Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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2019 Feb. 19 Our critics go mano a mano in our annual Oscar roundup. | Download .mp3 file
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2019 Feb. 12 So very hard to stay: on loving but maybe leaving the Catholic Church, with Paul F. Lakeland, president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, a professor at Fairfield University, and chair of its Center for Catholic Studies. | Download .mp3 file
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2019 Jan. 29 Jonathan Merritt is the author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing — and How We Can Revive Them. | Download .mp3 file
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2019 Jan. 15 R. Marie Griffith, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the director of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, is the author of Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics. | Download .mp3 file
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2019 Jan. 1 For the third year in a row, we dedicate our first episode of the New Year to the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s longest-running citizen science project in which groups of volunteers in a designated area count every bird they see, with the data used to track trends. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Dec. 18 Richard Alleva’s Top 10 Christmas films. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Dec. 4 Jesuit Father Patrick Samway’s latest book is Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Partnership. The exhaustively researched book includes detail about O’Connor’s prolific writing despite suffering from the lupus which would end her life in her 30s and how Giroux’s Catholicism hurt his career in publishing. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Nov. 20 The religion vote by the numbers: how Catholics, evangelicals, Jews and Nones helped create the Blue Wave with Mark Silk, founding director of Trinity College’s Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Nov. 6 Fr. Thomas Keating, founder of the contemplative prayer movement, died last week at age 95. In the first half of the episode, with permission from Contemplative Outreach, Father teaches us the basics of the practice. In the second half of the episode, MaryAnn Steutermann, a writer and high school teacher in Louisville, KY, wonders if the Seven Deadly Sins of the old Baltimore Catechism might be relevant today. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Oct. 30 Remembering Passionist Fr. John Baptist Pesce, 1923-2018 | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Oct. 16 Retired nurse Mary Lou Connors tells about her volunteer work with the poor in Haiti, with refugees in Hartford, with incarcerated women in Niantic, and as a eucharistic minister at a nursing home. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Oct. 2 Cody Guarnieri is a lawyer with the Hartford firm of Brown, Paindiris and Scott and was instrumental in reviving the Red Mass, a celebration for people in the legal profession and others interested in justice. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Sept. 18 A voice for the foreigner: Atty. Meghann E. LaFountain, of LaFountain Immigration Law, LLC, in Middletown, CT, handles asylum and deportation cases. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Sept. 4 Wounded by religion; healed by the sacred: Terrlyn Curry Avery coined the title “pastologist” to reflect her dual roles as a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist. She works with clients of all religious denominations whose painful experiences at the hands of the church are keeping them from thriving. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Aug. 28 Don’t keep calm. Merton wouldn’t. Upcoming retreat will contemplate the famed monk’s writing and photography. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Aug. 21 Keeping the faith? Post-Pennsylvania, that’s a tough one … | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Aug. 14 Robert Hudson’s The Monk and the Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966, chronicles the crises afflicting the two famously reclusive heroes of the Sixties counterculture. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Aug. 7 Pedophiles: four reasons the Church keeps making more — and other essays by a former priest | Download .mp3 file
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2018 July 31 Jesuit theologian Fr. Paul G. Crowley’s latest book, The Unmoored God: Believing in a Time of Dislocation, is a meditation on “something prior to the Church” — “the deeper habits of believing.” | Download .mp3 file
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2018 July 24 A transgender Christian woman and a lesbian atheist: a love story | Download .mp3 file
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2018 July 17 On ‘having a soul and being true to it’– writer Blanche McCrary Boyd’s moral journey | Download .mp3 file
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2018 July 10 Latest Catholic parish reform effort: creating a space for priests to listen to women | Download .mp3 file
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2018 July 3 To inspire your Fourth: encouraging messages of hope and action from a few of your fellow citizens | Download .mp3 file
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2018 June 26 For more than 150 days, Roderick (also known as Al) Dornan, 78, of Wethersfield, CT, has walked 2.2 miles every day, rain or shine and despite a bad back, along the sidewalks of his neighborhood in solidarity with Dreamers, immigrants and refugees. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 June 19 Inspired church art, made by atheists with love | Download .mp3 file
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2018 June 12 ‘Religious comedy is a tricky business’–Catholic storyteller Ed Stivender juggles the secular and the sacred | Download .mp3 file
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2018 June 5 A bundle of warmth and wiliness: Pope Francis is irresistible in Wim Wenders’s loving documentary; and his recent private comments about gays may be strategic | Download .mp3 file
