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Episode #1747

KQED World: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

LATINO CONVERTS TO ISLAM - We visit the Islamic Center of Greater Miami to look at the rising number of Latino Muslims in the US - as many as 250,000, according to estimates. Some of the converts say that in Islam they have found theological simplicity and "no intermediaries with God." The Islamic Circle of North America reports that more than half of the US Latino converts are women. "I just felt that the minute I put my head down to the ground," says Nadia Echevrria, "I felt like I was really talking to God."
RESPONDING TO THE MIGRANT CRISIS - How are religious groups trying to help children caught at the US border? "It's not like your typical disaster, where churches clean up after a hurricane or a tornado," says Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. "This is much more complicated."

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 28, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 28, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1746

KQED World: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

UNDOCUMENTED CHILD MIGRANTS - The surge of Central American immigrants crossing the US/Mexico border, thousands of which are unaccompanied minors, is being met with both disdain and compassion. While the government attempts to respond according to the law, Americans are expressing their own reactions. "This is what our Catholic faith calls us to do, to come to the aid of those who are desperately in need of our help," says John Andrews of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino County. Andrea Rockwood from Murrieta, California, has a different perspective. "We need to fix our system before we can even help anybody. We can't even help our own." Watch a conversation with program anchor Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton on the response of religious groups to the child migrant crisis and the many challenges it presents.
INDIA MENTAL HEALTH CARE - It is believed that there are as many as 100 million people with common mental disorders in India, and up to 20 million with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, but only 5000 psychiatrists in the entire country. Traditional faith healers try to fill in the gap for many, but now the spiritual and medical practitioners are teaming up to better serve their community.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 12:30 PM

Episode #1745H

KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

WOUNDED PRIEST - Father Michael Lapsley is an Anglican priest who was sent to South Africa during the institutionalized racial segregation of apartheid. He became a chaplain to Nelson Mandela's African National Congress and a target of the white supremacy government. One day Lapsley opened a package that turned out to be a bomb. He lost both hands and one eye in the attack on his life, but his faith survived. He now uses his wounds to connect with those who have experienced trauma and help them find healing. "Father Lapsley completely understands," says Gulf War veteran David Campbell, "he was in his own combat, and so that is a war that we all understand."
SAVINGS INFANTS IN VIETNAM - For years, there was little hope for sustaining the lives of premature infants in Vietnam, due to the lack of technology suited for rural and remote villages. Solutions from the West were ineffective and remained unused by hospitals and nurses. Now, engineers native to the country have come together to build breathing machines and other devices that are designed specifically for their needs. A partnership with the California-based East Meets West Foundation is helping turn the tide in the infant mortality rate. "What needed to happen was an engineering company that was willing to work with hospitals, with doctors and nurses to identify what they needed, says Allison Zimmerman of the East Meets West Foundation, "as opposed to developing a solution outside."
SHINNYO LANTERN FLOATING FOR PEACE - On Sunday, September 22, 2013, thousands of New Yorkers gathered for the first Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in Central Park. Orchestrated by Shinnyo-en, an international Buddhist community, more than 2200 candle-lit paper lanterns with individually written messages of peace were set afloat onto a large reflecting pool in the center of Trump Rink, in honor of people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1744

KQED World: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

HOBBY LOBBY RULING - Religious groups are deeply divided over the Supreme Court's controversial ruling Monday (June 30) in the so-called Hobby Lobby case. In a 5-4 decision, the justices said despite a requirement in the Affordable Care Act, some for-profit corporations cannot be forced to provide contraception coverage which their owners say violates their religious beliefs. Managing Editor Kim Lawton reports on the various reactions within the faith community. Also, host Bob Abernethy talks with Lawton and Religion News Service editor-in-chief Kevin Eckstrom about wider implications of the decision.
DONOR'S GIFT OF LIFE - Two years ago on July 4, facing a virtual death sentence from cancer, former veteran CBS news correspondent Phil Jones underwent a stem cell transplant with cells provided by an anonymous donor. As Bob Faw reports, the procedure was effective and a year after the transplant Jones for the first time met the donor, Eric Priest, a navy lieutenant and ordained Baptist pastor who said donating the stem cells was just part of his ministry. MARTYRDOM OF THE BAB - On July 9, Baha'is observe the Martyrdom of the Bab, which marks the 1850 execution in Persia of one of the founders of their faith. It is 1 of 9 holy days during which Baha'is suspend work and school. We visited a commemoration program at the Northern Virginia Baha'i Center, guided by Baha'i Educator Hillary Chapman.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 6, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
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