December 17th, 2013
Episode 352 of 447 episodes
This week in the magazine, James Carroll writes about Pope Francis, who, since his election in March, has made headlines with his humble acts of kindness, his gentler tone on social issues like contraception and homosexuality, and his pointed critiques of inequality and capitalism. Joan Acocella has previously written in the magazine about the Pope's namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. Here Acocella and Carroll talk with Sasha Weiss about the crisis within the Catholic Church, and whether Pope Francis will be able to effect real change. Also on the podcast, David Remnick talks to Roger Angell about Angell's award from the Baseball Hall of Fame for his baseball writing.