of human expression. Just a person, their voice, and the belief that compassion is self-fulfilling and will birth more compassion. Here in a one-hour special we explore the many kinds of church music in America. The culture and the people behind the voices. Who sings and why, and what those songs say about our country.

Airs Thursday, October 2 at 2 p.m. Music for the High Holidays is a one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The show includes both traditional and composed music from Jewish liturgy (with a recording of Kol Nidre that features violinist Itzhak Perlman), as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.  Written and hosted by Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions -- there’s even a website recipe!

Airs Sunday, September 28 at 6 p.m.  Host Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about the history, liturgy and customs of the Jewish High Holy Days, and the value of these ancient rituals in the modern age.  The Jewish High Holy Days are the most solemn time on the Jewish calendar. The ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are a period of renewal and reflection. Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about the history, liturgy and customs of the High Holy Days, and the value of these ancient rituals in the modern age. Music appropriate to the High Holy Days is interspersed throughout.

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his views on separation of church and state in the U.S. and how this differs from his native Ireland.

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