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April 11, 2017

The Reconnect 4-11-17 | Interview with Sen James Lankford | Mother Emanuel AME shootings and trial

We talk through several big foreign policy stories with Senator James Lankford (R-OK), including Syria, Russia, and American mission Andrew Brunson, who is currently held in Turkey without charge. Among his other committee assignments, Lankford serves on the Senate Committees on Intelligence and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  Plus, before he was “Senator,” he ran the largest Christian youth camp in the US. Lankford shares how he made the transition from youth minister to the political arena and why it really isn’t all that different.

Jennifer Barry Hawes is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for the Post and Courier in Charleston, SC. She has covered the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME, the trial of shooter Dylann Roof and how that day has impacted the city. Most importantly, she shares with us about the power of forgiveness she has seen up close following the victims’ families.

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