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Episode #1913

KQED World: Sat, Nov 28, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

Tentatively scheduled: A UN summit on climate change is coming up. How are people of faith addressing the crisis?

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  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 29, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 28, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1912

KQED World: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Religion's Role in the Face of Muslim Extremism - Many religious leaders and organizations have condemned the attacks in Paris and elsewhere while calling for peace, healing, and an end to extremism. With the possibility of backlash against Muslims and debate in the US over admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees, interfaith groups are expressing solidarity with Muslims and urging that not all Muslims be held responsible for the actions of a few. Watch our conversation with Manal Omar, associate vice president of the Center for Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance, about how religious groups are responding to the threat of ISIS.
*A New Medellin - The city of Medellin in Colombia has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. Once known for its murders and drug trafficking, Medellin's crime rate is dropping rapidly, and sleek new buildings, better public transportation options, help for small businesses, and policies aimed at reducing poverty and inequality are hopeful signs that the city may have left its violent legacy behind. We talk with a Catholic priest, an architect, and an urban affairs scholar about the cityA's changes and challenges.
*Ta-Nehisi Coates on Fear and the Black Experience - The author of Between the World and Me, a best-selling memoir and winner of this yearA's National Book Award for nonfiction, began his book tour not long ago at historic Union Baptist Church in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Fear, he said, is "one of the dominant emotions of the black experience." Watch excerpts from his book talk as well as our interview with him at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he spoke about race, religion, violence, and A?the moral arc of the universe.A?

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  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1911

KQED World: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*China Environmental Ethics - Industrial pollution is a major problem in China, where massive, low-cost manufacturing has taken priority over environmental protection. But that may finally be changing as awareness about the impact of China's rapid industrialization grows. One of the people working to increase that awareness is Chinese activist Ma Jun. He founded a nongovernmental organization, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, to fight factory pollution by means of transparency, accessible data, and public information. The IPE and its American partner, the Natural Resources Defense Council, say Western consumers have a moral responsibility and ethical obligation to help solve ChinaA's pollution problem, since the world made a decision to concentrate so much of its manufacturing in one country.
*Saint Kateri and Native American Catholics - November is Native American Heritage Month. An estimated 25 percent of Native Americans are Catholic, but there are also longstanding tensions between the Catholic Church and some indigenous tribes. Early missionary efforts were often tied to colonization and its devastating effects on native cultures. For some Native Americans, their complicated relationship with the Catholic Church is symbolized in its first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha. Managing editor Kim Lawton visits the annual Tekakwitha Conference to ask Native Americans what Saint Kateri's legacy means to them.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1910

KQED World: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

*Criminal Justice Reform and the Faith Community - As part of his criminal justice reform efforts, President Barack Obama is pushing federal agencies to A?ban the boxA? or refrain from asking prospective employees about their criminal histories on job applications. Host Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton speak with Bishop Darren Ferguson, a former inmate and now pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, New York, about his work reforming AmericaA's criminal justice system and the role being played by diverse communities of faith.
*Religious Freedom Ambassador David Saperstein - Rabbi David Saperstein is finishing his first year as the State DepartmentA's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Saperstein, a Jewish Reform rabbi, is also the first non-Christian in the position. Managing editor Kim Lawton talked with him about his biggest challenges in fighting religious persecution and discrimination around the world and what he has learned.
*A Year with the Quran - American writer Carla Power is the author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, a portrait of her yearlong journey reading and debating IslamA's holy book with madrasa-trained Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi and their search together for interfaith understanding. The book has been nominated for a National Book Award. A?People are going back to the basic texts, and theyA're stripping away centuries of culture and tradition and looking for what they see at the heart of the religion,A? says Power.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #1909

KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 12:00 PM

*Death Penalty and All-White Juries - On November 2, the Supreme Court hears arguments about race and juror selection in a Georgia death penalty case in which an African-American man was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by an all-white jury. "What the court says about jury selection, and what it says about the reasons that prosecutors have to give for striking people of color from juries, thatA's going to affect every case from now on," says Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, who will argue the plaintiffA's case before the court.
*New Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - We talk with Michael Curry, who is being installed as the new presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at a service on Sunday, November 1, at Washington National Cathedral. The work of the Episcopal Church, he says, is A?to find ways to be a bridge community that brings differing people together under the rubric of love.A?
*All Saints Day Prayer Flags - It is the season in Western Christianity of celebrating the saints and commemorating the faithful who have already departed this life. All Saints Day is observed on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. R AND E takes you to Washington National Cathedral, where prayer flags were made this week in remembrance of friends and loved ones. Spiritual director Suzie Kline Massey describes the significance of the flags. A?People will do drawings. They will write words of remembrance. They may write a prayer. They may write parts of a hymn,A? she says, to help them remember the saints of their lives.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 2, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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