Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
This series offers distinctive, informed and one-of-a-kind coverage of religion's role in American life, international news and major ethical issues. Its award-winning team of correspondents, including Lucky Severson, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Judy Valente, Saul Gonzalez, Betty Rollin, Tim O'Brien, and Deborah Potter, along with series host Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton, have traveled around the world to report on stories about the faith communities, filling a void that is often neglected by other mainstream media.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Previous Broadcasts
KQED World: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
Tentatively scheduled: We talk with an anthropologist who is using forensic skills to reunite families with the bodies of immigrant relatives who died crossing the border.
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 21, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
KQED World: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
COMBATING ISIS - Earlier this week, as the nation marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and President Obama outlined his strategy to defeat Islamic State militants, ISIS, American Muslim groups joined together to reaffirm their condemnation of violent extremism waged in the name of religion. Washington office director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council discusses the US response to ISIS and the efforts of American Muslims to respond to potential future threats.
BOSTON'S LESSONS FOR FERGUSON - As the leaders of Ferguson, Missouri start addressing the lessons of their community's violence, the experience of other cities may be helpful. When there was violent unrest in Boston, members of the clergy learned to work both with the police and with potentially violent youth. They achieved much-publicized changes, but they also may have claimed success too soon.
STONE CIRCLES - Chris Comes With Clouds White, of Cherokee descent, discovered a pre-historic stone circle near his home that carries a significant spiritual meaning for him. "We're born, we have a youth, we get old, we die, but we believe that there's something beyond that where our ancestors are, so that's a circle."
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
KQED World: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
HEROIN AND THE FAITH COMMUNITY - According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, heroine abuse has reached "epidemic" levels across the country in both cities and small towns. Prominent evangelical leader Reverend Richard Cizik lost his son Richard Jr. to an overdose last year. Now he is pushing faith communities to get more involved by first acknowledging that heroine abuse is happening in their own churches. The acting director of the White House office, Michael Botticelli, also shares what role he believes faith groups can play in the crisis. "There is such a redemptive piece to recovery, and faith and spirituality has played a really pivotal role, in that recovery," says Botticelli. "We know that faith leaders can also, not only help us prevent the issue, but support people with addiction."
WORLD WITHOUT HATE - Days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan was shot in the head by Mark Stroman in a hate crime targeted at Arabs. Bhuiyan survived the attack, and Stroman was sentenced to death, but Bhuiyan felt compelled by God to show love and compassion for his assailant. "I realize that I need to forgive him in public and do something to save the life," says Bhuiyan, "because I strongly believed that if Mark Stroman was given the chance, the opportunity which I had in my childhood, he would have become a different person." Bhuiyan forgave Stroman many times, even seconds before his execution, and says he believes he saw a change in the man that once tried to kill him. Now he has made teaching mercy and forgiveness his life's work.
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 12:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
KQED World: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
PROBATION FOR PROFIT - Many jurisdictions in the US have turned over their probation procedures to for-profit companies collecting fines and monitoring individuals accused of minor infractions. As small fees and interest charges begin to build, people who already cannot afford their fines can end up in jail owing exorbitant amounts. "Even beyond the basic ethical conundrum of incarceration for profit, there are other fundamental faith principles" at stake, says Caroline Isaacs, a program officer for the American Friends Service Committee. "Redemption and forgiveness really are falling by the wayside when we profitize these functions."
THE REBBE'S LEGACY - Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, also known simply as the Rebbe, was the leader of the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic movement when he died 20 years ago. Today, the movement has tripled in size and the Rebbe's many followers continue to remember him with visits to his gravesite. The Rebbe's personality and teachings were well-received by Jews and non-Jews alike, and his followers have established Chabad centers for teaching in over 80 countries around the world. "The Rebbe inaugurated the first attempt in all of Jewish history to reach every Jewish community and every Jew in the world," says his biographer, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. "No one was regarded as insignificant."
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 10:30 AM