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2018 May 29 Miriam Duignan, an Irish Catholic feminist activist, celebrates the landslide vote legalizing abortion in Ireland. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 May 22 ‘Storytelling, secrets, and shame’: novelist J. Courtney Sullivan is inspired by her Irish Catholic family upbringing | Download .mp3 file
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2018 May 15 30 years and counting of la vita bella with Francaccio di Roma on WESU | Download .mp3 file
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2018 May 1 Toward ‘a modern Reformation’: Father Richard G. Rento seeks the Church’s ‘purification’ | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Apr. 17 Practicing compassion: the Buddhist path to peace | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Apr. 3 New films: in ‘Created Equal,’ a nun sues; ‘Paul: Apostle of Christ’ is a dreary snooze | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Mar. 20 How Catholics can lead the gun control charge: the tools are there | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Mar. 6 Vatican rejects former President of Ireland and 2 other planned International Women’s Day speakers; drone warfare is on the radar at Hartford Seminary | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Feb. 20 The Shape of Movies: two critics call by name the Oscar winners and losers | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Feb. 6 A conservative calls out conservatives on their hypocritical choice of Trump | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Jan. 30 Along with people all over the world, on Jan. 20, 2018, people gathered on the streets around Central Park to march in solidarity against the policies and behavior of the Trump Administration. The next day, downtown, Catholic feminists — including men and children — gathered in Union Square and marched to St. Francis Xavier Church on 16th St., in solidarity for women’s ordination. | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Jan. 16 No ceiling to Michelangelo’s enduring appeal | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Jan. 9 ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Novitiate’: Catholic for better or worse | Download .mp3 file
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2018 Jan. 2 Christmas Bird Count 2017 | Download .mp3 file
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2017 Dec. 19 Christopher J. Doucot, co-founder of the Catholic Worker community in north Hartford, which is marking its 25th anniversary, has co-authored a book with Shannon Craigo-Snell, No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice, a primer for individuals and groups interested in standing with people in marginalized groups. | Download .mp3 file
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2017 Dec. 5 Enjoy these Christmas films on DVD, says Commonweal‘s Richard Alleva | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Oct. 14 Crux: Boston Globe kicks off expanded Catholic coverage with a panel on Pope Francis | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Sept. 30 Making the world safe for thinking: Wes Prez defends the liberal arts | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Sept. 16 Freud in the void? Marking the 75th anniversary of the famous atheist’s death: a conversation with Wesleyan President and Freud expert Michael S. Roth | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Sept. 2 Battlefield angels: Civil War wounded on the North and South relied on the Daughters of Charity | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Aug. 19 40 years of Episcopal women priests | Download .mp3 file
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2014 July 29 Saved by Beauty: the life and work of Dorothy Day | Download .mp3 file
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2014 July 15 We reprise our immigration episode, with an update from expert Fr. John Baptist Pesce about the children – repeat, children – pouring across the border | Download .mp3 file
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2014 July 1 104 years old and still playing bingo every week? Dear God, let it happen to us. | Download .mp3 file
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2014 June 17 Donations cheerfully refused: Brake the Cycle of Poverty rides to raise awareness, not money | Download .mp3 file
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2014 June 3 Nun on the Bus Simone Campbell finds the silver lining in the Vatican’s censure of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious | Download .mp3 file
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2014 May 20 “Nothing new”: two more Catholic women are ordained. We attend the NYC Mass | Download .mp3 file
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2014 May 6 Feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether still displays the same fierce intellect that gave birth to nearly 50 books on progressive themes touching the church, the global economy, and the environment, but saves her harshest criticism for Catholic bishops who “have made a much stupider church.” The good news, she says, is that “the bishops don’t own this. We are the church.” | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Apr. 29 Are clergy nearer to God than thee? Voice of the Faithful takes on clericalism | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Apr. 15 Tax Day. Jesuit Fr. Fred Kammer, a lawyer, author, teacher and retreat director based at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he is the director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, explains Catholic social teaching on taxes and how US tax policy is too regressive and thus out of step with moral dictates dating back to ancient times which also have long been promulgated by the Catholic Church. | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Apr. 1 Our April Fools’ Day Catholic Joke Show: We kid because we love! | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Mar. 18 The new feature film Son of God has Commonweal critic Richard Alleva scratching his head over the filmmakers’ vision; also, Voice of the Faithful President Mark Mullaney believes the Francis papacy presents new opportunities to work with bishops on a raft of reforms. He presents the agenda for VOTS annual assembly in Hartford on April 5. Its theme: Turning Talk into Action. 
