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Episode #1943

KQED World: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

RELIGION AND PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS 2016 - We round up the religion-and-politics news of the week, from Donald Trump's meeting with evangelicals to reactions from supporters and detractors.
MORMON WELFARE PROGRAM - There may be other charities that are larger or more helpful, but the welfare tradition within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must be one of the world's best. As Lucky Severson reports from Salt Lake City, the program supplies food, clothes, and all kinds of care to those in need - Mormon or not. The relief is always free, and the men and women who do the work - growers, packers, distributors, and caregivers - are all volunteers.
QUAKERS IN COSTA RICA - In the 1950s, when there was still a draft forcing many young men into military service, a group of Quakers, mostly from Alabama, decided their religious commitment to nonviolence forced them to leave the US rather than bear arms. They moved to Costa Rica in Central America, and helped that country preserve and develop its forests - so much so it is now among the world's most popular destinations for eco-tourists. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the Quaker community in Monteverde, Costa Rica. < br>BRING A FRIEND TO MOSQUE - During their holy month of Ramadan, many mosques around the country encourage members to invite non-Muslim friends and neighbors to the special iftar dinner that breaks their daylight fasting. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia describes how the project helps build bridges. (Originally broadcast 7/17/2015)

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Episode #1942

KQED World: Sat, Jun 18, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

RELIGIOUS RESPONSES TO ORLANDO MASSACRE - In the wake of the June 12 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, we report on responses from communities of faith, including condemnations of the violence, demonstrations of interfaith solidarity, debate about fighting terrorism, calls for stricter gun control, and renewed discussions about religion and homosexuality.
EVANGELICALS AND DONALD TRUMP - On June 21, Donald Trump has planned an invitation-only, closed-door meeting in New York with 500 evangelical leaders. Evangelicals have voted overwhelmingly Republican. But while Trump has some support in the conservative Christian community, there are also lingering concerns about his character and suitability to be president. Kim Lawton looks at evangelical divisions over Trump and the potential election fall-out.
SALT LAKE CITY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT - At least 30 US governors have said they don't want Syrian refugees to come to their states. But conservative, red-state Utah not only welcomes refugees but over the years has resettled 60, 000. Lucky Severson reports from Salt Lake City on why Utah has a history of welcoming strangers and what religious groups are doing to help out.

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Episode #1941

KQED World: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

DOCTORS AND END-OF-LIFE DISCUSSIONS - Many hospital patients who don't express their end-of-life wishes receive aggressive treatments that even their doctors say they wouldn't want for themselves. According to Dr. Phil Pizzo, dean emeritus of Stanford University School of Medicine, 80% to 95% of doctors say "they want to die outside the hospital. They want to die at home. They want to have their family around them. They don't want to be on life support systems."
SAINT BENEDICT'S PREPARATORY SCHOOL - In Newark, New Jersey, a city struggling with poverty, crime, and low academic performance, a school for boys led by Benedictine monks has helped 95%of its senior class go on to college by emphasizing personal responsibility, Christian community, and the Rule of St. Benedict.

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Episode #1940

KQED World: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

PAYDAY LENDERS - This week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new rules to crack down on the payday loan industry. Store-front lenders promising easy money are a familiar sight in poor 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, among them church leaders, 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. Lucky Severson reports from Birmingham, Alabama on lenders who target and trap the most vulnerable. (Originally broadcast 8/28/15)
THE WOMEN'S MOSQUE OF AMERICA - American Muslim women can feel marginalized at worship services in traditional mosques. Only men are allowed to lead the prayers and preach the sermons, and women are usually seated in separate areas. But at the new Women's Mosque of America, believed to be the first female-only mosque in the US, women are in charge, and participants hope to influence the larger Muslim community to be more inclusive. (Originally broadcast 7/4/15)
PACKING MEALS FOR THE HUNGRY - Churches across the country have been taking part in a special project for the charity Stop Hunger Now by sending non-perishable meals to children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. We visited Grace Community Church in Arlington, Virginia, where senior pastor John Slye said of those who were packing the meals, "Instead of hearing a sermon, they come here and be the sermon. " (Originally broadcast 12/18/15)

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