The mainstream media often seem to feel a need to fit religion into a nice, neat box, inevitably reinforcing a simple, black-and-white image of faith in this country that for many people of faith is unrecognizable. But for 75 years, Religion News Service has provided the kind of professional, objective coverage that is essential to understanding the many ways religion influences our society, our culture and our nation. Joining us this week is Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, to talk about the state of religion in the news and the 2012 elections.

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Click the “play” button above to hear the extended interview. To download this audio, click here. Transcript coming soon. To hear the entire May 19, 2012 State of Belief Radio program, click here. To hear Kevin Eckstrom’s previous appearances on State of Belief Radio, click here.

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