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2014 Mar. 4 Our Oscar post-game show. Richard Alleva, movie critic for the Catholic journal Commonweal, will look at the films through the lens of faith | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Feb. 18 Playwright Jacques Lamarre  went to Rome in 1990, intending to be a priest and discovered it was pretty much Provincetown on the Tiber. Ultimately, he couldn’t make that collar fit, but he’ll always have his memories of that “fun, subversive” year and a half. | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Feb. 4 Holiness: Saints, living and dead. Fr. Pat McCloskey, who revised Saint of the Day; Barbara Pivarnik, who walks the talk; and Fr. John Baptist Pesce, who is preparing a talk on holiness. | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Jan. 21 The wealth gap: An interview with U.S. Rep. John B. Larsen, D-CT, who has co-sponsored a resolution celebrating Pope Francis; an interview with Sarah Abbott of Resource Generation, which helps wealthy young people give away wealth in socially conscious way | Download .mp3 file
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2014 Jan. 7 A Reasonably Catholic year in review, featuring Pope Francis’ favorite music! Part II | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Dec. 31 A Reasonably Catholic year in review, featuring Pope Francis’ favorite music! Part I | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Dec. 17 Charles Camosy on animal rights and Brian Doyle with essays for “imperfect Catholics” | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Dec. 3 Inside the world of “RadTrads” with Tom Breen | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Nov. 19 Fr. Michael Whyte on lapsed Catholics | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Nov. 5 Christopher Hale of the Catholic Alliance on the papal survey | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Oct. 29 Interview with Fr. Hal Weidner | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Oct. 15 Interview with fiction writer and essayist Sergio Troncoso | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Oct. 1 Catholics react to Pope Francis’s remarks | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Sept. 17 The Catholic position on immigration | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Sept. 3 Jamie Manson continues our exploration of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Aug. 20 Phyllis Zagano and Paul Lakeland analyze the comments of Pope Francis | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Aug. 6 Book discussion | Download .mp3 file
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2013 July 30 A chat with Fr. Helmut Schuller on his Call to Disobedience tour | Download .mp3 file
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2013 July 16 Part two of a series about being homosexual and Catholic | Download .mp3 file
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2013 July 2 Part one of a series about being homosexual and Catholic | Download .mp3 file
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2013 June 18 National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson on “The Church and Young Catholics” | Download .mp3 file
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2013 June 4 Why my neighbors left the Church; the latest Catholic news; and a farewell to Father Andrew Greeley | Download .mp3 file
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2013 May 21 Mouthy women of the New Testament | Download .mp3 file
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2013 May 7 Being Catholic at Wesleyan | Download .mp3 file
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2013 April 30 Married priests | Download .mp3 file
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2013 April 16 Audio tour of the Caravaggio exhibition | Download .mp3 file
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2013 April 2 Fr. John Baptist Pesce | Download .mp3 file
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2013 March 19 Now that the pope is officially inaugurated, what’s going to happen? | Download .mp3 file
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2013 March 5 Religious intolerance | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Feb. 19 The pope’s resignation | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Feb. 5 Are You Dense? with Dr. Nancy Cappello | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Jan. 29 Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Jan. 15 Book discussion | Download .mp3 file
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2013 Jan. 1 Guest: Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Dec. 18 Guest: Fr. John Baptist Pesce | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Dec. 4 Guest: Mark Silk, Director of the Center for Religion in Public Life at Trinity College | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Nov. 20 Guests: U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro and Jules Hart, producer of Pink Smoke Over the Vatican | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Nov. 6 Election Day special with guests Prof. John Finn of Wesleyan University and Prof. Mark Silk of Trinity College | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Oct. 30 Guest: Photojournalist Judith Levitt | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Oct. 16 Voice of the Faithful | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Oct. 2 Guests: Denise Stankovics, editor of Today’s American Catholic, and Chris Allen-Doucot of the Hartford Catholic Worker | Download .mp3 file
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2012 Sept. 18 Guest: Fr. John Baptist Pesce | Download .mp3 file
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