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Episode #1852

KQED World: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Environmental Justice in Mossville - A new chemical plant is being built in the small African-American town of Mossville in southwest Louisiana, raising significant concerns about health, safety, and environmental impact. The plant's owner has offered to pay Mossville residents to move out of their homes and sell their churches. The company says it is being generous, but some longtime residents and religious leaders feel they are being forced out. A?The church is the hub of the community, as far as relationships and as far as love and caring for one another,A? says LaSalle Clarence Williams Sr., chairman of the deacon board at Mount Zion Baptist Church, MossvilleA's oldest house of worship.
*Payday Lenders - Store-front lenders promising easy money are a familiar sight in poorer neighborhoods, and nationwide, about 12 million Americans spend more than $7 billion on payday loans each year. Payday loans offer quick access to cash when banks or credit unions can't help, and the very poor who need the money often find they have no other recourse. But critics say the practice is predatory and forces debt on those who are least able to afford it. Now churches have started programs to help the poor escape their debt. Correspondent Lucky Severson reports from Birmingham, Alabama on lenders who target and trap the most vulnerable.
*Terence Blanchard on "This Time We're Living In" - Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we talk with renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a Buddhist, about music, meditation, and the A?collective vibration of soulsA? that speaks whenever music brings us together.

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  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 30, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1851

KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary - A decade after Hurricane Katrina and the floods that devastated New Orleans, some neighborhoods and communities have rebuilt, and many houses of worship have reopened their doors. Even though the hard work of restoring the city continues, religious leaders who were in New Orleans during the destruction see signs of rebirth and reasons for hope.
*The Dalai Lama at 80 - He says he is "totally retired" from any political responsibilities as the leader of the exiled Tibetan Buddhist community, but old age has not diminished his role as an active and outspoken advocate for world peace and inner happiness. In an interview at his home base in Dharamsala, India with correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro, the Dalai Lama says all major religions teach the practice of compassion, love, forgiveness, and tolerance, and he admits he is not sure there will be a need for a new Dalai Lama.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 23, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1850

KQED World: Sat, Aug 15, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*America's Incarcerated - Today the United States has more people in prison than any other country in the world, and a disproportionate number of these two million inmates are African American. In his look at mass incarceration, correspondent Tim O'Brien interviews public policy experts as well as criminal justice reformer Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, who discusses the social and economic costs of extreme punishments, lengthy sentences, and A?a history of racial inequality and injustice that has left us vulnerable to presuming guilt and dangerousness when minority people interact with the criminal justice system.A?
*The "T" in LGBT - We report from Chicago on how churches are responding to transgender people, especially as they become more and more visible in popular culture. At the Urban Village Church in Hyde Park, Rev. Emily McGinleyA's ministry reaches out to transgender individuals. She says A?thereA's a lot we can learn from our transgender brothers and sisters. But I also think that churches are very unlikely, en masse anyway, to explore the topic, because itA's mysterious, and it threatens our ideas of fixed boundaries of identity.A?

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  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 16, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 15, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1849

KQED World: Sat, Aug 8, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Evangelicals and LGBT Acceptance - What challenges does growing social acceptance of same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues pose for evangelicals? In a historic ruling in June, a divided US Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal across the country. Religious groups had filed briefs on both sides of the issue. R&E visited Nashville, Tennessee to report on the extent to which evangelicals are reexamining their views about sexuality, marriage, and LGBT acceptance.
*Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - He retired after serving 22 years as chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, and this year he taught in the US at New York University and Yeshiva University and began leading a global religious response to religious violence and extremism.
*Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica - In mid-August, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some other Christians commemorate the belief that the Virgin Mary was bodily taken into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. This celebration of Mary marks what is called the Feast of the Assumption. A shrine to Mary in Mexico City is the most popular Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. Some 20 million people a year are inspired to come and pray and thank her for her help. "This place has become a place of worship," says Monsignor Jorge Antonio Palencia of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "Our Lady has accompanied the nation across the foundation, through the independence movement, then through the revolution movement."

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Episode #1848

KQED World: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

THE AGA KHAN - Around the world there are approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims, who belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Their spiritual leader is the Aga Khan, who traces his ancestors directly back to the Prophet Muhammad. A wealthy philanthropist, he has made it his mission, based on his faith, to fight poverty, encourage peace, and promote religious understanding. We spoke with him in Toronto, where the Aga Khan Museum, the first art museum in North America devoted to Islamic art and culture, recently opened to the public. < br>THE SINGING MONKS OF NORCIA - In the Italian town where St. Benedict was born, Benedictine monks led by Father Cassian Folsom, an American, gather nine times daily to worship God with Gregorian chants and prayer. Their singing has been recorded and is now a chart-topping album, allowing others outside the walls of the monastery to experience the music and devotions of monastic life.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
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