The Signs of the Times

The Signs of the Times Podcast presented by the Center of Social Concerns discusses principles of human dignity, solidarity with the marginalized, and the common good as they relate to current events.

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Health and Society

Questions of Work in Light of COVID-19

How has the pandemic impacted workers around the country? Who is most responsible for a healthy economy? What does a robust version of the common good look like? And what does a...

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Health and Society

Perspectives on COVID-19 and the Common Good

How do we protect and serve those who are most vulnerable in our society right now? Who are the most vulnerable members? What does it look like to practice physical distancing...

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Religion and Philosophy

Finding Resilience in the Era of COVID-19

Many of us are struggling or feel out of place given the restrictions required to combat a global pandemic. We are living in an uncertain, if not radical, time in history. The...

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Religion and Philosophy

Hope as the Counter Virus to Despair

Hope is a topic of added relevance in today’s climate as we navigate the despair that accompanies a global pandemic. Annie Maguire, a senior at Saint Mary’s College majoring...

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Religion and Philosophy

Hospitality as a Work of Justice

We’re joined on the podcast by Ruben Garcia, Director of Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas whose mission is to accompany the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable...

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Health and Society

Realities of Race

“Any talk of incarceration, any talk of any social issue really, is woefully incomplete unless we talk about race.” Nick Ottone, a senior at Notre Dame, has been involved in...

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Religion and Philosophy

The Color of Compromise

“The cumulative effects of personal sins of racism have led to social structures of injustice and violence that makes us all accomplices in racism,” (Open Wide Our Hearts,...

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Law and Politics

Rethinking Crime and Justice

What are the causes and costs of criminal behavior? How are people and communities affected by incarceration? How can we make our criminal justice system as good as it can be for...

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Health and Society

Understanding Place Through People

“It’s about people and at the end of the day whether you’re trying to bring the Catholic Church to people or just trying to treat everybody and everything on this earth with...

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Career Development

Journalism and the Ethics of Encounter

How do you educate students and young journalists to listen actively to people, understand them, and accompany them in difficult situations? Richard Jones and Victoria St. Martin...

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Health and Society

Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods ft. Jonathan “Pastah J” Brooks

Where am I supposed to be and where will I be most transformed? Jonathan “Pastah J” Brooks challenges us with this question in today’s episode. Jonathan currently serves as...

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Health and Society

Recognizing the Dignity of Work in the Appalachian Region ft. Brandon Dennison

Listening to those closest to both the challenges and the beauty of the Appalachian region is critical to the success of a more diversified and stable local economy. Brandon...

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