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The Exodus Of Young Evangelicals, The COVID Vaccine In Sports, And Soon-To-Be Astronaut Wally Funk

Citizens Bank Park
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Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia during a game in 2008.

For decades, Christian evangelicals were the fastest-growing religious group in this country. Now, some young evangelicals are abandoning the faith.

And: There’s a new competitive edge in pro sports — the COVID vaccines.

And finally: Tomorrow, July 20, Wally Funk will become the oldest person ever to fly to space. So today, our conversation with Funk on her last day as a non-astronaut.

GUESTS:

  • Wally Funk - An American aviator with nearly 20,000 flight hours and a former member of the Mercury 13 program
  • Alex Kirshner - A writer and editor; he co-hosts the Split Zone Duo podcast and co-writes the Moon Crew newsletter
  • Terry Shoemaker - A lecturer on religious studies and American studies at Arizona State University

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Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan, Cat Pastor, and Jeff Tyson contributed to this show, part of which originally aired August 16, 2016.

Jonathan started at WNPR in 2010. He is as likely to produce a show on America’s jury system as he is a story on all the grossest parts of the human body. He's as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on WNPR’s talk shows and news magazines.
Josh is a producer for WNPR's talk shows. He has produced for Where We Live and is currently producing for The Colin McEnroe Show.