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Episode #1750

KQED World: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

ATROCITIES IN MYANMAR - Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence. "They refer to the Rohingya as subhuman, but beyond that they actually believe the Rohingya are subhuman," says Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, an independent organization to protect and defend human rights, "and I think this is one of the things that make them particularly dangerous." (Originally broadcast April 18, 2014)
JAMES LEE BURKE - The enormously successful crime novelist James Lee Burke has yet another book climbing the best seller charts. Wayfaring Stranger, his 35th title, was released last month. "A Franciscan told me once," says Burke, "'Don't keep track of the score. The score will take care of itself.'" His detective stories bear the influence of his Roman Catholic boyhood and are full of biblical imagery, the mystery of sin and evil, the struggle for salvation, and a longing for redemption. (Originally broadcast October 11, 2013)
JANMASHTAMI - On August 17, Hindus observe the birth of Lord Krishna in a 2-day celebration popularly known as Janmashtami. We visited one such celebration at the Rajdhani Mandir Temple in Chantilly, Virginia. "I'm leaving behind my worries and being reminded of God's love," says Nidhi Singh, our guide, "of not feeling defeated by any hardship that I might be facing and getting strength to continue to do my dharma [duty] as Krishna taught." (Originally broadcast August 22, 2008)

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1749

KQED World: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

JORDAN'S SYRIAN REFUGEES - More than 9 million Syrians have fled their country in what the UN has called the "greatest humanitarian catastrophe of modern times." Faith-based groups - Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox, Mennonite, and more - in Jordan, home now to 2 large Syrian refugee camps, are doing what they can to help. "Behind each of these wonderful people is a life that is completely disrupted. We see God in all of these people. We see that these are brothers and sisters like us," says Catholic Relief Services president Carolyn Woo. (Originally broadcast January 24, 2014.)
THE DECEMBER PROJECT - Sara Davidson is a best-selling writer and journalist who confesses she felt completely unprepared to face the reality of her own mortality. In 2009, she met Jewish Renewal founder Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. They spent every Friday together for 2 years discussing what the spiritual teacher believed helps one prepare for death. The rabbi died this summer on July 3 at the age of 89. Their conversations culminated in Davidson's book The December Project, named for what Reb Zalman referred to as the December of life. "When you feel you're coming to the end of your tour of duty, what is the spiritual work of that time," he asked, "and how do we prepare for the mystery?" (Originally broadcast May 2, 2014.)

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1748

KQED World: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

DRUGS OF LAST RESORT - Jamie and Jason Fowler are seeking access to experimental drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA to treat their son Jack's life-threatening disease. The pharmaceutical company can make the treatment available to the family without FDA approval, but that could further delay the clinical trials required for official release. "How do we balance the rapid and accelerated approval of drugs that we can establish, definitively establish, are safe and effective," asks Dr. Russell Medford, who chairs the bioethics committee for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, "versus the immediate needs of individual patients who cannot wait for us to come to those final determinations?"
THE AMANDA LINDHOUT STORY - In 2008, Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped by a group of Somali teenagers and held captive for over 460 days. She was tortured, starved, and abused repeatedly before finally being released for a ransom. Lindhout says she did more than just survive the ordeal, she was transformed by it. "Physically I was in chains on the floor, and I had no power, no control over that, but I still had the power to choose my response to what was happening to me, to hold on to my own morals and my own values," Lindhout explains. "I knew somehow at the deepest part of my being that if I chose forgiveness, that experience just would not have the power to crush me." Lindhout is the author of a memoir about her ordeal, A House in the Sky, written with Sara Corbett.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
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