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Episode #1952

KQED World: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

Tentatively scheduled: Anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise in many areas this election season. In Nashville, some evangelicals are trying to counter hate by building relationships with Muslims, including sharing meals. (Originally broadcast April 29, 2016)

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  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 28, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1951

KQED World: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

FAITH-BASED RELIEF IN LOUISIANA FLOODING - Historic flooding in the greater Baton Rouge area has damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and devastated communities. Kim Lawton reports on how faith-based groups are mobilizing to provide immediate emergency aid and develop long-term recovery plans.
$70K MINIMUM WAGE CEO - Dan Price, the 32-year-old CEO of Gravity Payments, made national news last year when he announced he was putting in place a scaled pay policy that would raise the minimum wages of employees to $70,000 per year by 2017. The announcement led to a flood of job applicants - and many new clients. Raised by evangelical Christian parents and home schooled, Price tells John Larson that his biblical training still shapes his ideas, whether he is serving others or running a company, and that "business that puts purpose over profit ends up making more profit."
THE BOXER - As the city of Baltimore continues to heal from the violence and turmoil that sprung up after the death of Freddie Gray, we visit one church that draws young people to its ministry with a boxing gym that teaches discipline, respect, and a sense of pride. (Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2015.)

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  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 22, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 22, 2016 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Episode #1950

KQED World: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

FERGUSON, MISSOURI TWO YEARS ON - In Ferguson, Missouri hundreds of people gathered this week to mark the 2-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer. Brown's death sparked protests all over the country and led to a national conversation about policing in African-American communities. It also fueled the movement known as Black Lives Matter. Pastor Traci Blackmon is one of its leaders.
SUNNI-SHIA HARMONY - In many parts of the world, Sunni and Shia Muslims are locked in bloody conflicts. But here in the US, members of the 2 major branches of Islam live side-by-side in relative harmony. Kim Lawton traveled to South Florida to speak with members of both communities about their similarities, differences and relations with each other. She also interviewed experts on the practice of Islam in America about why the situation is different here.
MINNESOTA LAMA - There is a 9-year-old boy in a suburb of Minneapolis who is training to be a Tibetan Buddhist priest - but not just any priest. Jalue Dorje has been recognized as the 8th reincarnation of the first Takshem Lama, who lived in the 16th century. Along with getting ready for 4th grade and collecting Pokemon cards, Jalue is also preparing to live eventually in a Himalayan monastery for about 10 years, immersed in Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies and scriptures, and then come back to be a spiritual leader for Minnesota's 3000 or so Tibetan-American Buddhists. Fred de Sam Lazaro tells the story.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1949

KQED World: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

RELIGION AT THE OLYMPICS - The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are getting underway in Rio de Janeiro. Kim Lawton reports on some of the many ways religion is playing a role.
MOTHER TERESA AND SAINTHOOD - On September 4th, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will become a Catholic saint. In 1950, she created the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order of sisters who care for the poorest of the poor around the world. But during her lifetime, few people knew that Mother Teresa suffered from a deep spiritual darkness and wrote, "The place of God in my soul is blank." Deborah Potter visits the Missionaries of Charity in Miami and talks about Mother Teresa with Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University and a personal friend of Mother Teresa, and with Rev. James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints. Says Martin, "She is a saint for doubters and seekers and people who wonder where God is in their lives."
NOAH'S ARK PARK - Lucky Severson visits Noah's Ark Park, which opened last month in northeastern Kentucky, and talks to Ark Encounter CEO Ken Ham as well as his critics. His recreation of Noah's Ark is 510 feet long and 7 stories from ground level to the bow. Critics object to tax breaks provided by the state along with the statement of faith required of Ark Park employees, but Ham points to the number of jobs he's created and the revenue the ark will bring to the area.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 8, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1948

KQED World: Mon, Aug 1, 2016 -- 3:30 AM

RELIGION AND THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION - Kim Lawton has a special report from this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where she spoke to religiously motivated delegates and religious groups who have been actively seeking attention for their key issues. Kim also spoke to Hillary Clinton advisors about Clinton's personal faith and to Democratic strategists about the challenges of reaching out to faith-based voters.
YELLOWSTONE SPIRITUALITY - This year is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Yellowstone National Park is the nation's oldest, with its Old Faithful geyser and grizzly bears. Lucky Severson visited it recently and talked with sightseers about the beauty, peace and A? for many A? the sense of the holy that they find there. He also talked with Yellowstone's Superintendent about the park's future, as it tries to cope with the effects of global warming on the geysers and concerns about the effects of the bigger and bigger crowds of visitors.

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