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Episode #2008

KQED World: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

* Election 2016: Catholic Voters - As part of the program's ongoing election coverage, Kim Lawton looks at Catholic voters in 2016. In 2012, they were almost evenly divided between candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Sharp divisions and political polarizations persist in this election cycle as well. Lawton reports on the issues Catholic voters are emphasizing and the efforts of both the Trump and Clinton campaigns to reach out to them. She talks with voters at a Catholic parish in Arlington, Virginia, and with faculty and students at the Catholic University of America. Says Professor Stephen Schneck, director of Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies: "A good number of us find ourselves a little bit at sea given the ugliness, really, of this presidential campaign. What's a Catholic to do? What's a Christian to do?"
* Liberian Entrepreneur Chid Liberty - In Liberia, a country still recovering from civil war and the ebola crisis, most people remain in poverty, partly because the economy has been largely dependent on exporting raw materials, not finished products. But a creative American is changing that. His name is Chid Liberty, born in Liberia and raised in Wisconsin. He says he was happy in the US until he felt a call to go back to Liberia and start a sustainable, fair-trade company that pays local women competitive wages and gives them the dignity of a job. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on this social entrepreneur's successes, in spite of Liberia's many problems. "I realized, "says Liberty, "that without going back to Liberia I would never really know who I am." Today Chid Liberty is in the fashion business, manufacturing school uniforms for the children of Liberia and a retail clothing line called Uniform, and giving Africa what it needs: decent jobs making products from African resources in Africa.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 23, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2007

KQED World: Sat, Oct 15, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

* Religious Debate and the Campaign - With less than 4 weeks until the election, faith groups continue to respond to the turmoil of the presidential campaigns. The release of a tape with sexually offensive comments from Donald Trump has provoked vigorous debate among many evangelicals, conservative Catholics and Mormons. Bob Abernethy and David Gibson discuss some of the religious reactions and their likely effects.
* Fighting Human Trafficking - An American Mormon and former US undercover agent is travelling all over the world to fight those buying and selling children. Dan Lothian reports that the child trafficking business generates profits of more than $150 billion a year. He talks with Tim Ballard, the former government agent who founded Operation Underground Railroad to rescue young children from criminal traffickers and who says he counts on a A?higher powerA? to keep him and his team safe.
* Old Skool Cafe - There is a special supper club in San Francisco that not only serves good food but also trains former prison inmates to acquire restaurant skills. More than 3 out of 4 of the staff have been incarcerated. Lucky Severson talks with former Los Angeles corrections officer Teresa Goines, who felt called to help former prisoners, especially juveniles, stay off the streets. She quit her job and started a small restaurant staffed by mostly 16-22-year olds, who also learn to finish school and find jobs. More than 300 former inmates have graduated from the Old Skool program.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 16, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 15, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2006

KQED World: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

CREATING WORKING SCHOOLS IN LIBERIA - What obligation does a state have to educate its children? West Africa's Liberia was founded by freed American slaves in the 1840s. In recent years, 2 long wars and an Ebola epidemic all but destroyed the country, not least its school system. 2 years ago, not one of 25,000 high school graduates passed the country's college entrance exam. Now, as Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, Liberian educators are trying to rebuild their schools by experimenting with a new system: part private, run by a for-profit American company, and part public. There are uniforms, computers for teachers with built-in lesson plans, and a longer school day. But these moves have all drawn controversy, and critics of Liberia's partnership with so-called "school in a box" programs, especially the teachers' union, say teachers need smaller classes and more money to discourage rampant absenteeism.
HOLOCAUST DENIAL - According to Holocaust studies scholar and modern Jewish history professor Deborah Lipstadt. "Holocaust denial is at its heart anti-Semitism." Lipstadt is the subject of "Denial," a new feature film that tells the story of how she was sued for libel by UK Holocaust denier David Irving. She speaks with R&E about her experience during the trial and the impact of Holocaust denial today.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS - This week many churches around the country celebrated the Feast of St. Francis (October 4), a day that recalls the life of the 13th century saint revered for his devotion to every part of creation, especially animals. In his honor, faith communities marked the day with a blessing of pets and animals. At the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC we spoke about St. Francis as protector and friend of animals with Father Jim Gardiner and with Catholic historian Father Michael Cusato.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2005

KQED World: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

SHAUN CASEY ON RELIGION AND DIPLOMACY - This week the US State Department sponsored a conference in Washington on the intersection of religion and diplomacy. Clergy, faith-based activists, academics, and diplomats attended. Critics have long charged that the US government has not done a good job acknowledging the role of religion in foreign policy. 3 years ago, Secretary of State John Kerry established a new office to address the problem. Kim Lawton talks with the head of that office, US Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Shaun Casey.
HIRING THE HOMELESS - While many cities in the US have moved to criminalize homelessness, imposing fees and fines for lying down, eating, sleeping, camping, and begging, Albuquerque, New Mexico has taken a different approach. It has initiated a program it calls There's a Better Way, picking up homeless individuals and transporting them to jobs that pay them in cash at the end of a five-hour work period. As Lucky Severson reports, the program is now in its second year and Mayor Richard Berry is confident it works. But some critics think the mayor's approach has created an increase in the number of panhandlers and homeless.
JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS BOOT CAMP - Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, founder and leader of the experimental Lab/Shul community in New York City, talks about the spiritual and mental preparations that precede the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which begin this year on the evening of October 2nd. He holds a boot camp filled with workshops, food, and music to encourage repentance, introspection, honesty, and reconnection as the Jewish New Year begins.
THE AMIDAH PRAYER - The Amidah is the central prayer in the Jewish tradition, recited 3 times a day and on Shabbat and holidays. Rabbi Shira Stutman of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC explains how Jews use their bodies as they pray the Amidah, and she says it is a time to be in silent, undistracted conversation with God and to ask for protection, health, and peace. "We bend our knees, we bow down, and we rise up, believing that it is God that can somehow lift the fallen," says Rabbi Stutman.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
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