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Episode #1906

KQED World: Sat, Oct 10, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*The Dalai Lama's Doctor - Dr. Barry Kerzin was a California physician interested in Buddhism when he went to Tibet 27 years ago to train Buddhist doctors in methods of Western medical research and practice. Now an ordained Buddhist monk who serves as the Dalai Lama'A's personal physician, he teaches doctors and medical students the lessons he has learned from meditation and the contemplative tradition of Buddhism: compassion, empathy, and selflessness.
* Kidney Donors and Faith Communities Should organ donors of particular religious traditions be able to specify that their organs go only to co-religionists? Throughout the U.S. there is a dramatic shortage of people willing to give up one of their organs to save a stranger'A's life. ItA's a difficult problem for the many patients needing a new kidney, especially African Americans. One solution, as the Orthodox Jewish charity called Renewal has found, is to connect organ donors with sick patients within their own faith communities, which encourages more people to donate. Leaders of other faith groups, among them African-American churches, are using the Renewal approach in their own communities in order to encourage more organ donations. But what are the ethics of donating organs only within specific communities of faith rather than to anybody?
*Laughter Yoga - A growing new spiritual practice combines the breathing techniques of yoga with laughter. Practitioners say it helps them achieve joy and spiritual well-being. At a laughter yoga session at Washington National Cathedral, we talk with instructor Diane Cohen, who says it releases A?that inner essence that we don'A't always let out.A?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 12, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 12, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 11, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 10, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1905

KQED World: Sat, Oct 3, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Assessing U.S. Visit of Pope Francis - The pope has returned to Rome after his historic trip to the United States, but the message and meaning of his words and actions are still being debated. We are joined by John Carr, director of Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought, and Pat Zapor, who covered the pope's trip for Catholic News Service, who discuss how the pope was received, what he said and did, and what the impact of his message may be on the Catholic Church and beyond.
*Jerusalem Youth Chorus - This Israeli-Palestinian ensemble of high school singers, a program of the Jerusalem International YMCA, believes in A?transcending conflict through song.A? Conductor Micah Hendler founded the group to create a space where young Israelis and Palestinians could work together and learn from each other in order to foster better understanding. R and E spoke with him when the chorus was on tour in the US.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 5, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 5, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 4, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 3, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
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