Best-selling author and religious scholar Reza Aslan embarks on a spiritual adventure, immersing himself in religious traditions both familiar and downright bizarre to experience life as a true believer. He participates in endurance worship, spellbinding rituals, and unusual rites of passage to learn about rarefied worlds that have been molded by faith and tradition. The goal, Aslan says, is for viewers to recognize that while these traditions may look weird, perhaps even scary, experiencing the practices is the only way to overcome first impressions and break through uneasy feelings.
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Reza heads to Jerusalem to immerse himself in the world of the Haredim and explore the tensions between this isolated group and secular Jews in Israel.
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Reza Aslan travels to Mexico City to learn more about a new rapidly growing religion, Santa Muerte, and whether it is a death cult for murderers and narco traffickers, satanic worship or something else altogether.
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Reza Aslan explores the growing community of independent Scientologists who have left the Church, but still faithfully practice the religion created by L. Ron Hubbard.
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Reza Aslan visits Haiti to explore the world of Vodou and the Evangelical Christian missionaries who believe it to be the work of Satan.
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Reza Aslan travels to the big island of Hawaii to immerse himself in an apocalyptic cult run by a self-proclaimed prophet named JeZus to explore the anatomy of a doomsday cult.
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Reza Aslan journeys to the holy city of Varanasi, India, to immerse himself in a Hindu sect known as the Aghori.
Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman explores the meaning of life, God, and many big questions in between in an effort to understand how religion has evolved and shaped society. A different divine subject is covered in each hourlong episode, titles of which include "Creation," "The Devil Inside," "Afterlife," "Apocalypse," and "Who Is God?" To explore these topics, host and narrator Freeman visits nearly 20 cities in seven countries to see some of the world's greatest religious sites, among them Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, India's Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples in Guatemala, and the pyramids of Egypt, and he immerses himself in religious experiences and rituals. "In some places I found answers, and others led to more questions. The constant through it all is that we're all looking to be part of something bigger than us. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that we certainly are," Freeman says.
The docudrama examines the value and authenticity of six objects that could provide clues to physical traces of Jesus. The artifacts are the Shroud of Turin; relics venerated as part of the True Cross; the gospel of Judas; relics believed to be of John the Baptist; the burial box of Jesus' brother James; and the gospel of Mary Magdalene. Hourlong episodes utilize modern scientific techniques and archaeological research to document findings, and Gospel characters and stories connected to the artifacts are given dramatic re-enactments. On-screen commentary by noted theologians helps bring the characters and their emotional journeys to life, while academics from top universities provide historical and theological insight.
On Saturdays and Sundays, Fredricka Whitfield anchors "CNN Newsroom" from Atlanta. Seamlessly transitioning between political news and the top stories of the day, Whitfield covers the latest political stories by featuring interviews with lawmakers and members of the current administration paired with partisan and neutral panels of top political analysts and pundits. CNN correspondents stationed across the globe report on the day's news, adding context and color to top stories.
With veteran Washington correspondent John King in the anchor chair, "Inside Politics" focuses on the top political stories of the day with a rotating round table of top sourced reporters from CNN and from other media outlets. The half-hour program gives viewers an inside look at the stories driving Washington, directly from reporters on the ground. Prior to its revival in 2014, "Inside Politics" was first headed by Judy Woodruff, and it aired for more than 20 years on CNN before its cancellation in 2005.