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Episode #1604H

KQED World: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

THE UN & MUSLIM PROTESTS - As violent protests spread across the Muslim world over a film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, President Obama, at the UN, condemned the film and also issued a strong call for religious tolerance and freedom of speech. Meanwhile, some delegates want a UN resolution outlawing any defamation of religion. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Haris Tarin, Director of the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE - In the Southern Philippines, an organization of unarmed civilian peacekeepers is monitoring and trying to preserve the fragile cease fire between the Philippine Army and Muslim rebels. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Mindanao that the peaceforce, co-founded by an American from Minnesota and which now also operates in other conflict areas, is trusted by both sides and seems to be effective.
BELIEF AND PRACTICE: SUKKOT - Rabbi James Michaels of the Hebrew Homes of Greater Washington explains the meaning and practices of this holiday when Jews build temporary shelters to remember the 40 years their ancestors lived in the desert after their escape from Egypt.

Episode #1603H

KQED World: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

FAITH-BASED VOTERS - Managing editor Kim Lawton discusses what the latest polls say about which candidates religious voters are supporting in the close race between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
CHURCH ENDORSEMENTS AND THE IRS - As 501C3 tax-exempt not-for-profit entities under the tax code, churches are prohibited from endorsing political candidates and risk losing their exemption from paying taxes if they do. Pastors who object to this restriction have announced October 7th as Pulpit Freedom Sunday when they plan to endorse candidates from the pulpit. Lucky Severson talks with pastors who object to this restriction and others who do not and with former IRS official Marcus Owens who says that the IRS has now effectively shut down all investigations into churches accused of violating the endorsement provision.
VIETNAMESE CATHOLICS IN THE US - In Carthage, Missouri, there is a Catholic order of 150 Vietnamese priests and seminarians, grateful to be safe and free in the US. They are among the Asians and Asian-Americans who now make up 10% of American Catholic priests and brothers. As Judy Valente reports, the Missouri Congregation each year welcomes Vietnamese from all over the country for a 4-day pilgrimage, festival, reunion and retreat to give thanks for their new lives. More than 50, 000 came this year.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1602H

KQED World: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

MORMONS AND EVANGELICALS - Many Christian evangelicals do not consider Mormonism a Christian faith. Lucky Severson examines the sources and extent of the disagreement with Stephen Davis of Claremont McKenna College, Patrick Mason chairman of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University and with Richard Mouw president of Fuller Theological Seminary.
NEWS DISCUSSION - Host Bob Abernethy talks with Managing Editor Kim Lawton and Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom about the top religion news of the week, including the deadly attacks against US diplomats and embassies triggered by an anti-Islam video on YouTube. They also discuss how faith-based activists are mobilizing for the presidential election now that the political conventions are finished.
BELIEF AND PRACTICE - Rabbi Joshua Maroof of Rockville, Maryland's Magen David Sephardic Congregation explains the Sephardic Jewish 40 day special worship service of Selichot prayers for forgiveness. Selichot prayers begin before the Jewish high holidays and end on Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1601H

KQED World: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

RELIGION AND THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION - Kim Lawton reports from Charlotte on Democratic efforts to reach out to faith based voters - the issues liberal religious leaders are stressing; the challenges the party is facing; and how president Obama's personal stance on gay marriage has affected his support among some faith communities.
PROFILE AUTHOR RON HANSEN - Highly acclaimed author Ron Hansen has written 8 novels, some of which have also been turned into feature films. Bob Law talks to Hansen, a Catholic deacon who teaches English and creative writing at Santa Clara University in California, about how his faith infuses and is reflected in the content of his novels.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1553H

KQED World: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

RELIGION AND THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION - Kim Lawton reports from Tampa on the involvement of faith leaders at the Republican National Convention - their concerns, especially about Mormonism; the issues they are stressing; and the extent to which they are rallying their members in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.
MICROLOANS AND MICROGRANTS - The Grameen Bank of Bangladesh became famous for issuing microloans to poor women to enable them to start businesses that allow them to become self-supporting. Now Grameen America's 6 US branches disburse dozens of micro business loans each day to women here. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Grameen USA and on a Minnesota organization headed by former Catholic priest Joe Selvaggio that provides microgrants to struggling entrepreneurs.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 6:00 AM
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