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The View from Down Here: April 17, 2012

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This week’s episode is brought to you by the word “drop”, as in Rick Santorum drops out of the Republican primary race, a Democratic strategist drops the ball in her party’s alleged affinity with women, and President Obama’s staff drop a large group of secret service agents for their indiscretions while supposedly protecting the president in Colombia. Oh, and a group of progressive Catholics try to drop the hammer on Republican up-and-comer Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. Brendan, Tim and Gavin discuss those stories and more in The View from Down Here.

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Station XV: Episode 55 — Faith revivals in New Zealand and Cuba?

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A new study suggests many young New Zealanders might be becoming more religious while other peers are turning away from faith. Which will win out? The panel discusses that research and analyses the possible impact of Pope Benedict’s trip to Cuba, as well as the semiannual controversial billboard from a prominent Anglican parish in Auckland. We’d love to hear from our listeners, so feel free to post comments with your feedback.

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The View from Down Here: April 10, 2012

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In this week’s episode, Brendan and Gavin talk about the big news of the past week — President Obama’s comments about the possible fate of his health care legislation as the Supreme Court rules on its constitutionality. What does it mean for the separation of powers in the US? What does it tell us about President Obama and his re-election bid? The guys also talk about the latest deal between the US and Afghanistan about night raids in the latter, the ongoing debate on religious freedom and give a quick Republican primary update. We hope you enjoy the show.

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The View from Down Here: April 3, 2012

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It’s just Brendan and Gavin again this week, and there’s a long list of stories to cover. After a quick chat on the primaries and on Ron Paul and his curious inability to attract Catholic voters, we navigate through atheist waters, wonder about President Obama cosying up to Planned Parenthood and discuss this curious story of a woman who’s in trouble with the law over her decision to baptise her children. And there’s also some musical interlude from Catholic rapper Righteous B.

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The View from Down Here: March 27, 2012

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With Tim “on assignment”, Brendan and Gavin chat about some of the big stories of the week, including trouble brewing for President Obama’s health care reforms, the latest primary results and what they mean, and two controversies — a priest denying Communion to a lesbian and a university in New York that will hold classes on Good Friday and Yom Kippur. That, and much more. And, after the show, head to www.badlipreading.com for a political giggle.

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The View from Down Here: March 20, 2012

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The View from Down Here returns with a full slate of topics to cover, including a quick update on the state of the Republican primary season, the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghanis and some analysis of President Obama’s performance, including his new campaign video outlining his achievements thus far, his role in rising gas prices and the constantly moving HHS mandate on contraception. An action-packed discussion, that’s for sure.

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Station XV: Episode 54 — Bishops, Billboards and Baptists

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It’s another intriguing episode of Station 15, as we explore the role of bishops in industrial disputes, Jesus’ ability to heal diseases and the Pope’s upcoming trip to Cuba, not to mention one of the most frivolous court cases you might ever hear about. Just another month in the life of The 15th Station.

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The View from Down Here: March 6, 2012

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On the eve of Super Tuesday, the three self-proclaimed experts on American politics and culture break down the current state of play in the Republican primary contest as Mitt Romney looks to continue the momentum he gained in a series of victories from Michigan to Arizona to Washington last week. Will he be able to do so? Or will Rick Santorum bounce back? What about Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul? The panel also discusses the way Catholics have voted in the primaries thus far, Rick Santorum’s criticism of JFK, a group declaring war on the US Government and a new movie assessing if America is broken and, if so, how to fix it. Just another week in The View from Down Here.

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The View from Down Here: February 28, 2012

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In the second episode of The View from Down Here, Brendan, Tim and Gavin revisit the Republican primary contest and, in particular, look at Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas. Is he being ignored by the media? Does he have a chance to win the nomination? Can — and should — Catholic voters support him? We look at a pundit’s view of that, and also deconstruct an opponent of Rick Santorum who tries to portray the former Pennsylvania senator as not a very good Catholic. Finally, we look at the way atheists are fighting for their rights to not be offended by such outrageous words as “Amen” and “prayer”.

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The View from Down Here: February 21, 2012

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In the newest show in the Station 15 stable, Brendan and Tim Malone, from Christchurch, NZ, speak with fellow New Zealander Gavin Abraham, now based in Australia, on some of the big stories in the United States that straddle the divide of Catholicism and politics. In this inaugural episode of The View from Down Here, the guys talk about the controversial Health and Human Services mandate on providing contraception and sterilisation free to women, as well as a first look at the Republican primary contest, as the GOP looks for the person to take on President Barack Obama in November’s election.

We’d love to get your thoughts on the show; please add your comments below.

PS Apologies for the slightly dodgy sound quality; we’ve got some new equipment that will improve the quality for future episodes.

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