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Episode #1815H

KQED World: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

*Churches and Conversations on Race - How are faith groups mobilizing on issues of race? Protests continue across the nation in the wake of grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African Americans. Religious groups have played a key role in many of the protests. This weekend (December 13-14) many churches are holding special services with the theme, Black Lives Matter, and faith groups have been calling for a new national dialogue about race. Watch our conversation with Lisa Sharon Harper, senior director of mobilizing for the Christian social action group Sojourners, who says the most important thing churches and congregations can do to combat racism is to listen.
*War and Human Rights in Colombia - Fifty years into a civil war among rebel forces, the government, drug traffickers, and paramilitary groups, the people of Colombia continue to look for a way to find peace in the midst of persistent conflict. In Buenaventura, members of a small neighborhood established a conflict-free humanitarian zone, in partnership with the human rights organization Justice and Peace. Father Jesus Geraldo cofounded Justice and Peace 30 years ago and believes support from the international community and the Catholic Church has been key to its successes in Colombia. "The fact that we have these links with the international community is what keeps us alive," he says, "ensures that we haven't been assassinated."
* Bruce Feiler on Religious Pilgrimages - On December 16, PBS will debut ?Sacred Journeys,? a new film series by author and host Bruce Feiler presenting a study of six religious and traditional pilgrimages made by people all over the world. "We are all pilgrims in this country, and that means we all have an antecedent place." What people are seeking, says Feiler, when they go on a pilgrimage is not some thunderbolt that is going to come from the sky, but a bit of quiet, and a bit of discomfort, and a bit of openness that allows them to hear whatever it is they're seeking.
Hanukkah Reignited at Jewish Theological Seminary - Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day festival of lights, begins next Tuesday night (December 16). It remembers the time long ago when Jews wanted to purify their reclaimed temple in Jerusalem by burning ritual oil. They only had enough oil for one day, but miraculously that small amount lasted for eight. Earlier this month, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York assembled prominent scholars and others to explore new themes for the Hanukkah celebration.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 14, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
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Episode #1814

KQED World: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

*Heroin and the Faith Community - According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the number of drug overdose deaths around the country has increased 118 percent since 1999, with heroin abuse reaching "epidemic" levels in cities and small towns alike. In an exclusive interview, Managing Editor Kim Lawton talks with prominent evangelical leader Rev. Richard Cizik, whose son, Richard Jr., died of a heroin overdose last year. Now Cizik is pushing faith communities-and churches in particular-to get more involved in the crisis by first acknowledging that heroin abuse is also a problem in their pews. Lawton also talks with the acting director of the White House office, Michael Botticelli, about the role faith groups can play in anti-drug efforts.
*Drugs of Last Resort - Amid the Ebola crisis, the World Health Organization determined that it would be ethical to administer untested and unapproved drugs on an emergency basis. Betty Rollin reports that parents of critically ill children have been wrestling with similar questions. Many desperately seek experimental drugs through the FDA and pharmaceutical companies, but there are ethical issues surrounding who gets the drugs and who doesn't. Jason Fowler, father of 7 year- old Jack, says "Is there risk involved? Definitely, but...the other option is watching our son deteriorate and die and we're not going to stand by and do that."

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  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
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Episode #1813

KQED World: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 -- 4:30 AM

*Camden Priest - Father Michael Doyle says violent crime and poverty in Camden, New Jersey are worse today than when he first arrived 39 years ago. But through Sacred Heart Parish's ministry of feeding, housing, and educating the poor, Father Doyle sees hope for what the FBI has called the most dangerous city in America. "We?'re working against the odds," he says, "but I think God is on our side."
* Inoculation Ethics - In most states, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children based on a personal or religious objection. It's a choice that has begun raising concerns about the ethics of refusal and the rising risk of outbreaks. We speak with a pediatrician, a school nurse, and parents in Amherst, Massachusetts, as well a Catholic bioethicist who says, "People should be immunized for the sake of the common good."

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  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
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