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Episode #1838

KQED World: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Nepal Earthquake Relief - It?'s nearly a month since Nepal was rocked by the first of two earthquakes, and humanitarian and faith-based groups like World Vision continue to be faced with major challenges, including severely damaged infrastructure, cold temperatures, and the possibility of disease, flooding, and even more earthquakes. Another important concern is deciding how to allocate limited resources to help thousands of victims. "You?'re surrounded by people with their hands out, and they?'re desperate, and to turn somebody down who may not be in a life-threatening situation to get somebody who is can create tension. You have to handle that diplomatically," says Kent Hill of World Vision US.
*Newark Benedictine 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 percent of its senior class go on to college by emphasizing personal responsibility, Christian community, and the Rule of St. Benedict.
*Homeless Female Veterans - There were an estimated 15,000 homeless women veterans in the US between 2006 and 2010. Former Army captain Jaspen Boothe saw a need to offer them more compassionate care. That, along with her conviction to always help her comrades led her to start Final Salute, a nonprofit organization that offers housing and restores a sense of dignity to women vets. Originally broadcast February 6, 2015.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1837H

KQED World: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Wayne Meisel - Rev. Wayne Meisel, a Presbyterian minister based at Princeton Theological Seminary, works with students at seminaries and divinity schools around the country trying to integrate service and social justice work as a vital component of theological education. Says Meisel: ?We have a generation of young people in their 20s and 30s that define themselves by their commitment to service and justice work. The challenge is that many of them, I think most of them, do not believe the church cares about them or the causes they care about. There?'s this bubbling fervor and energy and possibility that we just have to figure out how to both tap and how to support, and then.. .get out of the way.
*Kairos Prison Ministry - For decades, tens of thousands of volunteers trained by this international, nondenominational Christian ministry have been transforming the lives of inmates at more than 400 prisons with one-on-one mentoring, soul-searching discussions, uplifting hymns, heartfelt prayers?and love. R&E visits a correctional facility in Indiana where "we get volunteers who otherwise might not have any contact with the criminal justice system who come in, give up their days, their weekends to be with the prisoners" says David Liebel, director of religious services for the Indiana Department of Corrections.
*Shavuot - This ancient Jewish festival (May 23-24) is a time of "?rejoicing in the harvest, rejoicing in this gift of Torah that God has given us," says Rabbi Shira Stutman, "and rejoicing in the ability to learn from Torah in each and every generation."? Originally broadcast June 3, 2011.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1836

KQED World: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Anti-Muslim Sentiments in North Carolina - Three North Carolina universities?Duke, Wake Forest, and UNC-Chapel Hill?have experienced sharp divisions and increased tensions over Islamic teachings and the role of Islam in the US. For Muslims in those communities, there are signs of growing anti-Muslim hostility which in some cases has moved beyond angry rhetoric to actual physical violence, such as in the recent murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill.
*Yale Institute of Sacred Music - We take viewers to New Haven and New York to hear students and instructors speak artistically and spiritually about the power of experiencing sacred music. Many students who devote themselves to studying religious music and theology at the more-than-40-year-old Yale Institute of Sacred Music feel it deepens their spiritual lives and connects them to a tradition they hope to pass along and make relevant for contemporary audiences. Says Institute director Martin Jean: ?We exist to integrate theological education and musical education with artistic education.? Institute students study music, art history, the Bible, Christian theology, literature, poetry, architecture, and liturgy all at the same time. < br>*Mark Burnett on the Cradle of Christianity Fund - Humanitarian groups are urging donors not to ignore ongoing crises in the Middle East, especially the millions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in need of help. After hearing reports of Christian and other minority religious communities in Iraq and Syria being targeted by ISIS, reality TV producer Mark Burnett, who recently produced the NBC series "A.D. The Bible Continues," and his wife, actress Roma Downey, launched The Cradle of Christianity Fund? to assist refugees fleeing violence, and they donated the first million dollars.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 10, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
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Episode #1835

KQED World: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Making Peace in Baltimore - The death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died while in police custody, set off widespread?and sometimes violent?protests, marches, and demonstrations that have focused the attention of religious and civic leaders on issues of poverty, hopelessness, race, and police violence. Bishop Eugene Sutton, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, discusses ?the cycle of hopelessness and poverty and violence has been building up for years,? but ?the church has a moral voice that it can use,? and ?eventually justice has to be done in order for there to be peace.
*Same-Sex Marriage Case - The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week as it considers a constitutional right to marry for same-sex couples nationwide. Religious groups have been actively lobbying on both sides of the issue. Correspondent Tim O? 'Brien reports on the arguments of the lawyers, the questions of the justices, and the implications of this important decision.

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  • KQED World: Mon, May 4, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, May 3, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
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