Table of Contents

Cover Story

Wealth and poverty in America's cities

Wealth and poverty in America's cities

by The Editors

Cover Story | Fighting poverty and valuing wealth with generosity and discernment

In this issue: "Wealth and poverty," March 14, 2009

Features

'It all fit together'

'It all fit together'

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Religion, politics, and journalism have been part of a "crazy quilt life" that has made Bill Moyers a liberal icon

Going to the dogs

Going to the dogs

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | The Westminster Kennel Club Show is a breed apart

Fearing not

Fearing not

By Warren Cole Smith

Charity | Giving away your money is key to true financial freedom

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | A bell tower rises above the Armenian section of the Old City in Aleppo. Syria's second-largest city became a sanctuary for Armenians and other Christians…

Lutheran divide

Lutheran divide

By Richard N. Ostling

Religion | Task force wants to allow "local option" on same-sex unions

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | Died Tayeb Salih, one of Sudan's top novelists, died Feb. 18. Salih, 80, was internationally recognized for his 1966 Season of Migration to the North , which…

Killer care

Killer care

By Cal Thomas

Health | The federal government may be taking a step toward deciding which lives are cost-effective

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Giving that worked

Giving that worked

By Marvin Olasky

Poverty | With "work tests" for the able-bodied and disdain for indiscriminate givers, Christians in the past fought urban poverty with generosity plus discernment

A habit of thrift

A habit of thrift

By Marvin Olasky

Poverty | John D. Rockefeller's economy and efficiency led to a better life for millions

Show me the money

Show me the money

By Alisa Harris

Poverty | Very little of the thousands spent per pupil in New York City actually makes it to the classroom

Open the spigots

Open the spigots

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | In a town not known for fiscal restraint, President Obama's first speech to Congress signals a historic surge in federal spending

States of bind

States of bind

By Jamie Dean

Economy | Republican governors spar over the content and the meaning of simulus package

One-man war

One-man war

By Jamie Dean

Africa | Joseph Kony uses kidnapping and rape to wage a campaign of terror in Uganda

Creating beauty

Creating beauty

By Alisa Harris

Poverty | There's no shame in shopping but New York's fashion world can't run from recession either

Iron fist of change

Iron fist of change

By Emily Belz

Poverty | D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is gaining even more power as he bends the ear of a like-minded president

Ending poverty-fighting as we know it

Ending poverty-fighting as we know it

By Emily Belz

Poverty | Christians left and right lobby Obama administration to make war on poverty

What a dollar buys, where

What a dollar buys, where

By Timothy Lamer

Poverty | Poverty is real, but it's also relative

Sacrificial poor

Sacrificial poor

By Mindy Belz

Poverty | Individual Development Accounts and a will to save are teaching Houston's poor how to be rich

Green pastures

Green pastures

By Mark Bergin

Poverty | For Christian architect David Ogoli, dwelling with sustainable buildings is a calling

Dispatches

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

Reviews

Foreign friendship

Foreign friendship

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Visitor offers a quiet look at the immigrant, and native, experience

High hopes

High hopes

By Marvin Olasky

Theater | In the Heights engagingly celebrates the American dream

Madea goes too far

Madea goes too far

By Alisa Harris

Movies | Tedious comedy and maudlin melodrama make a jarring film

Time to remember

Time to remember

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Animated Waltz shows the ripple effects of war

Sound of the past

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Love Train DVD suggests a future for a music that may not happen

Notable CDs

By Eleni Mandell, Buddy & Julie Miller, The Alan Parsons Project & Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

Notable CDs | Four noteworthy new CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

The Big Sort-sort of

The Big Sort-sort of

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Americans have a long history of clustering into groups

Regression analyses

Regression analyses

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Rene Descartes, probably the 17th century's most influential philosopher, is best known for his humanistic maxim, "I think, therefore I am." That led Western…

Notable books

By Erica Bauermeister, Jo Nesbø, Jhumpa Lahiri & Val McDermid

Notable Books | Four new and recent works of fiction reviewed by Susan Olasky

Notebook

Partial plea

Partial plea

By Mark Bergin

Sports | For all his owning up, Rodriguez still held out from taking responsibility for the most important question of the day

Voices

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

A new New York

A new New York

By Marvin Olasky

From death wish to renewed life in less than a generation

Acting out

Acting out

By Janie B. Cheaney

Chuck E. Cheese's: Where a grownup can be a kid

Buy them out

Buy them out

By Joel Belz

An education proposal for extraordinary times

Not-so-smart power

Not-so-smart power

By Mindy Belz

Selling off human rights is no way to buy economic peace

All the same

All the same

By Andrée Seu

"Democracy," "equality," and the death of the soul

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